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Restaurant and Catering Industry
The better, fairer minimum wage -- add time and tips
The better, fairer minimum wage -- add time and tips

I purchased my first restaurant in 1985, and I am currently the managing partner of 11 restaurants in Los Angeles, including Bestia, Republique, Barrel and Ashes, Redbird and Pettycash. Like everyone in the service industry, I have a keen interest in the debate over whether and how to raise the minimum wage in the city of Los Angeles. My chef partners and I, along with about 200 other casual dining restaurant operators, support the proposals to raise the Los Angeles minimum wage, specifically one put forward by Mayor Eric Garcetti. However, our support is subject to two very important caveats: The law must include the “total compensation” concept and a longer phase-in period....