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October 24, 2014

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 1 8 6 Volume 22, Issue 44 $1.00 October 24, 2014 An edition of the BY ALIA WILSON C ome the new year, employees in Sunnyvale mak- ing the minimum wage will be getting a boost. Following in the footsteps of San Jose and Mountain View, the Sunnyvale City Council voted Oct. 14 to introduce an ordinance that requires Sunnyvale employers to pay a minimum wage of $10.30 per hour starting Jan. 1. The Sunnyvale ordinance will adjust automatically each year based on any increase in the consumer price index. The final vote was 6-1, with Councilman Dave Whittum dissenting. The council also voted to include a resolution to work with the city of Mountain View on a regional $15 an hour minimum wage by 2018. "We have had a long history of collaborating with San Jose," Mayor Jim Griffith said during the meet- ing. "Mountain View has also been a very good part- ner and is taking this issue seriously; so will we." Sunnyvale's ordinance was modeled after the city of San Jose's. In San Jose, the current minimum wage is $10.15 per hour and will increase on Jan. 1, based on this year's increase in the CPI. Mountain View voted earlier this month to establish a $10.30 wage that will also begin in the new year, with a goal to increase the minimum wage even more in upcoming years. Currently, Sunnyvale employers are governed by the state's minimum wage requirement, which is $9 per hour and is set to increase to $10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016. The move to one-up the state was primarily driven by the high cost of living in the area, where a family of two bringing in $47,700 a year qualifies for emergency services with local nonprofits. Organizations such as Our Daily Bread, St. Vincent de Paul and Sunnyvale Community Services, which provide such emergency services, all spoke in favor of the ordinance. SUNNYVALE COUNCIL APPROVES INCREASE TO MINIMUM WAGE AT OCT. 14 MEETING Workers in Sunnyvale will make $10.30/hour beginning Jan. 1 Finally Home: Sunnyvale family receives keys to new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity.... page 5 Haunted Farm:Full Circle prepares community farm for pumpkin patch and corn maze ...... page 16 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Dearly Departed Dearly Departed Indigenous Mexican holiday gains popularity locally page 12 page 12 A representation of 'Catrina,' one of the most popular figures of the Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico, is seen here at the Ay. Dios. Mio! boutique at San Pedro Square Market. The iconic image of an elegant female skeleton dressed in a beautiful hat was created just over a century ago by José Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican printmaker and engraver. Wage, page 10

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