San Diego bureaucrats seek a lobbyist who will spearhead “a strategy to leverage Mexico’s influence on U.S. federal agencies”
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San Diego government officials, set on building a new freight-oriented border crossing with Mexico in east Otay Mesa, want higher-ups in Mexico to pressure the United States to proceed with the project, and they’re prepared to pay good money. That’s the word from a February 9 request for proposals from lobbyists issued by SANDAG, the San Diego Association of Governments.

“SANDAG is looking for a firm or individual(s) that have demonstrated expertise and experience to provide the combination of skills and qualifications necessary to effectively interact with Congress; the Executive branch of the United States government; and other Departments of the United States Government,” says the document. “The selected firm or individual(s) also will represent and effectively advocate the interests of SANDAG for this Project to the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. and counterpart agencies in Mexico.”

The chosen influence peddler, to be paid between $140,000 to $180,000, will “provide strategic advice for outreach efforts with federal, state and local governments in Mexico, including a strategy to leverage Mexico’s influence on U.S. federal agencies to acquire support for the project.”

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Visduh Feb. 24, 2016 @ 7:33 a.m.

We must assume that trans-border truck traffic is already straining the border crossing facilities, or that it is anticipated to grow greatly in coming years. But, SANDAG, what about the proposal--if you can call it that--to reopen the rail line to the east and take shipping containers out of Mexico by rail? Dorian Hargrove has reported extensively in the Reader on that series of events. Jablonski and Landers of the Metro Transit System, owner of the rail line, are very enthusiastic about that reopening, which is touted as taking hundreds of truck trips off the freeways. Or they just enthusiastic about getting the rent payments?

The governmental right hand needs to get in synch with what the governmental left hand is doing.

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