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West Hollywood City Hall West Hollywood, California, is enacting a minimum wage of $17.64 per hour.
The minimum wage — approved unanimously by the city council — will incrementally rise alongside the state’s overall wage floor. The wage hike will start taking affect in January for some workers and will gradually increase every six months until July 2023, eventually surpassing California’s minimum wage, which is set to reach $15 by 2022 for workplaces with more than 25 employees. California has the highest minimum wage of any state.
Some local business owners spoke against the increase, arguing that businesses were still struggling to recover from the pandemic and that the pay raise would push companies out of the city, while restaurant owners said their workers were already highly compensated. “Fewer than 10% of our jobs pay enough to live in the city,” city councilmember John D’Amico told the outlet. “I believe we are now righting the founding wrong of this city. Keeping West Hollywood workers in a position where they cannot be our neighbors and worse, they have to learn how to live without a reliable income, this has to finally no longer be acceptable.”
Since the onset of COVID-19 and the lockdown-induced recession, many federal economic stimulus proposals have included minimum wage hikes.
In addition to Democrats’ attempt to include a wage increase in the American Rescue Plan, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — who chairs the Senate Budget Committee — suggested “an amendment to take tax deductions away from large, profitable corporations that don’t pay workers at least $15 an hour.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a similar minimum wage hike for companies that make over $1 billion in revenue: “Mega-corporations can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour, and it’s long past time they do so, but this should not come at the expense of small businesses already struggling to make it.”
Meanwhile, large employers are experimenting with technology that reduces reliance upon paid staff. Amazon opened a store featuring “cashierless checkout technology,” and McDonald’s partnered with IBM to automate drive-thrus after successful tests at restaurants in the Chicago area.
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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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