May 18, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Kuehl, Solis Call For Economic Impact Study Of Raising Minimum Wage:

Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl (Third District) and Hilda Solis (First District) said today they look forward to the results of a minimum wage study anticipated to win approval at the Board’s weekly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the County’s Hall of Administration downtown.

In their joint motion, Kuehl and Solis note that under the California Poverty Measure, 2.7 million residents, or nearly 27 percent of the County’s population, live in poverty.

Even by the more stringent federal guidelines, unchanged since Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” program was launched in 1965, nearly one in five County residents are too poor to afford the basic necessities of life including safe housing, healthy food, clothing, and adequate medical care.

“It shocks the conscience to realize that we have an impoverished population as large as the city of Chicago in the midst of this land of plenty,” Supervisor Kuehl said. “But raising the minimum wage is even more than a matter of social justice,” Kuehl added. “We cannot build and support a healthy regional economy on the backs of our lowest-paid residents.”

Supervisor Hilda Solis, the motion’s co-author, said that”We are aware that increasing wages can sometimes bring unintended consequences,” adding, “As a result, I fully support this study because it will help us determine the best way of bringing a higher standard of living to those earning a minimum wage, while ensuring that local and small business owners are not adversely affected.”

The Kuehl/Solis motion would commission the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, a private organization providing non-partisan analysis and policy leadership, to review and assess four minimum-wage studies produced for the City of Los Angeles and to examine potential economic impacts and benefits on businesses in the County’s unincorporated areas.

The office of the County CEO is asked to assess the potential impact on pay schedules within the County workforce, where more than 5,000 employees, roughly 5 percent of the County’s workers, earn below $15.25 an hour and 2500 earn below $13.25 an hour, as well as computing the impact on certain County vendors.

Kuehl said the LAEDC study is expected back in 45 days, and the CEO’s analyses are due in 60 days, including an assessment of the impacts on those receiving public benefits such as CalWORKS, a state program providing financial assistance to eligible needy families with children to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care, and other essentials, and CalFresh, a federally funded program that helps low-income people buy healthy and nutritious food.

in News
Related Posts

Palisades Fire at 23 Percent as Arson Suspect in Custody

May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

Arson suspect in custody for starting fire that has burned over 1,000 acres By Sam Catanzaro The Palisades Fire is...

Historic Mural in City Hall Covered Due to Racial Concerns: Santa Monica Beat – May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

May 17, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Begins Search for City Manager * Historic Mural in...

Vice Media Co-Founder Sells Santa Monica Canyon Estate for Record Price

May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

Shane Smith sells Channel Road estate for nearly $50 million  By Chad Winthrop The co-founder of Vice Media has sold...

Construction Underway for Mixed-use Lincoln Boulevard Development

May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

47 units with retail under construction  By Sam Catanzaro Construction is underway for a four-story mixed-use development spanning a whole...

Edify TV: Culver City Ivy Station Complete

May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

Four years of construction and $350 million dollars later, the Culver City Ivy Station development is ready for people to...

Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker to Leave Department for Texas

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Chief moving to Texas to head up new position, be closer to family  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica’s fire chief...

Suspect Sought in Attack on Elderly Asian Man on Third Street Promenade

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Santa Monica police looking for suspect in May 1 Third Street Promenade battery  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are...

Ben & Jerry’s Closes Santa Monica Shop

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

First West Coast Ben & Jerry’s closes up shop on Main Street  By Kerry Slater Ben & Jerry’s has closed...

SMMUSD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District honored with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation For the 19th straight year, the...

Edify TV: A Look Into the Cold War-Era as Wende Museum Reopens

May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

With relics of the Cold War-era on display, the Wende Museum in Culver City has reopened for in-person visits. Learn...

Convicted Arsonist Making Fire Pits in Palisades Bluffs

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Homeless man named Hilton making fire pits in fire-prone hillside area By Sam Catanzaro   A convicted arsonist continues to make...

Rapper Saweetie Gives Surprise Performance On The Pier: Santa Monica Beat – May, 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Rapper Saweetie Gives Surprise Performance On The Pier * Santa Monica...