Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents much of the Westside, stood alongside Mayor Eric Garcetti on Labor Day as the mayor called for raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 an hour by 2017.
“Today, people in Los Angeles work fulltime and still do not have the money that they need to pay for basic needs. That is not right, and tomorrow that is going to change,” Bonin said during the Raise the Wage L.A. press conference in South L.A., where he and Garcetti were joined by six council colleagues, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and other business leaders.
“Poverty is a sin against our humanity and a cumbersome drag on our economy. Los Angeles can do better,” Bonin later posted on Facebook, adding that he favored an eventual increase to $15.