Before Gov. Jerry Brown heads south on a four-day trade mission to Mexico, he’ll meet with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña at a luncheon hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce this afternoon.
Both men will give remarks and are expected to discuss the potential for cooperation on economic and environmental matters, reflecting Brown’s agenda for his upcoming trip.
From July 27 through July 30, Brown and dozens of businesspeople with interests in Mexico will attend government-to-government meetings and tour California companies and projects in the country. The trip is Brown’s first to Mexico since taking office in 2011. Last year, Brown led a seven-day trade delegation to China.
Mexico purchased 14.2 percent of all California exports in 2013, making it the single biggest buyer of California goods, ahead of every U.S. state.
According to the California Chamber of Commerce, whose members have been invited to join the trip, the governor will also seek to increase Mexican investment in California. In recent years, U.S. businesses have invested $101 billion annually in Mexico, while Mexico has put $15 billion into the American economy. But as Latin America’s second-largest economy grows, Mexican investors could become a stronger source of cash flow for U.S. companies.
After flying in from Seattle on Tuesday afternoon, he kicks off a four-stop California fundraising tour Wednesday morning with a fundraiser for House Majority PAC in San Francisco. He’ll then travel to an afternoon event at the Los Altos Hills home of George and Judy Marcus to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. For $10,000, attendees can eat lunch and enjoy a photo opportunity with the president. For $32,400, they get lunch and a "V.I.P photo opportunity." According to a DCCC aide, about 90 people are expected to attend.
They’ll likely hear from activists with MoveOn.org and other groups, who plan to gather outside the Silicon Valley fundraiser to protest a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would allow online content providers to pay for faster service. Critics of the proposal want Obama to speak out against it.
Obama will also make a stop in San Francisco and two in Los Angeles, including a dinner at the home of television producer Shonda Rhimes, before heading back east Thursday afternoon.