U.S./Mexico Sister City Program
The U.S/Mexico Sister City Program was initiated by President Eisenhower in 1956. It was developed to build one-on-one community relations with cities in other countries so that people could cross national boundaries and get to know each other personally and form mutual respect and understanding of other cultures.
Palmdale’s Sister City: Poncitlán
After a visit to Jalisco, Mexico in 1973, the City of Palmdale chose the City of Poncitlán as its sister city because at that time, the two cities shared rural similarities and populations. At the direction of then-Mayor Dr. Robert St. Clair, Palmdale joined the U.S./Mexico Sister City Program, making the relationship official in 1974.
Palmdale’s Sister City program’s founders were Jay Lewis, Ed Minghelli, Chuck Medicus, Tom Freeman, Jim Vose, and Dr. Robert St. Clair. Poncitlán’s founders included Dr. Vargas, Miguel Montes, and Mayor Dr. Pablo Malanando.
Today, City officials and the Palmdale Sister City members continue to exchange visits to each city to foster the relationship.
The City of Poncitlán is located in Jalisco, Mexico approximately 35 miles south of the Guadalajara metropolitan area. As of 2010, the population of the City was 48,408. The city has a very proud heritage, and today it is known for its mariachi, tequila production from the blue agave plant, and beautiful Lake Chapala. For more information, please visit www.poncitlan.gob.mx.
Palmdale Sister City Membership
To become a member of the Palmdale Sister City, applicants must at least 18 years old, attend meetings, pay membership dues, and abide by the Palmdale Sister City’s Mission and By-Laws.
For more information regarding the Palmdale Sister City membership, e-mail email@example.com or attend a member meeting. Member meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Chimbole Cultural Center at 6 pm.
To promote the cultural exchange program between the Palmdale Sister City members and the City of Poncitlán Sister City members, as established by the U.S./Mexico Sister City Program, thorough friendship, fundraising and membership.