Weekly Update - 04/12/2013

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Date of Record: 2013-04-12


CITY MANAGER'S WEEKLY UPDATE



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 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.



CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE



Coronado -- Safest City in the County: Despite a rise in violent and property crime rates in San Diego County, Coronado continues to be the safest city countywide. Violent crime decreased in the City, according to the latest figures from the San Diego Association of Governments. Statistics released Wednesday, April 10, show that violent crime in the region rose by 7 percent to 3.77 per thousand and property crime increased by 6 percent to 22.15 per thousand. However, Coronado not only had the lowest violent crime rate but was the only city where the rate fell below 1 per thousand. Often considered the most accurately reported crime statistic, motor vehicle theft has shown a steady decline in the City from 45 in 2008 to 20 in 2012. Areas of concern remain. Despite an overall decrease in the property crime rate of 21 percent from 2008 through 2012 in Coronado, the property crime rate increased 5 percent in 2011-12. Bicycle theft continues to be a challenge. Here's a link to the SANDAG report.

Summer Vacation Rentals: As summer nears, the City would like to remind homeowners that renting a residential property in Coronado for less than 26 days at a time is prohibited. Short-term rentals can create an intensified use that brings excessive vehicles, noise, and turnover of people in a residential home or condo that disrupts the livability of the neighborhood. The City wants to preserve the quality of life for full time residents and to maintain the residential character of local neighborhoods. Violators may be fined and subject to legal action. Renting a private home or condo for special events, weekend stays or as a weekly vacation home is against the law regardless of the time period between rentals. Residents are asked to comply with the law, to be a good neighbor and to help maintain the residential atmosphere in the community.

New Storm Water Permit Standards Delayed: This week, the Regional Water Quality Control Board postponed a vote on the new storm water permit. The well-attended hearing produced evidence that several of the permit conditions required reevaluation and clarification. The permit is expected to be issued in May.



Caltrans Performing Landscape Maintenance: The California Department of Transportation has completed its first week of a two-and-a-half week landscape maintenance program along the Silver Strand. Caltrans workers are removing litter and weeds, repairing irrigation and infrastructure, and improving the ornamental horticulture and native plants. Coronado residents will notice traffic control along State Route 75 and are reminded to watch for workers near the roadway.


Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, April 13, through Friday, April 19.


Event

Location

Date

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

April 13

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

April 13

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

April 13

Hole Digging Contest

Central Beach

April 14





ENGINEERING AND

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT



Senior Center Community Forum: Last week, The Ackerman Group architects firm presented the results of a citywide survey that asked participants what they wanted in a new Senior Center. More than 65 residents attended. After the presentation, the architects opened up the discussion to the audience for ideas about what the new Senior Center should have in terms of functional spaces, its look and feel, parking, protection of the park's trees and many specific details. This week, the architects returned to meet with specific stakeholders to discuss in greater detail the fuctional design of the center. Upon completion of the interviews, the architects will develop a program and several design concepts for the building for presentation to the City Council at a future meeting. The Senior Center Community Survey Analysis is online. Here is a link to the PowerPoint presentation from last week's meeting.






ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps Along Sixth Street: A project to remove and replace 47 pedestrian ramps along Sixth Street west of Orange Avenue is moving forward. Construction operations are set to begin on Monday, April 15. The project will bring ramps in compliance with standards set forth by the Americans With Disabilities Act, and provide a better surface for wheelchairs and strollers.

Street Curb and Gutter FY 11/12: A project to resurface pavement along Seventh Street, Palm Avenue, Pine Street, Pine Court, and Soledad Place, and make sewer improvements along Seventh Street, is currently out for bid. Eight contractors attended a pre-bid meeting, and nearly 30 contractors have obtained plans directly from the City. Bids are currently scheduled to be opened on Wednesday, April 17.

Repairs to Glorietta Bay Pump Station: Contract documents have been sent out. Once the contractor has received all paperwork and it has been approved, a preconstruction meeting for a project to perform pump maintenance repairs and cleaning will be scheduled. The project is anticipated to begin on Wednesday, May 1.




GOLF SERVICES



Greens Aerification: A process that allows air, water and nutrients to more easily pass through the golf greens' soil structure has been completed at the Coronado Golf Course. The process, called deep tining aerification, promotes healthier turfgrass, especially under stressful conditions. It also relieves turf stress that results from soil compaction due to intense maintenance efforts and high rounds of play. Deep tining aerification uses large drills that bore holes into the turf to a depth of 10 inches. The holes are then backfilled with sand. The spoiled material and excess sand is removed and the turf is rolled to bring back the greens surface for play the next day. Full recovery to the greens surface is expected to take approximately three weeks.














LIBRARY SERVICES




Friends of the Library: The Friends of the Library Board met Monday, April 8, and made its final preparation for the April 19-21 Book Fair. Hundreds of volunteers are involved as this event requires a lot of logistical planning.

Library Board of Trustees: The Library Board met Tuesday, April 9. The Board reviewed a draft Emergency Plan for the Library, covering a variety of emergency and disaster situations. Further work will be done on the plan by staff, and drills also will be conducted.

Youth Programs: This week, craft programs were held for children on Tuesday. The Teen Book Club also met on Tuesday, and Teen Wednesday featured "Games & Grub," plus Wii games. The Junior Volunteers are rehearsing for the play "Peter Pan," which will be presented on Thursday, April 18.


POLICE SERVICES




Property (bike) Theft: Property theft, particularly the theft of bicycles, continues to be the major crime issue in the City. Please lock your bicycle, place it in your locked garage at night, and don't leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Contact Lea Corbin at the Police Department at (619) 522-7370 for crime prevention tips. For a fun and entertaining lesson on how to properly lock your bike, click on these links:

How to Prevent Bike Theft

How to lock your bike so it doesn't get stolen

How to Properly Lock Your Bicycle with a Bike Lock




RECREATION SERVICES



Summer Brochure: Staff has been busy finalizing the 2013 Summer Brochure. It is available to view online today, and should be in mailboxes next week. To see the brochure, click on the link above or image of the brochure below. Online registration for Coronado residents will begin on Tuesday, April 23. Walk-in and phone-in registrations for everyone will begin on Tuesday, May 7.






Friday Night on the Strand: Friday Night on the Strand is being held tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. The theme this week is "Dodge-a-palooza." Activities for middle-school students will include a dodgeball tournament, video games, snacks and games. The movie "Dodgeball" will be shown.


Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Ramp Parking: The City has been notified that Fain Drilling and Pump Co. will be working in the Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Ramp parking area Wednesday, April 17, and using about half of the parking spaces.




ON THE HORIZON


Slurry Seal Work Begins April 29: Coronado's annual slurry seal project to protect and extend the life of the City's roadways is scheduled to begin April 29.This year, approximately 1.1 million square feet of City streets will receive a slurry seal surface treatment to rejuvenate or revitalize old surfaces, improve traction, and help improve road visibility at night. Residents will be asked to avoid driving and parking on the streets while they are drying.

Budget-related Dates: Community organization grant proposals are due on Monday, April 15. A Budget/Capital Improvement Projects Workshop is set for May 21 that will include community group presentations. The Budget is set to be adopted by the City Council at a meeting June 4.