Univision flagship station KMEX-TV, Channel 34 along with the Organization of Los Angeles Workers (OLAW) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will host and broadcast the first statewide televised town hall meeting between Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada and California Governor Gray Davis. This event, scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2001 will connect Californians in five major cities, as well as viewers from across the state with the two dignitaries. KMEX-TV will broadcast this historic encounter from U.C.L.A. with no commercial interruptions from 5 to 6 p.m. The event will also be carried simultaneously by other Univision owned-and- operated stations in Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento and San Francisco as well as by over half a dozen Univision affiliates in California. The Univision Network will rebroadcast this special event throughout the United States at 12 midnight later that evening.
The event, entitled "Cara a Cara Con Vicente Fox: Dos Lideres, Una Nueva Era" [Face to Face with Vicente Fox: Two Leaders, A New Era] will be hosted by KMEX-TV anchors Eduardo Quezada and Teresa Quevedo. The encounter will allow Fox and Davis to respond to a wide range of relevant issues from Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego and Fresno. Spanish-speaking viewers will witness first-hand how these dynamic leaders plan to cooperate to address key issues affecting their regions including commerce, agriculture, immigration, education and the improvement of Mexico- California relations.
"In May of 1999, KMEX-TV/Univision hosted a milestone Spanish-language town hall televised throughout California between former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and Governor Davis, a first in the U.S. market regardless of language," stated Augustine Martinez, General Manager of KMEX-TV, Channel 34. "Today, KMEX-TV, OLAW and SEIU are excited to announce that this dialogue between the President of Mexico and the Governor will be facilitated by our respective organizations to enable our audience and the two leaders to focus on the issues which will shape our futures in the coming years, both in Mexico and California."