Sister City Commission

Purpose
The Sister City Commission is appointed by and acts as an advisory body to the City Council and was created to expand the vision and goals of the Sister City program.

Meetings 
  • 4 p.m.
  • 4th Monday of every month
  • City Hall, 7th Floor
    200 S. Anaheim Blvd.
    Anaheim, CA 92805
Members
There are 15 members in the commission. Each member shall be a resident of the City of Anaheim or other parties, including business owners, that a have a vested interest in Anaheim and the success of the sister city program; shall not hold any paid office or employment in the City government. Commission members may serve up to 2 consecutive 3-year terms and may not concurrently serve on 2 or more City boards and commissions.
Name
Appointed
End of Term
Anthony Al-Jamie
Eastman June 30, 2018
Paul Anderson Kring June 30, 2019
Pepe Avila Kring June 30, 2017
Taline Cole Vanderbilt June 30, 2018
Lori Dinwiddie Kring June 30, 2017
Julia Erdkamp Kring June 30,2019
Jackie Filbeck
Kring June 30, 2019
Yanni Guo Kring June 30, 2019
Matthew Hicks Kring June 30, 2018
Deborah Juliani
Tait June 30, 2017
Mark Lopez
Kring June 30, 2017
Jerry O'Keefe Vanderbilt June 30, 2019
Brian O'Neal
AUHSD n/a (Ord. 6321)
Anna Piercy
AUHSD n/a (Ord. 6321)
Jeanne Tran
Eastman
June 30, 2017
Responsibilities
The Anaheim Sister City Commission is responsible for the growth and development of its sister cities Mito, Japan and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The commission works year round to develop Anaheim’s cultural exchange opportunities, economic development and exploration of future sister cities.
  • Advise the City Council on matters concerning sister city relationships including the promotion of cultural/educational exchange and knowledge sharing.
  • Recommend to the City Council bylaws, for City Council approval, which govern the commissions own internal procedures.
  • Make recommendations to the City Council of goals, objectives and programs to ensure the successful management of existing sister city relationships and ensure their success and effectiveness, as measured by City Council approved goals, strategies, and programs.
  • Develop recommendations regarding criteria for the establishment of new sister city relationships, including the creation of selection criteria that aim to match the City with suitable partners.
  • Make recommendations to the City Council regarding the expenditure of funds that further the approved goals, strategies ,and programs.
  • Perform such additional advisory functions as may be delegated or required by the City Council form time to time.
Compensation
None

Conflict Disclosure
None required

References

Sister Cities
Mito, Japan
Anaheim’s sister city since 1976, Mito, Japan is located 70 miles north of Tokyo, is the Plum Blossom Capital and a center of commerce, culture, education and political power. The City of Anaheim hosts annual student exchange visits from Mito. Information about being a host family for a visiting Japanese student can be found on this page January 2015.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Anaheim’s sister city since 1998, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain is located in northern Spain, and is known for its magnificent cathedrals and museums and its rich historical, musical and artistic background. In recent years, Vitoria-Gasteiz has been recognized for its sustainability and green practices; much of which is knowledge shared between Anaheim and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

News

2015 Mito Student Exchange Recap- SoCal Sister Cities

Photo/Video Gallery
Exchange Opportunities
Host Family Application: 2016 Mito, Japan Student Exchange