Sister Cities Committee

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Mission of the Sister Cities Committee

President Eisenhower officially proclaimed the establishment of the People-to-People Program (later to be known as the Sister City Program) in 1956 to promote understanding and strengthen international ties. To accomplish this goal, Sister Cities International has helped to link many U.S. cities and towns with localities abroad. These city to city affiliations provide the opportunity to build friendships, learn about other cultures, and foster international understanding.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA.

The Sister Cities Committee is an eleven-member city advisory body appointed by the City Council. All Commissioners are unpaid volunteers. Any citizen of the city or county of Santa Cruz who demonstrates an interest in the activities of the Committee is eligible for appointment.

Our Sister Cities
The following are the five sister cities of Santa Cruz, California:

  • Shingu, Japan 
  • Jinotepe, Nicaragua
  • Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
  • Sestri Levante, Italy
  • Alushta, Ukraine

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Activities and Current Projects
The Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee is actively involved in strengthening these relationships through a variety of activities:

  • Humanitarian projects abroad
  • Youth programs/exchanges
  • Visitor exchanges
  • Cultural and business exchanges
  • School affiliations/pen pals (adult & children)
  • Hospitality Committee for greeting foreign visitors
  • Local projects benefiting Santa Cruz
  • Friendship garden on the mall in downtown Santa Cruz

Staff Contact:
Carol Scurich
323 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA  95060

Additional Information: 
Commission Openings
Bylaws of the Sister Cities Committee
Meeting Information

Signup to receive email notices for future Sister Cities Committee meetings; go to eNotifications page and check the Sister Cities Committee box.

Donate to Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support (SCSCS) via our donation button. SCSCS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 2001 to support the Sister Cities Committee programs and activities.  

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Join Sister Cities Support -- a non-profit organization established to provide financial support for the programs and events of the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee. SUPPORT enables successful programs that promote social, cross-cultural, and educational needs for the residents of the City of Santa Cruz and its sister cities. Membership is open to anyone who has the desire and willingness to promote and foster the objectives and purpose of the Sister Cities Committee. Members are eligible to serve on subcommittees of the Sister Cities Committee and assist with special projects and events. Members receive all newsletters, special invitations to events, program announcements and ticket discounts. Members are eligible to apply for certain exchange programs and trips. Support Membership Form. (Tax ID #770575231).


Sister Cities, in association with the Sestri Levanti, Italy sub-committee, are proud to announce the 2017 winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest. 

The Statue of Wealth (1st place 6-10 age group) -Isaac and Asa Irsfeld
Mei Lin's Magic Chopsticks (1st Place 11-16 age group)- Miles Crawford
What You Wished For (1st place ADULT)- Joan Prebilich
The Magic Pig- (2nd place 6-10 age group)- Bianca Anaya
Tawariel, Elf- Princess- (2nd Place 11-16 age group)-Miles Crawford
Father Knows Best (Adult 2nd Place)- Nicholas Irsfeld
The Sea Pig And The Narwal (3rd place 6-10 age group) -Kylee Brixner
The Giant And The Surfers (3rd place 11-16 age group)- Reef Bennett


Signup to receive email notices for future Sister Cities Committee meetings; go to eNotifications page and check the Sister Cities Committee box.

We are excited to offer our new meeting page functionality. Starting in June 2017, we will be deploying accessibility of online Advisory Body Agenda Packets, Minutes and audio files one-by-one to enable easier public access to posted meeting information as their meeting cycles allow.  

Thank you for your patience while we sort through details. Should you have questions please contact City Clerk Administrator Bren Lehr at (831) 420-5038. 

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