Weekly Update - 08/23/2013

Date of Record: 2013-08-01



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, September 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the new City Council meeting start time.


Safe Driving, Bicycling Around Schools School started yesterday on all Coronado Unified School District campuses. Most other schools in the community will start classes soon. The safety of our school children is a joint effort between parents, community members, the Police Department, the schools and the students. Students are urged to travel to school in a safe manner.  When walking, students should use the sidewalk, walk facing traffic, and use crosswalks. Cyclists should improve their safety by wearing a properly fitting and fastened helmet and by not traveling diagonally through intersections. Riders following the rules of the road improve their visibility and reduce conflicts with vehicle traffic.  The basics include riding on the right side of the street, stopping at stop signs, and looking for cars before changing direction.  Walking bikes across major intersections is also advisable.  Vehicle drivers will need to be even more observant for bicyclists and pedestrians in the mornings and afternoons.  When dropping students off at school, parents are encouraged to drop them off so they exit the car on to the sidewalk, not requiring them to cross the street.  Please do not double park or block the roadway.  Let's work together for a safe and successful school year.   



Certificates, Not Citations:  The Coronado Police Department welcomed students back to school by stopping them. However, instead of being armed with citation books, officers handed out gift certificates to bicyclists who were following the rules of the road and were properly wearing their bicycle helmets. Many of the student-police contacts began with an inquisitive look by the student but ended with a big smile. The officers mostly wanted to interact in a positive manner with returning students and parents. (See photo of Sgt. Diana Drummey with two students). They provided education about bicycling and driving safety to continue to improve the welfare for the students. The Coronado Recreation Department supplied the gift certificates, entitling the recipient to a complimentary day of activities at one of the various recreation facilities including the Aquatics Center and Skate Park.



Bike the Bay is Sunday:  The sixth annual "Bike The Bay" community bike ride around the San Diego Bay is set for Sunday, August 25. Riders will come over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, then head south down Glorietta Boulevard toward the Bayshore Bikeway, which runs along the Silver Strand. Riders will continue along the Bayshore Bikeway as it travels through Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City. The event begins and ends in San Diego. Locally, two eastbound lanes of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge on race day will be used exclusively by bicycle riders heading into Coronado. There will be one lane in each direction for regular bridge traffic, with one lane in between, on the westbound side. The California Department of Transportation will begin placing cones at 4 a.m., closing the eastbound lanes of the bridge to prepare for race traffic. The southbound Interstate 5 transition from the bridge will not be accessible.  The lanes are expected to be completely reopened by 1 p.m., per Caltrans officials. No other major traffic impacts are expected. For more information, visit http://www.bikethebay.net/



Mathewson Park Playground Equipment:   Public Services staff is replacing the Mathewson Park swing set equipment. A prior safety inspection at the park determined that the equipment had too much rust to be safe and needed to be replaced. Concrete bases, to hold the new poles, were poured yesterday and once the concrete dries, the new poles and swings will be added.  This equipment should be ready for public use by Monday, August 26.



Electric Vehicle Charging Stations:   The City of Coronado, working with a company called Ecotality, installed four electric vehicle chargers at two locations in town. Two charging stations went in at City Hall; two at Bradley Field. A third possible location at the Coronado Cays is in question at this point as Ecotality, which received federal funding to install charging stations, faces possible bankruptcy. The City is weighing its options.

Coronado TV:   If you haven't watched the City of Coronado's public access channel in a while, Time Warner 19 and AT&T 99, you should tune in. The City recently took direct control of the channel and is programming news and information bulletins (see sample bulletin below), live City Council, Planning Commission and Coronado Unified School District meetings, as well as rebroadcasts of the City Council meetings. The School District and the City soon will begin adding new programming. Stay tuned.



Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, August 24, through Friday, August 30. 




Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 24

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

August 24

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

August 24

Bike the Bay

San Diego-Coronado Bridge; Bayshore Bikeway down the Strand

August 25

Fireworks Display

Beach adjacent to the Hotel del Coronado

August 28



Historic Resource Commission:  On Wednesday, August 21, the Historic Resource Commission designated the properties at 720 J Ave. and 708 A Ave. as historic resources. The Commission also approved Historic Alteration Permits for the properties at 465 Palm Ave., 941 G Ave. and 1030-1032 Olive Ave. The Commission recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement for the property at 516 I Ave., and determined that the property at 1008 Olive Lane is not historically significant through a "Notice of Intent to Demolish" review.

720 J Ave.

708 A Ave.


516 I Ave.



Street Overlay:   The contractor began the week with asphalt overlay operations on Seventh Street between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard and should be finished with all paving operations by the end of the week. Pavement markings around the schools have been reinstalled and the remaining markings will be installed over the next several days. All pedestrian ramps have been installed and work to fix minor issues with sprinklers and landscaping is being completed this week. The contract completion date for this project is Tuesday, October 1, but major construction operations should be completed before Labor Day, September 2.




Summer Festival:  Two programs will complete this year's Library Summer Festival. At 7 p.m. on Friday, August 23, the Navy's Acoustic Rock Band will perform in the Winn Room. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, Chantal Roche will sing a medley of international songs, accompanied on the piano by John Mark Harris. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Library. Click the flyers below for larger images.





County Volunteer of the Month:  Coronado Police Senior Volunteer Sara Hayes was recognized by San Diego County's Senior Corps and was named Volunteer of the Month. Sara has been a volunteer with the Police Department since 1996 and currently serves on the program's administrative panel. She devotes 20 to 30 hours a month patrolling the streets of Coronado and helps run the program, which currently has 35 volunteers. Sara is a longtime Coronado resident.

Senior Volunteer Academy Graduates:  Yesterday morning, seven new members of the Coronado Police Department's Senior Volunteer Patrol were recognized for completing their basic training and presented with their badges. The members include Gary Phillips, Linda Baily, Jim and Marilyn Menges, Phil and Connie Swartz (Connie Swartz not photographed) and Cathy Johnson. All of the candidates of Academy 13 successfully completed 27 hours of classroom training as well as practical field training in areas such as radio usage and codes; traffic control; parking enforcement; vacation house checks; and special events.




Blood Drive Challenge 2013:  The Coronado Police Department and Coronado Lifeguards invite the community to join them at the second annual City Challenge Blood Drive to support the American Red Cross. The Blood Drive is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, at the Police Department's Community Room, 700 Orange Ave. Students 17 and older can receive 10 hours of community service for their donation.



Fall 2013 Brochure:  Online registration for fall classes began Tuesday, August 20, for Coronado residents.  Nonresidents can register starting Tuesday, August 27. Click the image below to see the full schedule of classes.

Labor Day Hours:  The Community Center and pool will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Labor Day, September 2.  There will be a wedding reception in the Nautilus Room that evening. 


Improvements to Second and Orange Intersection:   In September, the City Council will consider the installation of red curb zones along with yield signs and pavement markings at the intersection of Second Street and Orange Avenue. This item is being considered in response to resident concerns regarding the overall safety of the intersection, and a thorough review by City staff of recent collision data, intersection characteristics, and traffic patterns. 

Coronado Cays Entrance Public Meeting:   A third public workshop on possible changes to the intersection of the Bayshore Bikeway and the Coronado Cays is being planned. Stay tuned.