Weekly Update - 07/26/2013

Date of Record: 2013-07-02



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


Pomona Roundabout Workshop:  This past Wednesday, July 24, Coronado held a second public workshop on the Pomona Roundabout. City staff and consulting experts walked the audience through the proposed plans with an emphasis on landscaping alternatives. The public indicated its desire to see the project move forward with the engineering and construction plans.  Reaction was mixed to the two different landscaping plans presented with the audience split in half over which landscaping plan was preferred. The two concepts are included in the PowerPoint presentation, which can be viewed on the City's website or clicking on the link above or on the image below. A project progress report will be presented to the City Council this fall with construction targeted to commence in spring 2014.

Scenic Bike Loop Public MeetingThe community is invited to learn about the upcoming Scenic Bike Loop project.  A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, in the Nautilus Room at the Community Center.  Staff will be available to answer questions on the upcoming installation of the Scenic Loop bicycle route along the perimeter of the Village. More information on the proposed project can be found on the City's website www.coronado.ca.us or by clicking on the map below.


Catalytic Converter Thefts:  There have been six catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Coronado since the end of May.  Thieves are specifically targeting Toyota vehicles, particularly 1990 models, because many of those catalytic converters are attached with four bolts rather than welded pipe.  With the price of precious metals rising, thieves are taking these emissions-control devices that contain precious metals. Find out more about catalytic converters here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalytic_converter. Coronado is not alone. This is happening in San Diego County and nationwide. Thieves are getting more than $100 per catalytic converter. Learn about how to reduce your chances of being targeted by reading a press release on the City's website.


Typical catalytic converter

Summer in Coronado:  July is turning into a typical busy summer. The Coronado Police Department is conducting foot patrols within the commercial district. There have been some conflicts near the beaches involving issues of people trespassing on private property. Staff is pursuing complaints of illegal short-term vacation rentals, which tends to be problematic during the summer.  The free Summer Shuttle appears to being well received with ridership numbers continuing to rise. 




Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, July 27, through Friday, August 2. 





Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 27

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

July 27

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

July 27

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 27

Optimist Sports Fiesta

North Beach/Sunset Park

July 27 and 28

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

August 2

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

August 2



Planning Commission: At its meeting on Tuesday, July 23, the Coronado Planning Commission granted the renewal of a "Minor Special Use Permit and Coastal Permit," with conditions, allowing for the continued operation of the car wash located at 150 C Ave. and in the Commercial Zone of the Orange Avenue Corridor Specific Plan. 


Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, July 24, the Design Review Commission approved the exterior design for two new residential condominium units at 732-734 Olive Ave. to be located behind an existing dwelling at 735 E Ave.



Street Overlay:   Progress on the installation of the new sewer line in Seventh Street has been slowed due to the existence of several unknown utilities crossing the sewer trench. This has caused the contractor to use smaller equipment for excavation and perform hand digging around the utilities.  Despite these conditions, the sewer installation is still on schedule to be completed by Tuesday, August 6. The pedestrian ramps slated for replacement have been saw-cut and demolition/reconstruction of the ramps will begin next week. Approximately 50 pedestrian ramps are to be rebuilt or modified to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The following photos were taken along Seventh Street west of Orange Avenue.





15th Tee Renovation:  The project is substantially complete, pending a final inspection. The construction fence will remain in place until the new turf is established. A notice of completion will be presented to the City Council at an upcoming meeting.




Mountain Fire near Idyllwild:  Early Friday, July 19, Firefighter/Paramedic Larry Hogueisson was dispatched to the Mountain Fire in the Idyllwild area.  He was assigned as a Line Emergency Medical Technician and deployed with the firefighters to support any medical needs. As of yesterday, the fire was 92 percent contained, with more than 27,000 acres burned. 


Annual Spaghetti DinnerOn Sunday, July 28, the Fire Department will host its Annual Spaghetti Dinner at the headquarters station, 1001 Sixth St. The community has been generous with raffle and silent auction prizes again this year. All proceeds from the raffle/auction tickets go to the Burn Institute to provide a camp experience for burn injured children.



Youth ProgramsA popular "Mad Science" program was held in the Winn Room on Tuesday, July 23.  The session focused on "Mission for Nutrition."  Yesterday, a children's "Seashell Box Craft" was held (see photos below), and the teen program on Wednesday, July 24, was a film showing of "Jack the Giant Slayer."  To date, the Children's Summer Reading Club has 580 participants.  The Teen Reading Club has 177 participants, and they have collectively read 618 books.




Summer FestivalA free concert will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Winn Room. "Rack of Bones," a trombone and rhythm band, will perform a medley of popular numbers.

Blood Drive: The Coronado Library will host a daylong Blood Drive on Monday, July 29, in the Winn Room for the American Red Cross.


San Diego Scottish Rite Award:  On Thursday evening, July 25, an undercover Coronado Police Detective was honored by the San Diego Scottish Rite of Freemasonry as Coronado's nominee for Officer of the Year.  He was recognized for notable contributions to reducing crime and removing drugs from our streets.


Senior Volunteer Death:  It is with sad news that the Police Department learned on Sunday, July 21, that Senior Volunteer Johnnie Muster had died. Muster lived in Imperial Beach and part time in Phoenix but has served this community regularly for the past eight years. He worked most Tuesdays in city and beach patrol and special events.



Bay Shield 2013 Tabletop Exercise:  Command staff participated in a joint tabletop exercise called Bay Shield 2013 yesterday, hosted by the San Diego Area Maritime Security Group.  The exercise focused on the response to a simulated terrorist incident occurring within the Port of San Diego and the interaction between federal, state, local and private stakeholder groups. This tabletop exercise is the lead-in to a full simulated training exercise involving the same groups that will occur in 2014. 


NASNI Protest:  The Coronado Police Department was notified about a protest that is expected to take place today at the main gate of Naval Air Station North Island. The protest is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers, who have said they are protesting furlough days imposed on civilian federal employees, have been asked to stay off the street and to not block pedestrian or vehicle traffic.






Coronado Shores Sewer Spill:  A sewer spill that originated at a private sewer line at the Coronado Shores was discovered on Monday, July 22.  The spill of approximately 3,000 gallons was limited to the Avenida de las Arenas parking lot and the storm drain system. The parking lot was closed while City crews and a private contractor performed a clean-up. The spill was completely recovered and returned to the sewer. County health officials and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services were notified.




Summer Registration:  A total of 1,050 participants were enrolled in day camps, swimming lessons, and enrichment programs this week.


Mini Musicians Camp:  This week, 15 musically inclined campers, ages 4 to 6, participated in the Mini Musicians Camp at the Coronado Community Center.  The musicians made all of their own instruments, such as rain sticks, tambourines and maracas.  At the end of the week, they held a concert for their friends and families, performing one song on their recorders and another with their melodic voices.

:  The Adult Tennis Camp last week had 25 participants. They are looking forward to the next one. The Tennis Center is hosting the Coronado Tennis Association's Jr. Crown Cup this week, which began yesterday and ends Sunday, July 28, at noon. The Coronado Tennis Association's Poker Round Robin and Social will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. The Tennis Center will be hosting the United States Professional Tennis Association certification and upgrades Sunday, July 28, and are looking for people who would like free lessons during the testing process. In other tennis news, a new windscreen has been installed at the high school courts.


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.