Farewell Councilmember Benzian ...

At the Dec. 15 City Council meeting, the Coronado City Clerk swore in incumbent Mayor Richard Bailey; incumbent Councilman Mike Donovan; former Mayor and Councilman Casey Tanaka to the City Council; and honored outgoing Councilman Whitney Benzian who has left office after four years. Photo is of Whitney Benzian and his family.

The three gentlemen sworn into office at the Dec. 12, 2020 City Council meeting were all veteran public servants. Between the three of them there are 22 years of experience as decision makers serving on Coronado’s City Council. 

Prior to the swearing-in ceremonies, outgoing councilmember Whitney Benzian was presented with a proclamation, key to the city, and other gifts of appreciation. He thanked his colleagues, City Manager Blair King, and his family, for their support during his four year term.

Richard Bailey, re-elected to a second four-year term as Mayor, said there was no greater honor than to represent the people who call Coronado home. He thanked his council colleagues for their collaboration on significant accomplishments during the past four years, and recognized his mom for her unwavering support.

Mike Donovan, re-elected to a second four-year term on the council, expressed his pride in the words of the oath to uphold the constitution of the United States of America and the State of California. He thanked residents for their trust in him and pledged to work as hard as he can for the citizens of Coronado. 

Casey Tanaka, taking his fifth oath of office in Coronado’s council chambers, was grateful to voters for putting their trust in him again and pledged to listen to all points of view before deliberating. Tanaka was elected to City Council twice (2002, 2006), and twice as mayor (2008, 2012). He thanked his parents for their support of his campaigns, and for raising him with the values to be able to represent the city.

After the swearing-in, families and friends of Benzian, Bailey, Donovan, and Tanaka gathered for a socially distanced reception outside the council chambers. The next meeting of the City Council will be Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at 4 p.m.

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