Special Events Help Preserve Small Town Charm
|Local residents enjoy showing their patriotic spirit during the annual Fourth of July Celebration.
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events throughout the year play an important role in Coronado’s small
town festivities. As a result, the City strives to balance enthusiasm
for events and maintain the unique residential and business-friendly
atmosphere in Coronado by assuring all events meet standards and follow
established rules. These guidelines, designed with the community in
mind, ensure that potential disruptions from increased event activity
in the streets and on the beaches are kept to a minimum.
The City categorizes special events into three groups to help develop
appropriate strategies for each type of activity. Major events are
defined as attracting more than 2,000 participants or spectators and
are likely to significantly affect public services, facilities, traffic
circulation or residents in the area. Events drawing less than 2,000
people are considered Moderate. Minor events are more specialized
activities, such as weddings. Given the large crowds, the City Council
established a Special Events Policy, limiting the number of annual
major events to no more than eight. City Council approval is required
for both Major and Moderate events. Approval for Minor events is
granted by the City Manager’s office.
“Coronado’s tradition of special events throughout the year is one of
the many reasons why the community is such a special place to live and
work,” noted Special Events Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the
City Manager, Mary Clifford. “The City is committed to regularly
updating its policies and procedures to ensure that each event runs as
smoothly as possible.
”Of the eight Major events allowed each year, four are annual
traditions and considered cornerstones of the Coronado community. These
are the Fourth of July Celebration, the combined Flower Show, Library
Book Sale and Motorcars on Main Street event, Coronado Promenade Sunday
Concert Series in Spreckels Park and the Chamber of Commerce Holiday
People who wish to host a special event in Coronado must obtain a
permit from the City Manager’s office or Recreation Services. The City
reviews each application and makes a decision after evaluating the
benefits versus potential impacts on traffic, parking and community
safety. For more information on planning a Major or Moderate special
event, contact Mary Clifford at 619.522.7335, or to plan a Minor
special event, contact Sandy Goodson at 619.522.7342.
Ready If Needed: Emergency Preparedness
Coronado Participates inHomeland Security Exercise
City of Coronado is proud to be the first city in San Diego County to
have participated in a new emergency preparedness program funded by the
Department of Homeland Security. The program, which is offered through
the County, is designed to test the City’s readiness for an emergency,
as well as to identify areas in need of improvement.
|City and public safety officials worked together to make important decisions during the homeland security drill.
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conjunction with many partners, Coronado conducted this exercise on
August 4, 2004. Coronado’s public safety team participated along with
representatives from the Navy, Red Cross, San Diego County Emergency
Operations Center and the City of San Diego. Those in attendance began
the exercise reading through a mock terrorist scenario. The group then
went through a comprehensive step-by-step decision-making process
designed to potentially save lives and protect local residents.
Elements of the response included appropriate first steps after a
terrorist act occurs and how best to notify members of the community.
The exercise concluded with recovery options for bringing day-to-day
activities back on line in the City.
City of Coronado invests many hours each year ensuring that staff is
well-versed in emergency preparedness and has the knowledge to make
quick and competent decisions during a crisis,” said Coronado Fire
Chief Kim Raddatz. “The Homeland Security exercise was an excellent
session that reinforced the value of new technology and information.
addition to the Homeland Security exercise, the City of Coronado
conducts an annual Emergency Operations Center drill to keep City staff
current on emergency procedures and safety techniques. The Coronado
Fire Department also issues a quarterly Emergency Preparedness
newsletter to educate residents about the issues and practices related
to a City emergency. To sign up to receive the Emergency Preparedness
newsletter or to review past editions, visit the City’s web site at
|The City of Coronado invests many hours each year ensuring that staff is well-versed in emergency preparedness..
— Fire Chief Kim Raddatz
SEMS Puts Resources at Coronado’s Fingertips
an emergency, having access to additional life-saving resources, such
as search and rescue teams or more fire equipment, can mean the
difference between life and death. With stakes so high, residents can
take comfort in the fact that the City of Coronado is part of the
statewide Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).
SEMS is a comprehensive computer network system that allows emergency
personnel throughout a region to talk in a unified voice and access
vital resources quickly and efficiently. The system has been in use in
California for more than 20 years, providing an umbrella-type
organizational framework for operations at each level of the state’s
emergency management system.
|Members of CERT take part in emergency drills to exercise the valuable skills they learn during training.
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establishing commonterminology and language, as well as action and
resource planning, SEMS facilitates the flow of emergency information
and resources within and between involved agencies at all SEMS levels.
SEMS operating levels range from the field, where public safety
officials are on site working to stabilize situations, to the state
where, if necessary, a state-wide emergency can be declared.
A recent example of SEMS at work in San Diego County was last year
during the Cedar fire. SEMS was heavily used to help address a lack of
local resources in the region. Through the system, equipment and
personnel from Florida were dispatched to San Diego to help fight the
In Coronado, City officials contact Heartland Communications Facility,
a dispatch center in El Cajon, and make resource requests from a
variety of different agencies with one call. Since all cities use a
common method of communication, resources and personnel can be deployed
quicker and more efficiently to assist in an emergency situation.
Training for City of Coronado management and public safety employees is
essential for the effective use of SEMS. Public safety employees are
required to complete a state-approved SEMS course of instruction to
guarantee their ability to assist the public during an emergency.
“SEMS allows the City of Coronado to take advantage of equipment from
adjacent jurisdictions in the event of an emergency,” said Dismis
Abelman, the Coronado Fire Department Division Chief and Emergency
In addition, the City offers training and classes for community members
interested in becoming part of the Coronado Emergency Response Team
(CERT), a volunteer organization of local residents who assist the City
during emergencies. There is no fee to take part in CERT classes. After
six disaster preparedness and rescue classes, participants receive
their certification. For more information about CERT or SEMS, contact
the Coronado Fire Department at 619.522.7374.
Regional Planning Helps Coronado Plan for the FutureGiven
Coronado’s relatively isolated location, residents might assume that
regional planning efforts are not important. Nothing could be further
from the truth. Water quality, traffic congestion, a future airport and
public safety are just some of the issues that Coronado officials
tackle when meeting with regional planners and elected officials from
“Planning decisions made beyond
Coronado’s borders directly affect the quality of life in our city,”
said Tony Pena, Coronado’s Director of Community Development. “The
City’s best opportunity to protect its interests and its current and
future lifestyle, is to participate in regional planning groups, such
”SANDAG is the San Diego Association of Governments, comprised of
representatives from the 18 cities in San Diego County and the County
government itself. The purpose of SANDAG is to influence how the region
develops through a collaborative planning process and to determine
appropriate allocations of federal and state resources.
To ensure that Coronado’s issues are heard, the City takes an active
role in SANDAG discussions. Currently, the City is represented on the
SANDAG Board of Directors by a member of the Coronado City Council.
City staff also regularly attends SANDAG workshops and meetings that
address a wide-range of issues, such as housing, beach protection,
future highway projects and urban development.
Council and staff also participate in similar regional planning efforts
with other groups, such as the San Diego Unified Port District, the San
Diego County Regional Airport Authority, Caltrans, the California
Coastal Commission and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
For additional information about regional planning, please contact the
Community Development Department at 619.522.7326.
EOC at Forefront During a Crisis
In the event of an emergency, having a central location for situational
assessment is imperative to the City’s ability to respond quickly and
efficiently. During these incidents, the Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) serves this function and is activated to coordinate all planning
activities. The EOC is Coronado’s central point of management for all
emergency-related communication. It also plays a valuable role in
coordinating with other emergency-related agencies in the County.
|Since September 11, sharing information from cities to agencies hasbecome increasingly more important.
existing team of Coronado public safety officials is responsible for
staffing the City’s EOC. All staff is required to undergo significant
training, including frequent drills to test staff proficiency. The EOC
can be activated by the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, the Fire
Chief or the Police Chief. Once the EOC is activated, the Emergency
Operations Director directs all emergency activities. Resource requests
from the field are relayed to the EOC and then processed through SEMS.
Since September 11, sharing information from cities to agencies has
become increasingly more important. For example, if the City of
Coronado’s EOC is activated, then so is the EOC of San Diego County,
located in Kearny Mesa. The purpose of this joint communication is to
ensure that all parties can provide necessary resources during a crisis.
Both Coronado and the County have EOCs that are outfitted with modern
equipment and regularly receive technological upgrades, such as the
recent purchase of new software that will facilitate direct
communication between EOCs. For more information on Coronado’s EOC
please contact the Fire Department at 619.522.7374.
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