Commentary: The city is finally starting to address the weaknesses in city charter that led to the minimum wage debacle of 2014, but they are only fixing part of the problem.
That year, the faith-based advocacy group NM Comunidades en Accion y de Fe (CAFé) launched a petition drive seeking to use the citizens’ initiative process to force an increase in the minimum wage.
For several weeks, volunteers fanned out throughout the city every day , diligently knocking on doors or stopping people at public events to ask them to sign their petition. By the time they were done, they had far more signatures than needed.
That seemingly left the City Council with two choices. They could accept the proposal by CAFé, or they could put the wage issue on the ballot and let the voters decide.
Finding neither of those choices desirable, the city legal staff at that time invented a third option. The city charter says the City Council has to accept the proposal, they conceded. But, there is nothing that prevents them from then immediately voting to change it.