LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield today made the following statement following recommendations made by the Los Angeles City Council’s Economic Development Committee relative to a proposed increase in the citywide minimum wage. The committee’s recommendation incorporates several policy suggestions made by Blumenfield and his colleagues and is expected to come before the full City Council next week:
“Over the past weeks and months, I have been joined by my colleagues in pushing for a comprehensive, deliberative approach to raising the minimum wage. It is only by ensuring that our “I’s” have been dotted and our “T’s” crossed that we can be assured that our efforts to raise the minimum wage will fully achieve its intent: to lift Angelenos out of poverty.
To that end, I am encouraged that the members of the Economic Development Committee, under the leadership of Councilmember Curren Price, have taken measures to ensure that the process has been conducted methodically, meticulously, and transparently. In particular, I am pleased that the committee has given consideration to issues raised throughout this process by my colleagues and me around potential consequences for non-profits, transitional and youth workers, and small businesses, as well as recognizing the crucial need for data collection, monitoring, and enforcement to assess and guarantee the success of an increased wage. I am gratified that the committee has taken on several of our proposed solutions which are included among the committee’s recommendations.
I look forward to a detailed consideration of the committee recommendation to ensure that the benefits of the proposed minimum wage increase are fully realized without producing unintended job loss.”