Community Health, Youth Voices
While some complain that a minimum wage increase—now $15 an hour—leads to higher prices and hurts small businesses, advocates say wages are still not enough to offset the rising cost of living in Los Angeles. “The minimum wage in the city of L.A. was falling behind the increases in the cost of living for the city. You have rents going up. You have the cost of food going up. You have transportation going up, and the cost of education going up– everything except for wages… it’s not enough.” An interview with a tenant advocate and community organizer who helped the campaign to raise the minimum wage is on Boyle Heights Beat.