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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SISTER CITIES CONFERENCE 2014

Southern California Sister Cities held their Southern California Sister Cities International conference at City Hall's Tom Bradley room on April 5th. This annual event truly highlighted the incredible growth and development of not only Sister Cities International, but also the presence of people-people friendships between Americans and peoples of other nations. This year's themes, "Joining Forces for Success," embraced U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous quote that initiated Sister Cities International in 1956. As the Chair of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Councilmember LaBonge is a proud supporter of continuing to expand international cultural exchange in Los Angeles and around the world. He and his staff applaud Sisters Cities International for introducing opportunities to build global cooperation, promote cultural understanding, and stimulate economic development for all its member cities.

"SOCAL Sister Cities are at a tipping point, where positive change, open dialog and working toward linking each of our organizations, programs and youth is a vital next step in our organization’s future.” 
– attendee of SoCal conference, David Zanatta. 

Councilmember Tom LaBonge honors Thelma Press with a Lifetime Achievement Award for over 50 years of service to the Sister Cities organization

Councilmember Tom LaBonge honors Thelma Press with a Lifetime Achievement Award for over 50 years of service to the Sister Cities organization

left to right: Tom Gilmore, President of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Chairman of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Fabiola Kinder, Secretary of the Southern California Sister Cities Board of Directors, Adam Kaplan, Director of Membership of Sister Cities International, Teruko Weinberg, Chairperson of the Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister Cities Association, Gil Garcia, President of the Southern California Sister Cities Board of Directors. 

left to right: Tom Gilmore, President of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Chairman of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Fabiola Kinder, Secretary of the Southern California Sister Cities Board of Directors, Adam Kaplan, Director of Membership of Sister Cities International, Teruko Weinberg, Chairperson of the Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister Cities Association, Gil Garcia, President of the Southern California Sister Cities Board of Directors. 


Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera
and Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI MEETS MAYOR OF MEXICO CITY, MIGUEL ÁNGEL MANCERA

This past March, Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti met with Mexican officials to strengthen trade ties. This was Mayor’s Garcetti's first trade mission, where he led a delegation of government officials and business leaders to increase tourism, encourage companies to locate to Los Angeles and also invest in our local companies.

“Working together with Mexico, we can address our common problems, increase trade, grow our economies and create jobs." – Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Sister Cities of Los Angeles understands and encourages strong relationships between cities. This year, 2014 marks the 45th year anniversary of a strong sisterhood between Los Angeles and Mexico City. Here is Mayor, Eric Garcetti with the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera resigning a symbolic Sister Cities agreement to recommit to the Sister Cities relationship between our two great cities 


SMOKEY JOE & THE KID IN LOS ANGELES & CALIFORNIA

Bordeaux-Los Angeles: A 50 Year Partnership is a celebration of the French-American friendship and of all arts, including Electronic and Hip Hop music.

Recently, Bordeaux music artists Smokey Joe & The Kid were in Los Angeles to work on their upcoming EP « The Game » which will be released on May 12, 2014 on Bordeaux-based label Banzaï Lab Records

Watch their trip in the City of Angels and the Making of “The Game”!

Learn more about Smokey Joe & The Kid :
https://www.facebook.com/smokeyjoeandthekid


CITY COUNCIL HONORS GUESTS OF VIVER BRASIL

On Wednesday, 26th of March, Councilmember LaBonge welcomed guests of Viver Brasil, Keny Long, Brazilian dancer and choreographer based in Los Angeles, Paulinho da Costa, Brazilian percussionist, composer and producer, and Dona Cici, one of Brazil's most noted scholars on Afro-Brazilian culture. They were joined by Linda Yudin and other members of the Los Angeles Salvador Sister City Committee. The City of Los Angeles has held this Sister City relationship within Brazil since 1962. 

Keny Long, Councilmember Tom Labonge, Dona Cici, Paulino de Costa, Arice de Costa, Linda Udin and guest.


PATRON RECEPTION AT THE LA ART SHOW

We did it! Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc. kicked off Bordeaux-Los Angeles: A 50 Year Partnership last week at the Patron Reception at the LA Art Show on January 15th. Sister Cities celebrated the 50th Anniversary between the City of Los Angeles and the City of Bordeaux with a once-in-a-lifetime event that included exclusive wines by Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, food by Bordeaux-Los Angeles chosen chef of note, John Sedlar of Rivera Restaurant, and art exhibits featuring Cheech Marin’s The Chicano Collection / La Colección Chicana, photography from Gil Garcetti, and works from participating Los Angeles and Bordeaux artists of the France Los Angeles Residency Exchange (FLARE) program. Attendees also enjoyed a special performance from surprise musical guest, Raul Pacheco from Ozomatli, who played a short set with one of Cheech Marin's Blazing Chicano Guitars. It was also an exciting night for Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Chairman of Sister Cities of Los Angeles, Inc., who received honors for his dedication and service to Sister Cities and local and international arts in the City of Los Angeles. Bill Boerum, Boardmember of Sister Cities International, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chairman of the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River Committee for the City of Los Angeles, and Rick Jacobs, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, were all on hand to salute Councilmember LaBonge for his unwavering support to the City and its international partners.
Stay tuned for more events this year!


LOS ANGELES and GUANGZHOU SISTER CITIES

It is with great honor to announce that Los Angeles and Guangzhou received an award in the category of Economic Development Programs and will be recognized at the U.S. – China Sister Cities Awards Ceremony during the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference. This Conference will be held on March 27th, 2014 in Washington D.C!
This award is attributed to the work, dedication and contribution of our volunteers and community in helping foster cooperation and communication between the United States and China.  
We will keep you posted with further details about this great honor. 

GUANGZHOU, CHINA

GUANGZHOU, CHINA


DONATION DRIVES FOR TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF

Sister Cities of Los Angeles needs your help to raise funds for the terrible tragedy in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Tacloban shoreline and left a landscape of debris in its wake. Homes and businesses were lost, so too were thousands of lives. The catastrophic storm left an estimated 2.5 million people in need of emergency food assistance, and forced survivors to relocate and find temporary homes.

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BONIN, O'FARRELL, AND LaBONGE 
COLORFULLY PROTEST ANTI-LGBT LAWS IN RUSSIA.


City Councilmembers and LGBT community leaders attached a rainbow flag to the St. Petersburg sign on the Sister Cities landmark at First and Main Streets in Downtown Los Angeles as part of a protest over discriminatory and dangerous anti-LGBT laws on Russia. 

The symbolic protest was one in a series of actions Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge took in response to the approval of laws in Russia that criminalizes expression of "non traditional sexual relations." 

In addition to the protest at the Sister Cities landmark, the Councilmembers introduced a resolution to the City Council calling on the Federal Government to immediately and aggressively expand asylum programs offered to people facing persecution because of sexual orientation and gender identity around the world. 

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A STREETCAR NAMED AFTER LOS ANGELES IN THE CITY OF BORDEAUX

 The City of Bordeaux has a history of naming its trams after their Sister Cities, and named one if its street cars after the City of Los Angeles, and for the 50-year anniversary, the City of Bordeaux has asked our city to be honored guests of the Fete le Vin, for the first time ever. The Sister City of LA will showcase a diverse arts program from some of Los Angeles' most famous arts institutions.

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