Peters makes statement on death of Mike Gotch

SAN DIEGO - Council President Scott Peters today released the following statement on the passing of former San Diego Councilman and Assemblyman Mike Gotch.

“In his years of service on the San Diego City Council and in the State Assembly, Mike Gotch exemplified the qualities we should expect from our elected officials: selflessness, dedication and honesty. He touched the lives of those who knew him and honored his commitment to public service long after he left office.”

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, Gotch was appointed by Governor Gray Davis in June of 1999 to serve as the Administration’s Secretary for Legislative Affairs. He served until March of 2003 and was responsible for shepherding the Governor’s legislative program through the Senate and Assembly.

He was active in local and state government for more than 30 years. From 1979 to 1987 he served as a member of the San Diego City Council. From 1990-94 he represented San Diego in the California State Assembly, served as chair of the Local Government Committee and vice-chair of the Natural Resources Committee. During his time as an Assemblymember, Gotch also served as a member of committees on Consumer Protection, Health, Ways and Means, and Public Safety.

Gotch also served on several boards and commissions, including the California Coastal Commission from 1980-1988, the San Diego Stadium Board of Governors from 1988-1990, and the Napa County Land Trust from 1997-1999.

He also served as a board member of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Anza Borrego Foundation and Institute. He was also a founding member of the Borrego Village Association.