The four-day 87th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors begins Friday in Honolulu, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti among 17 mayors from Los Angeles and Orange counties set to attend.
Garcetti is set to make remarks at the Mayors Climate Protection Awards presentation, be among the three moderators for a panel discussion titled “Immigration: Responding to Current Challenges,” and make a best practice presentation during a session titled, “Homelessness and Housing: Government, Philanthropy, and the Private Sector,” Friday.
Garcetti will moderate a “best practice forum” on “Preparing Cities for New Infrastructure Innovations and Sustainability” Saturday.
Garcetti is the chair of the conference’s Latino Alliance and its Infrastructure Task Force.
Also on Friday, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will be part of the Mayors Panel on Opportunity Zone Development during a session titled “How to Make Opportunity Zones Work for Your City”; Torrance Mayor Patrick Furey will speak on “Complying with MS4 Permits to Control Stormwater” at the Mayors Water Council; and Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, will make remarks on “Building a Responsive Government with Mobility Data Specification” at a best practice forum on “Cities as a Platform: Building for Citizens in 2019 and Beyond.”
Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch will speak Saturday on his city becoming the first in the nation to ban the sale of tobacco products.
Furey will make a best practices presentation Sunday on teaching youth about local government at a session on “Empowering America’s Youth Through Civic Involvement” that will also include remarks by David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a co-founder of March For Our Lives, the youth-led gun control organization.
Other speakers at the meeting include Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, and second lady Karen Pence.
The meeting at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is themed “Infrastructure. Innovation. Inclusion.”
The mayors will consider and adopt policy resolutions on a range of issues, including anti-abortion legislation, the United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement, vaping and border security. The resolutions guide the advocacy agenda for the conference, the official non-partisan organization of the nation’s 1,408 cities with populations of 30,000 or more.
The other mayors from Los Angeles and Orange counties registered for the meeting are Harry Sidhu (Anaheim); David Shapiro (Calabasas); Albert Robles (Carson); Naresh Solanki (Cerritos); Jose Gonzalez (Cudahy); Meghan Sahli-Wells (Culver City); Rick Rodriguez (Downey); Christina Shea (Irvine); Margaret Clark (Rosemead); Jason Pu (San Gabriel): Miguel Pulido (Santa Ana); Gleam Davis (Santa Monica); and John D’Amico (West Hollywood).
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