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Mayor Johnson’s signature mistakenly included in letter supporting minimum wage hike

Mayor Kevin Johnson’s signature showed up on a letter to state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, expressing support for raising the statewide minimum wage to $13 by July 1, 2017. The only problem: the mayor’s staff said Johnson’s signature was included due to a “staff miscommunication.”

Johnson’s signature appeared alongside the signatures of the mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Ana and Long Beach in the letter sent to Leno on Wednesday. The letter states the mayors’ support for Leno’s Senate Bill 3.

“Raising the state minimum wage will improve conditions for millions of Californians while at the same time boosting our local economies,” the letter states.

But Johnson’s spokesman, Ben Sosenko, said Johnson’s signature should not have been on the letter.

Johnson said in November he would form a task force to explore raising the minimum wage in Sacramento. That task force has not been formed yet, but Sosenko said the issue “is still a priority” for the mayor.

“There’s been no wavering on where he is on this issue,” Sosenko said. “He wants a community discussion and see what works for Sacramento before we get a plan.”

Labor groups support raising the minimum wage to $15 in the city. Some business groups have already expressed concern for the idea.

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