Welcome to the California-Mexico Border Relations Council
AB 3021 (Núñez, 2006) created the California-Mexico Border Relations Council. The Secretary for Environmental Protection serves as the Council Chair. The Council will provide an annual update on California–Mexico activities and programs to the Legislature and will be the central organizing body overseeing and collaborating on California-Mexico border issues. The Council has the potential to identify new Border priorities and fundable projects in the areas of infrastructure, trade, environment, health and security while supporting current and ongoing activities such as the Border Governors Conference, trade missions, border workgroups, and coordinating specific future projects with Mexico.
California-Mexico Border Relations (Background)
Existing law established an Office of California-Mexico Affairs in the Trade and Commerce Agency, which is no longer in existence. In 2004, a list of California-Mexico programs from over 100 agencies was created entitled, “Inventory of Mexico Related Projects Conducted by California State Agencies” (ISBN: 1-58703-195-7 in California Research Bureau-California State Library). A majority of these programs are obsolete. At that time, no organizing entity existed to coordinate interagency cooperation. Thus, AB 3021 was created to fill a need for statewide oversight and coordination of multi-agency involvement with Mexico. AB 3021 creates an independent Council, the California-Mexico Border Relations Council, mandated to:
- Coordinate cross-border programs, initiatives, projects and partnerships within California state agencies.
- Establish California state agency policies for the collection and sharing of cross-border data.
- Identify and recommend changes in the law needed to achieve the goals of the Council.
- Provide an annual Council activities report to the Legislature.
- Strategic Plan: New River Improvement Project
As written in Assembly Bill 1079, the California Mexico Relations Council (CMBRC) is required to create a strategic plan to study, monitor, remediate and enhance the New River’s water quality to protect human health and develop a river parkway suitable for public use and enjoyment. In 2010 the CMBRC appointed the new River Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to oversee the development of the plan and ensure community involvement. The TAC began work in the summer of 2010, and with the work of many people, the document was completed and released to the public May 25, 2012. View the Strategic Plan: New River Improvement Project (PDF)
- The guide “Inventory of Mexico Related Projects Conducted by California State Agencies (PDF)” by Alicia Bugarin
Meetings & Related Materials
January 14, 2014
July 24, 2013
May 25, 2012
- Public Notice (PDF)
- Agenda (PDF)
- Meeting Minutes (PDF)
- Tijuana River Valley Recovery Team Presentation
- Jeremy Haas, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (PDF, 2 MB)
- Caltrans International Border Program Presentation
- Bill Figge, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (PDF, 3 MB)
- California Department of Public Health Update on Border
- April Fernandez, California Office of Binational Border Health, CDPH (PDF, 641 KB)
- Border and Binational Preparedness, Surveillance and
- Mauricio Leiva, California Office of Binational Border Health, CDPH (PDF, 426 KB)
- U.S. – Mexico Border Health Commission Presentation
- Avelina Acosta, California Outreach Office, CDPH (PDF, 2 MB)
- U.S. – Mexico Environmental Program: Border 2020
- Tomas Torres, United States Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 2 MB)
February 16, 2010
- Public Notice (PDF)
- Agenda (PDF)
- New River and AB 1079 (Pérez, Chapter 382,
Statutes of 2009) Presentations
- Jose Angel, Colorado River Basin Region Water Quality Control Board (PDF, 788 KB)
- Trevor Taniguchi, CalEPA (PDF, 692 KB)
- Tijuana River Project Presentation (PDF, 2 MB)
- American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) Funds & the
Border Region Presentation
- Jennifer Grutzius, California Recovery Task Force (PDF, 362 KB)
April 14, 2009
June 10, 2008
February 20, 2008
- Annual Report
As written in Assembly Bill 3021, the council is required to submit a report to the Legislature on the council’s activities and programs annually.