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L.A. mayor, governor to meet with German chancellor at Getty Center

April 14, 2010 |  8:10 am

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a luncheon Wednesday at the Getty Center, according to the mayor's office.

Merkel is in Los Angeles as part of a two-day visit to California following President Obama's nuclear arms  summit in Washington, D.C.

At the luncheon, Merkel will meet with business leaders, entertainment executives and scientists. She is scheduled to address Stanford University on Thursday before heading home.

Germany is the fourth-largest source of direct foreign investment in the Los Angeles area, with German-owned and affiliated companies employing nearly 3,000 people. That amounts to about $149 million in wages paid to employees, according to Villaraigosa's office.

Villaraigosa visited Berlin last year to sign a memorandum of understanding between the L.A. Community Redevelopment Agency and a German technology park to share best practices on the construction of clean-technology-development companies.