Carlos Mendoza Davis

Carlos Mendoza Davis was sworn in as governor of our Southern Baja state on September 10. He is a member of the right leaning PAN party, just like his predecessor Marcos Covarrubias.

Carlos_Mendoza_Davis.JPGDuring the swearing in ceremony, Mendoza promised to generate, “wide, generous and deep” improvements for everyone. In this first day in office, Governor Mendoza sent a bill to the state congress to create a secretariat of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Agricultural and Cattle breeding. He has also announced that he will send a package of initiatives to attract investment to our state. He gave as examples to encourage investment, a new measure that will get the word out that we want and are hospitable to investors, a law to fix some over zealous regulations, and yet another measure welcoming public and private associations, which, he said, “will generate confidence in investing in our state.”

“Entrepreneurs will have a speedy path to investing here as long as they offer in return their maximum social commitment with our state.” Meaning, they will have to pitch in money to build parks, schools and other infrastructure. This is Mexico’s version of development fees; instead of paying fees to pull permits, they promise to build, say, a soccer stadium in a needy barrio. This explains why large developments can spring up with no traffic mitigation and often no lights, roads, sewer, or fresh water hook ups except for the minimum needed to get the project rolling. The development fees have been spent on a new soccer stadium across town that the politicians can take credit for.

Governor Mendoza also promised to evaluate all public servants to guarantee an efficient, well prepared government.

Carlos “El Picore” Mendoza Davis is 46 years old. A lawyer by profession, he has earned two master’s degrees and has held several positions in the federal government. From May 2007 to October 2010, he served as regional representative of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Baja California Sur.

He earned a law degree with honors from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1992, for which he wrote his thesis on Human rights and their protection in Mexican constitutional law. In 1994 he  attended summer school in France, studying at the Institute of International and Comparative Law sponsored by the Cornell Law School and the University of Paris. He enrolled in graduate studies at Cornell University in New York, and received a Master of Laws (LLM) in 1995 with a research paper entitled, “The violation of human rights in third world countries as a reason for the imposition of economic sanctions.” In 2002, he won a scholarship from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, provided by the British Council. In 2003, he graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an MSc in Comparative Politics in Latin America, submitting a dissertation entitled, “The fight against money laundering in Mexico: a critical assessment.”

From 1994 to 1997 he served at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, as a political attaché in charge of relations with the U.S. Congress.

Mendoza’s father, César Mendoza Arámburo Angel, is from La Paz and was the first elected governor of Southern Baja. Our new governor married Gabriela Velazquez in 1999 and they have two children, 12 year old Gabriela and 10 year old Carlos.