The City of Richmond established a Sister City relationship with Regla, Cuba in 1999.
The purpose of the Committee is to enhance humanitarian efforts and create an avenue for civic exchange between the City of Richmond, California and Regla, Cuba.
In solidarity with the Cuban people, the Richmond-Regla Sister City Committee seeks to foster friendship with the people of Regla and Cuba through the exchange of mutually beneficial ideas, and sharing of cultural, educational and humanitarian resources.
The Richmond-Regla, Cuba Sister City Committee works to establish citizen exchanges and collaborations in the following areas:
On September 14, 1999, the Richmond City Council by unanimous vote passed Resolution #147-99 establishing the relationship with Regla, Cuba. An official delegation presided by then Vice Mayor Irma L. Anderson traveled to Regla to sign the agreement with Regla officials on December 16, 1999.
Regla celebrated its 300th birthday in 1987. Once a smugglers’ port and the setting of Havana’s bullfights today it is a major center of industry. Regla is a blue collar town with a long history of struggle. The main electricity-generating plant for Havana is in Regla, along with oil refineries. Regla has a large Afro-Cuban population and it is an important cultural and religious center of Santeria.
Monthly meetings of the Richmond-Regla, Cuba Sister City Committee are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00pm at the following location. Please phone to confirm, dates are subject to change.
City Hall - Shimada Room, Council Chamber
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804