Santa Monica votes to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2020

A worker washes dishes in this undated file photo. (KABC)

The city of Santa Monica is raising its minimum wage at most businesses to $15 per hour by 2020.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to approve the minimum wage ordinance. The vote was 6-0 with one abstention.

The move puts the city in line with its neighbors in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles ordinance to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020 was signed into law last June.

Under the Santa Monica ordinance, wages at hotels, motels and all associated businesses will reach $15.37 per hour by 2017.

The law must come before the council for a second reading in two weeks.
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