June 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
San Diego, CA – San Diego voters on June 7 approved a ballot initiative that will increase the city’s minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 an hour and guarantee workers five paid sick days a year.
Proposition I, which received more than 60% of the vote, will go into effect by July 7, the deadline for certifying the election results. The city minimum will go up again, to $11.50, on Jan. 1, the day the state minimum will rise to $10.50. It will be pegged to the cost-of-living index after that, which means it will likely be superseded when the state raises its minimum to $12 in 2019 and $15 in 2022-23. “For folks who are struggling and their wages have been stagnant for so long, it’s a great relief,” said City Councilmember Todd Gloria. The Council raised the minimum in 2014, only to have the law voided by a ballot initiative that November. It must now decide how to enforce the minimum, whether by active investigations or by waiting for worker complaints. Read more