No-no on BB and CC: Don’t invalidate new minimum wage compromise

Caragh McErlean/Staff

At this point, you don’t get to decide whether the minimum wage increases to $15. It already will. Measures BB and CC, which both would have increased minimum wage to $15 by different years, have been superseded by an ordinance City Council passed in July.

Both must be rejected to uphold the validity of the council-passed ordinance.

The two measures would have increased minimum wage to $15 per hour, but one would have taken until 2019 and the other until 2017. Over the summer, Councilmember and mayoral candidate Laurie Capitelli negotiated a compromise that City Council approved. The minimum wage will now increase to $15 by 2018.

But it should be noted that Capitelli, who claims to be a champion of the approved minimum wage hike, had voted against an increase to $15 multiple times in years past.

Regardless, Berkeley voters should reject BB and CC. They’re unnecessary and would invalidate the hard-fought minimum wage compromise.

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