San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby issued the following statement today upon Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of the Earned Sick Days and Minimum Wage Ordinance:
“By vetoing the city’s minimum wage increase, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is delaying much-needed financial relief for tens of thousands of local families. In addition to holding back $260 million from the paychecks of hrd-working San Diegans, this veto overturns the guarantee of five earned sick days for every employee in the city.
“Mr. Faulconer talked a lot about representing all San Diegans when he was campaigning earlier this year. But it didn’t take long for him to show his true priorities in office – in this case, depriving many families of the ability simply to pay rent and put food on the table. Even if this veto is not a surprise, it is still an outrage.
“The incremental increase in the minimum wage would enable our neighbors who can’t afford living expenses – 38% of all workers in San Diego – to meet their basic needs, live with dignity, and increase their contributions to the local economy.
“That’s why boosting the minimum wage is a ‘win-win’ for employees and businesses. It will stimulate economic growth and reduce reliance on public assistance. The Mayor might not agree, but most people in the city do: a new poll shows that 63% of San Diegans support the minimum wage law.
“Fortunately, City Council President Todd Gloria has pledged to lead a supermajority of councilmembers in overturning this veto. The San Diego County Democratic Party will continue to work with individuals, organizations, and businesses to support earned sick days and a higher minimum wage for all San Diegans.”