Joe Rihn: Amid cheers from labor and community supporters, 12 of the 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted Wednesday in favor of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage for workers in large hotels to $15.37 per hour.
Bobbi Murray: On the table: a $15.37 hourly wage for hotel employees at some of the biggest and most lucrative non-unionized hotels in the City of Los Angeles.
Lindsey Horvath: The overwhelming number of the lowest paid workers in this industry – housekeepers – are women, who also are the overwhelming number of domestic violence victims.
Patty Bellasalma: This week the Los Angeles City Council voted to adopt Ferguson like “quality of life” violations ignoring the dangers of unfettered police power to communities of color in order to increase city coffers.
Marcy Winograd: A group of beach maintenance workers in Santa Monica just signed Industrial Workers of the World petitions to collectively bargain with the city of Santa Monica
Peter Bibring: If LAPD is focused on preventing future crimes, then one of the best ways to do that is to catch people who are committing crimes today.
Victor Narro: The Raise LA policy is a model of a living wage that would help a large immigrant workforce, mostly women, win dignity and respect in the workplace.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: “LA wouldn’t fare much better than New York in terms of disproportionate rates of stops and frisks and use of force when dealing with black and brown young men.”
Joel Montano: Los Angeles is haunted by a real housing crisis and housing advocacy will continue to forge ahead, but a multifaceted effort that includes other non-housing campaigns like Raise LA will offer huge benefit for renters.
Rachel Torres, lead community organizer with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and UNITE HERE Local 11, will speak at the Valley Interfaith Council’s (VIC) Annual Labor Day Program to be held at 5 pm on Monday
Walker Foley: People earning less than $25,000 annually made up 34% of car commuters and 48% of carpools in 2013. Not surprisingly, lower wage earners rely more on automobiles to commute further distances to work.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Year after year the litany of the dead, black folk criminally robbed of victimhood, shattered any pretense of innocence, protection or security in “tidy” neighborhoods like ours, neighborhoods bright-eyed, bushy tailed white reporters doing ghetto fieldwork were always surprised to know existed.
Melissa Goodman: The ACLU supports the Raise LA campaign because basic economic rights are inextricably intertwined with civil rights and civil liberties. When Californians lack basic economic security – when they are unable to or must struggle to fulfill basic human needs – they cannot fully exercise their civil liberties and civil rights.