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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Back $15 Hourly Wage

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Back $15 Hourly Wage

More than 600,000 people in the Los Angeles workforce will benefit from the city’s new $15 per hour minimum wage, which the City Council initially approved on May 19, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a research and advocacy group that supports the decision. The 14-1 vote instructs the city attorney to prepare [...]
Advocates: Can California Do More to Fight Poverty?SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor. His proposal, released on May 14, left fellow Democrats, welfare advocates and social service recipients [...]
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Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for AllWhen the Great Recession hit California in 2007, state revenues declined sharply, many programs took big hits and the state’s deficit grew. Eight years later, the “wall of debt” has been significantly reduced and tax revenues have increased so significantly that there’s a projected surplus of more than $4 billion. The time has come to [...]
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A Wyo. City, Known for Beating of Gay Man, Passes a LawLARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement. Other states adopted stricter laws against violence and discrimination, and Congress passed hate crimes legislation bearing Shepard’s name. Yet in Wyoming, advocates have tried [...]
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‘Karaoke Night’ Brings Solace to L.A. Skid RowLOS ANGELES (AP) — Darkness is falling on another long, depressing night in one of America’s most famous neighborhoods. For the 200 or so souls lining up outside the aging street-corner edifice housing the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene, however, this one will seem neither quite as long nor as harsh as the [...]
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Tiny Houses for the Homeless Make it Big in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (AP) — After Elvis Summers built a tiny house on wheels for a woman who had been sleeping on the streets, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct similar shelters for other homeless people in his South Los Angeles neighborhood. He had no grand ambitions beyond lending a helping hand in a city [...]
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Family of Man Slain on Skid Row Files Claim Against LAPDLOS ANGELES (AP) — Heleine Tchayou was home in Boston when she saw on the news cellphone video of a mentally ill homeless man killed on Skid Row by Los Angeles police. She exclaimed to a friend and her son-in-law about how horrible it was. It wasn’t until days later that she learned the man who [...]
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Seattle Alternative to Jail Works, University Study SaysSEATTLE (AP) — Gailen Lopton was in a downtown alley two weeks ago, having a buddy jab him in the neck with a heroin-filled syringe, when he suddenly found himself in the company of Seattle’s finest. The police officers weren’t looking to lock him up, though. Instead, they offered him a chance to enroll in [...]
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Aurora Paredes is the first person in her family to attend college. She hasn’t taken that role lightly. The passionate spirit that motivated her to become a college student also led her to pursue social justice work. It is work that has become dear to this undocumented student. Aside from serving as a mentor and tutor [...]
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Seattle Workers Just Received a Raise, Which Will Hit $15SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law began going into effect Wednesday, nearly a year after this pricey West Coast city was celebrated by activists as the first metropolis to push employers into providing higher wages. The fast-food workers who staged walk-outs to advance the idea, however, won’t be seeing anything close to [...]
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