What's Inside
Emergency Warning Sirens to be Tested
Automated External Defibrillators Save Lives
CERT Program Empowers Residents
Police Department is Dedicated to Public Service
Groundbreaking Nears on Glorietta Bay Master Plan

Council's Corner
Tunnel Project Update

Q. What is the status of the tunnel?
A. The City Council recently voted to approve construction of two single-lane bored tunnels underneath the City. The 1.4 mile tunnels will extend from the foot of the bridge under Fourth Street to Naval Air Station North Island. During peak traffic periods, vehicles in both tunnels will travel in the same direction. During non-peak periods, vehicles will travel in different directions.

Q. How will traffic be improved?
A. SANDAG estimates that traffic along State Routes 75 and 282 will increase to more than 107,000 trips per day by 2030. Regional traffic congestion will be improved with the addition of two new lanes in the proposed tunnels underneath the City. The new lanes will be designed to accommodate peak traffic periods to and from North Island.

Q. What is the timeline for the project?
A. Environmental studies are scheduled to begin this year and last about four years. Engineering and design phases will follow, beginning in 2007. Construction will start in 2010, and the tunnels will be open in 2014.

What's Next
Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

City of Coronado Spending
City of Coronado Spending
The City of Coronado's projected spending for the fiscal year 2003-04.
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As the City Council prepares for adoption of the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 budgets on June 17, citizens may be curious to know how their tax dollars are spent. Each year, the City must determine how revenues in the general fund should be allocated. The general fund primarily consists of revenues from property, hotel, sales, vehicle and business license taxes. These revenues are used by the City to cover operating costs and provide a wide range of necessary services.

"The City of Coronado takes great pride in ensuring the needs of our community are met," said Leslie Suelter, City of Coronado's Director of Administrative Services. "Through general fund allocations, our City's taxpayers can be assured that we are doing our best to provide essential services as cost effectively as possible."

This year's general fund totals $28 million. At the present time, no service level changes are included in the upcoming budget as the City Council continues to focus on completing capital projects such as the Library expansion and the Glorietta Bay Master Plan, including the new community center and pool facility, a bayside promenade/parkway, and a new city hall. A large portion of the City's reserve funds will go toward funding these and other important capital improvement projects.

In the coming year, the City will face possible revenue losses as the State of California grapples with its difficult budget shortfall. Various proposals (which would have differing impacts on local resources) have been circulated in the State Legislature to bridge the budget gap.

The City of Coronado anticipates the State will take away $1.4 million in general revenues for the fiscal year (FY) 2003-04. Over time, this loss could have significant impacts on services in future years. Right now, the City is holding its department budgets at FY 2002-03 levels and plans no service level changes.

Budget documents are available for public review at City Hall or the City Library. Coronado citizens are welcome to provide input on the budget prior to adoption.

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Emergency Warning Sirens to be Tested

Stay calm, don't panic.
Enter the nearest building.
Follow the broadcast's instructions closely.
On June 4 at 10 a.m., the Fire Department will test the City's emergency warning siren system. All three sirens, located at the Main Fire Station, Glorietta Bay Park and the Coronado Cays Fire Station, will be activated to ensure they are in top working order. The City of Coronado installed the system last summer to be used in natural and man-made disasters, and other emergencies.

"The emergency warning sirens are designed to be heard from all locations in the City," said Fire Division Chief Dismas Abelman. "This way, in the event of a natural disaster or emergency, we can ensure the City's residents and visitors are aware of the situation and directed to important information."

When activated by the City's Fire Department, the sirens will last approximately one-to-three minutes. The County of San Diego's Office of Emergency Services is responsible for providing emergency information (received from the City) to local radio stations in times of emergency or crisis. Citizens should tune their radios to KOGO (AM 600) when the sirens are activated. Fortunately, the sirens have not had to be used; however, the City is grateful to have the system in place.

For more information on Coronado's Emergency Warning Sirens system, contact Division Chief Abelman at 619.522.7378 or dabelman@coronado.ca.us.

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Automated External Defibrillators Save Lives

AED Training
The Coronado Fire Department offers onsite AED training to the public for a minimal cost.
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Nearly 350,000 people die annually from cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association. Approximately two-thirds of these deaths could be prevented with a life-saving medical device called an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

"The AEDs will allow staff and visitors conducting City business to receive immediate care should an incident happen," said Coronado Fire Chief John Traylor. "We believe making the units and training available to our staff is an important step in ensuring the safety of our community."

AEDs deliver a controlled electric shock to the victim's heart, which causes the muscles to contract at once, allowing the heart to regain its regular rhythm. Through embedded computer chip technology, AEDs instantly and accurately analyze heart rhythms, determining whether or not a cardiac arrest victim is in need of shock. AEDs are easy to use and allow non-medical professionals to help when crisis strikes. Several models even use visual and audio prompts that lead the operator through the procedure.

The City of Coronado recently outfitted its facilities with four of the units—two at the golf course; one at the municipal pool; and one at City Hall. The Coronado Fire Department has trained approximately 50 City employees to operate the AEDs and offers training to the public. For more information, contact Darren Hall, City of Coronado AED Program Coordinator, at 619.522.7374.

CERT Program Empowers Residents

Since 1997, Coronado's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program has helped nearly 300 community members become better prepared to respond to emergency situations. CERT trainees learn how to act in times of crisis when traditional professionals may not be available.

Taught by Coronado firefighters, the CERT program consists of five training modules to assist members of the public become more prepared to deal with a large-scale disaster. Participants must take Module 1 first and Module 5 last; however, the other three modules can be taken in any order.

Module 1: Disaster Preparedness
Types of disasters/role of CERT
Module 2: Disaster Fire Suppression
Basic firefighting resources/techniques
Module 3: Disaster Medical Operations
Treatment techniques/principals of triage
Module 4: Disaster Light Search & Rescue Operations
Search & rescue strategy/rescuer safety
Module 5: Disaster Psychology & Team Organization
Post-disaster emotional environment/CERT decision-making

The program is offered to the public at no cost. CERT holds monthly meetings where additional training and emergency preparedness information is available. Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at 700 Orange Ave. in the Emergency Operations Center. For more information on CERT training, contact the Coronado Fire Department at 619.522.7374.

Police Department is Dedicated to Public Service

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Enhancing traffic and pedestrian safety throughout the community is a top priority of the Coronado Police Department.
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The City of Coronado remains committed to relieving traffic congestion in and around the community. The Coronado Police Department plays a major role in fulfilling this commitment and improving traffic flows throughout the City. This becomes even more challenging during the summer months, Coronado's busiest season.

Coronado's approach to law enforcement is unique because it focuses on quality of life issues in addition to traditional crime. Instead of repeatedly citing individuals for lesser crimes, such as jaywalking, officers incorporate the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) method to determine the root of the problem and work to resolve it, sometimes with the help of community leaders or other organizations.

The Coronado Police Department has embraced the COPPS method as a way to enhance public safety in Coronado. In June of 2002, police officers enforced gridlock violations (blocking an intersection) along Third Street and Orange Avenue. During this time, officers found it difficult to issue citations to drivers without contributing to the traffic problem. Often, the area in which an officer has to pull someone over is limited and creates additional congestion.

Through public outreach, the Police have tried to educate the public about the increase in traffic violations. To maintain safety at problem intersections, officers issued $25 municipal code citations, instead of $100 vehicle code violations, to drivers blocking the intersections and crosswalks. A municipal code violation is quicker to write than a traffic ticket, which reduces the amount of time an officer and driver are stopped.

Vehicular traffic, however, is not the Department's only concern. Each summer, calls for service in Coronado's business district increase. Common calls include an increased number of pedestrian violations such as not crossing in designated crosswalks and ignoring traffic signals. Although these types of behaviors may seem to save time, they actually put lives in danger.

The Coronado Police also receive complaints involving individuals bicycling, skateboarding and skating on sidewalks in designated business areas. This creates several hazards for pedestrians, and the community as a whole. Bicyclists should remember to obey all vehicular laws, not laws for pedestrians.

With help from the community, the Police Department hopes to maintain Coronado's high level of safety and address these concerns and others. This summer, the Coronado Police will establish specific enforcement days in the business district and beach areas. Residents can call the Coronado Police Department Traffic Information Line at 619.687.1882 for weekly updates, including traffic target areas, enforcement days and special events that may affect the flow of traffic within the community.

Groundbreaking Nears on Glorietta Bay Master Plan

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The City expects to break ground this summer on the Glorietta Bay master Plan, which will include a new Community Center and City Hall.
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Construction of the Glorietta Bay Master Plan improvements is scheduled to begin at the end of this summer.

"The Glorietta Bay Master Plan will benefit the entire Coronado community by providing improved access to the Bay and enhanced City programs and services," said Mark Ochenduszko, Coronado City Manager.

Adopted by the Coronado City Council on February 6, 2001, the $30 million plan is moving through the permitting process on schedule. The project will provide a Linear Park with open spaces and intimate courtyards, a wide pedestrian/bicycle path along the waterfront and a Boathouse for non-motorized water craft. The 40,000-square-foot Community Center will include a gymnasium, fitness center, recreation activity rooms, meeting and classroom areas, a playhouse and a major events hall.

The new City Hall will be home to several City departments such as Administrative Services, Engineering, Community Development, City Clerk, City Manager and Council offices. Beginning in August, City Hall offices will conduct business as usual from temporary trailers on the project site, and regular City Council and Commission meetings will be moved to the Emergency Operations Center at the Police Facility.

The municipal pool, recreation programs and the Coronado Community Playhouse will remain open through August. Recreation programs will be relocated in the fall to the Masonic Lodge. Details on the location of programs during construction are available by calling 619.522.7342. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2004.