Barbara Messina

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First Elected to Council: November 1986Re-elected: November 2006 and automatically re-elected November 2010 & 2014Years in Alhambra: Since 1958 

Education: Sacred Heart High School, Los Angeles; East Los Angeles College (ELAC);Completed Masters in Governance Program 

Special Honors:

  • Knights of Columbus Bicentennial Fellowship Award for outstanding community service (1976)
  • Alhambra Chamber of Commerce - Past Presidents' Award for "Outstanding Contributions to the Community" (1999)
  • Woman of Distinction Award from Family Counseling Services (1977)
  • Heart of the Community Award from the YMCA of the West San Gabriel Valley for "Community Service" (2014) 

Current City Council Appointments

  • League of California Cities, Los Angeles, Alternate Representative
  • San Gabriel Council of Governments (SGVCOG), Governing Board Representative
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Representative
  • City Selection Committee: Alternate Representative 

Other Civic Involvement:

  • Current voting delegate to the League of California Cities
  • Vice Chair, SCAG Transportation Committee (June 2014)
  • President of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government (SGVCOG) - 2012
  • Member, San Gabriel Valley Council of Government (SGVCOG) - 1994-1998; 2006-Present
  • Mayor of the City of Alhambra (1989, 1993, 1997, 2008, 2012-13, 2016)
  • Member, Alhambra Redevelopment Agency (1987-98; 2006-2011)
  • Regional Council Board Member, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Member, SCAG representing Alhambra, Monterey Park & Montebello (1994-1998; 2006-Present)
  • Chair, SCAG - Community, Economic & Human Development Committee (March 1992 to June 1996)
  • Member, San Gabriel Valley Transportation Committee (1994-98; 2006-Present)
  • President, Independent Cities Association (ICA), representing 49 member cities (1995-96)
  • Board Member, Alhambra Unified School District (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006); Served as Board President (2002-03) 

Community Involvement:

  • Member, YMCA Board of Directors (1983-Present)
  • Board Member, Alhambra Educational Foundation
  • Lector, All Souls Church (1975-Present)
  • President, Alhambra Soroptimist Club (2004) 

Marital Status: Married to Michael Messina (53 years) with three daughters and eight grandchildren,all of whom live in the area and are also active in the Alhambra community. 

Greatest Source of Pride: Outside of her family - to help others