A Decade Later, San Diego’s Living Wage Law Quiets Critics, Offers Enforcement Lessons

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A decade later, San Diego’s living wage law quiets critics, offers enforcement lessons

by Chris Young & Joe Yerardi | September 6, 2016

Two years ago, the paychecks Jose Partida brought home to support his family were barely enough to make ends meet. The landscape company he worked for at the time paid him about $11 per hour, without paid vacation or health benefits.

But life has since improved for the 28-year-old father of two. He now works for a different landscape company, one that does lots of business with the city of San Diego.

Partida is the beneficiary of a decade-old law that requires city contractors to pay their employees living wages for work they perform on the taxpayers’ dime. He is one of roughly 3,900 city contract workers currently earning nearly $15 an hour, including health benefits, and receiving paid vacation.

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