Weekly Update - July 25, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-07-25


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, Aug. 19, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the meeting regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month has been canceled for August.

City Prevails in Redevelopment Lawsuit:  The City of Coronado sued the California Department of Finance over the State’s determination that a series of loans totaling $32.8 million the City made to the now-dissolved Coronado Community Development Agency could not be recognized as enforceable obligations under redevelopment dissolution laws. The State also determined that a post-dissolution transfer of $5.86 million to the City from a redevelopment revolving fund should be reversed. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny today adopted a ruling in favor of the City and the Successor Agency to the former Community Development Agency. The Court found that the loans are enforceable obligations. Additionally, the Court ruled that the $5.86 million transfer was not an asset of the former redevelopment agency subject to the State’s control. The ruling allows the Successor Agency to repay the loans to the City. It is not known if the State will appeal the decision. However, the City is pleased with the ruling and is passing along the good news to the community.  


Senior Activity Center:  The public is invited to review and comment on a Draft Negative Declaration and Environmental Initial Study that has been prepared for the Senior Activity Center Project. Documents are available for review at the Coronado Library, 640 Orange Ave., the Community Development Department at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, and on the City’s website. The project will also be reviewed in the upcoming months by the Design Review, Historic Resource, and Planning commissions. A Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration for the Senior Activity Center was published this week in the Coronado & Eagle Journal. Notices to the public will be made in advance of the upcoming hearings. The pictures below are conceptual renderings. The notice can be found online or by following this link: http://bit.ly/1x3ipcY

Senior Activity Center 

Above and below: conceptual renderings of the Senior Activity Center.

Senior Activity Center2






Trash Can Lids:  Public Services crews is installing 100 new lids for trash receptacles in the busy business district in the coming weeks. Many are already in place. The lids will improve cleanliness and help keep Coronado’s streets free from litter due to overflow and pest interference. Some are located in the 100 block of Orange Avenue, but a majority of them can be found from the 800 to 1200 blocks of Orange. They are color-coded to simplify recycling, and are better equipped to keep trash inside and seagulls out. 

Trash Can Lids 

Above and below: New trash bin lids installed along Orange Avenue.


Trash Can Lids2 






Save the Date for Third/Fourth Streets Workshop:  Less than two weeks to go until the August 6 workshop to discuss traffic-calming measures for Third and Fourth streets. City officials will present draft traffic-calming concepts developed by traffic consultant Fehr & Peers. Three concepts will be presented, including a scenario focused on installing traffic signals to improve traffic progression and accessibility across Third and Fourth Streets; a scenario using roadway elements that can serve to slow traffic while improving access across the corridor; and a scenario that encourages non-motorized modes of travel while providing elements to regulate vehicle speeds and enhance corridor mobility. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback. Click on the image below for larger version.

Workshop Traffic Calming 






Relay for LifeThe American Cancer Society Relay for Life will begin on Saturday, July 26, at 9 a.m. through 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 27. The event will take place at Glorietta Bay Park, 1845 Strand Way. For more information, visit the Relay for Life webpage for Coronado.

Relay for LIfe 







Tidelands Park, Port of San Diego-Approved Commercial Activity:  The following groups have been approved, by the Port of San Diego, to use Tidelands Park for commercial activity:




Windstar Adventures

SUP Boarding (Once a Week)

Family Kayak

Kayak rides (Ongoing on Weekends)







Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, July 26 through Friday, August 1.





Youth Soccer Tournaments

Cays Park

July 26 & July 27

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 26

Beach Clean Up

Central Beach

July 26

Relay For Life

Glorietta Bay Park

July 26

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 26

Youth Soccer Tournaments

Sunset Park

July 26 & July 27

Relay For Life

Glorietta Bay Park

July 26 & July 27

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 27

Beach Day

North Beach

July 30

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 1

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

August 1

















Navy Releases Draft Environmental Report for Coastal Campus:  Today, the Navy released its draft Environmental Impact Statement for the planned growth of its Naval Special Warfare Command along the South Silver Strand Training Complex. This area, referred to as the “Coastal Campus,” is on the ocean side of the Silver Strand Highway from south of the Coronado Cays to Imperial Beach. The purpose of the proposed Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus is to support the Congressionally-mandated growth of Naval Special Warfare Command and to meet its current and anticipated mission requirements. The Coastal Campus would support the skills and knowledge required by Navy personnel within a college campus-like setting and would include a mix of facilities to develop proficiency in equipment maintenance and use, classroom and tactical training instruction, and equipment storage. The draft environmental report evaluates the potential environmental effects associated with the development of the Coastal Campus. A Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register today, kicking off a 60-day public comment period. The City of Coronado will be closely reviewing and providing comments on the report. The public can also provide comments by attending a public open house on August 13 in Imperial Beach or August 14 in Coronado. Comments also may be submitted online or by mail. The deadline for comments is September 22. For more information, visit http://www.nbccoastalcampuseis.com/.






Planning Commission: On Tuesday, July 22, the Planning Commission approved a request for a one-lot tentative parcel map to allow for condominium ownership of two residential units addressed as 825-827 C Ave. The Commission also approved a request for a two-lot tentative parcel map to allow for condominium ownership of four residential units addressed as 827-833 E Ave. These items are tentatively scheduled for City Council review on August 19.



















Roundabout:  Construction on all remaining storm drain pipes, inlets and concrete work, and nearly all landscaping items, was completed. The contractor is preparing to pave the roundabout next week. The contractor reports the roundabout may be open in early August. The intersection remains closed to through traffic with drivers being detoured around the construction zone. Please remember to follow the detours and obey all traffic signs in and around the construction area.For more information on the project, this PSA explains the construction of the permanent roundabout on Pomona Avenue. For any other questions, call the City's Principal Engineer Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.

Roundabout July 24 

Roundabout on Pomona Avenue is nearly complete.







ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps along E, F, and H Avenues:  The contractor’s crews are continuing their progress. As scheduled, they will be performing work along the north side of Fifth Street where it intersects with E, F, and H avenues. In the coming weeks, the contractor is scheduled to continue replacing ramps along E, F, and H avenues from Fifth to First streets.

ADA Ramps 

Construction of ADA compliant ramps at Fifth Street and H Avenue.
















Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser:  This Sunday, July 27, the Coronado Fire Department will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Burn Institute. The benefit dinner has been a successful tradition within the community over the past 15 years. The dinner includes spaghetti and marinara sauce, with or without meat, Caesar salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink. Tables will be set up at the Fire Station for a dine-in experience and takeout boxes will be available for those who wish to have dinner to-go. All proceeds go directly to the San Diego Burn Institute, a local nonprofit organization. The Burn Institute funds burn injury prevention education, treatment and operates support programs for burn survivors. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Coronado Fire Station located, 1001 Sixth St. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children; and free for children 12 and under. Click the image below for a larger flier.

Spaghetti Dinner 

















Youth Programs“Literature Comes to Life” was presented Tuesday, July 22, in the Winn Room. It is a program where children become storybook costumed characters as they helped tell the stories. Yesterday, the children’s craft, “Color Reveal Birds,” was held on the patio, and the Teen Program featured a craft session called “Animal Print Planters.”

Literature Comes to Life 

Above and three below: Children enjoying the “Literature Comes to Life” youth program.


Literature Comes to Life2 

Literature Comes to Life3

Literature Comes to Life4







Summer Festival Programs:  As part of the Coronado Library’s Summer Festival programming, three local chefs yesterday presented a cooking program, titled “How to Cook a Simple Turkish Meal,” in the Library’s Winn Room. Elif Kayhan and her assistants, Wendy McGuire of Ganosh Gourmet and Carolyn De Lagrave of Alexander’s Pizza, demonstrated how to prepare a Turkish meal while discussing the history of Turkish cuisine. Participants indulged in the food prepared by the demonstrators. Continuing the Summer Festival fun, Rosanne Goodwin will present a program tomorrow titled, “Unlock the Secrets to Organizing Your Photographs,” at 1:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. This professional photo organizer will tell participants how to organize photos, whether they are in print, slide or digital format. This session also will provide tips on how to document the stories behind the photos.

Summer Fest July 26 















Bike Theft Arrests:  Two men and two women were arrested early Sunday, July 19, after being found with a Police Department bike that was being remotely monitored. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle near Orange and Adella avenues around 1:15 a.m. and recovered the Department’s bike and a second stolen bicycle. All four suspects were processed then transported to San Diego County Jail. On Wednesday, July 23, Officers made another arrest of a man also found with a Police Department bike that was remotely monitored. Officers stopped the man at about 6:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Glorietta Boulevard. He was processed and transported to the County jail. The use of a remotely monitored bike is just one of several investigative tools officers are using to catch bike thieves. The Police Department would like to use this time to remind residents and visitors to use a U-lock to secure their bikes and to minimize the amount of time their bikes are unattended in public. Reducing the opportunity for a thief will help reduce bike theft in the community.

Jose Mizrahi 

Lucky resident Jose Mizrahi getting his bike returned following bike thief arrest.
















Streets Division Updates:  Streets crews are working on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent projects:

  • Public Services crews repaired irrigation equipment on the center median of Coronado Cays Boulevard.
  • Crews removed 90 square feet of sidewalk on the C Avenue side of Spreckels Park after parts of it lifted due to the growing roots of several City trees in the parkway.
  • Streets crews broke apart and removed 140 square feet of raised sidewalk due to tree roots at 717 Alameda Blvd.

Backflow work 

Center median work along Coronado Cays Boulevard.


Spreckels Park Work  

Above and below: Public Services crews repairing sidewalk at Spreckels Park.

Spreckels Park Work2 


Spreckels Park Work3     


Alameda Work

Above and below: Sidewalk repairs at 717 Alameda Blvd.

Alameda Work 

















Gym Floor Update:  Approximately 300 feet of the Community Center’s gymnasium floor is scheduled to be pulled up and replaced next week. The work is set to start on Monday, July 28. The gym schedule is being modified to allow for the repair work. If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact the Community Center at (619) 522-7342. Due to the repair work, there will not be any open-play sports taking place in the gym from July 28 through August 1; however, summer camps scheduled for that time will take place as planned.

Gym Floor Update 






Coronado Youth Soccer League:  Coronado Youth Soccer League will be hosting youth soccer tournaments Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, and also on Saturday and Sunday, August 2and 3. The Coronado Youth Soccer League tournaments will be held at the Cays Sports Fields from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at Sunset Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Several hundred people are expected to attend.






Highlights from This Week’s Summer Camps:

  • Adventure Laser Tag:  This week, Cays Park featured Adventure Laser Tag where children ages 8-13 “enlisted” in this high energy “boot camp.” The adventure started with navigating obstacle courses that featured rock walls, rope swings and laser beams. The campers were divided into teams to prepare for their daily mission of protecting their home base. Five days of running around on a playing field that resembles a Hollywood-style set, makes this camp a favorite for all participants.
  • Junior Sports Camp:  For the younger campers in Cays Park, there was a Junior Sports Camp this week where children ages 4-6 tried five different sports activities, including batting, throwing, catching, dribbling and playing as part of a team. The campers’ favorite activity was the rally kart racing where they got to ride pedal go-carts around a track.
  • Wizard of Oz Musical Theatre:  Over at the Club Room and Boathouse, kids ages 7-12 practiced lines, sang songs and worked together to present a live performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” Campers got to know each other by playing icebreaker games and auditions were held to see who would play each part in the production. Next week, campers will continue to practice and prepare for a live performance on Friday, August 1, for family and friends. They also will perform on Saturday, August 2, at Spreckels Park as part of a community celebration for the Wizard of Oz. This event is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dance Camp:  At Dance Camp, girls ages 6-15 stretched, leaped and turned across the Dance Room floor. They practiced a choreographed dance to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which was performed today for family and friends. They also enjoyed activities like the game Heads Up, Seven Up and scrapbooking during breaks from dancing.
  • Super Hero Engineering using Lego:  Campers ages 5-7 enjoyed their favorite activity in the Sand Dollar Room this week. After some free-building time each day, campers got down to business creating a metropolis, constructing Batman’s famous Batcave, and using motors to propel a Lego version of the Batmobile.


Laser Tag  

Above and below: Campers enjoying Adventure Laser Tag and Junior Sports Camp.  

Sports Camp     



Oz Camp 

Above and below: campers enjoying Wizard of Oz musical theatre and Dance Camp.

DAnce Camp


Lego Camp

Superhero engineering using Legos.







Family Night:  The Aquatics Division hosted the second Family Night at the Community Center pool on Saturday, July 19. Children and adults of all ages enjoyed an evening at the pool with a diving contest, Splashball, water aerobics and stand-up paddling.

 Family Pool NIght           

Above and below: Family Night at the pool.

Family Pool Night2 







Summer Camps for July 26 – August 1:

Summer Camp July 26 















Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 4, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The City Council meeting regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month has been canceled for August.
  • The Historic Resource Committee meeting regularly held on the first Wednesday of the month has been canceled for August.
  • The Coronado Tourism Improvement District meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 at City Hall.
  • The Cultural Arts Committee meeting originally set for August 7 has been canceled.