High Cost of Living, Jobs, Housing Probed

“The High Cost of Living in Santa Barbara: A Focus on Jobs and Housing” is the topic of a panel discussion sponsored by the City’s Living Wage Ordinance Committee from 6 to 8 p.m. July 26 at the Faulkner Gallery in the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu St.

Discussion topics include: the need for housing; the effort to bring housing onto State Street as the world of retail changes; and how the increase in the state’s minimum wage will affect workers and the business community, especially restaurants. Some restaurant owners are lobbying for the state to adopt the tip-credit system.

Mayor Helene Schneider

Mayor Helene Schneider will moderate the panel that includes: Nelson Lichtenstein, director UCSB’s Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy; Ken Oplinger, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce; Maricela Morales, executive director of the Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy; Trevor Large, board president of Santa Barbara Hospitality; and Olivia Marr, Board vice president of the Coastal Housing Coalition.

For more information, contact Dick Flacks, vice chairman of the Living Wage Ordinance Committee at [email protected], or (805) 252-0862.

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