Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is leading a legislative delegation this week on the second annual policy mission to Mexico City, intended to bolster policy and economic collaboration, and foster trade and good will.
Starting today, during their six-day stay in Mexico City, the delegation will solidify the positive gains in economic, environmental, governmental, and cultural ties between California and Mexico. Meetings and workshops with federal government officials and others will focus on renewable energy and climate change, economic growth and job creation, and ways to better support and uplift immigrant communities.
Members are scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto; Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu; Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán; Minister of the Interior, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong; as well as members of the Mexican Senate and Chamber of Deputies, and the Governor-Elect of the State of Puebla. The delegation will also meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson. Members will also participate in a Symposium hosted by the University of California, focused on opportunities to better support students from California and Mexico engaged in study abroad.
Delegation members include Senators de León, Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), Marty Block (D-San Diego), Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles), and Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), as well as Assemblymembers Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), Jose Medina (D-Riverside), and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield).
UPDATE: This release reflects 2016 participants; the earlier version mistakenly listed 2015 participants.