Set to Re-Open
Excitement is building among
Coronado residents over the re-opening
of the Village Theater, which has
been closed since 2000. Renovation
is currently underway on the vintage
movie theater, which will feature a
three-screen design, the largest with 195
seats. The project is on track to begin
showing first-run movies this spring.
The theater first opened in 1947,
and during the renovation process,
construction workers unearthed a
few antique treasures, including a
secret door behind the poster cases
leading to a storage room filled with
old letters for the theater marquee.
In 2008, the City entered into a
Participation Agreement with Five
Star Theatres, Inc. for a $2,675,000
grant for improvements to the
Village Theater in exchange for the
operator's commitment to showing
first-run movies until 2026.
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City Offers Free Wi-Fi in
Coronado Rotary Plaza
Laptop and smartphone users searching for a Wi-Fi connection in
downtown Coronado don't need to look any farther than the
sun-soaked benches of Coronado Rotary Plaza. Along with enjoying
sea breezes and the soothing sounds of the fountain, visitors can also
enjoy the convenience of free Wi-Fi access while visiting the plaza.
"This free service allows both residents and visitors alike to easily
access the Internet while out and about in Coronado," said Ed
Walton, Director of Engineering and Project Development. "It gives
them the ability to sit and relax in the sun while surfing the net'."
To access free Wi-Fi while visiting the plaza, use your laptop or mobile
device to search for available wireless
networks and log on to the one labeled
"Rotary Plaza." There is no access code or
For more information, please contact the
Engineering and Project Development
Department at 619.522.7383.
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Fire Department Welcomes
The Coronado Fire Department has an important new team
member: a new, state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support ambulance.
Both patients and paramedics will benefit from enhanced features
in the custom-built vehicle, including interior storage for essential
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) supplies and plenty of work
space for the medics to do their job.
Exterior compartments on the ambulance are designed to
accommodate larger pieces of EMS equipment, as well as rescue
equipment and fire fighting gear. This is necessary because all
Coronado Fire Department Paramedics are "dual role firefighters,"
meaning they are both paramedics and firefighters.
The new ambulance, which cost $178,000, will be placed in service
at the Fire Department headquarters, located at 1001 Sixth Street.
The current frontline ambulance will be used as the reserve and the
current reserve ambulance will be retired.
The Fire Department's vehicle replacement schedule places the
new ambulance in frontline duty for a period of seven years and
then as a reserve for another seven years, meaning it will have 14
years of total service to the Department
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Celebrating 100 Years of
Naval Aviation in Coronado
The community of Coronado
may be small, but it looms
large in the history of naval
aviation. Late in 1910, Glenn
Curtiss established a flight
school at North Island and
wrote to the Secretary of the
Navy offering "to instruct an
officer of the Navy" in the
operation and construction
of an experimental seaplane.
Lieutenant Theodore Ellyson
volunteered and received
orders on December 23, 1910,
to report to flight training at the Curtiss
Aviation Camp, thus becoming the first U.S
A Navy NY-1 flies over The Silver Strand in 1928.
Now known far and wide as "The Birthplace
of Naval Aviation," Coronado will be the site
of several events throughout 2011 in honor of
the Centennial of Naval Aviation.
"Naval aviation is important to Coronado's
history, but it is not just something that is part
of the past," said Christian Esquevin, Director
of the Coronado Library, which is launching
a year of exhibits on the history of naval
aviation. "For that reason, this anniversary
is significant for the people of Coronado. "
Historic Aerial Review
The U.S. Navy will launch its centennial
festivities with a historic aerial review above
Coronado on Saturday, Feb. 12. Spectators
at the "100th Anniversary Parade of Flight"
held at Naval Air Station North Island will
see Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aircraft
ranging from the experimental pre-WWI
planes to today's Blue Angels F/A-18 jets as
they fly in formation over San Diego Bay.
On the ground, guests can stroll through the
runways of the airfield looking at historic
aircraft and take tours of the USS John C.
Stennis aircraft carrier. Admission and parking
at the event are free.
Tracing the History of Naval Flight
The Coronado Library will be dedicating its
exhibit space to the topic of naval aviation
throughout 2011 with a series of displays
tracing the history of Navy flight from
its humble beginnings to today. Historic
photographs, pilots' logbooks, uniforms,
flight gear and other memorabilia will be on
exhibit at the Coronado library. In addition,
the library will have several airplane and
helicopter models on hand, including a
large-scale model of the Navy's first training
aircraft, the A-1 Pusher.
Additional details about the air show can be
found on www.mwrtoday.com/cona. For
more information about the Library exhibits
and programs, call 619.522.7390 or visit
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There are many reasons to live, work and play in the City of Coronado; among them are
the stunning beauty of the historic landscape and the lifestyle that goes along with it.
A beach town with a village-like feel, our community provides many opportunities
to sit back, relax and appreciate this fair city and all it has to offer.
Coronado: A City of Trees
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
One of the great benefits of living and
working in Coronado is its serene natural
beauty, especially the wealth of trees that
line the parks and streets of the City.
Because of the City's efforts to plant and
care for thousands of trees within the
community, Coronado has been recognized
by the U.S. Arbor Day Foundation's Tree
City USA program for more than 25 years
the only city in the County of San Diego to
achieve that goal.
|The Torrey pine is Coronado's official city tree.
Coronado takes great pride in its urban
forests, which have been supported and
expanded by several unique programs
conducted by the Public Services
Department. One of these is the Street Tree
Committee, which was established in 1994
to maintain, improve, renew and protect
trees in public parkways and City parks. The
Committee oversees the master tree plan
for the City, which is updated every four
years. Members scout potential locations to
plant new trees.
When an area is chosen for a new tree,
the City sends a letter to residents adjacent
to the proposed location, informing
them of the plans. The recipients of the
new tree can opt out of the planting if
they wish; otherwise they can choose
from three approved tree species selected
for the property. Currently, there are 12
species approved for street tree planting
in Coronado, including the magnolia, the
California live oak and the fern pine.
At the last count, there were 9,584 street
trees in Coronado with more being planted
Another service that ensures preservation of
the City's arboreal resources is the Heritage
Tree Program, adopted by the City Council
in 2004 to identify, maintain and preserve
significant trees in Coronado. So far, three
trees have received this designation: The
Norfolk pine in Coronado Rotary Plaza, the
Torrey pine on the north side of the library,
and the Torrey pine on Palm Avenue and I
Street, which was one of the City's first trees.
A fourth, the bay fig in Star Park, has just
been nominated and will be evaluated by the
Street Tree Committee.
In order to be named a Heritage Tree,
a nominee must meet two of the three
- Historical significance: Planted by
a person noteworthy in Coronado's
history; planted as a commemoration,
memorial, or tribute, etc.
- Arboricultural significance: Distinctive
features, unusual species for the area, etc.
- Minimum diameter: If the tree is a
Southern California native tree, the
diameter must be a minimum of eight
inches, measured at four and a half feet
above ground. If the tree is not native to
Southern California, the diameter must
be at least 24 inches.
Besides making the City look green and
inviting, trees benefit residents in many ways.
|The Norfolk pine in Coronado Rotary Plaza.
"There are so many things trees can do
for people here in Coronado," said Parks
Supervisor Ricardo Fernandez. "They
beautify our area, increase property values,
absorb water run-off, and provide oxygen
and shade for all of us."
For more information on either the Street
Tree or Heritage Tree programs, contact the
Public Services Department at 619.522.7380.
Storm Event Safety A Top Priority for City Officials
While Coronado's temperate climate keeps residents relatively warm
and dry during the winter, it is still important to be prepared for the
occasional winter rainstorm like the ones we just experienced in
December. The City typically experiences 20 to 25 rain events per year,
most of them minimal and non-threatening. Still, about one-third of
those storms are significant enough for the City to take precautions.
Topping the list of City preparations is regular monitoring of the
storm drain system to ensure there are no blockages from debris.
|Keeping storm drains
clear of debris.
"With the many trees we have
in Coronado, when a storm
blows in with high winds and
rain, we become concerned
about leaf litter clogging storm
drains," said Scott Huth,
Director of Public Services.
The Public Services Department
maintains strict protocols for
responding to emergency
calls about floods, fallen
branches and accidents, both
during and after regular
"When we have a storm,
safety comes first. Next,
we want to contain and
correct any storm drain blockages or floods so the problems will
not spread and damage property," said Huth. "Our goal is to get
critical City services back in working order as quickly and safely
These preparations ensure the City can respond quickly, especially
in storm-heavy periods such as last December, when the total
rainfall was three times the average.
Residents can help by taking a few precautions of their own during
the rainy season, including:
The City also has sandbags available for residents free of charge.
They can be obtained at three pick-up spots: the parking lot near
Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard near Naval Air Station
North Island; the driveway on North Beach near the intersection
of Ocean Boulevard and Ocean Court; and the City of Coronado
Public Services Department at 101 B Avenue.
- Keeping trees well-trimmed and collecting fallen leaves before
they have a chance to accumulate in the gutter or under cars.
- Securing lids on outdoor trash containers so debris won't
spread if cans are knocked over during high winds.
- Parking vehicles in driveways and garages to make more curb and
gutter capacity available for rain water.
- Turning off irrigation systems before heavy rains to avoid
- Reporting any hazards in the community, such as fallen branches,
flooding or storm drain obstructions.
If you experience flooding, contact the Public Services Department
at 619.522.7380 (day) or the Police Department at 619.522.7350
(night). For up-to-date information during storms, please go to
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|Winter Preparation Checklist
As we enter into the winter season, the Coronado Fire
Department has prepared the following checklist of
preparations to help residents keep themselves safe during
the winter heating season.
By taking small precautions such as these, residents can
ensure that their homes are safe, secure and comfortable
throughout the cold-weather months.
- Call SDG&E to have a qualified technician come out to test
and adjust heating equipment and gas appliances free of
charge. Schedule an appointment by calling 800.411.7343.
- Perform the manufacturer's recommended maintenance
on heating equipment, such as replacing dirty air filters;
cleaning blower coils and heat exchanger surfaces; and
adjusting belt drives, dampers, valves and linkages.
- Check your thermostat accuracy.
- Repair leaky or disconnected ducts in heating systems.
- Winter-proof your home by caulking cracks around
windows, doors and other openings.
- Check the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon
monoxide alarms and replace if necessary.
Did You Know You Need a Building Permit for This?
Most Coronado residents are aware that you need to get a building
permit from the City when constructing a new home or remodeling
your current residence, but there are many other types of home
repairs that call for a permit.
|Many home improvement projects
require a building permit.
According to the Community Development Department's Senior
Building Inspector David Calvani, the City requires a permit for
home improvement projects such as replacing a water heater or
making minor upgrades to electrical systems.
Some other renovation jobs that involve City authorization include
installing an outdoor barbecue or fireplace and constructing a new
fence, patio or trellis.
Residents may not realize that they also need a permit to have their gas
turned back on if they have a leak on their property and have it repaired.
The intent of all permits is to protect the public's health and safety
during construction activities. Fees that are collected by the City of
Coronado are not a source of revenue to the City because they are limited
to recovering the cost of providing staff and consultant services to permit
applicants, to check plans for compliance with required building and
safety codes and to provide construction inspection services.
Calvani said many of the permits
the City issues are simple, "overthe-
counter" permits that require
a contractor or homeowner to just
fill out an application and turn
it over to the Building Services
"You can come in, give us your
form and in a few minutes you'll
walk out with your permit," according to Calvani.
If construction work extends onto public property, an additional
right-of-way permit is required. These can only be issued to
contractors who are currently licensed in good standing with the
State of California and have a business license from the City of
Coronado. Applications for right-of-way permits can be obtained
online at www.coronado.ca.us or from the Engineering Department
at 1825 Strand Way.
Residents who are considering a home repair and want more
information about building permit requirements can contact the
Community Development Department at 619.522.7326.
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(Community Emergency Response Team)
Coronado's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a free program that trains citizens in the basics of disaster preparedness.
All classes take place at the police station, located at 700 Orange Avenue, according to the following schedule:
|1. Sat. - Oct. 16
||An introduction to the
|2. Sat. - Oct. 23
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher
|3. Sat. - Oct. 30
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing
treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding
|4. Sat. - Nov. 6
||Light Search & Rescue
and rescuer safety
|5. Sat. - Nov. 13
||Terrorism, Disaster Psychology,
by victims & rescuers.
There is no fee for CERT classes. For registration, call the Coronado Fire Department, at 619.522.7374 or register online at www.adulted-rop.coronado.k12.ca.us. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CPR Schedule Winter-Spring 2011
Classes are $25 and run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. according to the following schedule. Call 619.522.7374 to enroll.
|Wednesday, January 12
||Thursday, February 10
|Saturday, March 19
||Wednesday, April 13
|Saturday, May 14
Nanci Henehan Named the City of
Coronado's Employee of
Nanci Henehan, an Office Specialist with the City's Fire Department, has
been selected as the first recipient of the City of Coronado's Employee of
the Quarter program. Nanci has worked for the City since 1996 in various
capacities at both City Hall and the Village Fire Station. She was nominated
by her coworkers for her extraordinary work ethic, her teamwork and her
|City Manager Blair King with Nanci Henehan.
"Nanci is one of those people who consistently volunteers to help out
her coworkers, firefighters and members of the public whenever the need
arises," said Fire Chief John Traylor. "And she does this with a smile!"
Nanci was recognized for her efforts by City Manager Blair King and Fire
Chief John Traylor on Tuesday, December 21, 2010.
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|Coronado's Website A Wealth of Information
for Residents and Business Owners
Did you know that you can watch a live City
Council meeting from just about anywhere?
Do you know the easiest way to find the
City's Adult Co-ed Softball schedule, find
information about storms, apply for a
business license, or communicate directly
with a City Council member?
|Visit our website at www.coronado.ca.us
All of this and more can be found at the City
of Coronado website.
Designed to make life a little easier for
busy members of the community, the site
at www.coronado.ca.us offers a wealth of
information about living and working in
the City of Coronado. Most of the common
requests from site visitors can be found
on the Quick Links section at the bottom
of the home page.
A particularly convenient feature is the
website's Action Center, a special tab
that connects users directly with City
government. Residents and business
owners can use this feature to request street
repairs, report a traffic issue, ask for graffiti
removal, or send comments to the City.
All submissions are reviewed by staff and
directed to the appropriate department.
A special tracking number is given to each
request and, when entered at the site, allows
people to chart the progress of their action.
Residents are also encouraged to use the
website to stay informed about the City
Council's activities. Agendas, meeting
minutes and video of Council meetings are
a click away thanks to a Quick Link at the
bottom of the home page.
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