Kristine C. Alessio

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

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*    Is the second person born in  La Mesa to be elected to the City Council.  The first was Mayor Mark Arapostathis!

*    Has a teenaged daughter who attends Grossmont High School and has been in Peter Pan Junior Theater and later C. Chook Theater since the fifth grade.

*    Was a member of La Mesa's Pet Therapy Program with her cats Clarice and Firework.

*    Volunteered for Project Safe Harbor providing pro-bono legal services for victims of domestic violence.

*    Refuses to take a "car allowance" from the City although one is provided believing that the taxpayers of La Mesa shouldn't pay for her personal vehicle.

*    Was a former Regional Director for the International Cat Association (TICA), representing cat owners in the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

*    Is an avid runner, walker and hiker.   She was one of the first 100 people to complete Mission Trails Regional Park's "Five Peak Challenge".

*    Is a collector of Plein Air art (California Impressionism).  

*    Favorite vacation spot is Los Barrilles, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

*    Is a founder and Director of a non-profit cat rescue organization.

*    Showed Quarter horses as a young woman in the Pacific Southwest Quarter Horse Association.

*    Is the former President of the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA).

*    Won a Union-Tribune High School Journalism award for sportswriting.

*    Is a former member of the Boards of Directors of both the East County YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County.

*    Is an animal and nature lover, having had snakes, lizards, birds, dogs and cats as pets.

*    Is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's in Philosophy, and areas of concentration (minors) in Cultural Anthropology and Scientific Perspectives. 

*    Is a graduate of California Western School of Law and has been a member in good standing of the California Bar since 1996.  

*    Favorite quote: "In gratitude for your good fortune, your must render some sacrifice of your life for another life" - Albert Schweitzer