August 30th, 2012 (All day)

DeMaio Leads "Historic" Jobs Tour Focusing on Bi-National Economic Growth

As the first mayoral candidate ever to visit Baja California during the election season, San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio ignited international goodwill while strengthening DeMaio’s ties to government and business leaders in Mexicali and Tijuana during a two-day jobs tour.

“My focus is all about jobs, jobs, and more jobs. There are numerous ways we can work together to create jobs on both sides of the border if we are willing to overcome stereotypes and work together.” said DeMaio who was joined by San Diego Councilmembers-elect Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey on the Mexican Trade Tour. “Besides building a competitive global mega-region for international commerce, we learned that there are needs for more secure and efficient crossings to the United States, regional rail services to reduce truck emissions, and more dialogue as a region to improve infrastructure needs on both sides of the border.”

“We visited the Toyota factory in between Tecate and Tijuana and learned that 160 truck crossings a day would be reduced if a rail line in the United States were in operation,” said Scott Sherman, San Diego Councilmember-elect. “The Mexican business and government leaders were elated that we came, paid attention, and learned what we could do for the San Diego-Tijuana Mega-Region.”

David Mayagoitia, President of the Tijuana EDC, a not for profit organization focused on regional industry development with over 120 business members, stated, “Carl DeMaio’s trip to Baja California is historic. This is the first time ever that a candidate for San Diego Mayor has taken the time to visit and meet with government and business officials. We applaud this unprecedented gesture of goodwill.”

Mark Kersey, Councilmember-elect, added, “Many major global firms have offices in San Diego and operations in Tijuana or Mexicali, and we need to work closely as a region to compete against other international markets, especially since shipping and labor costs are rising in China and India. There was a mutual exchange of ideas and spirit of collaboration in all of our meetings.”

In Mexicali, Eugenio Lagarde, President of the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali, was very pleased as he chaired a luncheon for DeMaio and his delegation yesterday at one of the many Mexicali Chinese restaurants, “This is a first. A first for a candidate for mayor of the United States to come visit Mexicali, the seat of aerospace, solar, and industrial manufacturing in the region