Villaraigosa leaves Friday for climate summit in Mexico City
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going on the road again — this time to Mexico City, where he plans to attend this weekend’s World Mayors Summit on Climate.
The summit is a follow-up to last year’s mega-conference on climate change in Copenhagen, an event that the mayor also attended. The Copenhagen gathering disappointed many activists, who arrived with high hopes for a robust global consensus to cut greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming.
At the Mexico city session, mayors from around the world are expected to sign the Global Cities Covenant on Climate, dubbed the Mexico City Pact. The mayor’s office calls it a “major step forward” in cities’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.
On Saturday, Villaraigosa is set to deliver remarks at a gathering of regional leaders and to participate in the official reopening of the Monument to the Revolution, a signature Mexico City landmark that has been spruced up for the centenary celebrations marking the bloody revolution that erupted in 1910.
Villaraigosa is of Mexican ancestry, but the mayoral itinerary includes no roots-exploring visits to distant kin south of the border, said a mayoral spokeswoman.
The Mexico sojourn is the latest out-of-town jaunt for a peripatetic mayor who, in recent weeks, has been back and forth to Washington several times, hit the campaign trail for Democratic candidates in California, Nevada and Colorado, and was a keynote speaker last weekend at a leadership summit at Princeton University in New Jersey.
The mayor is scheduled to depart for Mexico City on Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon.
-- Patrick J. McDonnell at Los Angeles City Hall
Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa speaks at the two-day media preview event for the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images