Weekly Update - 06/28/2013

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Date of Record: 2013-06-02

 

CITY MANAGER'S WEEKLY UPDATE


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, July 16, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.




CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE



Fourth of July Preparation We are expecting large crowds this week as we prepare for our annual Fourth of July celebration. Please bear with us as we put things in order in advance of Thursday. As the community knows, the City readies itself for six major events in town. Here's what the community should know:

 

  • No-parking signs will be posted on Monday, July 1, in advance of the Fourth of July to provide ample warning of areas where the public is not permitted to park.
  • The community may begin placing their items in the Orange Avenue medians at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning to watch the parade.
  • Seating stands and restrooms will be put in place on Wednesday, July 3.
  • A parade safety zone where no parking is allowed will be set up early Thursday. Vehicles found in the marked no-parking areas, inside a one-block radius on either side of Orange Avenue, will be towed. This safety zone is meant to ensure event security and to provide an area for emergency vehicles and clean-up crews.
  • Parking is permitted along the northbound and southbound lanes of State Route 75/Silver Strand Boulevard north of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, where it is normally allowed.  However, no vehicles may park AT ANY TIME along the medians of State Route 75 from Pomona Avenue to Tulagi Road, or along the southbound or northbound shoulders of State Route 75 south of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado south, where parking is always prohibited.
  • The RV staging area for entering the Silver Strand State Beach is north of the Coronado Cays guard shack along the western curb of Coronado Cays Boulevard.  In the Village area, RV parking will be temporarily permitted Thursday along Glorietta Boulevard and along State Route 75 on the City Hall side, or across from the Coronado Shores. However, no overnight sleeping or awnings and pop-outs are allowed.




 

Here's the list of Fourth of July events in Coronado:

7 a.m.                      37th Annual Independence Day 15K Run/5K Run-Walk; Registration/start at Tidelands Park; http://kathyloperevents.com/cor15K/

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.             Art in the Park; Spreckels Park at Sixth Street and Orange Avenue; http://www.coronadoartassn.com/

9 a.m.                               55th Annual Rough Water Swim; Central Beach; registration at 7:30 a.m.; http://www.july4roughwater.org/

10 a.m.                 64th Annual Independence Day ParadeOrange Avenue; Parade Participants

4 p.m.                               Concerts in the Park at Spreckels Park; Coronado Community Band; http://coronadoconcert.com/

9 p.m.                         Fireworks Show over Glorietta Bay broadcast live on radio station KYXY 96.5 FM; Big Bay Boom over San Diego Bay; http://www.bigbayboom.com/

A press release on the City's website has more information, including links to the parade line-up and a map of traffic control and street closures. The City thanks you for your patience and understanding during this event-filled day.




Power Outage:  On Wednesday shortly after noon, a power outage occurred that affected about 2,000 SDG&E customers in various locations throughout town, including many homes and businesses. Traffic backed up along Silver Strand Boulevard due to the power being out at the signalized intersection on Tarawa Road near Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Coronado Police directed traffic and Fire personnel responded to several false ringing alarms, as well a lift-assist where an elevator was not functional. Power was out at City Hall and Community Center. The swimming pool was closed most of the day to return the pool to the proper chlorine levels. A second power outage affected another 2,400 SDG&E customers early yesterday morning. Power was restored before 10 a.m. SDG&E said the cause of the first outage was due to an underground cable that failed and the second outage was due to a transformer fire on a line behind the U.S. Post Office. The outages were unrelated.



Coronado Police directing traffic at Silver Strand Boulevard and Tarawa Road after power outage cut off power to signals.

 

 

Second-hand Smoking Workshop:  About 15 people attended a public workshop yesterday to share information and their thoughts about a proposed second-hand smoking ordinance the City is considering. A survey was created and may be taken up until Friday, July 5. A version is available online or a copy may be printed out and returned to City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. A press release on the City's website explains the survey.


 


Free Summer Shuttle Bus: Look for the Summer Shuttle bus in the Fourth of July Parade next Thursday. The bus will have a "wrap" design on it, announcing the free service. The service will be offered from July 5 through September 30 around the Village area from the Coronado Ferry Landing to City Hall and back. The City is working on a bus schedule with a map and timetable. It will be provided free to the hotels and businesses interested in promoting it.



 

New Signage for Bike Corrals: Signs placed at four of the eight bike corrals yesterday explain how to use the bicycle parking areas and inform the community how to provide input so the City can to gauge support. As a reminder, the bike corrals were installed earlier this month for a trial period. A survey is available to those who live, work or bike in the community and is open to anyone, 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.

 

 















Storefront Etiquette: As part of an effort to keep the sidewalks clear of poorly displayed items, such as tables, signs and merchandise, the City asked people this week to remove improper sidewalk sandwich-type signs from the commercial district. A notice went out to businesses along the City's commercial districts a few weeks ago reminding them of those areas on the sidewalks where encroachment is not allowed. 




'Wizard of Oz' Celebration:  A few dozen community members attended a meeting Monday, where City and Warner Bros. officials announced the City of Coronado's involvement in the festivities surrounding the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" film, starring Judy Garland, and its re-release in 3D and IMAX. The celebration will include special screenings of the film and various charity events throughout the community that will benefit local nonprofit groups beginning in September. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Mayor Casey Tanaka and Warner Bros. executive and Coronado resident Millard Ochs making the announcement Monday of the City's involvement in the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" film.

 



Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, June 29, through Friday, July 5. 

 

Event

Location

Date

Wedding Ceremony

Bay View Park

June 29

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

June 29

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 29

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

June 29

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 30

Rotary Low Tide Ride & Stride event

Coronado Beach; Sunset Park

June 30

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

June 30

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 1

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

July 2

Summer Program Outing

North Beach

July 2

Fireworks Display

Hotel del Coronado beach

July 2

4th of July Parade

Orange Avenue

July 4

Fireworks Display

Glorietta Bay

July 4







COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT





Design Review Commission
:
On Wednesday, June 26, the Commission elected Christian Rice to be the chairman of the Commission.  The Commission also approved an exterior remodel to the Sherwood Condominiums at 534 E Ave. and approved, with conditions, a remodel to the Crown Shops commercial complex at the southeast corner of the intersection of C Avenue and Tenth Street.

 





ENGINEERING AND

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT





Street Overlay
:
 Construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, July 8, on a major street overlay project in Coronado. It is expected to begin on Seventh Street with the majority of construction initially taking place between Orange and D avenues.  Construction efforts also will include pedestrian ramp replacement along Seventh Street. You may have noticed the contractor out this week. In preparation for the July 8 start date, the contractor identified the exact location of existing utilities. The work will include the installation of an asphalt overlay over the entire length of Seventh Street, Soledad Place, Palm Avenue between Third and Sixth Streets, and portions of Pine Street and Pine Court. This project was delayed until after school testing and the busy Fourth of July weekend. Parking along Seventh Street in construction zones will be temporarily removed to accommodate construction. Signs will be installed a few days before the work begins. The City appreciates your patience.

 

Vactor Waste Enclosure:  Construction continued this week as the contractor poured concrete for the new enclosure's ground surface, foundations for the enclosure walls, and portions of the enclosure walls themselves. The vactor waste enclosure provides the City with a place to dump wet material, such as debris from cleaning storm drains, that will allow the liquid to decant and be discharged into the sanitary sewer system. The solid material will dry and then be hauled off for disposal.






FIRE SERVICES




Fire Training:  Fire personnel are conducting live fire training at the Coronado Cays Fire Station this weekend. The training began yesterday and will run through Saturday, June 29, in a trailer designed for this purpose.  This is funded by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, allowing for fire personnel throughout the South Bay region to train together.   There will be no visible smoke resulting from this training.

 

 



Jelly Fish Stings:  The City has experienced a higher than average number of jelly fish stings over the past two weeks. When stung, it is best not to rub the area but rather wash it with fresh water and/or spray with a solution of one part white vinegar to 10 parts tap water and then rinse again. Stingray stings have been abnormally low. Remember to shuffle the ground when entering the water to avoid encountering a stingray. Lifeguards are expecting large crowds this weekend with the warm weather expected. Here is a Coronado Lifeguard handout on jelly fish and sting ray stings. Click on the handout below to get a larger version.

 

 

 

 

LIBRARY SERVICES




Summer Reading Programs
:  
So far, 325 children have signed up for the Children's Summer Reading Club.  Events this week included the annual "Bubble Day" on Tuesday, June 25, and the Fourth of July T-shirt craft on Thursday, June 27. So far, 113 teens have signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Club.  Events this week included a "Yoga and Smoothies" program on Wednesday, June 26.

 

 

Summer FestivalOn Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m., Christine Donovan from the Hotel del Coronado will give a presentation on the hotel's 125th anniversary.  Donovan will also talk about writing and publishing several official books on the Hotel del Coronado.

 




POLICE SERVICES



The United States Police and Fire ChampionshipsThe Western Division United States Police and Fire Championships were held June 15-23 in San Diego.   Coronado Police Officer Jade Gutzmer participated on one of the six women's teams, playing soccer with the San Diego Heat, a team of mostly San Diego Police Officers.  The team took home the Gold Medal last week.



 

Low Tide Ride and Stride:  The 16th annual Low Tide Ride and Stride will be held on Sunday, June 30.  The event, sponsored by the Coronado Rotary, travels the 8.2 miles of beach from Camp Surf in Imperial Beach to North Beach in Coronado. Click on the image below to reach the event website.

 






RECREATION SERVICES




Tennis:  Little Stars Tennis Class, with children ages 3-6, has averaged 14 children per week.  This class is offered from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday all summer long.  Twilight Camp is now being offered in the evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.  Jr. Pickleball for Kids is another evening class which will begin on Saturday, June 28, at the Tennis Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  The Tennis Center is definitely hopping this summer.

 

 





ON THE HORIZON



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