La Beirut
LABSC August 2017 Newsletter August 9, 2017

LA / Beirut Sister Cities - since last we met...

President Remarks
Dear Friends,

It has been my pleasure to serve on the board of The Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities Committee (LABSC), thesepast five years and I am honored to be the newly-elected president.The board and previous presidents have done much to grow the bond between our city of Los Angeles and Beirut. I am humbled to walk in the footsteps of those who have held the position before me - Ferris Wehbe, Wafa Hoballah, Joanna Nachef and Tony Morillo.

With all we have been able to accomplish in the last ten years, it is important now more than ever, to find new waysto cultivate business, tourism, culture and educational opportunities betweenBeirut and our diverse city of Los Angeles.Our aim is to work more closely with Los Angeles, keep an open channel with Beirut and to continue our success with our student civil engineering program in 2017/2018.

As president, I believe it is imperative to reach a broader cross-section of our Los Angeles community and expand our interactions with youth. More residents of Los Angeles would benefit from knowing what we do and taking part. It is with that inclusive spirit, we at LABSC are planning a night of community competitive dancing you will not want to miss.Please save the date of Saturday, November 4th for Dancing in the City of Stars and look for more details shortly.
We, at LABSC, know none of what we do would be possible without the continued support of all of you, our Los Angeles community. Thank you for coming out, donating and believing in us. I look forward to meeting more of you as the year progressesand working and serving in a way that benefits and promotes the city of Los Angeles and continues to build strong ties with Beirut.


Camille Alick
Los Angeles / Beirut Sister Cities Committee

Save The Date:
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Dancing in the City of Stars!

WHEN: Saturday, November 4th, 2017

WHO: Eight members of our community paired with eight professional dancers!
Look for our announcement and the link to our event site shortly!

HOW: Your "Votes" / donations choose the final winner.

WHERE: Soho Dance Studio, West Los Angeles.

WHAT: Proceeds raised will support the LABSC Student Engineering Program - allowing
students from Lebanon to gain exposure to best practices in Engineering, Environment, Leadership, Civic Engagement and Pluralism.

Information for sponsorship opportunities and tables / tickets for purchase will be available shortly!.

All questions and inquires should be sent

Sister Cities Plaza in San Pedro

Source: The Daily Breeze
On February 28th and under blue skies, residents and dignitaries gathered to dedicate San Pedro's new Los Angeles Sister City Plaza on Gaffey Street near the 110 Freeway. The 1.68-acre green space is the 38th park to be opened in the city's 50 Park Initiative, a pledge to bring more open space to park-poor areas of Los Angeles. The event highlight was the ceremonial raising of the flags representing L.A.'s 25 sister cities.
Costing just under a half-million dollars, the plaza was designed as an"exit" park for San Pedroas motorists enter the northbound 110 Freeway and Vincent Thomas Bridge leaving town. While critics believe the park will be difficult to maintain and is likely to attract the homeless, officials promised that city crews would provide cleaning and oversight.
The event, hosted by Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, also was used to promote the city's long history of welcoming immigrants. "This plaza will remind us to embrace our international relationships," he said.

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Birth of LA Beirut Sister Cities Committee
The Los Angeles Beirut Sister Cities Committee was established to create a bridge of understanding and friendship between the residents of these two great cities, and to foster cultural, social, and business exchanges.

Sisterly ties were initiated on August 27, 2005 by Los Angeles Council Member Dennis Zine and Council President Eric Garcetti when they introduced the Council Motion to start the process of making LA and Beirut Sister Cities. The formal recognition was established in a signing ceremony at Nicholas Sursock Palace on June 30, 2006. Representing Beirut was Abdulmonem Al-Aris, former president of the Beirut City Council, and former VP of the Beirut City Council, Tawfic Kfoury.

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