District 3 council candidate Chris Ward celebrates on election night. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego’s newest councilman is expected to announce an equal pay ordinance this week.

In a press release, staff for District 3 Councilman Chris Ward said he would proposed the ordinance “ensuring that city contractors affirm and verify that they provide equal pay regardless of gender and ethnicity to all employees prior to receiving public contracts, and the consequences of violations for pay discrimination.”

The announcement made Wednesday said Ward will be joined by state Sen. Toni Atkins, Assembylman Todd Gloria and his council colleagues Georgette Gómez and Barbara Bry.

The proposed ordinance comes at a time when women earn less than men.

“A woman who works full time in California makes a median salary of $42,486, compared to a median salary of $50,539 for a man, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families. That makes for a difference of about 84 cents to every dollar earned by a man or the equivalent of $8,000 per year, the average cost of six months of rent in the state,” read the press release.

Ward’s office says the problem is worse for women of color.

Ward represents San Diego’s third council district including communities of Downtown, Little Italy, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, Middletown, Hillcrest, University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Old Town, South Park, and Golden Hill.

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