Category: Policy

The Mexican Federal Government signed an agreement with Pfizer and AstraZeneca to produce and distribute 34.4 million and 77.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, respectively. While federal authorities continue to hold conversations with other pharmaceuticals to secure additional doses, the Secretariat of Health shared an overview of their distribution plan to be delivered in […]

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This month’s International Business Affairs Forums explored the future of the energy sector and its role in strengthening and broadening the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Attendees heard from SEMPRA Energy’s affiliate in Mexico, IEnova, and Pattern Energy about the energy projects taking place in our region, challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and public-private opportunities within the […]

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Last year, Governors Gavin Newsom of California, Jaime Bonilla of Baja California, and Carlos Mendoza of Baja California Sur, signed an MOU reestablishing the Commission of the Californias. The initiative created a binational forum to share information on common interests and issues, as well as discussing strategies to approach a solution together. This month, Lieutenant […]

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President López Obrador traveled to Baja this month to meet with state and municipal authorities. During his visit, the President announced the extension of the “Zona Libre” program through 2024 and a plan to make the program permanent. “Zona Libre,” or the Economic Free Zone program, was implemented in 2019 in 43 municipalities bordering the […]

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Baja’s Water Management, Sanitation, and Protection Agency (SEPROA) announced a project to provide much needed maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to the Punta Bandera wastewater treatment plant in Tijuana to help reduce transboundary pollution impacting our region. The project is estimated to cost $600 million pesos (about $30 million USD) with half of the funding provided […]

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A federal court ordered the full restoration of the DACA program in an order filed Friday, December 4. The program, which began in 2012, provides temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children and allows them to work and attend school. The Department of Homeland Security will now be […]

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The Mexican Federal Government signed an agreement with Pfizer and AstraZeneca to produce and distribute 34.4 million and 77.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, respectively. While federal authorities continue to hold conversations with other pharmaceuticals to secure additional doses, the Secretariat of Health shared an overview of their distribution plan to be delivered in […]

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The California Transportation Commission allocated more than $565 million for current projects and approved $2 billion in future improvements to address transportation needs across the state. This includes the following projects in our region: $42.5 million for the State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Land Port of Entry project (Otay 2). The investment covers energy, water, […]

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Chamber-endorsed Todd Gloria took the helm of the City’s government on December 10th, in a historic and virtual swearing-in ceremony. Mayor Gloria has announced the majority of his team, including former senior staff at the Chamber, Paola Avila as Chief of Staff. You can find additional information on the executive team at City Hall here. […]

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On December 7th, the California State Assembly and Senate reconvened for swearing-in of new members and the kick off of the 2021 legislative cycle. Of course, COVID will loom large in every major policy discussion, but the impact of COVID on the state’s budget remains a big question. The legislature wasted no time introducing priority […]

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