Special thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti for being our keynote speaker
On October 5th, 2017, the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA, in association with the World Trade Center LA and the LAEDC, held its 2017 Annual Policy Conference, “Should California Have Its Own Trade Policy?”. The conference featured in-depth discussions that examined the role of California, the nation’s largest state and the world’s sixth largest economy, in international trade and investment policies.
We thank all of our distinguished panelists and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In his keynote address, and in our one-on-one conversation, the Mayor provided his perspective on Los Angeles’ position as a true “city-state” and its growing influence as a player in international trade. You can read about the day on Cal State LA’s website.
“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.”