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The minimum wage debate through the eyes of self-made laundromat owner
The minimum wage debate through the eyes of self-made laundromat owner

Marc Tavakoli has all the classic trappings of success: A law degree from Columbia University, stints at Manhattan law firms, a Beverly Grove penthouse apartment two floors up from a pop singer. He only hoped for such a comfortable existence growing up. His immigrant parents, before breaking into the middle and upper classes, earned paychecks so small that Burger King seemed like a luxury. These days, Tavakoli manages his family's Los Angeles real estate holdings. His latest venture, Desi's laundromat in the working-class Pico Union neighborhood, serves as a constant reminder of those tougher times. The struggles of his employees and customers echo his days as a latchkey kid,...

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