FROM Stuart Waldman
The Minimum Wage Just Rose - Did You Feel It? Today, Californians who work minimum wage jobs earned a dollar more. That’s because a law passed last year in Sacramento just took effect. The amount goes up another dollar by 2016. The result is a slightly higher base pay all across the state, but it’s also reminder that fast food workers in Bakersfield make the same starting pay as those in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, cities like San Francisco and Seattle have gone further than state or federal minimum wage levels and passed their own policies. Can you live off $9/hour in LA? We'll take a look at the issue of minimum wage at the city and state level.
Does a Back to Basics Budget Leave Room for Big Ideas? LA Mayor Eric Garcetti hasn’t vanished since last year’s election but compared to Villaraigosa, Hahn and Riordan, he's been out of the press. He shows up at the ribbon cuttings, but he’s been out of the media spotlight. In last week’s State of the City speech, he explained that he’s gone “back to basics,” with a focus on getting City Hall and the economy working again. Today, he got down to specifics with his first budget proposal. Kerry Cavanaugh reported on city affairs for the Daily News. She was a producer for KCRW’s WWLA? and To The Point. She’s now an editorial writer for the LA Times.
Will LA Increase the Minimum Wage to a Record Level? The federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour, and Republicans in Congress want to keep it right there. California's is now $8 an hour, with an increase to $9 scheduled for this coming July and a bump to $10 in January of 2016. Now the LA City Council will decide whether to study the impact if hotels near LAX with more than 100 rooms had to pay workers $15.37 an hour.
The High Cost of Making Los Angeles 'Business Friendly' For decades, the City of Angeles has been called "unfriendly to business," in part because it taxes business at a higher rate than all the 87 other cities in LA County. Mayor Garcetti has long been a proponent of eliminating the business tax completely, and he's about to offer a phase-out plan .
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.