Long Beach City Council Approves $13 Minimum Wage With “Pathway” to $15 by 2021

As the discussion to raise the minimum wage in Long Beach slogged into its sixth hour, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal unraveled a multi-part plan to adopt the core of the recommendations sent to the city council by the city’s Economic Development Commission to increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019, but also added provisions for a “pathway” to $15 an hour by 2021.

$13 Minimum Wage in Long Beach Part of Finalized Recommendations from Economic Development Commission

Long Beach Economic Development (LBEDC) Commissioner Michelle Molina balled up her fists, holding them out in front of her in a pugilistic pose, ready to defend her assertion that a raise in wages should not be postponed. While the pose was struck in jest, it was highly symbolic of the struggle for the “Fight for 15” as workers and businesses owners—and the EDC commissioners themselves— have been considering their positions of how high wages should be in Long Beach for months now. 

More Questions Than Answers as Long Beach Minimum Wage Recommendations Deadline Nears

Yesterday, the Long Beach Economic Development Commission (EDC) began their preliminary deliberation of possible recommendations to be delivered to the council. It  was the first meeting of the Long Beach Economic Development Commission (EDC) since the conclusion of the public outreach effort that was part of the city’s quest toward a decision regarding increasing the minimum wage. The commission’s focus was on recommendations, until attention was turned toward a survey conducted with the support of area business improvement districts.