Or, if you prefer: Los Angeles's Big Calamity for the Working Poor.
The actual, risible headline (all spelling, syntax, capitalization, etc. sic): "L.A.'s big raise for working poor". (Three unprofessional professionals are credited with writing the article.) The article reports that the Los Angeles City Council predictably passed legislation that would raise the "minimum wage" (which is actually zero) in the city limits to $15 per hour by 2020.
The latest absurdity in the newspaper's journalistic theater of the absurd should be so obvious--its errors and implications so arresting--that even the concrete-bound lummoxes of the Los Angeles Times should notice them (presumably most of them took a high school economics class prior to the mid-1990s) and write better-worded and more accurate headlines.
One should never leave aside the ethics of outside parties (particularly government officials) dictating the terms and conditions of a voluntary relationship (and, contrary to the culture-wide Marxism and its ludicrous term "wage slave", it is a voluntary relationship). One should also not ignore the racist and eugenicist origins of minimum wage legislation. However, in an amoral, pragmatist culture (with a morality/practicality false dichotomy and an average attention span the length of a hardcore song), practicality is the primary topic of interest.
Relatively basic economic concepts such as purchasing power, nominal (or money) wages versus real wages, falling prices as the primary determinant of purchasing power, elasticity of demand for low-wage labor, minimum-wage laws as a near-guarantee of rising prices (and therefore lower purchasing power), and minimum-wage laws as a guarantee of unemployment are basic, easily accessible, and established beyond all doubt. (Indeed, there is much more consensus among economists of the deleterious effects of such legislation than there is among scientists on the subject of "climate change".) On a more abstract level, the long-term and diffuse effects of minimum wage legislation on the entire population (including but not limited to the competition for jobs with wages previously well above the "minimum" driving down those wages, the increased taxes--including those of the working poor--to pay for compensation to the newly unemployed, and the stifling of innovation--including the creation of new jobs, goods, and services--due to those increased taxes and decreased economic activity) may require a population with a majority of people not conceptually crippled by progressive education and the rest of modern culture. Even accounting for the Endarkenment, however, the stark, incontestable economic destruction wrought by such legislation should be what the endarkened call a "no-brainer". Even those low-wage earners who keep their jobs and get a (nominal) wage due to the legislation will not get a real wage raise (and will likely get a real wage cut) when accounting for the less immediate effects of the law (no matter who notices those effects, if anybody). And there is certainly no excuse for the political and journalistic analogue of pre-nineteenth century medicine (the effects will certainly be analogous to a crosscut saw amputation with whiskey anesthesia) in 2015. It is no less absurd than firefighters pouring gasoline onto fire, or "Gasoline fights fire" as a respected newspaper headline. (This law was apparently inspired by similar, recent legislation in the even-further-gone city of Seattle. There are already reports of small businesses closing and "low-wage" workers noticing that actual wages have declined. Even ignoring the relatively high cost of living of the City of Devils--which itself has as much to do with "progressive" policies as much as housing demand and was probably cited as a "reason" for the law and which is one of the factors the law actually WILL raise--any "raise" any of the working poor will receive that is larger than the average "progressive"'s understanding of economics will be despite the legislation, not because of it.)
The namesake of this weblog referred to this city as Los Angeles the Damned. What he would call it now is probably not printable even in today's newspapers.