Wendy Greuel said this weekend that she supports $15 an hour wages for hotel workers in LA. The city already requires a "living wage" of $12 per hour at hotels near LAX.
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Today is Monday, May 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
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Mayor candidate Wendy Greuel says she supports paying all hotel workers in Los Angeles $15 an hour, reports KPCC. The city already requires hotels near LAX to pay a "living wage" of $12 an hour. Eric Garcetti also supports a higher wage for hotel employees, but would not commit a specific figure.
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel said over the weekend that she wants the city to impose a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all hotel workers in L.A.
“We want to make sure that all boats rise in the city, that people have the opportunity to afford housing and to be able to afford amenities,” Greuel said at a campaign stop in South L.A.
The city already requires hotels along Century Boulevard near LAX to pay workers a “living wage” of nearly $12 an hour. Greuel wants to expand that.
The public commitment appeared to be a new one, and came 10 days before Election Day in a tight race where labor union activists could play a deciding role. In fact, those activists over the weekend handed out a Greuel flyer saying she would increase the minimum wage for those workers.
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The Senate's immigration bill includes a proposal to allow drones to patrol the US-Mexico border
One of the unintended consequences of the immigration reform bill now under scrutiny in the U.S. Senate could be drones in the skies over Southern California. But California's senior Senator says, "Not so fast…"
Tucked away in the nearly 900-page immigration bill is the "Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy." It would allow "unarmed, unmanned aerial systems" — in other words, drones — to patrol the border. The bill defines that region as stretching 100 miles north from the border.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Intelligence Committee, says she's very familiar with a drone's ability to see from great distances with great accuracy. "You don't want them looking in windows of people's homes or in back yards of people's homes," she says. Feinstein says that kind of surveillance could affect "millions of people living within that hundred miles" in Southern California.
Last week we launched our voter guide for the May 21st municipal election. We've got candidate statements, must-read coverage on each race, and your candidates' answers to the questions that define their race.
It's pretty simple. Enter your address, the app will deliver a rundown of each race proposition and measure applicable to you.
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You can save your choices on your mobile device or print them out so you can bring them to the polls.
We'll have this up at the top of the homepage until Election Day, and we'll continue to add more coverage as it develops. Have a look, thumb through it to learn about the candidates who will appear on your ballot, and let us know your thoughts.
Many voters are having a hard time making up their mind between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel in the race for Los Angeles mayor.
“That’s why I’m out here today,” said Mary Lee after a candidate’s forum in South Los Angeles. “I’m trying to make that final decision.”
A poll by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State LA found 9 percent of likely voters undecided on the mayor’s race. Greuel captured 46 percent support and Garcetti garnered 45 percent – a virtual tie.
“I know Garcetti’s record in Hollywood and many of his economic accomplishments there,” Lee said of the city councilman who represents that area. But she’s also impressed by Greuel’s fiscal record as city controller. Then there’s the gender question.