Eric Garcetti
L.A. minimum wage plan moves forward without union exemption

A landmark plan to boost the Los Angeles minimum wage took another step forward Friday, as a panel of city lawmakers vetted a draft ordinance putting the pay hikes into law. But a host of complex and divisive questions about the plan will likely remain unanswered even after the law is passed -- including whether unionized companies will ultimately be able to opt out of the wage requirements if their workers agree. "This is an ongoing process," City Councilman Curren Price, who heads the Economic Development Committee, said Friday. "There’s still a lot of things to be resolved." When it takes up the proposed law next Wednesday, the full council is widely...