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Finding balance in L.A.'s minimum wage discussion
Finding balance in L.A.'s minimum wage discussion

Rob Lohman took a huge risk five years ago when he started a company in downtown Los Angeles that makes eco-chic clothing out of organic cotton and hemp. One day last year he was surprised to get a call from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "He wanted to feel me out on what the impact of the minimum wage increase would be on us," said Lohman, whose company — a kind of mini-Patagonia — employs more than 50 people in a factory at 7th and Alameda. And? "I told him we're in support of it," said Lohman. In spirit, at least. In fact, he was already paying his staff at Groceries Apparel a dollar an hour more than the current $9 minimum. But after...

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