2 June 8, 2010 Special Election: Understanding Proposition H
3 The Facts about Tsunamis
4 Coronado's Emergency Siren System
5 Going Underground to Improve Overhead Views

A Master Plan for Bike Riders
The City Council last year appointed a nine-member Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee to direct the development of the City's first Bicycle Master Plan and to address issues raised by the bicycling community. A community workshop is scheduled to solicit public opinion of the City's bicycle network. Public participation and comments are encouraged. Workshop details are below:

Wednesday, May 26 at
6 p.m.
Nautilus Room
Coronado Community Center
1845 Strand Way

A follow-up workshop to present the committee's findings and recommendations will be scheduled at a later date. Please watch for these meeting announcements on the City's website and in the Coronado Eagle & Journal.

Interested residents are also encouraged to attend the monthly meetings of the Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee, held on the first Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Police Department Community Meeting Room, 700 Orange Avenue.

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Coronado PERT Program is
Here to Help

Officer Robert Kline was one of the first officers to become a part of Coronado's pert.
Ask any law enforcement officer how they handle calls from the community and they will tell you that it depends on the situation. The Coronado Police Department offers programs to train officers how best to respond and to serve the community in a wide range of public safety situations. One program is the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT).

PERT is a private, nonprofit organization. It is a subsidiary of the Community Research Foundation, a San Diego based mental health organization. The program is funded by San Diego County Mental Health Service, San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and other community organizations.

Coronado became a part of the PERT program in 2007. Since that time, four officers have completed the training program. A team consists of a law enforcement officer and a licensed mental health clinician who ride together in a marked patrol car. Each member receives extensive cross training, which allows the law enforcement officer and the clinician to support and assist each other.

"The goal of the PERT is to work with individuals and families to stabilize situations and assist individuals in getting the help they need," said Coronado PERT Officer Robert Kline.

PERT responds to 911 calls that involve a person displaying behavior indicating the need for psychiatric crisis intervention or assessment.

"Because we are trained to handle these situations, we can respond and allow other law enforcement officers to focus on other facets of public safety," said Officer Kline.

It functions in collaboration with all San Diego County law enforcement agencies, the San Diego County Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and other San Diego organizations.

For more information on PERT, contact the Coronado Police Department at 619.522.7350.

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The Coronado City Council has placed an advisory measure on the June 8 ballot about continuing the study of long-term traffic relief options in the community. This article is designed to provide residents with relevant information that will assist them in making an informed decision on Election Day.

Proposition H is an advisory measure placed on the ballot by the City Council that asks Coronado voters:

Do you support the City continuing to use and seek federal, state, and local funding to complete the study of long-term traffic relief options, including a tunnel, between the Coronado Bridge and Naval Air Station North Island?

Project Background
For many years the City has been looking at options to reduce traffic congestion in the community along Third and Fourth streets between the Coronado Bridge and Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) and at the intersection with Orange Avenue. Advisory measures in 1988 and 1998 addressed the issue. In 1988, 59 percent of voters did not support "construction of a cut and cover tunnel" and in 1998, 83 percent of voters did support the City "seeking funding sources to construct a bored tunnel" between the Bridge and NASNI.

Since the 1998 vote, the City has pursued and secured funding to complete the engineering and environmental studies (the Study) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for possible traffic-reducing alternatives. The Study is now approximately 90 percent complete and includes analysis of nine alternatives. Two are no-build options and seven are major construction projects. The two no-build alternatives are status quo and traffic management solutions such as traffic calming, mass transit, and ridesharing. Of the seven alternatives that involve a major project, one is Orange Avenue Underpasses at Third and Fourth streets; four are cut and cover tunnels beneath Fourth Street; and two are bored tunnels that run underneath Fourth Street.

As of March 2010, the City of Coronado has approximately $7.8 million in existing funds that could be used to complete the Study, which is estimated to cost $2 million to complete. It is anticipated that the Draft Study will be available for public review and comment in April 2011. Once the Study is finalized, the City Council will be asked to select one of the alternatives. To the right is a table that describes what a Yes or No vote on Proposition H will mean to the City.

For more information on Proposition H and the history and current status of the Study, see the City of Coronado's website at www.coronado.ca.us and click on "Understanding Proposition H."

Key Dates for Voters
May 24 – Last day to register to vote May 25 – Last day to request a vote by mail ballot June 8 – Special Election held in conjunction with Statewide Primary Election

What a Yes or No Vote on Proposition H
Will Mean to the City

What does this mean for... A YES Vote Means... A NO Vote Means...
The Project Overall You support the City finishing the Study of long-term traffic relief options between the Coronado Bridge and NASNI, which examines the engineering, environmental, and financial impacts of nine different alternatives. You do not support the City finishing the Study of long-term traffic relief options between the Coronado Bridge and nasni, which examines the engineering, environmental, and financial impacts of nine different alternatives.
Tunnel Does not approve or disapprove construction of a tunnel or any other alternative being studied, but does advise the Council to complete the Study, which includes analysis of the various project alternatives, including tunnel options. Advises the Council to end the Study, which includes analysis of the various project alternatives, including tunnel options.
Taxes & Tolls Does not increase taxes, reinstate bridge tolls, or indicate support for any other federal, state, or local funding method. A Yes vote does advise the Council to complete the Study, which includes analysis of all funding options for the various project alternatives. Advises the Council to end the Study, which includes analysis of all funding options for the various project alternatives.
Property Acquistion Does not support the City acquiring private property to accommodate a construction alternative, but does advise the Council to complete the Study, which includes analysis of various project alternatives in this regard. Advises the Council to not complete the Study, which includes analysis of the use of private property acquisitions for various construction alternatives.

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The Facts about Tsunamis

Beaches, like those in Coronado, can be affected by tsunamis.
Governor Schwarzenegger declared the week of March 22, 2010, Tsunami Awareness Week for the State of California. In light of recent worldwide events, the Fire Department is providing the following information to give a basic understanding of tsunamis.

What is a Tsunami? What Causes It?
A tsunami is not one, but a series of waves most often generated by an earthquake along a subduction zone or fault. It is important to note, however, that not all major coastal or near-coastal earthquakes produce tsunamis.

The time between waves at a given point is usually 10 to 45 minutes. Generally, the second or third wave can be the most destructive. In the deep and open ocean, tsunamis travel at speeds of 300 to 600 miles per hour. Upon reaching shallower water, the speed of the advancing wave diminishes, its wave length decreases, and its height may increase greatly, due to the piling up of water. The configuration of the coastline, shape of the ocean floor,` and character of the advancing waves all play important roles in how the coastline is affected.

The coastline adjacent to the City of Coronado has a very shallow and large ocean floor. This type of underwater terrain would greatly diminish the speed and impact of any tsunami that might affect the City.

Tsunamis in California
Since 1812, 14 tsunamis with wave heights higher than three feet have struck the California coast. Only six of these tsunamis were destructive. The worst tsunami affecting California in recent history resulted from a 1964 Alaskan earthquake, which caused 12 deaths and at least $17 million in damage in northern California. The most significant remote tsunami to hit southern California was in 1960, when an 8.6 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile generated a tsunami resulting in 4 foot waves at Santa Monica and Port Hueneme, causing major damage to the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors.

Tsunami Tips and Safety Rules
Since a tsunami is unpredictable, preparedness and education are the best methods of reducing panic and damage associated with this natural event.
  • An emergency preparedness plan in place is the best approach to ensure your family's safety in any disaster situation.

  • A strong earthquake felt in a low-lying coastal area is a natural warning of possible danger. Additionally, approaching tsunamis are sometimes heralded by a noticeable rise or fall of coastal waters.

  • Tsunamis can occur at any time, day or night. Do not go to the beach to look for the tsunami.

  • Sooner or later, tsunamis visit every coastline in the Pacific. All tsunamis, like hurricanes, are potentially dangerous even though they may not damage every coastline they strike.

  • The upper floors of high, multi-story, reinforced concrete buildings can provide refuge, if there is no time to quickly move inland or to higher ground.

  • If you are on a boat or ship, and there is time, move your vessel to deeper water. If not, it may be safer to leave the boat at the pier and physically move to higher ground.

  • Damaging wave activity and unpredictable currents can affect harbor conditions for a period of time after the tsunami's initial impact. Be sure conditions are safe before you return your boat or ship to the harbor.

  • During a tsunami emergency, your local emergency management office, police, fire and other emergency organizations provide details via ALERT SAN DIEGO and AM 600 KOGO News.

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Coronado's Emergency Siren System

The City of Coronado has three sirens to alert the community in the event of a disaster. The sirens are tested twice a year, generally in May and November, and they are located at the Main Fire Station at Sixth Street and Palm Avenue, Glorietta Bay Park, and at the Cays Fire Station at Coronado Cays Boulevard and Grand Caribe Causeway.

Coronado's Emergency Siren System was designed to alert the community in the event of a disaster or potential disaster. In that situation, residents can tune into the San Diego County Emergency Alerting System (AM 600 KOGO radio) or can receive information through the Alert San Diego notification system, which is the designated alerting system in the City of Coronado. Alert San Diego notifies listed and unlisted residences and businesseswithin San Diego County impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster.

Residents would receive accurate and timely information on what steps they should take during the emergency through these two vital systems.

What to expect during a real emergency:
In the event of an impending disaster or immediately after a disaster, the City will activate the emergency sirens and provide instructions to the community about what to do next. The sirens will be activated for several minutes at a time and will make an extended horn-like sound, similar to the old civil defense sirens. The volume of sound emitted from the sirens may vary based on your proximity to the sirens.

What to do during a real emergency:
  • Stay in your home, office, or hotel room, unless told differently by the Fire or Police Department.

  • Tune your radio to AM 600 KOGO, the Emergency Broadcast Channel.

  • Turn on your television and wait for the Emergency Broadcast Message that will come across the upper portion of the screen.

  • Have your home emergency kit close at hand.

  • Don't use your telephone unless you have an emergency.
What to expect if you hear the emergency sirens:
  • Expect a short emergency message to be transmitted over AM 600 KOGO and television stations.
Situations where Coronado's Emergency Siren System
may be used:

The sirens could be sounded in the event of both natural and manmade disasters. It is important to remember that the sirens do not have one specific meaning, but are simply used to alert persons in Coronado to tune into the Emergency Broadcast System for further instructions.

For more information on the Emergency Siren System, please call the Fire Department at 619.522.7374. For more information about Alert San Diego, visit www.readysandiego.org.

(Community Emergency Response Team)
Spring 2010

All classes are held at the police station, located at 700 Orange Avenue. 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. Wed. - May 10 Disaster Preparedness An introduction to the CERT program
2. Wed. - May 26 Disaster Fire Suppression Fire safety and extinguisher use
3. Wed. - June 2 Disaster Medical Operations First aid, establishing treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock
4. Wed. - June 9 Light Search & Rescue Planning, techniques and rescuer safety
5. Wed. - June 16 Terrorism, Disaster Psychology, Team Organization Symptoms experienced by victims & rescuers.

CPR Schedule: Classes are $25 and run from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Tues., June 22; Wed., July 28; Sat., Aug. 28; Sat., Sept. 25.
Call 619.522.7374 to enroll.

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Going Underground to Improve Overhead Views

The City of Coronado is in the process of undergrounding overhead utilities, such as electric, phone, and cable television lines, throughout the community.

While the cost and time associated with undergrounding utilities is extensive, ther are three different ways to achieve this goal:
  1. The most common way is by working with SDG&E using SDG&E's Rule 20A. Under this funding mechanism, the cost of undergrounding the utilities in the public right-of-way is paid from a surcharge on your electric bill.

  2. Under SDG&E Rule 20B, the undergrounding of the utilities can be accomplished when the majority of the costs are paid by the neighborhood property owners.

  3. All undergrounding costs are paid by the applicant(s) under SDG&E Rule 20C.
"The cost to underground utilities is roughly $2 million per mile," said Ed Walton, Director of Engineering and Project Development.

Projects under Rule 20A are designated by the City. The following areas have been identified as possible future undergrounding districts (non-prioritized) by the City Council:
  • Bay Circle
  • Pomona Avenue/Park View
  • First Street
  • Silver Strand Phase II
Cities or neighborhoods can establish assessment districts if they wish to expedite the funding of undergrounding projects, but these can be difficult to form given the cost. These assessment districts would be eligible for undergrounding under Rule 20B, which allows a smaller subsidy for the project. Rule 20C projects are usually smaller projects funded entirely by the applicants, as agreed to by the applicant and SDG&E.

For more information about the City's plan to underground utilities, contact the Engineering Department at 619.522.7383.

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