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Mayor Garcetti headed to Mexico on first trade mission of his administration

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a delegation of the city's airport, port and business leaders will travel to Mexico City next month for his administration's first international trade mission. 

The purpose of the trip is to promote tourism and encourage businesses to relocate to Los Angeles. The mayor will also focus on increasing the number of imports and exports that travel through the Port of Los Angeles. 

Accompanying the mayor on his trip March 2-5 will be:

  • L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo
  • Mayoral Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero
  • Gary Lee Moore, acting General Manger of the Port of Los Angeles 
  • Samson Mengistu, executive deputy director of Los Angeles World Airports
  • Ernest Wooden, CEO of the L.A. Tourism and Convention Board

The mayor's wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, will also be on the trip. In total, there are 27 members of the delegation. 

While he's in Mexico, Garcetti will participate in a ceremony between Cal State Northridge and the National Autonomous University of Mexico to establish a Center for Mexico and Latin American Studies at CSUN. He'll also join Loyola Marymount University to establish an educational exchange program with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

The trip is a bit of a homecoming for Garcetti, whose paternal grandfather was born in Mexico. The mayor identifies as Mexican and Jewish (on his mother's side). 

The $95,000 trip will be paid for with funds from the airport and port, according to the Mayor's Office. Delegation members who are not employed by the city will pay their own way. 

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