Mayor vetoes minimum wage hike

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SAN DIEGO — Mayor Kevin Faulconer Friday vetoed the City Council- approved ordinance that would incrementally increase the minimum wage in San Diego to $11.50 and mandate that employers offer five paid sick days to workers each year.

The City Council has 30 days from today to consider an override, and Gloria said in a statement the council will consider overriding the veto. Scheduling a vote to override the veto could prove problematic with the council set to begin a four-week recess today, and no council meetings scheduled until the second week of September.

Faulconer held a news conference flanked by small business owners who joined him in opposition to the ordinance, approved on a 6-3 vote by the City Council in July.

“Today I’m vetoing the City Council’s wage ordinance because we need these and other small businesses to thrive,” Faulconer said. “This wage ordinance would make it harder for them to hire and employ San Diegans who need work … The burden of the council’s wage ordinance falls squarely on the shoulders of San Diego’s small businesses and the families who they employ.”

Faulconer said San Diego’s small businesses compete with “restaurants in Poway, stores in Chula Vista and shops in National City that won’t face this same increase.”

With six council members supporting the wage increase, the mayor’s veto will likely fall victim to an override. It would take at least a 6-3 council vote — two-thirds or more — to override Faulconer’s decision.

“When 38 percent of San Diego workers don’t earn enough to make ends meet, something must be done,” Gloria said. “That is why the mayor’s veto of this reasonable, common-sense measure is disappointing. Thankfully the City Council understands that our working families are struggling, and I believe will act to override this veto.”

If none of the council members change their previous votes — Mark Kersey, Scott Sherman and Lori Zapf cast dissenting votes in July — it could set the stage for a referendum.

Business interests have qualified two referendums over the past year, forcing the council majority to repeal one of its actions and place the other before a public vote — where it lost.

Gloria originally proposed having residents vote on the minimum wage in November, but the council majority wanted to adopt the wage hike directly.

Former Mayor Jerry Sanders, who now leads the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, commended the mayor’s veto of the ordinance, which he said would put San Diego at a competitive disadvantage to nearby cities.

“Mayor Faulconer showed strong leadership in making this decision that protects the San Diego economy, particularly our small businesses and jobs,” Sanders said. “We urge City Council to accept the mayor’s veto and not override this ordinance which will hurt working families, San Diego consumers and employers.”

The organization Rise Up San Diego issued a statement saying the mayor’s veto denied “hundreds of thousands of working people access to sick days and a raise,” and compared San Diego’s ordinance with a similar one passed in San Jose.

“Given the success San Jose has had with its minimum wage ordinance, I and a lot of other San Diego business people are surprised Mayor Faulconer vetoed ours,” said businessman Mel Katz. “There’s significant proof that the San Jose minimum wage has helped that city’s economy — a similar ordinance could help ours.”

 

7 comments

  • Raleigh King

    This is horsesh!t. These small business owners are the same ones that cut hours so they wouldn’t have to give health insurance. I say boycott the small businesses so we can hit them in their wallets too.

  • jon

    Minimum wage increase do nothing but make the money you earned prior to the increase worth less. Basically it bankrupts retired people. Business’s are already increasing the cost of their goods and services in anticipation of the increase. Jobs ideal for teenagers to do, were not meant as life long jobs where you can support 3 kids.

  • Fred

    Stop plopping out 4 kids and thinking a job at McDonald’s is a career. Those minimum wage jobs are for kids learning some skills to move up to more skilled jobs. Gloria, you and the other demoncraps need to stop the nanny state BS. You want the damn low wage earners to get ahead? Teach them while they’re in Jr. High school that sex leads to having kids and having 4 kids by the time you’re 22 leads to being poor!

    Gloria and all the rest of you idiot demoncraps need to stop the government from telling the businesses how to operate and how much they should pay people!! It’s the government who’s the problem. You’re not the solution! None of you demoncraps ever ran a business or had to make payroll but you think you know how business should run. Get out of the way and let us run our business so we can hire more people instead of adding more regulations.

    And to all you idiots out there saying we need to pay more because as a business owner we make all the money…..no that’s not the way it works! You want to make more money, come up with a good idea, take the chance and start your own business. Then you’ll understand. …otherwise shut up. I took the chances and stuck my neck out to make a buck without any safety nets so yes I DESERVE TO MAKE MORE THAN MY EMPLOYEES!

  • Fred

    Here’s another thing to think about. How many of these minimum wage people live Mexico? Our money goes a long way down there. I don’t know about you but most of the fast food workers barely speak English which says to me they’re from down south of the border.
    Now, for all you people asking for a living wage, our minimum wage is a living wage for those down south. Also, to you people saying it will help our economy because the more they earn the more they will spend well that’s a load of crap for San Diego. They will take that same money and spend it down in Mexico so how is that helping San Diego? You see, none of these so called journalist here in San Diego want to say that. That’s not the liberal (media) way. So I’m doing my best to educate you folks.

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