For the first time since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed 20 years ago, the mayors of San Diego and Tijuana on Tuesday signed an agreement to cooperate on a broad range of issues, including pollution, economic development, police and fire services, technology transfer and regional planning.
Although the two cities are already cooperating extensively on those issues, the agreement calls for the heads of eight municipal departments on each of the two cities to meet every six months starting in January, with the goal of developing detailed plans for improving cross-border relations.
“Though San Diego and Tijuana are two separate cities from separate nations, we are linked by our shared history, culture and challenges," San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at the signing. "There is so much that we can achieve when our two cities collaborate and unite."
Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazaran said he hoped the memorandum of understanding would lead to a new era of "key cross-border collaboration and partnership."