KPCC: Minimum wage: For this working mom, it means constantly telling the kids ‘No’

Alice Walton, 

This is one of two personal stories on the potential effects of increasing the minimum wage. For a business owner’s point of view, click here.

Claudia Chi Ku works a minimum wage job as a cashier at a Mexican restaurant in Pico Union. Her income is so low, she qualifies for food stamps and other public assistance.

She and her four children are crowded into a one-bedroom apartment and, even then, the $980 monthly rent eats up much of her take home pay. She said she has $350 left for all her other expenses, including food and clothing.

“I wish everyone could have their own room, but unfortunately making the minimum wage, it’s very tough,” said Chi Ku, who sleeps in a bed in the living room. Working full time, she makes $18,720 a year.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to increase the minimum wage for all workers in Los Angeles from the current $9 an hour set by California law to $13.25 an hour by 2017.

Read more here.