Weekly Update - 04/5/2013

Date of Record: 2013-04-05


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 set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.


Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, April 6, through Friday, April 12.




Fireworks Display

Hotel del Coronado

April 6

Wedding Ceremony

Bay View Park

April 6

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

April 6


Coronado Cays Dock Replacement: The Coronado Cays has filed a request for a five-year California Environmental Quality Act and California Coastal Commission Coastal Exemption for dock replacement projects occurring throughout the Cays. The Cays' docks fall within the City's Coastal Commission Local Coastal Permit authority; however, such projects are appealable by the Coastal Commission. The purpose of the five-year request is to facilitate the process for homeowners so that individual requests do not have to be filed with the City and be subject to lengthy appeal periods by the Coastal Commission. The City approved a similar exemption request for 2008-2013, along with a five-year permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dock replacements eligible for this exemption involve maintenance and replacement with substantially the same size as the structures replaced and no net increase of bay coverage with eelgrass impacts. The Coastal Commission's appeal period expires April 10. The Cays is also working on a separate permit with the Army Corps and related resource agencies.

Historic Resource Commission: On Wednesday, April 3, the Commission reviewed two Notice of Intent to Demolish applications and found that the properties at 825 C Avenue and 827 E Avenue do not meet the criteria for designation as Historic Resources.



Recreation Cottage Improvements: The construction fencing surrounding the Recreation Cottage was removed and the building painted. The ramp guardrail is one of the last items to be installed and the project will be complete.

Street Preventive Maintenance: A preconstruction meeting was held this week to begin project coordination for Street Preventive Maintenance FY 2012-13. The contractor will be forwarding submittals to staff with the work anticipated to start the first week of May. Streets to be sealed include Sixth Street, Eighth Street, Ninth Street from Alameda Boulevard to Adella Avenue, Ocean Boulevard/R. H. Dana, and Palm Avenue from Alameda to Third Street. This item serves to remind residents about the City's efforts to maintain its streets with slurry sealing, which extends the life of streets and improves smooth conditions. Residents will be asked to avoid driving and parking on the streets while they are drying.

ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps Along Sixth Street: A preconstruction meeting is scheduled Monday, April 8, for a project to remove and replace 47 pedestrian ramps along Sixth Street west of Orange Avenue. The project will bring ramps in compliance with standards set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act, and provide a better surface for wheelchairs and strollers. Although staff is still coordinating with the contractor to confirm a start date, construction is expected to begin the week of April 15 and be completed by the end of the month.


Coronado Cays Structure Fire: Fire units from Coronado, Imperial Beach, Federal Fire Department and Chula Vista responded with Coronado Police to the report of a structure fire on Monday, April 1, at 17 Half Moon Bend. This structure was a duplex consisting of two single-family units. On arrival at about 5 p.m., Coronado Engine 37 reported active fire on the roof extending inside. All residents were out of the structures on arrival. Battalion 53 arrived shortly after and assumed incident command, directing fire crews to the roof and inside the structure. As more crews arrived they were directed to the adjoining structure and coordinated suppression efforts to stop fire from reaching the adjoining structure, which was limited to a common wall. The fire was extinguished with first alarm units. Fire crews assisted both homeowners with securing their personal properties.

Spring Break/Beach Wheelchairs: This week, the Lifeguards continued to see moderate crowds, average for Spring Break, as well as a few rescues, medical aids and lost children as a result. There continues to be an average of one sea lion beaching itself every day and this appears to be a continuing trend up and down the coast. Yesterday, a representative from the Travel Channel visited Central Beach to take some photos and gather facts for an upcoming piece that will be featured on the Travel Channel website highlighting Coronado's beach wheelchairs. These wheelchairs, 4 manual and 2 powered, are housed in the Main Lifeguard Tower and administered by the Lifeguards. The chairs were donated by Accessible San Diego, a nonprofit organization, which secured grant funding from the California Coastal Conservancy in 2008. The chairs are available every day of the year, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to sunset. Users must leave a photo ID. These wheelchairs are a very rare amenity at beaches and we are very fortunate to have them available for both residents and visitors.


Artist Reception: The Library is hosting a reception at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the Winn Room for the artists and former students of the late Coronado High School teacher Esther Painter Hagstrom. The art works of Mrs. Hagstrom and several of her students are currently on exhibit at the Library. This exhibit has been very popular and will be on display through Friday, May 31. (The photo below includes Esther Painter Hagstrom's granddaughter and exhibit organizer, Suzy Hagstrom, on the left, and Celeste Walkup Usler, on the right. Walkup Usler is one of Painter Hagstrom's students, whose watercolors are on display.)

Cultural Arts Commission: The Cultural Arts Commission held its monthly meeting Thursday, April 4, chaired by Vice-Chair Steve Baker. The Commission is planning several events, including "Art Under the Umbrellas" at the Coronado Golf Course on Sunday, May 12; an event with Broadway Producer Don Gregory on a date to be determined; an Art Forum on Thursday, June 20; and film festival-related events, also in June.

Book Into Film Program: The Library will be hosting another session of its "Book Into Film" series at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the Winn Room. This session will feature the book and film "Brokeback Mountain," a film adapted from a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx.


Spring Break Messages: The Coronado Police Department issued two important messages to the community this week about Spring Break bicycle and vehicle thefts. The messages bear repeating:

A Message from the Police Department:

Lock Your Bikes!

Enjoy Coronado by bike this week, but remember that bike thefts are a growing concern. To make sure you are not a victim of bicycle theft, always lock your bike to a rack using a U-lock, no matter how long you will be away from it. With the increase in people and bikes in town this Spring Break week, the bike thieves are out to get yours if you don't take the appropriate precautions. Cable locks are being cut by bike thieves. Replace your cable lock with a metal U-lock for a higher degree of safety. Remember also to lock your bike to a bike rack in a well-traveled area and under a light at night. Report suspicious people hanging around areas where bikes are parked. Bike thieves can carry bolt cutters in a backpack. Register your bike with the National Bike Registry. Contact the Coronado Police Department during business hours, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, for a free National Bike Registry bike license. Enjoy Coronado by bike this week!

A Message from the Police Department:

Lock Your Vehicles, Don't be a Victim

The number of thefts from vehicles parked on the streets around the Coronado Community Center, Hotel del Coronado and along Ocean Boulevard has increased since Spring Break began. The Coronado Police Department is reminding visitors and residents to never leave valuables in your vehicles, to lock your car doors and to roll up car windows when leaving your car parked on the street for any amount of time. Recent thefts from vehicles parked on the street indicate that thieves may be watching people place valuables in the trunks of their vehicle after parking. Avoid leaving any valuables in your parked vehicles to reduce the chance of being a victim. Report any suspicious persons loitering in areas where unattended vehicles are parked. Your tip could stop a theft.

National Animal Control Appreciation Week: The week of April 7, 2013, to April 13, 2013, is designated as National Animal Control Appreciation Week and recognizes the outstanding service provided by Coronado Police Department's Animal Services Officer, Kennel Assistants, and volunteers to the rescued animals and citizens of Coronado. (Photo below: Police Chief Lou Scanlon accepting a National Animal Control Appreciation Week proclamation on behalf of staff and officials with the Coronado Animal Care Facility at the April 2 City Council meeting.)


Easter Egg-stravaganza: The annual Easter Egg-stravaganza was a huge success. Lots of children and their families enjoyed Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in the morning and the carnival in the afternoon. There were egg hunts, visits with the bunny, the Candyland game, a jumpee, and lots of carnival games.


Budget-related Dates: Community organization grant proposals are due on April 15. 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.