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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 71

[Filed with Secretary of State May 23, 1986]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST


Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 71 – Relative to a California-Catalonia sister region/state relationship.
This measure would provide that California recognize, honor, and celebrate the contributions that Father Junipero Serra and Gaspar De Portola have made to California’s history as well as the contribution that Spanish culture has made to the language, art, and architecture of California.

This measure would also extend to the people of the Spanish Region of Catalonia an invitation to join California as a sister region/state, in order to encourage artistic, academic, and cultural exchanges, and to lead to a more indelible friendship and lasting relationship between Californians and Catalonians.

WHEREAS, The history, culture, art, and architecture of California owe much to the influence of Spanish civilization; and

WHEREAS, The contributions of Father Junipero Serra to the culture, geography, and religious institutions of California are remarkable and unique in our state’s history; and

WHEREAS, The Bicentennial Celebration of Gaspar De Portola’s death will be celebrated in 1986 both in California and in his native Spanish Region of Catalonia; and

WHEREAS, Gaspar De Portola’s contributions to the exploration of California’s coast were significant in bringing Spanish culture to California; and

WHEREAS, The President of the Spanish Region of Catalonia is scheduled to visit California during 1986 to sign an agreement between the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Barcelona; and

WHEREAS, The people of California and Catalonia share similar geography, natural beauty, and common culture; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That California recognize, honor and celebrate the contributions Father Junipero Serra and Gaspar De Portola have made to California’s history as well as the contribution that Spanish culture has made to the language, art, and architecture of California; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature, on behalf of the people of the State of California, extends to the people of the Spanish Region of Catalonia an invitation to join California as a sister region/state in order to encourage artistic, academic, and cultural exchanges and to lead to a more indelible friendship and lasting relationship between Californians and the citizens of Catalonia; and be it further

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit a copy of this resolution to the President of the Spanish Region of Catalonia.