As the Obama administration seeks to
"With the federal government moving forward with efforts to normalize diplomatic, economic, and commercial relations, it is important for California to also engage with Cuba and expand economic relationships that create new opportunities for businesses in our state," Atkins said. "The Assembly wants to do everything we can to create more jobs and business in California, and this trade delegation is one way to help California companies gain a competitive edge."
The trip is being organized in part by a non-profit group called Californians Building Bridges.
Capitol lobbyist Darius Anderson, who is on the nonprofuit's board of directors, is also attending the trip. His firm Platinum Advisors has clients including AT&T, the California Cannabis Industry Assn., and Station Casinos.
The trip was planned “to establish relationships with key policymakers, farmers, businesses associated with agriculture,” according to a statement by the office of Assembly Agriculture Committee Chairman
Others traveling to Cuba are Assemblymen
Perea and others plan to use political campaign funds to pay their travel expenses so taxpayers will not have to foot the bill, aides said.