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Uproar over L.A. minimum wage study spurs call for more studies

A city councilman pushing to boost the minimum wage in Los Angeles is inviting more study of the idea — this time from some of its biggest fans and foes.

Councilman Curren Price is asking the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the L.A. County labor federation to submit their own studies after the city came under fire for its choice of a UC Berkeley research team to analyze two proposals to raise the minimum wage citywide.

Two other city councilmen joined business groups last week in criticizing the choice, arguing it was inappropriate to tap the same team that did an earlier, largely favorable study on the increase proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. They asked to restart the process to choose an analyst.

Instead of joining that effort, Price suggested that the business community and labor federation commission and share their own studies on the minimum-wage proposals, to be heard before a city council committee.

“My intention would be to hold a separate hearing for each study .… Having a series of hearings on the different studies will afford members of the city council and the public the opportunity to weigh a larger body of evidence, hear a wider range of expert viewpoints, and make their own individual decisions regarding study findings,” Price wrote to the two groups.

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