Council members to propose ballot initiative on minimum wage, sick days
Speaking to a rally attended by about 100 people, Councilwoman Myrtle Cole said no one should have to just scrape by if they work hard, or have to choose between putting food on the table or caring for an ill loved-one.
She was joined by City Council President Todd Gloria and Councilwomen Marti Emerald and Sherri Lightner.
The proposal will be presented in two weeks to the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, which would begin hammering out details.
Last week, the union-funded Center on Policy Initiatives released a study that said a typical family of four needs to make nearly $85,000 annually to live in San Diego without government assistance — which equates to each adult making more than $20 per hour.
The CPI also said 300,000 households in the region have incomes too low to meet basic expenses.