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AM Alert: Senators kick off meetings in Mexico

Large quantities of seaweed blanket the beach in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, Mexico, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Some scientists have associated the large quantities of seaweed this year in the Caribbean region with higher than normal temperatures and low winds, both of which influence ocean currents, and they draw links to global climate change.
Large quantities of seaweed blanket the beach in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, Mexico, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Some scientists have associated the large quantities of seaweed this year in the Caribbean region with higher than normal temperatures and low winds, both of which influence ocean currents, and they draw links to global climate change. AP

Eight California state senators are in Mexico this week to meet with officials there about climate change, health policy and other issues of shared concern between the two neighbors.

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, leads the delegation to Mexico City that includes Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, Marty Block, D-San Diego, Isadore Hall III, D-Compton, Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, and Bill Monning, D-Carmel, to discuss California-Mexico ties.

The trip follows several recent events meant to foster international cooperation in the fight against climate change. In May, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a non-binding pact committing to efforts to limit the increase in global temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. Brown, meanwhile, just returned from Rome, where he warned of catastrophe unless world leaders did more to reduce global warming.

And Brown, of course, journeyed to Mexico City last year to talk climate, border security and other issues.

The Senate delegation will meet today with Dr. Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexicos’s foreign affairs secretary. Senators will also talk with Juan José Guerra Abud, the secretary the environment and natural Resources, about environmental protection and climate change. Their busy schedule for the next two days includes discussions health and education issues.

TALE OF TWO CITIES: Starting today, two California lawmakers will swap each others’ diverse, densely populated districts for three days. Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, heads to Los Angeles’ 51st Assembly District and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, goes north to Chiu’s 17th Assembly District.

Chiu is meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti, attending a Dodgers game, grabbing lunch with LA business leaders, and touring Chinatown and Taylor Yards.

Meanwhile, Gomez is meeting with Mayor Ed Lee, catching a Giants game, visiting the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and touring the Mission Creek Senior Community.

The aim of the district switcheroo, both offices say, is for the lawmakers to observe what issues the two cities face and to get a better understanding of how to address their concerns.

SEISMIC SOLUTIONS: A government board wants to increase earthquake prevention before the next big one hits California.

The California Residential Mitigation Program is holding a meeting to discuss sources for increasing funds for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program,which offers homeowners a maximum of $3,000 for earthquake safety improvements.

Among those attending the meeting will be Christina Curry, assistant secretary of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and Glenn Pomeroy, CEO of the California Earthquake Authority.

The meeting is at 1 p.m. at 801 K Street.

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