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With just one member dissenting today, the City Council voted to increase LA's minimum wage -- in stages -- to $15 an hour by 2020. It's part of a major sea change in local politics, with business pushed toward the back of the bus — by a victory for organized labor that may be a preview of things to come.

Also, water conservation is good politics but bad economics. So many people have torn out their lawns that there's no money left to pay for more rebates.

Photo: Mayor Eric Garcetti (C) with City Council President Herb Wesson (R) and Paul Krekorian (L) who was instrumental in shaping the wage plan. (Eric Garcetti)

Producers:
Christine Detz
Evan George

The City of Los Angeles Will Be Raising the Minimum Wage 18 MIN, 4 SEC

The vote was 14 to 1 today in the LA City Council -- almost unanimous on behalf of working people -- with just one vote for business. All the rest approved raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020. Mike Bonin, who represents most of the Westside, called raising the wage to $15 “the least we can do. It is the very least we can do.”

Los Angeles is not the only place where the minimum wage is changing. Today's near-unanimous vote in the City Council is the latest moment in a long process of political change. LA politics used to be the almost exclusive province of business. Not any more, say KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez, who went inside City Hall.

Guests:
Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (@josheidelson)
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Dakota Smith, Daily News (@dakotacdsmith)

More:
LAT editorial on paid leave, City Council openness
Bloomberg on the nationwide trend toward a minimum wage increase

Metropolitan Water District Overwhelmed with Lawn Rebate Requests 6 MIN, 8 SEC

To conserve water, Governor Brown has declared war on lawns, and more homeowners have joined the battle than anybody expected. They may have mixed emotions, but they're ripping out grass and collecting the rebates. Deven Upadhyay is manger of the Water Resources Manage Group for the Metropolitan Water District, the water wholesaler for much of Southern California, which hands out the rebates.

Guests:
Deven Upadhyay, Metropolitan Water District (@mwdh20)

More:
MWD's on what you can do to use water wisely
Field Poll on drought, urban water reduction plan

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