City of Coronado

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, who raised $45,000 to finance his re-election campaign, won’t need to dip into those funds, as he is running unopposed for mayor in the 2020 Presidential General Election slated for Tuesday, Nov. 3. The initial deadline for filing for the Mayoral election and for the City Council election, was Friday, August 5, 2020, at 5 p.m.

However, as incumbent Councilmember Whitney Benzian isn’t seeking re-election, by California election law, the City Council filing period is extended to Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020, at 5 p.m. As it stands now, there are four candidates for City Council, including the other incumbent eligible for re-election, Councilmember Mike Donovan. Other City Council candidates are former Mayor and City Councilmember Casey Tanaka, John Duncan, and Tim Rohan.

According to Coronado City Clerk Jennifer Ekblad, Rohan filed his papers Aug. 5 and hasn’t been formally verified by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Ekblad expects Rohan’s paperwork to be acted upon by the Registrar of Voters by Aug. 12.

As of Aug. 5, a total of eight residents had ‘pulled papers’ to run for City Council, but only four met the initial filing deadline. Three residents including Bailey, requested the appropriate forms to run for Mayor, but Bailey was the only candidate to file.

The proponents of the Safe Streets Initiative didn’t file the required signatures to qualify for the Nov. 3, 2020 ballot. The title of Safe Streets Initiative included, “An initiative of the people of the City of Coronado, California to prohibit all left hand turns from Third Street/Pomona onto A, B and C Avenues; restrict right hand turns from Third Street/Pomona onto Glorietta Boulevard and Glorietta Place; and repeal Proposition M.”

Prop M, which passed in November 2004, removed semi-diverters located on A, B and C Avenues, which prevented left hand turns from Third Street/Pomona onto A, B and C Avenues. The proposed Safe Streets Initiative, which was widely circulated in March 2020, would have prevented turns onto A, B and C for 24 hours a day. Turns from Third Street/Pomona Avenue onto Glorietta Boulevard and Glorietta Place would have been prohibited from 5-8 a.m.

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