San Diego interim mayor Todd Gloria was in attendance last friday at the swearing-in ceremony for Baja California’s new governor, Francisco “Kiko” Vega de Lamadrid, an act that shows the willingness of authorities from both sides of the border to promote development in the region, together.
Several noted figures were also part of the San Diego entourage, among them State Senator Ben Hueso, the San Diego Director of Binational Affairs, Mario López and representatives from several other areas of the county.
Gloria pointed out that this was the first time in 18 years a mayor from San Diego was at such an event this side of the border, and that it was part of the work being done to continue strengthening several relationships with Mexico.
Mario López commented to Milenio Baja California that they have high hopes for Vega's governorship, adding that back when he was mayor, Vega secured the land now being used for the upcoming Otay Mesa II port-of-entry, and as a federal deputy, helped promote the construction of the El Chaparral port that complements the San Ysidro port-of-entry expansion and renovation plan.
Also, several San Diego representatives have been in contact with incoming Baja California tourism minister, Oscar Escobedo.
Former mayor Bob Filner was and ardent supporter of closer ties with Tijuana, visiting California’s southern neighbor more than any other mayor in the city’s history, despite his short tenure. Although much of his history is marred by scandal, both the interim mayor and some of the candidates to replace him have vowed to continue pushing form more binational integration.