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City of Pacific Grove City Council Councilmember Lori McDonnell

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Address:   300 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA 93950


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Councilmember Lori McDonnell

(831) 648-3106


Born and raised in California, Lori McDonnell is an active resident of Pacific Grove. She won a four-year term on the council in the November 2022 election.

A medical research coordinator for Stanford University's School of Medicine, McDonnell participates in environmental organizations committed to research and education about the region’s local wildlife. In addition to setting priorities to protect wildlife and the natural environment, McDonnell’s top issues include:

  • More affordable housing.

  • Better use of local residents who volunteer their knowledge and expertise.

  • Support for local businesses, which is essential to a thriving city economy.

McDonnell earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University. She was with NASA Ames Research Center for 18 years before becoming a medical research coordinator at the Veterans Administration and Stanford.

McDonnell volunteers with the Monterey Audubon Society program and the Harbor Seal Survey Team, and is the council representative on the Library Board and Community Human Services.

Notable quotes:
“I’m concerned about the environment and believe the amazing array of wildlife we have here is one of the city’s greatest assets. I want to help protect this asset as a priority for the city government.” (Source:
Candidate’s website)

“Being a good steward of our environment attracts tourism that supports local business and the funding for city services for our residents. These are vital to a thriving community.” (Source: Voter’s Edge)

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CLOSED SESSION: City Council Meeting
Wednesday October 4 2023   5:00 PM

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City Council Meeting
Wednesday October 4 2023   6:00 PM