MEXLA is the first commission of its kind, highlighting a new avenue of collaboration between a city and a federal government
MEXICO CITY—Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agreed today to establish MEXLA, a new commission made up of residents from Los Angeles and Mexico who will work to reinforce the already strong ties between the two regions.
“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,” said Mayor Garcetti. “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.”
Mexico and the City of Los Angeles will select engaged community members representing key sectors, such as trade, sports, renewable energy, science, arts, culture, and tourism to serve on the MEXLA commission. Members will be named in May and will take part in convenings and projects to enhance cross-border collaboration. The Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles and COMEXI in Mexico will serve as key non-profit partners, and will organize and direct the Commission. Mexico Undersecretary for North America Jesus Seade and Mayor 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,” said Undersecretary Seade. “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.
MEXLA is the result of a meeting held today at Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs with both Foreign Minister Ebrard and Undersecretary Seade, and a Los Angeles delegation led by Mayor Garcetti, with Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and Gil Cedillo. The leaders discussed topics affecting Los Angeles and Mexico — including climate and energy, trade, earthquake preparedness, education, immigration, and tourism.