Beginning this May, San Francisco businesses must pay their employees $12.25 an hour. The voter-approved Proposition J will see the hourly rate rise to $15 in July of 2018.
In the Mission, the near-closure of Borderlands Books – which cited the costs of the increase as a reason for going out of business – brought renewed attention to the effect of the increase on small businesses. (Borderlands later announced it would remain open thanks to a successful fundraising campaign.)
We spoke to other neighborhood business owners to see how their businesses are adjusting to the new wage.