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L.A. small-business owners weigh both sides of a wage hike
L.A. small-business owners weigh both sides of a wage hike

Some weeks, Gaston Letelier forgoes his own pay so he can afford to keep running his Meltdown Comics & Collectibles store in Hollywood. Before the economy crashed, he paid for his employees' health insurance. But the downturn forced customers to save their money for food, gas and online bargains instead of graphic novels and individual issues. Letelier eventually stopped offering health coverage and capped wages at a dollar above the current $9 state minimum wage. "I can't do more," he said. He may have no choice if Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti succeeds in passing a proposal to gradually raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017. Like...

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