Mayor Kevin Faulconer has vetoed the City Council- approved ordinance that would increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 over the next couple of years and mandate that employers offer five paid sick days to workers each year.
Faulconer held a news conference flanked by small business owners who joined him in opposition to the ordinance, which was approved on a 6-3 vote by the City Council in July.
``Today I'm vetoing the City Council's wage ordinance because we need these and other small businesses to thrive,'' Faulconer said. ``This wage ordinance would make it harder for them to hire and employ San Diegans who need work ... The burden of the council's wage ordinance falls squarely on the shoulders of San Diego's small businesses and the families who they employ.''
Council President Todd Gloria, who proposed the ordinance, said the council will consider overriding the mayor's veto -- a vote that must be scheduled within the next 30 days.
``When 38 percent of San Diego workers don't earn enough to make ends meet, something must be done,'' Gloria said. ``That is why the mayor's veto of this reasonable, common-sense measure is disappointing. Thankfully the City Council understands that our working families are struggling, and I believe will act to override this veto.''
With six council members supporting the wage increase, the mayor's veto will likely be overridden and that could mean a referendum to repeal it led by business leaders.