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With a sly smile, Leningrad Mayor Anatoly A. Sobchak divulged on Wednesday the reason for his great interest in having Los Angeles as a sister city: He wants to learn the secret of California's economic success and copy it. Mayor Tom Bradley headed a delegation of Los Angeles politicians and business people to the second-largest Soviet city this week to discover ways to participate in the economic and political renewal of Leningrad, Los Angeles' 17th sister city.
January 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Sochi Friendship Grove looked like a pleasant place for reflection on a Friday afternoon, a chance to ponder the ideals and beliefs of the Olympic movement with the opening ceremony exactly three weeks away. Uniformed high-school students, classes done for the day, streamed across the street past the park. The lemon-filled Friendship Tree, planted in 1992, was a short skateboard ride away, and to get there, you could go past a wall mural with the Olympic rings and snow-peaked mountains.
Flashing wide smiles, young baseball players from Isehara, Japan, revealed what they have discovered since arriving in their town's sister city of La Mirada last Sunday. Their American counterparts--boys 10, 11 and 12 years old--have their own bedrooms in large houses, chew sunflower seeds during games and speak openly to their parents without being spoken to first.
September 27, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
The suburban community of Laguna Niguel knew there would be obstacles to starting a sister city program with the Qaim district of Iraq. Language and culture, of course. But bombed government buildings? And vigilante executions? A proposal that began early this year with humanitarian shipments of soccer balls has turned into a revealing glimpse at the vast differences between life in Southern California and places like Qaim, a municipality of 230,000 near the Syrian border in Anbar province.
September 20, 1990
In an effort to ease tensions between black residents of Inglewood and Korean merchants, city officials have proposed a sister city relationship between Inglewood and Kyongju in South Korea. Inglewood Mayor Edward Vincent met with Korean merchants earlier this year to air complaints from residents who say the merchants often treat them with disrespect.
August 23, 1990
Altadena resident Ted Maciejowski asked the Town Council on Tuesday to consider choosing a sister city in Poland. Maciejowski, who said his nephew is the Polish undersecretary of state for local government reform, said a Polish city could benefit from an association with Altadena. "They need help with local self-government," he said. "Their problems even include garbage collection." Town Council Chairman Robert Powe referred the matter to the executive board for review.
October 27, 1985
As a Minnesota expatriate, the objective review of Minneapolis (Beyer and Rabey, Oct. 6) missed one salient point: Minneapolis has a twin sister by the name of Saint Paul. The latter has substantial character and charm, and the two cities often are hard to distinguish from one another, having a synergistic effect on the high quality of conservative, clean life in the tale of the Twin Cities. MILT GOLDSTEIN Irvine
April 19, 1996 | JEFF McDONALD
After visiting the Red Cross office in Autlan, Mexico, last February, Sal Placenscia of Camarillo saw dire need. He witnessed doctors in the community of 60,000 dole out medicine with borrowed bandages and other donated supplies. Patients were shuttled about in a beat-up van. Outside Camarillo City Hall on Thursday, two months of asking around and soliciting donations paid off as a local company gave an ambulance to Placenscia and the Camarillo-Autlan Sister City Committee he helped establish.
August 13, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
A delegation of residents from Oxnard's sister city of Ocotlan, Mexico, will visit Ventura County's largest city this week, touring important sites and chatting with officials. About 35 Ocotlan residents were scheduled to arrive Tuesday night. During their five-day visit, they will stroll through downtown Oxnard, view historic buildings at Heritage Square and venture out of the county for a trip to Universal Studios.
Hermosa Beach's beleaguered Sister City Program suffered another setback Tuesday when its request to donate a used police car to impoverished sister city Loreto, Mexico, was rejected by the City Council. Earlier this year, the group was criticized by Councilwoman Kathleen Midstokke in the wake of allegations that local students had been poorly supervised during its annual exchange trip to Mexico.
April 26, 2007 | Lianne Hart and Jenny Jarvie, Times Staff Writers
Mary Lou Ramos watched in wonder as the sun set in the clear indigo sky Wednesday night. Twenty-four hours earlier, rain, wind and large hailstones pounded her mobile home on the edge of this bustling border town. When an ominous whooshing sound signaled the approach of a tornado, Ramos, 36, and her husband grabbed their three children and fled to a relative's house with nothing but the clothes on their backs. She later learned that the tornado had flattened her home.
June 29, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to dampen mounting criticism from the Taiwanese community, the Irvine City Council rescinded a sister city agreement with mainland China that required the Orange County city to renounce its ties with a Taiwan partner. The unanimous vote late Tuesday capped five hours of debate and impassioned pleas from dozens of mostly Taiwanese speakers who urged Irvine leaders to start from scratch on a new pact with the Xuhui district of Shanghai that steers clear of foreign policy.
June 28, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
About 200 people waved U.S. flags outside Irvine City Hall on Tuesday, demanding that the City Council unwind its sister city agreements with China, which the protesters said snubbed their homeland, Taiwan. In those agreements, Mayor Beth Krom pledged that the city would recognize the claim of the People's Republic of China as the legitimate government of the island.
June 20, 2006 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
It hardly registered as an international incident, but it certainly ranked as a first-rate global gaffe. When Irvine's leaders traveled to China last month to add to its group of sister cities, they pledged that Irvine would agree to recognize only one China, would break off official relations with another of its sister cities in Taiwan and would never display the Taiwanese flag or play its national anthem. Um, oops.
September 5, 2005 | Carla Rivera and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
At Inglewood's Faithful Central Bible Church, parishioners called out names of the missing and prayed for fortitude and God's grace. At Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, they sang soaring hymns. At a Creole restaurant in Baldwin Hills, they sought the familiar aroma and taste of gumbo.
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 20, 1989
Twenty years after they first performed in South El Monte during a sister city visit, musicians from Gomez Palacio, Mexico, plan to return for a reunion performance on Tuesday. The musicians, students when they visited South El Monte in 1969, are now working professionals--doctors, lawyers and engineers--according to the South El Monte Sister City Assn.
August 5, 1989
Mayor Tom Bradley and a number of other city officials Friday welcomed a delegation from Los Angeles' sister city Nagoya, Japan, and accepted a gift of an elaborate scale model festival float to commemorate their 30-year relationship. The 7-foot-tall lacquered-wood float, or "dashi-kurakuri," topped with moving kabuki dolls will be placed on display at City Hall, said Bradley, who put on a royal blue ceremonial robe for the occasion.
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.
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