Former Mexico City mayor launches new leftist movement

July 22, 2013

photo by Flickr user-Concanaco Servytur MexicoGlobal Post, 7/21/2013

The Progressive Movement, a new group within the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, is being launched with the goal of eventually gaining the party’s leadership and winning the presidency, former Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said.

Mexico’s leftist political forces must work together to take on President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, Ebrard said during the launch of his movement on Saturday.

From Bullets to Bistros: the Mexico City Miracle

February 5, 2013

Mexico CityThe Atlantic, 2/5/2013

Mexico City was once feared as being the most dangerous city in the planet. A new network of security cameras, and a focus on community police-work and patrols, have helped entrepreneurs, restaurant owners, and young professionals out of a decade of stalled urban renewal programs, and fostered the emergence of a vibrant nightlife. As street gangs have receded to fringe neighborhoods, crime has fallen, and many late night partiers have a different concern: the fear of being detained at the breathalyzer checkpoints.

Starting in 2000 with the election of leftist politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as Mexico City’s mayor, the city began investing in a series of innovative social programs. Shannon O’Neil, a Mexico expert from the Council on Foreign Relations, explained that Marcelo Ebrard, who was mayor between 2006 and 2012, and his predecessor, Obrador, “went street by street in the Centro Historico and got rid of the ambulantes [unregistered street vendors]. It’s a variant of the broken windows theme.” Ebrard also told the police to focus on ticketing drivers who neglected to wear seatbelts. He installed security cameras throughout the city, and set up the alcoholímetro checkpoints to crack down on drunk driving.

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Statue of a Foreign Autocrat Sits Uneasily With Some

November 13, 2012

The New York Times, 11/12/2012

Marcelo Ebrard

When the mayor inaugurated a pretty little garden fronted by a very large statue at the edge of the central Chapultepec Park last summer, it seemed another step forward in his drive to improve the quality of life in this impossible city.

But a quick check on Google might have spared Mayor Marcelo Ebrard from what happened next.

Speaking off the cuff, the mayor praised the statue’s subject — a complete stranger to many Mexico City residents — as “a great political leader, a statesman.”

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Mexico City mayor seeks to unite left after split

September 14, 2012

Chicago Tribune/Reuters, 9/13/2012

Marcelo Ebrard

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is trying to rally Mexico’s left behind him after rival Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would break with the established parties following his defeat in July’s presidential election.

In an interview with Reuters, Ebrard said on Thursday he aims to bring the left back together, contrasting himself with Lopez Obrador, who has strong support among the poor and came close to winning the last two elections but alienated centrist voters with his combative style.

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Poll Shows that Approval for Ebrard continues to grow [in Spanish]

July 31, 2012

El Universal, 7/31/12

According to an Universal poll from July, 66% of people who live in the D.F. approve of Marcelo Ebrard’s performance.  The number has grown since last March, when his approval rating stood at 59%.  Some of the things which they approve of in particular are the expansion of the Metrobus and metro lines.

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Mayor of Mexico City: Legalization of drugs must be debated (In Spanish)

February 14, 2012

The Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard, has stated that the legalization of certain drugs such as marihuana must be debated. The Mayor stated that the policy followed by Mexico on marihuana is often contradictory to policy in the United States and that US policy must be taken into account. The Mayor added that consumers must not be punished as only the distribution and sale of drugs is illegal according to federal law.

Milenio, 2/14/12

El jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal, Marcelo Ebrard, aseguró que “hay que poner sobre la mesa” el debate sobre la legalización de la marihuana, aunque el Congreso de la Unión será quien tome una decisión al respecto.

En entrevista luego de inaugurar la feria del amor en la Plaza de la República afirmó que “es muy contradictoria la política que estamos siguiendo nosotros con la que está siguiendo Estados Unidos”, toda vez que la marihuana está legalizada en 19 estados.

- ¿Tenemos que empatarnos con ellos?

- Es una decisión que tendrá que tomar el Congreso de la Unión, pero lo que yo quiero subrayar es que por un lado recibimos armas, el mercado norteamericano es muy grande, y por el otro ellos la tendencia que tienen es a legalizar algunos estupefacientes. No necesariamente tenemos que hacer lo mismo, pero sí hay que ponerlo sobre la mesa.

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Ebrard appreciates AMLO’s political gesture (In Spanish)

December 21, 2011

Milenio, 12/21/11

Milenio reports on PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s announcement that he would name Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Secretario de Gobernacion, a top cabinet position, should AMLO win the presidential election in 2012:

Marcelo Ebrard, jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal, agradeció la propuesta de Andrés Manuel López Obrador de ocupar la Secretaría de Gobernación si es que gana la Presidencia de la República en 2012.

“Queremos que triunfe el proyecto progresista para el país y si tengo que participar, lo haré”, aseguró el mandatario local.

En entrevista luego de supervisar los trabajos de remodelación del barrio de la Merced, Ebrard agradeció “el gesto político” del precandidato de la izquierda a la Presidencia, “es algo que le aprecio mucho”, insistió.

Ayer, López Obrador aseguró que de ser Presidente, Ebrard ocuparía la Secretaría de Gobernación, Juan Ramón de la Fuente, ex rector de la UNAM sería titular de Educación y Rogelio Ramírez de la O quedaría al frente de Hacienda.

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Mexico City closes vast trash dump

December 19, 2011

The Boston Globe, 12/19/11

Mexico City will close one of the world’s largest garbage dumps by Dec. 31 and will instead turn the garbage from millions of people into reusable materials and energy, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard announced Monday.

 Some 700 trucks that carry garbage to the Bordo Poniente will no longer be admitted as of Monday, and all operations will cease by the end of the year, Ebrard said.

Trucks will still enter the recycling separation plant and a composting plant already on the premises.

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AMLO Reveals Information About Possible Cabinet Members: Marcelo Ebrard as Sec. of Interior (In Spanish)

December 19, 2011

Reforma, 12/19/11

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, precandidato único de las izquierdas a la Presidencia, afirmó esta tarde que de ganar la elección de 2012 invitará a Marcelo Ebrard para ser Secretario de Gobernación, a Rogelio Ramírez de la O para Hacienda y a Juan Ramón de la Fuente para la SEP.

En un mitin en Iztacalco, López Obrador dijo que su gabinete incluirá a los mejores ciudadanos del País y que irá revelando nombres de sus integrantes.

“Voy a invitar a Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón para que sea Secretario de Gobernación; Marcelo se va hacer cargo del Gobierno interno y de la seguridad pública con un tratamiento distinto, porque vamos a actuar de manera coordinada, no lo que sucede aactualmente, que por un lado está el Ejército, por otro la Marina.

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Mexico’s Lopez Obrador to run for president in 2012

November 15, 2011

Reuters, 11/15/11

Left-wing stalwart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday he will again run for Mexico’s presidency in 2012, six years after his razor-thin loss in the last election sparked extended massive protests.

Lopez Obrador, 58, a champion of the poor in a country where nearly half the population lives below the poverty line, beat Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard in a survey carried out among 6,000 supporters of left-wing parties.

“The survey results are in my favor … I will participate in the 2012 electoral contest,” Lopez Obrador told a news conference. The survey asked five questions and he won three of them.

The survey was carried out to see which of the two had more grassroots support and Lopez Obrador and Ebrard had said they would let the results decide who contested the election.

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