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Mayor Eric Garcetti is pushing hard to raise the minimum wage for the City of Los Angeles. But there are 87 other cities in Los Angeles County. What’s to keep them from keeping wages low and stealing the small businesses so crucial to the local economy? We’ll hear from a Mom-and-Pop shop that’s on the move and from a restaurateur.

Also, if you’re driving your car at the moment, the car next to you could be driverless. But, until today, it didn’t need a license.

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Producers:
Evan George
Claire Martin

Small Businesses Do the Math on Higher Wages 15 MIN, 25 SEC

Mayor Eric Garcetti has met with business groups to push his proposal for raising the minimum wage in the City of Los Angeles. He’s met with some of the mayors of the 87 other cities in Los Angeles County. And he’s met with the editorial board of the LA Times, including Kerry Cavanaugh, who composed the paper’s official opinion.

Guests:
Kerry Cavanaugh, Los Angeles Times (@kerrycavan)
Gary Wexler, Designer Specialty Linens
Josh Loeb, restaurant owner (@rcwinebar)

California Licenses Self-Driving Cars 8 MIN, 7 SEC

In Nevada, the state has been testing driverless cars. In California, they’ve been on the road—but until today, they didn’t even need permits. Mark Harris is a technology writer whose latest report is called, “How Google’s Autonomous Car Passed the First US State Self-Driving Test“.

Guests:
Mark E. Harris, technology journalist (@meharris)

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