City Beat

Sacramento minimum wage vote likely delayed after rare City Council cancellation

Tuesday night’s City Council meeting has been canceled at the last minute, marking the first time in at least 12 years a scheduled meeting has been called off.

Mayor Kevin Johnson and council members Jay Schenirer, Steve Hansen and Rick Jennings are in Chicago on a business-oriented “study mission.” Councilman Jeff Harris is sick, meaning only four council members were available for the meeting. That’s one shy of the necessary quorum.

The cancellation means one of the year’s most contentious votes – the decision on a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage – will likely be delayed one week. The proposal was on the agenda for a City Council review and was scheduled to be voted upon on Oct. 13. Now that vote likely won’t occur until Oct. 20.

City Clerk Shirley Concolino said she did not know the last time a council meeting had been canceled. However, she said it hasn’t happened since she was named clerk in 2003.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis