DAVIS, Calif. – Tuesday night, the Davis City Council will likely hear debate about raising the minimum wage during the public comments section of its meeting.
A grassroots group is attempting to raise the city's minimum wage rate to $15 per hour. The group wants to put the proposal to voters in November. To do so, the group needs to collect about 7,000 signatures by May 1 from Davis residents in order to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Chavez said the group currently has about 1,200 signatures.
"It takes about $15 an hour for someone working full-time to escape poverty in this town," said Joaquin Chavez, a grassroots member.
The business community is already fighting against the proposal.
Dee Clark, General Manager of Woodstock's Pizza, is mostly concerned about how it would affect the cost of dining in Davis as a whole.