Aww the agenda for the next City Council meeting is so cute. It’s so optimistic that folks really believe that this City Council can get through that many meaty items in one night. Even with moving off an agenda item to a September meeting.
The agenda has no less than seven Council Referrals, you know the stuff designed to make the Council person look super thoughtful but just looks self-promoting. I’ll get to the other stuff later but here’s one for the self-promoting books.
Consider enacting a local minimum wage increase. Other cities in the Bay Area have enacted local minimum wage increases. Staff could identify possible parameters of its application, and what other cities in California have done.
Now you may be saying, wait a sec, didn’t the Governor just sign a bill that raises the minimum wage already? And you would be correct.
In progressive Alameda making it an issue for consideration is an easy feel good, but largely meaningless, sell because polls show that statewide 2/3 of voters support the increase. I imagine that Alameda’s approvals would be much higher.
The only thing that Alameda could do differently than what is being required by State law is to speed up the pacing to $15 per hour for the minimum wage. State law will have it fully enacted by 2022. Los Angeles City and County will have their fully enacted by 2021. Emeryville will go to $15 by 2018 along with the City and County of San Francisco. San Leandro recently passed a minimum wage ordinance that would be fully at $15 by 2021.
This seems an odd move for this particular policy maker who has rarely approved revenue generating policy for the City of Alameda. She recently voted against the resolution to place a measure on the ballot that would modernize the Utility Transfer Tax and capture lost UTT monies because not all cell phone services and Voice Over IP accounts capture this tax. But yet she continues to vote or bring referrals to expend more General Fund monies without ensuring that revenue is coming in as well.