Inflation continues to be a hot topic for many in the Bay Area and others across the country.
Bay Area Congressman Ro Khanna held a town hall discussion on inflation at an East Bay grocery store to focus on its impact on a working-class community.
Khanna, a Democrat who represents California’s 17th congressional district, brought together Newark city leaders, store owners and community members to discuss inflation during a town hall at Arteaga’s Food Center.
“High inflation is affecting our community at every level – from housing, to food, to all the necessities,” said community member Lucia Gutierrez.
Adrianna Lopez, another community member who attended the town hall, added “We are being bombarded with inflation both ways – regarding our groceries, regarding our gas.”
Monday’s town hall topics ranged far and wide, from labor to delivery costs and more. But it became clear that gas and food were common denominators, especially for business owners.
“Prices are going up,” said Sucy Collazo, owner of a tortilla factory. “Production has gone from a seven-day production to a five-day production right now because so many of the small restaurants we serve have closed.”
Khanna said he believed the government must now intervene, especially when it comes to food prices.
“One of the things we could do is that the federal government could decide to buy food, both locally and globally, at low prices and to sell at low prices,” Khanna said.
For gasoline, Khanna wants to cap oil company profits, impose consumer rebates and get involved in consumer pricing. He plans to talk to the president about it.
“Buying cheap oil and flooding the market with cheap prices – with government action – is just to stabilize prices because prices are out of control,” Khanna said.
The congressman said gas and food are areas to focus on immediately, but there will be no shortage of issues to address, especially as inflation continues to drive up prices.