Cities thrive when sidewalks are public spaces for neighbors to gather and engage in activities. Los Angeles street vendors are an integral weaver of the fabric of city life. Sidewalk sales bring together neighborhood residents in communities that lack access to food or goods.
A raise to $15.25 minimum wage by 2019 is an investment in Los Angeles. Minimum wage workers will spend increased earnings of $5.9 billion in the local economy that will help the city grow.
Even public employers are dipping their toes into the “permatemp” economy. Workers designated “trainees” clean Santa Monica bathrooms and lifeguard stations, earning half of what permanent workers earn for the same job.