Weekly Update - 03/22/13

Date of Record: 2013-03-22


Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when applicable. It can be found on the City's website.

The next City Council meeting is a Special City Council Meeting, City Council Work Plan, Tasks and Budget Workshop, set for Tuesday, March 26. The meeting is set to start at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado. The next regular City Council meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at City Hall.


San Diego-Coronado Bridge Report: Following a recent report critiquing the safety of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Coronado fielded many questions from concerned residents. The City requested and received this response from the California Department of Transportation to the Transportation for America report that depicted the bridge as being "structurally deficient:"

"Unfortunately, the Transportation for America report was based on outdated information as far as the status of San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Caltrans initiated a $375,000 project last summer to seal superficial cracks in the deck pavement. This needed improvement was identified in a previous inspection and the result was that the bridge was no longer listed as "structurally deficient." A bridge classified as "structurally deficient" does not mean that it is unsafe or needs significant repairs. "Structurally deficient" is a classification used to indicate that a bridge is eligible for federal funding. In some cases, it could simply mean that a bridge needs painting, or deck cracks sealed. Prioritization of repairs is based on the biannual inspections and a prudent engineering analysis. Caltrans has been working with the media during the past two days to correct this misinformation."

Transportation for America is a nonprofit advocacy group that seeks more funding from Congress for the nation's bridges. Since the bridge is part of California State Route 75 and maintained by Caltrans, the City has no input with regard to its maintenance and defers to the expertise of the State. The bridge's safety is of utmost concern to Coronado, not only for our community but for visitors, business owners and the Navy.

Sign Sweep: Coronado Public Services crews soon will begin performing monthly real estate sign sweeps. The City is taking a proactive approach in enforcing its sign ordinance in response to an ongoing proliferation of off-site real estate signs. Signs in the public right-of-way are prohibited. The effort is expected to improve safety and the appearance of our neighborhoods. Confiscated signs will be stored at the Public Services Yard, 101 B Avenue, and may be retrieved during normal business hours. The cost of enforcement is being calculated and a fee to cover the costs will be charged to violators. A Real Estate Sign Sweep guide will be available at City facilities explaining the program and how to remain compliant with sign ordinances.

Glorietta Bay Marina Temporary Berthing: Seaforth Boat Rentals posted a new sign near its offices at the Glorietta Bay Marina that outlines the temporary berthing opportunities currently available for public vessels, dinghies, chartered cruises and water taxis. "Dock and dine" berthing also is available at the city-owned Glorietta Bay Marina. More information about Glorietta Bay Marina and Boat Rentals and Public Docking can be found on the City's website.

"Drug Store" Event at Middle School: On Thursday, March 21, staff members from the Police Department, Fire Department, DEA and Juvenile Probation participated in the annual "Drug Store" event produced by Coronado SAFE, in conjunction with the Coronado Middle School, to educate sixth grade classes about the perils of illicit drugs.

Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, March 23, through Friday, March 29.




Beach Clean-up

North Beach

March 23

Energy Roadshow Trailer

City Hall parking lot

March 24

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

March 24

Birthday Party

Mathewson Park

March 24

Photo Shoot

Centennial Park

March 25

Video Shoot

Centennial Park

March 28

Home Energy Roadshow: The South Bay Energy Action Collaborative is hosting a Home Energy Roadshow South Bay Tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Visitors can learn how to make their homes more comfortable, healthy and efficient. The event is free.


Navy Releases Draft Natural Resources Management Plan: The Navy has announced the availability to review the Naval Base Coronado revised Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan and associated Environmental Assessment. This revised plan is being prepared to incorporate the operational, land use, and natural resources management changes at Naval Base Coronado and, once finalized, will replace the Naval base's 2002 plan. The public review period runs through March 29. Both the draft plan and draft Environmental Assessment can be reviewed online at http://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/4275/1710071and at the public libraries in San Diego County, Imperial Beach, Alpine, Ramona and Coronado. Comments on the draft documents should be submitted to NAVFAC SW, Coastal IPT, GRUE00.RL, 1220 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92132, or via email to tiffany.shepherd@navy.mil.

Historic Resource Commission: On Wednesday, March 20, the Commission reviewed three "Notice of Intent to Demolish" applications and determined that the properties located at 667 Ocean Boulevard, 1011 Olive Avenue, and 1030 Olive Lane are not historically significant.



Glorietta Bay Park Cottage Improvements: The contractor completed the roof framing repairs and began installing weatherpoofing material. He will prepare the building for painting by patching and repairing the exterior plaster and wood siding. Painting is scheduled for next week.

Repairs to Glorietta Bay Pump Station: This project will make repairs to the Glorietta Bay Pump Station, including the pumps and pump rail system. In addition, the contractor will clean the wet well. While the repairs are being performed, the interior of the wet well will be videotaped and visually inspected to determine the extent of deterioration of the liner and structural concrete. It is anticpated that a follow-up project will be required to addess the condition of the wet well later this year. Bids were opened on Thursday, March 21, and staff anticipates recommending that the City Council award a contract at its Tuesday, April 2, meeting.


Tar Balls at North Beach: A beach visitor informed Lifeguards about tar balls on the shore at North Beach, including Dog Beach. Public Services crews immediately combed the beach and picked up a couple of pounds of the tar balls. Lifeguards believe it to be a naturally occurring incident because much of the tar included small invertebrates and shells that indicated it had been in the water for some time. Lifeguards patrolling the beach have not seen any more tar balls.


Youth Programs: This week, a children's craft program was held on Tuesday afternoon, and the teen Wednesday program was a "Disney `Scene It' Trivia Tournament." Tuesday and Friday Story Hours were held, as well as the Thursday Spanish language Story Hour.

Coronado Roundtable: Today, Library Director Christian Esquevin spoke to the Coronado Roundtable on the subject of "The Brave New World of Publishing." The talk focused on the topic of the publishing industry, e-books, self-publishing, and the changing environment for writers, readers, and libraries.


Vehicle Theft Recovery Award: On Wednesday, March 20, Police Officer Jordan Good was honored at a ceremony in Balboa Park as the Coronado Officer that recovered the most stolen vehicles during 2012.


Girl Scouts Presentation: Two members of Coronado Girl Scout Troop 5065, who led a local beach clean-up in early February, presented the Public Services Department with an art piece on Wednesday, March 20, created with the trash they and about 40 other volunteers had collected. Karen Ray Nelson and Ashlyn Hirsh, both 13-year-old seventh graders at Coronado Middle School, organized the beach clean-up as part of an effort to earn their Silver Award. After the art piece, called "Abstract Trash," was presented, crews demonstrated some of the City equipment used to clean and care for the beach.


Community Teens: The Community Teens session concluded on Monday, March 18, with a beach clean-up. The students filled several trash bags with debris found on the beach. The students were then treated to ice cream for a job well done throughout the session.

Friday Night on the Strand: Staff is expecting a large crowd this evening for the first "Friday Night on the Strand" to be held at the Club Room and Boathouse. The theme is "Beach Night" and activities will include beach volleyball, a capture-the-flag game, and s'mores by the fire pit. Prizes will be awarded. Movies to be shown will be "Nim's Island" and "Muppet's Treasure Island."

Tennis Center Activities: Junior Team Tennis is in full swing with lots of activity on Sunday afternoons all over San Diego. Cardio Tennis classes at 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Sunday are free for City employees during April. Participants must sign up in advance. Pickleball has a growing following at the Tennis Center. Drop-ins are welcome from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Easter Bunny at the Community Center: The Easter Bunny will make its annual appearance in Coronado on Saturday, March 30. The Recreation Department has a full day of festivities planned at the Coronado Community Center, beginning with "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" at 9 a.m., which includes pancakes, sausages, fruit, juice and coffee. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance for Easter photos. Advanced tickets are required for the breakfast event. They are limited and go fast. The Easter celebration continues that afternoon with the annual"Easter Egg-Stravaganza." Easter egg hunts will be ongoing from 1 to 3:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. performance by the country-rock duo "Hulaballo" is a new addition to the day. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.


Senior Center Public Meeting: A Community Meeting has been scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Coronado Community Center to review the results of a Senior Center survey and to further refine the community's vision of programs and activities for the new Senior Center.

Budget-related Dates: In addition to the Special City Council meeting set for Tuesday, March 26, the City has other important dates to remember in relation to the Coronado City Budget Fiscal Year 2013-14. On April 15, community organization grant proposals are due. A Budget/Capital Improvement Projects Workshop is set for May 21 that will include community group presentations. The Budget is set to be adopted by the City Council at a meeting June 4.