Diep Tran

Diep Tran was born in Vietnam and immigrated to Cerritos when she was just six years old. Her grandparents, who emigrated from Vietnam in 1975, eventually opened Pho 79, one of Orange County’s first Vietnamese restaurants. Her grandparents also sparked her passion for food and entrepreneurialism as well as instilling in her a strong sense of social justice. Diep mixed all of these ingredients for success together and created Good Girl Dinette, which is one of Los Angeles’s more popular caf├ęs. It has been cited for its great food and excellent service in publications including the LA Times, New York Times, the LA Weekly and numerous online blogs. Diep says that one of the main elements that led to her success was her deep commitment to investing in her workers. “I’m in the business of pleasing people, that’s how I survive as an entrepreneur and there is no way that my customers will be pleased if those who are servicing them are not happy and healthy themselves. It’s really a very simple equation: happy workers equals happy customers equals happy owner. That’s why I support Raise LA,” says Diep. There is also a very substantial financial benefit for local small businesses to support a living wage policy. “Not only does supporting this policy make sound social justice sense, but it also makes great business sense for me,” says Diep. In Diep’s Council District alone (District 1) it is estimated that more than $2.6 million dollars per year would be spent locally by hotel workers benefiting from the minimum wage. Hundreds of other small business owners share in Diep’s commitment to provide workers with a fair wage and healthy working conditions and truly understand that when large hotels invest in their workers by providing a living wage to their employees, LA’s communities and the numerous small businesses that serve them will also prosper. Diep concludes, “A minimum wage increase is long overdue. It’s not right or smart for such large scale businesses to pay a wage that impoverishes not only working men and women and their families, but also impoverishes our communities and our nation. Boosting the wages of low-paid workers who could then purchase the goods and services they need is the best medicine for our ailing economy.”

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