Jack Donovan is running for Council in the City of South Pasadena in a bid to increase transparency and integrity in local government while preserving the City’s cherished small town atmosphere.
Donovan, a 39-year resident of South Pasadena, is running to represent the City’s second council district.
“I am very concerned about the direction in which the city is now headed,” said Donovan, who first became involved in community service while working as a volunteer for VISTA, a national service program established under President John F. Kennedy. There, he worked to open a Consumer Complaint Center that teamed up with law enforcement authorities to stop fraudulent business practices.
Donovan also served on the South Pasadena Parks & Recreation Commission to bring major park improvements and served as Commissioner of South Pasadena’s American Youth Soccer Organization.
“As City Councilman,” he said, “I’ll do my best to protect our small town atmosphere, and I’ll do that with transparency, with fiscal responsibility and most of all with integrity.” “I will be dedicated to listening and responding to the needs of the people and ending the recent top-down management of our City.” Donovan maintains that “broken city management” has caused historically low city staff morale, high turnover, and an increasing lack of transparency to a degree that it’s now “threatening” essential city services.