By Daniel DeBolt / Mountain View Voice
Last week Mountain View City Council members said they hoped Sunnyvale and other nearby cities would join them in raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, and now Sunnyvale appears to be doing its part.
On Tuesday evening the Sunnyvale City Council voted to approve a $10.30 minimum wage that will go into effect on Jan. 1, six month’s before the same wage takes effect in Mountain View, and joined Mountain View’s council in setting a goal of raising it to $15 by 2018.
Advocates of raising the wage in Mountain View attended the Sunnyvale meeting to encourage the council to follow Mountain View’s lead and were enthusiastic about the outcome.
“Several members of the council emphasized the importance of consistency among cities in the region for minimum wage,” said Sunnyvale communications officer Jennifer Garnett in an email, adding that the vote was 6-1 for both the boost to $10.30 next year and to set a goal of $15 by 2018, with council member Dave Whittum opposed.
The state’s minimum wage is $9 an hour and will go to $10 in 2016.
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