Minimum wage proposal for East Bay cities gathers momentum
Mayor Tom Bates’ proposal to create a regional minimum wage across the East Bay is generating interest among officials in various cities.
“We need to raise the minimum wage, and we need to do it quickly,” Asher said. “I’m absolutely interested in it. I’m just not sure what the details are going to look like.”
Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, who supports the minimum wage increase in the city and region, said although the increase from $8 to $12.53 is a “step forward,” it is not enough to support people working in jobs like retail and food service.
“Tackling minimum wage regionally will have the most impact and help the most people,” Arreguin said. “The increase is important, but what’s critical is that the raised minimum wage match the cost of living in the East Bay.”