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March 19 | CBS Los Angeles

A proposal to hike the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15.25 per hour by 2019 would have more benefits than drawbacks, according to UC Berkeley report.

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March 17 | LA Daily News

The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers late Monday night approved a proposed labor agreement with the city that would provide cost-of-living salary increases over the next five years.

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March 17 | LA Downtown News

On March 3, voters in the 14th City Council District, which includes almost all of Downtown Los Angeles, overwhelmingly re-elected José Huizar. While participation was disappointing — once outstanding ballots are counted, the citywide turnout will likely hover around 11% — the incumbent’s victory is a good thing on a number of fronts.

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March 12 | LA Times

New tallies in the tight election to represent a Los Angeles City Council district that stretches from Sherman Oaks to the Miracle Mile show council aide Carolyn Ramsay and community health center development director David Ryu still leading in the race to reach the May runoff.

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March 10 | LA Times

Watkins, who lived in Rancho Cucamonga, was California area director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for two decades starting in the early 1970s. He later served as a top national official for the union in Washington.

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March 9 | Daily Trojan

A public relations firm hired by LAPD released survey data in January, and according to the firm, “residents overwhelmingly care about three things: increased violent crime, officer compensation, and recruitment and retention of our City’s officers.” In addition, the survey indicated that the majority of residents did not agree with the city’s stance on limiting pay raises for officers.

Mayor Eric Garcetti has been limiting pay raises for all city employees in an effort to lower deficits and balance the city’s budget. His goal is to eradicate the spending deficit by 2018.

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March 6 | AFSCME District Council 36

Among the big winners in Los Angeles City Council races – all supported by Council 36 and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO – were Jose Huizar from District 14, who clobbered opponent Gloria Molina with 66% of the vote. Huizar will retain his seat for a third and final term. Community organizer Marqueece Harris-Dawson emerged victorious in District 8 and incumbent Nury Martinez won in District 6.

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March 6 | LA Times

"It opens the window of argument for other unions at the negotiating table," said Jaime Regalado, emeritus professor of political science at Cal State L.A.

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March 2 | KPCC

The council has $27 million sitting in a sidewalk trust fund. The city lacks a policy for deciding which residential and business sidewalks to fix, so the money will be used to repair sidewalks adjacent to city-owned property where the city's responsibility is most clearly defined

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