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L.A. needs better than minimum-wage jobs
L.A. needs better than minimum-wage jobs

The City Council's decision Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $15 in Los Angeles was hailed as a major step toward easing the strain of poverty among the city's low-wage workers. And it may well be. The state's current minimum wage of $9 an hour just isn't enough to live on in a high-cost city. The new wage, which will be increased annually until it reaches $15 in 2020, will give some 800,000 men and women a raise that will help them cover the expenses of housing, food, transportation and other essentials. But what will really help struggling Angelenos is more jobs that pay higher than the minimum wage, and more opportunities to move up the career ladder. L.A....

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