Former Mayor Jerry Sanders stands up with small business owners to oppose council action on minimum wage proposal. Photo credit: NBC7SanDiego via Twitter.

The City Council has voted 6-2 to override Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of an increase in San Diego’s minimum wage with Mark Kersey and Scott Sherman cast the dissenting votes.

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf did not attend. NBC7 San Diego reported that former Mayor Jerry Sanders, now head of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, appeared with small business owners to urge the council to uphold the mayor’s veto of their earlier action.

The council voted 6-3 on July 14 to increase the minimum wage to $9.75 on Jan. 1, to $10.50 in January of 2016 and to $11.50 in January of 2017. Beginning in January 2019, the pay scale would be indexed to inflation.

At least six votes were needed to override Faulconer’s veto.

The council should take a stand for those “who are counting on this raise to help them better make ends meet, and I hope they will override the mayor’s veto,” said City Council President Todd Gloria, who authored the ordinance.

When he issued his veto, Faulconer said business owners would have to raise prices, which would make it difficult for them to compete with similar enterprises in neighboring cities. Otherwise, employees would be laid off or have their hours cut, he said.

In the past, the mayor said he favored state or federal increases because that would leave everyone with a level playing field. The California minimum wage increased from is $8.00 to $9.00 per hour effective July 1.

Business community leaders who oppose the rise in the lowest pay level have said they are considering their options, including collecting signatures to force the issue to the ballot.

Supporters of the sick leave requirement said it will keep employees from showing up for their jobs while ill, infecting the public and their co-workers.

– City News Service

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