Imperial Valley Press
Calexico signs sister-city agreement with Ensenada, Mexico
CALEXICO — On behalf of the City of Calexico, Mayor Javier Moreno signed a Sisterhood Agreement with the City of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, during a special meeting held on Tuesday, February 28.
“It’s a great pleasure to welcome the City of Ensenada,” Mayor Javier Moreno said.
He shared moments in binational history, and matters that connect the United States and Mexico.
In representation of the Mayor of Ensenada Armando Ayala Robles who was not present at the meeting, Secretary General of the Municipality of Ensenada, José Rubén Best Velasco, read a letter sent by the mayor, and signed the Sisterhood Agreement.
“For the government led by Armando Ayala Robles, this represents an honor being present at the City of Calexico California,” Best Velasco said the letter reads.
“A city that since its foundation has stood out for its fraternity and solidarity being recognized as a point of connection for the Mexican American culture.”
The letter mentioned that on February 28, the agreement started joint plans to strengthen academic, economic, social, historic, and tourism matters between the cities.
Ayala Robles’ letter reiterated his support to the Calexico City Council to sign this Sisterhood Agreement, highlighting the greatness of both cities.
“The City of Ensenada, Baja California wine capital of Mexico, awaits you with open arms,” concluded the letter as read by Best Velasco.
Mayor Moreno opened a space for the Calexico City Council to share words with the City of Ensenada authorities during the signing.
“There are many challenges and prosperity that join us, and we want to find uttermost equity between our relationship as a state and cities and, of course, as federal governments,” Calexico Mayor Pro Tem Raul Urena said.
“We share many characteristics beyond our origin, but the dynamics of our communities,” Calexico Councilmember Camilo Garcia said. “I want to highlight something important: the people. I believe we are a part of you (the city of Ensenada), and you with us, the fluidity of this region is important at a cultural, commerce, (and) tourism level.”
“Calexico has a population in its majority of Mexican descent; many of us who are here were born on the other side of the border,” Councilmember Gilberto Manzanarez said. “We share the same culture, perseverance, and obstacles. Once more, congratulations.”
“It is clear what we intend with this meeting, it is not just to sign a document,” Councilwoman Gloria Romo said via teleconference from Dublin, Ireland. “Now we need to generate concrete action for the benefit of both communities.”