杜瓦迪市長康佳琛談政績

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杜瓦迪首位華裔市議員康佳琛(Samuel Kang),是南巴沙迪那首位華裔市議員徐惠誠(Paul Zee)的姪子,1994年畢業於Rio Hondo消防學院的他,也成為聖蓋博谷地區首名華裔打火消防員。

2013年他被選為杜瓦迪市議員,兩年後市議員一致投票,通過其成為市長。這三年來,康佳琛對城市與周邊地區有很大影響,不僅積極提升城市形象與經濟,也建立美國與中國間良好關係。杜瓦迪近年已快速發展成為醫療保健的天堂,被稱為「健康的城市」,且擁有世界上最好的癌症醫療機構「希望之城」(City of Hope)。

2015年11月,在康佳琛牽線下,中國衛生部代表團來訪,與希望之城簽 訂協議,藉以幫助更多中國患者來希望之城接受治療。近來,杜瓦迪更積極建設,不僅投資高速網路平台,將橙縣最好的表演藝術高中引進該市,也促成亞洲知名酒店與希望之城的合作,打造生物科技產業。目前杜市正興建一座四星級酒店,康佳琛說,酒店能照亮社區,提供更舒適的水平,同時改善周邊環境,增加城市稅收,達到雙贏局面。此外,康佳琛也加入亞洲最大B2B電子商務平台Made-in-China.com。作為這家公司的行政首長,他管理行銷、IT、B2C、日常物流運作等。他並協助中國企業家推動業務到美。他認為,世界兩大強國間關係改善,通常不會發生在高層次的政治中,而是由人與人間日常互動開始。

In 2013, Samuel Kang became the first Chinese American to be elected to the City Council of Duarte. Two years later, he was unanimously voted in as Mayor. Since joining the City of Duarte, he has made a great impact to the city and surrounding region. Perhaps most importantly, he has worked tirelessly to improve the city's image and economy while simultaneously building a prosperous relationship between the U.S. and China.

Over the past few years, Duarte has seen marked improvement, and is quickly becoming a healthcare haven. Duarte has always been known as the "City of Health," mostly due to being home to one of the best cancer treatment facilities in the world, City of Hope. In November of 2015, Mayor Kang brought a delegation to China and facilitated an agreement between City of Hope and the Ministry of Health in order to provide services for Chinese patients to be treated in City of Hope.

More recently, the city has taken steps to own their moniker, and have invested into high speed internet for all the constituents, brought in the best Performing Arts High School in Orange County to the city, got a wellknown Asian brand hotel to collaborate with City of Hope and have the transit-oriented development (TOD) to build out a biotechnology corridor.

Duarte is becoming the envy of the area, and is currently developing a new four-star hotel. Mayor Kang said, "This hotel will brighten the community and bring a whole new level of luxury to the Duarte/Bradbury area, all while improving the surrounding neighborhoods and increasing city revenue. It's truly a win-win situation."

In addition to bettering the City's ties with the international economy, Mayor Kang has joined one of the largest B2B e-commerce platforms from Asia, Madein-China.com. As the Chief Administrative Officer, he manages the day-to-day operations of much of the facility, government sales, IT, B2C and company-wide warehouse & logistics. Here, he has personally worked hands-on with Chinese businesspeople to help them bring their business to the U.S.

While most of us cannot sign a huge trade deal that impacts billions of people, we can work with our friends and improve the Sino-American landscape, one deal at a time. Mayor Samuel Kang is an influencer in the Los Angeles region among Chinese-Americans, and always strives to improve the lives of those around him. When we all join Mayor Kang in working diligently in improving our two countries' relations, our countries will become better and stronger, together.

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