Santa Barbara Sister Cities Celebrate 50 Years with Puerto Vallarta

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Irma Lorenza Perez Coultas, President PV Sister City Committee welcomed by Sebastian Aldana, President of Santa Barbara Sister City Committee. (Photo: Bonnie Carroll)
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By Bonnie Carroll

Irma Lorenza Perez Coultas, President Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee was congratulated on Puerto Vallarta celebrating its 100th year in 2022, and 50 years as a Santa Barbara Sister City by Sebastian Aldana, President of Santa Barbara Sister City Committee at the PV/SB Sister City Welcome Garden Party, hosted by Gil and Marti Garcia.

The group of arriving Puerto Vallarta guests and dignitaries enjoyed a potluck dinner, introductions, and lively conversation.

The PVSC delegation will be attending special events from June 30 through July 6, including a meeting with Mayor Randy Rowse and City Council Members, attending Sunday Mass at Santa Barbara Old Mission. They will also meet with Mayor Wade Namura in Carpinteria and attend the Rod’s & Roses event.

The busy week of special event activity is hosted by Santa Barbara Sister City Committee members, who will be spending a special celebrations in Puerto Vallarta this November.

For information contact Gil Garcia 805-689-2588.

 

Gil Garcia, Treasurer and Past President Santa Barbara Sister City Committee chats with visiting guest Andres Famania, retired restaurant owner Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee. (Photo: Bonnie Carroll)
 

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Babycakes Jul 02, 2022 04:07 PM
Santa Barbara Sister Cities Celebrate 50 Years with Puerto Vallarta

The story that I found out is that a few years back, the SB Poet Laureate visited Dingle with a couple of other poets (one was a previous SB Poet Laureate) and they felt that were treated poorly. There was some sort of mixup as to the date/location of the poetry recital by our SB poets. Unfortunately, "our" poets" decided this was not going to go unpunished. As payback, the SB Board of Sister Cities (or whatever it is called), dissolved the sister-city relationship back in January of 2020. There is an article in an Irish news website entitled, "What did Dingle ever do to Santa Barbara?" Then goes on to say, "Santa Barbara and Dingle have been sister cities for 17 years. In January, the Californian side set about dissolving these links and hit out and its counterpart." Only subscribers can access the rest of the article....maybe someone here has access and can post "their" side of the story.

As a side note: IF you ever get the chance to visit Dingle....just do it! I was there in April of 1981 and had a great time. I know a lot can change in 40 years, but my guess is that the people are just as nice and accommodating now as they were when I visited so many years ago.

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