2 City Paves Way for Smooth Rides
3 Automated Trash Collection Program Begins this Fall
4 A Reminder about Coronado's Color-Coded Curbs
5 Coronado Rotary Plaza Opens
6 Fire Safety: Outdoor Cooking & Grilling
7 Fire Department Welcomes New Truck
8 Coronado Cays Fire Station Expansion
9 A Few Reminders from the Police Department: Bicycle Safety & Other Tips
10 "CHA" & "HRC" What's the Difference?

Coronado Cays Storm Drain Rehabilitation
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
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
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 the road.

"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 make improvements.

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 no charge.

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 same day.

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 appearance of 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 green waste.

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.

CurbThe 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.

CurbLoading 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.

Curb Three-minute passenger loading and unloading zones are designated with white curbs. Passenger loading zones operate 24 hours a day except as follows:
  • 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.
Curb 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.

Curb 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:
  • 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.
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.

Coronado Rotary Plaza Opens

Did you know that Rotary Plaza offers a free local Wi-Fi connection?
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.

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 relaxing atmosphere.

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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.
Charcoal Grills
  • 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 emergencies.
  • Open-flame cooking devices should not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
  • 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 cooking area.
  • When you have fi nished cooking, make sure the grill is cool before attempting to move it.
  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Never put ashes straight into a trash receptacle.
  • Never light a grill indoors!
Gas Grills
  • 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.
Gas Leaks
If you suspect a leak to the gas cylinder or pipework:
  • 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.
Storing Gas Cylinders
  • Store gas cylinders outside.
  • Keep gas cylinders away from frost and direct sunlight.
  • 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 Station Expansion

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.

Additional rehabilitation work included reroofing the entire station; repainting the exterior and interior; installing a new heating and ventilation system; installing new ceiling lighting; and installing handicapped accessibility parking on the street adjacent to the station.

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A Few Reminders from the
Coronado Police Department
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 road.

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:
  • Children under 18 years of age MUST wear approved helmets with the chin strap properly fastened while riding bicycles or any other wheeled transportation.
  • 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.
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 unlawful:
  • To ride or operate a bicycle on the sidewalk.
  • 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.
For more information on laws regarding bicycle and pedestrian safety, please contact the Coronado Police Department at 619.522.7350.

(Coronado Emergency Response Team)
Fall 2009

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.
Module Class Title Description
1. Sat. Sept. 19 Disaster Preparedness An introduction to the CERT program
2. Sat. Sept. 26 Disaster Fire Suppression Fire safety and extinguisher use
3. Sat. Oct. 3 Disaster Medical Operations First aid, establishing treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock
4. Sat. Oct. 10 Light Search & Rescue Planning, techniques and rescuer safety
5. Sat. Oct. 17 Terrorism, Disaster Psychology, Team Organization Symptoms experienced 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?
This Loma Avenue house received a historic plaque from the CHA.
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.

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 archives.

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 commissioners.

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 at 619.522.7326.

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