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Angela was born and raised in San Francisco, along with her five brothers. Angela's parents are former San Francisco Mayor Joseph L. Alioto and Angelina Genaro Alioto. She attended nursery, elementary and high school at the Covent of the Sacred Heart. Angela graduated cum laude from Lone Mountain College in 1971. At the age of 29, after all four of her children were in school, Angela enrolled in law school. In 1983, she graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Angela Alioto married Adolfo Veronese on December 8, 1968. They have four children together - Angela Mia, Adolfo, Joseph and Gian-Paolo. The eldest child, Angela Mia Veronese, graduated from University of California at Berkeley. Angela was married to Jason Lind in a beautiful medieval church in Ceri, Italy. Angela Mia & Jason have a daughter, Chiara Mia, who was born October 26, 1999 and a son, Sebastiano Lind, who was born on July 11, 2003.

Adolfo Veronese, graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Adolfo married Toni Thompson in San Francisco on May 12, 2001 at the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. Adolfo and Toni were married by San Francisco Archbishop William Levada. Toni and Adolfo have a son, Adolfo Antonio, who was born on August 13, 2007.

Joseph Alioto Veronese graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles. He graduated from the San Francisco Police Academy on November 20, 1996, and served as a Senior Investigator for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. In 2000, Joseph graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law and practices law with the firm and is one of its corporate officers. In 2001, Joseph successfully ran for the position of
Municipal Utility District Director. He was the top vote getter from a field of 23 candidates. This was his first campaign for elective office and was honored by the San Francisco Bay Guardian as having "The Best First Campaign." Joseph was also appointed in 2004 by Mayor Gavin Newson to the San Francisco Police Commission. Joseph married Julie Gilman in San Francisco on February 19, 2006 at the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi.

Gian-Paolo Veronese, attended Oxford University at Exeter on a scholarship and the University of Leonardo Di Vinci in Florence, and graduated with honors in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami Business School in 1999. After graduating he started to work at the Law Offices of Mayor Joseph Alioto and Angela Alioto as its CFO for 4 years. Within that time he managed the operations of the firm and later Angela Alioto's bid for Mayor. In 2003, Gian-Paolo started his own business consulting company which he currently runs today. In the summer of 2007 he will open an Italian wellness center at 700 Montgomery called Acqua Di Roma.

On November 8, 1988, Angela was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after placing second in a field of 24 candidates with over 95,000 votes. She was reelected in November 1992, placing first with nearly 150,000 votes and became Board President.

Angela served as Board President from January 1993 to January 1995. As President, Angela served as Vice-Chair of the Board's Finance Committee. After Angela's term as Board President expired, she served as the Chair of two Board Committees: the Health, Public Safety and Environment Committee and the Select Committee on Municipal Public Power, the committee she created as President. On January 8, 1997, Angela left the Board of Supervisors due to term limits.

During her tenure on the Board, Angela fought the tobacco companies with several pieces of legislation, including the strongest anti-smoking ordinance in the United States. She also focused on protecting neighborhood health care, created a comprehensive homeless plan, increased funding for AIDS services, wrote the City's needle exchange legislation, cosponsored the minority business laws, crimes legislation, protected workers rights, assured environmental protection, helped small business, and furthered efforts to municipalize the City's electrical utility system. Angela also created the San Francisco Film Commission and the San Francisco Youth Commission.

Early in her career, Angela helped produce a video designed to provide AIDS education for teenagers throughout the school system. The video depicts teenagers with AIDS, vividly bringing home the message of awareness to teenagers who are now one of the highest risk groups in the country.

Angela served in 1985 as the Co-Chair of the State Democratic Party's Platform Committee. She served as First Vice-Chair of the California State Democratic Party from 1991-1993 and served as Second Vice-chair. She was selected as a super delegate to the 1992 National Convention, and was elected Co-Chair of the California Delegation. She also served as California Chair of the Jerry Brown for President Campaign in 1992.

Angela has served as a member of the Golden Gate Bridge District and has served on the Outer-Continental Shelf Board of Control, as Vice-Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and as Chair of the Transportation Authority's Finance Committee, as a member of the Association of Bay Area Governments, lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the San Francisco Mental Health Board.

Angela is a lifetime member of the Dante Society of America, The Society for Professional Journalists, The Bar Association of San Francisco, and The American Trial Lawyers Association. She also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, and has supported such groups as the Equal Rights Advocates, Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club, Bay Area Young Positives, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club, San Francisco Tomorrow, and many other Democratic clubs and neighborhood groups.

Angela has also continued her involvement in community issues. She served as legal counsel for a grass-roots based organization, "Citizens for Lower Utility Bills." CLUB was successful in placing a ballot initiative establishing a municipal utility district for San Francisco on the local November 2001 ballot. Angela has worked on this issue for over 13 years. In 2004 Angela was appointed as the Chairwoman to San Francisco's Ten Year Plan Implementation Council. The Council is dedicated to abolishing chronic Homelessness in San Francisco and has been recognized as a national model.

Angela Alioto has also written a book about her experiences in San Francisco politics. The book is entitled "Straight to the Heart", and it covers eight years of San Francisco politics appropriately based on Dante's inferno.

Straight From the Heart: Political Cantos is Angela's book about her life in public service and fighting for equal rights. You can order it from by clicking on the image above.
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"An extraordinarily courageous and compassionate human being. Everyone ought to read this book."
- Ron Kovic, author of Born on the Fourth of July

"No public official has fought harder than Angela Alioto to help society's underdogs. Now she has turned what she's learned in to an insightful book so others may benefit from her knowledge and expertise."
- Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Examiner

"A package of passion."
- Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle

"Angela has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the issues."
- Kandance Bender, San Francisco Examiner

"[Her] humor, passion and hyperbole ... are vintage Alioto."
- Savannah Blackwell, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"As America Disneyfies itself for the millenium, Angela Alioto tells a wonderful story of how politics could be - without the scripted sound bites. The cold, the fear and the pain of real life - it is all here."
- Governor Jerry Brown

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