Mike Donovan

Question:

Why did you decide to run for the City Council and what do you feel you offer the residents of Coronado?

Mike:

It was been my honor to serve as your Councilmember during the past four years, and I am seeking reelection for a final four-year term so I can continue to advance my No. 1 priority – preserving residential quality of life, especially as it relates to reducing building density; fostering historic preservation; calming traffic; managing tourism while ensuring hometown business success; providing recreational enhancements; and protecting Coronado’s natural assets.

During my first term, I consistently advocated for these priorities, and I’m proud of my record thus far. I have always carefully researched all pertinent background materials, spoken to residents, consulted with staff, reviewed data, and when appropriate, sought outside expertise. Although I realize that not everyone will agree with every decision I have made, I have always tried to clearly articulate the reasons, logic, and supporting data behind the positions I have taken. I take my responsibilities as a Councilmember very seriously, and my attendance at our twice-monthly meetings has been 100%. I invite you to review my Council voting record, which is provided on my website at www.MikeDonovanCoronado.com.

As the summary below shows, I have also been fully engaged as a Councilmember and involved in a wide variety of issues during my tenure:

I have served on various City Council subcommittees, including those related to improving the Historic Preservation Ordinance, establishing a Community Grant Policy, and selecting the City Golf Course Food Concessionaire.

I am a member of the City’s Audit Committee; Capital Improvement Program Subcommittee; and Coronado Naval Complexes Coordinating Group (Chair). I serve as Council representative to Coronado MainStreet; Coronado Historical Association; and regularly attend Cays Homeowners Association Board meetings. I have also served as liaison to the Cays Grand Caribe Task Force.

I have been active in setting strategy for addressing the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) being imposed on Coronado by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

I also serve on the SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Working Group and as an alternate member for the SANDAG Shoreline Preservation Working Group; SANDAG Regional Military Working Group; League of California Cities Coastal Cities Working Group; SANDAG Regional Planning Committee; and Metropolitan Transit System Board (MTS).

My military and business background has also served me well as a Councilmember. During the course of my career, I managed budgets in excess of $100M and departments totaling more than 100 employees. I served 10 years active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Captain after 20 years in the Naval Reserves, while also pursuing a corporate career at Solar Turbines in San Diego. I have a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy; a MS degree from MIT; completed the Naval Nuclear Power Program; and trained in 6-Sigma, leading cross-functional teams in process improvement. To view my complete resume, please visit www.MikeDonovanCoronado.com.

Also importantly, I am a 45-year resident of Coronado, where my wife and I raised our family. I have a deep understanding of the issues Coronado faces; I am familiar with the variety of viewpoints that concern our residents; and I am always available to discuss any issue or to help clarify any policy.

Again, I am thankful and honored to have served Coronado residents for the past four years, and I look forward to earning your support for another term.

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