Weekly Update - 5/9/2014

Date of Record: 2014-05-09


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 20, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 











Summer Shuttle Set:  The Free Summer Shuttle is back due to popular demand. Ridership on last year's initial Summer Shuttle increased by more than 500 percent over the previous year's similar schedule for the Metropolitan Transit System's normal 904 bus. This year, the City agreed to have earlier start and end dates, June 8 to September 14, for the Summer Shuttle. Two buses will run seven days a week, every 30 minutes, with stops along the way. The shuttle service is provided courtesy of the City of Coronado, the Coronado Tourism Improvement District and MTS. Two local MTS 904 buses will be converted into the free summer shuttle buses, which will serve the area between the Civic Center and the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, including the Coronado Ferry Landing. The bus will then head back after a short break between cross-town trips. Each bus will be "wrapped" with special graphics that promote Coronado and the most popular shuttle destinations such as the Hotel del Coronado, Historic Downtown, Ferry Landing and the Marriott. Special bus stop signs will be installed and an informational brochure will be available on the buses and at City Hall. Stay tuned for the Free Summer Shuttle kickoff.

Summer Shuttle bus





New Parking Meter Trial Period:  The City will soon begin a 90-day parking meter trial for new smart meters that will be more convenient for users. The new meters accept credit cards and help to increase vehicle turnover. The City will work with San Diego-based parking meter company IPS Group to help with the trial period. Thirty new meters will be installed along Orange Avenue. Half will be installed on the west side of the 900 block and the other half on the east side of the 800 block. The areas were selected due to high usage and concerns about vehicles being parked all day and people feeding the meters. Currently, meters cost 25 cents for one hour of parking. The maximum parking time of 2 hours and the cost of the meters will not change. Some of the meters use ground sensors to detect how much time a vehicle spends in the parking space, space vacancy periods, and compliance with time limits. The meters reset to zero when vehicles vacate a parking space.  The meters should be installed before summer.

Parking meter for trial





Fifth Free Ferry:  The City will begin a fifth morning round-trip of the Coronado Commuter Ferry beginning June 30. Funding for the commuter ferry service comes from funds that can only be used for commuter ferry service. The service began in 1993 and provides free commuter trips between San Diego and Coronado, whose users are Coronado and Navy commuters. The new leg is designed to provide earlier service to meet the schedules of Navy personnel and other commuters to align with connecting trolley schedules. Research has indicated that increases in transit service frequency can increase ridership. Here is the morning commuter schedule Monday-Friday including the new trip, which is Trip #2:

Morning Commuter Schedule Monday - Friday


Depart Broadway

Arrive Coronado

Depart Coronado

Arrive Broadway

Trip #1

5:15 AM

5:30 AM

5:40 AM

5:55 AM

Trip #2

5:55 AM

6:10 AM

6:15 AM

6:30 AM

Trip #3

6:30 AM

6:45 AM

6:55 AM

7:10 AM

Trip #4

7:20 AM

7:35 AM

7:45 AM

8:00 AM

Trip #5

8:10 AM

8:25 AM

8:35 AM

8:50 AM

Flagship logo 





New Fire Hydrant:  To the relief of Coronado dogs, a new fire hydrant has been installed at Fourth Street and C Avenue. The hydrant needs to be tested by California American Water before it can be placed into service. This should occur soon. A second new hydrant will be installed at Third Street and C. This is a General Fund expenditure of $20,000. These two new fire hydrants will be able to provide more complete Fire Department coverage of this area of town.

Fire Hydrant 

 Above and below:  New fire hydrant and Fourth Street and C Avenue.

Fire Hydrant2





Pond Odor:  The salt water pond on the ninth hole at the golf course has developed a foul odor.  The first proposed solution was to pump the pond and clean it.  But large salt “crystals” have formed on the concrete bottom and contractors were unwilling to use their pumps for fear that the crystals would damage the pumps. A local vendor is now treating the pond with an approved biological agent and the odor has been greatly reduced. Golf Services Director Roger Miller is continuing to explore ways to clean the pond and manage the odor.





National Bike Month:  National Bike Month continues in Coronado this month with many more public events, including Bike to Work Day and the City's participation in the iCommute Bike to Work Corporate Challenge. This year, Bike to Work Week is next week, 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 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.
  • June 1 - Coronado Bicycle Rodeo and Safe Cycling Festival: The 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 at the small park next to the Coronado Yacht Club along Glorietta Bay near the Bayshore Bikeway.
  • Ongoing - Videos and PSAs: Coronado Schools are working on Public Service Announcements, such as this one on Bicycle Helmets posted on Monday on eCoronado.






Mother's Day Event:  This Sunday, May 11, the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission presents “Art Under the Umbrellas,” a special Mother's Day event featuring local art and artists. The community is invited to peruse the art displayed on the patio of the Coronado Golf Course and to have brunch at the Bayside Grill. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The art 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 Under the Umbrellas 






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, May 10, through Friday, May 16.





Wedding Ceremony

Bayview Park

May 10

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

May 10

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

May 10

Wedding Ceremony

Bayview Park

May 13

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

May 16

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

May 16


















Project Updates:  This week, the Engineering Department issued Notices of Award to contractors for the construction of the Americans with Disabilities Act pedestrian ramp project and the Pomona Roundabout project. The pedestrian ramp project will replace or retrofit all pedestrian ramps that are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act along E, F, and H avenues and along portions of Alameda Boulevard. The Pomona Roundabout project will install a permanent roundabout to replace the temporary one at the intersection of Pomona Avenue, Seventh Street and Adella Avenue.

















Youth Programs:  A craft program was held for children on Tuesday, May 6, where participants made lily bouquets for Mother's Day. The Teen Book Club also met on Tuesday, May 6, and Teen Wednesday featured “Games and Grub.” The Junior Volunteers met on Thursday, May 8.  Tuesday and Friday story hours were held, as well as the Spanish story hour on Thursday, May 8.

Mother's Day Bouquet 

Above and Below: Children Making Mother's Day Boquets at the Library

Mother's Day Bouquets2






Library Databases:  A steady increase in use is being made of the Library's web-based resources. Among these are subscription databases, including Ancestry.com for genealogy; General Reference Center for the full contents of hundreds of magazines; Health and Wellness Resource Center for articles in medical journals and reference resources; Business Insights for reference content on companies, industries, and markets; "Military, Government and Defense" provides military, government, and defense magazines through the Newsbank Database; Reference USA Phone Directories for personal and business phone directory information across the USA; Consumer Reports including Consumer Reports Cars; and others. Your Coronado Library card barcode is required to access the databases. All except Ancestry.com can be accessed from home or office, at www.coronado.ca.us/library. For access, click on the highlighted “Articles and Research” in the left-hand column for the complete list of databases and direct access.
















San Diego County Peace Officer Memorial CeremonyThe Annual San Diego County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony was held Wednesday, May 7, at the San Diego County Administration Building's west lawn overlooking the bay. Eighty-five deputies and officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in San Diego County. Their names have been engraved in the new memorial wall that sits permanently on the lawn. Coronado Police Officer Frank Greene's name was read at the ceremony and appears on the memorial wall. Officer Greene was killed in the line of duty, on October 12, 1954, while conducting a traffic stop on Orange Avenue. The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, aerial flyover, taps, and retiring of colors.

Law Enforcement Memorial Wall 

 Above and Below: Law Enforcement Memorial Wall

 Law Enforcement Memorial Wall2


Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony held Wednesday, May 7.
















Arbor Day Update: Arbor Day was a big success. Public Services staff assisted nearly 100 volunteers on Sunday, May 3, in planting nearly 40 trees at 25 different locations throughout the City. More than 100 volunteers helped plant the trees. Several participants commented on how enjoyable the event was.

 Arbor Day 2014

Above and below: Arbor Day tree plantings and demonstrations.


Arbor Day 2 2014


Arbor Day3 2014





Update on New Coal Bins:  New coal bins to hold hot coals near the City's beach fire rings and at other locations are scheduled for delivery next week. Temporary signs that tell beach goers how to keep the fire contained in the ring will be on the beach later today. The private security person who will begin patrolling the beach starts work today. Language for the permanent beach signs, which includes language about beach fires, will go before the Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday, May 12.





New Garbage Can Lids UpdateNew lids for the City's existing garbage cans, trash and recycling, will be ordered early next week. Ninety new lids, color-coded for regular and recycling, will be used to help keep trash inside and to prevent seagulls from pulling out the trash and dropping it onto City streets. The lids will be placed on trash cans in the 100 block of Orange Avenue and from the 800 to the 1200 block of Orange. The City will also order four new trash cans in the coming months to explore their functionality.
















Tennis Center Fundraiser:  On Saturday, May 3, the Coronado Tennis Center hosted the International Pro Challenge to raise money for the Recreation Scholarship Fund. Four of our top pros, each of whom could play professional tennis, put on a great show for the crowd. The pros allowed some of the juniors to play on the court at the end of the exhibition. The Tennis Center also hosted Russell Geyer, the owner of the World Team Tennis Team “San Diego Aviators." All in all it was a successful and fun afternoon. The event surpassed its goal of $500 by raising $568. Next year, the Tennis Center has bigger plans for the event that will hopefully raise even more money.


Tennis Center Fundraiser kids         

Left to Right: Chris Russell, Spencer Busby, Patricio Sanchez


Tennis Center Fundraiser flags          

Left to Right: Laila Abdala (Mexico), Emmanuel Mensah (Ghana),

Mario Dilonardo (USA), Joel Myers (Australia)


Tennis Center Fundraiser kid jumping 

Above and three photos below: Tennis Challenge images.

Tennis Center Fundraiser pro shot 


 Tennis Center Fundraiser handshake


Tennis Center Fundraiser pro shot 






Community Teens:  On Monday, May 5, the Community Teens class spent its last day of the session cleaning up the planters outside of Coronado Middle School. The teens picked up trash, weeded, and watered all of the plants in the area. The teens then made Lavender Sachets as gifts for Mother's Day and wrote notes to their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other important women in their lives. The Community Teens class will resume in the fall.


Community Teens May class 

Members of Community Teens class.












Upcoming Meetings: 
  • Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 12, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at City Hall.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at City Hall.
  • Naval Complexes Coordinating Group meets at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 19, at City Hall
  • The City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at City Hall.
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at City Hall.