Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is scheduled to be among three moderators for a discussion on immigration issues Wednesday as the three-day winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors begins in Washington, D.C.
Garcetti is chair of the conference’s Latino Alliance.
Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino will give welcoming remarks at the conference Wednesday in his role as president of the National League of Cities, an advocacy organization that bills itself as “the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people,” working “to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions.”
The league includes elected officials from cities with populations lower than the 30,000 minimum required for membership in the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Garcetti is set to speak Thursday at best practice forums on climate change and developing a comprehensive approach to homelessness. He is also scheduled to speak about empowering youth through civic involvement; make remarks at a childhood obesity prevention luncheon; and moderate a discussion on mayoral recommendations calling for various federal actions to increase investment in energy, transportation and water infrastructure.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will speak about ports and airports at the discussion about infrastructure. Garcia is chair of the conference’s Ports and Exports Task Force and a member of its advisory board, along with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido.
Garcia and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are set to moderate a discussion Friday on ports and trade developments, where updates will be given on the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the Import-Export Bank of the United States.
More than 270 mayors of cities with populations of 30,000 or more are set to attend the meeting. President Donald Trump will speak to the mayors Friday at the White House on transforming America’s communities.
In addition to Garcetti and Garcia, mayors from Los Angeles and Orange counties registered for the meeting are Harry Sidhu (Anaheim); John Mirisch (Beverly Hills); Naresh Solanki (Cerritos); Andre Quintero (El Monte); Mary Campbell (Hermosa Beach); Nancy Hersman (Manhattan Beach); Nanette Fish (Temple City); and Patrick J. Furey (Torrance).
Garcetti’s Washington trip also includes a meeting with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson whose date has not been disclosed. They are expected to discuss federal aid for Los Angeles to deal with homelessness.
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