A Community Forum
Monday, May 4, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Los Altos United Methodist Church
655 Magdalena Ave, Los Altos [map]
Free and open to all. Wheelchair accessible.
Professor of Sociology, San Jose State University
Co-Founder of San Jose’s Minimum Wage Campaign
Former Mountain City Council Member
|Rev. Debbie Weatherspoon
Pastor, Los Altos United Methodist Church Executive
Executive Director, Community Services Agency
Minimum Wage Earners
Get a head start and getting your questions answered. Check out our “Myths and Facts About the Minimum Wage“
A record number of municipalities around the country are taking action to raise their local minimum wage. Just six months ago, the city councils in Mountain View and Sunnyvale voted to lift their minimums. In last November’s elections, voters in San Francisco and Oakland overwhelmingly voted in favor of raising the minimum wage in those cities. San Jose voters raised their minimum wage in 2012. In February, Palo Alto’s city council voted unanimously to pursue an increase there. And as recently as March 31, the Mountain View City Council directed their staff to work with neighboring cities to develop a more regional approach to raising the minimum wage, with a goal of a $15 minimum wage in 2018.
Should Los Altos raise the local minimum wage? “Yes!” say the local organizations, churches and economic equality activists who make up the Raise the Wage Coalition of the Peninsula and South Bay. The Coalition’s grassroots efforts led directly to the Mountain View raise and Palo Alto’s current process to do the same. Now, the Coalition is working to ask the Los Altos City Council to join its neighbors.
In each of the towns mentioned above, proponents of raising the minimum wage were understandably faced with a lot of questions about the effects of raising the local minimum wage. They also found that a lot of people — residents and business owners alike — have mistaken assumptions about raising the wage.
Doesn’t raising the minimum wage hurt employment? Won’t an increase drive prices sky-high? And aren’t most minimum wage workers just part-time teenagers anyway? This community forum is designed to explore and answer those questions and more. The answers might surprise you. What are your questions?
This forum will feature an extensive Q&A and discussion session. We welcome people with all points of view — in favor, opposed, unsure — to ask questions and make their voices heard during this time.
If you already support the idea of increasing the minimum wage in Los Altos, please take a moment to sign the petition to Los Altos City Council.
Raise the Wage Coalition Member Organizations: Action Council, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto / Campus Alliance for Economic Justice / Fool’s Mission / Hope’s Corner Steering Committee / Mountain View Day Workers Center / Mountain View Dreamers / Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice / OUR Walmart / Outreach Board, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto / Peninsula Peace and Justice Center / Peninsula Young Democrats / Politically Inspired Action / Santa Clara County Green Party / Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Peninsula Branch / Working Partnerships USA