How a One-Time Political Star in Mexico Ended Up Campaigning for Clinton

11/6/16 The New Yorker

Marcelo Ebrard

Marcelo Ebrard was the mayor of Mexico City from 2006 to 2012, the time when that city gained a reputation as a dynamic, sophisticated world capital, even while the country’s image as a place of dark and ever deepening crisis, corruption, and violence steadily worsened. He implemented numerous urban quality-of-life initiatives—a wildly popular bike-sharing program, an expansion of the rights of sexual minorities, a reduction of crime, and an attack on the air-pollution problem (an initiative in which the Clinton Foundation was involved).
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Former Mexico City mayor launches new leftist movement

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

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

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

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]

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)

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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