LA Law News Digest – May 2015

5/28 – California legislature is considering expanding MediCal (healthcare coverage for low income people) to people in the country illegally, and to those under age 19.

5/22 – California water regulators and farmers in Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta agree to plan for the farmers to reduce water use by 25%.

5/19 – L.A. City Council voted to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Currently in California minimum wage is $9/hr, but once the L.A. wage increase goes into effect, employers will be required to pay even more to employees based in the city. Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago have also adopted minimum wage hikes.

5/18 – There is an election tomorrow for the city of Los Angeles! Depending on where you live, you may be voting for city council and/or school board member.

5/17 – Did you know you can now file complaints about helicopter noise in LA County?

5/14 – L.A. City Council continues debate on raising minimum wage to $15 by 2020; Mayor Garcetti concerned about requirement for paid time off.

5/12 – City of Santa Monica restricts short-term rentals like AirBnb; prohibits rental of full unit for less than 30 days; allows rental of couch, spare bedroom, or backyard unit, but hosts must obtain business license and pay 14% hotel tax.

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