How Does 911
Work in Coronado?
As three-digit information numbers
become more popular, Coronado City
officials remind residents that 911 is the
most important number to remember.
When emergencies occur, the first step
residents should take is to call 911, so City
officials can provide residents with the
right kind of prompt assistance.
When a resident dials 911 in Coronado,
the call goes to the City of Coronado
Police Department dispatch center. It
is the responsibility of the dispatcher to
determine the problem and route the
call to the correct agency, such as the fire
department, or immediately dispatch a
All fires, medical aids, auto accidents,
and other incidents that require a
fire truck or ambulance are routed to
Heartland Communications Facility, a
fire dispatch center that serves Coronado
and numerous other fire agencies in
the County. Local resources, such as
the City’s police, ambulance, and fire
trucks, are the first to respond to 911 calls.
Occasionally, additional resources from
neighboring agencies respond as part of
the automatic aid system.
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at Your Fingertips
Information is everywhere in today’s fast-moving world. The challenging
part is finding reliable information, specific to your needs. The City of Coronado
wants residents to know about two, three-digit information numbers that provide
current information on a variety of local issues. A quick call to 211 or 511
will save residents time and enable them to take full advantage of community
Residents can dial 511 from any
to get traffic information.
The new national dialing code for free, 24-hour community health and disaster
information is 211. In 2005, the County of San Diego launched 211 San Diego to
provide the public with free access to regional health, social, and disaster
services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“There are more than 2,000 community agencies in the county, providing
5,000 health and human service programs in San Diego,” said Coronado City
Manager Mark Ochenduszko. “Dialing 211 will help residents better utilize
valuable programs and services that are available.”
Community information is provided to callers by a live phone specialist, capable
of answering questions about a variety of non-profit services and agencies. In
times of disaster, 211 can also be mobilized as a central point for disseminating
public information. Information is also available online at www.211sandiego.com.
In addition to 211, residents can also dial 511 for county traffic and transportation
information. Up-to-the-minute freeway driving times, transit route and rideshare
information, roadside assistance and more are available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, either on the phone or online at www.511sd.com.
Activated in February 2007, 511 is the result of a collaborative partnership
among SANDAG, Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit Service, the North County Transit
District, California Highway Patrol, and the San Diego Service Authority for
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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for residents to examine their lives and contemplate what is important. The City of Coronado offers a number of programs and resources that can help
residents improve their health, give back to the community and keep family members safe. Below are some ideas on how you can make a difference in your own life and the lives of others in 2008.
|Get in Shape for 2008:
Fitness Opportunities Abound
With every new year, Coronado residents reflect on what
changes they could make to enhance their personal way of
living. With obesity on the rise, making fitness a priority is more
important than ever. This time of year brings resolutions to
adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle, but failed resolutions are
common. Developing fitness routines for the long term can help.
Enjoyable, inexpensive activities like yoga on the beach or tennis
through the City’s Recreation Department, can be better choices
than using costly in-home equipment and gym memberships.
|Coronado residents enjoy
“The most successful fitness programs involve recreational
pursuits that are quick, fun and convenient,” according to
Linda Rahn, Coronado’s Director of Recreation Services. “In
Coronado, every day is an opportunity for residents to find a
fitness activity they can be passionate about.”
Recently, the Coronado Recreation Department expanded fitness
opportunities for residents. Parent and tot classes provide fun for
children as young as 18 months, while life-long fitness programs
teach teens to establish lasting healthy habits. Adults and seniors
can enjoy aerobics, aquatics and even an arthritis program.
The Coronado Community Center is open to all residents, who
may obtain daily, monthly and annual passes with various levels
of access. The Community Center is located at 1845 Strand Way.
For more information on the programs offered by the Recreation
Department and hours of operation, call 619.522.7342, or visit
the City’s Web site at www.coronado.ca.us.
Fitness Program Profile
||Life Long Fitness – A program to help
teens create a personal fitness plan based on individual needs.
(Q & A
with participant Cody Kitchener, age 14)
||How has Life Long
Fitness changed your fitness routine and lifestyle?
||Life Long Fitness has changed my fitness
routines and lifestyle by encouraging me to eat right, spend more
time on exercise, and to have fun when working out.
||What are some of
your fitness goals and how do you track your progress?
||I try to get more calories burned than the
last week. When doing a running workout, I try to push myself to a higher
speed each time, and when lifting weights, I try to go up five pounds each
We track our progress in class by filling out sheets of the distance
we ran that day, the calories burned, and the total amount of time spent
on the machines. At the end of each class, we graph the total calories
||What do you like most
about Life Long Fitness?
||program is the opportunity to use the gym equipment
in the recreation center normally reserved for adults. There is no competing
against other people, you work at your own pace, and everybody is the best
at what they are doing, rather than having one overall star of the program.
||Have you taken advantage
of any other fitness opportunities that the City of Coronado recreation
||The other fitness opportunities I have taken
advantage of are the tennis lessons and a kayaking and sailing course during
this past summer.
|Partnerships with Industry Creates a
Better Coronado Community
As another year begins,
opportunities to forge new
relationships, professionally and
socially, present themselves,
allowing individuals to learn from
each other and create a stronger
community. Society benefits
when people from different
backgrounds with different
skills come together to work
toward a common goal. The
City of Coronado recognizes the
importance of these relationships
and supports them through its
association with Partnerships
with Industry (PWI).
|A PWI team
helps with landscaping.
PWI provides job training and placement
services for adults with developmental
disabilities or those that have experienced
a life-altering change. Coronado has
been working with PWI since 2002 and is
committed to continuing the trend in 2008.
The Public Services Department employs
16 PWI clients, who assist in the removal of
litter and debris, cleaning of public spaces,
weed abatement and landscaping.
“The City of Coronado is proud of its
relationship with PWI,” said Director of
Public Services Scott Huth. “The PWI
teams are performing useful services to the
community while gaining exposure to the
work force and enjoying social interaction.”
The PWI clients work in teams, with two
teams of four working in the morning
and two teams of three working in the
afternoon. One team focuses on park and
beach maintenance and the other
begins on the 100 block of Orange
Avenue and works its way
through downtown doing general
maintenance. The teams are
accompanied by a PWI coach.
“There is a core group of
PWI clients who have been
working with the City since the
partnership was initiated,” said
Huth. “City employees have
formed meaningful relationships
with the teams and respect them
The City of Coronado has
other options to fill the services
provided by the PWI teams, such as hiring
seasonal employees. One of the benefits
of working with PWI is that it provides
training for its clients before they begin
working for the City. The teams contracted
through PWI also provides more of a
steady, long-term workforce. For more
information about the PWI program,
contact the Public Services Department at
Get Involved, Coronado
Residents looking for an opportunity to get involved and
make Coronado a better place can get started this year. The
City Council will be looking to fill upcoming vacancies this
year on the Park and Recreation Commission, Design Review
Commission, Library Board of Directors, Serra Cooperative
Library Advisory Board, Citizens’ Advisory Committee to the
CDA, Street Tree Committee, and as the City’s representative
to the Port District Public Art Committee. To apply, contact the
City Clerk’s Office at 619.522.7320.
Automated Recycling Coming
In December, the City Council approved implementation
of automated recycling in Coronado. In May, residents will
receive a blue recycling cart, similar to the size of a trash can,
to replace the green recycling tubs. The new carts will give
residents more capacity for their recyclables. Stay tuned
for more information in the next Currents and look for
informational flyers from EDCO in your recycling bins or tubs.
Coronado Fire Department
The recent wildfires in San Diego County are a stark reminder of
how important emergency preparedness is for households across
the region. As a new year begins, the Coronado Fire Department
recommends that residents take time to make sure their families are
adequately prepared to handle emergencies. Although the wildfires
did not directly affect the City of Coronado, some community
members were forced to evacuate from their places of business.
There was also an increase in hotel traffic as those forced out of their
homes came to the City for shelter. Likewise, many residents had
surprise house guests for a week or longer, until family or friends
could return to their neighborhoods.
“The October wildfires reached the coastline in some areas of
the county, reminding residents that when we are dealing with a
natural disaster, there is no guaranteed safe place,” said Coronado
Fire Chief Kim Raddatz. “Having a plan of action in place for your
family can save lives.”
were part of the massive effort to contain the Witch
fire, which burned many homes and estates like this one
To develop a safety plan, families or businesses should discuss
various emergencies and how to deal with unsafe conditions. First,
draw a floor plan of the home or business. The floor plan should
include a primary and secondary exit route from each room. The
location of any fire equipment or emergency preparedness kits
should also be marked, in addition to utility shut-off switches and
valves. An assembly point should also be determined to ensure
family members or employees have a place to meet once they are
outside the building. Exit routes should be physically inspected and
everyone who needs to use them should be able to.
“The Fire Department runs an excellent citizen-based program
called the Coronado Community Emergency Response Team,
CERT,” said Chief Raddatz. “Residents are encouraged to sign up
for winter courses that will prepare them to assist their families and
the community in the event of an emergency.”
CERT is a program that trains citizens to prepare for – and respond
safely to – disasters. The goal is to better prepare the community for
disasters and to help serve neighborhoods when emergency services
are overwhelmed. After training, CERT members are able to assist
others by applying their basic response and organizational skills.
CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.
JOIN THE CORONADO COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
AND BE PREPARED!
To register for these free classes, or for more information, please contact the Coronado Fire Department at 619.522.7374. All modules run
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
|1. January 30
||An introduction to the CERT program
|2. February 6
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher use
|3. February 13
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing treatment areas,
treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock
|4. February 20
||Light Search & Rescue
||Planning, techniques and rescuer safety
|5. February 27
||Terrorism, Disaster Psychology, Team Organization
||Symptoms experienced by victims & rescuers.
The Fire Department also offers one-day classes on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CPR training is
offered on January 26, February 26, and March 29.
| New Web Site Coming Soon
The City of Coronado is proud to announce that it will launch a new version
of its Web site during the first quarter of 2008. Sample images are shown
|The site will feature
new imagery and a user-friendly layout that will allow residents to easily
navigate through the site to find the information they need quickly and
||The goal of the revised
layout is to allow residents to find what they need online in three mouse
clicks or less.
“More residents are turning to the Internet to find information
about valuable City services and processes,” said City Manager
Mark Ochenduszko. “The City’s new Web site will serve this need
by making pertinent information more accessible.”
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A Star, Coronado
Coronado’s famous landmarks have been
a part of motion pictures and professional
photography for decades. Sharing
Coronado’s unique village atmosphere with
the world has helped the City secure its
place in cinematic history, but maintaining
a safe and tranquil community holds far
more importance. To minimize potential
impacts, the City has developed a policy for
filming and photography in Coronado.
“The City does not actively seek
opportunities to bring films or photo shoots
to the community,” said City Manager Mark
Ochenduszko. “All requests are looked at on
a case-by-case basis.”
Permits from the City are required for all
filming on public property. Filming on
private property also requires a permit if
conditions could affect the public, such as
disrupting the normal flow of traffic. Any
filming that exposes property or persons
to the risk of physical damage must have a
permit, regardless of the location.
Before any filming or photography can
begin, an application for a permit must be
submitted to the City Manager’s Office.
The application is collectively evaluated by
the Police, Fire, Public Services, Recreation
and Engineering Departments to assess
what, if any, impacts the proposed shoot
may have on the community’s quality of life
or capital improvement projects.
If a permit is issued, the applicant pays
fees based on the location. Parking fees
and reimbursement for City personnel,
such as police and public services staff, are
also applied. Applicants must also provide
liability insurance and sign a waiver.
For more information on filming permits,
contact the City Manager’s Office at
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