Jobs and Workplace
Low pay is but one problem in L.A.'s business climate

To the editor: As a second-generation owner of a business that has operated in Los Angeles for more than 40 years, I support higher wages for my hardworking employees. However, we compete with several companies located in federal minimum wage states or Mexico. How will the city protect a company located here? ("How would L.A.'s minimum wage law compare with other big cities?," May 19) Businesses covered by Los Angeles' new minimum wage law aren't solely service-oriented companies. There are manufacturers here that have to meet city specifications and bid competitively against others that are not burdened by the local bureaucracy, the exorbitant costs of...