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City of CoronadoCandidate for City Council

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Mike Donovan

3,812 votes (28.65%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Building Density / Historic Preservation: Support reduction in height and mass of new construction; advocate for historic resource designation and Mills Act agreements; Enforce building codes.
  • Traffic: Keep commuter traffic on 3rd and 4th Streets and Orange Avenue; Collaborate with Caltrans to incorporate safety solutions; Enforce traffic / speed laws.
  • Tourism: Create long-term tourism management plan, developing measurements to track effects on business and residents, adjusting strategies when necessary; Enforce vacation rental codes.



Director, Corporate Quality and Process Improvement, Solar Turbines Incorporated (1983–2016)
Naval Reserve - Naval Officer, U.S. Navy (1983–2004)
Active Duty Naval Officer, U.S. Navy (1974–1983)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master of Science (M..S.), Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (1975)
U.S. Naval Academy Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Naval Architecture (1974)


I have a professional background in leadership, fiscal management, and collaborative problem solving, including 30 years of Navy experience as a nuclear-trained surface line officer and ship system design manager on active duty, as well as two executive officer and three commanding officer assignments in the naval reserves, retiring as a Captain. I worked for 33 years in the corporate business sector, where I served at the director level for Solar Turbines Incorporated, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., with responsibilities that included overseeing budgets in excess of $100M, managing staffs of 100+ employees, and directing quality and process improvement across disciplines.

I look forward to serving Coronado residents and thank you for your support.


Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (7)

  • Millie and Gunder Creager Libby Davis Debbie and Cutler Dawson Barbara and Mark DeMichele Harry DeNardi
  • Kitty and Fritz Gaylord Jean Gazzo Brad Gerbel Linda and Carroll Gerbel Harry and Maxine Gimber Beth and Dan Gomrick
  • Kayt Joyce Dowling Warford Drown Betty Dunlap Karen Dwinell Jill and Bernie Esrock Terri Eyer Sally and Parker Finch
  • Bill Cass Mike and Mary Ann Chapple Jan Clark Nancy Cobb Ann Cole, Greta and Clint Coneway Kim Corpus
  • Joan Bryant Marilyn Burchill Liza Butler Kay Campbell Dan (“Pat”) and Ann Carpenter Lisa Carter
  • Susan Blanco Judy and John Bowen Jeanne Bowers Ann Boyd Fabio and Julia Braga Jane and Doug Brandt
  • Susan Anderson Helen Anderson-Cruz Virginia Andrews Judith M. Bambace Tony and Kate Barron Patti and Bill Bigham

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a 40-year resident of Coronado, my number one priority will be preserving residential quality of life and ensuring that residents are fully represented at City Hall. I have a deep understanding of the challenges facing Coronado and will focus on: Reducing building density and advocating for historic preservation; addressing commuter/visitor traffic problems; developing a long-term tourism management strategy; working closely with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority in preparing the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP); and expanding the dialogue with the Navy to address impacts of base operations on residential neighborhoods.



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