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Posted on: October 14, 2022

City of Watsonville establishes Sister City partnership with Velas in Portugal

Sister City Agreement 2022

The City of Watsonville has added a new Sister City to its running list of partnerships worldwide. 

We recently welcomed a delegation from Portugal and signed an official agreement establishing a Sister City partnership between us, the City of Watsonville, and Velas in Portugal. The goal is to create opportunities to exchange ideas, share culture and heritage and, most importantly, establish a long-lasting friendship and partnership. During their stay in Watsonville, the delegation toured several City facilities and some of our local businesses. 

“Our Sister City Program dates back to November of 1986 when we first established our Sister City partnership with Kawakami-Mura in Japan,” Irwin Ortiz, City of Watsonville City Clerk explained. “Since then, we’ve added six cities to the program, including Velas in Portugal.”

The process begins when interested community members form a committee to establish a Sister City partnership with a city comparable to Watsonville. The committee will contact the city in another country and formalize itself, then approach the council with a request to establish the partnership.

“If approved, the Council will establish the partnership, and that’s where the fun begins,” said Ortiz. 

The committee will then fundraise and invite the delegation to visit Watsonville and meet our City representatives.



La Ciudad de Watsonville ha agregado una nueva Ciudad Hermana a su lista actual de asociaciones en todo el mundo.

Recientemente recibimos a una delegación de Portugal y firmamos un acuerdo oficial que establece una asociación de Ciudades Hermanas entre nosotros, la Ciudad de Watsonville y Velas en Portugal. El objetivo es crear oportunidades para intercambiar ideas, compartir cultura y patrimonio y, lo más importante, establecer una amistad y una asociación duraderas. Durante su estadía en Watsonville, la delegación visitó varias instalaciones de la Ciudad y algunos de nuestros negocios locales.

“Nuestro Programa de Ciudades Hermanas se remonta a 1986 cuando establecimos nuestra primera asociación de Ciudades Hermanas con Kawakami-Mura en Japón”, explicó el Secretario Municipal de la Ciudad de Watsonville. “Desde entonces, hemos agregado seis ciudades al programa, incluyendo Velas en Portugal”.

El proceso comienza cuando miembros de nuestra comunidad forman un comité para establecer una asociación de Ciudades Hermanas con una ciudad comparable a Watsonville. El comité contactará a la ciudad en otro país y se formalizará, luego se acercará al concilio con una solicitud para establecer la sociedad.

“Si se aprueba, el concilio establecerá la asociación y ahí es donde comienza la diversión”, dijo Ortiz.

El comité después recaudará fondos e invitará a la delegación a visitar Watsonville y conocer a nuestros representantes de la Ciudad.

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