Weekly Update - 07/12/2013

Date of Record: 2013-06-11



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.


Life Saving Efforts:  On Saturday, July 6, at 11:14 a.m., Senior Officer Van Erhard and Officer Sam Sellers were dispatched to a call of a man down in the 800 block of Glorietta Boulevard.  Upon arrival, they located the victim and several witnesses.  One person was performing CPR on the victim.  Sellers and Erhard quickly assessed the situation and determined the 50-year-old victim did not have a pulse.  They deployed their Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, which can be found in every Coronado Police cruiser, and initiated a shock, as prescribed by the machine.  Officer Sellers continued CPR until and after Coronado Fire Department personnel arrived.  When the patient was transported, he had a pulse, was breathing and is expected to recover. The quick thinking of Erhard and Sellers, the presence of life saving equipment, and knowledge of its use were critical in this life-saving incident. 



Orange Avenue Sign Sweep:  In response to recent complaints, staff was directed on Monday and Tuesday, July 1-2, to check the sidewalks of the commercial district on Orange Avenue.  Staff checked for compliance with two recent City of Coronado handouts regarding Storefront Etiquette and the unlawful placement of A-frame signs and "goods and furniture" on the sidewalk.  In general, the policy directs the merchants to keep the main center portion of the sidewalks clear of these items for pedestrian use, and placed up against their building. Those businesses not in compliance with City policy were given the appropriate handout and informed by staff where those items could be placed. On Wednesday, July 10, staff again checked Orange Avenue for compliance.  Three A-frame signs from the same business were found in violation and were removed. Staff informed the business that it could pick up the signs at the Public Services yard during regular business hours. Here is a link to the notice the City created to inform the community about Storefront Etiquette.


City Surveys:  The City has put together three surveys to get the public's input on various issues. The surveys may be reached by clicking on the titles below and include:

  • Second-Hand Smoking Ordinance Survey - Today is the last day to take the survey that asks the community what it thinks about smoking in public places. To take a paper version, click here for a copy that may be printed then either mailed or delivered to City Hall c/o Jerome Torres, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118.
  • Bike Corral Survey - The Bike Corral survey asks residents, businesses and visitors to let the City know how they feel about the newly installed bike corrals. This survey must be taken online.
  • Municipal Services Delivery Survey - This survey is part of the City of Coronado's Technology Strategic Plan, which will help enhance the City's business functions and service delivery. Coronado wants to know what you think about the services it provides, over the counter and online.


Shuttle Bus Update:  The free Summer Shuttle buses have been operating for a full week and are a great way to get across town. Tourists and locals are using the service, which will be offered through September 30. A brochure that includes a map of the major stops can be found at City facilities, local hotels, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, the Coronado Visitor Center, and on the shuttle buses. The Summer Shuttle is the 904 route, which runs every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.


Mayor Casey Tanaka speaks to a crowd at the launch Friday, July 5, of the free Summer Shuttle bus service. 

Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, July 13, through Friday, July 19. 




Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 13

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

July 13


Glorietta Bay Park

July 13

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

July 13

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 13

Birthday Party

Glorietta Bay Park

July 14

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 14



Street OverlayThe contractor began installing the sewer line on Seventh Street between Orange and E avenues this week.  The contractor will be removing and replacing five manhole structures and installing nearly 500 feet of 8-inch sewer line.  This work is expected to continue until the end of July.  Demolition and reconstruction of accesible pedestrian ramps along Seventh Street will begin Monday, July 22, with the milling and overlay of asphalt beginning in mid-August. 



Vactor Waste Enclosure:  Construction continued this week on the Vactor Waste Enclosure project with crews finishing the concrete flatwork, and the curbs and gutters. The bins to hold the waste are anticipated to arrive next week. Once completed, the vactor waste enclosure will provide the City with a place to dump wet material such as debris from cleaning storm drains, and 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.


15th Tee Renovation:  Work has started on the 15th Tee Renovation.  The contractor has begun removing the turf and grading operations.  The tee will be lowered and a hedge installed to reduce the incidence of stray golf balls from entering the Tennis Center. The City created a short video to explain the work:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kx2lf2Pvrs8



Senior Center:  The architects met with the Library Board to discuss options for how the proposed Senior Center might be built adjacent to the library building. Three options were discussed, with one being favored over the other two.  The architects will further examine library exits, impacts to library programs in the park, and existing tree locations then meet again with the Library Board.




Chariot Fire near Julian
 Early on the morning of Monday, July 8, Coronado Battalion Chief Perry Peake and San Diego Fire Department Battalion Chief John Strock led a Strike Team of engines from Federal Fire, Chula Vista Fire, Poway Fire, and San Diego Fire to the Chariot Fire in the Julian area. They were assigned to the area near the Shriners Camp where nearly 100 structures were lost. They were able to save many structures but severe weather and winds hampered the efforts of more than 2,000 firefighters until Wednesday, when weather conditions changed and allowed firefighters to make good progress. Peake's team was released on Wednesday, July 10, and as of yesterday morning, the fire was 70 percent contained, with more than 7,000 acres burned. 



Beach Lifeguards:  The first two weeks of July have been busy with large crowds at the beach and Coronado Lifeguards performing more than 50 rescues and 70 medical aids.  There has been an influx of jellyfish at the beach and several beach patrons were stung in the past few days.  The stings can be treated with a solution of one part white vinegar to ten parts water and then rinsed clean with fresh water. The jellyfish stings do not have any residual effects or serious health risks, but they can be irritating.


 Beachgoers enjoying the rocks this week in front of the Hotel del Coronado.

 Lifeguard on duty watching over swimmers and others this week at Central Beach.

State Lifeguard Games:  On Thursday, July 11, Coronado Lifeguards hosted the California State Games Jr. Lifeguard competition. Nearly 300 Jr. Lifeguards, plus several instructors, spectators, and parents attended the event at Central Beach.  This is the fifth year Coronado has hosted the competition.  The California State Games are funded by the U.S. Olympic Committee and by competitors who pay a $10 entry fee.  There are many sports that young athletes can compete in and the winners receive Olympics-style medals.



Library Board:  The Library Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 9.  The Board heard a presentation on the proposed Senior Center expansion project and provided input. The Board also reviewed the status of the Library's Strategic Plan.


Youth Programs:  The Teen Summer Reading Club now has more than 150 members and collectively they have read 450 books.  This week's activities included a children's "Twilight Picnic Movie" in the Winn Room on Tuesday, and on Thursday, a "Kids' Candle Craft" (see photo below) was held on the patio. A "Teen Iron Chef" competition (see photo below) was held on Wednesday, which drew 30 participants and included lettuce as the secret ingredient.


 Teens participating in an Iron Chef-type challenge.

 Participant in the candle making craft at the Library.

Summer FestivalThe Library Summer Festival continues at 3 p.m. tomorrow with a concert by the Peter Sprague Jazz Quartet. Peter Sprague is a well-known and well-respected jazz guitarist.  The concert will be held on the lawn area outside the Winn Room.


Peter Sprague, courtesy petersprague.com.


Coronado Officers Honored:  Coronado Police Officers along with officials with Sharp Coronado Hospital's security and pharmacy departments were recognized at an awards dinner last night for their coordination in the arrest of three Los Angeles-area suspects who attempted to fill counterfeit prescriptions for controlled substances. Sharp Coronado's pharmacy and security departments and Coronado Police Detectives are currently in the process of working together to develop a protocol for responding to similar situations. The 2013 Sharp Coronado Hospital "Center of Recognized Excellence Award" is given annually to outstanding individuals, action teams, and departments at each Sharp entity that demonstrate superior performance under one of Sharp's Six Pillars of Excellence. A ceremony was held last night at the Coronado Golf Course.

Senior Volunteer Award:  Retired Coronado Senior Volunteer Patrol member Tony Meuchel was honored yesterday at the Fifth Annual Law Enforcement Volunteers Awards Luncheon hosted by the San Diego Crime Commission. Meuchel was one of 15 Senior Volunteers from different law enforcement agencies in San Diego County recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Meuchel was an integral part of the Coronado Senior Volunteer Program for 10 years and recently retired and moved out of state to embark on a new volunteer career. 




Retired Coronado Senior Volunteer Patrol member Tony Meuchel being honored yesterday.


Summer Registration:  A total of 1,012 participants are enrolled in day camps, swimming lessons, and enrichment programs this week.


Animation Film Camp:  This week in Animation Film Camp, located at the Club Room and Boathouse, 14 campers, between the ages of 7 and 12, learned how to make their own stop-motion films. These aspiring directors created a concept for a movie then sculpted the characters out of modeling clay. Next came the filming. Each character was moved slightly for each frame.  When the filming was complete, participants were able to take the movie home to show their friends and family members.

 Stop-motion filmmakers.

Engineering Fundamentals with Legos:  This week, 24 campers, ages 7 to 12, put their minds to work solving real life engineering challenges while doing what they love, which is playing with Legos. Each day consisted of three to four projects, including building a factory complete with conveyor belts, making pyramids with catapults, and creating tanks that roll through an obstacle course. Campers also had the opportunity to free-build a project of their own.

 Lego builders at Coronado Summer Camp.

Jump Rope Camp:  This week in the gym there were 16 jump ropers, ages 5 to 12, learning new skills and getting exercise. They practiced Double Dutch and playing long rope games. All of this was in preparation for a performance today for family and friends.


Participant in the Jump Rope Summer Camp program.

Sea Camp:  Twenty-four campers, ages 8 to 14, participated in Sea Camp this week at the Crown Cove Aquatics Center. Campers learned the basics of sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and outrigger canoeing.  Campers also had the opportunity to jump into the sea and ride the waves at Silver Strand State Beach. Thursday was "Pirate Day" and campers searched the island for hidden treasure, ran on the beach and swam in the bay.  Today, campers put their camp skills to the test in the SeaCamp Olympics. Campers formed teams to race kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and sailboats on Glorietta Bay.

'Cars 2' Camp:  This week 15 campers, ages 4 to 6, raced into action at "Cars 2" Camp at the Community Center. The campers made racetrack bags, designed their own race cars, and constructed their own racetracks.  Today, the campers made Cozy Cone hotels for "Cars 2" superstars Lightning McQueen and Mater.


Cars 2 Camp kids.

Survivor Camp:  Twenty-five children, ages 7-12, participated in the new Survivor Camp this week at Coronado Cays Park. The children were split into three groups and competed against each other daily to win points. Throughout the week, each team learned skills such as how to work together if they were stranded on an island by building shelter and painting their faces to blend into their surroundings.  Today, one team will be crowned the Ultimate Survivors based on the total points earned during the week.

Survivors in the Survivor Camp at the Coronado Cays.

American Girls Camp:  Nineteen girls, ages 6 to 11, participated in the American Girls Camp this week.  Each day the girls learned about a different American Girl doll from various eras and participated in crafts, cooking and imaginary play relative to the respective time period of the dolls. The campers planted flowers, made tie-dyed items, played dress-up with dolls, and had a tea party.

American Girls Camp participants busy with crafts.

Tennis:  The Tennis Center is offering many different activities beginning with the first Adult Tennis Camp the week of July 15, from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday through Thursday.  Friday, July 19, is Date Night Mixed Doubles; Coronado Tennis Association Jr. Crown Cup Tournament begins on Thursday, July 25, and ends on Sunday, July 28; and the Coronado Tennis Association's Poker Round Robin will be held on Sunday, July 28.  Junior camps run all summer in the afternoon and early evening.  Pickleball had the largest turnout on Saturday, July 6, with 29 players, 11 of them beginners.

Go Play Get Fit:  Go Play Get Fit, an annual health and fitness event was held on Wednesday, July 10. Children, ages 5 to 14, learned how to play their way to a more active lifestyle.  Some 900 campers and staff from nine cities in San Diego County came to Tidelands Park for the sixth year to dance, jump, run, kick, bounce, slide and move. Activities included aerobic exercises, inflatable obstacle courses, martial arts, yoga, sports skills and games. There was a nutritional element as part of the event where children tasted local farmer's market fruits and vegetables, many of them for the first time. The event concluded with a giant dance party. The carnival-like atmosphere at Go Play Get Fit leads many campers to say that it was their favorite summer activity.


Go Play Get Fit participants at Tidelands Park.

Sunset Paddle:  Coronado Club Room and Boathouse members are invited to a Community Sunset Paddle on Friday, July 19. Group paddle starts at 7 p.m. The sun sets at 7:56 p.m. There will be a bonfire and marshmallows following the paddle. Members are free. Membership is $35 per year for the family, or if a boat is needed, membership is included with the first vessel rental. Cost is $30 to $40 depending on the type of boat for one-time use. Other passes are available. For information, contact the Community Center at (619) 522-7342.




Council Meeting Start Time:  The City Council agreed recently to change its meeting start times. Council meetings will move back from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning with the Tuesday, August 20, meeting. Closed Session items will be heard at 3 p.m. A reminder that there will not be a City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 6. Regular twice monthly meetings, on the first and third Tuesday of the month, will resume with the Tuesday, September 3, meeting. The Coronado City Council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.

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.