Supporting our business community is essential to the prosperity of our city. After all, the success of our business is the success of our city.
Historically, the city has had a strong relationship with our business community. Recently, however, our city council has made several decisions that have broken that relationship.
Repairing that relationship and getting West Hollywood back on track is paramount to me for many reasons.
One, that’s correct. Our city has become a landmark thanks to businesses that have seized opportunities in the once terrifying and unincorporated part of LA County.
Second, I never forgot the fact that West Hollywood is able to provide our community with an amazing service thanks to the tax revenue it collects from the businesses in the city.
That’s why I don’t understand why city councilors and candidates, who should be savvy about city finances, support ordinances that burden our economic community.
It’s not fair to apply the same rules and regulations to a multi-million dollar company, putting thousands of employees in family-run stores and a handful of employees who can’t afford to keep their doors open every month. . According to the City of West Hollywood website, he has 1 to 4 employees working for him in 74.44% of West Hollywood businesses. 87.83% he is less than 10.
So not only does this ordinance affect a large number of SMEs, it also affects a huge number of SMEs. The ordinance passed by the City Council on November 15, 2021 is called the West Hollywood Minimum Wage Ordinance. The ordinance not only raised the minimum wage, but also added other requirements that businesses had to implement, such as leave, sick leave and paid leave for part-time employees. (By the way, the City Council is supposed to represent the people who live in West Hollywood.
Currently, only 5% of West Hollywood employees live in West Hollywood, and only 1% of employees living in West Hollywood are part-time (help workers who live here). We understand the thinking and good intentions behind it, but we can’t apply the same blanket policy to every business in the city. It doesn’t work for companies.
I have spoken to business owners all over town to hear their stories and thoughts. Those of you who know me personally may be able to guess why I chose the name Taylor for her pseudonym. Within two minutes, you’ll know I’m a super obsessive Taylor Swift fan.
Taylor has a small office in West Hollywood and two part-time assistants. She actually got an assistant from the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Employment Program! There are programs to help LGBTQ+ youth who need help or want to connect with mentors.
This is a great program. At the end of this article, we will include information on how to participate. Taylor didn’t need one of her assistants, but she was a supporter of the program and, as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, wanted to give the opportunity to someone who could pay upfront and benefit from it. I was thinking
Initially, she only had one assistant, but when she realized another person needed experience and a source of income for the program, she decided to hire a second assistant. Her assistant has flexible hours, giving her the freedom and ability to pursue full-time opportunities in her desired career field.
Now, with the passage of the West Hollywood Minimum Wage Ordinance, Taylor will be required to raise his hourly wage and must provide paid time off, paid sick leave, and paid time off. Taylor doesn’t have to fire either employee.
She hired them because she wanted to give them an opportunity when they needed it most. However, this puts a heavy strain on her business. She sees grocery cart ads, mailbox flyers, and posts on her Instagram timeline. Taylor was trying to do good by helping her two assistants, but now she has to decide whether to let one or both of her assistants go, close the business, or move elsewhere. We are faced with a very real possibility and a difficult decision. Street to Los Angeles.
I would like to make it clear that I am absolutely in favor of raising the minimum wage and making sure that employees get benefits, not in uncertain terms. What I don’t support is the city passing a blanket ordinance that treats all businesses in West Hollywood the same.
Even if it’s getting harder to start a business in West Hollywood, that hasn’t stopped big companies from opening stores here. We are stopping small, black-owned, female-owned, AAPI-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, Russian-owned, and more. Businesses don’t come here because the barriers to entry are so high. I tell them it’s too hard to open a business here and they should do it across the street instead.
Ordinances passed by our city should exclude small businesses like Taylor’s. I want big companies with the means to offer higher wages and benefits to their employees to do just that. But I want the neighborhood family-owned shops, the local ethnic shops, the shops that make West Hollywood such an incredible city, the city I fell in love with when I moved here nearly a decade ago. I’m not It collapses and disappears in the name of the council’s mutual struggle over politics and ideology.
As a city, you have two options.
To keep scale from working against us, we need to encourage neighboring cities to join us in raising minimum wages and additional benefits, or amend West Hollywood’s minimum wage ordinance to be fair to business owners. I have. We provide West Hollywood employees with the benefits they deserve and continue to make West Hollywood the best place to own and operate a business.
As your city council member, I will fight for both and get our business and employees what they deserve.
I’m not pretending to be a savior with all the answers and solutions to the problems our city faces. increase. Call me or email me with your thoughts, concerns or ideas of your own!
My phone number is (323) 250-0992 and my email address is [email protected]
You can also find out more on my website, JordanForWeHo.com. If you like my plan and what the city is doing to support our business, please vote on November 8th. I would also appreciate it if 10 of her other people would tell me about my campaign and support me in the next election.
I have another idea to help you develop new businesses in West Hollywood (I got it from talking to two West Hollywood residents and a business owner, and I give them all the credit! ) I am so excited to share it with you. Coming soon in another of his OpEd.
If possible, also consider checking out the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Employment Program if you’re looking for employees or would like to mentor our city’s incredible LGBTQ+ youth. The link to the program is lalgbtcenter.org/social-service-and-housing/youth/employment. Thank you for reading my article.
I’m running for City Council because I want to represent passionate and caring people like you.You guys make West Hollywood great. I love you all!
2. https://www.point2homes.com/US/Neighborhood/CA/West-Hollywood-Demographics.html and https://datausa.io/profile/geo/west-hollywood-ca/#economy