Citizens of the Year

For more than 40 years, the Citizens of the Year program has honored community members who have given their time and energy toward the civic improvement, beautification, and betterment of the City of Carlsbad. Selected by a committee of fellow Carlsbad residents, this year’s honorees were longtime volunteers Bill and Bonnie Dominguez and Mike McMahon.

Bill and Bonnie Dominguez are founders and lifelong members of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. Bill has served on the city’s Planning Commission, the city’s General Plan Review Committee, and the Carlsbad Cablevision Commission. He was the former president of the Carlsbad Jaycees and has been a longtime supporter of the Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club. Bonnie has been volunteering at the Carlsbad Senior Center for 24 years. She has served as a docent at Carrillo Ranch and as secretary of the Friends of Carrillo Ranch for the past 18 years. Bill and Bonnie have also worked with the Carlsbad Sister City Committee, the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, and the Carlsbad Historical Society, just to name a few.

Mike McMahon began teaching photography classes at the Carlsbad Senior Center after retiring from an executive position at Hewlett-Packard. Six years later, he has taught more than 10,000 students both at the Senior Center and the Carlsbad City Library Exploration HUB. Mike is also an active member of Carlsbad’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and serves as the coordinator for CERT’s Auxiliary Communications group, a team of HAM radio operators. In addition, he co-leads a support group for families of Alzheimer’s patients for the San Diego County Alzheimer’s Association, and contributes time and talent to the Carlsbad Community Theater, the North County Videomakers club, and the North County Photographic Society. For more information visit