Hermosa Beach Sister City Association

In 1967 Hermosa Beach formed a "sister city" relationship with the city of Loreto, in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Hermosa Beach Sister City Association (HBSCA) was thus formed. This serene, picturesque fishing village is located on the Sea of Cortez in Baja California. Over the years, the HBSCA has forged a very close bond with Loreto and its citizens. With assistance and guidance from the HBSCA. Loreto has vastly improved the quality of life for its residence and created many opportunities for its citizens. HBSCA is a United States Congressional recognized program.

HBSCA Members Donate Readers to DIF

Hermosa Beach Sister City members, Susie Moon and  Bob Wyler, who live part-time in Loreto have purchased and donated 500 pairs of reading glasses and 100 pairs of sunglasses to the local DIF in Loreto.  DIF is an organization that helps the most vulnerable people in the Loreto area.  Yolanda, the director of DIF, is thrilled to receive these glasses and said “They will go to those in need who could really use reading glasses and sunglasses.”  It’s important to note that reading glasses and sunglasses are not readily available in Loreto (like here in the USA).

Membership Drive 2019

It’s that time of year Sister City friends to renew your membership! This year our goal is to help the Casa Hogar La Esperanza” – Foster Group Home in Loreto.

  • Background:  “DIF” is the government organization for Family Services in Mexico.  Yolanda Garcia Rojas is the Director of Loreto DIF. (Her late son participated in Student Exchange many years ago) Teri Anguiano is the Director of the “Casa Hogar La Esperanza” which is a group home for children.
  • In addition to the formal letter requesting a van for transporting children, our members who visited saw a need for safer bunk-beds, bringing bathrooms to meet standards for caring for children (plumbing, toilets, sinks, showers, etc.), and staff shared a need for a new refrigerator and stove/oven.

Please join now to help us realize our 2019 goal!  

2019 Hermosa Beach Man Of The Year

On behalf of the Hermosa Beach Sister City Board, we would like to inform you and at the same time congratulate George Barks for being chosen as the Hermosa Beach Man of the Year 2019. His tireless work with so many organizations in our city and neighboring cities never goes unnoticed. It is such a well deserved honor.

Here is the link for the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce Gala to honor both George Barks and Woman of the Year, Adrienne Slaughter. Tickets for the always sold out event are available at the link below. The event will take place on Tuesday Jan 15th, 2019. Hope to see you all there!


Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Student Exchange Trip

Parents… would you like your 7th or 8th grader to experience another culture over spring break?  Our student exchange program is the longest running program in this age group.  Recognized by the U.S. Congress and read into the Congressional Hall of Records. Students living in the South Bay are able to apply.

For more information please go to here

On Line Application here

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your child’s life with an experience they will never forget!

Annual Group Trip to Loreto – 2019

Come join us on our annual visit to our beautiful sister city – Loreto Baja California Sur Mexico. Enjoy great food, great company and wonderful activities.

For information about the 2019 trip please contact: George Barks 310.379.2538 or  EMAIL


Hermosa – Loreto Sister City Programs

Student Cultural Exchange Program
Established in 1974 Hermosa Beach and Loreto have had an ongoing student exchange programs between 7th and 8th grade students.

More information on the Student Exchange program can be found here

Paramedic, Fire and Medical Programs
Established in 1999, HBSCA sponsored paramedic and fire fighter training to the bomberos of Loreto.  Today it is a highly recognized model program throughout Baja California.

More information on the Paramedic Program can be found here

Educational funding
Teach-the-teacher courses on environmental education
Classroom supplies
Computer labs
Sports Equipment donations

Children health and welfare support to the local DIF program in Loreto