Weekly Update - 11/22/2013

Date of Record: 2013-11-03



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, December 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 


City Clerk Named:  Mary Clifford, a 15-year City employee, has been selected to fill the City Clerk position. Mary was selected after a full and open recruitment for the position, which is being vacated by retiring City Clerk Linda Hascup. The City received 172 applications for the position. Mary will begin as interim City Clerk December 16 and assume the City Clerk role on January 2. It is the job of the City Clerk to prepare and distribute the agenda for City Council meetings, record legislative actions, ordinances, resolutions, and minutes; maintain custody of official City documents and records; prepare for and conduct City elections; provide information regarding local and state laws; and perform a variety of administrative support functions.



Thanksgiving Holiday
Most non-public safety facilities in Coronado will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holiday. Public Services will be on call Thursday and Friday to respond to emergencies. Certain City of Coronado departments and services are open Friday, some with varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Read this press release for a complete list of what is open.




Port Commissioner Deadline:  The deadline to submit an application for Coronado's Port Commissioner is today at 5 p.m. Applicants for the Port Commission position must be Coronado residents and registered voters within the City of Coronado. The term is four years and begins January 3, 2014. For more information about the position, contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.

Smoking Ordinance Q&A:  As a result of increasing complaints about second-hand smoke, Coronado passed an ordinance in September that bans smoking on most public property, on public or private property within 25 feet of an enclosed building and on private property that is open to the public. The new ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2014. The City is working to get the word out about the ordinance and changes that will be required from businesses, residents and visitors. The City has put together a Q&A that explains in detail where smoking is no longer allowed. The Q&A can be found on the City's website. In the coming weeks, the City will be enlisting other ways to get the word out, including an insert into the local newspaper, new signs along City streets and a push on social media. If you have any further questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.



Employment Opportunities in Coronado:  The City of Coronado is always interested in talking to people who want to be part of a city government that is fortunate enough to be able to provide quality service to its citizens. If you have ever considered working for the City, are seeking a second career or just looking for a new challenge, Coronado may be the place for you. Coronado provides a competitive, comprehensive compensation package that attracts and retains the brightest and most dedicated employees. More information on current job opportunities can be found on the Human Resources page of the City's website. 

Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, November 23, through Friday, November 29. 






North Beach

November 23


Spreckels Park

November 23


Bay View Park

November 24


Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, November 20, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration Permit for the property at 1106 Fourth St.  The Commission also recommended approval of an exception to the required parking for this property in association with a condominium conversion.



Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping:  As part of the Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping project, the contractor is preparing to install bike lane signs along the route and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons, traffic safety warning devices that use LED lights to emit rapid flashing lights to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crosswalk. All of Glorietta Boulevard from Fifth Street to about Pomona Avenue, near the Coronado Tennis Center, will be striped on both sides of the road. The contractor expects to begin striping the week of December 2. During the striping work, temporary parking restrictions will be required for residents along Glorietta Boulevard. "No Parking" signs will be posted a minimum of 72 hours ahead of the work being conducted. 


Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon assembly may be installed as early as next week.


Community Center Carpet Replacement Project:  The City is working on a plan to replace the worn carpet at the Community Center. It has been eight years since the Community Center opened and the carpet has experienced heavy use since then, including hundreds of events such as banquets and weddings. The carpets receive a necessary deep cleaning once a month, which also contributes to wear and tear. A meeting was held at the Community Center to allow contractors to familiarize themselves with the site and the complexities of the installation before project bidding opens, which is set for early December.


Christmas Eve Gift Deliveries:  Coronado Rotary members and the Coronado Fire Department are working together to make Christmas Eve deliveries to Coronado children. Those who would like a Rotary Santa to deliver a small wrapped gift to a child at their home on December 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. must bring the gift labeled with the child's name and address to the Main Fire Department, 1001 Sixth St., weekdays from December 9 to 4 p.m. on December 20. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child in need, which will be donated through Father Joe's Villages. See flyer below for more information.



Library BoardThe Library Board of Trustees met yesterday. Members approved changes to the regulations affecting loan periods, fines and fees. The basic overdue fines remain the same, but for the first time in 25 years, some processing fees were increased. The Board also accepted a gift of the artworks of Esther Hagstrom from her granddaughter Suzan Hagstrom. Below are two examples of the donated artworks.

"Rainbow Fleet" by Esther Hagstrom

"Marina" by Esther Hagstrom 


Friends of the LibraryThe Board of the Friends of the Library met on Monday, November 18. The Board is planning a fundraising event to be held at the Library on Friday, February 7.  The evening will be a social event with a variety of activities still being planned.


Brown Bag Piano Concert Series:  The final lunchtime concert of the season will be held today at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room of the Library. Classical pianist Julien Farinas will perform. The concert series has been sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



Bike Theft ArrestChula Vista resident Roberto Vasquez, 37, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft on Monday, November 18, after being observed by Coronado Police Officers while taking a cable-locked bike that did not belong to him that was parked in the 1000 block of Orange Avenue. He was also charged with grand theft of a second bike taken from the 900 block of Orange Avenue on Saturday, November 16.  Surveillance video from a business was used to identify Vasquez as the suspect in that theft.  A reminder to residents and visitors: Use U-type locks to secure your bike to solid objects whenever you leave it unattended, even if only briefly. 



Senior Volunteer Academy GraduationOn Wednesday, November 20, three of the five Senior Volunteer academy graduates -- Stacy Mycorn, Bill Scully, and Gail Clarkin, pictured with Cmdr. Laszlo Waczek -- received their badges at a pinning ceremony in the Winn Room at the Library. Two other graduates, Chris Bondurant and Grace Skully, were unable to attend the ceremony.

Animal Care Facility Closure:  The Coronado Animal Care Facility is being thoroughly cleaned now that all of the animals have found permanent or foster homes. The facility was beset by a persistent ringworm outbreak. After the animals are re-tested, they may return to the Animal Care Facility in about a week. The Facility is closed for animal viewing but residents may get help with licenses, stray dogs and injured or neglected animals. For more information, Coronado residents may call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 437-1628 or the City at (619) 522-7350.



Water Quality Improvement Plan:  The City will be attending a workshop tonight in Chula Vista designed to get the public's help in developing new strategies for improving water quality in our region's creeks, rivers, and ocean. Locals are invited to provide their input. The agencies responsible for protecting the San Diego Bay Watershed, including Coronado, are developing new Water Quality Improvement Plans that will include strategies for identifying and addressing high priority water quality conditions. The process is required by new storm water regulations adopted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Recommendations will be incorporated into final plans submitted to the Board by June 27, 2015. The workshop for the San Diego Bay Watershed will be held at 6 p.m. at the City of Chula Vista Public Works Center, 1800 Maxwell Road, Chula Vista. For more information, visit the Project Clean Water website.


2013 Thanksgiving Coloring Contest Winners:  The Recreation Department's annual Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Contest received 158 entries. Entries were submitted by children from kindergarten through fifth grade and were decorated using markers, colored pencils, crayons and even some glitter and sequins. Prizes were awarded to contest winners by the Mayor and Council Members at their November 19 meeting. All first place winners received a turkey for their Thanksgiving feast, and second and third place winners were awarded a holiday pie of their choosing to be picked up at Wells Fargo Bank in Coronado. The pies are supplied by Mama's Kitchen Holiday Pie in the Sky Event. This annual event is made possible by generous donations from the Coronado Junior Woman's Club. All entries are on display in the Community Center lobby and will remain posted through November. Congratulations to all the winners.



Holiday Hours:  The Community Center and pool will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. On Friday, November 29, the Community Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the pool will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 



Third/Fourth Street Traffic Calming Survey, Workshop: The City will host a public workshop December 9 to solicit community input on how to improve traffic calming along Third and Fourth streets. The input will help form a study to identify strategies to reduce speed and traffic on the busy roadways. The community's input is also sought on an unscientific and informal survey asking for an evaluation of the traffic issues on Third and Fourth streets and potential strategies for addressing them. Please click on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8PC2QW and take the survey. NOTE: The deadline to take the survey has been extended to Sunday, December 1. The results will be discussed at the workshop.