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 .
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?