|Where Do Your Tax
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
of Coronado Spending
City of Coronado's projected spending for the fiscal year
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Coronado's projected spending.
"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
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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CORONADO: FOCUSED ON SAFETY
Emergency Warning Sirens to be
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
|WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HEAR THE EMERGENCY WARNING SIRENS:
||Stay calm, don't panic.
||Enter the nearest building.
||Follow the broadcast's instructions closely.
"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
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 email@example.com.
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Automated External Defibrillators Save
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
Coronado Fire Department offers onsite AED training to the public
for a minimal cost.
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"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
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
CERT Program Empowers
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.
Types of disasters/role of CERT
||Disaster Fire Suppression
Basic firefighting resources/techniques
||Disaster Medical Operations
Treatment techniques/principals of triage
||Disaster Light Search & Rescue
Search & rescue strategy/rescuer safety
||Disaster Psychology & Team
Post-disaster emotional environment/CERT
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
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
traffic and pedestrian safety throughout the community is a top
priority of the Coronado Police Department.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Groundbreaking Nears on Glorietta Bay Master Plan
Construction of the Glorietta Bay Master Plan
improvements is scheduled to begin at the end of this
City expects to break ground this summer on the Glorietta Bay
master Plan, which will include a new Community Center and City
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"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.