MEET JACK DONOVAN
NEW LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
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. “We want to maintain our police, paramedics and fire department. We do not want to contract these services out to the County or surrounding cities.”
Donovan, who spent his career launching and managing American Aerospace Materials, a commercial metal distribution company in Monterey Park, pledged to “foster an environment at City Hall that encourages creativity and where management listens to the concerns of their employees as well as those of the residents of South Pasadena.”
He added that his business background has given him experience managing personnel, sticking to a budget, analyzing problems, and making tough decisions when needed. Jack is particularly concerned with budget irregularities and a significantly delayed audit of the City's finances.
In South Pasadena, Donovan served on the City’s Parks & Recreation Commission for six years, three as its chair. During his tenure, city parks saw many improvements, including construction of restrooms at Garfield Park, restoration of the War Memorial Building, a new playground at Garfield Park, partial restoration of the Eddy Park Meeting House, a new rose garden at Garfield Park, and installation of wrought iron trash bins throughout the city.
Donovan spent a combined 20 years coaching, refereeing, and serving on the AYSO Board and also served on the South Pasadena High School Bingo Committee, which raises major funds for the school with its weekly Bingo nights in the gym.
Donovan and his wife Judy, who spent her career as a librarian for the City of Los Angeles, raised five children in South Pasadena, two of whom operate businesses here. His daughter, Meghan Kiser and her husband Cory, live here with their three children who attend South Pasadena schools.
He has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles. He also studied at Northeastern University in Boston.