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Todd Gloria Gets OK To Propose Measure On Increasing Minimum Wage In San Diego

Above: Interim Mayor Todd Gloria talks to reporters in City Hall.

Aired 3/25/14 on KPBS News.

San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria got the green light to work with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith on a proposed measure to raise minimum wage in San Diego.

The San Diego City Council’s economic development committee was packed with activists Monday to support City Council President Todd Gloria’s push to raise the minimum wage from its current $8 an hour. The proposal would also provide paid sick leave for low-income workers.

Minimum wage will increase statewide —- reaching $10 an hour in 2016 -— but Gloria says that amount isn’t enough, although he hasn’t specified just what would be. Not everyone supports the measure. Alisa Rhinehardt, for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, told the committee a further increase in wages could be damaging to local businesses…

“Many of whom a­­­re very concerned about an increase in the minimum wage above and beyond what the state just approved last year. We ask that an independent study be done to first determine the economic impact on the business climate in the city of San Diego,” Rhinehardt said.

Bill Freeman, president of San Diego Education Association, said the measure “does not need to be studied, there’s nothing to study, this is a humane thing to do.”

Freeman said too often parents without paid leave are forced to send sick children to school.

“It’s a question that whether you want to pay now, or pay later,” he said.

The City Council has to approve a draft of the measure for it to reach the November ballot. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer opposes the increase, saying the state already has it covered.


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JeanMarc | March 25, 2014 at 9:35 a.m. ― 1 year ago

This will accomplish nothing positive. In the short term, businesses will simply have to lay off employees. Long term, businesses will raise prices to cover the cost of minimum wage, thus increasing the cost of living, and there will be zero benefit for anyone.

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benz72 | March 25, 2014 at 11:43 a.m. ― 1 year ago

JM, that is not necessarily true. An increasing marginal labor cost incentivizes automation. Roboticists and programmers will benefit. Repair and maintenace techs will benefit. Eventually, when the preograms are able to outperform some given level of unskilled laborer those reliant on that service will benefit as will the purveyor of that automated service. There can be a lot of benefit for a lot of people. Granted, those benefits are unlikley to accrue to those whose increased wages have caused them to be undercut by a cheaper and more reliable machine that works 20+ hours a day, never has to take time off for the school play and keeps it's hand out of the till.

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TPartyHero | March 25, 2014 at 11:48 a.m. ― 1 year ago

I'll have to cut back on the SuperSize orders especially if they raise the price 5 cents

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Peking_Duck_SD | March 25, 2014 at 1:08 p.m. ― 1 year ago

A higher minimum wage reduces turnover, something very exepnsive for employers.

It also brings stability and more spending to the economy

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benz72 | March 25, 2014 at 3:02 p.m. ― 1 year ago

PDSD "A higher minimum wage reduces turnover, something very expensive for employers. It also brings stability and more spending to the economy"

Do you see there being a limit to that assertion? It seems likely that at some point the spending would have to decrease as the production costs have increased to the point where a fair number of goods simply aren't worth creating. I do agree that a very high minimum wage would reduce turnover, though in no small part by pricing humans out of segments of the workforce.

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JeanMarc | March 25, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. ― 1 year ago

I would prefer the ability to order my food on a touch screen and swipe my card to pay. This would be more efficient at restaurants and fast food places alike. I hope all the people asking for higher minimum wage are happy when their jobs are eliminated.

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benz72 | March 26, 2014 at 9:33 a.m. ― 1 year ago

We are already seeing some of that. When was the last time you were in a grocery store or pharmacy that didn't have a 'swipe your own purchases' line?
The best chess player in the world is Deep Blue, the Jeopardy champion is Watson. The next few decades will be very interesting.

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