Capitol Alert

AM Alert: As Mexico trip approaches, governor meets with diplomat

Before Gov. Jerry Brown heads south on a four-day trade mission to Mexico, he’ll meet with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs José Antonio Meade Kuribreña at a luncheon hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce this afternoon.

Both men will give remarks and are expected to discuss the potential for cooperation on economic and environmental matters, reflecting Brown’s agenda for his upcoming trip.

From July 27 through July 30, Brown and dozens of businesspeople with interests in Mexico will attend government-to-government meetings and tour California companies and projects in the country. The trip is Brown’s first to Mexico since taking office in 2011. Last year, Brown led a seven-day trade delegation to China.

Mexico purchased 14.2 percent of all California exports in 2013, making it the single biggest buyer of California goods, ahead of every U.S. state.

According to the California Chamber of Commerce, whose members have been invited to join the trip, the governor will also seek to increase Mexican investment in California. In recent years, U.S. businesses have invested $101 billion annually in Mexico, while Mexico has put $15 billion into the American economy. But as Latin America’s second-largest economy grows, Mexican investors could become a stronger source of cash flow for U.S. companies.

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FUNDRAISER IN CHIEF: President Obama is gracing the Golden State with his presence for the third time in as many months.

After flying in from Seattle on Tuesday afternoon, he kicks off a four-stop California fundraising tour Wednesday morning with a fundraiser for House Majority PAC in San Francisco. He’ll then travel to an afternoon event at the Los Altos Hills home of George and Judy Marcus to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. For $10,000, attendees can eat lunch and enjoy a photo opportunity with the president. For $32,400, they get lunch and a "V.I.P photo opportunity." According to a DCCC aide, about 90 people are expected to attend.

They’ll likely hear from activists with and other groups, who plan to gather outside the Silicon Valley fundraiser to protest a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would allow online content providers to pay for faster service. Critics of the proposal want Obama to speak out against it.

Obama will also make a stop in San Francisco and two in Los Angeles, including a dinner at the home of television producer Shonda Rhimes, before heading back east Thursday afternoon.

THE NEW NAPA?: Can the Sacramento River Delta region compete with Napa, Lake Tahoe and other northern California tourist attractions? The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Board hopes so. The board will discuss a $285,000 “Delta Branding and Marketing Project” that includes developing a Delta logo, a media campaign and creating a Delta-wide tourism app for smart phones, 9 a.m. at 1450 Halyard Drive, Suite 6.

THE BUSINESS OF GAMBLING: The California Gambling Control Commission will take public comment and consider new licensing, disclosure, and auditing rules for proposition players who contract with casinos. Commission officials say the goal is to increase transparency and uniformity of gambling regulations. The Commission will meet at 10 a.m. in its hearing room at 2399 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 100.

(STUDENT) LEADERS AT THE CAPITOL: The Chicano-Latino Youth Leadership Project is bringing 120 student leaders to the Capitol to conduct mock legislative hearings and discuss important policy issues facing the state. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and state Sen. Ricardo Lara, the chairman of the Latino Legislative Caucus, will address the students at a press conference on the Capitol’s North Steps at 10:30 a.m.