Weekly Update - 4/4/2014back
CITY MANAGER'S WEEKLY UPDATE
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.
CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE
USS Coronado Commissioning: The commissioning of the USS Coronado is tomorrow morning. For more than two years, the Coronado Commissioning Committee and the Navy have been preparing for the big event. The City of Coronado is proud of its deep connection to the Navy and will welcome the USS Coronado at the commissioning celebration, which will include a reception, speeches and tours of the ship.
USS Coronado arrives at Naval Air Station North Island March 28. Photo Courtesy: U.S. Navy.
Orange Avenue Deodar Cedars: Yesterday, the Coronado Street Tree Committee approved the replacement procedure for the Deodar Cedars on Orange Avenue with a combination of Deodar Cedars and Afghan Pines. The trees will replace any dead or dying Deodar Cedars that are removed. New trees will be planted over the course of several years to have a diversity in the trees' ages in an effort to best ensure the long-term sustainability of the trees. Up to six new trees will be planted each year. The Committee directed staff to plant at least one Deodar before Arbor Day. However, staff will work to plant as many of this year's replacement trees as it can. The Committee hopes to have a ceremonial tree planting at that time. Meanwhile, the City will remove many of the dead or dying trees. There are a total of 36 Deodar Cedar trees at this time planted along Orange Avenue, 18 of which are now dead or dying.
Above and below: Ailing Deodar Cedars on Orange Avenue.
Coronado High School Student-Police Council: To encourage positive interaction between local youth and the Coronado Police Department, a school-based group of students will be meeting with Police Chief Jon Froomin and department representatives. The school and the Police Department selected representatives held their first meeting yesterday. The group of students and officers had a productive conversation over pizza and both look forward to continued positive interaction into the future.
Students and Coronado Police Officers meet to discuss more interaction.
School Resource Officer Appointed: The Coronado Police Department has appointed Officer Sherri Mannello as its School Resource Officer. To facilitate training, Officer Mannello will not officially transfer to her new position until the beginning of the next school year, which starts in August. It is anticipated that Officer Mannello will spend a fair amount of her time on the campus at the middle school; however, she also will be visible on the campuses of the high school and elementary schools. The School Resource Officer assignment was achieved through redeployment of existing resources and assignments.
Officer Sherri Mannello, Coronado's new School Resource Officer.
Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, April 5, through Friday, April 11.
Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, April 2, the Historic Resource Commission received a refresher training from City staff and the City Attorney on application of the Historic Designation Criteria per the adopted Historic Designation Criteria Guidelines. The Commission also recommended to the City Council approval of a Historic Alteration Permit with a zoning exception request related to setbacks at 629 A Ave., and approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 726 B Ave. Finally, the Commission recommended to City Council approval of a Mills Act Agreement for 1045 Loma Ave.
629 A Ave.
726 B Ave.
1045 Loma Ave.
CDBG Pedestrian Ramp Improvement Project: A project to replace existing pedestrian ramps along E, F and H avenues with new pedestrian ramps that meet current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements is in its early stages. Bids to perform the work from qualified contractors will be opened on Wednesday, April 9. This project is being funded by the Community Development Block Grant program. Construction may begin in early June and take about 60 days to complete.
Pomona, Seventh, and Adella Intersection Improvement Project: A project to replace the existing temporary roundabout at the intersection of Pomona Avenue, Seventh Street and Adella Avenue with a permanent, fully landscaped roundabout is underway. Bids from qualified contractors to complete the work are scheduled to be opened on Thursday, April 10. Construction may begin in early June and take 60 days to complete. However, the selected contractor is entitled to receive a financial incentive if the work is completed early.
Temporary roundabout along Pomona Avenue.
Spring Maintenance: Golf green and fairway aerification was completed as part of the spring maintenance program on the Coronado Golf Course. Aerification helps reduce soil compaction and increase soil permeability to allow better water and nutrient infiltration, as well as better air exchange. The process helps reduce thatch build up that accumulates over the growing season. The entire process takes about one week to complete. Full recovery generally takes three to four weeks depending on the weather and growing conditions.
Above and below: Aerification being conducted on the Coronado Golf Course.
Books That Shaped America: The new Library exhibit, “Books That Shaped America,” is based on a Library of Congress set of text panels highlighting key texts, pamphlets and books that helped shape American history. The exhibit includes rare books from the Library's own collection, including a pocket almanac from 1784; the New England Primer, circa 1800; Mark Twain's “Life on the Mississippi,” published in 1883; and also includes books of exploration, nonfiction titles, novels, biographies and eye-popping “pulp fiction.”
Pew Study on Libraries: As part of an ongoing series of surveys on public libraries in the age of the Internet, the Pew Research Center has found two interesting correlations in its latest survey. People who use libraries the most, whom they refer to as “Library Lovers,” are also “Information Omnivores” in general. Both groups are better educated, have higher incomes and are more engaged in social and cultural activities. The Pew survey also found that engaged library users are also avid technology users.
Paris in Springtime: The Coronado Library presents “Paris in Springtime,” a recital of show tunes and French songs, by soprano Julia Taylor and pianist Marilyn Rees. The free recital will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the Winn Room.
Boy Scout Merit Badge: Coronado Boy Scout Troop 806 invited Coronado Police Officer Tom Adkins to its meeting, which was held on Monday, March 31, to discuss bike theft prevention and bicycle safety. Troop 806 is working on its Citizenship in the Community merit badge. Fifteen Boy Scouts were in attendance.
Citizenship in the Community merit badge.
Tip A Cop: Four officers from Coronado, along with officers from around San Diego County, traded in their handcuffs for aprons last night. The officers served patrons at Claim Jumper Restaurant in La Mesa. During this fundraiser, the officers donated their tips to the Special Olympics. All tips are tax deductible and support sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. For every $20 someone donated, the donor had the choice of a San Diego Police Department K-9 stuffed toy dog or a Special Olympics T-shirt. The four Coronado officers raised $1,816 and all together, law enforcement raised $5,166 at the La Mesa location. The Special Olympics is not officially endorsed by the City of Coronado; but is the charity of choice of the Police Department.
Law Enforcement Detail: On Monday, March 31, Sgt. Diana Drummey, Officers Jason Hurley and Anthony Flores, along with law enforcement agencies from San Diego County, participated in a regional probation sweep in southern Chula Vista. This is a monthly detail throughout the County to check compliance of those on early prison release under Assembly Bill 109, the prison reduction constitutional amendment.
FBI National Academy Graduation: On Friday, March 28, Coronado Police Sgt. Eric Hima graduated from the 256th session of the FBI National Academy, in Quantico, Virginia. The FBINationalAcademy is a 10-week professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. During his 10 weeks at that academy, Sgt. Hima completed the academic coursework as well as the fitness challenges on the U.S. Marine Corp Endurance Course and 34-mile “Blue Brick” swim.
Community Teens: On Monday, March 31, a new session of Community Teens kicked off with an introduction to volunteer service and a trash clean-up around the Community Center and Glorietta Bay Park. This session's volunteer activities will include serving a meal to the homeless, Community Center event preparation, and a Smart Phone 101 instructional day at the Coronado Senior Center. Spaces are still available. Class is every Monday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and students are picked up immediately after school.
Community Teens participating in a clean-up at the Community Center.
Friday Night at the Club Room: Tonight's Friday Night at the Club Room returns for sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. The theme is Casino Night and includes a night of beach volleyball, S'mores and a bonfire, BINGO, Black Jack and card games, the movie “Despicable Me 2” and much more. Students can hang out, eat yummy snacks, dance, listen to music and enjoy the beautiful scenery from the Club Room. The final Friday Night at the Club Room for middle school students will be on Friday, April 25 with a Fiesta theme!
Spring Break Paddle Camp: This past week, Recreation Services hosted the first ever Spring Break Paddle Camp at the Club Room and Boathouse. Participating children got to stand up paddle, kayak and even try out some Olympic Sprint kayaks in Glorietta Bay. Daily paddlers visited different beaches from Stingray Point to Tidelands Park “Quick Mud Beach.” Favorite activities were “rafting-up” games, relay races and making s'mores. Campers also got acquainted with local sea life including ghost shrimp, sea anemones and sea cucumbers.
- Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 7, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
- The Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, at City Hall.
- The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at City Hall.
- Coronado Transportation Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at City Hall.
- RSIP-3 meets at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, in the Crown Conference Room at City Hall.
- Civil Service Commission meets t 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at City Hall.