Michael Messina (1939-2015)
Former Alhambra Mayor & City Councilmember
The City of Alhambra is saddened to announce the passing of former Alhambra Mayor and Councilmember Michael Messina, who passed away on April 10, 2015. Mr. Messina lived in Alhambra nearly all of his life, graduating from Ramona Elementary School and Alhambra High School in 1957. His trajectory into civic life began in 1976 upon becoming a member of the Housing & Community Development (HCDA) Committee, which he served on for two years, later followed with service on the Planning Commission.
Mr. Messina was twice elected to the Alhambra City Council, serving from 1979 to 1982 and again from 1983 to 1986. He served as Mayor of Alhambra in 1982 and 1986. Most recently, he served as an active member of the Oversight Board which was put into place after the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency.
As a representative of the Second District, Mr. Messina was instrumental in bringing new businesses to Alhambra such as Costco (formerly Price Club) and Mervyns. He was also committed to restoring and expanding city services, including Paramedics, Senior Ride, Parks and Recreation and Senior Housing.
Mr. Messina was active in community service, having served as President of the local St. Vincent De Paul Society Chapter. He was also involved with such organizations such as People Against Obscenity, Community Counter Crime Council, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, Alhambra Exchange Club, Project Pride, Meals on Wheels, Knights of Columbus and Foundation for the Blind. He received an Honorary Service Award from the PTA for Outstanding Service to the Young and Children, and in 2000, received the Past President’s Award from the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce for “Outstanding Community Service.”
Along with his wife, Barbara (currently an Alhambra City Council member), Mr. Messina was passionate in the fight for completion of the 710 Freeway and reducing traffic congestion, serving on both the 710 Freeway Design Advisory Group Committee and 710 Freeway Mitigation Committee.
Michael Messina was born August 28, 1939. He married Barbara in 1961, and graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Most recently he worked as a Market Research Analyst for Lucky Stores, Inc. He also worked as a Lecturer for a short time for the UCLA Business School.
Mr. Messina is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three daughters, Teresa Juarez, Maryann Messina-Doerning, and Kristen Puccinelli; son-in-laws Brian Doerning and Dante Puccinelli; eight grandchildren, Christopher, Kathleen and Elizabeth Juarez, Anthony and Joey Messina-Doerning and Michaela, Gina and Francesca Puccinelli and predeceased by his daughter Kathy Messina; also survived by his sister, Marlene Waller.
A mass will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at 10am at All Souls Church, 1500 W. Main St., Alhambra 91801, to be followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles. A reception will be held after the internment at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra 91801. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027, in memory of Kathleen Messina.