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International Relations | 2011 Photo Gallery

Mayor Ron Loveridge and Erlangen (Germany) Lord Mayor Dr. Siegfried Balleis share a quiet moment by the elevators in City Hall on their way to an economic development meeting. Lord Mayor Balleis was in Riverside March 5-9 to discuss the potential for a sister city relationship between Riverside and Erlangen. He was accompanied by Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAUEN) Chancellor Thomas Schoeck, Erlangen Environmental Chief Marlene Wuestner, FAUEN Professor Dr. Andreas Falke, International Relations Director Peter Steger, and Mrs. Angelika Balleis.
During their visit, the Erlangen delegation took a 10-mile bike ride around Riverside with Ward 3 Councilman Rusty Bailey, members of the Riverside Bicycle Club, and other local bicyclists. Erlangen Lord Mayor Dr. Siegfried Balleis (center) poses with Mayor Ron Loveridge and Councilman Bailey (right) at the start of the bike ride.

Following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Sendai, Riverside’s Japanese sister city, on March 11, University of California Riverside faculty and students, and Riverside residents placed signed messages of support and sympathy on a relief banner that was later presented by Mayor Ron Loveridge to Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama for display in Sendai City Hall and Tohoku University. Mayor Loveridge, Ward 4 Councilman Paul Davis and International Relations Officer Lalit Acharya (left) pose with the banner in City Hall.
Mayor Loveridge and a delegation visited Sendai May 5-6 to present a Riverside relief check to Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama and to see for themselves the devastation caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Mayor Loveridge, seen here with International Relations Officer Lalit Acharya, tours an area of Sendai affected by the tsunami. Mayor Loveridge was accompanied by Dr. Acharya, Riverside Unified School District Board Member Dr. Chuck Beaty, John North High School Assistant Principal Rich Davis, and International Relations Council Sendai Committee co-chairs Karla Adams and Yoko Boucher.
Riverside launched the largest ever sister city relief fundraising drive to aid Sendai victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Between 4,000 and 6,000 people and groups contributed, raising more than $500,000. During his May 5-6 visit, Mayor Ron Loveridge presents Sendai Mayor Emiko Okuyama with a check for $500,000 to aid relief efforts.
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