As reported by the Orange County Register
The Los Angeles City Council gave its initial approval Tuesday to raise minimum pay in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour over the next five years, joining a nationwide movement to boost living standards for the poorest American workers.
“The minimum wage should not be a poverty wage in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is expected to sign the ordinance once a final draft is approved by the council.
The measure, strongly opposed by city businesses, would affect more than 700,000 workers, including dishwashers, janitors, gardeners, fast-food cashiers, parking attendants and housekeepers.
Los Angeles Councilman Mitchell Englander, the lone dissenter in the 14-1 vote, predicted the raise would lead to …