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City council stands by higher min wage

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San Diegans earning the minimum wage can plan on a 11.50 dollar an hour job the city council guaranteed. Monday, the six Democrats on the city council confirmed the increase to the local minimum wage.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer quickly planned on stopping the increase from happening. Saying he will veto the minimum wage increase. Increased labor costs local small businesses will have to pay worries Faulconer. Job growth, he says, could go flat.

“As Mayor, my job is to cultivate an atmosphere that creates economic opportunities and good-paying jobs for all San Diegans,” Faulconer said. “This ordinance puts our job growth in jeopardy and will lead to higher prices and layoffs for San Diego families. I will veto this ordinance because we should be looking for ways to create more jobs, not putting up roadblocks to opportunities.”

Councilwoman Marti Emerald, who, On Monday, proposed the minimum wage ordinance the second time, stood by Councilman TOdd Gloria's Minimum Wage Initiative to the end. GLoria's plan to reward hard work with a "living wage" the workers "deserve," a wage that strengthens worker earnings buying power, got the needed votes on the city council.

The city council can override the Mayor's veto with six votes.

The three Republicans on the council, who voted against the wage increase, do not count o the minimum wage giving San Diegans the work gains Gloria raised the local wage to build up in the local economy. Former mayor Jerry Sandes, supporting the current mayor, said the gains will be cancelled by higher prices stores have to charge to cover the labor costs.

Faulconer's no position on the wage increase has vocal opposition among grocery worker unon leaders. UFCW local union President, Mickey Kasparian, during public testimony at Monday's city council meeting, asked Faulconer sign the law. Welcoming him to, "do the right thing."

THis is a Center Line Policy Alert.