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Mike Davitt

February 15, 2011|By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com

A two-term planning commissioner with a lengthy résumé of civic involvement, Mike Davitt isn't a City Council incumbent, but his campaign has taken on a similar flavor.

Davitt, 46, was endorsed by retiring Councilman Greg Brown from the start of his campaign and is the only non-incumbent to win the support of the entire sitting council, plus County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino.

With promises to push for business-friendly improvements along Foothill Boulevard and a more user-friendly City Hall, his pitch to voters isn't one of complacency.
"It's about keeping our community great and pushing ourselves to make it better," said Davitt, director of real estate for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Davitt also appears to be running the race's most ambitious campaign, at least financially speaking.According to contribution disclosures, he has raised more than $22,000 (including a loan of $10,000) almost exclusively from local donors, and as of late January had already poured $9,500 into campaign materials.

A father of four, Davitt grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and returned not long after earning his bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University. He is an active member of the St. Bede's parish, a volunteer AYSO and YMCA coach, and sits on the boards of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Briefly explain why you want to be on the council and your top priority if elected.

I want to take my involvement, my past experience, to a higher level. I want to expand upon the good that has happened here and try to take some of the things that haven't been so good and make them better.

What would you describe as the city's most important accomplishment over the past several years?

There's been great improvement since redoing the residential development standards in the city. It's not super flashy, but there is such an improvement with homes that are being built now compared to what some of the homes were in the past.

What would you identify as a missed opportunity?

I think the city can take a more aggressive approach to make Foothill more user-friendly and attract more businesses that compliment the community.

Which personal qualities that you posses are most relevant to being a council member?

I'd say probably leadership. I also think I'm very open-minded - I don't judge something before I've heard all the facts. Additionally, I'm a compromiser and a negotiator.

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