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June 26, 2005 | MARK EDWARD HARRIS
Across the street from City Hall is a mileage signpost with arrows pointing to Los Angeles' 21 sister cities. Can you name any? Neither could we until last month. President Dwight Eisenhower began the Sister Cities Program in 1956 to promote cross-cultural understanding, thus launching one of history's great gift exchange programs. We visited the first annual Los Angeles Sister City Festival at the Page Museum for some sororal fun.
June 30, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jalalabad, Afghanistan, is San Diego's newest sister city. The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the diplomatic relationship Monday with the city in eastern Afghanistan. San Diego now has 15 sister city partners, nine of them in the Pacific Rim.
August 16, 2003 | Steve Harvey
A new mystery novel is set in the City of Angels amid "illicit drugs, prostitution and infinite corruption," not to mention hopelessly snarled traffic and polluted skies. Shame on you if you thought I was talking about L.A. This novel, "Bangkok 8" by John Burdett, is set in Krung Thep, as the Thais call their capital. "Krung Thep means 'City of Angels,' " a character explains, "but we are happy to call it Bangkok if it helps to separate a [Westerner] from his money."
April 12, 2003 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Now that Saddam Hussein has lost his grip on Baghdad, one Los Angeles city councilman is talking of making the bombed-out metropolis of 5 million a sister city. Councilman Dennis Zine, who also was the force behind the council's unanimous vote Friday condemning the vanquished Iraqi leader, said he wants Los Angeles-area businesses to be involved in rebuilding the war-torn country.
November 16, 2002 | Massie Ritsch, Times Staff Writer
As Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn flies off today on a trade trip to Asia, a downtown sign pointing toward L.A.'s sister cities could serve as his compass. That sign, however, has already threatened to knock the mayor's diplomacy off course. At 1st and Main streets, a stone's throw from City Hall, the oversized street sign indicates the directions and distances of Los Angeles' 20 sister municipalities.
December 23, 2001
City officials are considering forming a sister-city relationship with Kabul, Afghanistan. Fremont is home to about 10,000 Afghan Americans. A section of the city has even been nicknamed Little Kabul. Afghanistan has no sister cities. The idea was recently proposed by Sister Cities International, a nonprofit corporation that handles such relationships. Fremont's other sister cities include Fukaya, Japan; Puerto Penasco, Mexico; Horta, Portugal; and Jaipur, India.
May 25, 2001
San Clemente has won a Sister Cities International award for a public safety project it conducted in its Argentine sister city last year. The project, spearheaded by Orange County Fire Authority members stationed in and near San Clemente, is credited with fostering goodwill and improved the technical skills of firefighters in San Clemente del Tuyu, Argentina, and the nearby cities of Balcarce and Lomas de Zamora.
January 2, 2001 | Deniene Husted, (714) 520-2508
City officials are donating 65 outdated computers to Hermosillo, Mexico--Irvine's sistercity. The computers, no longer able to handle demands at City Hall, will be set up in Hermosillo's youth center and municipal library to benefit residents there. Irvine school officials said they had no use for the computers, which they said would cost too much to upgrade. The computers are valued at about $75 each for a total value of $4,875.
December 12, 2000 | JOSH KARP
In the 12 years since a devastating earthquake shook up the lives of residents in northwest Armenia, Thousand Oaks has continued to lend a helping hand. Thousand Oaks has had a sister-city relationship with Spitak, Armenia, for about 10 years.
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