New Law Helps
Eyes on the Road
Laws related to cell phone use while
driving just got a little more strict.
Effective January 1, 2009, it is illegal
to read or send text messages or emails
while driving in California.
“These laws are put into effect to
encourage drivers to keep their
hands on the wheel and their eyes
on the road,” said Police Chief Lou
Drivers caught texting will be fined
$20 for a first offense. A $50 fine
will be imposed for repeat offenders
using any electronic devices to read
or send text messages. For more
information or questions about the
new law, contact the Coronado
Police Department at 619.522.7350.
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|Residents Support Lending
a Hand to Sharp Coronado
After the dust settled on
Election Day 2008, it
was easy to see what the
holds dear. Nearly 80
percent of residents voted
yes on Proposition F,
the Coronado Hospital
Residents support the
Agency’s (CDA) purchase
of the Sharp Coronado
Hospital property from
the Coronado Hospital
Sharp Coronado Hospital provides quality health care services locally.
“The overwhelming support for Proposition
F made a statement and City officials heard
it loud and clear,” said City Manager Mark
Ochenduszko. “Coronado residents believe
that keeping Sharp Coronado Hospital open
is imperative to preserving the quality of life
in the community.”
The terms of the agreement help keep Sharp
Coronado Hospital open by providing funds
for hospital capital improvement projects.
The CDA will purchase the hospital property
from the Coronado Hospital Foundation
for $20.1 million, to be paid over a 15-year
term. In addition, a forgivable $7 million
loan from the CDA will fund hospital capital
“This agreement will help ensure residents
receive health care from their own high quality,
hospital,” Ochenduszko continued. “The
City gains a valuable asset and Coronado
families will continue to have access to
superior health care services.”
The CDA’s payments will allow the
Foundation to continue its philanthropic
purpose to support operations of the
hospital. The CDA will lease the property
back to the Foundation for $1 a year so
that it can continue to lease the property
to Sharp Coronado Hospital for $1 a year.
The CDA also amended its existing owner
participation agreements by reducing the
Foundation’s obligations to match the
City’s loan from 100 percent to 50 percent.
In addition, the CDA eliminated the
requirement that all matching funds from
the Foundation are to be limited to the
acquisition, construction and installation
of capital improvements at the hospital.
By eliminating the Foundation’s matching
obligation toward capital improvements,
more of the Foundation’s financial resources
can be devoted to supporting the operations
of the hospital.
For more information about the Coronado
Hospital Foundation property purchase,
contact the CDA at 619.522.7335.
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|The Village Theater to Make a Hollywood Comeback
Coronado’s historic Village Theater may soon be reliving its glory
days. In 2008, the City’s Community Development Agency (CDA)
agreed to fund the renovation of the theater with a $2.675 million
grant and to allow Five Star Theatres to open and operate the
theater under a long-term lease with the current owner.
“Reopening the theater will help preserve some of Coronado’s
history and enhance the unique charm of the
village,” according to Rachel Hurst, Director
of Community Development, Redevelopment
and Housing Services. “Residents will once
again be able to enjoy first-run movies in their
The Village Theater is the only movie theater
in the City of Coronado. It opened in March
1947 and, a year later, featured film classics such
as Key Largo, Fort Apache and Easter Parade.
In 1949, the Village Theater hosted the world
premiere for the movie Hell Divers, starring Wallace Beery and
Clark Gable. The movie was filmed at North Island. The theater
closed in 2000, forcing residents to travel outside of the City to see
the latest movies.
|1962 Coronado Film Festival
The renovation is expected to take up to 18 months. In addition to
the CDA grant, Five Star will contribute the costs to replace theater
fixtures and equipment. The facade of the theater
will be restored to its original appearance and the
inside of the theater will be completely renovated.
The design goals are to keep the 1940s era look and
feel alive inside the theater.
Upon completion, the Village Theater will hold up
to three screens with state-of-the-art acoustics.
For more information on the renovation of the
Village Theater, contact the CDA at 619.522.7335.
All photos courtesy of the Coronado Historical Association
New Cable Options Offer Residents More Choices
Coronado residents are beginning to enjoy
more options when it comes to channel
surfing. In 2008, Time Warner and AT&T
were awarded state franchise agreements by
the California Public Utilities Commission.
Under the new statewide agreements, Time
Warner and AT&T can offer cable services to
any city they choose – and they both chose
“The City had a local franchise agreement with Time Warner
that began in 1990,” said City Manager Mark Ochenduszko.
“The new agreement will allow residents the opportunity to
select the cable provider that best suits their needs.”
Past law dictated that cable providers
enter into local franchise agreements with
individual cities to install the necessary
infrastructure for cable service. Time
Warner will continue to offer its cable
services throughout the City. For more
information about Time Warner Cable,
contact the company at 619.435.0157.
AT&T began offering service in some areas of Coronado in June
2008. Once AT&T has completed its infrastructure in the City,
it will offer service to all residents. For more information or to
find out when services will become available, contact AT&T at
858.495.3996 or 800.ATT.2020.
State Budget Problems Can Trickle Down
The City of Coronado is
dedicated to acting in a fiscally
prudent and sound manner with
the community’s resources.
However, when the State
of California is in financial
turmoil like it is today, local
municipalities are often called
upon to give up resources to
help the State cover its revenue
shortfalls. In the past, these have
come in the form of new fees or
charges that the City must pay, or
direct impacts from revenue take
“During the serious state deficit problem in 1992, the State
enacted legislation that placed ongoing financial responsibility
on local governments to fund K-12 education,” said Leslie
Suelter, Director of Administrative Services. “Every year,
a portion of Coronado’s property tax revenue is shifted to
the State to finance the Educational Revenue Augmentation
Roughly a total of $25.1 million, or $1.5 million a year, of
Coronado’s property taxes have gone to ERAF since that time.
Over the years, the State has provided fiscal relief to cities by
funding new initiatives that offset or mitigate some of the
property tax losses.
As California enters a new financial
crisis, the City anticipates that
there will be additional impacts
to the City. This year the State
turned to redevelopment agencies
to provide additional funding to
ERAF, and Coronado’s Community
Development Agency was assessed
$1 million. This $1 million loss
means less funding available for
School District and City capital
improvement projects. With the
continued decline in State revenues,
it is anticipated that further
impacts to cities and other local
governments will be forthcoming.
“One of the City’s core principles is to be responsible and
conservative with financial resources,” confirmed Suelter.
“Because the City has stood firmly by that principle,
Coronado residents will face fewer impacts from these state
actions than other cities.”
No City resources or services will be cut back or closed in the
foreseeable future. The City will continue to closely monitor
the State budget crisis and take any needed steps to preserve
the General Fund. For more information on the City budget,
contact the City Manager’s office at 619.522.7335.
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|Being a Good Neighbor: Street Sweeping
|The City of Coronado prides itself on keeping the community
clean and safe for residents. In addition to City services,
there are still small things that residents can do to ensure
Coronado’s village atmosphere is up to the standards the
community deserves. One of those things is becoming
familiar with the City street sweeping schedule so that curbs
are car-free on each neighborhood’s designated day.
“Residents can help the City keep the streets clean by
observing the regular street sweeping schedule,” said Scott
Huth, Director of Public Services. “Debris is often caught
behind tires and if the street sweeper cannot reach it, it can
end up in a neighbor’s yard.”
The majority of the village is swept on Mondays and
Tuesdays. Orange Avenue and Ocean Boulevard are swept
daily. The street sweeping schedule is available on the City’s
website (www.coronado.ca.us) or by calling the Public
Services department at 619.522.7380. They will also do its
best to let callers know the approximate time their street will
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|With the winter season upon us, it’s time to think about how to
add some extra heat to your home. Many of us light fires in the
fireplace or plug in space heaters this time of year; however, they
are a major factor in preventable residential fires. The Coronado
Fire Department has provided the following helpful safety tips
to make your home safer during the winter season. Please follow
these safety tips to maintain a fire-safe home this winter:
Fireplaces, Furnaces & Space Heaters
- Have your chimney professionally inspected annually and
cleaned if necessary, especially if it has not been used in some
time. Make sure the flue pipe and pipe seams are inspected
and are well-supported and free of holes and cracks. Soot
along or around seams can indicate a leak.
- Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire in a
fireplace or wood stove.
- Don’t use excessive amounts of paper to build roaring fires
in fireplaces. Overbuilding the fire could ignite creosote in
- Keep flammable materials away from your fireplace mantel. A
spark from the fireplace could easily ignite these materials.
- If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the
package. Never break a synthetic log apart to quicken the
fire, and never use more than one log at a time. They often
burn unevenly, releasing higher levels of carbon monoxide.
- It’s important that you have your furnace inspected to
ensure that it is in good working condition. Inspect the
walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney
line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe
insulation or clearance may be required.
- Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in
proper working condition.
- Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt
repairs yourself unless you are qualified.
- If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the
circuit. Use only extension cords that have the necessary
rating to carry the amp load and are the same size or larger
than the appliance electrical cord.
Other Fire Safety Tips
- If windows are used as emergency exits in your home,
practice using them in the event of a fire. Be sure that
all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are
- If there is a fire hydrant near your home, you can assist the
fire department by keeping the hydrant clear of obstacles so
it can be easily located.
- Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm,
and be sure to check it on a monthly basis.
- Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.
- Contact the Coronado Fire Department if you have a
question on home fire safety. They can be reached at
(Coronado Emergency Response Team)
of Fall 2008
Arie Cady, Clarence Freeman, Charee Cady,
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.
||An introduction to the
|2. January 31
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing
treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding
||Light Search & Rescue
and rescuer safety
||Terrorism, Disaster Psychology,
by victims & rescuers.
CPR Schedule: All classes are held Jan. 14, Feb. 28, March 19
from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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|Being prepared for an emergency is part of our everyday
lives. Below are some emergency preparedness tips from the
Coronado Fire Department. Contact the Fire Department
Disaster Preparedness Division at 619.522.7378 to obtain
more information or a complete list of recommended
emergency kit items.
In any emergency situation, family and members of the
household come first. When preparing for an emergency,
keep a few things in mind:
To be prepared, speak with your family and immediate
neighbors about your emergency plan. Below are some
suggestions to consider in your emergency plan:
- You may be separated from each other.
- You may not be able to communicate.
- Power supplies may be cut.
- Decide how best to stay in touch with family members
in an emergency situation.
- If not at home, agree how you will contact each other,
who will pick up the children from school, and who
will check on elderly or disabled family members or
- If separated, decide on a member of your family
(preferably living in another location) who you will all
contact to let everyone know you are safe.
- Agree on a place where you will all meet if separated.
Store Important Documents Safely
It’s a good idea to keep the following in a waterproof
container or small portable safe in a safe place where it can
easily be retrieved:
- Birth & marriage certificates
- Insurance papers
Learn Some Basic First Aid
Knowing the basics of first aid can save lives in an emergency.
Basic courses are offered regularly by the Coronado Fire
Department, American Red Cross and at many community
colleges. Contact the Coronado Fire Department at
619.522.7378 if you would like more information.
Prepare An Emergency Kit & Keep It Handy
The following items may help you stay safe in emergency
- Battery-operated radio (with spare batteries).
- First aid kit and manual.
- Medication, toiletry and sanitary supplies.
- Special needs for infants, the elderly and family
members with disabilities.
- Spare clothes and sleeping bags for each family member.
- Mobile phone, charger and spare battery.
- Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents
- Copies of important family documents (birth
certificates, passports and licenses).
- Contact details for your agreed-upon family contact.
What To Do If You Have To Remain in Your
Home For a Period of Days
Ensure the following are available in your home in the event
of an emergency where power, gas and water supplies have
It is also important to know how to turn off electricity, gas
and water supplies in your home.
- Essential supplies (food and water) for up to three days.
- Duct tape and a sheet of plastic to seal windows, scissors
and a Swiss army knife.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Flashlight and spare batteries.
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Hotel del Coronado Amended Master Plan
The Hotel del Coronado’s Amended Master Plan has been all the
buzz in the community over the past year. The numerous public
hearings that have been held on the project captured the attention
of residents throughout the City. Though it is not a City project,
officials understand that the hotel is a community landmark and
plans related to the property are of interest to residents.
|Graphic rendering of new
The Hotel del Coronado is ready to move forward with the second
phase of its Master Plan. The City has already granted all of the
necessary discretionary permits for the project.
Plans for this phase include:
The project is still under review by the California Coastal
Commission. For more information, a complete set of the plans is
available for review at City Hall.
- New conference center and 144 additional guestrooms.
- New signalized main entry at Orange Avenue and Avenida
- Reduction in the amount of the site devoted to surface parking,
with the majority of the parking in underground structures.
- Increase in the amount of the site devoted to landscaping,
restoring the hotel’s garden setting.
- Restoration of the facade of the main hotel and re-creation of
the historic front porch.
- Relocation and extension of the Paseo del Mar walkway
to provide a continuous accessible beachfront pathway,
connecting to the boardwalk in front of the Coronado Shores
property. When completed, the boardwalk will extend from
Ocean Boulevard to Avenida Lunar.
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