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Minimum Wage Ordinance in 2018 Work Plan

From: domainremoved <Andrew>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:19:07 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council Members,

*IWalk I Bike I Vote <https://www.facebook.com/groups/iwalkibikeivote/>* is
a volunteer advocacy group campaigning for sustainable transportation and
social justice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We strongly support raising local minimum wages to help the most vulnerable
in our society meet basic needs and avoid poverty and homelessness. We urge
the Menlo Park City Council to include the adoption of a Minimum Wage
Ordinance in its 2018 Work Plan.

As of July 2017, 16 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area had adopted their
own ordinances to raise local wages above the state minimum wage, which is
just $10.50/hour today. Please see the chart linked to below, prepared for
the September 25, 2017 Redwood City City Council meeting
<http://agendas.redwoodcity.org/sirepub/cache/2/dpcecj1b0ruyezkr4ienxnxk/23413001292018120845435.PDF>,
at which the council unanimously voiced support for raising the local
minimum wage to $15/hour.

This chart lists all 16 Bay Area $15/hour cities with details of their
adopted ordinances:

http://agendas.redwoodcity.org/sirepub/cache/2/dpcecj1b0ruyezkr4ienxnxk/23413101292018113006869.PDF

Many of these cities are located in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and
most of these will raise their minimum wages to $15/hour on January 1,
2019. This timeline was endorsed by the Cities Association of Santa Clara
County. The minimum wage in Mountain View and Sunnyvale is already
$15/hour, as of January 1, 2018.

Our neighbors have taken a simple yet concrete action to improve the lives
of hundreds of thousands of our community members to partly keep up with
skyrocketing cost of living increases. A June 2016 study
<http://agendas.redwoodcity.org/sirepub/cache/2/dpcecj1b0ruyezkr4ienxnxk/23413401292018113420636.PDF>
predicted that minimum wage workers in San Jose would see their incomes
boosted by $3,000 per year, on average.

While there are many items deserving of Menlo Park's time and financial
resources in 2018, raising the local minimum wage has both major positive
benefits for workers and the local economy while not requiring a great
investment of the city staff's time. Dozens of neighboring cities have
already analyzed minimum wages recently and in detail, and have reported
their findings in City Council reports like the Redwood City meeting linked
to above. The time required for Menlo Park staff to research and present
the topic is therefore reduced.

Please take this small but bold step to prioritize a Minimum Wage Ordinance
for Menlo Park's 2018 Work Plan, and consider raising the city's minimum
wage to $15/hour by 2019.

- Sincerely, Andrew Boone, Director, I Walk I Bike I Vote,
nauboone_at_(domainremoved)

January 29, 2018


Received on Mon Jan 29 2018 - 12:22:21 PST

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