Protect the Minimum Wage: Don’t Sign the Petition!

Protect the Minimum Wage: Don’t Sign the Petition!

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Days after the San Diego City Council overrode a mayoral veto to pass the city’s new earned sick leave and minimum wage law, paid signature-gatherers are being deployed to repeal it.

You’ll probably see them outside grocery stores and other businesses in the coming weeks. They are using deceptive information in their attempt to gather signatures.

Please do not sign — and then please help us spread the word!

Supported by the Democratic Party and a majority of the public, the new law makes San Diego the largest city in the country to raise the minimum wage and allow workers to earn up to five sick days a year. Now some out-of-town and local business interests are trying to overturn it. As is often the case, the paid signature-gatherers will outright lie to get people to sign.

The minimum wage increase is already law. Don’t let special interests get away with compromising that. More than 200,000 hard-working San Diegans are counting on us.

Our partners at Raise Up San Diego urgently need volunteers through September 17. We will be phonebanking to educate voters every Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. We also need help walking precincts every weekend day from now until Sept. 17, starting at 10 a.m. Just email Norma Rodriguez at nrodriguez@onlinecpi.org to volunteer.

Please spread the word: When you see the paid-signature gatherers and their misleading petition, don’t sign it! Instead, call the hotline at 619-930-3300 and report the time and location. Together we can improve our community and the lives of our fellow San Diegans!

San Diego County Democratic Party
8340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92111
sddemocrats.org | (858) 277-3367

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

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.