She did doctoral studies at Lawrence Berkeley National

She did doctoral studies at Lawrence Berkeley National

Meet Mexico City’s First Elected Female Mayor

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Her route to mayor has been anything but traditional. Sheinbaum holds degrees in physics and energy engineering. She did doctoral studies at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, took part in a United Nations climate change panel that shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and is a well respected researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Despite her science background, Sheinbaum is no canada goose clearance sale political novice. She has long ties to leftist politics and to Lpez Obrador. He appointed her his environment minister when he was mayor of the canada goose uk black friday capital in 2000. Five years later she took over one of canada goose store Mexico City’s largest districts, Tlalpan.

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Many residents blame her for the collapse of the Enrique Rbsamen school. District officials approved shoddy construction permits, allowing the owner to build an apartment on top of the school, destabilizing the structure. Sheinbaum denies any wrong doing.

Her press office declined repeated requests for an interview.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Rosa Valdez manages a restaurant around the corner from the school. Her 14 year old son, a student at the school, survived the collapse. She’s angry canadian goose jacket that no one has been jailed and the owner canada goose black friday sale of the school remains a fugitive. buy canada goose jacket cheap

“Maybe Claudia wasn’t responsible for those permits,” says canada goose coats on sale Valdez, “but what about all the officials before her and after? Where is the justice for the dead children?”

canada goose coats Tackling the lingering problems in Tlalpan will need to be one of her first priorities as mayor, says Jos Merino, a uk canada goose political scientist at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and an adviser to Sheinbaum’s campaign. That will include a complete risk management plan for the city and emergency response task forces. canada goose coats

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And colleagues say Sheinbaum is a skilled team builder.

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Both Sheinbaum’s parents, also scientists, are children of Jewish immigrants from Bulgaria and Lithuania. Sheinbaum says she celebrated holidays at her grandparents’, but her home life was secular.

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Her Jewish heritage didn’t come up much during the campaign, despite Mexico’s Catholic dominance.

Marta Lamas, a leading feminist in Mexico, says the media focused more on the mayor elect’s austere dressing style, always canada goose factory sale in a white blouse and pants, and her modest demeanor.

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