Weekly Update - 06/21/2013

Date of Record: 2013-06-02



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, July 16, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.


Proposed Second-hand Smoking Ordinance Workshop The City's public workshop on a proposed second-hand smoking ordinance is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at City Hall. The community is encouraged to review and comment upon elements of the ordinance that may prohibit smoking in enclosed and outdoor public places as well as places of employment. City staff will take the suggestions to the City Council. A notice has been placed on the City's website. For information, contact Jerome Torres at (619) 522-7305 or jtorres@coronado.ca.us.

Fourth of July Preparations:  With the Fourth of July less than two weeks away, the City of Coronado has been busy preparing for the festivities that include a parade, 15K race, rough-water swim, community concert and fireworks show, among other things. Locals should also be prepared for the big crowds expected for this event-filled day. A press release, filled with information about parking restrictions, road closures and safety zones, has been issued. It can be found the City's website and has links to the parade line-up, list of events going on that day and a map of street closures. The map is large. It takes some time to open.

  Courtesy: Coronado Tourism Improvement District

Summer Shuttle Coming Early July
  Here's an update on the Summer Shuttle after the City Council approved converting the local MTS 904 bus into a FREE Summer Shuttle. The Summer Shuttle will operate every day during the summer from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Summer Shuttle will serve the area between Civic Center and the Coronado Island Marriott including the Ferry Landing.  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 Landingband the Coronado Island Marriott.  Special bus stop signs and promotional material will also be created to promote the free shuttle.  Look for this new free Summer Shuttle hitting the streets in early July.



Arts Forum:  The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission held an Arts Forum yesterday that included the launch of CoronadoArts.com, a new community website that encompasses all Coronado arts events. The forum also included a report on the State of the Arts in Coronado and break-out sessions for various arts groups, such as visual artists, performers and writers. The event was well-attended and featured a welcome by Mayor Casey Tanaka, a discussion on the Commission's place in the community by City Manager Blair King and keynote speaker Felicia Shaw, director of Arts and Culture at the San Diego Foundation. Check out the new website here or by clicking on the logo below.





Best Beaches for Families:  Coronado has found itself once again on a list of top U.S. beaches. The "10 Best Beaches for Families in 2013" list was compiled by Family Vacation Critic and was published this week. The list can be found on the familyvacationcritic.com website, which states about Coronado:  "Lifeguards are on duty, and the clear-blue waves are picturesque as they calmly sweep ashore. It's a great spot for boogie boarding and body surfing, and the tide pools during low tide are a hit with kids."


Central Beach on June 20, 2013


1887 on the Bay: The City's concessionaire at the former Boathouse 1887 has rebranded the bayside restaurant, changing its name to "1887 on the Bay." Longtime residents may recall it as the Coronado Chart House. Before that, long before, it was a boathouse for the Hotel del Coronado. "1887 on the Bay" has a new chef, new manager and new menu. We wish them well.


Navy Exercise and Orange Avenue Road Work:  If you see an extra military presence down along the Silver Strand, it is Navy/Marine training on the beach. Military vehicles can be seen using State Route 75 during off-peak hours transporting equipment. Also, please be aware that the Navy continues to work on a water line at the intersection of Orange and Pomona avenues. Please slow down around this construction.


Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, June 22, through Friday, June 28. 





Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

June 22

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

June 22

Vow Renewal

Spreckels Park

June 22





Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, June 12, the Commission took the following actions: 

·         Continued consideration of the proposed design for an exterior remodel to the existing residential condominium complex at 534 E Ave.;   

·         Approved, with conditions, an exterior remodel to the existing residential condominium complex at 1601-1625 Glorietta Blvd. and 1600-1638 Pomona Ave.; and   

·         Approved an exterior remodel to the existing Christ Church Day School at 926 C Ave.


Historic Resource CommissionOn Wednesday, June 19, the Commission designated the building at 1106 Fourth St. as a Historic Resource.


1106 Fourth St.


Hotel del Coronado Paseo Landscaping:  Nine palm trees along the southerly extension of the Paseo del Mar pedestrian walkway adjoining Avenida del Sol were replaced this week.  These trees were newly planted in January, but were unable to adapt to being transplanted in the winter and died.


1600 Glorietta Boulevard:  The former single-family dwelling at the southwest corner of Ynez Place and Glorietta Boulevard was demolished this week.  Shoring, excavation for underground parking and construction of a new four-unit residential condominium is expected to begin in 2 to 3 weeks.




15th Tee RenovationThe City and contractor have agreed to a start date of Monday, July 8, for modifications to the 15th Tee at the Coronado Golf Course to help reduce the number of errant golf balls from entering the tennis facility. July 8 was selected to avoid the Fourth of July holiday.  The contract period is 45 working days. 


Street Overlay:  A contractor is set to begin construction on Monday, July 8, on a major street overlay project in Coronado.  The first item of work, however, is the replacement of the sewer main on Seventh Street between Orange and D avenues, which was found to have several holes throughout this section.  Once the sewer main is replaced, the contractor will install an asphalt overlay over the entire length of Seventh Street, Soledad Place, Palm Avenue between Third and Sixth Streets, and portions of Pine Street and Pine Court. This project also was delayed until after school testing and the busy Fourth of July weekend. Impacts are sure to be felt with street closures and no parking during construction. Signs will be installed a few days before the work will begin on streets to receive overlay. We appreciate your help and patience while the City works to improve road conditions in Coronado.



Gas Line Leak:  On Wednesday, June 19, units from Coronado Fire, San Diego Fire and Federal Fire Department  responded to a natural gas line leak in the 900 Block of Alameda Boulevard. A unified command was established with the Fire Department, Coronado Police Department and SDG&E. The incident was resolved after approximately two hours and the street was reopened. There were no injuries and damage was limited to the gas line that had been severed.


Junior Lifeguards: Jr. Lifeguard Coordinator Preston Lujan is delivering a lecture on water safety to the Jr. Lifeguards after lunch. The Jr. Lifeguard program began this week and the class is full with 80 students registered. They usually begin their day with sunscreen application followed by stretching, warm ups and a morning workout. They practice their competition events and a break for lunch, followed by a short lecture on water safety or first aid while their food settles. After lunch, they work on rescue techniques, first aid skills and more competition event drills. The program concludes with about a 20 minute free time period in the water and they are dismissed at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Coronado Fire Department and Lifeguards, the Jr. Lifeguard program is open to 9- to 17-year-olds and registration begins in April. A Surf Awareness program is open to 6- to 8-year-olds.




Library Summer Festival:  The first event in the Library Summer Festival was held at 4 p.m. in the Winn Room on Thursday, June 20, featuring cookbook author Kitty Morse.  The title of the program was "Mint Tea and Minarets," and was about Middle Eastern cookery.  Next Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room, Christine Donovan will speak about the Hotel del Coronado's 125th anniversary and the books she has officially written and published about the Del.


Friends of the LibraryThe Friends of the Library Board met Monday evening, June 17.  The Board reviewed the Library's request for program funding for 2013-2014.  The Friends income has dropped this past year, and as a consequence, the financial support for the Library will drop by 9 percent.


Youth Summer Reading:  The Children's Summer Reading Club has 296 participants signed up as of Wednesday, June 19, and the Teen Reading Club has 89 participants.  Youth activities this week included a Bedtime Story Time, a Teen Craft and the "Kids Cooking with Chef Kitty." The Library's Children's Summer Reading Club kicked off last week with a campfire event for all participants.





Outside Agency AssistanceEarlier this week, Officer Brian Hardy demonstrated how a police officer is never "off-duty."  While leaving his home, he saw a suspicious person around his condominium complex and tactically monitored the subject as he went into the secured complex parking area.  He heard someone moving about in the area of parked cars.  He approached and found the subject hiding behind a car.  Officer Hardy identified himself and detained the suspect.  When the local Police arrived, they found property in the suspect's possession that had been stolen from a neighbor's car. The subject was arrested thanks to Officer Hardy.


Summer Programs:  Summer programs are going strong.  With a total of 1,160 participants in the first two weeks of camp, staff saw a 37 percent increase over last year's first two weeks.  Many camps were full, including Camp Coronado with 130 participants this week alone.  With 25 different camps and classes being offered this week, a directory of locations has been placed in the lobby of the Community Center.  Many patrons, including those who are not participating in camps, have had positive comments on the directory.


Camp Coronado:  This week, Camp Coronado's "Mad Science Week" began with 156 young scientists in Glorietta Bay Park.  The week was filled with mixing worm cups, conducting silly science experiments, running in test tube relays and a chemistry and physics "Spin, Pop, Boom Presentation" on Wednesday.  The Mad Science performance, which was open to the public as part of the summer entertainment series, included some crazy chemical concoctions and eruptions of volcanic proportions.


Kid-Lympics Camp:  Nine "Olympic" athletes, ages 5-7, participated in the new Kid-Lympics Camp at the Coronado Cays Park this week.  These athletes strengthened their Olympic abilities by mastering the art of shot put, broad jumping, three-legged races, throwing the (plastic) javelin and long jumping.  Parents were invited on Friday to the closing ceremonies and each child was presented with a gold medal.

Cooking Classes:  Eighteen budding chefs participated in the Sticky Fingers and Bon Appétit Kids cooking classes this week in the Abalone Room at the Community Center.  The children made Strawberry Shortcake cookies, meatloaf and mashed potato cupcakes and banana bread bites.  They enjoyed decorating their recipe books and aprons to take home. The highlight of the week was making their own snack to eat in class.


American Girl CampTwenty young ladies, ages 6-11, participated in the American Girls Camp this week at the Community Center.  The campers learned about the different cultures and time periods of the American Girl dolls.  They also made crafts and treats.  The campers got to recycle crayons with Kit Kittredge, make tie dye socks with Julie Allbright, and celebrate with Molly McIntire in a Victory Garden.  The highlight of the week was the pajama party with Addy Walker. 

Clone Wars:  Fifteen Jedi's-in-the-making, ages 5-7, participated in the Clone Wars Camp, located in the Community Center, this week.  Campers decorated headbands and light sabers to take home, played the game "Ninja" for combat training, and took on the instructors for some intense (yet closely supervised) light saber battles.  Today, parents will enjoy a movie starring their campers that showcases all the skills they learned this week.  May the Force be with them.

Lego Robotics:  Eleven campers, ages 9-13, tested their engineering skills beachside at the Lego Robotics Camp, located at the Club Room and Boathouse.  They learned how to make all types of Lego robots, some using infrared and ultrasonic technology.  The group had fun hanging out and perfecting their engineering skills.



Basketball Camp:  Coronado Basketball Camp is in full swing this week.  It includes two separate camps, a Junior Camp, which currently has 9 kids, ages 4-7, and a regular camp for kids ages 8-12 that currently has 27 players.  Basketball Camp is held in the Coronado Community Center gym and runs a full week, Monday through Friday.  The players go through various drills and activities to teach them the fundamentals of basketball, including dribbling, shooting, passing, and defense.  The players love the three-spot shooting competition consisting of three player teams shooting from dots worth 1, 2 or 3 points.  The team of three with the highest points wins.  To get the kids outside a bit, there is a dribble run along Strand Way and Glorietta Bay every day, which is always fun.  The highlight for every camper is the tournament put on during the last two days of camp; it's what they look forward to all week.

Aquatics Position:  This week, staff welcomed the City's new Aquatics Coordinator, Hans Fernan.  Hans comes back to the City of Coronado after 20 years of beach lifeguarding and supervisory experience with the City of Imperial Beach and the City of Encinitas.  Hans is a true waterman and will bring a great amount of knowledge and experience to our staff. We are looking forward to his skills and expertise in Aquatics.

Sunset Paddle:  The Coronado Club Room and Boathouse invites everyone to a Community Sunset Paddle tonight on Glorietta Bay. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. at the Boathouse. The sun sets at 8 p.m. Following the Sunset Paddle, there will be a bonfire with marshmallow roasting. For information, call (619) 522-7342.



Sidewalk Cleaning:  The selection of a new contract for a sidewalk pressure cleaning operator for the maintenance of sidewalks along Orange Avenue has been delayed to allow for a re-bid on the work. However, the current contractor will continue cleaning on a month-to-month basis.