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July 22, 2019

Livermore Sister City Group

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:00 am

What’s going on with our sister city group?? I have lived in Livermore over 60 years. I was part of the Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City Organization at the conception in 1977. While I could never make the trip to Japan, I have hosted several delegates from Japan in my home during the early years. When my oldest granddaughter got selected to go to Japan in 2006 I was thrilled. I was very active in the preparation and thought the program was well run. Then in 2010 my second granddaughter got selected to go and once again I was excited for her. At that point a new person was running the program and I could not believe he could make it better, but he did. Organized, open and honest, and his passion for the program showed, and my granddaughter had a fantastic experience. She even got to host some Japanese students when they came the following spring. Last year my youngest granddaughter applied and was not accepted. When I attempted to inquire why a straight “A” student with a tremendous amount of community service was not selected I could not get an answer. I even went to the Mayor and was told that the city has no oversite of this group that represents Livermore. With hindsight being 20/20, I guess her not getting selected was a good thing.

From what I have been told, the program is now once again under new leadership. The new leadership has taken a more casual view to how the program should be run. The one thing that made me and my daughter feel safe about sending our student with this group was we never felt the students were not prepared or safe. This is not the case now. Many parents of my granddaughter’s friends who went on the trip have told me stories about the complete lack of preparation and concern for safety. Since I have yet to get a response from the organization about these concerns, I feel I should not list them here.

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