Weekly Update - 07/19/2013

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Date of Record: 2013-07-01

 

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 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the new City Council meeting start time.






CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE



Missing Coronado Man Found:  Thanks to the quick work earlier this week of Coronado dispatchers and an alert bus driver, an 85-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease was reunited with his family not long after being reported missing from the Coronado Shores. After a call came in about the missing man at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 12, Coronado Police Department dispatchers Joan Carney and Nadia Kean-Ayub immediately began notifying Navy security, hotel security, cab companies and the Metropolitan Transit System. Officers searched the immediate area and the San Diego County Sheriff's ASTREA helicopter made announcements over the public address system with no results. At about 7 p.m., San Diego Police contacted Coronado with news that the man had been found at the Iris Avenue Trolley Station in South San Diego. San Diego Police were notified by the MTS driver who had picked up the elderly man after receiving the information from his dispatcher.  Coronado officers responded to the Iris Ave Trolley Station and took the man to his family. This action required a team effort that resulted in a quick and favorable outcome.

 

Median Clean-up: At the urging of City officials who received complaints from residents about the overgrown medians along Silver Strand Boulevard near City Hall and the Coronado Shores, the California Department of Transportation, who controls State Route 75, agreed this week to provide traffic control for the clean-up work. The work was completed in about 3.5 hours. However, the level of State-required road closures due to the posted speed limit in the area resulted in one lane in each direction being closed and a traffic backup around noon. 

 

City Surveys:  The City is seeking community input through two unscientific surveys currently on its website on bike corrals and service delivery. Please take the informal survey if you haven't already. They may be reached by clicking on the titles below and include:

  • Bike Corral Survey - The Bike Corral survey asks residents, businesses and visitors to let the City know how they feel about the newly installed bike corrals. This survey must be taken online.
  • Municipal Services Delivery Survey - This survey is part of the City of Coronado's Technology Strategic Plan, which will help enhance the City's business functions and service delivery. Coronado wants to know what you think about the services it provides, over the counter and online.



 

Bus Ridership Up:  The free Summer Shuttle buses have increased ridership on the 904 route since going into effect two weeks ago. As seen in the chart below, provided by the Metropolitan Transit System that compares passenger numbers on the same dates from this year and last year, ridership has more than doubled and is growing. The free shuttle buses will operate through September 30. A brochure with a map of the major stops can be found at City facilities, local hotels, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, the Coronado Visitor Center, and on the shuttle buses. The Summer Shuttle is the 904 route, which runs every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

 

 

Route 904 Ridership Comparison

July 2013 vs. 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 2013

 

July 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day

 

Date

Psgrs

 

Date

Psgrs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr

 

5

234

 

6

235

 

 

Sa

 

6

80

 

7

95

 

 

Su

 

7

239

 

8

88

 

 

Mo

 

8

423

 

9

205

 

 

Tu

 

9

523

 

10

235

 

 

We

 

10

363

 

11

190

 

 

Th

 

11

573

 

12

180

 


 




Traffic Incident:  On Wednesday, July 17, Coronado Police received a request from the Navy to shut down both southbound lanes of Silver Strand Boulevard in front of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The City complied with the request. About 40 minutes later, the Navy asked the City to reopen the road, a State highway.

 

City Workshops: The City has scheduled two upcoming workshops to answer questions and receive input on two projects currently under development. More information can be found by clicking on the links below.

  • Permanent Roundabout Design - This workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, in the Nautilus Room of the Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. This is the second public workshop regarding the design of the permanent Pomona Roundabout. The community will review and comment on revised conceptual drawings of the layout.
  • Scenic Bike Loop - This presentation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, in the Nautilus Room at the Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. The community is invited to ask questions about the installation of a "Scenic Loop" bicycle route along the perimeter of Coronado's Village area.




 

Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, July 20, through Friday, July 26. 

 

Event

Location

Date

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 20

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

July 20

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

July 20

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 20

Picnic

Spreckels Park

July 20

Relay for Life

Glorietta Bay Park

July 20 and 21

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 21

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 21

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

July 21

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 23

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 25

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

July 26

 





COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 


Historic Resource Commission:  On Wednesday, July 17, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration Permit for the historically designated hotel at 1017 Park Place.  They also recommended approval of two Mills Act Agreements, at 1126 Loma Avenue and 301 Alameda Boulevard.  In association with a "Notice of Intent to Demolish" determination, the Commission determined that the property at 812 F Avenue does not meet the criteria to be designated as a Historic Resource.  Finally, the Commission reviewed staff's proposed changes to the Historic Resource Code related to Historic Districts and recommended that the revised code sections be forwarded to the City Council for review.


San Diego Airport Land Use Plan:  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has provided the City with notice that it has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for the San Diego International Airport.  The basic function of a land use compatibility plan is to promote compatibility between an airport and the future land uses that surround the airport and lie within the airport's designated "Airport Influence Area." Coronado lies within San Diego's "Airport Influence Area." Staff will be reviewing the Draft Environmental Impact Report and providing comments as necessary. The public review period to provide comments regarding the adequacy of the draft report began July 12 and concludes August 26.  Copies are available at the Coronado Public Library and at www.san.org/alucp.






ENGINEERING AND

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT



Street Overlay:  The contractor installed three of the five new manhole structures and laid over 175 feet of new 8-inch PVC sewer pipe in Seventh Street.  This work is expected to continue for two more weeks.  Work to replace selected pedestrian ramps along Palm Avenue, Pine Street, Soledad Place and Seventh Street will begin next week.

 

 



Vactor Waste Enclosure:  Storage bins were delivered to the project site this week and wheel stops were installed along the edge of the loading dock. As a result, the project is essentially complete and staff is scheduling a final inspection of the project. The vactor waste enclosure will provide the City with a place to dump wet material such as debris from storm drains and allow the liquid to decant and be discharged into the sanitary sewer system.  The solid material will dry and then be hauled off for disposal.

 

 



15th Tee Renovation:  Final grades were established for the tees, the mow strip around the new hedge was installed and sod installation was started.  The fence will remain in place until the sod has established itself. The work may be completed earlier than the 45 days that were projected for the project. While construction will be completed by next week, official play off the new tee will not proceed until the sod is grown about the end of August.

 

 





LIBRARY SERVICES 




Summer FestivalOn Saturday, July 13, approximately 150 people attended the jazz concert performed by the Peter Sprague Quartet. On Wednesday, July 17, former Oklahoma Gov. David Hall gave a talk and signed copies of his book, "Twisted Justice: A Memoir of Conspiracy and Personal Politics."

 

Youth ProgramsThis week, the annual "Kids' Jeopardy Tournament" was held, with a theme of children's books. The annual "Harry Potter Day" also was presented yesterday with a mock Hogwarts in the Winn Room and Quidditch played outside.

 

 

 

 

Youth Summer ReadingTo date, the Children's Summer Reading Club has 544 participants and the Teen Reading Club has 167 participants.







POLICE SERVICES 




"Shop with a Cop" FundraiserCoronado Police attended a "Shop with a Cop" barbeque fundraiser on Wednesday, July 17, at the La Mesa Police Department. Sponsored by SeaWorld San Diego, Target, fundraising events and other donors, 300 children from across San Diego County are given a memorable holiday each December.  The 20th annual "Shop with a Cop" event is hosted this year by the County of San Diego Probation Department and the San Diego County District Attorney's office and will be held in early December.



 

DUI Saturation Patrol:  Coronado Officers joined other officers from Chula Vista, Escondido, La Mesa, National City, San Diego, San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego, as well as deputies from the San Diego Sheriff's Department in conducting a DUI Enforcement Patrol to crackdown on drunken driving in an effort to lower deaths and injuries in and around the Del Mar Race Track on Opening Day. Twenty-one law enforcement officials conducted 111 traffic stops, where 25 people were evaluated for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and 10 people were arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Three drivers were cited for driving on a suspended driver's license and one driver was cited for driving without a driver's license. Forty-five traffic citations were issued and 10 vehicles impounded.  






 

RECREATION SERVICES 




Summer Registration:  A total of 1,048 participants are enrolled in day camps, swimming lessons and enrichment City-sponsored programs in Coronado this week.



 

Club Room and Boathouse:  A total of 270 people visited the Club Room and Boathouse last week, a record for the new facility which opened in November 2012.  The Boathouse now has 321 members, with all its private storage spaces filled.  Last week, the facility hosted a Stand-up Paddle Boarding camp, a Specialty Film camp and a kayaking trip for the Junior Lifeguards.

 

Cooking Classes:  Thirty-two young chefs cooked in the Sticky Fingers and Bon Appétit Kids cooking classes this week in the Abalone Room at the Community Center. The children made French Toast Roll Ups, Turkey Quinoa Meatballs and Lasagna Cupcakes. They enjoyed making the meatballs and had fun decorating their recipe books and aprons to take home. The highlight was making their own snack to eat in class.

 





Smash Lab:  This week at the Club Room and Boathouse, 24 campers, between the ages of 7 and 12, are doing exactly what their camp's name would imply. It's all about getting messy and smashing things at Smash Lab. Participants are catapulting watermelons, observing what happens when you drop Mentos in a bottle of Coke (here's a hint, it's a real blast) and chucking water balloons.  Friday will be a full-on mess fest with tons of food activities.



 




Jedi Engineering Lego Camp:  This week, 23 campers, between the ages of 5 and 7, are taking over the Dance Room and making some amazing things in Jedi Engineering Lego camp. The gondola battle, pictured below, is an activity where remote-controlled Lego vessels are hung from a string and controlled by the participants. Campers also enjoyed building Jedi Counsel Towers as tall as themselves.


 



Football Camp:  The inaugural Football Camp currently has 27 players, ages 8 to 13.  This camp, featuring no-contact football, is held mornings Monday through Friday at Coronado Cays Park. The players go through various drills and activities to teach them the fundamental skills of football, including passing, catching, tackling, and blocking to assess the skill levels of both beginners and experienced players alike.  "Air Force Football," a nonstop version of a game similar to rugby, is the mid-camp highlight and the players love the scrimmages at the end of the day. Players work hard and are tired by the end of this intense camp, the parents' favorite part.

 

 




Red Hot Robots Camp:  This week at the Community Center, 16 boys, ages 8 to 12, participated in the awesome Red Hot Robots camp.  These future robotic engineers had hands-on experience learning how robots function by using intricate robot kits and learning the ins and outs of circuits and electricity. The robot campers also had a chance to participate in their own trade show, where they built their own model of a robot using the information they had learned throughout the week.  

 


 




Aquatics Camp:  Aquatics Camp is in its fifth week of giving children an adventure they will surely remember. Participants experience stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling, a visit to Sealife Aquarium and the Chula Vista Nature Center, wakeboarding and a visit to Aquatica waterpark.  They also learned about our local aquatic environment and habitats.  We have had great weather this summer and the kids are enjoying the aquatics program.






Sports Camp:  This week at Sports Camp, 11 campers, ages 8 to 13, had golf and tennis lessons daily from local professionals.  The morning starts with an intimate lesson with Mark Fernando at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course, followed by tennis instruction and games with Narelle Pettee at the Tennis Center.  Lastly, they end the day with a splash at Central Beach, where they cool off boogie boarding, sand castle building, and playing games.

 






Go Play Get Fit:  The photo below shows Camp Coronado program participants getting fit at Go Play Get Fit.


 




ON THE HORIZON




Council Meeting Start Time:  The City Council agreed recently to change its meeting start times. Council meetings will move back from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning with the Tuesday, August 20, meeting. Closed Session items will be heard at 3 p.m. A reminder that there will not be a City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 6. Regular twice monthly meetings, on the first and third Tuesday of the month, will resume with the Tuesday, September 3, meeting. The Coronado City Council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.




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.