California-Mexico Border Relations Council


Monday, October 23, 2023

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST

(or until the close of business)



Participate by Zoom:

Register in advance using this Zoom link.

You will then receive a confirmation email with information about options for joining the meeting, including how to join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device; One Tap mobile; or telephone.

To observe the meeting live, click the webcast link:

Please note that this is a remote meeting only. It will NOT take place in a room at the CalEPA Headquarters Building.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to observe the meeting and offer public comment whether attending by Zoom or by phone. After each agenda item, and at the end of the meeting, the Chair will call for public comment.




  1. Welcome – Chair Yana Garcia, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California, and Monica Vega, Secretary for Secretary for Environmental and Sustainable Development for the State of Baja California


  1. Call to Order, Roll Call, and Establishment of Quorum – Chair Yana Garcia, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California


  1. Meeting Logistics and Interpretation Services Announcement – Chair Yana Garcia, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California


  1. Regional Welcome on Local Binational Efforts – San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas


  1. Discussion and Possible Action to Approve Draft Minutes for the Previous Meeting on November 14, 2022 – Chair Yana Garcia, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California


  1. Discussion and possible action to approve the 2022 California-Mexico Border Relations Council Draft Annual Report to the Legislature and delegate authority to Secretary Garcia to finalize the Report and submit it to the Legislature – CalEPA


  1. Border 2025 Leadership Meeting Update – U.S. EPA Deputy Director Bauer


  1. Discussion on Border Region Efforts, Tribal Collaborations, and Relevant Grant Opportunities
    1. Councilmember Updates
    2. Tijuana River Updates
    3. Open Dialogue Session for Tribal Nations to share feedback


  1. Future Meeting Dates and Agenda Items — CalEPA


  1. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda – Chair Yana Garcia, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California


The Council may not discuss or take action on any matter raised during the Public Comment section that is not included on this agenda, except whether to decide to place the matter on the agenda of a future meeting. (Gov. Code, §§ 11125, 11125.7, subd. (a).)


  1. Adjournment – Chair Yana Garcia, Secretary for Environmental Protection for the State of California


Informational Notes:


About the Council:


The Council is comprised of the state secretaries or directors of the following agencies: California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA); California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS); California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA); California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA); California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA); California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES); Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH); California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which serves as an ex-officio member.




This meeting notice and agenda, and any available meeting materials, will be posted on the Council webpage. These records are also available for public inspection upon request. To stay informed regarding future Council updates, email to subscribe.


If you need further information prior to the meeting, please contact the CalEPA Border Affairs Program by phone at (916) 324-8741, by email at, or by letter to 1001 I Street, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, California, 95812-0806.


Public Participation:


In accordance with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, all meetings of the Council are open to the public. The Council plans to provide a teleconference location only for this meeting. Discussion and action may be taken on any item on the Council’s meeting agenda. The time and order of agenda items are approximate and subject to change at the discretion of the Chair or their designee to facilitate the effective transaction of business.


Government Code section 11125.7 provides the opportunity for the public to address each agenda item during discussion or consideration by the Council or prior to the Council taking any action on said item. The Council will provide members of the public with an opportunity to make public comments during the meeting on any issues before the Council, but the Chair or their designee, at their discretion, may apportion available time among those who wish to make public comment during the meeting. Individuals may also make public comment to the Council regarding items not on the agenda; however, the Council cannot discuss or take official action on these items during the same meeting. (Gov. Code, §§ 11125, 11125.7, subd. (a).)


Members of the public may provide comments by using the “Raise your Hand” feature if joining from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. If calling-in by phone, members of the public may use *9 to raise or lower your hand and may dial *6 to mute or unmute once they are called on and permitted to speak. A moderator will call on you to share your comment. Please keep comments to two minutes or less.


Spanish and English simultaneous interpretation will be available to all attendees who join the meeting through the computer/mobile application, or through the web client. Interpretation will be unavailable if joining by phone, only. The webcast link will have options to watch in English and Spanish.


Members of the public may but are not obligated to provide their names or personal information as a condition of observing or participating in the meeting. When signing into the Zoom platform, participants may be asked for their name and email address. Participants who choose not to provide their names will be required to provide a unique identifier such as their initials or another alternative, so that the meeting moderator can identify individuals who wish to make public comment; participants who choose not to provide their email address may utilize a fictitious email address in the following sample format:


Accessibility at CalEPA:


Meetings of the Council are open to the public. Public meetings are held in barrier free facilities that are accessible to those with physical disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are a person with a disability requiring disability-related modifications or accommodations to participate in the meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, or if you require documents be made available in an alternate format or another language or require an interpreter at the meeting, please contact Border Affairs at (916) 324-8741, via email at, or by letter to 1001 I Street, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, California, 95812-0806. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. You may also dial a voice TTY/TDD/Speech-to-Speech Communications Assistant at 7-1-1. Spanish and English interpretation will be available to all attendees.


Accesibilidad en CalEPA:


Las reuniones del Consejo están abiertas al público. Las reuniones públicas se llevan a cabo en instalaciones sin barreras que son accesibles para personas con discapacidades físicas de acuerdo con la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA). Si es una persona con una discapacidad que requiere modificaciones o adaptaciones relacionadas con la discapacidad para participar en la reunión, incluidas ayudas o servicios auxiliares, o si necesita que los documentos estén disponibles en un formato alternativo o en otro idioma o necesita un intérprete en la reunión, Comuníquese con Asuntos Fronterizos al (916) 324-8741, por correo electrónico a, o por carta a 1001 I Street, PO Box 2815, Sacramento, California, 95812-0806. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo antes posible, pero al menos 72 horas antes de la reunión programada. También puede marcar un asistente de comunicaciones TTY / TDD / Speech-to-Speech de voz al 7-1-1. La traducción al español e inglés estará disponible para cualquier persona con fluidez limitada en inglés o español.