Politics and Government
L.A. panel was split over which minimum-wage analyst offered best bid

A panel tasked with choosing outside analysts to conduct a key review of two proposals to raise Los Angeles' minimum wage split over which firm had the best bid, according to newly released city documents. Officials released the records after a flurry of criticism over the selection of UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment to conduct the analysis as the City Council weighs the wage hike proposals. Business groups and other critics challenged the selection because the institute prepared an earlier, generally favorable analysis of Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to boost the minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017. That study concluded that Garcetti's...