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Anaheim Sister City Commission

The Anaheim Sister City Commission is responsible for the growth and development of its sister cities Mito, Japan and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The 15-member commission works year round to develop Anaheim’s cultural exchange opportunities, economic development and exploration of future sister cities.

Next Meeting

August 24, 2015


John Nguyen, Chairman Debbie Juliani
Kyndell Thorson, Vice Chairman Jackie Filbeck
Laurie Leonard, Treasurer James Dinwiddie
Ann Gallaugher Jeanne Tran
Anna Piercy Lori Farrow
Anthony Al-Jamie Mark Lopez
Brian O’Neal Chris Locke
Pepe Avila  

Sister Cities

Mito, Japan
Anaheim’s sister city since 1976, Mito, Japan is located 70 miles north of Tokyo, is the Plum Blossom Capital and a center of commerce, culture, education and political power. The City of Anaheim hosts annual student exchange visits from Mito. Information about being a hostfamily for a visiting Japanese student can be found on this page January 2015.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Anaheim’s sister city since 1998, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain is located in northern Spain, and is known for its magnificent cathedrals and museums and its rich historical, musical and artistic background. In recent years, Vitoria-Gasteiz has been recognized for its sustainability and green practices; much of which is knowledge shared between Anaheim and Vitoria-Gasteiz.

2014 Mito Plaque Dedication Ceremony Photos
2014 Mito Plaque Dedication Ceremony Video
2014 Mito, Japan Student Exchange Visit Photos
2014 Mito, Japan Student Exchange Visit Recap Video
2012 Anaheim delegation Visit to Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain Photos

SoCal Sister Cities

Click here to visit the SoCal Sister Cities page.