The Coronado Cays storm drain
rehabilitation project is complete.
This project was designed to repair
storm drains in the Coronado Cays
development that have off-set joints,
sags, and deteriorated sea wall
penetrations. The fi nal phase of the
project consisted of installing state-ofthe-
art fi berglass linings in the storm
drain piping, which is less disruptive to
residents than traditional excavation
and piping replacement.
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|Where Does Your Property
Tax Dollar Go?
Property taxes help fund a number of vital state, county and city services. The City receives
only $.26 of every dollar from property taxes paid by Coronado residents. The remaining
$.74 is divided among other government agencies, as shown below:
Some City services are supported entirely by fees and charges for service. These include the
wastewater and Coronado golf course enterprise activities.
For more information about property taxes or the City's budget, please contact the
Administrative Services Department at 619.522.7300 or visit www.coronado.ca.us.
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|City Paves Way for Smooth Rides
More than 2 million visitors travel to
Coronado each year. This means a lot of
wear and tear on City streets. But thanks
to the City's proactive road maintenance
program, residents rarely notice a bump in
This year, the City will be
resurfacing the following streets:
- First Street from D Avenue to
East End cul de sac
- Second Street from A Avenue
to Orange Avenue
- Park Place from Isabella
Avenue to Star Park Circle
- Aruba Bend from cul de sac
to cul de sac
- St. Christopher Lane from
Aruba Bend to end
"As part of its preventive maintenance
program, each year approximately onesixth
of the City's streets receive a slurry
seal," said Director of Engineering Ed
Walton. "The program is essential to
ensure that the 40 miles of roads are
periodically revitalized, extending their life
and time between major resurfacing."
The slurry seal is a thin asphalt emulsion
that is spread over the existing street surface
to seal the roadway surface and cracks,
revitalize the asphalt and improve
traction. The City also performs major
rehabilitation on streets which are cracked
and/or structurally defi cient. The City
works with Caltrans, which owns and
operates the two most traveled roads in
Coronado, SR 75 and SR 282, in order to
In addition to pavement rehabilitation, the
City also makes repairs to sidewalks, curbs,
gutters, cross gutters, pedestrian ramps,
street lights, and street signage.
For more information on road
maintenance in Coronado, please
contact the Engineering Department
at 619.522.7383. To report a pothole
or other street, street light, or sidewalk
problem, please contact the Public Services
Department at 619.522.7380.
Automated Trash Collection
Program Begins this Fall
After enjoying great success with the
automated recycling program, Coronado is
moving to the next step: automated trash
collection. The City Council voted earlier
this year to partner with EDCO on an
automated trash collection program that
begins this fall.
"The positive feedback we received from
residents about the automated recycling
program made it clear that the community
would welcome a more effi cient trash
collection program as well," said Scott
Huth, Director of Public Services.
Coronado customers will be provided
with a wheeled gray trash container with
a hinged lid to replace their current trash
cans. With the capacity of three metal trash
cans, the new 95-gallon containers should
meet or exceed current capacity for the
majority of users. Old cans can be used for
green waste or EDCO will pick them up at
The new service will maximize route
effi ciencies and reduce truck trips by
making a small adjustment to collection
days. The collection day for residents in
the Country Club area will change from
Monday to Friday. As with the current
pickup schedule, trash, green waste and
recycled materials will be picked up on the
Like the recycling program, this new
program offers several community benefi ts.
The hinged lids on the containers will
mitigate trash runoff into the storm drains,
prevent litter and debris from spreading
on City streets,
and deter vector
nuisances, such as
rats. The uniform
the containers on
collection day will also contribute positively
to the aesthetics of neighborhoods. Finally,
the City and EDCO hope that the new
containers will encourage residents
to separate their trash, recyclables, and
EDCO will notify residents and businesses
when the containers will be delivered.
For more information, contact the Public
Services Department at 619.522.7380 or
visit the Coronado services section of
EDCO's website at www.edcodisposal.com.
A Reminder About Coronado's Color-Coded Curbs
Anyone who has spent time walking or driving along Orange
Avenue has surely noticed the various colored curbs that are present
throughout the City. While the colorful curbs are an important
means for conveying parking restrictions in Coronado, they can be
confusing. In order to clear things up, below are brief descriptions
of curb markings and exactly what they mean.
The most well-known color of all of the curbs would
have to be red. A red curb denotes a fire lane. No
stopping, standing or parking is allowed at any time,
except for emergency vehicles such as fire, police, and paramedics.
Loading zones are designated with a yellow curb. A
loading zone means vehicles can stop to load and
unload passengers, materials, or freight for a period
of time not to exceed 20 minutes. Typically, loading zones operate
between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, except for Sundays and holidays,
unless otherwise specifi ed by signage. Taxicabs may only stand or
park in loading zones marked as taxicab stands.
Three-minute passenger loading and unloading zones
are designated with white curbs. Passenger loading
zones operate 24 hours a day except as follows:
Blue curb zones are reserved 24 hours a day for
vehicles of the physically disabled or handicapped.
Vehicles parking in these zones must be marked with
the distinguishing license plate or placard issued to qualifi ed drivers
or passengers, in accordance with the Vehicle Code. Any person
who qualifi es for issuance of the license plate or placard may apply
to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. It is unlawful for
any other vehicle to stop, stand or park in a blue curb zone.
- In front of theaters: operative between 1 p.m. and midnight on
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and between 6 a.m. and 12
a.m. all other days of the week.
- In front of nursery and elementary schools: operative between 7
a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Green curb zones are used to designate areas for shortterm
parking where a fast turnover rate is desirable to
facilitate activity at nearby properties. A vehicle may
remain parked in a green curb zone for up to 12 minutes, unless
otherwise indicated. A green curb zone is typically found in front
of the following locations:
Curb designations are determined by the City Council. Vehicle
operators who violate the zone regulations may be ticketed or
have their vehicle impounded at the owner's expense. If you have
questions about the current curb markings, or would like additional
information, contact the Engineering Department at 619.522.7383.
- A public building.
- A quasi-public building, such as a utility company office.
- A commercial building frequented by a large number of quickstop
customers, such as a bank.
Coronado Rotary Plaza Opens
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held
for Coronado's Rotary Plaza on July 22.
Located at the intersection of Orange
Avenue, Isabella Avenue and Park Place,
Coronado Rotary Plaza is designed to
improve traffi c circulation and pedestrian
safety through the intersection. The project
included the expansion of Coronado
Rotary Park, which has been home to the
Star Pine Christmas tree since the Rotary
Club planted it in 1936. The plaza includes
decorative paving, landscaping, additional
bench seating, and a water fountain
dedicated by the Rotary Club of Coronado
to the late Rotarian, Dr. James P. Vernetti.
Did you know that Rotary
Plaza offers a free local Wi-Fi
Coronado Rotary Plaza will be the
centerpiece of many civic events such as the
Holiday Open House, Motorcars on Main
Street, and Downtown Goes Ghostly. It
also serves as a community gathering space
where residents and visitors can enjoy a
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Fire Safety: Outdoor Cooking & Grilling
The use of open-fl ame cooking can be a fun
and enjoyable experience. However, it is
important to follow basic safety practices.
Listed below are some basic safety guidelines
designed to make the outdoor cooking
experience a fun, safe and enjoyable event
for the entire family.
|Safety is a key ingredient to successful grilling.
- Make sure that your grill is
in good working order.
- Keep a bucket of water
or sand, or a garden
hose nearby in case of
- Open-flame cooking
devices should not be
located on combustible
balconies or within
10 feet of combustible
- Use only enough charcoal
to cover the base of the grill to a depth of
approximately two inches.
- Keep children and pets away from the
- When you have fi nished cooking, make
sure the grill is cool before attempting to
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Never put ashes straight into a trash
- Never light a grill indoors!
- Bottled gas grills need special care when
being turned on and off.
- Make sure the bottle is turned completely
off before changing the gas cylinder.
- Change gas cylinders in the open air.
- When you have fi nished cooking, turn
off the gas cylinder before you turn off
the grill controls to ensure any gas in the
pipeline is used up.
If you suspect a leak to the gas cylinder or
Storing Gas Cylinders
- Brush soapy water around all joints and
watch for bubbles.
- If you fi nd a leaky joint, try to tighten it,
but do not over-tighten.
- Store gas cylinders outside.
- Keep gas cylinders away from frost and
- Never store gas cylinders under the stairs
of your home. The stairs are a fi re escape
for those upstairs.
Fire Department Welcomes
New Fire Truck
In July, the Coronado Fire Department received the long-awaited
Tiller Quint fi re truck, which is a multi-function truck named for
the fi ve main functions it provides: pump, water tank, fi re hose,
aerial device and ground ladders. The Tiller Quint
has a 103-foot aerial ladder that allows fi refi ghters
to access rooftops and areas of buildings that were
previously unreachable. The Tiller Quint can also
operate its own water supply functions through its
built-in water tank and pump.
The Tiller provides the rear of the truck with its
own separate steering wheel, which allows more
maneuverability on narrow streets.
If you would like to see the Tiller Quint up close,
it will be on display at the Fire Department Open
House, held at 1001 Sixth Street, on Sunday,
October 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The new Tiller Quint fire truck will be housed at the newly expanded
Coronado Cays Fire Station.
Coronado Cays Fire
The Coronado Cays Fire Station expansion is complete. The
station's equipment bay is now 650 square feet larger in order to
accommodate the new Tiller Quint fire truck.
work included reroofing the entire
station; repainting the
exterior and interior;
installing a new
heating and ventilation
system; installing new
ceiling lighting; and
accessibility parking on
the street adjacent to the
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Bicycle Safety and Other Tips
As many residents and visitors know,
there are more effective – and fun –
ways to get around Coronado than by car.
Walking, bicycling, skateboarding, and
the use of electric personal assistive
mobility devices (Segways) have become
popular alternatives. The Police
Department would like to take this
opportunity to remind riders, drivers and
pedestrians that safety is key for sharing
The California Vehicle and Coronado
Municipal Codes contain a number of
laws designed to ensure the safety of
residents and visitors. These reminders
should keep you safe and ticket-free:
While within the business district,
which is designated as the streets
and sidewalks on Orange Avenue
between Eighth Street and Adella
Avenue / R.H. Dana Place, it is
- Children under 18 years of age MUST
wear approved helmets with the
chin strap properly fastened while
riding bicycles or any other wheeled
- Every person operating a bicycle on
a roadway, including a bicycle path,
is subject to all the provisions
applicable to the driver of a
motor vehicle (e.g., you must
come to a full stop at stop signs,
obey traffic signals, have proper
lighting after dark).
- Segways may not be operated in
any manner that endangers the
safety of persons or property.
For more information on laws regarding
bicycle and pedestrian safety, please
contact the Coronado Police Department
- To ride or operate a bicycle on the
- For any person to be upon, ride or use
a skateboard, roller skates, etc., upon
any sidewalk, street or alley.
- To operate Segways along Orange
Avenue between Eighth Street and
Avenida de las Arenas. In addition,
Segways are prohibited on the entire
beach side of Ocean Boulevard.
(Coronado Emergency Response Team)
All classes are held at the police station, located at 700 Orange Avene. To register for these free classes, or for more information,
please contact the Coronado Fire Department at 619.522.7374. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
|1. Sat. – Sept. 19
||An introduction to the
|2. Sat. – Sept. 26
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher
|3. Sat. – Oct. 3
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing
treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding
|4. Sat. – Oct. 10
||Light Search & Rescue
and rescuer safety
|5. Sat. – Oct. 17
||Terrorism, Disaster Psychology,
by victims & rescuers.
CPR Schedule: Classes are $25 and run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Tues., Sept. 22; Sat., Oct. 24; and Thurs., Nov. 19.
Call 619.522.7374 to enroll.
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|"CHA" & "HRC" – What's the Difference?
Don't they both put plaques on old buildings?
Well … kind of. CHA used to give out
plaques but that was before HRC came along.
Confused? You are not alone. Both entities
share a common goal to preserve and protect
Coronado's rich history; however, they are
quite different. CHA stands for Coronado
Historical Association; HRC stands for
Historic Resource Commission.
This Loma Avenue house received a historic
plaque from the CHA.
The CHA is a nonprofi t 501(c)(3) corporation
founded in 1969 whose primary purpose is
to promote Coronado's cultural heritage and
resources to the public through exhibitions, education programs,
and information services.
In the 1970s, CHA began presenting owners of historically signifi cant
structures with bronze plaques to place by the front door. CHA has
recognized approximately 80 structures with historic plaques.
CHA's staff works with a volunteer Board of Directors to maintain
and operate the Coronado Museum of History and Art, Museum
Store, Coronado Visitor Center, and the research library and
The HRC is a City Council-appointed fi vemember
commission tasked with overseeing
Coronado's preservation program. It was
created in 2000 by the Historic Preservation
Ordinance, which also established procedures
and criteria for designation of historic structures
and allowable alterations. HRC includes one
representative from both the Design Review
and Planning Commissions and three Council appointed
HRC works with City planners to review
applications from homeowners for voluntary
historic designation, historic alteration permits, and Mills Act
Preservation Agreements. In 2004, HRC oversight was expanded to
include determining if structures 75 years or older that are proposed
for demolition have historic signifi cance, and if they should be
preserved. To date, 126 structures have been designated by the
HRC as historic and have received a plaque.
For information on the CHA, go to www.coronadohistory.org
or call 619.435.7242. For information on the HRC, go to www.
coronado.ca.us or call the Community Development Department
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