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The City of Los Angeles Will Be Raising the Minimum Wage

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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.

Credits

Guests:
Josh Eidelson - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - @josheidelson, Saul Gonzalez - reporter for KCRW. Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' - @SaulKCRW, Dakota Smith - LA Times - @dakotacdsmith

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

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christine Detz, Evan George