Interfaith leaders joined by more than 50 people rallied in Civic Center Plaza Tuesday to urge San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to sign the minimum wage increase approved last week.
Leaders of Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths prayed and then sent a delegation to take bread and roses to the mayor’s office to symbolize the needs of underpaid San Diegans.
“We’re here with prayer and hope in our hearts that the mayor will do the right thing,” said Rabbi Laurie Coskey, executive director of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice of San Diego County.
The City Council voted last week to increase the hourly minimum to $9.75 on Jan. 1, $10.50 in January of 2016 and $11.50 in January of 2017. Beginning in January 2019, the pay scale will be indexed to inflation.
The ordinance requires a second reading before it is officially adopted. Faulconer, who opposed the measure, will then have 10 days to to sign it into law or veto it.
The Center for Policy Initiatives estimates that 172,000 San Diegans will see raises and 279,000 will have paid sick days for the first time under the measure.