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November 10, 2023 - Friday - Judy is up north for a few days visiting her sister so I decided to visit the San Bernardino City Hall today in her absence.  The San Bernardino City Hall has been located in several different buildings since the City first became incorporated in 1854.  This is the fourth City Hall in the city's history, but it could be the fifth, rumors of an 1871 City Hall at Fourth and D Streets cannot be substantiated.  The current City Hall opened in September 1972.

There's a beautiful water feature next to the building, it's a series of low waterfalls.

Apparently San Bernardino has eight sister cities.

Unfortunately, someone has cut off MLK's right hand.

There's a bulletin board displaying city meetings, but it's not quite up to date.

I walked all around the building but all of the doors were locked.  I found out from a passerby that City Hall was closed today for the Veterans' Day holiday.  I'll come back sometime in the future to see the interior.

After looking around City Hall, I chose to have lunch at a San Bernardino landmark, Mitla Cafe.  This Mexican restaurant opened in 1937 right on Route 66.

My choice here was a chili relleno, which is a traditional Mexican dish made from roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese, then coated in a fluffy egg batter and fried until golden brown.  In English, it simply means "stuffed pepper," and it was fabulous.  The rice and beans were also excellant.

Even though my planning was off for City Hall, my lunch made up for it and I'm sure that Judy will want to go to Mitla with me.

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