Weekly Update - 12/6/2013

Date of Record: 2013-11-06



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 a special meeting set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 


Holiday Happenings: There is so much going on for the holidays in Coronado starting this week. Recreation Services elves are preparing for Letters to Santa and Breakfast with Santa: http://bit.ly/18gfOUsA number of holiday activities -- Snow Mountain at the Coronado Ferry Landing at 2 p.m., Santa's arrival by ferry at 3:20 p.m., downtown's Open House from 5:30 to 9 p.m., the Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. and the Tree Lighting and Community Concert at 7 p.m.--kick off this afternoon: http://bit.ly/18j83Nu. Get more details below under Recreation Services. Click flyer below for a larger image.


Third/Fourth Street Traffic Calming Workshop: The City invites the community to a public workshop 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, December 9, in the Nautilus Room at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, Monday, December 9, to provide input on ways 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 on a recent unscientific survey will be shared. The informal survey asked for an evaluation of the traffic issues on Third and Fourth streets and potential strategies for addressing them. Click on the flyer below for a larger image.




SB 758:  Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) was in Coronado Wednesday to celebrate the approval of Senate Bill 758, a measure aimed at allowing the City more time to seek valuable public input as it moves to adopt an Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. The City will now have two years instead of 180 days to address any required updates to its general and local coastal plans. Coronado's coastal location and its close proximity to large military installations add complexity to the review and public input process required to adopt the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. The City of Coronado views the passage of SB 758 as a step in the right direction but still hopes for a satisfactory resolution to this issue due to our unique circumstances. Sen. Block met with City officials and Hotel del Coronado executive staff at the Hotel del Coronado, which supported the bill.


Photo from left to right: Coronado City Manager Blair King, Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka, Sen. Marty Block, former Coronado Mayor and Airport Authority representative Tom Smisek, Hotel del Coronado Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Bill Dodds, and Hotel del Coronado Vice President and General Manager Andre Zotoff.


No Smoking Signs/Inserts:  The date is fast approaching for the City's new smoking ordinance to go into effect. On January 1, 2014, smoking will be banned 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 City is working to get the word out about the ordinance and changes that will be required from businesses, residents and visitors. A Q&A on the City's website explains in detail where smoking is no longer allowed. The City soon will be posting new signs in the business district and at City parks, and publishing an insert in the Coronado Eagle and Journal newspaper. If you have any further questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.



Free Downtown Parking:  The City of Coronado will "bag the meters" in the commercial zones starting Monday, December 9, to allow for free two-hour parking for the holidays. The City will forego expected meter revenue and hopefully receive additional retail patronage. The Chamber of Commerce, which makes the annual request, will advise merchants to encourage employees to not park in the free parking stalls. Time limits will be enforced. The meters will be "unbagged" on Friday, December 27.


Special Council Meeting:  The City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, December 10, to interview candidates for the position of Port Commissioner to represent the City of Coronado on the San Diego Unified Port District Board of Commissioners. The agenda is online.


Cultural Arts Committee Exploring Art Donation:  The City's Cultural Arts Committee agreed yesterday to explore the offered donation of a public art piece, titled "Nazca Series Wedge," by artist Delos Van Earl. The art piece has been offered free to the City but committee members want to gather more information and evaluate their options on whether to make a recommendation to the City Council at a future meeting before accepting the piece, which stands 7 feet tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Van Earl is a Palm Springs artist whose work is contemporary in nature focusing on mixed media painting and sculpture in bronze, steel and wood of various sizes. Here's a link to his website: http://delosvanearlstudios.com



Linda Hascup Proclamation:  The Coronado City Council honored retiring City Clerk Linda Hascup at its December 3 meeting. Hascup, who has presided over 230 regular and special City Council meetings and responded to nearly 900 public record requests since her tenure as City Clerk began in 2005, was given a proclamation, proclaiming December 3 as "Linda K. Hascup Day," and a key to the City. Hascup has worked for the City of Coronado since 1999.

Special Events Permits:  The following special events permits have been issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, December 7 through Friday, December 13.




Surf Event

South Beach

December 8




Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, December 4, the Historic Resource Commission recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement for 738 B Avenue.  The Commission also recommended approval of an exception to zoning requirements related to setbacks for the property at 1030-1032 Olive Avenue.





Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping:  The contractor on the Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping project was delayed due to the weather but continued to make progress with the installation of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon assembly and bike lane signs. Striping is expected to begin the week of December 9 along Glorietta Boulevard. The striping will be done in phases, restricting parking only on one side during each phase. No-parking signs have been put in place.





Safe Routes to School:  While a detailed construction schedule for the Safe Routes to School project has yet to be finalized, the installation of bike lanes along Sixth Street is anticipated to begin in the coming weeks. An effort is being made to perform the work within the school zones on Saturdays and during the winter break to minimize construction and parking impacts to the schools. An image of what a bike lane looks like is below.



Community Center Carpet Replacement Project:  A recommendation for awarding a project to replace the carpet in the Nautilus Room and corridors of the Community Center will be on an upcoming City Council agenda. Three bids are currently being evaluated.


Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Drainage Improvements:  A project to improve drainage along Third and Fourth streets and I Avenue is currently in the environmental review and design stage. The work includes installing a storm drain line from Fourth Street to San Diego Bay within the I Avenue corridor. The design team has coordinated with a utility locating service to pothole several critical utilities along I Avenue. A California Department of Transportation permit was obtained to complete the work within Third and Fourth streets, and the work is expected to be completed in the next two weeks. Two traffic lanes on Fourth will need to be closed to complete the potholing and Caltrans is requiring the work be completed at night. This work is expected to last one night. Notices will be sent to nearby residents once a date for the work has been set.


Online Registration Now Available:  The Coronado Fire Department is now offering online registration for Coronado Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, classes and CPR classes.  The online registration links are available on the City of Coronado website on the CERT and CPR pages, or click here for CERT training registration and here for CPR training registration. CERT classes are available at no charge to Coronado residents and people who work in Coronado. CPR classes are available on a monthly schedule for $25.

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.



Holiday WindowThe Library's traditional Christmas animated window has been set up.  This is a very popular viewing scene for the entire family.  It is now in its 23rd year of operation.



Youth ProgramsThis week, the Hanukkah Story Hour was held Tuesday. "Decorating Day," also on Tuesday, gave kids and tweens the opportunity to make two handprint ornaments, one for the Library and one to take home. The high school event included a film showing and cookie decorating, and the teen events included the Teen Book Club meeting and Wednesday's "Games and Grub."




Saturday Holiday Concert:  Julia Taylor will lead the audience in a sing-along of popular holiday songs and Christmas carols at 3 p.m. in the Library's Winn Room tomorrow. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Safety `Stand-Downs'This week, the Coronado Police Department's Traffic Division personnel provided two Safety "Stand-down" training sessions for the U.S. Navy. One session was held at Naval Air Station North Island and the other at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

Motorcycle Training:  On Monday, December 2, the newest officer to be assigned to the Traffic Division, Officer Pat O'Malley, began a two-week Police Motorcycle Training Course. Upon completion of the training, Officer O'Malley will become the third of three Motorcycle Officers in the division.


Animal Care Facility Update:  The Animal Care Facility, which was impacted by a persistent ringworm outbreak, reopened Monday, November 25, for business and animals are slowly being returned to the facility. The facility now houses four cats and two dogs. The facility has been thoroughly cleaned and there is no sign of ringworm. The animals that are being returned are ringworm free. Coronado Cmdr. Laszlo Waczek, who is in charge of the Animal Care Facility, reports that six cats and one dog were adopted from among the facility's 22 cats and 10 dogs available for adoption before the cleaning. 



Fire Ring Update:  The maintenance of the last of the eight fire pits was completed on Monday, December 2. All the fire pits are functional and in operation at this point. On November 26, City crews began a complete excavation of the sand surrounding the fire pits. Three of the eight fire pits were back in service that day. The work, which was completed Monday, included digging out the fire ring area 12 to 18 inches deep and placing skimmed sand from other parts of the beach in the excavated area. The excavated sand is safely stockpiled and will be sifted for foreign objects then redistributed in the upcoming weeks.  


Work from last week's maintenance operation at the fire pits


Holiday Parade:  Look for the "Grinch Who Stole Christmas Float" on Orange Avenue as the Holiday Parade goes by at 6 p.m. tonight. Children and teens from a variety of Recreation Department programs will be dressed as "Whovillians" to ride on the float along with the Grinch himself.


Last year's Recreation float. Photo courtesy of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce.

Snow Mountain:  Today is the city's 38th annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Open House Celebration. As part of that, the Recreation Department is once again hosting the Snow Mountain event at the Coronado Ferry Landing. With 60 tons of snow coming this year, it will be the biggest mound of snow the community has seen in the history of Snow Mountains. There will be jump houses, a prize wheel, face painting, crafts, visits with Santa and more. The Snow Mountain event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m.

Letters to Santa:  This Christmas, children in Coronado can get a written response to the letters they write to Santa. The "North Pole Express Mailbox," located at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, is a direct route to Santa's house. Stop by the Community Center through December 13 and deposit your letters to Santa. Make sure to address all letters to: Santa ClausNorth Pole Express Mail. Since Santa is rushed for time this time of year, be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the letters. For more information, contact the Coronado Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.

Breakfast with Santa:  The City of Coronado Recreation Services will host its annual "Breakfast with Santa" event on Saturday, December 14, in the Nautilus Banquet Room at the Coronado Community Center. Join staff members and neighbors for a pancake breakfast, crafts, activities and especially a visit from Santa himself. This is a great opportunity to get that perfect holiday photo with Santa. There is an 8 a.m. seating and a 10 a.m. seating. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Recreation Department by visiting the Coronado Community Center at 1845 Strand Way or calling (619) 522-7342. You can also purchase tickets for this popular event online at www.coronado.ca.us. Call now. Tickets sell out quickly.

Teen Events:  Over Thanksgiving break, Team SAFE members and Community Teen participants spent their time helping the Recreation Department with float decorations for the annual Coronado Holiday Parade. This year's theme for the Recreation float is "Merry Grinchmas." Teen volunteers helped wrap presents, make tree decorations and cut out letters for the float. Team SAFE members and Community Teen Participants are invited to walk and ride in the parade this year with the Recreation Department.


Fall Winter Session B:  Session B of fall/winter Recreation classes started this week at the Community Center. New classes being offered in Session B are Village Explorers, Community Kids, Adventure "X" Sports and Teen Cuisine. Call (619) 522-7342 to sign up.


Thanksgiving Holiday Camp:  With several days off of school, the Recreation Department hosted its Thanksgiving Holiday Camp at the Community Center for three days last week. Participants, ages 5-11, played Gobble Gobble Tag, created Popcorn Art, competed at Pluck the Feathers off the Turkey Game, searched in the Turkey Feather Hunt, baked pumpkin pie cookies among other fun activities. The next Holiday Camps during local school district vacations are scheduled for the weeks of Christmas and New Year's.


Youth Basketball League:  The Recreation Department's annual youth basketball league starts this week in the Community Center gym with 14 teams of third through fifth graders.  The staff and volunteer coaches host one practice a week with the games on Saturdays.

Aquatic Center:  Contractors have been busy at the Aquatic Center removing equipment and installing the new Recreation Pool heater and new chemical feed systems for both pools. They are on schedule for completion and we will be reopening tomorrow as long as there are no other issues.



Council Meeting:  A City Council meeting is set for December 17. It will be the last meeting of 2013. Items planned for consideration include: Presentation of outgoing Port Commissioner Lou Smith; swearing in of the new Port Commissioner; Report on the Bike Corrals trial; Summer Shuttle evaluation; and Golf Course rates.