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Great Wall, Revisited

Great Wall, Revisited

I made it to the entrance of the Great Wall and could go no further, but others in our delegation did. So I’m borrowing some photos in hopes that you’ll get the full flavor of the place. All the photos above were shot by Fred Alcantar, chairman of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee. His knees [...]

China Alley Shopping

China Alley Shopping

In Beijing and Shanghai we found some of the most quaint shops down historic, cobblestoned alleys. Here Mayor Bogaard feasts his eyes on something interesting in a shop window. It was drizzling that day. There are also plenty of open-air markets and services: Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Chairman Mao is Watching You

Chairman Mao is Watching You

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the center of the communist government. On every street in every corner of the city there are military police and images of national communist pride. And the late Chairman Mao is overseeing it all. In modern times the traditional, stern images of Mao have [...]

Daniel

Daniel

We walked into this first grade classroom in the Xicheng District of Beijing to find Daniel teaching English to an exuberant group of six-year-olds. After class was over, Daniel told me his fascinating story: He was born in Ghana and moved to England with his parents when he was a teenager. He got his law [...]

Xicheng Management and Development Seminar

Xicheng Management and Development Seminar

Employees of the Xicheng District of Beijing were invited to a seminar about Pasadena during which Mayor Bill Bogaard, Business Development Manager Eric Duyshart, a couple of Pasadena Sister Cities Committee members and I spoke (with the help of interpreters). About 400 employees attended. Mayor Bogaard discussed our Green City Action Plan, Eric talked about [...]

Ladies Who Weed

Ladies Who Weed

On our way back to Shanghai from the Zhouzhuang Water Village, we stopped for lunch in Kunshan. These ladies were weeding the grass and clearly enjoying each other’s company. They were pleasantly surprised that I thought they were photo-worthy. Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Jeannine Bogaard

Jeannine Bogaard

What a pleasure to have Jeannine Bogaard (right) along on our China trip! She traveled from her home near Madrid, Spain, and met us at the Beijing Airport shortly after we arrived in China. In the photo above, taken during the Shanghai leg of our trip, she’s standing with her dad and Judy Kent, field [...]

The Grand Mercure

The Grand Mercure

In Beijing we stayed at the Grand Mercure Hotel. We checked in after returning from the Great Wall. That first evening, while the others were taking a pedicab tour of a Hutong area and going out to dinner, I stayed in my room, iced my knee and ordered in. The front desk staff got to [...]

I Made it to the Great Wall!

I Made it to the Great Wall!

I had the pleasure of accompanying Mayor Bill Bogaard on a 10-day trip to China in celebration of 10th anniversary of Pasadena’s sister city relationship with the Xicheng District of Beijing. We departed LAX at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, June 19, and arrived in Beijing at 5:20 a.m. the next day. We couldn’t check into the [...]

Meet Phil Sanchez

Meet Phil Sanchez

Part of my role is to organize press conferences. In the council chamber yesterday, Phil Sanchez was introduced as Pasadena’s next police chief. He’ll begin his new duties on July 11. City Manager Michael Beck is in the background in the photo above. After the formal portion of the press conference, Phil Sanchez took a [...]

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