Officials: San Francisco is 1st major
US city with $15 wage
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say San Francisco will become the first major U.S. city to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour Sunday under a ballot measure approved by voters in 2014.
City Administrator Naomi Kelly says it will be the first to hit the milestone for all workers. But it won’t be the last. California lawmakers approved a plan two years ago to increase the state’s $10 minimum to $15 by 2022.
A much smaller San Francisco Bay Area city, Emeryville, also will increase its minimum wage for smaller employers to $15 on Sunday. Larger employers have had to pay workers a little over $15 since last July.
Larger employers in Seattle pay workers at least $15 an hour.
Advocates have been urging a $15 minimum, saying workers need a “living wage” to survive.
Identity thief drains bank account
of 112-year-old Texas man
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Someone obtained the personal information of a Texas resident who’s believed to be the oldest man in the U.S. and used it to drain his bank account.
The family of Richard Overton says Social Security and banking account numbers for the 112-year-old Austin man were used to make seven withdrawals over the past several months.
Cousin Volma Overton declined to say how much was stolen but said it was a “significant amount of money.” He says the money was used to purchase savings bonds. A police report was filed Friday.
The money was separate from a 2015 online campaign that raised more than $300,000 for Richard Overton, the nation’s oldest World War II veteran who was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attack.
The fundraiser provided around-the-clock, in-home care for Overton.