Weekly Update - 1/17/2014

Date of Record: 2014-01-17


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, January 21, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 




Natural Gas Odor:  The Coronado Fire Department responded to calls about an odor of natural gas around town, particularly near First Street. SDG&E also responded and began searching for a local source. None was found. The odor, which was later described as petroleum-based, appeared to be dissipating and reports were coming from south of Coronado about a similar odor. SDG&E and Fire officials will continue to monitor the situation. No incidents related to the odor were reported.







Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday:  Most non-public safety facilities in the City of Coronado will be closed on Monday, January 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holidays. Public Services will be on call over the holidays to respond to emergencies. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the Martin Luther King Jr. Day schedule:



City Facility

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20, 2014

Aquatics Center

5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

City Hall


Club Room and Boathouse

7 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.

Community Center

6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Golf Course





10 a.m. to dusk

Tennis Center; and

Scheduling Center

6 a.m. to 10 p.m.;

8 a.m. to noon and 2 to 7 p.m.


Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday.

EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The next Coronado City Council meeting is set for January 21, 2014.








Smoking Ordinance Coverage:  A reporter from Televisa Tijuana was in town yesterday for a story on the City's smoking ordinance, which prohibits smoking on most public property. The issue received media attention locally, from newspapers, online news agencies, and radio and TV stations. This was the first time the story was reported outside of San Diego and, hopefully, will do much to help spread the word. The segment is set to run on February 3 at 10 p.m. on Channel 12.







Coronado TV:  If you have had a chance to watch the City's local cable access station in recent weeks, you may have noticed something different. Instead of the static slides and video that have run for years, notifying the community of upcoming City Council, Planning Commission and Coronado Unified School District Board meetings, the City has added videos and other exciting programming. Coronado is in the beginning stages of offering government and school district programming to the community. The City's goal is to provide programming of interest to Coronado residents about the functions, activities and programs of the City, schools and community, and to provide an outlet for the community to learn about and participate in City government. Live and recorded programming will be offered. The City will be working cooperatively with the school district to provide new programming, Public Service Announcements and live shows to Coronado TV. Check us out on Time Warner Cable Channel 19 and AT&T's Channel 99.







Microsoft 2013 Upgrade:  The City's IT Division conducted training this week for Fire Services, Public Services, Recreation Services and the departments at City Hall in advance of an upgrade from Microsoft Office 2010 to 2013.  Many employees took advantage of the training and received tips and tricks for using PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook. There are many new features that will make it easier and more convenient for those who use the Microsoft products.







Navy Special Boat Team Exercises:  The Navy wraps up small boat operations training today at 10 p.m. This is the second consecutive day of ocean-beach exercises at Silver Strand Training Complex South, north of Imperial Beach. Small arms blanks, flash bang grenades and smoke grenades are being used during training, which is being conducted in a manner to avoid contact with the public for safety and security.








Special Events Permits:  The following are special events issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, January 18, through Friday, January 24.





Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

January 18

Wedding Ceremony


January 19















Board and Commission Vacancies:  Residents who are registered voters are encouraged to serve on City boards, committees and commissions. There are four members needed on the Transportation Commission. This commission works with City staff and citizens to make recommendations on transportation issues to the City Council. Commissioners investigate methods that calm and slow traffic; maximize the efficiency and safety of the current circulation system and integrate all participants including cyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation; and improve the commuter experience. Additionally, there are upcoming vacancies on the Street Tree Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission and the Transportation Commission. Click on the notice for a larger image.







Naval Base Coronado Permit Application:  The City has received notice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that Naval Base Coronado has submitted a permit application for planned maintenance dredging of 4,818 cubic yards of sediment at Piers J&K and 18,718 cubic yards at Carrier Wharf L/M/N/O/P. One cubic yard is equal to 40 five-gallon buckets or a half of a pick-up truck bed. The purpose of the dredging is to restore berthing areas at NBC to previous operational depths to maintain safe and adequate berthing for Navy ships. The public comment period began Tuesday, January 14, and concludes February 15.  For additional information regarding the project, the Army Corps has provided a public notice, which can be found on its website.







Historic Resource Commission:   At its meeting on Wednesday, January 15, the Historic Resource Commission approved the historic designation of 812 Third St. in association with a nomination for historic designation. The Commission also designated 706 Glorietta Blvd. and 770 F Ave. as Historic Resources in association with Notice of Intent to Demolish review applications. The Commission recommended approval of a Mills Act agreement for 1127 F Ave., and prioritized Mills Act applications received in 2013 for placement on the Mills Act waiting list.


812 Third 

812 Third St.



706 Glorietta 

706 Glorietta Blvd.



770 F

770 F Ave.









Active Transportation Planner:  Last year, the City Council agreed to hire a full-time Associate Planner to help improve and enhance all alternate modes of transportation, including bicycle, pedestrian, mass transit and ferry ridership. The Engineering and Project Development Department has hired Mariah Van Zerr to the position of Active Transportation Planner. She started this week and is already working with the Bicycle Advisory Committee on bicycle-related issues. She also is working on the City's Complete Streets Program, among other projects.









Library Board:  The Library Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, January 14. The Board accepted recent donations and is looking at current and future needs of the Library that are not budgeted.







Friends of the Library:  A working group of the Friends of the Library met Monday, January 13, to plan the February 7 gala event to be held at the Library. The event, titled “You're Overdue at the Library,” is a fundraiser and will include food, wine and beer, entertainment, and Library promotional activities.







Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party:  Winnie the Pooh's birthday was celebrated in the Winn Room on Wednesday, January 15. A birthday cake was enjoyed by all and children had the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Winnie the Pooh himself.



Above and below: Photos from the Winnie the Pooh celebration Tuesday, January 14.


























Brief Animal Care Facility Closures:  To address a rumor that the Animal Care Facility was closed, the City wants to clarify that the facility is open and fully operational. Earlier this week, the facility experienced two brief closures. On Tuesday, January 14, the facility was closed for a couple of hours for necessary and unexpected cleaning.  On Wednesday, January 15, the facility closed one hour early so employees could attend an all-employee department meeting. Last September, the City had a persistent ringworm outbreak at the Animal Care Facility. Ringworm spores can remain viable in the environment for months to years. This week, as part of an ongoing effort to closely monitor the facility's animals, two tested positive for ringworm spores. City officials cleared the front cat room and a dog room, and thoroughly disinfected them as a preventive measure. One dog and its kennel-mate are being kept in isolation and are being monitored for the fungus. Two cats were removed by PAWS of Coronado volunteers. Dogs and cats are routinely tested for ringworm in all animal facilities. The positive tests do not mean there has been an outbreak at the facility. In fact, preliminary results show the animals may not have ringworm. However, the City takes the tests seriously and is closely monitoring all animals, including those that do not show symptoms or have not been tested for ringworm. We thank the community for its patience and understanding.



ACF Open



ACF Open2















Introduction to Pickleball ClassJoin the Pickleball craze. The Coronado Tennis Center will offer a free “Introduction to Pickleball Class” on Thursday, January 23, at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton, ping pong and racquetball and is one of the fastest growing sports around. It is fast-paced and easy to learn. It is great exercise, a lot of fun and appropriate for all ages. Equipment is provided. Watch a video of Pickleball being played at www.usapa.org.  For additional information, call the Tennis Center at (619) 522-2650. Click on flyer for a larger image.

Pickleball Class 





Winter/Spring Recreation Programs:  The Winter/Spring schedule is online. The schedule contains all of the Recreation programs that will be offered from February through May. Online and mail-in registration starts for residents Tuesday, January 21. Nonresidents may register beginning January 28. Click on flyer for link to schedule.






Upcoming Meetings:  
  • City Council meets Tuesday, January 21, at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • Design Review Commission meets on Wednesday, January 22, at 3 p.m. at City Hall.
  • Golf Course Advisory Committee meets on Thursday, January 23, at 3 p.m. at the Golf Course.
  • RSIP-3 meets Thursday, January 23, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.