Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up his trip to Mexico today with a focus on economic issues.
He will sign another “memorandum of understanding” this morning on California-Mexico trade before meeting with Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare Alfonso Navarrete Prida.
While boosting trade and investment opportunities was the main purpose of the trip, it has run up against Brown’s other major goal of expanding environmental cooperation with Mexico.
Despite his vocal efforts to address climate change, activists back in California have been critical of Brown’s ties to oil and gas companies like BP America and Sempra Energy, which were among the business delegates organized by the California Chamber of Commerce that paid for the trip. Hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil extraction method, has been a significant point of contention.
Brown should be back across state lines by tonight, which leaves Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins half a day to make her mark as acting governor.