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Los Angeles County officials take step toward boosting minimum wage to $15 for some workers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Los Angeles County has taken a first step toward lifting the minimum wage for some workers to $15 an hour by 2020.

The decision Tuesday made the county the latest government entity in the nation to signal support for a higher base wage.

Los Angeles has taken a similar step, and Seattle and San Francisco are also gradually raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to direct county lawyers to draft a proposed law gradually increasing the minimum wage. It will consider the measure later this year.

However, the proposal would have a limited effect in the county with nearly 10 million people.

It would apply only to scattered, unincorporated areas outside the county’s 88 cities, along with a slice of county workers who earn paychecks below that level.

About one in 10 county residents live in the areas that could be affected.