Weekly Update - 5/2/2014

Date of Record: 2014-05-02


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. 











Moody's Assigns Aaa to CoronadoMoody's Investors Services has assigned the highest Aaa credit rating to the city of Coronado for its exceptionally strong financial position evidenced by ample reserves and the absence of any outstanding debt. Coronado joins just eight other California cities and has become the only city in San Diego County to hold the Aaa rating. The credit rating company cited the City's stable and moderately sized tax base, above average wealth levels, and favorable debt position as the basis for issuing its initial Aaa rating. The City has been monitoring and implementing best financial practices, such as advanced pension payments, creation of a post-employment benefits trust, designated reserves, and starting a major facilities replacement fund so the rare rating is validation from a respected source.  Read the full press release.





Arbor Day Plantings:  Arbor Day in Coronado will be celebrated tomorrow, May 3, at Spreckels Park. Participants can watch a tree planting demonstration at 8:30 a.m. and help plant trees in Coronado. Families, individuals and groups are welcome to participate. Nearly 30 planting locations are scheduled throughout the city with approximately 40 trees scheduled to be planted. There were 75 volunteers last year and Public Services expects about the same or more this year. Call Public Services at (619) 522-7380 for details. Click image below for a larger view.

 Arbor Day





MotorCars on MainStreet:  The annual MotorCars on MainStreet car show will be held Sunday, May 4, featuring hundreds of restored classic, rod and custom cars and trucks. For more than 20 years, Coronado MainStreet held the car show concurrently with the Flower Show weekend activities but it was moved this year to the following weekend. The event is staged in downtown Coronado, one block from the beach, at Isabella and Orange avenues, from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Viewing is free and thousands of spectators are expected, along with traffic impacts to the area generally surrounding Coronado Rotary Plaza. Portions of Isabella, Park Place and Star Park Circle will be posted “No Parking” from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. to showcase the vehicles. The area around Orange Avenue at Tenth Street will begin experiencing congestion at about 6:30 a.m. when the classic vehicles begin to arrive for staging. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians should use caution in the area of Orange and Tenth all day due to large volume of vehicles and people in the area. For more information, call (619) 437-0254.

MotorCars Map

Map of MotorCars on MainStreet areas that will be posted with “No Parking” signs. 


MotorCars Photo

Photo: Courtesy MotorCars on MainStreet.


MotorCars Flier 




National Bike Month:  National Bike Month takes place during May with a number of events planned in Coronado, including Bike to Work Day and the City's participation in the Bike to Work Corporate Challenge. In 2014, Bike to Work Week will be May 12-16, with Bike to Work Day on May 16. The City of Coronado encourages residents to bike to work on May 16 and to participate in any or all of the following Bike Month-related activities. For more information, call Mariah VanZerr, the City's Active Transportation Planner at (619) 522-2423. Residents can learn more about Bike Month events happening across the region by going to SANDAG's iCommute Bike Month page and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition's Bike Month Page. Here is a list of Coronado events/activities planned for National Bike Month:

  • May 6 - Mayor's Proclamation for National Bike Month:  Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and several Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee members will attend the 4 p.m. City Council meeting to receive a proclamation.
  • May 7 - Spin Your Wheels Class:  The free Spin Your Wheels Class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Abalone Room at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. The class is open to the public. Participants can brush up on their cycling skills and learn tips and tricks, including how to properly adjust your bike; following the rules of the road; and planning your route. The class is provided compliments of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition and will be taught by Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee member and League of American Bicylists certified instructor Larry Hofstetter.
  • May 10 - Mayor's Ride Ride through Coronado led by Mayor Casey Tanaka takes off at 11 a.m. from Spreckels Park. Children must wear helmets and be accompanied by an adult.
  • May 11 - Historic Home Tour:  This year's Historic Home Tour will be Bicycle Friendly with help from the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, which is loaning the Historical Association and Visitor's Center special temporary bike parking racks for the event. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • May 12-16 – Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge:  The City of Coronado is participating in the regional iCommute Bike to Work Corporate Challenge. Employees are encouraged to sign up.  
  • May 16 - Bike to Work Day Pit Stops:  The Coronado Visitor's Center has partnered with the City of Coronado and the Navy to host a “pit stop” along the Bayshore Bikeway in Glorietta Bay Park in front of the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. Freebies, snacks and T-shirts will be given out from 6 to 9 a.m. Holland's Bicycles is also sponsoring a “pit stop” on the Coronado Commuter Ferry.
  • May 16 - Bike Safety Poster Contest Deadline:  The Bicycle Advisory Committee, the City of Coronado and the Coronado Unified School District have partnered to host a Bike Safety Poster Contest for elementary students. All the schools in Coronado have been invited to participate. The theme this year is bicycle helmet safety. Entries are due May 16 and will be on display at the Recreation Center from May 19-23. The poster below has been posted to the City's website and includes more details.
  • Ongoing - Videos and PSAs:  Coronado Schools are working on Public Service Announcements, such as this one on Bicycle Helmets posted on Monday on eCoronado.
  • June 1 - Coronado Bicycle Rodeo and Safe Cycling Festival:  The free Coronado Bicycle Rodeo and Safe Cycling Festival is being organized by the Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Coronado Recreation Department and sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado and Holland's Bicycles. The second annual Rodeo and Bike Safety Festival will feature an opportunity to register bikes with help from the Coronado Police Department; learn basic bike maintenance skills; ride the bike safety course; and ways to earn prizes. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the small park next to the Coronado Yacht Club along Glorietta Bay near the Bayshore Bikeway. 


Poster Contest


Bikes in Corral





Historic Home Tour:  The Coronado Historic Home Tour, “The Enchanted Island,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, which is Mother's Day. Six examples of classic architecture will be featured, from the English Tudor style to a Spanish Eclectic bungalow to a Mediterranean courtyard home. The annual Home Tour raises funds to support the year-round programs of the Coronado Historical Association. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. As part of the planning this year, the City of Coronado has discussed with organizers how to encourage participants to ride their bicycles. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition will be loaning some of its temporary bike parking racks for use during the event. Click on the flier for more information on the Historic Home Tour.

Historic Home Tour 





Mother's Day Art Event:  The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission's “Art Under the Umbrellas” event is set for Mother's Day, May 11. The community is invited to view great local art on the patio of the Coronado Golf Course and have brunch at the Bayside Grill. The event will be held on Sunday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Brunch arrangements ($33.95 for adults, $12.95 for children) must be made and paid for through the Golf Course restaurant.


Art Umbrellas 






Weekend Follow-upLast weekend was a busy time in Coronado with events and activities taking place all over the City, among them an EDCO free shredding event. The Coronado Flower Show, which drew the largest crowd on Sunday, April 26, went off without a hitch. The Coronado Friends of the Library Book Fair was a bit slower than usual on Saturday, April 25, due to the cold weather. Unsold books were picked up by the San Diego Book Project, which distributes books to needy organizations. The Coronado Police Department participated in the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day also on Saturday. Officers collected 10 boxes and 131.7 pounds of unused prescription drugs. This is an increase from the last event in October where 64 pounds of unused drugs were collected. 


Drug Take Back Day






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, May 3, through Friday, May 9.





Wedding Ceremony


May 3

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

May 3

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

May 3

Girl Scout Event

Glorietta Bay Park

May 4

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

May 7

Fifth Grade Olympics

North Beach

May 9

















Navy Releases Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement:   The Navy has released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the home basing of its P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The Final SEIS addresses the potential environmental effects of home basing the aircraft at two instead of three bases. The preferred alternative shows no change for Naval Air Station North Island, which will continue to host periodic squadron detachments but will not be a home base for the aircraft. The document supplements the original 2008 Final EIS, which determined the Poseidon would be based at three installations. The Navy says the changes will “achieve operational savings and efficiencies.” A Record of Decision is expected to be issued by the Secretary of the Navy this month. A hard copy of the Final Environmental Impact Statement is available to view at the Coronado Public Library or to learn more about the project visit http://www.mmaseis.com/.
















Junior Lifeguards, Surf Awareness 2014:  Registration for Coronado Junior Lifeguards and Surf Awareness 2014 continues for residents. Non-resident registration opens Monday, May 5. See flier below for more information. Click on the flier to get a larger image.

Jr Lifeguard 














Children's Reading ProgramThe “Rubber Ducky Reading Club” concluded on April 25.  Some 387 children participated and a total of 1660 books were read.  Each participant earned a rubber ducky after reading five books.

Rubber Ducky




Youth Programs:  A Tween Craft was held on Tuesday, April 29, where the participants made a Mother's Day Button Bouquet. The Teen Advisory Board met on Tuesday, April 29, and the Teen program on Wednesday, April 30, featured a Disney trivia game.

Button Bouquet 















Third and Fourth Community Meeting:  Coronado Police attended a meeting of the Third and Fourth Streets Planning Community on Monday, April 28, at the home of a local resident.  The meeting focused on Police Department enforcement of violations on the Third and Fourth Street Corridor, facts surrounding recent collisions on the corridor, and relationship-building between the community and the Department. About 25 residents attended the 1.5-hour meeting, which included a discussion of the issues facing the public and the Police Department with regard to Third and Fourth streets. 




Navy Demonstration:  On Tuesday afternoon, Coronado Traffic Officers assisted with the safe delivery of seven busloads of Federal, State, and local government personnel attending a Navy demonstration at Silver Strand Training Complex North put on by the Department of Defense as part of its Defense Support of Civil Authorities program. The purpose was to showcase what assets and equipment the military can bring to local government in the event of a major emergency and how those assets can be requested. The demonstration occurred on the ocean beach across from Fiddlers Cove and required traffic control while unloading and loading the buses.





















Deodar CedarsThe first Deodar Cedar tree to be planted since the Coronado Street Tree Committee approved the replacement procedure last month for the dead or dying trees in Coronado's medians along Orange Avenue was planted on Wednesday, April 30, in the 800 block of Orange Avenue. The City found 18 of the 36 Deodar Cedar trees needed to be replaced.  They are expected to be replaced over the next 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.


Deodar Replacement 

Above and three below: Public Services crews planting first Deodar Cedar tree along Orange Avenue.


Deodar Replacement2 


Deodar Replacement3


Deodar Replacement4 















Fitness Room Free Day Pass:  Recreation Services is offering a free one-day Fitness Room pass for first time users in the Month of May.  Fitness passes are available at the Community Center.  All fitness room users must complete a liability waiver prior to their first use. Read full press release.


Fitness view



Free Day Pass 




Community Teens:  On Monday, April 28, the Community Teens class went to the Coronado Senior Center to help out seniors who needed assistance using their electronics. Participants signed up ahead of time, through the Senior Center, and brought along their iPhones, iPads, Mac Books, and PCs. The teens sat one-on-one with participants, helping them with the basic functions on their devices and even did a little trouble shooting, as well as answered questions about the devices. It was a lot of fun for all who were involved and everyone learned a lot.


Community Teens Seniors 

Community Teens at the Senior Center helping locals with new technology.














Upcoming Meetings:  
  • The Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting is set for 3 p.m. Monday, May 5, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at City Hall.
  • The Historic Resource Commission meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, at City Hall.
  • The Coronado Transportation Commission meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at the Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave.
  • The RSIP-3 meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at City Hall.
  • The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at City Hall.