Tell the San Diego City Council: Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

raisewageOn Monday, the San Diego Council will cast a vote that could greatly improve the lives of thousands of families in our region and stimulate growth in our local economy.

They will formally hear Council President Todd Gloria’s proposal to raise the minimum wage and provide access to five earned sick days for working people in San Diego. This reasonable proposal resulted from meaningful input from diverse stakeholders, including organized labor and business.

Even working full-time at the current minimum wage, it’s impossible to live in San Diego without public or private assistance (mostly at taxpayer expense). Yet special interests and their lobbyists are pushing to block this important measure. That’s why the City Council needs to hear from you!

Please call the councilmembers (numbers below), click here to send a letter, and/or attend the City Council meeting on Monday, July 14, at 6:00 p.m. (RSVP here.)

The hearing will be on the 12th floor of City Hall at 202 C St., San Diego 92101. Three-hour free parking with validation is available at Horton Plaza, and street parking is free after 6:00 p.m.

When you call the council offices, please use the following “patch-through” phone numbers instead of their main numbers so we can track our progress:

Councilmember Sherri Lightner, District 1: 619-320-6458
Councilmember Ed Harris, District 2: 619-320-6422
Council President Todd Gloria, District 3: 619-320-6401
Councilmember Myrtle Cole, District 4: 619-320-6437
Councilmember Mark Kersey, District 5: 619-320-6003
Councilmember Lorie Zapf, District 6: 619-320-6531
Councilmember Scott Sherman, District 7: 619-320-6606
Councilmember David Alvarez, District 8: 619-320-4954
Councilmember Marti Emerald, District 9: 619-320-6615

Facts About San Diego’s Minimum Wage Increase Proposal:

  • Expands access to earned sick days to over 285,000 San Diegans
  • Increases the wages of some 170,000 San Diegans
  • Raises the annual earnings of impacted workers an average of approximately $2,800
  • Puts about $580 million into the pockets of San Diego’s lowest-income working families, who will turn around and spend most of that money at local stores and businesses.

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