Ventura Passes a Living Wage Ordinance

By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Times, May 17 2006
Advocates for the working poor didn't get very far when they tried to pass a minimum-wage ordinance in Ventura five years ago. Yet this week, the Ventura City Council voted unanimously to enact just such a law.

This time, the Ventura Chamber of Commerce signed on, as did Jim Monahan, the City Council's staunchest pro-business member.

Doubtful Reasoning By Columnist

Letter to the Editor
By Vic Yellow Hawk White
Assistant director AFSC-PMRO
Central Valley Office, Woodland
Daily Democrat , May 3 2006
While presented as "A Minority View" the prominence of the commentary by Walter Williams recently demands a reply. While I won't dispute the citations he has quoted I do intend to cast doubt on his reasoning.

If productivity were the measure of economic benefit you would not see "golden parachutes" (high severance pay for failed chief executive officers). Were the world's economies a level playing field it might be possible to use a one method approach.

How to up the minimum

2006 Orange County Register, Apr 1 2006

SACRAMENTO – Francisca Rodriguez can't imagine life on the minimum wage. She's struggling enough 50 cents above it.

The Santa Ana mother supports four children and a sick husband on $7.25 an hour cleaning offices in Huntington Beach. For a family that size, $75,000 a year is considered low income in Orange County. Rodriguez earns $15,000.

"Everything is pretty much difficult to buy, even the most basic things," the 37-year-old said. "There's so many sacrifices I have to make."

Guest Editorial: The End of the Eight Hour Day

Op-ed by Barry Hermanson
BeyondChron, Feb 27 2006
On February 10th, the California Restaurant Association filed an initiative with the California Attorney General's office. They want to raise the minimum wage to $7.75. This has to be a first, a business group filing an initiative to increase the minimum wage. How can an industry that has always bitterly opposed raising the minimum wage, introduce legislation to increase it? Answer: they see the writing on the wall. Industry leaders have recently been quoted as saying an increase is inevitable.
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