City Council Meeting: 5-13-14                                              Santa Monica, California

ORDINANCE NUMBER ____________ (CCS)

(City Council Series)

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
SANTA MONICA AMENDING SANTA MONICA MUNICIPAL CODE SECTION 4.65.010 TO INCREASE THE LIVING WAGE

 

WHEREAS, in May of 2005, the City Council of the City of Santa Monica (the “City Council”) adopted Ordinance No. 2152 to require that persons working on City contracts receive a living wage (the “Living Wage Ordinance”); and

WHEREAS, the findings approved as part of the Living Wage Ordinance establish that its purposes include ensuring that those workers have sufficient income to pay the high costs of living in the City, region and State to cover costs of health care, and to have the leisure to participate in civic life; and

WHEREAS, the Living Wage Ordinance set an initial Minimum Wage of eleven dollars and fifty cents per hour, effective July 1, 2005, to be adjusted annually, each July 1, by an amount equal to the consumer price index (“CPI”) for the previous year; and

WHEREAS, commencing July 1, 2006, the Minimum Wage has increased pursuant to the requirements of the Living Wage Ordinance to an amount equal to fourteen dollars and eight cents ($14.08) effective through June 30, 2014; and

WHEREAS, the City Council recently approved several development agreements requiring a wage of fifteen dollars and thirty-seven cents ($15.37) an hour for workers associated with those projects; and

WHEREAS, in the interest of consistency, fairness and equal treatment for workers with City contracts and City employees, the City Council now desires to increase the Minimum Wage under the Living Wage Ordinance to an equivalent amount; and

 WHEREAS, the City wishes to amend Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 4.65.010 to increase the Minimum Wage to an amount equal to fifteen dollars and thirty-seven cents ($15.37), to be effective July 1, 2014. 

          NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 4.65.010 of the Santa Monica Municipal Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

4.65.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

“Employee” means any person who does not actually work as a manager, supervisor, or confidential employee, and who is not required to possess an occupational license.

“Minimum Wage” means a wage payment set under this Chapter.  at aAs of July 1, 2005, Minimum Wage means a wage payment at an initial hourly rate of eleven dollars and fifty cents per hour.  As of July 1, 2014, Minimum Wage means a wage payment at an initial hourly rate of fifteen dollars and thirty-seven cents.  Thise rate Minimum Wage shall be adjusted annually each July 1st, beginning 2006, by an amount corresponding to the previous year’s change (January to January) in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers 1967=100 for Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, California.

SECTION 2.  Any provision of the Santa Monica Municipal Code or appendices thereto inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance, to the extent of such inconsistencies and no further, is hereby repealed or modified to that extent necessary to effect the provisions of this Ordinance.

SECTION 3.  If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance.  The City Council hereby declares that it would have passed this Ordinance and each and every section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase not declared invalid or unconstitutional without regard to whether any portion of the ordinance would be subsequently declared invalid or unconstitutional.

  SECTION 4.  The Mayor shall sign and the City Clerk shall attest to the passage of this Ordinance.  The City Clerk shall cause the same to be published once in the official newspaper within 15 days after its adoption.  This Ordinance shall become effective 30 days from its adoption.

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

 

 

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MARSHA JONES MOUTRIE

City Attorney