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LA County's Board of Supervisors has joined the LA City Council in a vote to consider raising the minimum wage. That's giving a major boost to a controversial campaign. Business organizations say companies will be driven away, but two new Board members were elected with help from organized labor. Is America's largest local government moving in a different direction?

Also, money and music: will the Rose Bowl play host to tens of thousands of revelers with a festival of its own?  

Photo: Wesley Pinkham

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Andrea Brody

Politics and the Minimum Wage in Los Angeles 18 MIN, 55 SEC

LA County's newly constituted Board of Supervisors wants to consider the impact of raising the minimum wage.  New member Sheila Kuehl, who was elected with the support of organized labor, made the proposal and veteran Mike Antonovich made the vote unanimous — to make sure the negative consequences are considered. He opposes the idea.

Guests:
Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (@SheilaKuehl)
Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics
Raphael Sonenshein, California State University, Los Angeles (@SonensheinPBI)

More:
Thornberg's LA Times op-ed on LA's minimum wage plan
Beacon Economics' cost-benefit analysis of the LA City minimum wage proposal

Money and Music Festivals 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Coachella, Stagecoach and Outside Lands are festivals attracting tens of thousands of music fans, along with big money for local businesses in California cities. Will Pasadena play host to tens of thousands of revelers with a music festival of its own? KCRW's Benjamin Gottlieb reports on how it might work at the Rose Bowl.


Coachella Music and Arts Festival, 2014 (Benjamin Gottlieb)

Guests:
Benjamin Gottlieb, Afternoon News Producer (@benjamin_max)

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