eUpdate - March 27, 2015   
Discussion: Helping All Workers in Today's Economy    
Join Supervisor Gioia and other panelists Saturday in El Sobrante in a community conversation on improving wages. 
I hope you'll join me Saturday in a public discussion on increasing the minimum wage and other ways to help ensure that people of all income levels benefit from today's improving economy, and aren't left behind.

The panel discussion, called Common Sense Economics, will be held Saturday, March 28  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the El Sobrante United Methodist Church, 670 Appian Way. Other panelists include:
  • Dr. Steven Pitts, Economist, UC Berkeley Labor Center
  • Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Executive Director, Contra Costa AFL-CIO
  • Rev. Doctor Mark Zier, Pastor, El Sobrante United Methodist Church
This talk is sponsored by the Contra Costa Central Labor Council and the El Sobrante United Methodist Church. Free continental breakfast and light lunch.

For more information or to reserve a spot call 510-223-0790 or email

As Co-Chair of Rise Together (a Bay Area effort to cut poverty in half by 2020), and a member of  Ensuring Opportunity, a Contra Costa County collaborative working to
reduce poverty countywide, I'm honored to join other experts looking for solutions to income disparity.

Consider a few striking facts:

  • 131,000 Contra Costa residents live below the Federal Poverty Level ($23,850 for a family of four); and 38,000 of these are children.
  • A family of four with both adults working at minimum wage ($9.00 an hour), earns $37,440 annually.
  • The Contra Costa Self-Sufficiency Standard, a measure of what it takes to meet basic needs  in Contra Costa County is $71,771 for a family of four, or both adults earning $17 an hour.
  • Research shows higher wages translate to improved health; improved learning for children; reduced worker turnover; increased productivity; and fewer public subsides.
Let's work together on lasting solutions!
Hope to see you there,
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone