Pasadena, Keep Your Promise

Pasadena, Keep Your Promise

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EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE

EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE

 Join in the 100 – vehicle “Pasadena Workers Justice Parade” to protect Pasadena’s minimum wage ordinance on Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 a.m.Drivers and participants should gather to decorate their cars at More »

FIGHT FOR $15

FIGHT FOR $15

Thanks to efforts by you and others, Pasadena adopted a minimum wage law in 2016 requiring employers with 26 or more employees to pay their workers $13.25/hour and employers with 25 or More »

Let’s Talk. Let’s Learn

Let’s Talk. Let’s Learn

Community Conversation with Police Chief John Perez and Steve Mermell, Pasadena City Manager. Thursday February 7, 2019:6:00pm Doors Open6:30pm Panel Discussion with City Manager and Police Chief7:00pm Community Dialogue Alkebu-Lan Cultural Center, More »

Voting Matters

Voting Matters

Remember the Blue Wave and taking back the house?   Now it’s time to make your opinion known about  transitioning from polling places to countywide vote centers.   Thursday, January 10, 2019  6:00pm-8:00pm  More »

PROTECT PASADENA WAGES

POP Minimum Wage Campaign

#protectpasadenawages

Thanks to efforts by you and others, Pasadena adopted a minimum wage law in 2016 requiring employers with 26 or more employees to pay their workers $13.25/hour and employers with 25 or fewer employees paying $12/hour. This minimum wage law puts more dollars into the wallets of low-income earners. This benefits the entire Pasadena economy with added spending power.

Now the minimum wage increase is in danger! Pasadena’s ordinance is unique. It requires the City Council to vote in February, 2019 to continue the path to $15 by 2020 for large employers, and 2021 for small employers.

We need your help!  Please contact your City Council Member and ask them to ratify the Council’s unanimous 2016 decision and VOTE YES IN FEBRUARY, 2019 to guarantee low income workers receive the minimum wage increases until they reach $15/hour in 2020.

Don’t know who your City Council Member is? Use the City of Pasadena Interactive Map to find your Council District and Council Member: https://findmydistrict.cityofpasadena.net/
Then let us know your Name, Email Address and Council District by emailing Pasadenans for Progress (POP!) at pop@poppasadena.org

Big brother has a new target: Your license plate

“Automatic license plate readers (ALPR’s) have begun popping up in neighborhoods around [Pasadena and] the U.S. in order to deter property crime, and according to residents — it’s working.” Listen to the full interview from KPCC’s Larry Mantle with guests  Josh Thomas, head of marketing at Flock Safety, a company that makes automatic license plate readers for residential neighborhoods and Mohammad Tajsar, attorney at the ACLU of Southern California where he specializes in police practices.   https://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2018/12/13/63993/big-brother-has-a-new-target-your-license-plate/

The discussion refers back to the work of Pasadena Resident, POP! Board Member and activist Ed Washatka, who argues in the article below, that “The retention of massive amounts of surveillance data on the movements of residents who are not criminal suspects is an unjustified invasion of our privacy.” Activist urges Pasadena residents to seek license plate reader records from Police, by Andre Coleman. Pasadena Weekly, Dec. 7, 2017https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/12/07/activist-urges-pasadena-residents-seek-license-plate-reader-records-police/

Press Release: Cup of Joe Gives Jolt to Better Wages!

POP Minimum Wage Campaign

   

   

   

   

Cup of Joe Gives Jolt to Better Wages!

Rosebud Coffee
2302 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91107

[Pasadena, CA] (November 2, 2018) — Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!), will kick-off its “Protect Pasadena Wages” campaign, on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 with a free cup of joe and live music for every self-identified low wage earner and labor supporter.

Host Rosebud Coffee, at 2302 E. Colorado Blvd., a proud supporter of a higher minimum wage, will also present spoken word artists and information booths from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

This event is the first in a series of activities advocating passage in February, 2019 by the Pasadena City Council to increase Pasadena’s minimum wage to $15 an hour on July 1, 2020.

The Pasadena City Council voted unanimously in 2016 to raise the minimum wage, setting a goal of $15 an hour by July 2020. But unlike the LA City and LA County ordinances, Pasadena requires the City Council to vote in February 2019 whether to continue the path to $15 an hour by 2020. Three wage increases have occurred since the ordinance was passed, yet the remaining two increases are in jeopardy unless the Pasadena City Council votes to approve them.

Since enacted, Pasadena’s minimum wage ordinance has benefited thousands of individuals and families who live and work in the city. POP! Co-Chair and Board Member Kim Douglas met with many low-income workers.

“They often describe how the additional income has improved their families’ lives,” she said. “They struggle less to meet basic needs and have more money to spend in our city.”