Mayor Eric Garcetti: We Need To Make Sure People Have Enough To

Mayor Eric Garcetti: We Need To Make Sure People Have Enough To Spend For The Economy

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(FOX 11 / AP) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage.Garcetti on Monday announced a proposal hike from the current $9 per hour to $13.25 in 2017. The proposal will need City Council approval but it was praised by President Obama in his weekly radio address.

Garcetti says it's bad for the city's economy to have one million residents in poverty and he says eroding wages for low- and middle-income earners threatens recovery.

However, the proposed minimum wage would be among the highest in the nation and some business groups contend it would force job cuts.

Last month, San Diego voted to raise its minimum wage to $11.50 per hour in 2017.

San Francisco voters will decide on a $15-per-hour wage in November.


Fun Facts About Mayor Garcetti:

  • Garcetti is the city's first elected Jewish mayor and its youngest in more than a century.
  • He was born in Los Angeles. His father, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, is a Mexican American of Spanish, Italian, and Indigenous descent, and his mother, Sukey Roth, is of Russian Jewish descent.
  • Garcetti supported recent expansions of the Los Angeles Police Department and the re-implementation of the Senior Lead Officer Program. Crime has fallen in his district by more than forty percent since 2001.
  • From 2010 - 2012 Garcetti appeared as "Ramon Quintero", the Mayor of Los Angeles on the fictional TNT television show The Closer and its spin-off Major Crimes. Garcetti's father, Gil Garcetti, is a consulting producer on both series.
  • Garcetti is an avid photographer, jazz pianist and composer.
(Source: Wikipedia)

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