Weekly Update - 5/16/2014

Date of Record: 2014-05-16


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. 











Countywide Fires:  This week, the Coronado Fire Department and the Police Department provided assistance through mutual aid to crews battling numerous North County fires. The Fire Department provided one Strike Team Engine with four personnel, one Battalion Chief as a Strike Team Leader, and one Fire Captain as Finance Officer on an overhead team to help with the many fires burning throughout San Diego County. Thousands of homes have lost power and several homes have been lost in Carlsbad and San Marcos. One person died in the fire. Both the Headquarters station and the Cays station were staffed during the call for mutual aid. Yesterday afternoon, May 15, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department made a mutual aid request for the Police Department to assist the City of Carlsbad with the fires in that community. Nine Officers were sent to assist but were redirected to San Marcos prior to their arrival in Carlsbad.  Officers from Coronado assisted the Sheriff's Department in Bonsall and Escondido with law enforcement duties in the fire areas before being released at about 8:30 p.m. last night. Until the fire emergency in North County is over, the Police Department is prepared to send mutual aid resources to assist other law enforcement agencies in North County.


Police Heading to Fire 

Coronado Police heading to aid crews with the North County fires.







Fire Camp 2014:  The Coronado Unified School District closed all schools and programs yesterday due to fire and heat emergency conditions.  To help the working parents, the City of Coronado Recreation Department immediately made available a free day camp. Fire Camp 2014 was open to all children enrolled in Coronado's schools in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The camp was held at the Coronado Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There was no cost to attend the camp but space was limited. Camp staff entertained children with crafts, games, sports, and cooking throughout the day in the Community Center.


Fire Camp 

Above and below: Camp staff and students keeping busy at Fire Camp.


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MWR Navy Coronado Bay Bridge Run/WalkThe 28th Annual MWR Bridge Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. Coronado officers, along with many other local and federal law enforcement, will provide security for the event. More than 11,000 people are anticipated to participate in the event that begins in San Diego at the Convention Center and makes its way across the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and ends in Tidelands Park. The Bridge will remain open throughout the event with one lane of traffic for each direction.  







Beach Fire Rings Extra Security:  Last Friday and Saturday nights, May 9-10, Elite Security personnel began patrolling the North Beach area, including the fire rings, and will patrol on the weekends until Memorial Day weekend. Following Memorial Day weekend, the guards will begin seven-day coverage each week. The security is and will be present at the fire rings, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., to educate beach users about the beach and fire regulations and to report non-compliance to the Police Department.







National Bike Month:  Due to the numerous wildfires around San Diego County, the SANDAG iCommute program has postponed today's Bike to Work Day event countywide to Friday, May 30. The agency cited concerns with the health and safety of riders, the public, and emergency response personnel and said it wants to do its part to keep people off the road to avoid putting further strain on emergency responders. Here is a list of Coronado events/activities still planned for National Bike Month:




  • 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. It will be held at the small park next to the Coronado Yacht Club along Glorietta Bay near the Bayshore Bikeway.
  • May 26-30 – (RESCHEDULED) 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 30 – (RESCHEDULED) Bike to Work Day: Details will be provided when arrangements are finalized.



Mayor's Ride 

Mayor's Bike Ride event was held last Saturday, May 10, as part of National Bike Month activities.







Portable Restroom Update:  At the Design Review Commission meeting on Wednesday, May 14, the Commission made a recommendation on the design of a new portable restroom the City Council approved in November. In order of preference and based on recommendations from the Cultural Arts Commission, here is the Design Review Committee's recommendation:


  1. Tent City - wraps with graphics simulating a historic Tent City Tent with historic photos of guests. (See image below)
  2. Historic Photo Murals – wraps replicating the two historic photo murals located in the lobby of City Hall.


The Design Review Commission and the Cultural Arts recommended that a city map with bike paths highlighted be placed on one end of the restroom. The portable restroom has been ordered and should arrive sometime in early July.

Portable Restoom 






Storefront Etiquette Campaign:  As the busy summer season approaches, the City of Coronado would like to remind and thank shop owners for maintaining basic “storefront etiquette” when attracting customers into their businesses and keeping our sidewalks clear. As many know, Orange Avenue is state Highway 75 and, as such, is governed by the California Department of Transportation. The City strives to prevent the proliferation of poorly displayed items and tables, merchandise and signs blocking the sidewalk in the central business district, and educate shop owners about the issue. Look for more information that will go out next week to most businesses in Coronado. In the meantime, please give the City a call if you would like additional information about “storefront etiquette.”  Together, we can keep our sidewalks clear and attractive, and create a safe shopping experience.


Storefront Etiquette






Coronado TV Ribbon Cutting:  The City of Coronado will help with the official launch of Coronado TV at the Coronado Studios at Coronado High School on Tuesday, May 20. Coronado anticipates an exciting future for Coronado TV, filled with educational, entertaining and informative programming for our community. Through a shared-use partnership with the Coronado Unified School District, the City of Coronado has begun airing programs produced, filmed, edited and featuring students at the Coronado School of the Arts on the City's government channel. Coronado TV allows students to learn the art of TV show production at a level not usually offered to middle and high school students. Students - who are producing original TV shows featuring City events and school activities, as well as public service announcements and other programming that offers the community an entertaining way to learn about and participate in City government -- receive real-life production experience. The City is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to students and the community. City officials see it as a win-win to have an enthusiastic pool of students, an experienced producer and executive director, and support from the School District.







Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, May 17, through Friday, May 23.







Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

May 17

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

May 17

End of Season Party

North Cays Park

May 17

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

May 17

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

May 18

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

May 18
















RSIP to Host Public Workshop: On Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m., the Residential Standards Improvement Committee will host a Public Workshop in the Nautilus Room of the Community Center. The program will include an informational presentation, displays and light refreshments. At the conclusion of the meeting, a survey designed to collect input for the Committee to consider at future meetings, will be introduced. The survey will be available on the City's website. Read the press release posted on the City's website. To see a larger view of the flier below, click on the image.

RSIP Flier 





Planning Commission Update:  On Tuesday, May 13, the Planning Commission approved a request for a parking plan for a new commercial building addressed as 1107-1111 Ninth Street. The Commission also found that the projects proposed to be added to Fiscal Year 2014-15 through the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Capital Improvement Program are in conformance with the City of Coronado General Plan.






Design Review Commission Update:  On Wednesday, May 14, the Design Review Commission approved an exterior remodel at Stake Chophouse & Bar, which is located at 1309 Orange Ave. The Commission also reviewed and are recommending two exterior design options for a City portable restroom.



















Roundabout Update:  Residents and property owners in the area of Pomona Avenue, Seventh Street and Adella Avenue received an update in the form a letter about the Coronado Roundabout Project. Mainly, the letter provided a rough start date for the project, either the end of May or early June, and informed recipients about the required notifications they are to receive from the contractor. There was contact information included and a few general questions and answers about the project. Residents who want to be informed about the project throughout the construction phase should e-mail Principal Engineer Jim Newton at jnewton@coronado.ca.us and he can keep them up to speed on a regular basis.














Blue Heron Rescue:  On Monday morning, May 12, crews from the Headquarters fire station responded to a request, by the Coronado Police Department, to assist officers helping a heron that was caught in fishing line. The fishing line wrapped a wing of the bird and a tree branch of a large Torrey Pine tree. Crews placed a ladder to climb onto a nearby home, caught the bird with a hook and removed the fishing line. The heron was able to fly away harm free.


Heron Rescue

Above and below: Heron rescue in progress.


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Library BoardThe Library Board held its monthly meeting, which was chaired by President Sally Zoll. The Board reviewed plans for the Library's Summer Festival of cultural programs, set to begin in June, and a new program called “Teen Tech Team.” The latter will connect teen volunteers with seniors or others in need of help using gadgets such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more. This program will begin as soon as the teen volunteers are recruited.





Mother-Daughter TeaThe Children's Library annual Mother-Daughter Silver Tea Party will be held on Saturday, May 17, in the Winn Room.  This is an opportunity for mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and girls to enjoy tea while wearing their fancy hats.  A hat contest adds to the fun.

Mother Daughter Tea 


















Coronado Middle School Spring FairOn Wednesday evening, May 14, Department personnel participated in the annual Coronado Middle School Spring Fair with displays of police equipment, as well as introductions to the Middle School, of the Department's new School Resource Officer Sherri Mannello. Officer Mannello will be teaching G.R.E.A.T., or Gang Resistance Education and Training, which is training that focuses on teaching life skills to middle school students.  The Coronado Police Explorers also displayed what they do in support of Police Department operations and were recruiting for future explorers.

Sherri Mannello 

School Resource Officer Sherri Mannello.





Explorer AidFour Coronado Police Explorers provided assistance at the Coronado Hospital Foundation Great Gatsby Gala last Saturday evening, May 10, at the Hotel del Coronado. They assisted with the set-up, silent auction and break down.


Explorers at the Del 

From Left to Right: Pedro Gonzales, Michael Dunphey, Ivan Gonzales; Not pictured: Connor Lewis.





Flags at Half Staff:  Per presidential order, flags around Coronado were flown at half-staff yesterday in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day 2014. 


Half Staff at City Hall 

Flags outside City Hall at half-staff yesterday.

















Summer Concerts in the ParkIn preparation for the seasons Concerts in the Park, the Public Services Streets Division and Parks personnel installed an eight inch underground conduit for the sound equipment cables. The conduit runs from the bandstand to the sound monitoring location and was installed to eliminate trip hazards for the dancers. Public Services also hired a contractor to upgrade the electrical service to the bandstand to accommodate the sound system upgrades needed to support the growth of this venue. These improvements have been completed and should allow for a more enjoyable experience at this year's concerts. The concerts begin May 25. Click on this link for the concert schedule.





Deodar Cedar Tree Removal Update:  The least healthy of the 18 dead or dying Deodar Cedar trees in the Orange Avenue medians will be removed in the next two weeks. Along with the Deodar Cedar already removed and replaced, there will be a total of nine trees removed. Up to five additional replacement trees will be planted in this year's planting cycle. This year's tree replacement cycle should be completed by the end of June. The remaining substandard trees will be replaced over the next 2-to-3-year period, at a rate of five to six trees planted per year. The annual planting of five to six replacement trees per year is adhered to in order to establish a quality age diversity of the new trees to ensure the long-term good health and sustainability of the trees.


Deodar Sick 

Dying Deodar Cedar on Orange Avenue.






New Hot Coal Bins:  Here are images of the new coal bins that have been placed near the City's beach fire rings and at other locations. They were delivered this week. Temporary signs have been installed telling beach goers how to keep the fire contained in the fire ring or portable device.


Hot Coal Bins 

New hot coal bins at (above) Avenida del Sol and (below) at the south end of South Beach at Avenida Lunar.


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Tennis:  The Tennis Center is gearing up for a United States Tennis Association Junior Satellite Tournament this weekend, May 17-18, and Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25.  This weekend, the tournament will be held at the High School courts and the Tennis Center courts. On Sunday, May 18, the Cays courts are available for open play with a few USTA leagues. More than 175 children between the ages of eight and 18 are signed up. The City puts on this tournament with the assistance of volunteers from the Coronado Tennis Association. We are still looking for Court Monitors.  If you are interested, please call (619) 522-2650.





Pool Closure:  The Aquatics Center is in the midst of a two-week closure for annual maintenance, which started on May 10, and continues through May 23. During the first week, staff began draining the small pool and doing general maintenance and cleaning of the facility.  The Aquatics staff will be hosting its pre-summer training on Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18. During the second week of the closure, a contractor will be sealing the entire deck.





Fifth Grade Preview:  On Friday, May 9, more than 100 Coronado fifth graders came to the annual Fifth Grade Preview at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse in Glorietta Bay Park.  This “Pirate Night” was filled with indoor and outdoor activities from dodge ball to roasting marshmallows. These activities give the fifth graders an opportunity to see what the Friday Night Teen Nights are all about when they attend middle school the upcoming year. 


Fifth Grade Preview 

Children at the Fifth Grade Preview.





Professional Symposium:  On Monday, May 12, a symposium was held at the Community Center for the Parks and Recreation Commission and for countywide recreation professionals to learn about accessible all-inclusive playgrounds and the importance of play in communities.  This educational seminar was put on by the Playcore Company.





Spring Enrichment Classes:  On Saturday, May 10, the spring enrichment classes came to an end. Below is a photo of the new musical theater class where children put on a full production of Disney's Aladdin, on Wednesday, May 7, in the Club Room.


Spring Enrichment 

Children at the Spring Enrichment Class.














Upcoming Meetings: 
  • Naval Complexes Coordinating Group meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 19, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • 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.
  • The Traffic Operations Committee meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row.
  • The Planning Commission meeting will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, at City Hall.