A proposal to increase San Diego's minimum wage and extend five employer-provided paid sick days passed the council's Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Wednesday 4-1. The proposal by San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria will move to the full council next week.
The proposal seeks to raise the minimum wage to $13.09 by 2017, at the following increments:
- $11.09 per hour on July 1, 2015
- $12.09 per hour on July 1, 2016
- $13.09 per hour on July 1, 2017
- annual increases thereafter on July 1, 2018 tied to the consumer price index.
Gloria is requesting the council to place the initiative on the November General Election ballot. The proposal is co-sponsored by councilmembers Marti Emerald, Myrtle Cole and Sherri Lightner.
The proposal is moving forward despite new research released this week by the CRA that shows the city is at risk of losing more than 5,500 if the minimum wage was to go to $13.09 per hour.
“Unfortunately, the findings are of little surprise to restaurant operators and other business owners who are already warning city leaders and residents what a hike of this magnitude would mean for their ability to keep people on the payroll and doors open,” CRA President + CEO Jot Condie said in a statement. “The results would be devastating.”
Additionally, the cost to taxpayers also would be significant. With approximately 13,000 state and local employees whose wages would be affected by the $13.09 increase in San Diego, the combined cost to taxpayers would reach $65 million annually.
The CRA strongly encourages San Diego operators to join the advocacy efforts by sharing concerns with the San Diego City Council your concerns. Also, plan to attend the upcoming city council hearing at 2 p.m. Monday.
For more information, contact Chris Duggan, government affairs director, at 619.517.6435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.