I support raising the minimum wage in the City, and we need to strive toward a living wage. This is going to happen, and the question for the next City Council is how to do it in an equitable way, both for the working poor and their employers. I support the Mayor’s plan to raise it in stages, and would work to see that through.
I will not equivocate or shade my answer on this, because I believe that more than $9 an hour is required for a City that is as expensive to live in as Los Angeles. A regional/state/federal approach would be better, so that Los Angeles does not have to lead the way in the region. But until Sacramento acts, LA has a moral obligation to ensure that low-wage workers make enough to survive here.