In 2017, the San Diego minimum wage will stand side by side with teh CAlifornia mini9mum wage set to increase to 10 dollars an hour on January 1st, 2016. Councilman Todd Gloria, yesterday, at City Hall, took the lead on the city council's action to raise the local dollar amount.
He was joined by a researcher from the Center on Policy Initiatives. The researcher reported over two hundred and fifty thousand San Diegans do not earn enough money to pay for the local cost of living. Low wage earners have been left behind during the years the cost of living continued to rise.
Increases in each of the three coming years will end the wait on catching up the local minimum wage with the state wage. The higher wages low wage workers earn will pay for the costs of food and shelter, GLoria said. Calling the new minimum a decent wage.
Mayor Faulconer, and District 5's councilman, want the numbers on the impact of the wage increase. They will use an independent researcher to substantiate city claims.
Councilwoman SHeri Lightner stood behind Gloria at the announcement. THree other councilmembers, Myrtle Cole, David Alvarez and Marti Emerald, also supported the minimum wage increase.
The city council will aprove the wage.
THis is a Center Line Policy Alert.