2 Coronado Capital Improvement Projects Update
3 Host Your Special Event in a Special Place
4 Taking Care of Coronado’s Sewer System
5 A Message from the Coronado Fire Department – Life on the Beach
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Items to Recycle
in Blue Cart


Newspaper/mixed paper/ junk mail
Cardboard
Steel and tin
Aluminum cans
Glass bottles and jars
Plastic bottles
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


Larger carts will provide added space
for residents to recycle more items.
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 materials.

“The automated recycling program will provide residents with larger containers, allowing more recycling space,” said Director of Public Services Scott Huth. “City officials are working closely with EDCO to ensure a seamless transition for residents from the old ‘green tub’ recycling system to the new ‘blue cart’ automated system.” 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 life.”

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 http://www.edcodisposal.com.


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CORONADO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS UPDATE
Lifeguard Support Building
This visual simulation shows the design
of the 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.

Plans were issued in late February 2008. Construction will start in May and be completed in time for the summer 2009 season.

Boat House/Club Room
The new Boat House/Club Room will
be located in Glorietta Bay Park.
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.


Coronado 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.

What is LEED?
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 First Street.


Lawn Bowling

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.

Yacht Club
Promenade, Marina
Support Building
This visual simulation shows
the public art sculptures that
will decorate the Yacht Club Promenade.
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.

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 Tent City.

Work is anticipated to begin in early May with completion by May 2009.

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Host Your Next Special Event in a Special Place
Tidelands Park is a beautiful setting for any special event.
Many Coronado residents take advantage of the warm summer weather by holding special events at the City’s parks and beaches.

“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 applicable fees.

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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A Few Reminders from the Coronado Fire Department:

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 beachgoers.

The Central Beach Lifeguard Tower
will help lifeguards keep residents and
visitors safe while they enjoy the beach.
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 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- 7897.

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 residency.

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.
Module Class Title Description
1. May 31 Disaster Preparedness 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.

Q. What is the difference between the two laws?   Q: Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?
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 covered.
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, 2008. A: Yes.
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 situation.

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