Mayor Lee faces question on minimum wage


San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will attend the Board of Supervisors meeting today [Tue/13] to participate in “question time” – that exhilarating moment where the city’s highest-ranking official responds to pre-submitted questions with carefully crafted answers.

Today, Lee faces a question about raising the minimum wage, per District 1 Sup. Eric Mar:

“Mayor Lee, San Francisco is now the city with the fastest-growing gap between rich and poor. Yet, we have not raised our minimum wage in a decade. Washington, D.C., Seattle, and Oakland, among other cities, have recently moved to raise their minimum wage. … Some labor groups in the City have proposed to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour. … Can you share what level you are currently considering increasing the minimum wage to and how you plan on mitigating impacts on small businesses and non-profits?”

Which makes us wonder, will Lee name an actual dollar amount that he and a group of stakeholders he's convened are considering increasing the minimum wage to?

Or will he stick to the vague answer he gave radio host Michael Krasny in a recent interview on KQED’s Forum? (“I said I was open to up to $15 an hour,” the mayor said in that interview, “and I didn’t state a number at the beginning.”)


Compounding with inflation annually. It will adjust to over 11. in 2015 without doing anything.
State minimum is 8.00.
Mar is not correct when he states the minimum has not increased in 10 years.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

Small businesses over 20 ermployees pay for health care- creating an effective minimum wage over 13 per hour for small employers and over 14 per hour for large employers. Only 10% of SF workers earn minimum wage and most are directly tipped employees earning well over the minimum when tips are added. Meanwhile the youth unemployment rate in SF is 27% - what incentive does an employer have to hire and train an untested worker in SF when skilled workers will commute from all over the bay area to take advantage of a minimum wage 40-60% higher than wages in Marin, Alameda or Contra Costa counties?
Businesses who cater to the 1% will be the only businesses who survive, additionally, only the well capitalized business will be able to do business in SF, further widening the affordability gap.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

Since when are benefits included as wages? Labor costs, yes, but not wages.

Posted by marcos on May. 13, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

If you got no benefits, then you would have to pay out of your own pocket for health insurance, time off, pensions etc.

Total compensation is the metric to focus on, but of course the total costs of hiring someone have to be viable, else higher wages merely mean less people at work.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

Are you a complete idiot?

Posted by Richmondman on May. 14, 2014 @ 11:52 am

And yes, benefits are part of the total compensation package, and of course the total labor costs.

A $15 minimum wage will require each employee to add a minimum value of $20 an hour, and many quite simply cannot do that.

Posted by Guest on May. 14, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

Where do you come up with employees not being able to add $20 an hour? You are jus tmaking things up to defend your outdated thinking.

Posted by Guest on May. 14, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

with employees and the employment tax system, insurance and benefits, and the operating costs of different business sectors, you cannot understand why the smaller employers are so concerned about these increases. Unfortunately this will clear out the weaker, smaller businesses in favor of the wealthy and well capitalized. It is actually a great benefit to larger corporate and real estate interests as they can engage vulture capitol at the smaller local level. Employment may not drop that much at all, it will change and more money will flow to the top.

Posted by Guest on May. 14, 2014 @ 2:53 pm


But if it a retail operation then the profits an employee generates can be measured very accurately. And if it is less than the cost of that employee, then they have to go.

Posted by Guest on May. 14, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

from the policy makers.

Posted by Guest on May. 14, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

of doing business in SF with the lower costs they incur in other jurisdictions. Small, locally owned businesses cannot enjoy this benefit, it is a business write off to lose money in San Francisco in exchange for being in a high profile luxury market.

Posted by Guest on May. 14, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

factor in considering whether a $15 minimum wage causes more harm than good.

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Posted by information about china and hong kong on wiki on Aug. 06, 2014 @ 8:30 am

means the true cost of the minimum wage is deceptive without looking at total compensation for different employers and employees.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

So the SFBG pays everyone at least $15 a hour?

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

and couldn't afford new jeggings at Hot Topic. Therefore it must be raised, for The Children.

Posted by Guest on May. 13, 2014 @ 3:05 pm


any questions?

Posted by Guestagainstwhitepeople on May. 14, 2014 @ 11:39 am

Minimun wage should be what ever someone is willing to work for and what ever an employer is willing to pay.

Entry level workers will have a better chance to learn a skill and become a person of value.

Skilled workers will be able to demand more because of their value, not because the goverment says so.

Their is one group that goverment imposed minimum wage always helps....left wing politicians concerned about their pay check.

Posted by Bill on May. 15, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

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