Housing and Urban Planning

Why the $15 minimum wage got my 'no' vote

Why the $15 minimum wage got my 'no' vote

On June 10, I cast the City Council's lone “no” vote on the $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. While everyone agrees that there is genuine poverty in the city of Los Angeles, no wage increase can be high enough to offset the effect of job loss or reduced working hours that will result from a remedy that puts the complete burden on the backs of business.

Having been both a business owner and a low-wage service worker, I know firsthand about the struggles that business owners and their employees face every day. I've had days when paying my employees meant that I did not take my own paycheck.

This wage increase may hurt the very people it is designed to help. Most minimum wage...