Weekly Update - 05/31/2013

Date of Record: 2013-05-20


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, June 4, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.


Bike Corrals Survey:  Eight bike corrals have been installed and a trial period for the special bike parking areas has begun. The locations are as follows: SE corner of Orange/First; NW corner Orange/Second; SE corner Eighth/Orange; NW corner Tenth/Orange; NE corner Tenth/Orange; NE corner C/Orange; SW corner Loma/Orange; and NE corner Adella/Orange. Since this is a trial period, we would like to have your feedback. After you have had a chance to use or experience the bike corrals, please take our Bike Corrals Survey. The survey is open to anyone in the community, whether they use the corrals or not. The results will be presented in a staff report to the City Council at a future meeting. The survey may be found using this link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TL2KJRK. Feedback also may be provided to Anthony Colarossi at (619) 522-2424 or via email at acoloarossi@coronado.ca.us. City officials are aware of a defect in one of the racks, the one on the northeast corner of Tenth Street and Orange Avenue, and is working on a repair plan. In the meantime, a sign is being placed on the rack warning against its use.




Meet the Police Chief:  The community is invited to any of three Community Coffees being held around the City next week to meet new Coronado Police Chief Jon Froomin. The Chief will be available to meet the community at the following times and locations: from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at Café 1134, 1134 Orange Ave.; from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Tartine, 1106 First St.; and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at Calypso Café, 505 Grand Caribe Isle. Click on the flyer below for a larger image.



City Logos and Seals:  The City of Coronado recently sent a cease and desist letter to a San Diego County business demanding the company stop using the City's official logo for commercial purposes. The use of the City's logos and seals is not often authorized outside of official City business. The City wants to let the community know that all City logos and seals belong to the City of Coronado and may not be used for commercial purposes. When contacted, the San Diego business immediately complied with the City's cease and desist letter. However, if you see a City of Coronado logo or seal on any commercial flyer, letter or promotion, we ask that you contact us. You also should be suspicious of any use of a City logo or seal on any commercial or private promotion that does not appear to have the official endorsement of the City of Coronado. The City will take action in cases where no approval was granted.

Playground Equipment Removed:  Public Services crews removed swings from the Mathewson Park playground due to safety issues. Staff is reviewing the problem with the swings and working on a solution, which may include replacing the entire swing set.   


Guano at Triangle ParkPlayground equipment at Triangle Park at Third Street and I Avenue will be cleaned today of heron bird droppings so it will be ready for the weekend. There are heron nests in a tree above. The City will clean weekly during the nesting season.


A heron in local wetlands.


Beach, Bay Status Report: County Health officials have issued a water-contact advisory on the City's San Diego Bay side near Tidelands Park. They have advised against going into the water due to bacteria levels that exceed health standards since Wednesday, May 29.


Sidewalk CPR Day:  Tuesday, June 4, is Sidewalk CPR Day in San Diego County. Trained professionals from agencies, such as the American Heart Association, the County Health and Human Services Agency and the American Red Cross, will teach people how to do "hands only CPR." They will be at Coronado Rotary Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can drop by on your way to work, during your break or on your lunch hour. Click on the flyer for a larger image.




Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, June 1, through Friday, June 7. 





Wedding Ceremony

Bayview Park

June 1

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

June 1

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 1

Wedding Ceremony

Spreckels Park

June 1

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

June 2

Fifth Grade Beach Day

Central Beach

June 4

Sidewalk Hands Only CPR training

Coronado Rotary Plaza

June 4

Middle School Beach Day

Central Beach

June 5

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

June 7




Board Vacancies:  The City of Coronado is always looking for citizens interested in serving their community on a city commission, committee or board. Currently, the City is seeking two new members for the Design Review Commission for appointment in July.  The deadline to turn in applications is 5 p.m. June 28. Additionally, the Library Board of Trustees is seeking a new member for appointment in August. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. July 26.  Find out more about this and other appointments available throughout the year on the City's website.



Planning Commission:  On Tuesday, May 28, the Planning Commission adopted a resolution that found that the projects proposed to be added to the Fiscal Year 2013/14 through Fiscal Year 2017/18 Capital Improvement Program are in conformance with the City of Coronado's General Plan.



Street Preventive Maintenance:  Crosswalk markings, raised pavement markers and stencils are being installed.  The contractor should be finished with all work by today.


Glorietta Bay Pump Station RepairsAll four sets of pump rails have been repaired and the contractor is scheduled to re-install repaired pumps into the wet well by the middle of next week.


Glorietta Bay Pump Station work site at Glorietta Bay Park.


Brush Fire near Julian
  On Sunday evening, May 26, Coronado Firefighter/Paramedic Brandon Matey accepted an assignment as a Line Emergency Medical Technician in San Diego County and was dispatched to the General fire. The position provides medical support to the firefighters out on the fire line.  As of yesterday morning, nearly 1,200 acres had burned and the fire was 90 percent contained.  It is burning east towards the desert and no structures are threatened. 


Beach Lifeguards:  Memorial Day weekend was sunny with 70-degree water temperature, which helped to increase crowds to approximately 20,000 per day over the three-day weekend.  Lifeguards were busy due to multiple rip currents with 17 rescues, eight assists to swimmers, two medical aids, two lost children reunited, and one dog rescued from a rip tide.  On Sunday, May 26, a 12-mile Loop Paddleboard Race was held, hosted by local resident Dan Mann, from South Beach through the Harbor entrance to Glorietta Bay Park.  Beach Lifeguard Robert Phelps placed 15th in the 18-feet-and-over division.  Beach Lifeguard Sgt. Jay Scheckman took first place in the Men's 14-feet division and Beach Lifeguard Carter Graves took first place in the Women's 12-feet division. 



Teen EventThe Library hosted a teen event, "Disney Trivia Contest," on Wednesday, May 29.  Participants played a game based on their knowledge of trivia from various Disney studio movies and other "Disneyana" collectible items.


Library Exhibits:  The current Library exhibit, "Esther Painter Hagstrom: Art Through the Generations," is closing today. A new exhibit being installed next week will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Hotel del Coronado.  The exhibit will feature artifacts on loan from the Hotel, as well as photographs and ephemera from the Library's collection.  The exhibit will open the Library's Summer Festival and will be on display through Saturday, August 3.


Staff Training
:  On Thursday, May 30, department-wide staff from aquatics, tennis, Club Room and Boathouse, Skate Park, day camp, administration and facilities got together to kick off the 2013 summer season. Starting with a welcome by the City Manager, this lively group participated in team building exercises, recognition and motivational activities. Training also began this week for new summer staff, which consisted of training for camp counselors, Club Room and Boathouse staff and Skate Park staff. Participants learned about the Recreation Department's policies and procedures, "who's who" in the department, emergency procedures, customer service and the developmental stages of children.  This training is in preparation for the start of the summer programs June 10.


Staff in action during training this week.

Group photo of department-wide staff during training.

Tennis Tournament:  The Tennis Tournament hosted by the Coronado Tennis Association (CTA) and the City was a huge success this past Memorial Day weekend. The 208 entrants impressed spectators with their amazing game play. CTA provided many volunteers to help make this event a success. 


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.

City Budget
The Budget is set to be adopted by the City Council at the June 18 meeting.

Major Maintenance Street Work:  Work on a major maintenance project to resurface pavement along Seventh Street, Palm Avenue, Pine Street, Pine Court, and Soledad Place, and make sewer improvements along Seventh Street may begin in July. Residents and business owners should be aware that the streets will be completely removed and replaced, which is work that will impact driving and parking in the area. Notifications will be sent out advising the community of the work in advance.

Sidewalk Cleaning:  The selection of a new contract for a sidewalk pressure cleaning operator for the maintenance of sidewalks along Orange Avenue may be delayed to allow for a re-bid on the work. However, the current contractor will continue cleaning on a month-to-month basis.