With President Barack Obama arriving in Mountain View this afternoon, activists working to raise the minimum wage in Mountain View are planning to greet the president when he arrives to speak at Walmart Friday morning.
The The Raise the Wage Mountain View Coalition plans to be at Walmart to "let President Obama know that we support his State of the Union call for cities to enact city-wide minimum wage measures, and to let him know that Mountain View and six other Northern California cities (Sunnyvale, Oakland, Davis, Eureka, Berkeley, and Richmond) are involved in city-wide minimum wage campaigns.," said an announcement from campaign organizer Dr. Meghan Fraley.
The president is scheduled to speak at 9:55 a.m. Friday morning at Walmart on Showers Drive, where Walmart's energy saving practices will get the spotlight in remarks about the importance of energy efficiency. Walmart boasts on its website: "From lighting and water conservation to refrigeration systems and building materials, we view our facilities as laboratories of sustainability."
The coalition is seeking to have voters or the Mountain View City Council approve a new Mountain View minimum wage that's significantly higher than California's $8 an hour.
They point to reports that San Jose's economy has grown and minimum wage jobs have increased since voters last year approved a minimum wage of $10 an hour. Mountain View City Council members have also expressed interest, and city staff members say they are tracking Sunnyvale's efforts to possibly coordinate a wage raise with the neighboring city. Fraley says the minimum wage coalition now includes several groups: Politically Inspired Action, OUR Walmart, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Fool's Mission, and Campus Alliance for Economic Justice.
Obama is also set to attend two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, one at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose and another a dinner for 20 at Los Altos home of Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO and wife of Google-founder Sergey Brin. The dinner is reportedly $32,400 a plate and tickets to the San Jose event reportedly range from $1,000 to $32,400 each.
The president is set to arrive by plane at Moffett Field around 3:50 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and will leave from Moffett Friday morning shortly after his talk at Walmart.