LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his counterpart in Mexico City launched a year-long celebration March 7 to commemorate 50 years as sister cities.
“Our 50 years as sister cities have shown that when local communities work together, we have the power to make real progress on everything from trade and tourism to transportation and technology,” said Garcetti, who was in Mexico City for a two-day trip focused on climate change, tourism and U.S.-Mexico relations.
“I know that Los Angeles and Mexico City will remain leaders in confronting climate change, creating green jobs, improving resilience against natural disasters, and building a future of sustainability and prosperity for everyone who calls our cities home.”
As part of the sister cities anniversary celebration, L.A. and Mexico City will host a series of cultural events in both cities, including a film festival featuring Mexican, Chicano and Angeleno film productions; a mural unveiling at the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles; and technical exchanges revolving around clean technology, sustainable mobility and resilience, according to Garcetti’s office.
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the sisterhood between the City of Angels and Mexico City, and we’re going to commemorate our sisterhood with activities that will unite our cities even more,” said Mexico City Head of Government Claudia Sheinbaum. “In particular, we are interested in the work that Mayor Garcetti is doing on climate issues, as well as issues of interculturality, human rights and migration. We’re going to create celebrations this year in Mexico City that are dedicated to our friendship with Los Angeles.”
While in Mexico, Garcetti announced a new commission aimed at reinforcing ties between the city and country.
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.”
Also meeting with Garcetti was Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
The announcement was 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.
City Council members Monica Rodriguez and Gil Cedillo accompanied Garcetti to Mexico.