Mayor, Delegation from Pasadena’s Sister City in Senegal Arrive Thursday

Published : Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 4:59 AM

Shown above, a key building in Pasadena's new sister city in Dakar-Plateau, Senegal is its Chamber of Commerce. At right above, Dakar-Plateau's Mayor Alioune Ndoye who will be visiting Pasadena this week and next.

The Mayor of Pasadena’s newest sister city, the Senegalese burg of Dakar-Plateau, is set to arrive with a delegation on June 13 to visit and officially formalize the new relationship.

Dakar-Plateau is a district of about 34,000 people in the center of Senegal’s capital city of Dakar, which last year became Pasadena’s first African sister city.

In August 2018, the Pasadena City Council adopted a resolution to start the process leading to a sister-city agreement with the West African city.

Mayor Alioune Ndoye is expected to attend Pasadena City Council’s Monday, June 17 meeting at Pasadena City Hall where the new bond will be recognized.

The next day, to further commemorate the occasion, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will receive the guests in the City Hall courtyard in a reception that is open to the public.

“We are looking forward to hosting this delegation,” said Pasadena City Councilmember John Kennedy.  “They are going to provide a flavor of Senegal to us and we’re going to provide a flavor of the United States, and particularly Pasadena, to them,”

Kennedy noted that various local institutions have donated including: the Rose Bowl, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena Hilton, the University of Southern California, Caltech, Art Center College of Design, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Huntington Library, Norton Simon Museum, and various other people and entities.

Ndoye and his delegation are to take part in commerce and business discussions.

They will also visit schools, local museums, cultural centers, and a historical church. They will explore Caltech, visit the Tournament of Roses House and the Rose Bowl itself.

Boualem Bousseloub, chair, Dakar-Plateau subcommittee of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee, said the Committee plans to host the delegation at Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar on June 15 and later take them to the Rose Bowl for the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer competition.

Bousseloub was part of a Pasadena delegation that visited Dakar-Plateau in March and April 2018.

“When we went to Dakar, the people came out on the street to welcome us,” he recalled. “Some of them were dancing on the street. It was really a grand celebration and we want to equally receive them in a grand way. They use the word ‘teranga’ for the hospitality, the African way. We would like to do it the Pasadena way as well. So besides some support, coming to these meetings will be a wonderful thing.”

Kennnedy said local residents can help by donating directly to the Sister-City Committee. Check donations should be made out to Pasadena Sister-City Committee.

“The committee has made steady progress towards raising the funds necessary to host the delegation coming from Dakar Plateau,” Kennedy said. “We found out the goal is to raise approximately $50,000. The last I heard they were $18,000 away from that goal, but they’re still making steady progress in the community and Pasadena is really coming together to welcome of this group.”

Kennedy said a farewell event will be held June 21, 6 p.m., at Robinson Park. It’s also an open event but the public must register to attend. The delegation departs for West Africa on June 22.

Before Dakar-Plateau, Pasadena has already signed agreements with five other international sister cities over the past 70 years. These include Ludwigshafen in Germany; Mishima, Japan; Järvenpää, Finland; Vanadzor, Armenia; and Xicheng District in Beijing, China.

For more information on Pasadena’s sister city relationship with Dakar-Plateau, call Elisia Farmer at (310) 625-0268 or Lena Kennedy at (626) 625-1925, or visit www.passcc.org.

To register for the farewell gala on June 21, email pasadenaafrica@gmail.com.