Garcetti met Tuesday in his City Hall office with a delegation of Mexico City officials to lay groundwork for his four-day visit, scheduled to start March 2.
Traveling with Garcetti will be top managers of the city’s harbor and airport departments, along with executives of the L.A. Tourism and Convention Board. The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce is putting together a team of business leaders to accompany them, according to aides to the mayor.
Garcetti's official travel as a city councilman drew scathing criticism in last year's mayoral campaign from
Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg, Mexico City’s economic development secretary, told Garcetti at Tuesday’s meeting that a formal economic cooperation agreement should be ready for him and his counterpart in Mexico City to sign during his visit.
Their conversation covered a wide range of topics, including public transit, sanitation, climate change and film production.
“In pharmaceuticals, we have a lot we could think of doing together,” Chertorivski Woldenberg told the mayor.
Garcetti inquired about Mexico City’s popular bike-share program, asking how it was funded. Los Angeles has had trouble setting up such a program.