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Raise The Wage
The Executive Board of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club thanks Mayor Lindsey Horvath and Councilmember John Heilman for their passionate advocacy in favor of the $15 minimum wage in the City of West Hollywood. We also thank UNITE HERE Local 11, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Joe Guardarrama, and Sandra Fluke for speaking in favor of the minimum wage increase. Our Club shares their belief that increasing the minimum wage results in a work force that is respected for their work, creates more profitable businesses, and produces stronger communities.
The Miracle Mile Democratic Club is deeply disappointed in the actions of Mayor Pro Tem Lauren Meister, Councilmember John D'Amico, and Councilmember John Duran in opposing this essential component of building a more equal society.
We agree with Mayor Pro Tem Meister's original position on this issue. In her very clear answer on her MMDC endorsement questionnaire on this question, she wrote that "...if Los Angeles raises its minimum wage, West Hollywood businesses will have to follow to remain competitive." Mayor Pro Tem Meister's apparent change of mind on this core Democratic value guarantees that businesses in West Hollywood will face a competitive disadvantage until at least 2020. Business owners, workers, and our Club expected more from Mayor Pro Tem Meister's election.
In the strongest possible terms, the Miracle Mile Democratic Club disagrees with Councilmember D'Amico's assertion that an increase in the minimum wage would harm workers. This Republican talking point was discredited long ago, and we know that a raised minimum wage means the creation of more good jobs and higher profits for businesses. A delay to 2020 is unacceptable.
We are also disappointed by Councilmember Duran's actions on this important issue. We recall the then-candidate for County Supervisor's endorsement interview at our Club, where Councilmember Duran not only promised that he shares our progressive values, but repeatedly stated that he was the only candidate in the race who understood the needs of the urban core. After his vote on Monday, Councilmember Duran apparently does not. The Club is pleased that our endorsed candidate in that race, now-Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, recently voted for a countywide $15 minimum wage and sent a letter in support of the West Hollywood minimum wage increase. We made the correct decision for our endorsement.
The Miracle Mile Democratic Club will continue to defend the human rights of working people everywhere by advocating for a living wage that is indexed to inflation. Elected officials and candidates for public office should know that the minimum wage will remain a top priority for our Club.