Views: Do you support a greater, more expeditious minimum wage increase for San Diego?

Views: Do you support a greater, more expeditious minimum wage increase for San Diego?

We asked this question along Pearl Street in La Jolla Village on April 7

The Issue: The minimum wage in California is now $8 an hour. The state plans to increase it to $9 an hour in July and $10 an hour in January 2016. If no other state increases their minimum wage before then (Washington State currently tops the list at $9.19 an hour), California’s minimum wage will be the nation’s highest.

Still, San Diego’s nonprofit Center on Policy Initiatives estimates that a single person living on a stripped-down budget needs to make $13.09 an hour to live in San Diego. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, $10 per hour in 2016 will be equivalent to roughly $9.36 in today’s dollars.

The San Diego City Council’s economic development committee and city attorney’s office are drafting a measure for the November ballot that would provide a “meaningful” (though as yet unspecified) increase to the minimum wage in San Diego faster than the planned state hikes (and also provide five days of earned sick leave for all low-income employees).

Pat Sherman / City News Service

“I think it’s a very good idea. Families that come out here from someplace back east for a better way of life — whatever that is — find that paying rent, groceries, school tuition, car payments is out of their reach, because they’re struggling so hard. I really think that these people that don’t have a chance to maneuver around to a better job because they’re lacking opportunities should get a raise. To me it’s not just giving them more money, it’s respecting the help you’ve got working for you.” Elizabeth Kolton, La Jolla

“Yes. People need the increase now, rather than in the future. It just makes more sense to do it in one push, rather than two.” David Pina, North Park

“No. A dollar this year and a dollar (in 2016) — that’s a lot. Your 99-cent McDonald’s isn’t going to be 99 cents anymore. It’s a chain reaction. It’s just going to make inflation go faster. If (employers) have to pay people more they’re probably going to have to let people go.” Golden DePesa, Clairemont

“Yes, because it’s super expensive to live here, and I don’t think $10 an hour is enough.” Holly Bergay, La Jolla

“I do not support the fact that San Diego would override the State of California. I did not know that cities could do that. I support the fact that the State of California can override the federal government (on minimum wage), because in California it’s way more expensive to live. The problem is that you cannot raise it too quickly, because then that would cause tremendous inflation and then what’s that going to do to the price of everything? It’s going to double and become expensive for everybody.” Paul Segal, Del Mar

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