This is a sampling from Bay Area News Group's Political Blotter blog. Read more and post comments at www.ibabuzz.com/politics.
Gov. Jerry Brown will lead a trade and investment mission to Mexico -- California's largest export market -- the last week of July, he announced Tuesday.
California's neighbor has a role to play in the Golden State's push to address its energy and environmental needs, Brown had said in his State of the State address in January.
"Reducing our oil consumption, two-thirds of which is imported by ships and tank cars, will take time, breakthrough technologies and steadfast commitment. It will also require that the countries which burn the most fossil fuel join with us," he said at the time. "We've started building those partnerships with other states and countries like China. We will go to Mexico next. California can't do this alone."
A delegation of state government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders will join Brown on the mission, which is being organized by the California Chamber of Commerce. The focus will be on boosting direct investment in the state, expanding bilateral economic and environmental cooperation, and connecting California businesses with new opportunities and partnerships.
Brown met last month with Mexican consuls general from cities across California.
The governor one year ago led a similar mission to China, during which he met with government leaders including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, opened the California-China Office of Trade and Investment in Shanghai and signed the first economic and environmental agreements ever between a subnational entity and Chinese ministries. Brown later last year met with China's President Xi Jinping in California to sign a climate-change pact; he also has signed pacts in the past year with leaders from Canada, Israel and Peru to combat climate change, strengthen economic ties and cooperate on research.
Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, on Tuesday will speak to the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley in Mountain View.
Tickets, which cost $30 for forum members and $40 for nonmembers, are available at www.theconservativeforum.com. Doors open at the IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, at 6:15 p.m.; the program starts at 7.
The forum -- perhaps one of the final bastions of conservatism in an increasingly blue region -- welcomes Arpaio, 81, as a hero. First elected to his office in 1992 and since nicknamed by supporters as "America's toughest sheriff," Arpaio might best be known for his stance over the past decade as an outspoken advocate for stronger enforcement and laws against illegal immigration. He also has undertaken an investigation into the validity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
However, a federal judge twice has ruled that unsafe living conditions and inadequate health care at Arpaio's jails violate inmates' constitutional rights; he's been accused of abusing his authority for political purposes against local officials; and he has been sued by the U.S. Department of Justice and by other plaintiffs for racial profiling.