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Homeboy's $15/hour question: What about jobs for the unemployable?
Homeboy's $15/hour question: What about jobs for the unemployable?

What does the City Council hope to accomplish by raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles? The obvious answer is something along the lines of, "To lift full-time workers out of poverty." But if that's the goal, why is the council focusing on the wage and not the poverty? I ask this in light of my colleague David Zahniser's piece Monday about Homeboy Industries seeking a partial exemption from the mandate to pay no less than $15 an hour by 2020. Specifically, the nonprofit wants to exempt workers who spend no more than 18 months in its transitional employment program, which helps former gang members with a combination of on-the-job training and counseling. ...

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