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Angie Gomez, SCI HBC, Story and Input regarding  PSCC

Back approximately 1956 the Pasadena City Council appointed folks from the community to be on this Committee/Commission. 

Jiro Morita traveled alot, and finally he was the Pasadena liaison with Mishima Japan. We were called Pasadena Foreign Cities Affiliation Committee.  And to this date, there is a line item in the City's budget called Foreign Cities Affiliation not PSCC.  Click on the link below info found on PCC Library website.

Pasadena Sister City Committee in Hong Kong - Pasadena City College Digital Archive

It is up to each and everyone of us to go out in the community and promote Sister Citeis Programs in our respective Cities. It is up to the specific Chairs/Vice Chairs to recruit more members and the youth and create activities for their specific sub-committees as well as the over all program. Our Sister Cities Program is part of the big network (SCI) Sister Cities International based in Washington DC.


I (Angie) had an opportunity to serve as one of the 25 Board of Directors of the National Umbrella SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL 2012-2015.  All on my dime.   When I was elected in year 2012, I made it a point to join other sister cities programs in Southern California with my small Membership Dues and try to attend at least one of their event. I have supported in the past Santa Barbara, Temple City, Los Angeles Nagoya, Culver City, Hermosa Beach, Laguna Beach and of course Pasadena since 1997 with my time, $, and energy.  It is all about collaborating and networking.  I have nominated a couple of sister cities programs for the SCI Annual Awards Recognition of which in 2016; I got our Armenia sub-committee recognized and trophy sits in Mayor's office.  I nominated Laguna Beach for Arts/Culture for year 2022 last year.  


I (Angie) have gone to several Community Meeting and talked up Sister Cities, Rotary Club Sierra Madre as well as as Pasadena Rotary.  January 30, 2020 before they shut down in person meetings due to COVID, I went before the PUSD Board and spoke, click on the link below and Fast Forward to 1 hour and 13 Seconds.  I need to thank Elizabeth Pomeroy for that, Elizabeth was a PSCC Members decades ago, and very involved in the China Committee. At that January 30,2020 PUSD meeting I convince the young lady that spoke earlier on a topic of Japanese Resolution (cause her mom is Japanese); I convince the young high school girl to come to our PSCC Meeting at Trinity /Lutheran Church, she came with mom, and she signed up to go with our group delegation headed for Senegal the next month in March 2020 with Mayor Tornek. Where is she today?


Most recently, I attended a PCC Board Meeting this year early January 2023 (Tamara Silver saw me there), you can search the PCC Board Meeting and look for the Archived Video and see where I got my 3 minutes to boost upon our PSCC.  As I am still on the Leadership Committee for SCI, it is my function to talk up Sister Cities. 


Click below on link and fast forward to 1 hour and 13 seconds for my 3 minute speech back January 2020. 

from Angie Gomez. 

Angie Gomez sharing just a little history tidbit  

SOME LITERATURE TO READ. CLICK ON ORIGINAL MESSAGE.  Started in 1956 as People to People, then changed name to Town Affiliation Association then changed name to Sister Cities International. 

When this was started back in 1956 the headquarters was in New York, then it moved to Virgina, and now Sister Cities International (a non-profit) is now located in Washington D.C.  


President Dwight D. Eisenhower's historic September 11–12, 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The post-World War II climate proved an ideal environment to launch this kind of effort. With enthusiastic response to the concept, tens-of thousands of Americans pledged their support to create a free and peaceful world.


Growing out of the two-day White House Conference, participants formed forty-two "People-to-People" committees. The autonomous nature of the federally backed movement meant that some committees flourished while others never left the ground. By 1960, thirty-three committees continued the original mission. People-to-People International also grew out of this umbrella group of committees.

The sister city idea developed from the Civic Committee. Envisioned by President Eisenhower as the 'main cog' for citizen diplomacy, the sister city program grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The Civic Committee and the National League of Cities provided joint administrative support for the fledgling sister city movement until 1973.


A 1974 study found that many early sister city relationships formed out of the post WWII aid programs to Western Europe. The relationships that endured, however, were based on cultural or educational reasons that developed lasting friendships.


During the mid-1960s, city affiliations recognized that their diverse efforts needed coordination. In 1967, the Town Affiliation Association of the U.S. (already popularly known as Sister Cities International) was created.

[In 1979, the very first U.S. and People's Republic of China links were created. San Francisco made waves by forming a "friendship" relationship with Shanghai, China. Despite Cold War tensions, U.S. cities had already initiated sister city relationships with the Soviet Union in 1973.

The sister city movement provided a mechanism for communities to share their experiences and growing pains. TAP focused on a spiral out benefits system. For example, a city project to improve surface drainage would indirectly aid the urban poor. These citizens would gain better sanitation and possible employment from the project. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided seed grant money for the project.

In the mid 1970s, the Town Affiliation Association began the School Affiliation Program. Through this program, youth gained greater sensitivity toward other cultures and a broader global perspective. In one program, Oakland, California and Fukuoka, Japan spent a school year exchanging artwork and conducting workshops on the Japanese culture.

The Town Affiliation Association marked its 25th anniversary in 1981. By that time, 720 U. S. cities representing 85 million citizens were linked to over 1,000 communities in 77 nations around the world. In addition, the association’s name evolved to its current form, Sister Cities International.

PSCC Mission Statement: “To create and strengthen partnerships between Pasadena and international communities”

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