How to balance the effects of a local minimum wage on low-income residents and business owners in Belmont was a focus for officials and residents Tuesday as the City Council made efforts to refine an ordinance on increases ahead of state and federal schedules.

Since California’s new minimum wage of $10.50 for companies with more than 26 employees went into effect Jan. 1, some city officials in the county have been pushing to phase in wage increases ahead of the state’s schedule in response to the Bay Area’s high cost of living. Belmont officials have been exploring such a policy since the City Council’s priority setting meeting in February.

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Always thought, and still do, that Warren Lieberman is one of the smartest and most thoughtful elected officials in this county.

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