|Pipes, Pumps and Infrared Beams Keep City on Track
exciting capital improvement projects are under construction in
Coronado. Many are the result of key partnerships with the state and
federal government. Visible projects are just the beginning. Behind the
scenes, the City is also making excellent progress on new projects that
are keeping bays and beaches clean, sidewalks in pristine condition,
and roadways safe for residents and emergency vehicles.
|The Glorietta Bay Pump Station is largely hidden from public view, preserving valuable open space for Coronado residents.
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for a moment the City's storm water diversion project, which captures
inadvertent spills and water runoff that flows from curbs and gutters
into Coronado's storm drains. With a $1 million grant from the State
Water Resources Control Board, the City is installing a series of 12
diversion structures along the ocean and bay to pump untreated water —
which can contain pollutants — to the sewer. Examples of potential
pollutants include roadway oils and chemicals, fertilizers and
pesticides from lawns, animal waste, household cleaners and chemicals,
and excessive irrigation water. The result is cleaner beaches.
of Coronado's recent infrastructure accomplishments is the Glorietta
Bay Pump Station, a $3 million sewer project built almost entirely
underground. The station has a massive 300,000-gallon storage capacity
that provides the City with added flexibility during emergencies,
reducing the potential for sewage spills into the bay. The pump station
collects sewage from all sources south of Pomona Avenue and moves
200,000 gallons a day to the City's primary pump station at First
Street and B Avenue.
local roadways safe is also a top priority for City officials. Using a
federal grant to pay for 90 percent of the $160,000 project, the City
Council recently approved installation of an Opticom System at every
signalized intersection in the community. The system, designed to
automatically change lights as emergency vehicles approach
intersections, uses infrared beams from transmitters in emergency
vehicles directed at receivers mounted on traffic signals. The system
will improve roadway safety and response times during emergencies.
you would like more information on the Opticom System, contact Ed
Walton at 619.522.7385. For more information about the City's storm
water program, call the Clean Coastlines Hotline at 619.522.7380.
Coronado's Heart and Soul: Community Volunteers�
|Dawn Benson is one of more than 100 local residents who give back to the community through volunteerism.
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volunteers who make up Coronado's Boards, Commissions and Committees
are in many ways the heart and soul of the city. They represent the
spirit of the community, and work hard to maintain Coronado's
small-town character and quality of life enjoyed by all residents.
than 100 Coronado residents currently donate their time to serve on one
of these groups, which were established to give local residents a voice
on important issues that impact the community. Today, the volunteers
who are members of these groups play an integral role in making
recommendations to the City Council that affect life in Coronado.
Residents who would like to volunteer can apply by filling out a short
application. Qualified applicants are appointed by the City Council.
- Citizens Advisory Board
- Citizens Advisory Committee to CDA
- Civil Service Commission
- EmergencyPreparedness Board
- Environmental Design Review Commission
- Golf Course Advisory Committee
- Historic Resource Commission
- Library Board of Trustees
- Parks and Recreation Board
- Planning Commission
- Serra Library System Advisory Board
- Street Tree Committee
- Suggestions Awards Committee
following stories provide some background information on a few of the
volunteer groups that are actively engaged in the community. Also
listed below on the left are the City's standing boards, commissions,
committees and advisory groups. For more information, or if you are
interested in serving as a community volunteer, please contact City
Clerk Diane Shea at 619.522.7320.�
Seniors Help Keep City Safe
Police Senior Volunteer Patrol is the largest volunteer organization in
the City. Over 40 active seniors currently serve as the "eyes and ears"
of the Police Department. The program, currently in its eighth year,
has served as a model for many small police departments throughout the
|Paul Grubb (L) and Ken Wiley (R) are members of the Police Senior Volunteer Patrol.�
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between four and twenty hours a week, participants assist the Police
Department in a variety of activities. Out in the field, they provide
traffic control, give warnings of violations and conduct home security
checks for residents who are on vacation. These volunteers also assist
at special events, such as the Fourth of July parade or safety and
crime prevention fairs. At the station, they give tours, take
fingerprints, log personal property, file reports, enter data and
volunteers may come from different backgrounds, but they share two
common traits - a desire to help others and be involved in their
community. The Patrol is made up of seniors age 55 and older, with an
average age of 75. Volunteers have professional backgrounds that
include military officers and pilots, FBI agents, physicians,
attorneys, homemakers and bankers. Some even maintain full-time jobs
while serving in the program. No law enforcement experience is
required, but volunteers are carefully screened and attend an 80-hour
training academy with additional monthly training.
volunteer program provides extra protection to the community and its
residents and business owners, and it's good for our seniors," said
Police Department Community Relations Coordinator Lea Corbin. "It
offers them a support system, new friendships and keeps them active. We
are very fortunate to have them."
Citizens Task Force to Review Development Standards�
Coronado City Council has approved a new effort to review and improve
single-family development standards in the Village. Called the
Residential Standards Improvement Project (RSIP), the review process
will be led by a task force of 11 Coronado residents.
Task Force Focus
The following guiding principles will be used by the RSIP task force when making recommendations to the City Council.
- Improve single-family development standards to be consistent with the desires of the broader community.
- Preserve the village atmosphere within the community through
the promotion of visually attractive architecture that is compatible
with Coronado's small-town feel.
- Enhance the quality of life for Coronado residents by
striving to achieve a lively, friendly and inviting community that is
bonded together by a sense of civility, stewardship and consideration
Planning Commissioners Jim Strickland and Leslie Reynolds will act as
chair and vice-chair and Councilmember Patty Schmidt will serve as the
remaining eight positions will be filled with volunteers. The City
hopes to include an architect, developer, and land-use attorney who own
single-family zoned property in the Village, to serve on the task force
and provide expertise in related fields.
formed, the task force will meet to establish broad guidelines,
milestones and objectives. Regular task force meetings and a series of
public hearings to gather and consider community input will follow. The
task force is charged with providing the City Council with a report of
its findings next spring.
to Reynolds, the planning effort is in response to residential feedback
that development standards should be updated to reflect the broader
desires of the community. "The City Council has received several
requests from the community to evaluate the existing standards that
regulate development in Coronado. The objective of RSIP is to preserve
the quality of life and village atmosphere in our community."
more information on RSIP, please contact Associate Planner Peter Fait
at 619.522.7326 in the City's Community Development Department.
Volunteer Profile: Jim Strickland
The word "experience"
comes to mind when describing Jim Strickland. A retired Colonel,
Strickland spent 30 years in the Air Force, serving his country in a
variety of positions. Strickland now spends his time as a volunteer for
the City, using his experience to tackle some of Coronado's biggest
selected by the City Council to serve on the Planning Commission more
than five years ago. Now in the last year of his second and final term,
Chairman Strickland has worked on the City's fast food ordinance, the
original Tunnel Committee and the Bayfront Committee.
As chairman of the
Bayfront Committee, Strickland successfully led a group of Coronado
residents and technical experts through a process to evaluate and
recommend zoning changes to this unique part of town. The process
included substantial public input, and the final result was adopted by
the City Council.
major effort will be to serve as the Chairman of the Residential
Standards Improvement Project task force. Strickland was tapped for
this position because of his experience leading citizen task forces and
his success with the Bayfront Committee.
Tunnel Commission Seeks Long-Term Traffic Improvement�
in 1999, the Coronado Tunnel Commission is an eight-member group that
oversees progress of the State Route 75 Tunnel Project. The Commission
works closely with the City's staff, consultants and Council to ensure
tunnel plans include valuable input from the community.
the Commission recommended the adoption of a final report showing that
twin bored tunnels underneath existing streets from the bridge to Naval
Air Station North Island are the best long-term traffic solution for
Coronado. The recommendation will be presented to the City Council on
September 16. The next step in the process is the preparation of a
Project Report and Environmental Documents.
Tunnel Commission meets on the first Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.
Until the new City Hall is constructed, meetings will take place at 700
Orange Ave. in the Coronado Police Department's Emergency Operations
Center. The public is welcome to attend.
Public Art Enhances Quality of Life�
of the town's most cherished pieces of public art, such as "Old Guns"
in Star Park Circle, the gazebo in Spreckels Park, and "Sheltering
Wings" in Coronado Cays, are well-known and recognizable. Other public
art in the City, however, is less visible, designed to blend into the
natural environment in a variety of settings.
observation deck along the Silver Strand has been cleverly designed to
resemble the wing of a bird (California Least Tern) that is indigenous
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for example, three innovative bus shelters located along the Silver
Strand. The back panels are translucent, discreetly featuring artistic
representations of nature. Appropriately named "Fish Food", "The
Chase", and "The Flash", the bus shelters display scenes of life in the
ocean, as experienced by fish, birds and sailors. The art is carefully
integrated into the shelters, enhancing a functional City structure
that is typically used as a commercial advertising opportunity in other
some imagination, an ordinary retaining wall in the Cay's Tennis Center
has also become a beautiful seating area lined with colorful mosaic
tiles. Called "Sunset", the project is the result of the City's Public
Art Subcommittee, which is a part of the City's Environmental Design
down the Strand is another of the City's treasures - Nature's Bridge to
Discovery. This 1.4-mile interactive path includes a comprehensive
collection of public art. Viewers can experience a stone clock that
captures the winter and summer solstice with robust rays of sunshine, a
series of monuments and stepping stones dedicated to local creatures,
and an observation deck shaped like the wing of an indigenous bird.