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Mayor Eric Garcetti to deliver keynote luncheon address


Thursday, October 5, 2017

The L.A. Hotel Downtown

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The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, in association with the World Trade Center LA and the LAEDC, will hold its 2017 Annual Policy Conference, “Should California Have Its Own Trade Policy?” on Thursday October 5th at The L.A. Hotel Downtown.  International trade and investment policies are both economically critical and politically sensitive.  What should the nation’s largest state and the world’s 6th largest economy be doing? What role can and should cities, large and small, play?  Through dialogue and debate, the conference will help clarify the next steps for our leaders and our communities in an unprecedented and unsettling era.

“The first administration to grasp the relevance of having an international agenda was Pat Brown (1959-1967).”  

I don’t really see pros for labor in free trade agreements. Instead we have seen job loss in the U.S. and the decrease in the value of wages in the U.S., Mexico, and other countries.”  

“What’s happened is the pro-trade side has lost the message argument.”

“California benefits more than any other state from NAFTA. We are the largest trading state in the country.”

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