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Madrid Says He Will Support 'Fair Trade' Effort
LA MESA -- The two women working to designate La Mesa as a Fair Trade City announced this week that the requirements for that designation only necessitates a declaration from the city's mayor, not a vote of the City Council.
La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, a supporter of the effort, said he is willing to meet this lesser requirement and support the effort.
"I think the women involved want to get the final details together and then come to City Hall for a ceremony," Madrid said today. "I'd be glad to have them there for this.''
A year ago, the City Council voted 3 to 2 to reject a proposal to declare La Mesa a "fair trade'' city, with the majority saying the issue was beyond the authority of the council. Council members Mark Arapostathis, Ernie Ewin and Ruth Sterling opposed the motion.
The Fair Trade movement encourages consumers to understand the supply chain of a product to assure the growers or producers -- often in Third World countries -- are treated fairly and paid appropriately.
Anne Pacheco and Nancy Ryan, Co-Chairs of the La Mesa Fair Trade Steering Committee, followed the City Council rejection with a year of holding educational seminars around the city and seeking support of the effort one business and one consumer at a time.
The steering committee announced the changes in the requirements for "Fair Trade" designation in a posting on LaMesaToday.com Thursday.
Madrid, when contacted by LaMesaToday.com, said he would continue to support winning the designation for the city, comparing it to the city's support for "Walk To School" and other symbolic efforts.