On the ballot in San Francisco, a measure to bump the minimum wage from $10.74 to $15. Across the bay in Oakland, an initiative that would lift the hourly pay from $9 to $12.25.
Who isn’t in favor of increasing income for the lowest paid among us in one of the most expensive area’s to live?
And yet restaurant owners who run small, independent businesses that help give these towns their unique flavor say a seismic wage increase could sink some establishments already running on thin profit margins.
Since these stories ran, some developments of note:
A handful of Bay Area restaurateurs, including some featured in my stories, have decided to replace tipping with a 20% surcharge on all checks.
And a UC Berkeley study found that a rise in the minimum wage could help close the wealth gap for almost 25% of San Francisco workers.
Have your say on November 4.