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AB 690 adds GoBiz Director to Cal/Mexico Border Relations Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill that will open up California trade with Mexico was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

AB 690 seeks to formalize and coordinate the state’s approach to trade and environmental issues with Mexico so that California companies can increase their exports to Mexico.

AB 690 would do this by adding the GoBiz Director to the California-Mexico Border Relations Council.

“We need to expand trade with Mexico so we can create more jobs,” said Assembly Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos, D-San Jose. “We still have 1.3 million unemployed Californians. One in four California jobs is tied to trade with Mexico. At the end of the day, increased trade equals more jobs in California.”

Adding the GoBiz Director to the Border Council is important since the Council is the state agency responsible for coordinating efforts on cross-border programs and projects, including trade and economic development.

The 27th Assembly District is entirely in San Jose – the third largest city in California and the tenth in the nation. Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Campos served as a San Jose City Councilwoman before she was elected to the Assembly in 2010.  For more, visit

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