Posted by on September 26, 2016
Categories: Bay Area

(BANT) – The Palo Alto City Council will consider an ordinance this evening
that would adjust its minimum wage ordinance to provide a $15 hourly rate by

The City Council, during its 5:30 p.m. meeting in council
chambers, is expected to discuss the proposal that would follow an effort to
have the same minimum wage in all Santa Clara county cities.

The city’s policy and services committee has recommended the rate
be raised to $12 in 2017, $13.50 in 2018 and $15 in 2019, with raises in the
following years to be based on the Bay Area Consumer Price Index in an amount
capped at 5 percent.

The city council adopted a minimum wage ordinance last year that
currently offers $11 an hour, with increases based on the price index, and
would go up to $11.11 next year.

Under the proposal, the higher amount would help workers in the
city keep up with rising costs of housing, food, goods and other services,
city spokeswoman Claudia Keith said.

Council members are interested in aligning their rate with other
cities as part of a regional effort brought by the Cities Association of
Santa Clara County, Keith said.

The association has appealed to city leaders in the county for a
$15 hourly minimum wage across the region by 2019, three years ahead of a
state law passed earlier this year that will increase the rate to $15 an hour
in 2022.

The Mountain View and Sunnyvale city councils have already
approved their own minimum wage ordinances that will raise the hourly minimum
rates to $15 by 2018.