MAYOR FAULCONER TO ALSO MEET WITH LEADERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
San Diego – As they continue to support the open and fair trade between the United States and Mexico, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum are in Washington, D.C. today and tomorrow to advocate for the San Diego-Tijuana mega-region. Mayor Faulconer will also meet with leadership from several federal departments.
Mayor Faulconer is a featured speaker at today’s board meeting for the Border Trade Alliance, a nonprofit that aims to address key issues affecting trade, travel and security in North America. He and Mayor Gastélum will speak at the nonprofit’s Building a Competitive U.S. – Mexico Border Conference tomorrow.
“Trade and binational collaboration benefit millions of Americans and thousands of San Diegans,” Mayor Faulconer said. “San Diego’s position as a border city gives businesses and residents a competitive advantage that can’t be found anywhere else and we must preserve it. There has never been a more critical time to advocate for the fair and open exchange of goods and ideas.”
The conference focuses on improving border management in order to strengthen the economic competitiveness of the United States and Mexico. Key topics for this year’s conference include transportation infrastructure, trade facilitation, workforce development and the need for efforts that support both security and efficiency at the border.
Other featured guests include Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan.
During Mayor Faulconer’s time in Washington, he is also scheduled to meet with officials from the:
- Environmental Protection Agency: Mayor Faulconer will be meeting with leadership from EPA today to discuss its recent approval of a modified wastewater treatment permit that saves the City of San Diego $1.8 billion and paves the way for the City’s “Pure Water” recycling program. The program uses proven purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. It is one of the major sustainability projects that support Mayor Faulconer’s Climate Action Plan.
- Department of Homeland Security: Tomorrow, Mayor Faulconer and DHS Secretary John Kelly will be meeting to discuss the safety and security of the San Diego-Tijuana mega region.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development: His meeting with HUD Secretary Ben Carson is for Mayor Faulconer to advocate for changes to the federal funding formula for homeless services, which hasn’t changed since the 1970s. San Diego has the fourth-largest homeless population out of major U.S. cities but ranked 21st in federal homeless funding received last year.