A higher minimum wage and paid sick leave effort has cleared another hurdle within the San Diego City Council, moving forward to an ordinance drafting stage.
On Monday, the San Diego City Council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee voted 2-1 – with Councilman Kersey dissenting – to direct the City Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage and mandate five sick days per year for all workers within city limits. The proposal will return to the committee on April 30 for further discussion. If passed, the full council will consider it to be included on the November ballot.
Neither the committee nor the proposal’s author Council President Todd Gloria have committed to how much of a minimum wage increase will be proposed. The current state minimum wage is $8, and will rise to $9 in July and $10 Jan. 1, 2016.
Gloria’s proposal to the committee referenced a livable annual single-person income of $27,655, which is $13.09 per hour.