2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

2012 Elections: News, Analysis, Videos, and Breaking on the Presidential Election, Local Elections, and More

Complete coverage of the 2012 election

Winners: San Jose Minimum Wage, Councilwoman Rose Hererra

In other election news, the county's Measure A sales tax also passed.

By Lisa Fernandez, Sam Brock and Bob Redell
|  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012  |  Updated 8:11 PM PDT
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Early Wednesday morning, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed comments on his disappointment that the minimum wage hike passed and his pleasure that Rose Hererra won her city council seat again. Bob Redell reports.

Early Wednesday morning, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed comments on his disappointment that the minimum wage hike passed and his pleasure that Rose Hererra won her city council seat again. Bob Redell reports.

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SJ Councilwoman Rose Herrera Wins

One of the most hotly contested races in the Bay Area is in the city of San Jose. District 8 pits incumbent city councilwoman Rose Herrera against political newcomer Jimmy Nguyen. And Tuesday evening, Herrera was leading Nguyen, 55 percent to 44 percent. She said she felt "real close" to a win. Damian Trujillo reports.

Reality Check: SJ Small Businesses and Minimum Wage

Sam Brock checks the validity of claims that businesses will have to lay people off if a minimum wage vote passes in San Jose.
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There were two big winners in San Jose following Election Day: Workers who will now earn a minimum of $10 an hour, and incumbent city councilman Rose Herrera.

The minimum wage hike, or Measure D, won with a resounding 59 percent of the vote. To see the final results, click here. The increase brings up the minimum wage by $2 an hour.

And Herrera, who was in a bitter battle with political novice Jimmy Nguyen for a seat in District 8, took a commanding lead on Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote. To see the full results,click here.

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed had been against the minimum wage, fearing that the extra costs would hurt small business owners, and thus, in turn, hurt the workers.

Early Wednesday outside his home, Reed said he wasn't against people earning a higher wage, but he "didn't want people to lose their jobs" because of the new burden on business owners. Still, he said, "the voters got the last word."

Statistics in other areas show that paying workers higher wages hadn't hurt the business community. For example, the two cities to recently boost their minimum wage, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, have actually enjoyed economic successes.

Since San Francisco raised its minimum wage to $10.24-an-hour at the start of 2012, unemployment has dropped .7 percent and 13,400 jobs have been added. Those statistics come courtesy of California’s Employment Development Department.

Likewise, in Washington, D.C., where minimum wage is hitched to the federal minimum page plus a dollar, the job numbers since the last raise in 2009 are equally as promising- an unemployment drop of 1.3 percent and some 22,500 jobs created, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Reed had backed Herrera, however, and he said early Wednesday morning that he was pleased she had won. She vowed in an interview Tuesday night to bring jobs to the city.

Reed called Herrera's a "big win for fiscal reform..It's a good day for the people of San Jose."

In other South Bay election news, 56 percent of the voters in San Jose passed the Measure A sales tax, which calls for a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase for 10 years, which will raise about $50 million annually for county programs, such as Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. 

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