Meet Casey Tanaka

Committed to community

Making a difference

When I left office in 2016, I was definitely ready to take some time off from serving on the Coronado City Council. I had attended all but 3 meetings for 14 consecutive years and I was ready to step back and let others in our community step forward to serve.

This year’s pandemic has put massive strains on our City’s government and I am convinced that now is the time for me to bring my experience and commitment back to the Coronado City Council. Our City is going to lose millions of Dollars in tax revenue from the decline in hotel stays and consequently, the City will face challenging years of decision making in the months and years to come.

I am ready to be a voice for my neighbors and the residents of this community in those important decisions to be made. I understand this City’s history and its people. I am thoughtful and reflective in my decision-making process, and I am ready to make decisions that balance the needs of peace and quiet for our residents with the needs to manage tourism in order to maintain our positive budgets and to protect our local businesses. I am ready to again be your voice on the Coronado City Council.

Casey Tanaka
Casey Tanaka

Committed to community

Making a difference

When I left office in 2016, I was definitely ready to take some time off from serving on the Coronado City Council. I had attended all but 3 meetings for 14 consecutive years and I was ready to step back and let others in our community step forward to serve.

This year’s pandemic has put massive strains on our City’s government and I am convinced that now is the time for me to bring my experience and commitment back to the Coronado City Council. Our City is going to lose millions of Dollars in tax revenue from the decline in hotel stays and consequently, the City will face challenging years of decision making in the months and years to come.

I am ready to be a voice for my neighbors and the residents of this community in those important decisions to be made. I understand this City’s history and its people. I am thoughtful and reflective in my decision-making process, and I am ready to make decisions that balance the needs of peace and quiet for our residents with the needs to manage tourism in order to maintain our positive budgets and to protect our local businesses. I am ready to again be your voice on the Coronado City Council.

Casey was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1976, where his father was stationed with the United States Navy. Seven years later, his father took reassignment to Coronado, where his assignments included service with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One and UDT Team 12, and later retired at the rank of Master Chief (USN), the Navy’s highest enlisted rank. Casey’s mother made her career in Nursing, for 11 years, before turning to Early Childhood Education with the Resurrection Lutheran Preschool on Orange Avenue, Coronado, for 16 years, and remained as always a dedicated career Homemaker for her active family of five.
 
Casey graduated from Coronado High School (CHS) in 1994, where he earned honors as the recipient of the Bill Davis History Award for scholastic excellence his Senior year, as well as becoming the very 1st honoree of the Social Studies Plaque for his active devotion to civic duty. He went on to UCSD, where he received his BA with Distinction in History and Minor in Political Science in 1997. That year he accepted a position as guest teacher with the Coronado Unified School District, and two years thereafter, he was awarded the permanent teaching position for AP US History and US Government at his Alma mater, Coronado High School.  
  
During his 22 academic years with CHS, Casey has served in several leadership roles, including History Department Chair, Senior Class Advisor, Junior Class Advisor, Senior Awards Coordinator, and Graduation Coordinator. 
 
Casey entered the political realm in 2001 with his appointment to the Chairmanship of the City of Coronado’s Historic Resource Commission (2001-2002), recognizing his longstanding dedication to the preservation of Coronado’s historical and cultural treasures.
 
In 2002, Casey was elected to the Coronado City Council, and again in 2006. In concert with other members of the board, the agenda was set to continue the sound fiscal policies already in place, and develop policies for the preservation and protection of Coronado’s historical treasures, fundamental to the preservation of the island’s unique charm. An ambitious public works program was maintained, which saw the completion of our new City Hall, new Community Center and Pool, and the new city park adjacent to those facilities. Impressively, all work was completed on budget.
 
In 2008, Casey was elected to the post of Mayor, the first of two successive terms (2008-2016). While the economy plunged into a strong recession in December 2007, and remained in recession through mid-summer of 2009, precipitating a sharp decline in city tax revenue, under Casey’s leadership the City of Coronado maintained uninterrupted, full delivery of Public Services and an ambitious public works agenda.