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Mayor Kevin Faulconer: From Minimum Wage To Comic-Con

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he will veto the City Council's ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017 because he doesn't want to put the city's jobs at risk.

"I will continue to be vocal to support particularly our small businesses that are struggling to hire people and get them into work," Faulconer told KPBS Evening Edition. The mayor speaks to KPBS each month to provide an update on the city's business.

Faulconer also told KPBS Midday Edition his office is moving a climate action plan forward. He added a position in the city's budget that will oversee implementation of the plan, and said the plan is on schedule. The City Council will take it up before next spring, he said.

Some council members criticized the mayor for delaying the plan, but Faulconer said he put it up for review right after taking office.

Faulconer also said he is looking to offer more tax rebate deals like the one recently approved for the biotech firm Illumina.

He said we will know San Diego is benefitting from the deal when we see the jobs it creates.

"As we look at some of those areas where we have competitive advantages, where we know that we can grow jobs, and keep jobs here, that San Diegans grow in that, when we have that sales tax grow and we share in that, to my sense and the council's sense, that's the definition of a win-win," he said.

Faulconer also became acquainted with the thrill of the zip-line at San Diego's Comic-Con. He said it was one of his team member's ideas.

Claire Trageser and Quinn Owen contributed to this story.


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