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City of San Diego $13.09 per Hour Minimum Wage Measure (November 2014)

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A City of San Diego $13.09 per Hour Minimum Wage Measure ballot question was not put on the November 4, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of San Diego, California.

City Council President Todd Gloria first announced his effort to seek a minimum wage increase for the city of San Diego in January of 2014. On April 23, 2014, this intention came to semi-fruition with a proposal that would increase the minimum wage of the city to $13.09 per hour over three years - $11.09 by July 2015, $12.09 by July 2016 and $13.09 by July 2017. It would have also required employers to offer a minimum of five paid sick days to all employees. The measure needed to be approved by the city council in order to go before voters in November. Gloria said he was willing to entertain amendments to the measure during the council's discussion. The measure was ultimately not approved by the city council for the 2014 Fall election.[1][2]

Support

Gloria said, "The San Diego proposal would have a major, positive economic impact for workers and their families and on the San Diego economy. To those who fear losing their businesses, please remember that these additional wages will be spent by workers on necessities like food and services -- it will go right back into San Diego's economy."[1]

Opposition

Opponents of this measure could be broken up into two groups. One group opposed any kind of minimum wage increase, and the other opposed Gloria's proposal, while supporting a lower minimum wage increase, such as the competing measure proposed by San Diego City Council candidate Blanca Lopez-Brown.


KPBS San Diego video, "Competing Minimum Wage Measure Submitted To San Diego City Clerk,"

Both Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Jerry Sanders, CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced opposition to the proposal. They said that, in order to maintain a job market that would be competitive with other areas in California, the city should remain at the state minimum wage, which was $8 per hour in 2014, with an increase to $10 per hour planned for the next two years. Faulconer said, "I believe the better way to support San Diego small businesses and protect jobs is to follow the minimum wage increases set at the state and federal levels, which ensures our city remains on a level playing field with surrounding cities that compete with San Diego for jobs. I am concerned about any proposal that puts our city at a competitive disadvantage against other cities, which can hurt job growth and San Diego working families."[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in California

The measure needed to be approved by the city council in order to go before voters in November. Gloria said he was willing to entertain amendments to the measure during the council's discussion. Ultimately, the city council did not approve the measure for the ballot.[1][2]

Similar measures

Local

Approveda City of Oakland Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, Measure FF (November 2014)
Approveda City of San Francisco Minimum Wage Increase Referred Measure, Proposition J (November 2014)
Defeatedd City of Eureka "Fair Wage Act" Minimum Wage Initiative, Measure R (November 2014)
Approveda Raise Wisconsin minimum wage increase advisory referendums
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of San Diego $12 per Hour Minimum Wage Initiative (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of San Diego $13.09 per Hour Minimum Wage Measure (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Las Cruces Minimum Wage Increase Initiative (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Washington D.C. Minimum Wage Initiative (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Seattle $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Increase Veto Referendum (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Seattle $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Initiative (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of San Francisco Minimum Wage Act of 2014 Initiative (November 2014)
Approveda Philadelphia Minimum Wage Ordinance, Proposition 1 (May 2014)
Approveda City of Chicago $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage Referendum (March 2014)
Approveda SeaTac "Good Jobs Initiative", Proposition 1 (November 2013)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Richmond Minimum Wage Increase Ballot Question (November 2014)

Statewide

Approveda Alaska Minimum Wage Increase, Ballot Measure 3 (2014)
Approveda Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
Approveda South Dakota Increased Minimum Wage, Initiated Measure 18 (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot California Minimum Wage Supplement for Home Health Workers (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Idaho Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Initiative (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Michigan Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot New Mexico Minimum Wage Amendment (2014)


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