California Governor Jerry Brown signs the minimum wage bill as Assemblymember Luis Alejo, right, the bill’s author, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, and Mountain View dishwasher Yaveth Gomez look on at Cypress Mandela Training Center in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The current minimum wage is an hour and will increase to on July 1, 2014, and then to 0 on January 1, 2016. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
As was expected, California Governor Jerry Brown this past week signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage in California to $10 per hour by 2016. Under the new law, the current minimum wage of $8.00 will increase to $9 in July and then to $10, the highest in the nation, in January of 2016. The Governor has been a longtime advocate of increasing the minimum wage.