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March 29, 2001 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica City Council has unexpectedly ordered its staff to draft a "living wage ordinance" that would require significantly higher pay for many workers at large businesses in the city's coastal tourism zone. The 5-2 vote after midnight Wednesday morning came four months after Santa Monica voters overwhelmingly defeated a hotel-backed initiative, Proposition KK, which would have blocked such an ordinance. Council members said they hoped to vote on the new law by early June.
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BUSINESS
November 30, 2000 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Using a fast-track technique that is giving labor an organizing edge, workers at a Santa Monica hotel have joined a union just by signing pledge cards. The so-called card check process used at Pacific Shores Hotel, and announced with fanfare by labor leaders Wednesday evening, bypassed the lengthy federal election process that union organizers say is stacked against them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Picture the desk of a Santa Monica City Council member now considering a living wage proposal that experts argue would either lift hundreds of workers out of poverty or force massive layoffs in the city's tourist-heavy coastal district. On one side is an exhaustive, 254-page analysis done for Santa Monica by University of Massachusetts-Amherst economics professor Robert Pollin, a nationally recognized expert on wage issues. He proposed a $10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most Santa Monica locals know Jerry Rubin as the suntanned and sandaled man with a bumper sticker and a hunger strike for nearly every liberal cause. This year, he's run an unusual campaign for Santa Monica City Council by refusing donations, volunteers and endorsements and asking for votes "only if you think I deserve it." The one thing Rubin demands, however, is that the phrase "peace activist" appear under his name on the November ballot.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2000 | Edmund Sanders
Bank of America, Wells Fargo & Co. and the California Bankers Assn. have asked a federal judge in San Francisco to hold the city of Santa Monica in contempt for failing to fully implement a recent court ruling that overturned a city ordinance banning certain types of automated teller machine surcharges. The banks claim the city has failed to formally rescind the ordinance, which prohibits banks from imposing fees on non-customers who use their ATMs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Santa Monica City Council has been forced to put a hotel-backed initiative on the November ballot that requires pay raises for some city workers, but forbids the council from enacting a citywide living wage law. To put the measure on the ballot, Santa Monicans for a Living Wage, a group organized by the city's luxury beach hotels, spent more than $400,000 to gather 9,815 signatures to qualify the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Workers from Santa Monica's luxury beach hotels bolstered their campaign of protests Wednesday against a hotel-led ballot measure that they say would strip the city's power to boost their minimum pay to a living wage. Scores of protesters carried noisemakers and signs and marched through Santa Monica chanting "We need a living wage, not a minimum wage!" They surprised shoppers at the farmers market and slowed morning traffic as they marched to the beachfront hotels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2000 | AL MARTINEZ
It doesn't require a mountain of qualifications to be a city councilman, as members of city councils throughout Southern California have demonstrated for years. It helps if one can tie his own shoes and remember where he lives, but even the inability to do that isn't an obstacle to holding public office. I know for certain that Jerry Rubin can do both. I have personally witnessed him tying his own sneakers and I also know that his wife, Marissa, has trained him to find his way home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A controversial proposal to outlaw cellular phone use by drivers in Santa Monica was rejected Tuesday night by the City Council. Pressured by telephone company lobbyists and residents who complained that cellular phone conversations made for bad drivers, the council voted 5 to 2 against a ban on behind-the-wheel phone conversations within the city limits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2000
The City Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to study a proposal to ban the use of cellular phones by motorists, but members voiced sharp differences over whether such a law stood any chance of approval. The proposal was offered by City Councilman Paul Rosenstein, who said distracted drivers using cell phones are endangering pedestrians and other motorists. "I've almost been run down a couple of times by drivers holding cell phones," he said.
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