Don Knabe

L.A.'s $15-an-hour future

L.A.'s $15-an-hour future

Nearly a million minimum wage workers are on track to get a raise to $15 an hour in 2020, now that both the city of Los Angeles and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors have adopted a new wage scale for the lowest-paid workers. The pay hike will help thousands in the city as well as in the county's unincorporated areas who struggle to afford housing, transportation and education in one of the most expensive regions in the nation. The big question is whether the board's vote Tuesday to match the city's $15 wage will provide the critical mass needed to persuade other cities in the region to also raise their minimum wage, which would help lessen the confusion and competition...