A Balanced & Inclusive Conversation about the Minimum Wage

A few weeks ago, the Long Beach City Council moved forward with a Minimum Wage and Business Incentive Study to be conducted by the independent and well respected Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). The report is intended to be a balanced and objective review of the potential effects of an increased minimum wage on businesses, non-profits, and the workforce.

From day one, I have advocated for a community process that is collaborative and open. I've met with business leaders, workers, non-profit executives, and many more stakeholders interested in this important issue. While the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles have both recently increased the minimum wage, it is important that we move forward in our own way and on our own timeline.

In an effort to ensure transparency and provide opportunities for community input and ideas, the city has scheduled six public meetings across the city for the study. These meetings are intended to encourage broad participation by residents, workers, non-profits, and business owners.

If you are interested in this topic, I encourage you to attend one of the meetings below. The first meeting is next week and the City Council and our Economic Development Commission want to hear from you.

1. Economic Development Commission
City Council Chambers
333 West Ocean Boulevard
September 29, 2015 at 4:00 PM

2. Mayor’s Roundtable
Expo Building
4321 Atlantic Avenue
October 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM

3. Economic Development & Finance Committee
Long Beach City College
4901 East Carson Street
October 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM

4. Mayor’s Roundtable
Admiral Kidd Park
2125 Santa Fe Avenue
November 17, 2015 at Noon

5. Economic Development & Finance Committee
Bay Shore Neighborhood Library
195 Bay Shore Avenue
November 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM

6. Economic Development Commission
City Council Chambers
333 West Ocean Boulevard
November 24, 2015 at 6:30 PM

After the first three meetings to be held September 29, October 5 and October 29, the LAEDC will issue their minimum wage and business incentive report for public comment. That report will include a section that captures the feedback provided at each of the public meetings.

After the report is issued, three more public meetings will be held on November 17, November 20 and November 24 for the community to review and comment.

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