Six of the 15 members of the Los Angeles City Council filed a motion on October 7th that officially initiates this process and directs the City Attorney to draft the ordinance within 120 days. The draft ordinance will propose hiking the wage to $13.25 with increases each July 1 until 2017, and then establishing annual auto-pilot wage increases. The second part of the ordinance will look at ways to boost the wage even higher after 2017 with the intent of hiking the wage to $15.25 by 2019.
The CRA continues to be on the ground in Los Angeles meeting with all the council members and the mayor’s office on these proposals and will continue to do so. The feedback from the President Council Herb Wesson and others has been that this process will likely play out between now and early Spring of 2015. The mayor has made public statements that he believes surrounding cities should follow the lead of Los Angeles. So far, Culver City, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood have signaled their interest in establishing their own citywide minimum wage.