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Moscow Sister County Commission Hosts Russian Delegation for Exchange of Best Practices in Accountable Governance


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. —The County of Santa Clara Moscow Sister County Commission is hosting an Open World Delegation from Russia to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices in accountable governance and the role of local legislators, Nov. 14-18. The delegation is meeting with the County, local cities, and community-based organizations.

“We are pleased to welcome the Open World Program delegation from Moscow,” said President Dave Cortese. “We have an opportunity to involve Russian leaders and local stakeholders who are engaged in the process of governance.”

The delegates are:

  • Denis Nikolayevich Iudin, Speaker of the Krasnozavodsk City Council, Krasnozavodsk, Moscow Oblast
  • Sergey Borisovich Kryzhov, Vice Speaker of the Sergiyev Posad City Council, Sergiyev Posad, Moscow Oblast
  • Yelena Mikhaylovna Malysheva, Department Head, Federal Service for Registration, Cadaster and Cartography, Moscow Region Division, Pushkino City Office, Pushkino, Moscow Oblast
  • Yekaterina Vlktorovna Belyakova, Editor-in-Chief, “Yarmarka. Sergiyev Posad” Newspaper, Sergiyev Posad, Moscow Oblast
  • Anastasiya Adolfovna Korniyenko, Delegation Facilitator. Project Coordinator, International Relations, Rudomino Russian State Library of Foreign Literature.

“The County of Santa Clara’s Moscow Sister County Commission has coordinated several delegations between our county and Russia,” said Olga Chervyakova, Chair of the Moscow Commission. “It is a great opportunity for us to share information about our programs, systems, and techniques and for all of us to learn from each other.”

The County has also invited back Ms. Olga Klimkina, Director of the Social Services Center for Family and Children in the Yuzhnoye Butovo District of Moscow. Ms. Klimkina first visited Santa Clara County in 2009 with an Open World Social Services Delegation where she learned about the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Independent Living Program (ILP) for foster youth.

Upon returning to Moscow 2009, Ms. Klimkina initiated a first of its kind program in Moscow to provide services and counseling to graduates of orphanages as they transition into independent living, modeled after Santa Clara County’s Independent Living Program. The program opened in March 2011. Ms. Klimkina’s return visit will focus on Santa Clara County ILP and its recently expanded services at the HUB. Santa Clara County Social Services new HUB is a youth-led and organized community center dedicated to supporting current and former foster youth ages 15 to 24.

The Moscow Sister County Commission is participating in the Open World Program, which was formed by the U.S. Congress in 1999 to establish a better understanding between the U.S. and other nations. The program creates opportunities for developing leaders to observe and experience American politics, business, human services, community development, and community life.

“This is the second time that the County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission has successfully competed for a grant from the Open World Program,” said Moscow Commissioner Nancy Madison, who is chair of the delegation planning committee. “The $7,000 grant to the Commission makes it possible for us to cover costs associated with the visit, so we can concentrate on organizing substantive and meaningful briefings and cultural experiences.”

Reporters are invited to attend the following delegation activities:

Monday, Nov. 14, 10-11 a.m., time certain
Meeting with Assemblyman Jim Beall, Jr. about checks and balances in state government
LOCATION: Room 157 (first floor, adjacent to Board Chambers), 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 - 1:30 p.m. time certain
Welcome and Presentation of Resolution to Russian Delegation, and Ms. Olga Klimkina
LOCATION: Room 157 (first floor, adjacent to Board Chambers), 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose

President Dave Cortese, Sister County Commission Liaison, Supervisor Mike Wasserman, and County Executive Jeff Smith will welcome the delegation and present a resolution.

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m., time certain

Meeting with Senator Joe Simitian and discussion about “There Oughta Be a Law” Project

LOCATION: 2310 N. First St., TC4, Charcot Government Center, San Jose

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. -3 p.m., time certain

Tour of the HUB and discussion about the ILP/HUB model, and discussions with former foster youth.

LOCATION: The Hub, 2248 North First Street, San José

Available for interviews: Ms. Olga Klimkina; Social Services Independent Living Staff Leslie Griffith, Maria Moraga and Anna-Maria Karnes; Santa Clara County Public Affairs Director Gwen Mitchell; and Moscow Commissioners Olga Chervyakova and Nancy Madison.

Ms. Olga Klimkina will meet with Independent Living Program staff and former foster youth for a tour the HUB to learn about the new Independent Living Program expanded services, and discuss her experiences in launching a first of its kind program in Moscow to provide services and counseling to graduates of orphanages as they transition into independent living.

NOTE: Reporters may attend but must sign a waiver indicating confidentiality will be maintained with regard to juveniles at the HUB. Reporters must also sign a waiver indicating that they will not take photographs of the minors, disclosing their identities. Waivers will be on site for their signatures.

Friday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m., time certain
Meeting with former California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, Accountability and Transparency in Leadership
Location: Los Altos City Hall, One North San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Reporters are also invited to attend the following presentations and discussion topics. Call the Office of Public Affairs for more information at 408-299-5119.

Monday, Nov. 14

  • County of Santa Clara – Issues and Challenges

Tuesday, Nov. 15 

  • Transparency in California Local Government: Organization of Governments and the Role of County Counsel
  • Human Rights
  • Overview of the Civil Grand Jury, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

Wednesday, Nov. 16

  • Achieving Open Government through Social Media
  • Technology and Society
  • High Tech and Local Government
  • Politics 3.0 and the Stanford Transparency Project

Thursday, Nov. 17

  • Health and Social Inequity in Santa Clara County
  • Center for Leadership and Transformation\Workshop

Friday, Nov. 18

  • Meeting with Los Altos City Council (includes tour)
  • Introduction to Leadership Mt. View
  • Roundtable Discussion with Leadership Mountain View members and alumni

About the County of Santa Clara Sister County Program and the Moscow Sister County Commission
The County of Santa Clara encourages the creation of Sister-County affiliations to promote friendship and understanding and to build bridges with countries of origin for various ethnic populations residing in the County. Such relationships enhance the region's international profile; encourage mutual understanding; and foster cultural, educational, technological and business exchanges between people of Santa Clara County and the people of our Sister communities.

The County of Santa Clara, CA, USA, Moscow Region, Russia, and Moscow City Government Sister County Commission (Moscow Sister County Commission) is committed to fostering the close working relationships among the art, commerce, culture, education, technology and government communities between the County of Santa Clara and the Region of Moscow. Members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and volunteer their time and resources and engage in fundraising activities to accomplish these objectives.

About the Open World Program
According to the Open World Leadership Center, which administers the exchange program, since 1999, Open World has brought more than 17,000 young leaders to the United States from the countries of Eurasia. Through Open World, mayors, legislators, judges, civil servants, educators and entrepreneurs from across the former Soviet Union have come to know America first hand through exchanges with Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions.

Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Since its 1999 inception, the Center has awarded grants to 61 organizations headquartered in 25 different states and the District of Columbia. Some 6,500 American families have hosted participants in more than 1,900 communities around the country.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: November 10, 2011