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WHEREAS, North Bay Jobs with Justice, the North Bay Central Labor Council, and the Napa- <br />Solano Central Labor Council commissioned a 2018 report from the Center for Labor Research and <br />Education, University of California, Berkeley, entitled "Estimated Impact of a Proposed Minimum <br />Wage Law for the North Bay" ("Report") written by Ian Perry, Garret Strain and Ken Jacobs, to <br />analyze the prospective impact of a proposed $15 per hour citywide minimum wage by 2020 for the <br />cities of Novato, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa ("Proposed Minimum Wage"); and <br />WHEREAS, the Report finds that of the minimum wage workers that would be affected by the <br />Proposed Minimum Wage, 6.4 percent would be teenagers; more than 50% would be thirty years <br />old or older, 60 percent would be of black, Latinx, Asian, and other non-white ethnicity; 50 percent <br />would have some college experience; 15 percent would hold a bachelor's or higher degree; and <br />that the affected workers' median annual earnings are only half that of the overall North Bay <br />workforce, and make up half of their family income; and <br />WHEREAS, according to the Report, the industries employing most of the workers that would <br />be affected by the Proposed Minimum Wage are the retail industry, employing 17.1 percent of the <br />workers, food services, employing 12.9 percent of the workers, and health services, employing 8.4 <br />percent of the workers; and <br />WHEREAS, the Report notes that minimum wage laws have large, positive effects on workers' <br />pay and their families' living standards, citing studies indicating that family income is a determinant <br />of health, and that improving incomes results in positive effects on psychological wellbeing, <br />children's birthweights and infant mortality, and that income affects access to safe housing, a <br />healthy environment, healthy food, and healthcare services; and <br />WHEREAS, the Report concludes that minimum wage increases within the range of the <br />Proposed Minimum Wage lead to net gains in worker earnings, have no negative effect on <br />employment and can reduce workplace turnover and increase job stability; and <br />WHEREAS, the City Council in enacting this ordinance is exercising its police power as a <br />California charter city pursuant to Article XI, sections 5 and 7 of the California Constitution, pursuant <br />to the Petaluma City Charter, and the authority for local minimum wage regulations granted in 29 <br />U.S.C. Section 218, and California Labor Code Sections 1197 and 1205(b); and <br />WHEREAS, this ordinance is not a project which has the potential for resulting in either a direct <br />physical change in the environment, or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the <br />environment as defined in the California Environmental Quality Act, Public Resources Code Section <br />21000 and following ("CEQA"), pursuant to Section 15378 of the CEQA Guidelines, 14 CCR Section <br />15000 and following, because this ordinance merely enacts minimum wages that must be paid to <br />employees in the City of Petaluma, and therefore the requirements of CEQA do not apply to this <br />ordinance; and <br />WHEREAS, if this ordinance is nonetheless found to be a project as defined in CEQA, this <br />ordinance is exempt from the requirements of CEQA pursuant to the common sense exception that <br />CEQA only applies to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the <br />environment, and where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in <br />question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA, in <br />accordance with Section 15061(b) (3) of the CEQA Guidelines, because this ordinance merely <br />enacts minimum wages that must be paid to employees in the City of Petaluma; <br />NOW, THEREFORE, be it ordained by the Council of the City of Petaluma as follows: <br />Section 1. Recitals Made Findings. The above recitals are hereby declared to be true and correct <br />and incorporated into this ordinance as findings of the City Council. <br />Ordinance No. 2691 N.C.S. Page 2 <br />