The minimum wage within San Jose will rise to $15 per hour on January 1 – the culmination of an effort initiated more than three years ago to reach the minimum wage in cities throughout Santa Clara County at a rate faster than the rest of the State of California.
In September 2015, Mayor Sam Liccardo launched an effort with fellow mayors in Santa Clara County and the Cities Association of Santa Clara County to raise the minimum wage across the region. As a result of these efforts, in November 2016, the San Jose City Council adopted a multi-step increase in the minimum wage that has now resulted in a $15 minimum wage effective January 1, 2019. Going forward, the San Jose minimum wage will be automatically adjusted with cost-of-living increases (based on CPI, up to 5 percent) annually.
Through the regional effort spearheaded by Liccardo, several other Santa Clara County cities adopted ordinances to raise the minimum wage to $15 by the year of 2019, including: Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale (note: each city has adopted their own implementation schedule).
“Our efforts to raise the minimum wage will provide a significant boost for the thousands of hard-working families across the valley who continue to struggle to keep up with rising costs,” said Liccardo. “By moving forward with many of our neighboring cities, we’ll ensure that more of our residents benefit from a higher wage and that we have a more even playing field for our small businesses.”