Weekly Update - 05/10/2013

Date of Record: 2013-05-10


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, May 21, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.


Bike Thefts: Several bike theft arrests have been made over the last few weeks with the assistance of the public. The Coronado Police Department reminds all residents and visitors to use U-locks to secure your bikes and never leave a bike unlocked in public or in your yard. Bike locks that cannot be cut with hand tools are more secure. Don't leave bikes in public areas overnight. Report your bike theft immediately when you realize it is stolen. The sooner a theft is reported the better chance of recovery. Most of all, people should call the Police Department at (619) 522-7350 when they see someone suspicious lurking around areas where bikes are parked.

City Twitter Account Hits 1,000+ Followers: The City's Twitter account has surpassed the important milestone of 1,000 followers. While that might not seem like a lot compared to some Twitter accounts -- such as the one belonging to Warren Buffet who joined Twitter May 2 and has more than 410,000 followers -- we are excited. Our followers appear satisfied with our tweets, as we continue to grow every day. Another important number to note about the City's Twitter account, @CoronadoCity, is 2,384, the number of tweets the City has sent out since the beginning. That's a lot of useful information, including live traffic updates, news around town and notices of upcoming meetings. Follow Coronado to be up-to-date. If you would like to follow the City's Twitter account, it's best to have your own account. Here's a link to Twitter support to help you open an account: https://support.twitter.com/. You also can go directly to this page to open an account: https://twitter.com/signup. The City's websitecarries the City's most recent tweets.

State Controller Review of Coronado Redevelopment Agency Dissolution: City staff has been informed that State Controller John Chiang will assign an auditor to review any assets transferred in 2011 between the City's former redevelopment agency and the City of Coronado. Based upon information provided by the Controller's office, we expect that the review will be similar to an audit. We have been notified that the auditor will spend two weeks here at City Hall.

Farewell Event for Lou Scanlon: Yesterday, a farewell dinner was held for retiring Police Chief Lou Scanlon. The event included many of Lou's former colleagues from San Diego and Police Chiefs from throughout San Diego County. Chief Scanlon is scheduled to work next week to coordinate the transition with incoming Chief Jon Froomin, who will begin work on Monday, May 13.

Coronado Honors: Coronado was ranked No. 2 on a Parents Magazine list of America's "10 Best Beach Towns" for families. According to the magazine's June edition, editors "designated family vacation hotspots that deliver all the ingredients for a magical stay: pristine ocean, beach safety, and a boatload of inland fun. Additionally, the 10 Best Beach Towns are affordable - no hotel room starts at a higher price than $289 per night." Coronado was the only West Coast city on the list and ranked behind Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Click on the image below to read the story. Also this week, the Hotel del Coronado was named a favorite historic hotel by experts. USA TODAY researched historic hotels and sought recommendations from historians, a publisher of books on historic hotels, and frequent travelers to come up with their favorite historic hotels for business travelers.

City Council Proclamations: The Council made four ceremonial proclamations at the Tuesday, May 7, meeting. The following photos depict, in order, National Bike Month; National Preservation Month; and Presentation of Historic Plaques. Not all historic plaque recipients are pictured. No representatives for Drowning Prevention Month were present.

Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, May 11, through Friday, May 17.




Guitar Recital

Spreckels Park

May 11

Fireworks Display

Beach adjacent to the Hotel del Coronado

May 11

Family Gathering

Glorietta Bay Park

May 11

Naval Helicopter Association 5K Fun Run

Tidelands Park-Second Street-A Avenue-First Street-Centennial Park-Tidelands Park

May 13

Summer Resource Fair

Spreckels Park

May 15


Central Beach

May 15

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

May 17

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

May 17


Sharp Coronado Hospital Capital Improvements: Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center and the Coronado Hospital Foundation submitted the required documentation for the 10thinstallment payment for capital improvements, per the Second Owner Participation Agreement. Staff initiated escrow to send $1,350,584 via wire transfer to the Coronado Hospital Foundation. The improvements included the third floor renovation project, the Motion Center, which renovated the exercise, physical therapy and locker rooms. The project also included upgrades and replacement to the existing Healthy Living Center, staff and administrative offices, and board room as well as upgrades to the flooring and finishes throughout the corridors.



ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps Along Sixth Street: The contractor has completed all required construction on a project to improve 47 pedestrian ramps along Sixth Street west of Orange Avenue. Staff is working with the contractor to finalize all billing items and to schedule a Notice of Completion for an upcoming City Council meeting.

Street Preventive Maintenance: Rains delayed the start of construction, but work began on Thursday, May 9. Streets that will receive a slurry seal as part of the project include Ocean Boulevard, Sixth Street, Eighth Street, and Ninth Street, as well as the parking lots located adjacent to the intersection of Seventh/D and adjacent to the main fire station on Sixth Street. Below are the anticipated construction schedule (revised) and a map of the work areas. Click on the map to see a larger version:

Ocean Boulevard (split in thirds lengthwise) May 9, 13, and 14

Eighth Street (Coronado to Orange) May 9

Ninth Street (G to Orange) May 10

Eighth Street (Orange to Adella) May 10

Sixth Street (Orange to Glorietta) May 10

Parking Lot at Seventh/D May 10

Parking Lot at Main Fire Station May 10

Sixth Street (Coronado to Orange) May 11

Palm (Alameda to Third) May 13

Ninth Street (Alameda to G; Orange to Adella) May 14

Crews preparing Sixth Street near Margarita Avenue for slurry work.

Dock C Public Workshop: The public is invited to attend a public workshop for Dock C at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the City Council Chambers. Dock C is the City-owned dock managed by California Yacht Marina, located directly behind City Hall. The goal of the workshop is to listen to possible alternatives and suggestions for the dock and to report the public input to the City Council.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Repairs: The contractor began mobilization this week, setting up construction fencing and placing de-watering bins at the City-owned parking lot in front of the Naval Amphibious Base. Work to clean the pump station wet well and work to start repairs to the pumps and rail systems is expected to begin Monday, May 13, and may include nighttime operations.

Scenic Bicycle Loop Installation: At its Tuesday, May 7 meeting, the City Council authorized staff to advertise the Scenic Bicycle Loop project for construction. The Scenic Loop is a project included in the City's Bicycle Master Plan and is intended to provide bicyclists with a clearly identified path that can be used to circumnavigate the City's "Village" community. The project will install Class II and III bicycle facilities on Alameda Boulevard, a portion of Sixth Street, Ocean Drive, Ocean Boulevard, and Glorietta Boulevard. Upon completion, the vast majority of the scenic loop will be installed as can be seen in the map shown below. Click on the map to see a larger version.

Street, Curb and Gutter Project: At its Tuesday, May 7 meeting, the City Council awarded a construction contact to SMR Contracting & Paving. The project will resurface Palm Avenue, from Third Street to D Avenue; Pine Court; Pine Street, from Ocean Boulevard to Alder Street; Seventh Street; and Soledad Place. Construction has been timed so that work on Seventh will not occur until after school gets out for the year. Once completed contract documents, construction bonds and insurance information have been received, work will be scheduled.


Broadway Producer Don Gregory Program: The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission will be hosting "An Evening with Don Gregory" at 7 p.m. tonight in the Winn Room. Don Gregory will be interviewed by the U-T San Diego Theater Critic James Hebert.

Flute Performance: The Library will host a performance by flutist Robert Dick at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, in the Winn Room. He and contrabass player Ross Hendler will perform original jazz works. Dick has been awarded Guggenheim and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships for his compositions.


San Diego Police Officers' Association Peace Officer of the Year Award: Officer Jade Gutzmer was chosen to be the Coronado Police Department's nominee for the San Diego Police Officers' Association Peace Officer of the Year award. She was nominated for her excellent work and follow-up in patrol for 2012. Officer Gutzmer was recognized, along with 16 other law enforcement officers, at the 22nd annual San Diego Police Officers' Association Peace Officer of the Year Awards ceremony on Friday, April 19, at the U.S. Grant Hotel.


National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit: The Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES, permit on Wednesday, May 8. The permit, part of a Clean Water Act program to keep the region's beaches and waterways clean, will go into effect on June 27.The five-year permit allows the co-permittees - affected local government agencies -- to continue to implement the existing programs until plans are developed and approved by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Once the plans are approved, the co-permittees will adapt the existing programs to meet the permit's watershed goals and objectives. Staff will perform a complete evaluation of the adopted permit and prepare the City's program, including its scope, schedules, priorities and probable costs. Some components of the program continue to be unfunded mandates required by the State of California.

Site Visit from CalRecycle: The California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, is conducting a statewide review to determine the effectiveness of its various recycling programs. CalRecycle staff is visiting the City of Coronado for three days to gain first-hand knowledge about our recycle programs. CalRecycle and Public Services staff are conducting on-site visits to review the recycling programs at Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Spa, Albertsons, Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center, and the Coronado Unified School District. On Wednesday, May 8, Community Development staff reviewed the City's "Green Building Standards" with CalRecycle staff. Yesterday, staff sampled commercial and residential trash and recycle containers to assess how effectively recyclable items are being disposed.


Coronado SAFE: At its last meeting of the school year this week, Coronado SAFE presented the Recreation Department with its "Coalition Partner of the Year Award." Andrea Webster, executive director of Coronado SAFE, gave a presentation and highlighted the Recreation Department's contributions to SAFE's "Student and Family Enrichment Mission" to serve the community along with the many SAFE programs the Recreation Department supports. Those programs include Team SAFE, activities for children at parenting workshops, and an Open House for new families. Specifically, SAFE recognized Recreation Coordinator Brooke Klosinski and Teen Recreation Specialist Ashley Albertsons (in photo below) for continuing efforts to provide leisure opportunities for teens in Coronado.

Lurkeville Demo: The City of Coronado Skate Park hosted the second annual Lurkeville demonstration on Saturday, May 4. More than 130 skaters enjoyed the free music, contests, professional skate demonstrations, barbecue, and free skate products from this local San Diego skateboard company. Emerald City surf shop also came out to support the local skaters with a prize wheel where skaters could spin to win.

Fifth Grade Preview: Today is the annual Fifth Grade Previewevent that gives local fifth graders an opportunity to try out the Recreation Department's teen night. For the first time, the preview will be held at the Club Room instead of the Community Center. The event will include activities inside and outside the Club Room.


Sidewalk Cleaning:The City Council will soon approve a contract with a sidewalk pressure cleaning operator for the maintenance of sidewalks along Orange Avenue.

Golf Course Changes: Modifications to the 15th Tee at the Coronado Golf Course have been approved and changes will be coming soon to help reduce the number of errant golf balls from entering the tennis facility.

Budget-related Dates
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.