Weekly Update - 08/30/2013

Date of Record: 2013-08-03



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, September 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the new City Council meeting start time.


Labor Day Holiday:  Monday, September 2, is Labor Day. Most City non-public safety facilities, including City Hall and the Library, will be closed in observance of Labor Day. Click here for a list of City departments and services, including the Community Center, which will have varying hours of operation on Monday. Have an enjoyable holiday from the City of Coronado.

City Council Meeting: The City Council meets the Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday. The September 3 meeting begins at 4 p.m. Find complete agenda and agenda outline here: http://bit.ly/Py1LCx.



Schools in SessionA reminder to keep an eye out for Coronado school kids as most have started fall classes. A majority of children ride their bikes to school. Be alert and remember to slow down near intersections in the mornings and afternoons.



Coronado TV:  Coronado TV has begun airing rebroadcasts of the twice-monthly Coronado Planning Commission meetings. Tune in at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month for the live meeting and at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday following a Tuesday meeting for the rebroadcast. Stay tuned for more changes coming to Coronado TV soon.



Free Bicycling Class:   On Saturday, September 7, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition is sponsoring a free "Spin Your Wheels" bicycling class that is open to all members of  the  community. The class will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Coronado Library's Winn Room. Participants can learn how to fix a flat; plan a route; find the right bike, among other things. Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee member Larry Hofstetter will teach the class.

Special Events Permits:  No special events permits have been issued for beach and parks from Saturday, August 31, through Friday, September 6. Last Sunday, August 25, the San Diego Run and Tri Club held an event  at Glorietta Bay Park but did not receive a City permit to do so. The event conflicted with the Bike the Bay event, which did receive proper approvals and a permit. The Run and Tri Club has been contacted and requested to please refrain from advertising and holding events in Coronado without first obtaining approval and a permit. 




Planning & Design Review Commissions:  On Tuesday, August 27, the Planning Commission determined that Zilaro Cellars, a new retail wine business with wine tasting, was a permitted use in the Hotel-Motel Zone. On Wednesday, August 28, the Design Review Commission approved two new signs for Zilaro Cellars to be located at 1113 Adella Ave.



Street Overlay
 The contractor has completed all the major construction and is installing pavement markings on all affected streets: Seventh Street, Soledad Place, Pine Street/Pine Court and portions of Palm Avenue. Staff will conduct a walk-through of the project next week to develop a punch list of minor items that need to be corrected by the contractor.  Once the punch list items are addressed, a Notice of Completion will be presented to the City Council to finalize the project. The overlay is expected to extend the life of these roads for the next 20 years with proper maintenance, including a periodic slurry seal coating.


Lifeguard Testing
  Testing is ongoing as the City looks to add five full-time Lifeguards and two sergeants to its staff. The significant changes to Lifeguard staffing comes after City Council approval of the new full-time positions. New full-time staff will replace staffing, whose hours had been increasing over the years as responsibilties and duties increased. Eighty applications were received for the positions. Twenty were tested this week in various capacities, including swimming, a run-swim-run exam and CPR skills. The staffing changes included one sergeant. However, a sergeant leaving the City also will be replaced this year. Lifeguard Capt. Sean Carey is pictured below in the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower this week.



`Glimpses of Glamour' Exhibit
 The "Glimpses of Glamor: Portrait Photos from Hollywood's Golden Age" is now on display at the Coronado Public Library. This exhibit puts on view the photographs that the Hollywood studio portrait photographers artfully produced as a key part of promoting movies in the classic era. Many of the era's great movie stars are shown such as Ava Gardner, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, and many others. As part of the exhibit, the Library has assembled some related books and movies on DVD that may be check out. The exhibit is available for viewing during all regular Library hours, and will be open through September 30.



Library Craft:  The Library held a craft in the Ruby Room for after-school students in grades 6 through 12th. The Catapult Craft involved popsicle sticks, tape and rubber bands. A snack was served.




Life Saving Efforts:  Yesterday at 1:08 a.m., Senior Officer Bill Canet and Sgt. Kevin Shank were dispatched to a call of an elderly woman down and possibly not breathing in the 700 block of Cabrillo. Senior Officer Canet arrived within 3 minutes of the 911 call. He located the victim, determined she did not have a pulse began performing CPR. Sgt. Shank arrived a short time later and he deployed an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED. Coronado Firefighters on the B-shift out of Fire Department Headquarters arrived, took over the life-saving efforts and transported the victim to Sharp Coronado Hospital. The victim was in intensive care. The quick response of Coronado's public safety teams is critical in life-saving incidents. 

Blood DriveOn Tuesday, August 27, the Coronado Police Department and Coronado Lifeguards hosted the second annual American Red Cross City Challenge Blood Drive at the Police Department from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The American Red Cross collected 15 pints of blood due to the generosity of citizens and City staff. Pictured below is Police Comdr. Jesus Ochoa making a donation.



Bicycle Thief Arrested:  On Monday, August 26, John H. Watters of San Diego was arrested for bicycle theft by Coronado Police after evading officers for two hours. Police were provided with descriptions of a suspect and the stolen bicycle by a resident who had confronted the thief earlier in the day and reported the theft to police. The Police Department reminds residents to lock their bicycles with a U-lock and stop by the Police Department during regular business hours to register their bicycles for free or by visiting www.nationalbikeregistry.com.




Mathewson Park Playground Equipment:   Public Services staff has installed the Mathewson Park swing set equipment. A prior safety inspection at the park determined that the equipment had rusted and needed to be replaced. Concrete bases, to hold the new poles, were poured last week and the new poles were added. The swings were installed on Monday, August 26.



Middle School Lunch
:  With the start of school on August 22, so started the Recreation Department's participation in leading activities during lunchtime. This week, activities included Flag football, Catchphrase, Jenga and making Friendship bracelets.


Coronado Middle School's Back to School Night:  Recreation staff attended Coronado Middle School's Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 28. In addition to listening to teacher presentations on academics and citizenship expectations, parents were able to visit information stations, including the Recreation Department's booth, to find out about activities their children can participate in during and after school. The Recreation Department was there to promote teen activities in the Club Room, teen trips, after-school classes and Friday and Saturday night teen activities that the Department is hosting this fall.

Foosball Table:  This week, the Recreation Department became the proud new owner of an Olhausen Bristol Foosball table. This high performance game is the latest addition to the teen game room located in the Club Room and Boathouse. Purchased with funds donated by the Coronado Junior Women's Club from its 2013 "Taste of Coronado" fundraiser, this table is guaranteed to bring hours of fun and competition to Coronado teens.  A big thanks needs to go out to the Junior Women's Club. The Club Room also has an air hockey table and a ping pong table.



Wedding Wall:  The Coronado Community Center's Nautilus Room hosts approximately 130 wedding receptions a year, and the grass area between the Community Center and City Hall -- the Glorietta Bay Promenade Park -- is used to hold 90 wedding ceremonies per year.  All told, some 30,000 people attend events in the Nautilus Room every year. The Recreation Services staff has begun displaying great photos from these events in the Community Center North Hallway to celebrate the creation of families taking place in our facility. Couples are invited to send us their photos from wedding ceremonies held at the Community Center to add to our display. Please send to Community Center Wedding Photos, c/o Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, Coronado, CA, 92118.



Toll Plaza Improvements Public Workshop:  The City of Coronado will hold a Toll Plaza Improvement Project public workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, to gather public input on desired aesthetic and traffic calming improvements for the toll plaza area. One concept has been prepared and will be available for review. However, public input into the scope of the potential project is critical. The workshop will begin with a brief presentation, but the majority of the meeting will be an open forum with stations where ideas can be shared and comments can be made. In addition, a consultant and City staff will be available to answer questions. The meeting will be held at the Coronado Community Center's Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way.

Wayfinding Signs:  The City Council soon may consider installing wayfinding signs to increase the number of people walking through Coronado's commercial corridor. The directional signs will help people find their way to shopping, hotels, the beach and other popular attractions. The signs will be designed to be safe, aesthetically pleasing and helpful to visitors and residents.  

Smoking Ordinance:   The City Council will consider at a future meeting the introduction and implementation of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in most of the City, including on outdoor dining areas on public property. 

Coronado Cays Entrance Public Meeting:   A third public workshop on possible changes to the intersection of the Bayshore Bikeway and the Coronado Cays is being planned. Stay tuned.