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International Relations | 2009 Photo Gallery

Mayor Ron Loveridge and University of California Riverside (UCR) Chancellor Tim White arrive at the kick-off celebration for SCRISE, UCR’s newest solar research initiative, in a solar-powered vehicle. SCRISE, short for So Cal Research Initiative for Solar Energy, is largely the result of a collaborative agreement signed in 2007 in Sendai (Japan) by the City of Riverside, Sendai, UCR and Sendai’s Tohoku University. Riverside and Sendai became Sister Cities in 1957.
Mayor Ron Loveridge and UCR Chancellor Tim White participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony launching SCRISE. Watching are: Dr. Reza Abbaschian, Dean of UCR's Bourns College of Engineering (far left), and Dr. Matthew Barth, Director of the College’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) where SCRISE will be housed. SCRISE was launched with a $100,000 seed grant from City of Riverside Public Utilities.
In a keynote to the audience, Mayor Ron Loveridge predicted that SCRISE will become the premier international solar think tank and research center. He also hailed the agreement that led to SCRISE, and expressed the hope that it would enrich and strengthen the Sister City ties between Sendai and Riverside, provide a platform for the next 50 years of the relationship, and bring innovative solar technology to Riverside and the region.

Mayor Ron Loveridge with some of the 10 students enrolled in Riverside Community College District (RCCD) through the California Community Colleges Egypt Initiative to learn about American culture and society. From left: Mostafa Bakri, Ahmed Abou-Ellif, Mayor Loveridge, Haytham Akra, Philep Ibrahim, and Marylin Jacobsen, Director, RCCD Center for International Students and Programs.

Mayor Ron Loveridge poses with members of the Gangnam Committee of the International Relations Council (IRC). Gangnam (Republic of Korea) and Riverside have been sister cities since 1999. From left: Dr. Helen Jung (Professor of Engineering, Cal Baptist), Dr. Damon Castillo (Retired Superintendent, Alvord Unified School District), Committee Co-Chair Patrick Brien (Executive Director, Riverside Arts Council), Mayor Loveridge, Committee Co-Chair Paul Song (Inland Korean American Association), Valerie Hodge (Associate Director, International Education Program, UCR-Extension), Lalit Acharya (Mayor’s Office), and Daryl Lee (Second Vice President, IRC).

Mayor Ron Loveridge and Marsha Loveridge pose with a citizens’ delegation from Sendai, Japan at the 2nd Annual Restaurant Week Gala at the Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Riverside. The 12-member delegation from Sendai’s Orange Club, in Riverside September 25-29, 2009, was hosted by the International Relations Council (IRC) and its Sendai Committee. Riverside and Sendai have been Sister Cities since 1957.
Mayor Ron Loveridge reads a letter of appreciation from Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama. To his right is Mr. Kenji Suzuki, a member of the citizens’ delegation from the Orange Club of Sendai. The delegation was in Riverside to place a commemorative plaque on the gate of the Japanese Garden in Downtown Riverside’s White Park. The garden itself was a gift from the Orange Club to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Riverside and Sendai. To Mayor Loveridge’s left is Yoko Boucher of the Sendai Committee of the IRC.
Mayor Ron Loveridge, Ward 2 Councilmember Andy Melendrez, and Ralph Nunez, Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, pose in front of the gate of the Japanese Garden in White Park with the citizens’ delegation from the Orange Club of Sendai.

Mayor Ron Loveridge welcomes the audience to the Akwaaba Peace Concert held on September 13, 2009 at White Park in Downtown Riverside to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Riverside and Obuasi, Ghana. The concert was organized by the Obuasi Committee of the International Relations Council of Riverside. Photograph by Enrrique Cervantes.
Obuasi Mayor John Ackon adds an origami peace crane he made to the California Peace Crane Project collection in the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
Obuasi (Ghana) Mayor John Ackon and Mayor Ron Loveridge prepare to make origami peace cranes for the California Peace Crane Project at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. The goal of the Project is to collect one crane for each of the 92,785 Japanese-Americans interned in 16 camps during World War II. Mayor Ackon was visiting Riverside to celebrate the first anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Obuasi and Riverside.
Mayor Ron Loveridge and Obuasi Mayor John Ackon with the origami cranes they made for the California Peace Crane Project. Helping the mayors make the cranes are: Yoko Boucher (seated far left) from the Obuasi and Sendai committees of the International Relations Council, and Meiko Inaba (third from left) of the Japanese American Citizens League. Standing behind are Obuasi delegates Valerie Suba-Smith and Obuasi Sister Cities International President Emmanuel Wilson Sey.
Mayor Ron Loveridge and Obuasi Mayor John Ackon shake hands on the steps of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum.
Mayor Ron Loveridge gives Obuasi Mayor John Ackon a view of Riverside landmarks from the Grier Pavilion on the 7th Floor of City Hall.
Mayor Ron Loveridge explains the Grier Pavilion’s Circle of Inclusion to Obuasi Mayor John Ackon.
Mayor Ron Loveridge presents Obuasi Mayor John Ackon with a ceramic Raincross bell made by Riverside artist Ed Traynor.
Obuasi Mayor John Ackon poses with the Raincross bell given to him by Mayor Ron Loveridge. Between them is a wooden sculpture of the Golden Stool given by the Obuasi Municipal Council to celebrate the signing of the Riverside-Obuasi Sister City agreement in Obuasi on September 13, 2008. The stool is a royal symbol of Ghana's Asanti kings.
Posing with the Golden Stool sculpture are (from left to right): Emmanuel Wilson Sey (President, Obuasi Sister Cities International), Vince Moses (IRC Obuasi Committee), Robert Airhart (Chair, IRC Obuasi Committee), Alhaji Yakubu Ziblim (Principal Secretary, Government of Ghana), Jerry Robinson (IRC Obuasi Committee), Obuasi Mayor John Ackon, Mayor Ron Loveridge, Obuasi delegate Sam Adu Gyamfi, and Chip Luchembe, Larry Krepps, Barb Ryon and Yoko Boucher (IRC Obuasi Committee).

Kathleen Roche-Tansey, State Coordinator (Southern California) for Sister Cities International (SCI) presents the 2009 SCI Innovation Award for Arts and Culture to Mayor Ron Loveridge and Mark Schooley, Executive Director, Riverside Community Arts Association (RCAA) at a reception held at the RCAA Gallery on September 11, 2009. The City and Mark received the award for "Riverside Views," a Sister City artist exchange program involving Riverside, Cuautla and Ensenada.
Mayor Ron Loveridge congratulates Mark Schooley on getting the 2009 SCI Innovation Award for Arts and Culture while Daniel Foster, Vice President, International Relations Council (IRC) looks on.
Connie Goertz (left), President, U.S.-Mexico Sister Cities Association and Mayor Ron Loveridge present Mark Schooley with the Association’s Certificate of Appreciation for developing the Sister City artist exchange program that won the 2009 SCI Innovation Award for Arts and Culture.
At the reception honoring the City and Mark Schooley for winning the 2009 SCI Award for Arts and Culture (from left) are: Daniel Foster (Vice President, IRC), Mayor Ron Loveridge, Carolina Zaragoza Flores (Consul General, Mexico), Kathleen Roche-Tansey (State Coordinator, Southern California, SCI), Rabbi Suzanne Singer and Maria Scott (Human Relations Commissioners), Gladys Walker (Chair, Human Relations Commission), Connie Goertz (President, U.S.-Mexico Sister Cities Association), Mark Schooley, and Lalit Acharya (Mayor’s Office).

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