City Announces Community Review Process for Minimum Wage Study

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Thursday, the City of Long Beach announced the community review process for the Long Beach Minimum Wage Study to be conducted by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and approved by the City Council at the September 15 meeting. In September, October and November, the City will be holding a series of meetings for community input on the Minimum Wage Study.

“It is important that we move forward with a community process that is collaborative, open and balanced,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage residents, workers, and employers to participate in these six meetings and roundtables over the next couple of months.”

In an effort to embrace a high level of transparency and provide additional opportunities for public education and comment, six public meetings for the Minimum Wage Study are being scheduled. These meetings are intended to further engage and educate the public, and to provide input to the LAEDC and ultimately the Mayor and City Council.

“I am pleased to see the LAEDC has been engaged to fully study the impacts of changing the minimum wage and business incentives in the City,” noted Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, who brought forth the agenda item with co-sponsors Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, and Councilmen Dee Andrews and Rex Richardson. “It’s important for the community to have ample opportunity to receive information and offer their feedback.”

The sessions will be held in different locations in the City to encourage broad participation by residents, workers, and business owners. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at the regularly scheduled Economic Development Commission meeting, followed by the Mayor’s Roundtable on October 5, and the City Council’s Economic Development and Finance Committee meeting on October 29.

“I’m looking forward to addressing this important issue at our Economic Development and Finance (ED&F) Committee of the City Council and to receiving input on all facets that will impact our communities,” said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, Chair of the ED&F Committee.

The following is the proposed study schedule:

  • September 29: Economic Development Commission (4:00 pm City Council Chambers)
  • October 5: Mayor’s Roundtable (5:30 pm Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave.)
  • October 29: Economic Development and Finance Committee meeting (7:30 am Long Beach City College)
  • November 17: Mayor’s Roundtable (12:00 pm Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave.)
  • November 20: Economic Development and Finance Committee meeting (4:00 pm Bay Shore Library, 195 Bay Shore Ave.)
  • November 24: Economic Development Commission (4:00 pm City Council Chambers)

At the end of the preliminary public outreach process, after the first three meetings to be held September 29, October 5 and October 29, LAEDC will issue their report for public comment. That report will include a section that captures the feedback provided at each of the public meetings.

After the report is issued, three more public meetings will be held on November 17, November 20 and November 24 for the community to review and comment on. The City Council is expected to review the report, the summary of public comments, and other information on minimum wage in early December 2015.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) provides collaborative, innovative and strategic economic development leadership through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy.

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