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Thursday, February 22, 2007

City Council Re-Enacts Wage Ordinance, Which Courts Will Probably Invalidate

By Walter Moore, Chief Economist and Legal Analyst, L.A. Policy Institute.

The City Council, by a 10-to-3 vote, re-enacted an ordinance to require a handful of hotels near the airport to pay employees more than the state minimum wage.

The Council had enacted essentially the same law before, but repealed it after L.A. businesses submitted petitions with enough signatures to force the Council to repeal it or let voters decide whether to appeal it. The Council thus avoided a refererndum on the issue by repealing the ordinance, and, after doing so, simply enacted it again, with slight changes.

The hotels have vowed to take the matter to court.

I predict the Court will invalidate the new ordinance, either in its entirety or, more likely, the provisions requiring the hotels to pay higher wages. The law, at least in theory, forbids a person -- in this case, City Hall -- from doing indirectly what it cannot do directly. The City, having opted to repeal the ordinance rather than face an election, cannot circumvent the law merely by attaching a few additional provisions to the same law.

You can read about it in the L.A. Times.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The leadership of the Chamber is a disgrace. How easily they were fooled.

February 22, 2007 9:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yup, that's what this was, bait & switch. Hahn's argument is weak.

February 22, 2007 9:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DATED: FEBRUARY 16, 2007

TO: ROCKY DELGADILLO, City Attorney

TEREE BOWERS, Assistant City Attorney

JACK WEISS, Councilman Public Safety

DENNIS ZINE, Councilman Public Safety

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA, Mayor

JIMMY BLACKMAN, Deputy Mayor


CITY ATTORNEY SOLICITS MONEY
FOR HIS PERSONAL PROGRAMS

Why is City Attorney Deputy Robert Ferber allowed to use his position with the City Attorney’s office to AGGRESSIVELY PUSH SOLICITIATIONS FOR MONEY FOR HIS PERSONAL “FOUNDATION” to people who have to work with him and other City offices and PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES AND ADDRESSES HE ACQUIRES DURING HIS CITY WORK.

When does Mr. Ferber do his attorney work that we pay for? If he’s out teaching school children as he says in the attached material, that must be done during the day from Monday to Friday.

Has anyone checked the City phone records to see how much of this is done on City time?

AND HE’S ASKING FOR PAYMENT TO HONOR ANOTHER CITY ATTORNEY? Who is Dov Lesel? Is he also teaching kids while he’s supposed to be working for the City.

CITY OFFICIALS HAD BETTER LOOK AT AND STOP THIS CONFLICT OF INTEREST BEFORE THE MEDIA REALLY TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT HOW LONG ITS BEEN GOING ON!!!!!!!!


Angry Taxpayer

February 22, 2007 1:35 PM  

Blogger Archie Bunker said:

What's the status on repealling Proposition R the Term Limit extension. I hope the Judge sees these two cases as clear cut arguments as to why Taxpayers need a clear voice.

February 22, 2007 4:57 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

As I understand it, the hearing on Measure R is scheduled for April -- AFTER the election. Can't wait to see what happens if Alarcon wins and resigns from the Legislature, and the Court overturns Measure R.

February 22, 2007 5:58 PM  

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