Items to Recycle
in Blue Cart
||Newspaper/mixed paper/ junk mail
||Steel and tin
||Glass bottles and jars
||Jugs and jars labeled “1” and “2”
||All beverage containers labeled CA Cash Refund
or CA Redemption Value (CRV)
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|Coronado Goes Green
with Blue Carts
Preserving and protecting the
environment have taken center stage
across the globe in recent years. The
City of Coronado is continuing to
promote a cleaner environment by
partnering with EDCO to enhance its
recycling program by implementing
the automated collection of recyclable
|Larger carts will provide added space
for residents to
recycle more items.
said Director of
“City officials are
with EDCO to
ensure a seamless
the old ‘green
system to the new ‘blue cart’
Each single family residence will
receive a 65-gallon blue, wheeled
recycling cart with a hinged lid. In
limited cases, a smaller, 35-gallon cart is
available. On the designated collection
day, containers should be placed in
their regular collection area (curbside
or in the alley) and returned to their
proper storage area after pickup.
“The size of the blue carts will allow
the program to expand as new
recyclable materials are identified,”
said Huth. “The program will also
provide other benefits that will
improve the community’s quality of
One of the benefits includes reducing litter in the neighborhood,
since recyclables will be held in a closed container. Another
is improving curbside aesthetics by replacing the smaller open
tubs with a uniform appearance of fully sealed, covered carts.
In addition, rodents will be deterred and odors eliminated
by providing carts with lids.
Prior to program implementation on
May 12, all single-family residences
will be notified by mail. At the point
of delivery, each cart will include a
supplemental information packet.
For more information, please contact
the Public Services Department at
(619) 522.7380 or visit the Coronado
service section of EDCO’s website at
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|Lifeguard Support Building
The need for a lifeguard services support building was identified
in the Beach Master Plan Study, which the Council approved in
2003. The building is to be constructed with a rock veneer to
match the Central Beach Restroom, which will help it to blend
with the existing rocks lining Ocean Blvd. The interior will
provide an office, locker room, showers, and a restroom for
the lifeguards. Scuba gear, rescue paddleboards, beach wheelchairs,
and a lifeguard vehicle will be located inside, along with lifesaving
equipment such as a personal watercraft for shore rescues and
an inflatable boat for offshore work.
|This visual simulation
shows the design
of the Lifeguard Support Building.
Plans were issued in late February
2008. Construction will start in May
and be completed in time for the
summer 2009 season.
This is the final phase of the Glorietta Bay Civic Center
and Promenade project. This building will be located in
Glorietta Bay Park and will be approximately 4,800 square
feet. As the name suggests, one portion of the building
will house non-motorized watercraft such as kayaks and
rowing sculls. The other part will be a community room
where Recreation staff will conduct camp programs and
host teen events. A parking lot will provide parents a
place to park while they drop off or pick up their children.
It is anticipated the plans will be ready for Council
approval in late spring 2008. Construction should be completed
by the start of summer 2009.
|The new Boat House/Club Room
be located in
Glorietta Bay Park.
Rotary Plaza Project
|Plans for this project would enlarge
the existing Coronado Rotary Park, including the
construction of an enhanced plaza area with decorative
paving and landscaping, and improvements to traffic
circulation and pedestrian safety. The project also
includes improvements to the aesthetics and efficiency
of the Isabella Avenue parking median.
The U.S. Green Building Council
was formed in 1993 to promote green
buildings in an effort to reduce energy
consumption. The Council’s first
action was to develop Leadership
in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED), a voluntary rating
program with the goal of evaluating
environmental performance from
a wide building perspective over
a building’s life cycle, providing a
definitive standard for what constitutes
a “green building.”
As the schematic designs of the new
Animal Care Facility, Boat House/
Club Room, and Tennis Center are
in the initial stages, City officials are
considering implementing the LEED
program for the new buildings on a
trial basis. Efforts may be expanded to
other City projects in the future.
Animal Care Facility
The new Animal Care Facility will be
located at 1395 First Street, replacing
the former animal care facility on Sixth
Street. The new facility will maintain
the current level of service, plus provide
additional program space for medical
treatment, grooming, and separate
adoption and quarantine rooms, which
had been requested by the Pacific
Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
Per the Council’s direction, the
building is to be designed to
meet Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) silver
certification (see story on the left).
The building has been approved by
the Design Review Commission and
is scheduled to be considered by the
California Coastal Commission in the
near future. Plans are anticipated to
be completed in summer 2008 and
construction started in the fall with
completion due in May 2009.
|The new Animal Care Facility will be located at 1395
This exciting project will restore the
former lawn bowling green located
at Seventh Street and D Avenue to
a “tournament-caliber” bowling
green using an artificial surface.
The existing concrete walkway will
also be upgraded around the Senior
Center, ensuring all surfaces are in
compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act requirements. Staff
is currently reviewing the plans,
specifications and cost estimate. The
project should be under construction
by summer 2008.
Cays Pump Station Rehabilitation
The Coronado Cays Main Pump
Station is being rehabilitated to
include installation of new pumps,
piping, controls and electrical
systems. It is located on Coronado
Cays Boulevard (adjacent to Coronado
Cays Park North) and transports
wastewater from the Coronado
Cays beneath the Silver Strand to
the overall City sewer system. The
project will replace the aging and
faltering pumps currently in use at the
station and incorporate logistical and
aesthetic improvements to the station
itself, including a new rolling gate and
driveway entrance. Completion is
scheduled by July 2008.
In partnership with the San Diego Port District,
the City of Coronado will be improving the area between City
Hall, past the Coronado Tennis Center, and San Luis Rey Avenue
with a landscaped pedestrian promenade and bike path. Strand
Way will be relocated and repaved into a two-way street.
|This visual simulation shows
the public art sculptures
will decorate the Yacht Club Promenade.
The City portion of the project, the Marina Support Building,
will be a 2,900-square-foot, two-story building composed of
materials similar to City Hall to blend into the Civic Center
design. It will house locker rooms, a laundry facility, public
restrooms and storage for the Marina patrons. The second floor
will house the Marina manager and two additional office spaces
for related operations.
To the west of the building will be two public art sculptures
by Todd Stands. The sculptures consist of concrete walls covered
by photographic tiles that will depict what life was like in
Work is anticipated to begin in early May with completion by
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|Host Your Next Special Event
in a Special Place
Many Coronado residents take advantage of the warm summer weather by
holding special events at the City’s parks and beaches.
is a beautiful setting for any special event.
“Coronado has a lot to offer in terms of recreational spaces,” said Linda Rahn,
Director of Recreation Services. “We encourage everyone to enjoy these
amenities, and that starts by
getting a permit.”
The City issues permits on
a first-come, first-served
basis. Permits are required
to set up special equipment
and for groups of more than
25. Applications must be
submitted at least 10 working
days prior to the event. A
permit will be issued once the
City has received a certificate
of insurance, proof of
residency, signed contracts and
To learn more, call the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342 or visit www.
coronado.ca.us. To obtain a permit for Tidelands Park, call (619) 686-6225.
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|Sewer System Maintenance
|The Coronado Public Services Department would like to remind
residents what to do when they have sewage problems and
how to avoid them in the future.
The City is responsible for maintaining 17 sewer pump stations and more
than 45 miles of underground sewer pipeline. Local homeowners are
responsible for the pipes on their property up to the point where they connect
to the City’s sewer main in the center of the street or alley.
“When in doubt, homeowners should contact Public Services or a licensed
plumber,” said Scott Huth, the City’s Director of Public Services. “But first,
they should contain the spill and discontinue water use.”
To avoid common sewer problems, residents should practice responsible habits
and perform regular maintenance on their sewer laterals. Frequent snaking
and hydro-blasting help prevent spills, which can be caused by dumping
cooking grease and non-soluble materials like rags into the sewer system.
For more information, contact the Department of Public Services
at (619) 522-7380.
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Life on the Beach
The Coronado Fire Department wants residents to be aware of
the latest buildings and activities on the beach, designed to
serve and protect the community.
The City recently
replaced the Lifeguard
Division’s old tower,
which was condemned
due to structural failure.
The new Central Beach
Lifeguard Tower features a patient care
area, security cameras and communication
devices, such as telephones, radios and
a public address system. The tower was
designed to minimize building height and
maximize its aesthetic appeal.
Coronado’s lifeguards have also benefitted
from improved mobility. Subaru donated
four 2009 Foresters to help the Lifeguard
Division patrol the beach. These lowemission
vehicles also save on fuel costs.
Additionally, wheelchairs donated by
Accessible San Diego have helped improve
mobility for disabled
This year, the Fire
Department plans to
recruit as many as 10
seasonal lifeguards to
monitor Coronado Beach.
Applicants must complete
Miramar College’s San
Diego Regional Lifeguard
Academy and undergo
advanced CPR and first
aid training. Lifeguard
testing will take place on May 13 at 10 a.m.
at the Central Beach Tower. For more
information, please call (619) 522-7346.
|The Central Beach Lifeguard Tower
will help lifeguards
keep residents and
visitors safe while they enjoy the
The Junior Lifeguard program teaches CPR
and first aid skills, water safety, physical
fitness, and environmental awareness to
children ages 9–17. The Surf Awareness
program offers games and educational
activities for children ages 6–8. Participants
must pass a swimming test and register
through the Recreation Department. For
more information, please call (619) 522-
Hazardous Waste Collection
Many household products seem
harmless, but cleaning agents and
materials like batteries and pesticides
contain dangerous chemicals that can
harm sanitation workers, start fires,
and cause pollution.
Residents can safely dispose of
hazardous products at the Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection
site in the alley by the Coronado Fire
Department, between 10 a.m. and
2 p.m. every Saturday, except on
holiday weekends. Products should
be tightly sealed in their containers
and should not exceed five gallons. A
driver’s license is required to establish
The HHW collection site will
not accept explosives, radioactive
materials, medical or business waste.
To learn more about this service, call
(619) 522-7380 or www.coronado.ca.us
CORONADO COMMUNITY EMERGENCY
RESPONSE TEAM SCHEDULE
To register for these free classes, or for more information,
please contact the Coronado Fire Department at 619.522.7374.
All classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
|1. May 31
||An introduction to the CERT program
|2. June 7
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher use
|3. June 14
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing treatment areas,
treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock
|4. June 21
||Light Search & Rescue
||Planning, techniques and rescuer safety
|5. June 28
||Terrorism, Disaster Psychology, Team Organization
||Symptoms experienced by victims & rescuers.
CPR Schedule: May 17, June
26, July 26, August 12
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| The Buzz on New Cell Phone Laws
As of July 1, 2008, two new laws will go into effect to
regulate the use of wireless telephones while driving. To help
residents prepare themselves and their families for the new
rules, Coronado Police Chief Lou Scanlon is setting the record
straight on some of the facts residents need to know.
What is the difference between the two laws?
Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing
a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on
|A: The first prohibits all drivers from
using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a
motor vehicle. Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free
device. The second states that drivers under the age of
18 may not use a wireless telephone or hands-free device
while operating a motor vehicle.
||A: The new law does not prohibit dialing,
but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.
|Q: What if I need
to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not
have a hands-free device?
||Q: Will it be
legal to use a Bluetooth or other earpiece?
|A: The law allows a driver to use a wireless
telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement
agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other
emergency services agency.
||A: Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears
|Q: Will there
be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?
||Q: Does the new
hands-free law allow you to use the speakerphone function
of your wireless telephone while driving?
|A: No. The law takes effect on July 1,
|Q: Are passengers
affected by this law?
||Q: May drivers
under 18 use the hands-free feature while driving if the
car has the feature built in?
|A: No. This law
only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.
||A: No. The law
prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type
of wireless device while driving, except in an emergency
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