What's Inside
2 Coronado Want You!
3 Teddy Bears and Shopping Sprees
4 Speed, Safety on 3rd and 4th Streets

Message from the
City Cuncil

Standing: Councilmembers Carrie Downey and Frank Tierney.  Seated: Councilmember Phil Monroe, Mayor Tom Smisek,
Councilmember Casey Tanaka

Hold Your Ears, Emergency Siren Test Set for October 17

If you hear loud sirens throughout the City on Oct. 17, don’t panic. The City has planned a test of its emergency siren system for that day.

Coronado has three main sirens installed throughout the City to alert the community in the event of a disaster. They are at the main fire station on Sixth Avenue, Glorietta Bay Park and at the Coronado Cays Fire Station. In the event of a real emergency, the sirens would notify residents to tune in to the San Diego County Emergency Alerting System (600 KOGO AM radio) to receive accurate and timely information on what steps they should take during the emergency.

The City reminds residents to remain calm during the test. The sirens will be activated for several minutes at a time. Residents can expect an extended horn-like sound similar to the old civil defense sirens..

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Paramedics and Firefighters
Partner to Keep Coronado Safe

Coronado paramedics can provide initial treatment for heart attacks and strokes on-site.

The Coronado Fire Department does more than just fight fires when called to respond to an emergency.  The department employs highly skilled paramedics and firefighters who are crosstrained to ensure they are able to respond to a variety of emergency situations. 

When the Fire Department is called to respond to an emergency, a team of firefighters and paramedics board the fire engine to be the first responders.  Following the fire engine, an ambulance will be deployed to the scene of every emergency call.

“At least one paramedic rides along on every fire truck,” said Fire Chief Kim Raddatz. “This enables us to provide residents with necessary medical attention at any time.”
Paramedics are medical pros with Advanced Life Support (ALS) training, which enables them to provide emergency room-quality care on site. This includes initial treatment for heart attacks. Medications also may be administered by paramedics.  There are currently 12 paramedics in the Fire Department. They operate out of the main fire station on Sixth Street. 

Each paramedic in the department is also a trained firefighter, which enables them to assist in any emergency situation.  In addition, the City’s ambulance carries firefighting equipment at all times.

As each paramedic is trained to fight fires, each firefighter is also an emergency medical technician (EMT). EMTs are trained in basic life support. The goal of EMTs is to quickly evaluate a patient’s condition and to maintain a patient’s breathing and circulation, control external bleeding, prevent shock and to prevent further injury by immobilizing potential spinal or bone fractures.
The City encourages citizens to take advantage of the free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes offered through the Fire Department. For more information on Coronado paramedics or safety classes, contact the Fire Department at 619.522.7374.

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The City Wants You! Join a Board or Commission Today.

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the Coronado community, but didn’t know where to start?  Consider the rewarding experience of serving on one of the more than 20 active City boards and commissions.
Boards and commissions were formed in order to strengthen the relationship between City government and the community.  Each board or commission is responsible for advising the City Council and department heads on issues that could affect the community.
“The City views these volunteers as colleagues and partners,” said City Clerk Linda Hascup.  “Board members and commissioners are able to see firsthand how municipalities work, which makes it easier for them to bring about positive change.”

As positions become available, notices are posted in the Coronado Eagle and Journal, as well as in key places around the City, such as the Library.  Board members and commissioners are elected to serve four-year terms, with a two-term or eight-year maximum.
Applications are available on the City’s web site or at City Hall.  All applicants must be United States citizens, registered to vote in the City of Coronado and have a fixed residence in the City.

Below are profiles of just a few of the City’s boards and commissions:

Citizens’ Advisory Committee to the Community Development Agency
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee advises on redevelopment projects undertaken by the Community Development Agency.  This committee offers members of the community the opportunity to review implementation plans, affordable housing compliance, and provide advisement on general redevelopment activities.  For more information, contact Rachel Hurst, Director of Redevelopment and Housing Services, at 619.522.7335.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission advises the Council on land use matters in the City.  Its duties include making recommendations regarding land use ordinances and determining whether to approve or disapprove applications for land permits.  The Commission also makes recommendations on alterations to the City’s zoning map and zoning ordinances.  For more information, contact the Community Development Department at 619.522.7326.

Street Tree Committee
The Coronado Street Tree Committee serves as an advisory committee to the City and to City staff working to maintain, improve, renew and protect urban forest in the public right-of-way.  Founded in 1993, the Committee has been responsible for planting more than 500 trees.  The Committee also helps the City evaluate the Street Tree Master Plan every five years.  For more information, contact the Public Services Department at 619.522.7380.

Take Out the Trash – and More – for Fall 2006 Community Clean Up
Still keeping that broken refrigerator in the garage?  Tired of storing old mattresses because they are too large to place at the curb on your regular trash collection day?  Well, the City of Coronado and EDCO have a solution: The Coronado Fall 2006 Community Clean Up.

During the week of October 16 – October 20, bulky waste such as furniture (e.g., sofas, chairs and mattresses), large appliances (e.g., washers, dryers and refrigerators) and construction and demolition debris can be placed curbside along with trash containers on residents’ regularly scheduled trash collection days.  Hazardous waste such as television monitors, batteries, paints or other chemicals will not be accepted at curbside, but can be dropped off at the main Fire Station on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  For more information on the clean up,
call EDCO at 619.287.7555.

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Teddy Bears and Shopping Sprees Lift Children’s Spirits.

Coronado police officers work hard everyday to provide a safe, peaceful village atmosphere for residents and tourists.  This dedication goes beyond keeping the peace and involves community outreach.  Below are two of the charitable events the Police Department is proud to host this year.

San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive
Bears of all shapes and sizes, like the one pictured above, brighten the day of young patients.

It will be 16 years ago this Christmas that a Coronado police officer first gathered 12 new teddy bears and traveled to Rady’s Children’s Hospital in Kearny Mesa to make a special delivery to some of the children who were spending their holiday away from home.  This delivery marked the beginning of a remarkable tradition in Coronado that has since spread to state and federal law enforcement levels.

The San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive is a year-long drive to collect brand new stuffed animals for children at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.  Last year 65,000 bears were delivered to the hospital.  Once a month, uniformed police officers from different agencies across the region volunteer their time to visit with some of the county’s bravest patients and give them a stuffed bear or animal that can make them smile.

“It is a great honor for our department to be able to take the lead this year in such an inspirational program,” said Coronado Police Chief Paul Crook.  “It is our goal that each child admitted to the hospital will receive a bear to help them through their stay.”

The collection of bears culminates each year with the Teddy Bear Caravan.  On December 12, nearly 100 police cars filled with the remainder of the bears will leave Coronado for Rady’s Children’s Hospital with a special escort by the California Highway Patrol.

Stuffed animals can be dropped off at any police or sheriffs department in the county.  For hygienic purposes, all animals must have new purchase tags still on them.  All cash donations to the program go directly to the Rady’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, which uses the money to purchase more bears. 

For more information, contact the Teddy Bear Drive hotline at 619.522.7349.

Shop with a Cop

Officers enjoy helping children pick out clothes, bikes and video games on their special day.

This year the Coronado Police Department joined forces with the San Diego Harbor Police Department to host the 13th annual Shop with a Cop on September 2.
Each year 300 disadvantaged children are selected by a committee, partially comprised of representatives from Child Protective Services and the Navy, to spend a fun-filled day with a police officer from San Diego County.
The day begins at Sea World, where each child is paired up with an officer to enjoy breakfast and a show.  Following the show, each officer and child hop into a police car for an exciting ride to a Target department store, where each child is presented with a gift card for $100 to spend on whatever they choose.

“The goal of this program is provide these children with an opportunity to enjoy items they would otherwise not have,” said Chief Crook.  “What we find, however, is that most children are more interested in getting something for their families.”

Police officers walk the children through each of the aisles, helping them find the right gift.  Bikes and video games are always a popular commodity.  At the end of the shopping spree, many police officers supplement the $100 gift card with their own money to ensure the child is able to get exactly what they want.

“The generosity of our officers is self-evident,” noted Chief Crook.  “They have a deep sense of pride in this program, and are rewarded with big smiles and sincere appreciation from the children and their parents.”

The Shop with a Cop program is always looking for corporate sponsors.  For more information, contact the Coronado Police Department at 619.522.7355.

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Speed Down, Safety Up on Third and Fourth Streets

Speed trailers, like the one seen here, remind drivers to slow down to 25 m.p.h.

Things have been a little calmer and more peaceful on Third and Fourth Streets in the past year thanks to the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit introduced last October.

Joggers are able to cross the streets, residents have an easier time backing out of their driveways, and parents are less fearful for their children’s safety.
The previous speed limits of 30 to 35 miles per hour were often exceeded as traffic approached and exited the bridge.  The frequent speed violations prompted City officials to collaborate with Caltrans on a traffic survey of Third and Fourth Streets. The survey determined that the population along Third and Fourth Streets was dense enough to support a lower speed limit of 25 miles per hour.
“The purpose in lowering the speed limit was to make drivers aware of the fact that they are traveling on residential streets,” said City Manager Mark Ochenduszko. “On behalf of the entire community, the City would like to extend its gratitude to all drivers who are monitoring their speed on Coronado’s residential streets.”

In an effort to remind drivers of the speed limit, Coronado police officers are employing tactics such as electronic sign trailers to post the speed limit.

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