Measure could have ripple effect across region, including East County
By Miriam Raftery
April 27, 2014 (San Diego) –San Diego is the fifth most expensive city in America to live in, according to the New York Times, which reports it takes 41.4% of gross income on average just to pay rent in San Diego. An estimated 200,000 people in the city of San Diego earn minimum wage and about 300,000 households in our region have incomes too low to meet basic expenses, according to the Center on Poilcy Initiatives.
Aiming to help those who are struggling to make ends meet, Councilman Todd Gloria is asking the City Council to approve a ballot initiative that would raise the minimum wage. If approved by voters in November, the measure would raise the minimum wage citywide to $11.09 an hour in July 2015, $12.09 in July 2016 and $13.09 in July 2017, with cost of living increases after that. The measure would boost incomes by 30 percent for the lowest paid workers. It would also require employers to provide five paid sick days to workers.