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Dissent goes missing in pro-labor L.A. City Council
Dissent goes missing in pro-labor L.A. City Council

If anyone on the Los Angeles City Council loves data, it's Paul Krekorian. The San Fernando Valley lawmaker stood up at a recent meeting and rattled off numbers from a new report on the city's economic health. Sales tax revenue? Up 26% since 2009. Business tax revenue? Up 29%. "I love these reports," Krekorian said. "I keep 'em every year. I study them and really get into the weeds." That knack for publicly sifting through the details was absent a few weeks ago, when the council hiked the hourly minimum wage for most hotels with 150 or more rooms to $15.37. The proposal had major implications for the hospitality industry and its workers. One...

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