Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in California [fr]
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo was in Los Angeles on September 10th and 11th. After visiting some of LA2028’s Olympic venues, she met with her Angelino counterpart and friend, Mayor Eric Garcetti. A day marked by the commemoration of 9/11, the cooperation between the two cities and their actions to tackle climate change.
Welcomed by Consul General Christophe Lemoine, LA City Officials, including Herb Wesson, Los Angeles City Council Chair, Barbara Romero, Deputy Mayor, Curren Price, Council Member and Gene Sykes, CEO of LA 2028, she began her program with a visit of the Olympic venues at the University of Southern California (USC).
Accompanied by her Deputies Jean-François Martins, in charge of Sports, Tourism and Paris 2024, and Jean-Louis Missika, in charge of City Planning and Architecture, Anne Hidalgo visited the legendary Memorial Coliseum, followed by a tour of the USC Campus and a meeting with students from the Center for Public Diplomacy and the Annenberg School of Journalism.
The following day, the Mayor participated in the commemoration ceremony in honor of the 2,977 victims of the September 11th attacks, at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, with Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Paul Krekorian, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas and LAPD Chief Michel Moore.
Following the ceremony, Anne Hidalgo and Eric Garcetti joined local association volunteers to prepare meals for homeless people in Los Angeles as part of the food aid program.
A joint press conference by the two mayors, during which they spoke about their common values of solidarity, the anniversary of the announcement of the Olympic Games Twinning, Paris 2024 and LA 2028, their commitment to the protection of the environment , as well as the announcement of an exchange program for Community College students, punctuated the morning at the center.
Then, they went to the Los Angeles City Hall to lead a Forum on Clean Transportation and discussed innovative ideas to transform urban transportation systems, upstream of the Global Climate Action Summit.
Alongside opinion leaders, policy makers from all over the country and private actors in the transportation industry, the Mayor of Paris and President of the world network of "C40 Cities" recalled the importance of local actions in the fight against climate change and stressed the urgency of reducing air pollution in the cities.
Eric Garcetti, member of the C40 and founder of "Climate Mayors" — a U.S. coalition of 407 Mayors dedicated to pursuing solutions to global warming — announced the launch of the Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, a new online portal that will help lower the cost of electric vehicles by enabling cities to bid on them together in larger quantities.
Thanks to the dynamism and multiple actions of C40 members, millions of municipal vehicles around the world will soon be replaced by clean modes of transportation.
Finally, the program ended with a tour and presentation of the city’s emergency center and an exchange of policies and best practices for emergency shelters for the homeless.
The Mayor of Paris and her team then went to San Francisco to attend the Global Climate Action Summit on September 12 and 13. A summit that brings together for the first time all non-state actors committed to the climate: cities, but also NGOs, businesses and citizens.