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L.A. activists plan $15-minimum-wage ballot measure

A coalition of activists is pushing Los Angeles to follow in the footsteps of Seattle and boost its minimum wage across the city, drafting a ballot measure that would hike the hourly base to $15. California's minimum wage recently rose to $9 an hour and will reach $10 by 2016. But the idea of a $15 minimum has been gaining momentum in the state and elsewhere, as advocates argue that existing wages are too low for workers and their families to thrive. Seattle recently approved a gradual move to a $15-an-hour minimum, and San Francisco voters are slated to decide in November whether to follow suit. Backers believe those earlier campaigns — along with Los Angeles' efforts to...