On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 in a near unanimous 14-1 vote.
"Today, help is on the way for the one million Angelenos who live in poverty," Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "the minimum wage should not be a poverty wage in Los Angeles."
The measure still has to go through some more hoops before it is enacted into law. "The vote sends the measure to the city attorney to prepare a wage ordinance. That ordinance will then go to a council committee and, assuming it passes, to the full council for a final vote and then to Garcetti."
The wage increases would be incremental, starting with a raise of $10.50 an hour in July of 2016 and then rising to $12, $13.25, $14.25 and finally to $15. Some special measures are allowed for small businesses and nonprofits, which will be a year behind on the mandated increases.
Currently, California's minimum wage is $9 an hour.
Last month, Seattle voted to raise the city's minimum wage to $15. "Most workers in Seattle saw the minimum wage increase to $11 an hour. Some small businesses got a $1 credit for employees who earn tips or get health insurance and now pay $10 an hour."