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President Obama appoints Brown, Garcetti to task force on climate change

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Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were among the 26 state, local and tribal leaders appointed by President Obama to look into federal government cooperation with communities coping with the effects of climate change. 

The Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will report back to the White House on ways the federal government can assist cities and states impacted by climate change. 

"I look forward to working with the White House to better protect Los Angeles and other cities from the realities of climate change while continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through smart investments in renewable energy, efficiency, and transit," Garcetti said in a statement. 

Just last week, Brown signed onto a pact with two neighboring states and British Columbia to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy.

"California isn't waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change," Brown said in a statement. "Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases."

The appointment is another reminder of the close relationship between the president and the mayor. Garcetti stumped for Obama in 2008 and served as a California co-chair for the president's reelection campaign in 2012. Before he was even elected mayor, Garcetti was attending dinners at the White House, including a 2011 State Dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mayor Garcetti and President Obama also spoke on Friday, in the wake of the fatal shooting of a Transportation Security Administration officer at Los Angeles International Airport. 

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