The Long Beach City Council will consider initiating a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation that would examine the potential effects of local minimum wage ordinances, and certain incentives for businesses and nonprofits, on Long Beach and how the City of Long Beach should respond.
Mayor Robert Garcia released the following statement on the proposal:
"I support a collaborative and inclusive conversation about raising the minimum wage that includes workers, small businesses, and our non-profits. We need to ensure that we collect data, study national and local workforce trends, and most importantly ensure that the process is open and balanced. While I appreciate the conversation and work that has happened in Los Angeles and other jurisdictions, Long Beach will look towards creating a policy that reflects the needs and interests of our residents and business community."
Mayor Garcia has already begun meeting with business leaders, workers, and nonprofits, and will ensure that there are numerous opportunities for public input over the coming months.