Weekly Update - 08/09/13

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Date of Record: 2013-07-09

 

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 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the new City Council meeting start time.






CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE




Budget in Brief:  Hard copies of the Budget in Brief, an overview of the 2013-14 budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2013, have been delivered to all City facilities, including the Community Center, Library and City Hall. It also can be found online. In June, the Coronado City Council adopted its Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget, a spending plan that reflects the community's values and priorities. The Budget in Brief is intended to be a user-friendly alternative to the full FY 2013-14 Adopted Budget and Financial Plan. Community groups are invited to request copies by calling the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7340. The entire adopted 2013-14 budget is available on the City's website, and is available for viewing at the Library and City Hall.

 



Navy Training: A Noise Alert was issued by Naval Base Coronado on Saturday, August 2, alerting residents to training exercises that began that day and that would involve blank gunfire and small boats operating in San Diego Bay and off the ocean beaches south of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Locals can expect to hear small arms and .50-caliber gunfire as training continues this month during the following dates and times:

·         Aug. 12          noon to 4 p.m.             San Diego Bay

·         Aug. 13          8 a.m. to 4 p.m.           San Diego Bay

·         Aug. 14          4 to 9 p.m.                   San Diego Bay

·         Aug. 14          5 to 10 p.m.                 Ocean Beaches

·         Aug. 15          4 to 9 p.m.                   San Diego Bay

The Navy directs noise abatement complaints to (619) 545-8233.

 



Free Summer Shuttle:  This is a reminder to residents and visitors that the free Summer Shuttle bus service, running on Metropolitan Transit System's 904 route, will run through September 30. Ridership is up and the response has been overwhelming. Look for a map at City facilities, the Coronado Visitor Center and on the two 904 buses that say Free Summer Shuttle.




 

Coronado Speed Festival:  The Coronado Speed Festival is set to be held September 21-22. Tickets are being sold through www.coronadospeedfest.com. The Coronado Speed Festival will feature a Navy Open House and vintage cars racing on a track at Naval Air Station North Island, the host for the event. It is part of Fleet Week San Diego.

 


 

Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, August 10, through Friday, August 16. 

Event

Location

Date

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 10

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

August 10

Family Reunion

Glorietta Bay Park

August 10

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

August 10

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 11

Birthday Party

Glorietta Bay Park

August 11

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

August 11

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

August 15

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

August 16

 






ENGINEERING AND

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT 






Street Overlay:  Construction of the new sewer line in Seventh Street has been completed.  Reconstruction/upgrading of the pedestrian ramps along Seventh Street and Palm Avenue began this week. Transportation funds being used for this work require that all pedestrian ramps be brought into compliance with the current Americans with Disabilities Act standards, complete with the yellow truncated domed, or small raised dots, to assist the visually impaired. The contractor will begin grinding and overlay operations on Seventh Street on Monday, August 12, and on Palm Avenue on Tuesday, August 13.  All pedestrian ramp and paving work adjacent to the school campuses is expected to be complete prior to the start of school on Thursday, August 22.


 

 



Scenic Bike LoopBids were opened yesterday for installation of the Scenic Bike Loop.  Staff will review them and recommend a construction contract award at the Tuesday, August 20, City Council meeting. Click on the image below for a larger version.

 






LIBRARY SERVICES 

 



Children's Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Reading Program concluded this week.  There were 612 participants who collectively read 13,693 books.  The top reader was Sydney Purdum who read 250 books (see photo below with Purdum and Library Services Director Christian Esquevin).  The final event, "Wild Wonders Animal Show," was held on the outside lawn near the Children's Library on Wednesday.




 

Reading Program for Adults:  The Library also sponsored a reading program for adult participants during the summer. Those who joined read books and provided short reviews for other patrons to read. There have been 31 adult participants contributing 103 book reviews.

 



Summer FestivalThe Summer Festival program this week features a piano concert by John Mark Harris playing Rachmaninoff, Ravel and his own personal compositions. The concert will be held this evening at 7 p.m. in the Winn Room. Click on the flyer for a larger image.






PUBLIC SERVICES 




Tidelands Park Playground:  Port of San Diego removed one of two playground structures at Tidelands Park on Monday, August 5, after it was found to have extensive termite damage, worn wood elements and corroded structural components. The wooden structure was installed in 1986 when the park first opened. There is no plan to immediately replace it, according to Port officials. However, there is a second modern plastic playground structure at the park that was installed in 2001.









POLICE SERVICES 





Burglary, Auto Theft Suspect Arrested: A South Dakota resident and Navy Reservist was arrested on multiple criminal charges after a two-day crime spree involving the theft of a vehicle, multiple residential burglaries, and driving under the influence of alcohol. On Monday, August 5, at 2:15 a.m., 20-year-old Justin Baier was arrested in San Diego on DUI charges. At the time, he was driving the vehicle of a Coronado resident stolen earlier in the day. He bailed out of jail later that day. On Tuesday, August 6, Coronado Police received a report of a man entering homes at about 1 a.m. Coronado officers arrested Baier, charging him with two counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and two counts of committing a felony while on bail. Baier was booked into San Diego County Jail Tuesday on $290,500 bail. The Coronado Police remind residents to take simple precautions by locking doors and windows to reduce the chance of being a victim of a property crime. These types of crimes can occur during the day and night. Contact the Police immediately on 911 if you hear someone inside your house, trying to get in or in a neighbor's home. Read the full press release.

 



Purse Thefts:  Coronado Police don't believe the arrest of Justin Baier earlier this week was related to several purse thefts last weekend. Two other people are suspected of stealing a purse from just inside the front door of a Coronado resident's house in the 700 block of C Avenue on Saturday, August 3. The crime occurred about 5:20 p.m. The suspects are described as follows:

·         Suspect 1 -- Asian Female 30 to 35 years old, 5-foot-6 with a thin build. Black hair was pulled back in a bun and she was wearing a sleeveless dress with white top.

·         Suspect 2 -- Asian male 16 to 19 years old, 5-foot-2 with a heavy build. Black hair and bright green shirt and Bermuda shorts.

Anyone who may have seen the suspects or the vehicle they left in, should contact the Coronado Police Department at (619) 522-7350. There were two other thefts of purses on Friday, August 2. One was from an unlocked vehicle in the 1600 block of Glorietta Boulevard at 2 p.m. and the other from an unlocked home in the 400 block of Tenth Street at 10 p.m. It is unknown if these crimes are connected to the Saturday, August 3, theft. Coronado Police remind residents to be aware of their surroundings when arriving home. Don't leave doors open while putting things away after just arriving home. Put valuables, like purses, wallets and keys in locations not visible to someone entering or passing by your residence. Read full press release.





Donation to the Explorer Program:  Coronado resident Bill Perry made a $1,000 donation to the Police Department's Explorer Program. The Explorer Program, which is starting a new post, is a vocationally-based program affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.  Sgt. Kevin Shank and Officers Sherri Mannello, Anthony Flores and Ryan Rose have cooperated on the development of this program that will develop youth into leaders, possibly in the law enforcement profession. The Coronado Police Department appreciates the donation and hopes the program will help foster great partnerships with the community and the youth.

 









RECREATION SERVICES




Summer Registration:  A total of 908 participants were enrolled in day camps, swimming lessons, and enrichment programs this week at the Coronado Community Center. Next week is the final week of Summer Camp in Coronado.

 



Superheroes Camp:  This week, campers ages 4 to 6 rushed to save the day in Superheroes Camp in the Sand Dollar Room. The mini heroes got to decorate their own capes and masks and played several games where they defeated evil villains lurking in the City. On the last day of camp, the heroes participated in a parade where they were admired by all of their fans.

 




 

Teen Cuisine:  Budding chefs diced, mixed and sautéed in the Teen Cuisine cooking camp this week in the Abalone Room. The teens made an appetizer, entree and dessert every day. They made orange cupcakes, chicken enchiladas, crab cakes, homemade meatballs and more. On Thursday, in groups of three, they had to plan their own menu, make a shopping list and shop at a local store for the ingredients. Today, each group executed its menu and shared its meal with the rest of the chefs.







Musical Theatre Camp:  This week, actors ranging in age from 7 to 14 sang, danced and rehearsed lines at the Club Room and Boathouse in preparation for their performance of Cinderella. Each day, campers rehearsed dance numbers, sang songs, and broke off into small groups to practice scenes. They also painted their own sets and created their own costumes. All of the hard work was in preparation for a live performance given today for family and friends.

 


 



"Disney in the Cays":  This week, Mouseketeers ages 5 to 7 participated in "Disney in the Cays," a Disney theme-inspired camp. Explorers raced through Adventureland's obstacle courses, had a scavenger hunt and enjoyed a jungle safari. Tomorrowland included making and launching rockets, creating alien brains and marshmallow robots. Sheriffs and cowboys alike panned for gold with a real sluice box in Frontierland. Knights and princesses enjoyed Fantasyland's crafts and a Mad Hatter tea party. The week concluded today with a swashbuckling adventure of pirate contests, games and crafts.







ON THE HORIZON



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.