On April 4, in an effort to combat what he called "gross inequality," Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that eventually will raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour and increase the amount workers earn while on paid family leave.
California has more income inequality than most states, and certain cities in particular stand out in terms of the income gaps. In these 100 cities, the wealthiest fifth of households collectively earn about 55 percent of the income, while the poorest fifth earn about 3 percent of the income, census figures show.
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Notes: Cities shown are the 100 places in California with the highest Gini index, a measurement of income distribution. Figures represent standard income -- essentially annual work earnings or money from pensions and welfare. They do not include capital gains from investments or "non-cash" income such as food stamps. Remember: This is income, not wealth. Throw in the stock portfolios, expensive cars and mansions that are common in some of these cities and the gaps get wider. Chart excludes very small places.