By Penny Li, 李盼
My condolences go out to the victims’ family of the December 2, 2015 horrific incident. I am from China and I have come to San Bernardino for two weeks for the purposes of requesting for the City of San Bernardino to Re-instate the Sister City program for China. This trip was planned much before the horrific incident.
The December 2 act of cowardice could not deter our motivation to build a bridge between our two cultures. We propose for the city to reinstate the Sister City Program for China, allow international exchange participants to volunteer for the city of San Bernardino to help share the language and culture, and for San Bernardino to support the newly created International Business Expo, which has been initiated by Keith McCarter of McCarter University for the purposes of encouraging cooperation between our Chinese company participants and your local businesses.
I and a few of my colleagues will be speaking at the December 21 city council meeting to request for the city to place these items on the agenda. These plans were submitted to the city far before December 2 and we believe that now, more than ever, is a good time for the city to consider making positive international connections to create positive international programs to enhance the future prospect of success for the companies and citizenry here within.
We wish to invite all members of the public to come listen to our short presentation and feel free to offer your support of our plans and project. Lastly, unlike many other proposed programs, this program will not cost the city one red cent, but it has the potential of bringing elevated profits to the city directly, indirectly and to its businesses. We will appreciate your support and again, we wish to offer our condolences to the victims of December 2.