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June 1 | Refinery 29

We’ve all been known to stretch our paychecks to the extreme, but there’s only so far a stub can go before it breaks — especially when it's made of wages that barely cover lunch and the gas it took to get to work. An untenable minimum wage is a huge problem in this country. But, in L.A., that's about to change.

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May 28 | LA Times

The federation and Raise the Wage coalition would support tabling the proposed exemption for unionized workers for further study while the rest of the minimum wage ordinance advances.

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May 27 | LA Daily News

It also assumes that about 20,000 city workers will agree to no raises and many will pay a bigger percentage of their health-care costs, but talks with city employee unions have dragged on since their contracts expired last year.

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May 26 | LA Times

Los Angeles’ commercial property owners should be required to pay for repairing badly broken and inaccessible sidewalks next to their land, a city report released Tuesday suggests. In addition, heavily damaged sidewalks next to homes should be repaired by the city and then future responsibility for upkeep and liability of the walkways should be shifted to property owners, the report says.

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May 21 | LA Times

Los Angeles lawmakers unanimously voted Thursday for a nearly $8.6-billion budget plan that would boost funding for the Fire Department, tree trimming and street and alley cleanup while stashing more money in reserves.

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May 20 | LA Times

Ryu was propelled to victory by big margins in the southern end of the district in and around Koreatown, according to a Times analysis of the vote. Ramsay won a majority of votes cast in Windsor Square, Los Feliz and Silver Lake, but was defeated by Ryu in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks and Toluca Lake.

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May 19 | LA Times

The ordinance would boost the $9 an hour base wage to $15 by 2020 for as many as 800,000 workers, city officials say, and make L.A. the largest U.S. city to adopt a major minimum-wage increase. Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle already have adopted similar laws.

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May 19 | LA Daily News

Carolyn Ramsay is the better-known candidate around City Hall, having long served as LaBonge’s field deputy and chief of staff. She also has the backing of Mayor Eric Garcetti and most sitting members of the council.

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May 19 | LA Times

California's current minimum wage of $9 an hour is already higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Because minimum wage proposals have not progressed at the federal level, it has fallen to cities and states to reevaluate what they pay minimum wage employees. California's hourly wage will increase to $10 on Jan. 1. Here's a look at what's happening in other major cities:

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"What good is having the right to sit at a lunch counter if you can't afford to buy a hamburger?"

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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