Weekly Update - 4/18/2014

Date of Record: 2014-04-18


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, May 6, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 














Citizen Satisfaction SurveyThe City of Coronado has hired the National Research Center to conduct a scientific citizen satisfaction survey.  The surveys will be mailed beginning next week to randomly selected households throughout the City.  The survey was developed by the National Research Center, in conjunction with the International City Managers' Association, to provide local governments a cost-effective method to understand the public's sense of satisfaction and expectations.  The results of the survey will have a margin of error of plus or minus 5%.  In addition, because the survey instrument is used by over 500 jurisdictions throughout the country, the data can be compared to other similar-sized cities.  Each household selected to receive the survey will be sent an introductory postcard next week, followed by the actual survey shortly thereafter.  






Political Signs:  With election time approaching, political signs are appearing.  Political signs are allowed on private property, but cannot be posted on public rights-of-way or on public property, such as parks or the golf course.  City Public Services Department employees are instructed to pick signs up from public property and deposit them at the Public Services Yard, located at 101 B Avenue, where the signs can be retrieved.  All signs that are not retrieved within 30 days from the date of retrieval will be destroyed.





First Street Sidewalk Improvements:  To enhance the sidewalks in the 100 block of Orange Avenue, City crews removed vegetation surrounding the palm trees planted in the sidewalks.  When this occurred, it exposed the previous covered area below the trees.  These unusually shaped tree wells reduced the area of the sidewalk that could be used by pedestrians and some considered the area to be ugly.  To make the tree wells more attractive and provide a new surface to walk on, City crews are installing a firm, but porous, surface in the tree wells.  Pedestrians can walk on the surface, but water will still flow to the palm trees.  This work is expected to be completed next week.

Sidewalk Tree Well 

Above: Sidewalk Tree Well on Orange Avenue





Homeless ComplaintsCity Hall has received calls of concern with regard to the arrival of individuals, who appear to be homeless, in the Orange Avenue area.  Recent court decisions have affirmed that it is not illegal or criminal to be homeless, and public agencies have been advised to protect the civil rights of homeless individuals.  The Police Department, through the course of normal duties, is continuing to monitor this matter to ensure that no crimes or violations are being committed; while at the same time, protecting the civil rights of individuals including the homeless.






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, April 19 through Friday, April 25.




Easter Sunrise Service

North Beach



Centennial Park



Central Beach



















Port District Master Plan Update:  The Port District is hosting three separate open house events for the public to provide feedback on its long-range vision and Integrated Port Master Plan Update process.  The Master Plan will set the course for future land and water uses in San Diego Bay.  In addition to the open houses, there is a survey available on the Port's website created to obtain input on the public's vision of future land use and activities within San Diego Bay.  For more information on the upcoming open house events and to take the survey, click on the following link: http://portforall.org/.






RSIP-3:  The Residential Standards Improvement Program (“RSIP”) Committee has scheduled a Public Workshop for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, in the Community Center's Nautilus Room.

The City Council recently reconvened an ad hoc committee that it had originally appointed in 2003 and re-formed in 2010.  The purpose of the committee is to review and evaluate the results of the first two ad hoc committees and consider ways to further improve Coronado's residential standards and the quality of Coronado's residential neighborhoods.

The workshop will include a slide presentation of single-family homes completed after the second Residential Standards Improvement Program was passed four years ago.  This will illustrate what changes already have been made.  The committee also has prepared a comprehensive survey for completion at the end of the workshop.





Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, April 16, the Historic Resource Commission determined that 545 Palm Avenue and 555 Alameda Boulevard meet the criteria to be designated as historic resources, in association with nominations for historic designation.  The Commission also approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 875 Alameda Boulevard.


545 Palm Avenue

Above and below: 545 Palm Avenue and 555 Alameda Boulevard

555 Alameda Ave 



















Community Center Carpet and Panel Fabric Replacement:  Work began on Monday, April 14, and is expected to be completed sometime today.  This project replaced the worn carpet in the Nautilus Room and main corridor with new carpet tiles and replaced the fabric on the moveable wall panels. 

















Emergency Siren Testing:  The Coronado Fire Department will conduct a test of the City's Emergency Siren Warning System on Tuesday, April 22.  This is part of a routine test of the City of Coronado's emergency sirens that occurs every year during the month of April.  If you would like additional information on this topic, please visit the Coronado Homepage, at https://www.coronado.ca.us/ , and check out the News Center for a link to the full article. 

















Friends of the LibraryThe Board of the Friends of the Library met Monday evening, April 14.  The leadership of the Friends will be changing in May, with Carol Pastor assuming the Presidency and Roger Clapp leaving the Board after many years of service.  Sharon Sherman is also leaving the Board; however, she will continue to be the manager of the Second Hand Prose bookshop.  The Book Fair plans for April 25-27 are all in place.






Google Open GalleryThe Library has been selected to participate in Google Open Gallery.  The purpose of Google Open Gallery is to create web-based cultural or arts oriented exhibits.  We will be among the first users and have been assigned a creative agency acting as a “support team” to work with.  Google is especially interested in getting feedback from the first group of users.  There is no cost for using Google Open Gallery.  We are planning our first exhibit.
















Special Olympics of Southern California Event:  Coronado officers supported the Special Olympics of Southern California with an athletics/track competition at Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday, April 12.  The competition brought Special Olympics athletes from San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties together to compete in track and field events as well as a softball throw.  Special Olympics Southern California is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition.


Special Olympics 1

Above and Below: Senior Officer Van Erhard and Commander Mike Lawton         

 Special Olympics 2






Coronado High School Mock InterviewsOn Tuesday, April 15, Sergeant Diana Drummey assisted in mock job interviews for students at Coronado High School's Special Education Department.  The interviewers were provided questions and scored students on their performance and provided feedback to them for future interviews. 





Arrest:  On Tuesday, April 15, Kargar Houman, of San Diego, was arrested  in Coronado for shoplifting a bottle of champagne from Avenue Liquor Store, which is located at 878 Orange Avenue.  Houman is a suspect in two additional alcohol thefts, on April 11, 2014, and April 13, 2014, from Park Place Liquor.  Houman is on probation and during a search of his apartment in the mid-city area of San Diego, detectives located dozens of bottles of high-end champagne and wine ranging in price from $50 to $1500, totaling over $20,000.  Houman was stealing several bottles at a time and placing them in reusable shopping bags.  Based on the number of bottles found, it is believed that Houman has been stealing the alcohol from stores all around San Diego County and was reselling the product online.  Detectives are currently working with other local law enforcement agencies to determine the locations from which the additional bottles were stolen.  Houman was charged with four counts of commercial burglary and was booked at the county jail. Additional charges are pending. 


 Alcohol Arrest

Above: Alcohol Seized Following Arrest

















Wastewater:  Wastewater crews worked through the night, on Wednesday, April 16, to support the City of San Diego's request to control effluent flowing into the San Diego Metro wastewater system lines while San Diego Video inspected a section of sewer line on Kettner Boulevard.  City staff, in turn, coordinated shut-down efforts with the Navy.  Cays Main, Glorietta Bay, and Transbay Pump stations were manually controlled and monitored during the project.  Coronado's sewer collection system collects all of Coronado's effluent at one point, then pumps it across the San Diego Bay in an underwater pipeline, where the effluent then flows into pipes owned by the San Diego Metro System.  The project was successfully completed and normal operations were restored early Thursday morning.  




Deodar CedarsOn Monday, April. 14, Parks & Beach Supervisor Jess Culpeper, was interviewed by Channel 10 regarding the replanting of the Deodar cedars along the Orange Avenue median.   The dying cedars are expected to be replaced over the next several years. 
















Spring Tennis:  Tennis is in full bloom.  The Tennis Center is currently hosting 11 USTA Ladies Teams, 3 Men's Teams and 7 Junior Teams.  The Junior program begins a new session on Wednesday, April 23,with over 150 participants each week.  The Tennis Center will be hosting its very own “International Pro Challenge” on Saturday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m., featuring World Class Coronado Professionals, Mario Dilonardo representing the Unites States; Laila Abdala representing Mexico; Emmanuel Mensah representing Ghana; and Joel Myers representing Australia.  Donations for the Recreation Scholarship Fund are encouraged, and refreshments will be available. Bring the family and beach chairs for good seats. 

Spring Tennis Flyer






Easter Events: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny is sold out.  For those fortunate enough to have a ticket for the event, the breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  There will be holiday crafts, a prize wheel, face painting and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny! 


In the afternoon of Saturday, April 19, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Recreation staff will host the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Community Center.  There will be ongoing Easter egg hunts for specific age groups, Easter crafts and games, a cupcake walk, and a life-sized Candyland game.  Tickets for the crafts and games will be available to purchase on the day of the event.  

 Easter Flyer













Upcoming Meetings:  
  • Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, has been cancelled.