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Ensenada and Calexico Become Sister Cities


With the stroke of a pen and a signature, Calexico and the city of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico becomes sister cities during a special City Council meeting on Feb. 28. 

A delegation from the city of Ensenada arrived at Calexico City Hall before 3 p.m. to join this historic moment. 

“The potential of the U.S. and Mexico has no limits. This will give us better tools for future generations. Society is changing at a rapid pace and now more than ever international cooperation is more important than ever. The exchange of economic development, culture, and tourism is important for both of us,” Calexico Mayor Javier Moreno said. 

Jose Rubén Best Velasco, Secretary General of Ensenada, spoke on behalf of Mayor Armando Ayala Robles.

“This sisterhood agreement will be going before the Council of Sister Cities of the Municipality of Ensenada, made up of representatives of the City Council and civil society organizations. They will decide the objectives this binational sisterhood will be working on with the city of Calexico,” Best Velasco said. 

“We are looking for the good of both municipalities. I was motivated by the tourism and commercial exchange so that our citizens can have opportunities and that the residents of Calexico can come to taste our wines, our cuisine, our beaches, and everything we have to offer,” said Alma Lorena Antúnez García, councilwoman of Ensenada and was the person who submitted the initiative of this sister cities agreement. 

Ensenada will join Calexico in its historic list of sister cities. Mexicali, Ching Shui, and Tecalitlan, Jalisco have been Calexico’s sister cities at one point. 

In an effort to unite forces to carry out numerous projects that lead to a greater development of social, cultural, sports, tourist, and economic relations between the city of Calexico, California, and the Municipality of Ensenada, Baja California; it is necessary to strengthen the bonds of friendship and brotherhood and foster bonds of solidarity between the cities and have mutual benefits.

On December 9, 2021, Mayor Armando Ayala Robles participated in the Installation of the Cities Committee Sisters, with the objective that the cities or towns of different geographical and political areas promote human contact and cultural links.

On December 14, 2022, in a special session, the Ensenada council signed a sister agreement with Benito Juárez Municipality, Cancun, Quintana Roo.


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