To strengthen the bonds throughout the binational megaregion, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria met virtually with Tijuana Mayor Arturo González Cruz last week to reaffirm their commitment to strengthening economic, cultural and civic ties.
“The health of San Diego is directly tied to the health of Tijuana,” Gloria said. “Families and businesses alike have deep roots in both cities, which makes it more important than ever for the leadership of our two cities to work together through these challenging times, just like we have when tackling major issues such as immigration, cross-border commerce or reducing the sewage from the Tijuana River Valley.”
In the midst of the holiday season, the mayors recognized how COVID-19 has gravely impacted San Diego and Tijuana residents and businesses alike. They pledged to promote safety and social distancing to protect the megaregion’s people as well as the cross-border commerce that is critical to the health of both cities’ economies.
“We understand that during the holidays, people are inclined to gather with family and loved ones, but we are encouraging them not to do so,” Mayor González Cruz said. “The best way people can show their love and gratitude right now is by staying home and staying safe. This pandemic has been long and hard, and while there are loved ones who are living apart on both sides of the border, we are asking them to remain positive and know they’ll be reunited with their families soon enough. Create memories through Zoom and phone calls.”
San Diego and Tijuana have a long-standing relationship of cross-border collaboration and economic development. It was important for Gloria to meet with González Cruz within his first two weeks in office to keep the momentum going.
Previous mayors in both cities built on the megaregion’s strong binational ties by advocating on behalf of American and Mexican residents and businesses in Washington D.C., and Mexico City.
Gloria and González Cruz plan to continue to advocate in both nations’ capitols together when it is safe to do so.