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From left are Assemblymember Marie Waldron, Assemblymember Ed Chau, Barbara Messina, Assemblymember Monique Limon, and Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) honored Barbara Messina as the 2019 Woman of the Year for the 49th District during a legislative ceremony held at the Assembly Chambers. The ceremony, as part of Women’s History Month, recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to California.
“I am recognizing Barbara for over three decades of unwavering commitment to the San Gabriel Valley, but more specifically to the City of Alhambra where her dedication to public service has earned her accolades from the Knights of Columbus, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, and the YMCA of San Gabriel Valley,” said Assemblymember Ed Chau. “Barbara’s tireless work to make Alhambra a family-oriented community has produced one of the best school districts, and her love for the city has made it a wonderful place to live.”
Mrs. Messina is a lifelong resident of Alhambra. First elected to the Alhambra City Council in 1986, she was mayor of the City of Alhambra six times in 24 years. She also served eight years on the Alhambra School Board. Some of her civic involvements include president of the Independent Cities Association; president of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government; member of the Southern California Association of Governments representing Alhambra, Monterey Park, and Montebello; board member of the Alhambra Educational Foundation; and currently, president of the YMCA of the San Gabriel Valley.