Laguna Adopts Another Sibling

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Mayor of St. Ives, Linda Taylor, center, as artist Glyn Macey, second from left, presents Laguna’s Karyn Philippsen, second from right, with a St. Ives scene. With them is Steven Taylor, far left, and Ron Tulley, far right.
Mayor of St. Ives, Linda Taylor, center, as artist Glyn Macey, second from left, presents Laguna’s Karyn Philippsen, second from right, with a St. Ives scene. With them is Steven Taylor, far left, and Ron Tulley, far right.

The Laguna Beach City Council officially adopted St. Ives, England, as a sister city, joining current siblings in Menton, France, and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

An official recognition ceremony took place earlier this month with Mayor Elizabeth Pearson signing a proclamation, which her counterpart, Linda Taylor, will sign in St. Ives.

The economy of St. Ives, a port city in Cornwall, also relies on artists and tourists and shares a surfing industry as well as a similar climate in common. William Wendt, an early plein air painter who helped establish Laguna as an art colony, also painted in St. Ives.

To mark the alliance, a delegation of about 30 locals led by the Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association visited recently. “This trip to England is the springboard for a deeper understanding and appreciation of our mutual goals of increasing cultural, educational and business exchange,” said Karyn Philippsen, president of the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association.

 

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