Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was in Mexico City Wednesday, where he announced a new commission aimed at reinforcing ties between the two regions.
The MEXLA commission will be made up of residents from Los Angeles and Mexico engaged community members representing key sectors, such as trade, sports, renewable energy, science, arts, culture, and tourism, Garcetti’s office said.
“Mexico and Los Angeles are bound together by ties of family, history, values, and culture — and we are determined to work together to build a brighter, healthier, more prosperous future,” the mayor said. “MEXLA will strengthen the bonds between our communities by exchanging the best ideas in trade, tourism, athletics, the arts, climate and energy, and more. Our partnership will help make life better for families on both sides of the border.”
The Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and COMEXI in Mexico will serve nonprofit partners, and will organize and direct the commission. Mexico Undersecretary for North America Jesus Seade and Garcetti will be honorary co-chairs.
“Los Angeles is the largest Mexican city outside of Mexico, and we have a long shared history with this vibrant and diverse metropolis,” Seade said. “I am pleased to be working with Mayor Garcetti on this important and unique initiative that will empower our community leaders to make further contributions to an already deep relationship.”
The announcement is the first major one to come out of Garcetti’s two-day trip to Mexico to promote tourism to L.A. and U.S.- Mexico relations and participate in events on climate change.
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