More than one-third of all residents in Los Angeles make less than $10.00 per hour and have no health benefits. Los Angeles needs to provide a living wage to low wage workers. A minimum wage is by no means a living wage. A true living wage is $10.50 an hour, as set recently by the Santa Monica City Council, for businesses grossing over $5 million.

State minimum wage is about to go to $6.75 per hour. This increase to $10.50 is necessary and essential for a thriving economy. If you work in this city you should be able to afford to live in this city. This living wage should also apply to city employees, not just those whose services are contracted out.