Weekly Update - 3/28/2014

Date of Record: 2014-03-28


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, April 1, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 






Coronado Currents: The latest edition of Coronado Currents, the City's six-page, full-color newsletter, should be arriving in City mailboxes this week. The newsletter's cover story is about the USS Coronado and inside there are stories on Coronado TV and short-term rentals, and information on how to contact the City with a concern or a problem. The newsletter is available online. Click on the image below to read the Coronado Currents Vol. 35.








Coronado is TsunamiReady. Are You?:  Coronado was one of three cities in San Diego County recognized this week as TsunamiReady by San Diego County's ReadySanDiego.org emergency preparedness campaign. The City thought it a perfect time to remind citizens during National Tsunami Awareness Week to be prepared. Coronado became the 100th community in the United States to be designated TsunamiReady by the National Weather Service in 2012. The voluntary program helps cities develop plans to prepare and warn their communities about tsunami threats. The City's TsunamiReady plan includes an inundation map showing the areas of the City that may become flooded in a worst-case scenario. Most likely a tsunami in Coronado would be no higher than 3 to 4 feet. The inundation map can be found in two tsunami brochures, one produced by the City in 2012 and one recently created by ReadySanDiego.org to coincide with National Tsunami Awareness Week. Copies of both are available at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Coronado has two main systems for emergency notification:

  • Telephone notifications are provided through the AlertSanDiego program. Calls are made to residents and businesses warning them of an emergency, such as an impending tsunami. AlertSanDiego uses the region's 911 database provided by local telephone companies and contacts both listed and unlisted lines. If you also want to register your cell phone, Voice over IP or email address, visit www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego.
  • Coronado has three sirens as part of its Emergency Siren System located throughout Coronado — one at the Main Fire Station on Sixth Street; one at Glorietta Bay Park; and one at the Cays Fire Station. If the sirens sound, residents should tune their radios to the local Emergency Alert System, AM 600 KOGO.

The City also may notify residents and businesses via emergency responders, and through the City's website, Nixle, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Follow @CoronadoCity on Twitter, like the City of Coronado on Facebook and sign up for Nixle (https://local.nixle.com/register/) to receive real-time updates in the event of any emergency. Emergency sheltering and evacuation are part of Coronado's plan.

  • The City has partnered with the Coronado Unified School District and the American Red Cross to provide an emergency shelter, if required. The shelter will be operated by the American Red Cross with help from the Coronado Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT.
  • Most Coronado residents in at-risk areas likely will be directed to evacuate to higher ground in town, or “inward and upward.” This is accomplished by moving toward the center of the City of Coronado or to the second or higher floor of multistory structure. You also may be directed to “shelter in place” or to move to a designated shelter. Stay tuned to the local Emergency Alert System.

It is important for citizens to know if they live, work or play in a Tsunami Hazard Zone. If so, get one of the available brochures to learn more. If you are near the coast and evacuation is impossible, Blood said citizens are encouraged to go to a higher floor of a sturdy building. For more information about tsunami preparedness, call the Fire Department at (619) 522-7374. To read or print out a copy of the City's Tsunami Preparedness Guide or read more about emergency preparedness, visit the Emergency Preparedness page at www.coronado.ca.us. Go to Government, Public Safety and Fire Department.







Recreation Department Receives Peer Recognition:  Coronado Middle School and its Principal Jay Marquand were awarded a Citation Award from the California Parks and Recreation Society for ongoing support of the City's Recreation Department. The award was given out on Wednesday, March 26, at the annual California Parks and Recreation Society's Awards Banquet. The Coronado Middle School was nominated for the partnership that was created in 2001 between the Recreation Department and the middle school to assure that students participate in safe activities during and after school. Recreation leaders Adam Galler and Kelsey Berg were awarded the Parks and Recreation Professional Scholarship for their hard work and dedication. Adam has taught many citizens how to paddle and row at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. Kelsey has been the rental specialist at the Community Center and has become a staff leader in supervising operations staff in preparing for events and helping customers with their Banquet Room rentals.  Recreation Director Linda Rahn received the Professional Merit Award for a lifetime of work and dedication to the Recreation profession. She was recognized for her support of staff's efforts to provide the highest quality services and facilities to the community. Her mentoring of many professionals in attendance brought her a standing ovation.



Recreation Services Director Linda Rahn speaking at the California Parks and Recreation Society's Awards Banquet.



Coronado Middle School Principal Jay Marquand receiving his award.


Rec Staff 

Recreation staff attending the California Parks and Recreation Society's Awards Banquet.







Recreation Services Employee Honored:  On Thursday, March 20, Recreation Coordinator Brooke Klosinski was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the San Diego Child Abuse Prevention Council for her dedication to keeping the teens of Coronado actively engaged in positive leisure activities. For the past nine years, Brooke has coordinated teen programs for the City of Coronado, including drug and alcohol prevention, leadership education, community service, character education, sports and recreation programs. Brooke's compassion for improving children's lives by teaching them how to make positive choices and by giving them opportunities to grow socially has made an impact on the Coronado community.









USS Coronado Commissioning:  The commissioning of the USS Coronado is right around the corner, Saturday, April 5. For information about tickets, please visit www.coronadocommissioning.net. The website is no longer active but contains details about tickets. If you already have tickets, the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. but visitors to Naval Air Station North Island must arrive by 8:30 a.m. Enter through the main Stockdale Entrance.


USS Coronado 

USS Coronado arriving in San Diego Bay.







CalAm Water Voluntary Measures:  From a California American Water press release: “As drought conditions continue to affect communities across the state, California American Water announced the implementation of voluntary 20 percent water reduction measures for our more than 258,000 customers in all Southern California districts including Los Angeles County, San Diego County and Ventura County.  California American Water has issued its voluntary program in accordance with the Governor's emergency drought declaration and California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Rule 14.1, calling upon customers to restrict non-essential uses of water.  The CPUC authorizes water utilities to implement voluntary conservation measures when the utility determines that water supplies may be insufficient to meet customer demands.” Read the full press release to find out more about how residents can find ways to reduce their water use.






Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, March 29, through Friday, April 4. 





Wedding Ceremony

Bay View Park

March 29

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

March 29

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

March 29

Wedding Renewal

Central Beach

April 4














Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, the Design Review Commission approved the exterior design for a new 2-story commercial building to be located at 1107-1111 Ninth St. in the Commercial/Orange Avenue Corridor Specific Plan Zone. The Commission also approved an exterior remodel to the La Avenida Inn at 1315 Orange Ave.  The inn will be renamed the “Beach House Inn.”







Addendum to Environmental Impact Report:  The City has received notice of availability of an addendum to the Environmental Impact Report for the San Diego International Airport's Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, acting in its capacity as the Airport Land Use Commission, will consider adoption of the plan and certification of the Final EIR at its meeting on Thursday, April 3, at 9 a.m., or immediately following the Airport Authority board meeting. The addendum can be accessed by visiting the San Diego International Airport website at www.san.org/alucp.













Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award:   Coronado Police Officer Ryan Rose was recognized on Tuesday, March 25, as the Coronado Police Department Mothers Against Drunk Driving Officer of the Year.  During 2013, Officer Rose made 14 arrests for driving under the influence.  These types of arrests save lives.  In addition, Coronado Police Sgt. Matt Mitchell was recognized for his tremendous support and involvement in the San Diego County Avoid Program operations that help reduce DUIs with driver checkpoints. At the San Diego County awards presentation, guests heard from a victim of a DUI collision. She described the impact on her life after recovering from numerous broken bones and the amputation of her left hand and forearm.



Officer Ryan Rose receiving his award.



Sgt. Matt Mitchell being recognized.













More Keep Clear Markings:  More “Keep Clear” markings were installed in the City late last week. The City installed the same markings earlier this month at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Second Street. The new markings were placed at Orange Avenue and Sixth Street, in front of the main Fire Station. This should help keep traffic out of the area when the Fire Department's emergency vehicles need immediate access to the street. The white material around the letters is not permanent.

Keep Clear 

Keep Clear markings installed in front of the Fire Department.







Public Restroom Work Completed:  The portable restrooms have been removed and the public restrooms at Spreckels Park, Glorietta Bay Park and Cays Parks have been reopened after receiving a new epoxy flooring. The bathrooms were closed for one week while the work was done. Epoxy helps keep the floors slip-resistant, easy to clean and looking good.


Epoxy work on Spreckels Park restroom floors is complete.







New Sod at Spreckels Park:  Residents may have noticed yellow tape around some trees at Spreckels Park. This is due to the installation of 2,200 square feet of new sod in the area, which is a high-use area. The tape is in place to keep people from disrupting the sod until it is established enough for foot traffic. It may take up to two weeks. This is an annual maintenance item to improve the park for users.

new sod 

A section of new sod has been installed at Spreckels Park.














Team SAFE:  Five Team SAFE members participated in the annual Spring Planter Beautification project at Coronado Middle School on Wednesday, March 19.  Under the direction of the Bay Bridge Garden Club, Team SAFE members weeded, picked up garbage and cleaned up the flower beds. 

Team Safe 

Team Safe members enjoying a break after a clean-up project.







Camp Preview Day:  The Recreation Department hosted the annual Camp Preview Day on Saturday, March 22. Two dozen children participated in a number of games. The preview serves as the interview day for summer staff looking to get hired to work at a day camp or summer facility.


Camp Preview 

Above and below: Children attending the annual Camp Preview Day.

Camp Preview2 






Spring Break Holiday Camps:  Twenty children in the Spring Break Holiday Camp held this week baked cupcakes, went on scavenger hunts, mixed moon sand, and dug for Dinosaurs. Staff also hosted the first Spring Break Paddle Camp, where children were able to kayak, row, stand-up paddle board and sprint kayak all week at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse.


Spring Break Camp 

Children attending the Spring Break Holiday Camp. 







Upcoming Meetings:  
  • City Council meeting is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • Historic Resource Commission meeting will be held at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, April 2, at City Hall.
  • Coronado Tourism Improvement District meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at City Hall.
  • Cultural Arts Commission meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at City Hall.