• Sprucing up Alhambra for a Good Cause


    by Winston Chua

    As youmight surmise, the Alhambra Beautiful and Alhambra Pride projects are justthat, to make Alhambra more beautiful and to make Alhambrans proud of theircity. When Councilwoman Barbara Messina last year became mayor, she vowed tospruce up the city.

    “It isa revitalization of our neighborhoods,” said Messina, who wants to rid the cityof decrepit chain-linked fences and replace them with clean,neighborhood-friendly picket fences.

    The Alhambra Pride project began in the 1970s as acollaborative effort by the community to not only clean up the community butalso to bring the community together to resurrect the image of Alhambra. Now,she said that many neighbors hardly know each other and are not even aware oftheir own neighbor’s needs.

    “We want to maintain the integrity of theneighborhood,” Messina said, referring both to the city’s looks as well as itsunity.

    Messina is teaming up with many of the city’sNeighborhood Watch leaders to not only look out for crime, but also to buildteamwork among street blocks in case of an emergency. She hopes that thisteaming philosophy will help those who cannot maintain their property receivehelp from those who have extra resources to do so.

    The Alhambra City Manager may have the resources tocontinue Messina’s efforts, as community block grant funds are set aside forprojects like these.

    The Alhambra Beautiful project awards the mostexceptional homes from Alhambra’s four districts. The city’s chamber ofcommerce oversees the judging and later this month will announce awards forbest residential properties.

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