Mike Donovan


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


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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