Weekly Update - 10/25/2013

Date of Record: 2013-10-25



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, November 5, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 


Fire Rings Q&A:  The City of Coronado is committed to maintaining its wide and pristine public beach, which is consistently ranked among the nation's best, as well as its many amenities, such as the City's popular fire rings. We want the public to know a little bit about the fire rings and what we do to keep them a clean and affordable beach attraction for the public. City staff members created this Q&A which has information about the maintenance of the fire rings, and other important facts.



Imagine SculptureThe public art piece "Imagine," was installed in front of the Library on Tuesday, October 22.  The sea dragon sculpture was trucked from Lemon Grove and lifted by crane into a concrete planter on the Winn Room side of the Library front.  It is on loan from the artist, Ken Kraber, for one year with options to extend the agreement.


Unloading the "Imagine" dragon.


A crane hoists the Dragon onto its pedestal.


Finishing touches on the "Imagine" Dragon.

"Imagine" Dragon standing guard.


Residential Burglary SeriesA recent string of residential burglaries has occurred over the last couple of weeks on the east side of the Village in the Glorietta Boulevard/Pomona Avenue area.  The suspects are entering through unlocked windows and doors and taking personal property during the day and early evening.  It is believed that the suspects are using a lookout in a vehicle or standing out on the street while their partners are burglarizing houses. Coronado Police ask residents to be vigilant and report suspicious behavior immediately when it is happening.  Be the eyes and ears of the Police Department and make a difference in this crime series.


Pick you your "Good Witness" magnet at the Police Department, 700 Orange Ave.


Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, October 26, through Friday, November 1. 





Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

October 26

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

October 26

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

October 26

Wedding Ceremony


October 26

Photo Shoot

Promenade between 1887 on the Bay and Community Center

October 26

Photo Shoot

Promenade between 1887 on the Bay and Community Center

October 27



Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, October 23, the Commission approved a new sign for Crown City Escrow at 1330 Orange Avenue, Suite 220; new awning material and a sign for Aloha Psych Associates, Inc., at 549 Orange Avenue; and approved an addition to the apartment complex at 736-746 E Avenue.



Golf Course Irrigation Controller Design:  A pre-design meeting for the Golf Course Irrigation Controller Design project was held to discuss administative issues such as schedule, points of contact, working hours and site safety. The City is looking to upgrade the Golf Course's aging irrigation system. The controller is part of an old system and is so antiquated, it has become increasingly difficult to find replacement parts. The controller is the "brains" of the operating system. The City will be looking at other irrigation components in the future. A new controller system will save the City money on its water costs by monitoring weather conditions and adjusting water flow accordingly. A Notice to Proceed was issued with a start date of Tuesday, October 29.  Staff will post signs informing golfers of the survey crew's presence on the course on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 30. Small flags will be placed to aid the surveyors in mapping the exisiting irrigation heads.



Library Tennis Court RepairsThe City advertised the project for bid this week.  This project will resurface both tennis courts adjacent to the intersection of Sixth Street and D Avenue using a blue/green color combination as used at the US Open.  In addition, a portion of the eastern tennis court will be removed and replaced to fix the concrete that has been damaged/lifted by neighboring tree roots.  Root barrier will also be installed to prevent future damage. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5.  Bids will be opened on Wednesday, November 13.  Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2014 and should be completed, weather permitting, by the end of February.  Play will be limited to one court during construction; notices will be posted at the tennis courts prior to the construction and resurfacing.



Youth ProgramsCraft programs were held for both the tweens and the teens this week, and the Junior Volunteers met to begin rehearsing for a play.


Brown Bag Piano Concert SeriesToday's lunchtime concert features Irving Flores playing a variety of jazz numbers on the Steinway piano.


Library Halloween Party:  The Library's 35th annual Halloween Party will be held this evening Friday evening, after the Library closes. Activities will include carnival games, a costume contest, a Pirate Band show, and prizes.



Bike Theft Arrests:  Two recent arrests connected with bike thefts have been made:

·         A 47-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, both from El Cajon, were arrested on October 17, at Tidelands Park for being in possession of burglary tools and stolen bikes.  Two of the four bikes recovered were tracked down to an owner in San Diego who was not aware they had been stolen.

·         A 40-year-old man from San Diego was arrested on October 18, in San Diego for being in possession of a stolen bike. The bike was stolen from Coronado on July 4, 2013, and the victim discovered the bike being sold on Craig's list and contacted law enforcement. The suspect attempted to sell the bike to police officers and was arrested for possession of stolen property.

The Coronado Police Department needs your help. Secure your bikes with solid U-locks whenever they are left unattended and, if stolen, report it immediately.  Register your bike serial number with the National Bike Registry for free at the Police Department, 700 Orange Ave., during business hours so it can be more readily identified if stolen.  You can make a difference in reducing bike thefts in Coronado.

Prescription Take Back Day:  The Coronado Police Department is once again participating in a countywide prescription take back event on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Any unwanted prescriptions can be dropped off at the Police Department with no questions asked.  Sharps however will not be accepted.



San Diego Crime Commission Blue Knight AwardsOn Friday, a Coronado Police Detective will be recognized, along with nominees from countywide law enforcement agencies,  at the San Diego County Crime Commission's 28th Annual Blue Knight Awards dinner.  The Detective is being honored for exceptional case work. The Detective is not being named due to the sensitive nature of the job.



Pumpkin Painting:  Fall harvest brings pumpkins to the Coronado Farmer's Market. The Recreation Department brings teens to the weekly market to help young children paint their own pumpkin for Halloween.  The Recreation Department hosts several joint activities throughout the year with the Farmer's Market and staff works with Mary Hillebrecht, who generously supplies the pumpkins, to expose children to healthier food choices and to benefit the community overall.

Painting supplies for the children's unique pumpkins.

A youngster picking a pumpkin.

Recreation staff helping with the pumpkin painting craft.




Pumpkin painted: Check.

Halloween Happening:  Recreation staff members have been busy this week getting ready for the annual Halloween Happening event to be held at the Community Center today.  This event features carnival games, holiday crafts, festive food and Coronado Recreation's legendary Haunted House.  In the photo below, Recreation staff is constructing the structure that will magically transform several classrooms at the Community Center into a maze that is the Haunted House.  The 2013 Haunted House follows a circus theme that features side show acts and other surprising adventures "Under the Big Top."  After school today, the Community Center halls will be "buzzing" with costumed trick-or-treaters eagerly waiting to play games, decorate cookies, jump in bounce houses and win prizes.  A new addition this year is the opportunity to decorate hand-made sugar skulls.  This honored tradition comes from the Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The evening concludes with the Haunt, a dance for young teens.

Recreation staff preparing to scare.

Costumed attendees at last year's Halloween Happenings.


Department Staff Training:  On Tuesday, October 22, 100 Recreation staff members participated in training at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse.  Tennis, Community Center Facilities, Administration, Aquatics and Recreation program staff members came together for an update on the Recreation Department's status, to network with the different departments, and to participate in team building activities. 



Recreation staff getting training.

Turkey Coloring Contest:  Gobble, gobble! The deadline is coming up for the Turkey Coloring Contest 2013, sponsored by Coronado Recreation Services and Coronado Junior Womans Club. Kindergartners through fifth graders, find the turkey outline on Page 14 of the Fall/Winter Recreation program (http://bit.ly/17fgU2k) or pick one up at the Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Turn them in by Nov. 4.


Coloring contest outline at the Community Center.


Toll Plaza Improvements:  The City Council is set to hear a presentation on the Toll Plaza Improvements concept at it November 5 meeting.

Dock C Option Selection:   At the City Council meeting November 5, City staff members will request that  the City Council select a preferred option for Dock C and Free Public Dock for CEQA processing and permit approval.

Golf Course Update:  The City Council will receive a report on Golf Course operations at its November 5 meeting.

Port Commissioner Vacancy:  The City Council will confirm the selection process for a San Diego Unified Port District Port Commissioner at its meeting November 5. Coronado's Port Commissioner Lou Smith has announced he will not seek a second term.