San Diego City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto on Minimum Wage Ordinance

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faucloner’s veto of an ordinance which would raise the city’s minimum wage was overridden Monday by the city council. The vote was 6-2 with Council Members Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman casting the dissenting votes. Council Member Lorie Zapf was not in attendance. 

The City Council approved the ordinance in a 6-3 vote on July 28. In addition to raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 by Jan. 2017—the second highest in the state—the ordinance would also mandate up to 5 days of paid sick leave for employees

Faulconer vetoed the measure on Aug. 8, saying small businesses and their employees would shoulder the burden of the new wage law and that it would push jobs out of the city. But Council President Todd Gloria soon vowed an attempt to save the bill with a possible override.

“This City Council is standing up and demonstrating that we value honest work and fair pay,” Gloria said. “With 38 percent of the people in this city who work … not earn(ing) enough to make ends meet, something must be done.” 

The fight over San Diego’s minimum wage is still not over, however. The San Diego Small Business Association, which opposed the ordinance, said it will begin collecting signatures for a possible referendum. If it succeeds in gathering the necessary 33,866 signatures, the issue would have to be approved by voters before it goes into effect. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and its CEO, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, are also supporting the referendum effort. 

Read more about the fight over San Diego’s minimum wage ordinance here.