DELEGATION TO BERLIN 2007
On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the sister city partnership between Los Angeles and Berlin, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and his delegation visited Los Angeles in March 2007.
In turn, in September, under the guidance of former Governor of California, Gray Davis, Councilman Tom LaBonge and Chairperson Rosemarie Reisch, a Los Angeles delegation of 30 participants came to Berlin to celebrate this special birthday in our sister city.
the exciting 5 day-stay, everyone enjoyed the phantastic program Berlin
and Berlin Partner offered. The days went by very fast. It started
with a reception at the Kennedy Museum where many of our Berlin friends
enjoyed the exchange with their Angeleno counterpart. The program
continued with a boat tour, a visit to the Central Library where Tom
LaBonge presented 40 books on Los Angeles to the Director General,
a tour of the Reichstag, a visit to the Labyrinth Museum to view photos
and drawings created and organized by children of the Wilhelm-Hauff
Elementary School and the Invanhoe Elementary School LA as to how
they see their daily lives. Our organization donated and planted a
tree at the school grounds, a symbol of the friendship between our
two cities. The program also included a tour of the Red City Hall
with lunch at the Hall of Pillars, a reception organized by former
Consul General Dr. Hans Juergen Wendler and his wife Gudrun as well
as a visit to a former guard tower where once the Berlin Wall stood.
Again, everyone could feel and see the close friendship that exists between Berlin and Los Angeles. We are grateful to Berlin for their warm hospitality and will not forget this memorable experience.RER