Weekly Update - August 15, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-08-15


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. 



Enforcement on Third and Fourth Streets:  On Tuesday, August 12, Coronado Police Officers conducted a saturated patrol on Third and Fourth streets. This heightened enforcement yielded 70 citations, which included four misdemeanor citations, and 25 written warnings. This effort is intended to make drivers aware of the posted speed limit of 25 mph and that the City is enforcing the law.

PD Enforcement  

Above and below: Coronado Police Department’s enforcement on Third and Fourth streets.

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Deodar Cedar Replacement Trees:  The City is in the process of planting new Deodar cedar trees in the Orange Avenue medians. These new cedars replace those that were removed because of their poor condition due to age or disease. The City’s arborist consultant, West Coast Arborists, began digging the holes yesterday for five young cedars and today will plant the trees with the use of a crane. Two trees will be planted in the 700 block, two in the 1000 block and one tree in the 1100 block of Orange. No other Deodar cedars will be planted until this time next year. At that time, the City will remove additional poor performing cedars and replace them with six healthy trees. Please be cautious and drive safely around these and other crews while in Coronado

Deodar Trees

Above and below: West Coast Arborists digging holes yesterday for replacement Deodar cedar trees. The young trees, seen on the flatbed truck, are being planted today.

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Third and Fourth Street Traffic Calming Survey:  Following a workshop last week to solicit input on various concepts developed to calm traffic and improve safety and mobility on the Third and Fourth Streets Corridor, the City created a survey that can be taken to provide additional feedback on the alternative concepts proposed by the traffic engineering consultant. The PowerPoint presentation that was shown at the meeting is posted on the City’s website, along with the survey. Once all the feedback has been analyzed, the consultant will make a recommendation on a preferred alternative. The community is encouraged to take the survey and have their concerns heard.

Third and Fourth St. workshop

Community members attending last week’s traffic-calming workshop.






Slurry Seal Street Preventive Maintenance:  The City continues its slurry seal application on this year’s designated streets. The slurry seal helps extend the life of the City’s streets. Every street in town receives a slurry seal once every seven years. This week, the contractor completed the application of slurry seal along the project areas, which included E Avenue, from First Street to Isabella Avenue; F Avenue, from First Street to Ocean Boulevard; G Avenue, from First Street to Tenth Street; and H Avenue, from First Street to Olive Avenue. Next week, the contractor will begin re-striping and painting all traffic markings within the project areas.

Slurry Seal Work 

Slurry seal work on E Avenue near Eight Street (above) and on F Avenue near Olive Avenue (below).

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Writers Workshop Set for Oct. 11:  The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is planning a one-day Coronado Writers Workshop on October 11 that will include 10 sessions, 15 presenters, a chance for 20 pages of your current manuscript to be read by a literary agent or experienced editor, lunch in a courtyard, and a wine reception following the close of the sessions. The keynote speaker for the inaugural Writers Workshop will be Don Lamm, a 45-year veteran of publishing and currently a literary agent. For more information about the Writers Workshop, visit www.CoronadoArts.com.


Writers Workshop 







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 (Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Family Kayak

Kayak rides (Ongoing on Weekends)

Muscle Mom

Boot Camp (Weekdays)






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, August 16 through Friday, August 22.




Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 16

Triathlon Training Event

Glorietta Bay (6-9 a.m.)

August 16


Glorietta Bay (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

August 16

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

August 16

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

August 16

Wedding Ceremony

Spreckels Park

August 16

Company Picnic

Tidelands Park

August 16

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 17

Church Picnic

Glorietta Bay Park

August 17

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

August 22
















Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach:  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Airport Land Use Commission has released the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for the Navel Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach. The south end of the Coronado Cays is within the Airport influence area. The plan is available for public review and comment on the Airport Authority website.






Design Review CommissionOn Wednesday, August 13, the Design Review Commission approved new signs for Crown City Cigars located at 1136 Loma Ave., and High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen, which is replacing the existing Pizza & Greek Grill at 933 Orange Ave.






Rite Aid PaintingThe painting of the entire exterior of the Rite Aid building, at 836 Orange Ave., is underway. This was a condition of approval to modifications to the addition of cellular equipment on the roof of the building.





New Office Building on Ninth StreetThe two old buildings located at 1107-1111 Ninth St. were demolished this week to make room for a new office building. The design of the new building was approved by the Design Review Commission on March 26.  Below is a photo simulation of the proposed building.

New building 




















Cays Force Main Inspection Ports:  The City’s contractor, Tharsos Inc., will begin maintenance work, which includes wet well cleaning and piping repairs, at the Coronado Cays Pump Station on Thursday, August 14. This work is being done to determine the condition and help extend the life of the City’s waste water system in the area. All maintenance tasks should be completed by Tuesday, August 19. Once the maintenance work is complete, the contractor will begin removing and replacing the above-ground air release valves and structures at seven locations adjacent to the Bayshore Bikeway between the Cays and Glorietta Bay Park. The construction contract also includes installing two vault structures that will allow internal video inspection of the 12-inch force main pipe to make an assessment of the condition and remaining service life of the force main. The contractor anticipates completion of the project by October 16.





ADA Evaluation Public Meeting:  The City of Coronado will hold a meeting August 26 to help in its preparation of an Americans with Disabilities Act Self Evaluation and Transition Plan. The plan will help Coronado provide accessibility for all residents and visitors. The City would like to hear from the community. Participants can express their concerns regarding the accessibility of City services and facilities. The City will include all comments into the final plan. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on August 26 in the Coronado Council Chambers, 1825 Strand Way. For information, contact Bill Cecil at (619) 522-7314 or bcecil@coronado.ca.us.

















Lifeguards Update:   Earlier this month, the Lifeguard Dive Team assisted in the search for a man missing in the water after a vessel collision in the El Capitan Reservoir. Four City divers responded and assisted with the search. The body of the missing man was located by a diver from another team. Coronado Sgt. Evan Lowe located the motor from the sunken vessel as well as other pieces of wreckage and evidence. The incident helped the City’s divers gain valuable experience. In other lifeguarding news, two Coronado Lifeguards competed in the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Paddleboard Championships. Carter Graves won the 33-mile event in the ladies stock division finishing with a time of 6:41.14. Robert Phelps finished the race on his unlimited class board while racing for the Ocean of Hope Sarcoma Alliance to raise funds for cancer victims. Congratulations to both Lifeguards for their outstanding efforts and amazing endurance.

Lifeguard stock 

Lifeguard vehicles stationed in front of the Central Beach main Lifeguard Tower.















Friends of the Library:  The Friends of the Library Board met on Monday, August 12. The board sponsored two events at the Library this week. The first was a free, family event to complement the adults-only Gala event that was held last February. The “Family Pirate Picnic” was held last night at 6 p.m. in the Children’s Library and at the park outside of the Children’s Library. Games, food, a cupcake walk, and the Pirate Band entertained a lively crowd of parents and children. The second Friends’ event is the pre-Christmas book sale, which will be held in the parking lot, behind the Library, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pirate Map 

The Family Pirate Picnic event was held last night at the Library (photos next week).






Library Board of TrusteesThe Library Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting Tuesday, August 12. The Board reviewed a variety of items. Trustee Sarah Brown has been elected as incoming president, replacing Sally Zoll. Trustee Douglas Siegfried has been elected executive secretary, a position previously held by Elizabeth Warren. Their terms begin on September 1.  Both Brown and Warren are eligible for reappointment to a second term on the Library Board. Their reappointments will be on the agenda for the next City Council meeting of August 19.






Summer Reading Program:  A puppet show featuring characters from “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum was presented in the Winn Room last week. It was the final program for the Children’s Summer Reading Program.

Oz Puppet Show 

Above and below: Oz Puppet Show at the Library.

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Public Art Piece:  A bronze sculpture titled “LOVE” has been donated to the Friends of the Coronado Library. This sculpture was first reviewed by the Cultural Arts Commission’s Public Art Working Team. The donor of the sculpture is making the donation through the donor’s 501c3 organization, and liked the Coronado Library as a site to display the piece. The Friends’ Board approved the gift at its meeting Monday, August 11, and the Library Board of Trustees approved its placement in the Library. The piece was sculpted by Dorothy Frankel and it depicts the word “love” finger spelled by four hands in American Sign Language. The sculpture has been on exhibit in several venues. Frankel’s parents live in Coronado.

LOVE art 

“LOVE” by Dorothy Frankel has been donated to the Friends of the Coronado Library.






Summer Festival:  Tonight, Joe Bourne will present a free concert, “Great Gentlemen of Swing, Blues, and Pop,” in the Winn Room at 7 p.m.  Bourne will sing classics from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and others. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and Friends of the Coronado Library.

JOe Bourne 

Joe Bourne (above) will present a concert tonight at the Coronado Library.

















Vehicle Theft Suspects ArrestedAt 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, Coronado Police Officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was reportedly stolen out of San Diego, and arrested two suspects. Officers temporarily closed the 900 and 1000 blocks of Alameda Boulevard until the two subjects were safely taken into custody. Both were transported to jail and will be charged with vehicle theft.





Prescription Drop Box:  The Police Department now has a Prescription Drop Box located in the lobby at 700 Orange Ave. Residents can drop off their unwanted prescription drugs and sharps anonymously from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Fire and Public Services departments will no longer accept unused prescriptions. This will not affect the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Collection on Saturdays. However, prescription drugs will no longer be accepted at the Hazardous Waste Drop-Off site now that the drop box has moved to the Police Department.

Prescription Drug bin 

Above and below: The Prescription Drop Box is located in the Police Department’s main lobby.

Prescription Drug bin2 






Suspected Bicycle Thief Arrested:  Officers arrested a bicycle thief suspect at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, August 11, after he was found with the Police Department’s remotely monitored bicycle. The suspect was contacted by Coronado patrol officers while riding the bicycle on the Silver Strand bike path just south of the Naval Amphibious Base. The suspect was transported to jail and charged with grand theft and possession of stolen property.





U-Lock Giveaway Continues:  Congratulations to Kim Gomez, the lucky winner of a new bicycle U-lock. Gomez stopped by the Coronado Police Department table at Concerts in the Park last Sunday, August 10, and entered a drawing to win a Kryptonite U-lock. Officers will be giving away more U-locks this Sunday, August 17. Hope to see you there.

U-lock Winner 

U-lock winner Kim Gomez on Sunday, August 10, at Spreckels Park.
















Caltrans Cleanup of Third Street:  The California Department of Transportation continues to provide improved responsiveness to the City of Coronado. On the heels of a large and prompt response effort on July 3 to address overgrown plants and weeds on the State Route 75 right of way from Adella Avenue to Avenue de las Arenas, Caltrans responded to residents’ concerns regarding overgrown landscaping, impeding the walkability and safety of the sidewalk on Pomona Ave in the vicinity of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge Toll Plaza.

Caltrans before 

Caltrans-maintained area near the toll plaza before (above) and after (below) its crews cleaned up.

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Fall Recreation Brochure:  The Fall/Winter 2014-15 Recreation brochure was mailed to Coronado Residents this week. Online registration begins for Coronado residents on Tuesday August 19, and on Tuesday, August 26 for nonresidents. The brochure features a variety of new camps, including Kindergarten Boot Camp, Pancake Paddle Club, Babies and Toddlers are Messy, and Mini Holiday Camps. Additionally, fall tennis classes start September 2, and swimming and enrichment classes start September 8. The brochure also may be found on the City’s website at www.coronado.ca.us.

Rec Brochure 



Gym Floor Resurfacing:  The repairs to the Community Center gym floor are close to completion. The work also includes the installation of a venting system. Resurfacing of the entire gym floor is expected to be scheduled in the near future.  






Highlights from this Week’s Camps:

  • Gymnastics Camp:  The third and final week of Gymnastics Camp was held in the Community Center gym. In the five gymnastics camps offered throughout the summer, more than 80 children participated as they increased their balance, coordination and strengthened their flexibility using the balance beam, vault, trampoline, bars and floor mats.


Campers stretching before the Gymnastics Camp activities.


  • Pirates and Pixies:  This week, the Community Center featured the new Pirates and Pixies Camp and had preschoolers spending the afternoon as Captain Hook and Tinker Bell. There were cannon ball hunts, pirate sword workshops and the campers were able to make fairy houses.

 Pirates and Pixies

Above and below: Campers enjoying Pirates and Pixies Camp.

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  • Holiday Hullabaloo:  Every day was a celebration at this new camp. Over the course of one week, campers, from ages 3-5, got to celebrate everyone’s birthday, bake gingerbread cookies, play trick-or-treat, and follow the rainbow to find the pot of gold for Saint Patrick’s Day.

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Above and below: Birthday and holiday celebrations at Holiday Hullabaloo Camp.

Holiday Hullabaloo 














Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Naval Complexes Coordinating Group meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, August 18, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The City Council meeting is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, at City Hall.
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, at City Hall.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, August 27, at City Hall.
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Road.
  • RSIP-3 Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, at City Hall.