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May 22, 2015

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 15, Issue 20 181 $1.00 May 22, 2015 BY JASMINE LEYVA E ven with some early support from the Campbell business community, the Campbell City Council wants to talk with its neighboring cities before going ahead with a minimum wage increase. The council agreed to discussions with surrounding cities in Santa Clara County about a potential regional minimum wage increase during a May 19 study session. Mayor Jeffrey Cristina expressed his concern about not wanting to cause a "disturbance" to Campbell businesses by putting the city and entire county on an "unlevel field" with other counties. "I really don't see for us to make an uneven playing field with our county. It does not make sense for me to push businesses into an uneven playing field," Cristina said during the study session. Campbell city staff recently surveyed city business owners about the potential impact a $1.30 increase to the $9 California minimum wage within Campbell city limits. Campbell's minimum wage of $9 an hour for employees is the same as fellow West Valley cities Cupertino, Los Gatos and Saratoga. "We need to help our economy. It makes no sense to me to have the same minimum wage as the state. I don't think we are asking for a whole lot," said Vice Mayor Jason Baker during the study session. Campbell city staff sent out 1,200 surveys to business owners. Staff reported May 19 that a majority of the 357 respondents would not mind a wage increase, ac- cording to the staff report. More than 60 percent of the participating business owners stated they would "definitely not" or "probably not" eliminate jobs, shorten hours or increase prices if minimum wage were increased. The survey consisted of four background questions and 14 multiple-choice situational questions. Ap- proximately 94.5 percent of respondents were either business owners or managers, and 77.8 percent had 15 or fewer employees in their organization, according to the staff report. The city received a May 15 letter from the Califor- CAMPBELL LOOKING TO FELLOW CITIES ON POSSIBLE REGIONAL MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE City considering a $1.30 boost New Brews: Campbell Brewing Co. taking over Sonoma Chicken Coop space downtown ..... page 5 Traffic Ahead: Local jurisdictions have mixed feelings on Highway 85 project...................... page 6 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY CATHY GERTH Ambassador Giselle Contreras, 3, from Willow Glen plays in the sand at the Courageous Kids Day held at California's Great America on May 10, Mother's Day. Profiles in Courage Profiles in Courage Courageous kids enjoy a 'cancer-free' Courageous kids enjoy a 'cancer-free' day at Great America day at Great America page 10 page 10 Wage, page 6

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