2 Coronado: A City of Trees
3 City Offers Free Wi-Fi in Coronado Rotary Plaza
4 Winter Preparation Checklist
5 CPR & CERT classes now available
6 Coronado's Website – A Wealth of Information for Residents and Business Owners

Village Theater 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 password needed.

For more information, please contact the Engineering and Project Development Department at 619.522.7383.

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Fire Department Welcomes New Ambulance
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
A Navy NY-1 flies over The Silver Strand in 1928.
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 naval aviator.

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 www.coronado.ca.us/library.

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Our Fair City
Appreciating Coronado's Natural
Beauty and Amenities

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."

– Anonymous

The Torrey pine is Coronado's official city tree.
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.

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 every year.

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 following qualifications:
  1. Historical significance: Planted by a person noteworthy in Coronado's history; planted as a commemoration, memorial, or tribute, etc.
  2. Arboricultural significance: Distinctive features, unusual species for the area, etc.
  3. 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.
The Norfolk pine in Coronado Rotary Plaza.
Besides making the City look green and inviting, trees benefit residents in many ways.

"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.

Keeping storm drains
clear of debris.
Topping the list of City preparations is regular monitoring of the storm drain system to ensure there are no blockages from 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 business hours.

"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 as possible."

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:
  • 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 flooding.
  • Reporting any hazards in the community, such as fallen branches, flooding or storm drain obstructions.
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.

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 www.coronado.ca.us.

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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.
  • 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.
By taking small precautions such as these, residents can ensure that their homes are safe, secure and comfortable throughout the cold-weather months.

Did You Know You Need a Building Permit for This?

Many home improvement projects require a building permit.
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.

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 Division.

"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)
Winter 2011

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:
Module Class Title Description
1. Sat. - Oct. 16 Disaster Preparedness An introduction to the CERT program
2. Sat. - Oct. 23 Disaster Fire Suppression Fire safety and extinguisher use
3. Sat. - Oct. 30 Disaster Medical Operations First aid, establishing treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock
4. Sat. - Nov. 6 Light Search & Rescue Planning, techniques and rescuer safety
5. Sat. - Nov. 13 Terrorism, Disaster Psychology, Team Organization Symptoms experienced 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.
Date Time
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 the Quarter

City Manager Blair King with Nanci Henehan.
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 positive attitude.

"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

Visit our website at www.coronado.ca.us
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?

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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