The pro and con arguments about casual workers loitering in Glendale's commercial zones are difficult to mesh. It is the difference between freedom and restriction. These approaches should be considered:
* Set up a placement booth at which the workers would check in and register;
* Have employers contact the placement personnel to hire their required casual people;
* Locate the placement booth on city property, say, in the parking lot at City Hall.
The registration requirement should help assure various payroll taxes are paid, and the City Hall location should rid the commercial zones of the loitering complaints. It would still permit a free flow of casual labor for short-term employment situations.
FRANK THOMAS MURPHY