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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2001 | OSCAR JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 18, Vivian Rothstein got her first taste of a protest for social change. She was a UC Berkeley student and one of 500 people on trial in a 1964 mass protest against race-based employment discrimination at San Francisco car dealerships. Her court-appointed lawyer was an African American who as a soldier helped liberate Berlin, the city her Jewish parents had fled in 1933. His defense, Rothstein says, drew a parallel between discriminatory laws in Nazi Germany and those in this country.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2001 | OSCAR JOHNSON and OFELIA CASILLAS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While attorneys speculated on the constitutionality of Santa Monica's newly approved living wage law, hotel housekeeper Blanca Mendez was just hoping Thursday that she can benefit if a raise to $10.50 an hour goes into effect next summer at large downtown and beach-side businesses. "It would be fantastic," said Mendez, who now earns $8.50 an hour after seven years at the Streamline Moderne-style Shangri-La Hotel near the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2001 | OSCAR JOHNSON and BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Santa Monica City Council approved a long-debated "living wage" ordinance early Wednesday that would raise the hourly minimum pay to $10.50 for workers at an estimated 40 large businesses in the city's popular beachfront and downtown districts. Backers rejoiced over what experts say is a national precedent involving such a municipally approved wage increase for private industry and said the move will help hundreds of workers support their families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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.
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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.
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