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San Diego mayor to veto minimum wage hike

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's mayor says he plans to veto an ordinance recently passed by the City Council that would raise the city's minimum wage gradually to $11.50 an hour by 2017.

Republican Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said after the vote Monday that the hike would hurt small businesses and prompt layoffs.

The City Council has approved the wage increase twice in the past month with a 6-3 vote. The same six-vote majority can override Faulconer's veto.

The ordinance would raise San Diego's minimum wage to $9.75 in January 2015, $10.50 in January 2016 and $11.50 in January 2017.

California's minimum wage rose from $8 an hour to $9 on July 1 and is scheduled to become $10 in January 2016.

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