When Los Angeles passed the Living Wage Ordinance, many predicted dire consequences. Businesses would close or lay off workers, and those who remained wouldn't see little benefit if any. A study released last Friday determined our city's ordinance gave a considerable raise to 10,000 mostly lower-income workers. It showed that raising standards for service workers who are employed on city contracts or at city-leased space did not cause notable unemployment or drive firms out of business. And it also showed that there is more work to do to alleviate poverty in our city. I wrote an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Daily News explaining why living wage laws are good policy.