Action Alert: El Cerrito City Council Discusses Increasing Minimum Wage Tuesday Night

The El Cerrito City Council discusses increasing the minimum wage in El Cerrito on Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m.  We need Club members to show up and express their support for a higher minimum wage in the City.  Let’s show our electeds and the community the ECDC is a force to be reckoned with!

The Club passed a resolution in May supporting a higher minimum wage in El Cerrito because a person who works full time should earn enough to pay for her or his basic living expenses.

Working households can’t survive on the current minimum wage while struggling to afford the high cost of living in our City and throughout the Bay Area.

A higher minimum wage rate helps households become more economically stable, protects public safety/health, reduces employee turnover within businesses and provides a boost for the local economy.

Since passing the resolution,  our Club gained the support of local businesses, community groups, residents, other Democratic Clubs and elected officials.

Here’s the list of supporters:

El Cerrito business owners, community groups and residents.
Martin Kaliski, Owner, Marty’s Motors
John Stashik, Owner, Premier Graphics
Gerald Sandlin, Owner, Grand Barber Shop
Eddie and Julie Pledger, Owners, Velocity Lock and Key
Otis Timmons, Owner, Raphael’s Shutter Cafe
El Cerrito Democratic Club
NAACP El Cerrito Chapter
El Cerrito Committee on Aging
El Cerrito Crime Prevention Committee
Todd Groves, WCCUSD School Board President*
Pamela Mirabella, Area 1 Trustee/President, CCC Board of Education*
Rochelle Pardue Okimoto, CADEM AD15 Delegate and DPCCC Alternate
Dave Weinstein, Freelance Journalist
Nicholas Galloro, Community Activist
Ronnie Polonski, Community Activist
Helen Dickey, Community Activist
Ruth Breech, Community Activist
Al Miller, Community Activist

2. Officials, clubs and committees serving El Cerrito and the greater area.
Asm. Tony Thurmond AD15
John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor*
Valerie Cuevas, WCCUSD School Board Member*
Rebecca Saltzman, BART District 3 Director*
Vincent Casalaina, Vice Chair, CADEM Progressive Caucus*
Democratic Party of Contra Costa County
East Bay Young Democrats

3. Other Supporters.
Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Councilmember*
James Chang, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board Member*
Yvonne Steffen, Community Activist

*Titles of endorsers are for reference only

We want the City Council to enact a minimum wage ordinance by January 1, 2016 with amount and annual adjustments no less than those set forth in the City of Richmond.

A higher rate can’t wait.  See you Tuesday night.

-Carla Hansen, El Cerrito Democratic Club President