Nonetheless, if the goal of the Coastal Zone Minimum Wage is to help low-income workers in Santa Monica, the Ordinance is worse than useless. The direct benefits of the Ordinance are more poorly targeted than in any social welfare legislation we have ever studied.
Richard H Sander., E. Douglass Williams, and Joseph Doherty. October 2002. “The Economic and Distributional Consequences of the Santa Monica Minimum Wage Ordinance.” Los Angeles: City of Los Angeles.