City Council president Todd Gloria's proposal to raise the minimum wage in San Diego to 13-dollars and nine cents an hour....goes to the full city council on Monday. A council committee voted Wednesday 4-1l with only Mark Kersey voting no, to forward the proposal to the full city council next week.
But a compromise could be in the works....as Todd Gloria revealed at Wednesday's council committee meeting when he was asked about it by councilwoman Marti Emerald.
The council on Monday will consider either putting the minimum wage proposal on the ballot or passing an ordinance now without voter approval.
Gloria based his proposed San Diego minimum hourly wage of $13.09 on a study by the Center on Policy Initiatives, showing that's the least amount of money needed to live in San Diego on a bare-bones budget without government assistance.
"The need to raise the minimum wage in San Diego is clear," Councilman Ed Harris said.
Last week, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association and San Diego Chamber of Commerce released a report that said a wage increase above that mandated by the state would hurt the city's competitiveness and force local businesses to cut back workers' hours or raise prices.
The two organizations also said the CPI study was flawed because many people making minimum wage don't actually live in low-income households and don't always rent one-bedroom apartments.
The CPI countered that the opposition report was "riddled with inconsistencies and assertions that are not backed by data." CPI Executive Director Clare Crawford said multiple studies show that minimum wage increases boost the economy.