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Thursday, September 04, 2014

When a former Campaign Gimmick becomes a new Policy Initiative for Mayor Garcetti

Mayor Eric Garcetti embraces former Mayoral Challenger Wendy Greuel's "Gimmick" of raising the Minimum Wage. 
From a Wendy Greuel Campaign Gimmick to new Mayor Garcetti Policy Initiative.
Wendy Greuel to Eric Garcetti: "You want to lick my campaign gimmick of forcing businesses to pay out a higher Minimum Wage"?
The Mayor who turned a former Populist Radio Host into a City Hall Insider, is seeking to put lipstick on the campaign gimmick piglet that was former Mayoral Challenger Wendy "Maria Elena Durazo Greuel's" plan for a $15 dollar an hour Minimum Wage, and sell it as "Raise The Wage LA".
While it was a no-brainer that now Mayor Garcetti was the "lessor of two leftie evils" in the last elections, no one should be surprise that the Rhodes Scholar's inner-Fabian Progressive proclivities, would be the foundation for pirating a "gimmick" and re-sailing it as policy. 
That said, the local business community, who is already placing surcharges into its cost to cover Obamacare, may want to remind Mayor Garcetti of these comments when the "Maria Elena Durazo Greuel Campaign" proposed the same Minimum Wage Hike Scheme/
Greuel's opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, called the efforts a "cynical attempt to buy votes" and "give false hope to people who are struggling to make ends meet." Garcetti told reporters at a news conference at his Studio City office that Greuel should disavow the message, which was included in mailers sent out by an independent group sponsored by the L.A. County Federation of Labor.
What else did Mayor Garcetti say? .........,
Garcetti said he supports asking businesses for higher wages when they receive city assistance, but he does not back an increase of L.A.'s minimum wage to $15. "We can't head our economy off of a cliff because suddenly we would become absolutely uncompetitive with other places," he said.
Then there was this in the Daily News ........,
Appearing at a taping for Monday's mayoral debate in Studio City, Garcetti called the mailers a gimmick. "A $15 minimum wage, that sets up a false expectation," Garcetti said.
He also stated that the mailers are taking advantage of voters at the end of the race.

Flashbacking to the comments above, is it fair to keyboard that Mayor Garcetti was giving false hopes to the LA Business Community, that he would take a "Back to the Basis" approach in renewing the economic environment? Thus, we can only hope that Angelinos see through this latest "get out the base campaign gimmick" and prepare for additional costs that are the byproduct of increases in the Minimum Wage.
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Michael M said:

Thanks, good job reporting this. Lets see if any (local)NC's address it. Leave it there for now....m

September 04, 2014 1:18 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Wow! Good one! Nice catch!

September 05, 2014 3:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Raising min wage is a feel good political trick. Once you raise min wage, everything goes up in price to compensate for the increase. So all raising min wage does is cause inflation.

This year we have appro 20% increase in prices due to obama care. Then another 20% increase in min wage. That equates to a total of better then 30% inflation this year. Do you think this helps people making min wage?

If raising min wage, brings more people into the middle class as President obama said, why not just raise min wage to $25-30 an hour. Then everyone who works should be middle class. But politicians know that raising min wage will cost jobs, so they make little changes, to trick the majority into believing they are helping the little person.

September 05, 2014 11:09 AM  

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