San Jose Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, Measure D (November 2012)

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A San Jose Minimum Wage Increase Initiative, Measure D was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the City of San Jose in Santa Clara County.[1]

Measure D sets the hourly minimum wage in the city at $10/hour with yearly adjustments for inflation.[2]

Election results

Measure D
Approveda Yes 178,123 59.65%
Final official results from the Santa Clara County elections office.


The South Bay Labor Council supported the measure.[2]


San Jose Inside editorialized against Measure D, writing, "Just as San Jose stores charge for shopping bags while retailers in Santa Clara, Milpitas and Campbell proudly give them away for free, Measure D will make San Jose a less desirable business environment than its immediate neighbors and cost the city jobs. Particularly hard hit will be small businesses, like theaters and restaurants. The ballot measure failed to take into account part-time jobs, internships, seasonal work or food servers who make tips. As a result, opportunities for people entering the workforce will decline. The only jobs that will be created as a result of Measure D will be to police the new minimum wage."[3]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure D: "Shall an ordinance be adopted that (1) requires (a) payment of minimum wages in San José at $10 per hour with an annual increase, if any, based on the Consumer Price Index beginning January 1, 2014; (b) City enforcement through fines, penalties, civil actions, or revocation or suspension of permits or licenses; and (c) voter approval of substantive changes to the ordinance; and (2) allows private enforcement through civil actions?"[4]

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