Five local laws that took effect on Jan. 1, 2024

These laws and regulations will impact San Diegans in the New Year.

The San Diego City and County Administration Building.

Many laws pass through the San Diego City and County Administration Building.

Photo by Michael Beausoleil + SDtoday

New year, new laws. When 2024 rolled in, these five regulations took effect that could impact daily life in San Diego.

  • The minimum wage increased to $16.85 in the City of San Diego —a 55-cent jump from last year. This rate is also higher than the state minimum wage of $16.
  • San Diego’s wastewater rate increased by 4%, following a 5% water rate hike that took effect on Dec. 1, 2023.
  • No more asking, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Assembly Bill 2273 requires traffic officers to tell drivers why they’re being stopped.
  • Amendments to Senate Bill 700 make it unlawful for employers to discriminate on the basis of cannabis usage outside of the workplace.
  • Full-time workers are now eligible for a minimum of five days — or 40 hours — of sick leave per year due to changes to Senate Bill 616 (after six months of employment).