Low-income and Latino communities will suffer if the additional payment mandate is approved
Our local leaders should think of ways to support supermarkets in minority and low-income neighborhoods, without creating mandates that harm families trying to survive this pandemic.
BY: RUBEN GUERRA, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD AND GENERAL DIRECTOR OF THE LATIN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Published in La Opinion on January 20, 2021
Latino families have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic that is affecting so many Californians. Latinos have contracted the virus at higher rates and we have been financially hurt at higher margins by the resulting economic recession. That is why Latinos should be very concerned about proposals from some cities and counties that could put more financial pressure on all families, and particularly Latino families, by increasing the costs of groceries at a time when they simply cannot. we can pay them.
A series of proposed emergency ordinances requiring additional pay for grocery store workers in Long Beach, the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County could make putting food on the table even more difficult for thousands of Latino families in Southern California. The reality is that these misguided efforts will do nothing to improve safety and could instead increase the cost of groceries and other essential items, causing greater food insecurity for Latino and low-income communities.
According to a December 2020 Public Policy Institute (PPIC) report, 32% of Latinos indicated that they needed to receive food from a food bank as a result of COVID-19. For low-income Latino communities here in Los Angeles County, the last thing families need is higher grocery costs than the additional payment mandates could cause. However, it is not just the cost of food that could go up.