Weekly Update - 09/06/2013

Date of Record: 2013-08-06



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


City Council Recognition:  Senior Officer Van Erhard and Officer Sam Sellers were recognized by the City Council on Tuesday, September 7, for their life-saving efforts on July 6, 2013. They responded to a call of a man down in front of 800 Glorietta Boulevard. Due to their efforts and the efforts of a passerby who stopped to perform CPR prior to the arrival of the officers and Fire personnel, the man survived. Although he is still recovering, his wife and son were able to attend the City Council meeting to personally thank the officers and Fire personnel. The quick thinking of Senior Officer Erhard and Officer Sellers, the presence of life-saving equipment and knowledge of its use were critical in this life saving incident.


(Photo, from left to right: Police Chief Jon Froomin, Officer Sam Sellers, Senior Officer Van Erhard and Mayor Casey Tanaka.)


(Photo: The wife and son of the man who was aided by the Coronado Police Officers both spoke at the September 3 City Council meeting; with Mayor Casey Tanaka.)


Cultural Arts Commission:  The Cultural Arts Commission is ready to move forward after the approval of the City's Public Art Master Plan. Cultural Arts Commission members will use the document as a vehicle to ensure continuity and cohesiveness in its overall desire to represent the lifestyle and beauty of Coronado. The Master Plan establishes artwork criteria, identifies the art selection process, provides funding considerations, defines gifts and deaccession (removing items from the listed holdings or the disposal of books or art), and encourages public art for new City capital projects. The Commission and its volunteers worked very hard to get the document produced. Commissioners met at the Library on Thursday, September 5, where they held a follow-up annual "workshop" meeting. 

Animal Care Facility Quarantine:  Out of an abundance of caution, the City placed its Animal Care Facility under a self-imposed, 10-day quarantine this week to curtail a ringworm outbreak. Several City employees and a facility volunteer were found to have been infected with the skin fungus after coming in contact with an infected feral cat. All are being treated. Ringworm outbreaks are common in shelters across the country. The quarantine will be lifted September 14. All kennels have been thoroughly disinfected and all animals bathed. The City will evaluate the facility's animals during this standard incubation period to identify any additional infected animals. Although open, the Animal Care Facility will not allow adoptions nor any contact with animals and the public. Any new animals will be separated from the current population. The infected feral cat has been quarantined and is being treated. When it recovers, it will be put up for adoption.

Free Bicycling Class:  A "Spin Your Wheels" class, sponsored by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave. The class is free, lasts one hour and is being taught by Coronado Bicycle Advisory Commission member Larry Hofstetter.  The class will focus on skills such as fixing a flat tire and planning a route. Click on the flyer below to see a larger version.



Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, September 7, through Friday, September 13. 





Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

September 7


Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

September 7


Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

September 7


Cruise 4 Kids car display and procession

Ferry Landing; First St. to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge

September 7


Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

September 13


Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

September 13


Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

September 1




Sales Activity in Coronado:  City Staff met with representatives of HDL Companies to review information related to sales activity in Coronado during the first calendar quarter of 2013. The data analyzed comes from the State Board of Equalization.  Sales taxes collected by businesses in January through March are reported and remitted to public agencies in April, May and June. The state produces its reports in July and the City gets the data in August.  A two-page  newsletter the City receives describes how sales activity in Coronado increased by 9 percent over the same quarter in 2012 and how the total sales activity for the prior four quarters exceeded the same four quarters a year ago by 6.1 percent.  Click on the image below to open the newsletter.



Historic Resource CommissionOn Wednesday, September 4, the Historic Resource Commission designated the properties at 825 Olive Ave. and 819 First St. as historic resources. They also recommended to City Council approval of a Historic Alteration Permit, with zoning exception requests, for 744 B Ave. The Commission also determined that the property at 447 I Ave. does not meet the criteria for historic designation through a "Notice of Intent to Demolish" review.

825 Olive Ave.

819 First St.




Toll Plaza Improvements Public Workshop:  The City will hold a Toll Plaza Improvement Project public workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, to gather public input on desired aesthetic and traffic calming improvements for the toll plaza area. One concept has been prepared and will be available for review. However, public input into the scope of the potential project is critical. The workshop will begin with a brief presentation, but the majority of the meeting will be an open forum with stations where ideas can be shared and comments can be made. In addition, a consultant and City staff will be available to answer questions. The meeting will be held at the Coronado Community Center's Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way.


National Preparedness Month:  In a ceremonial presentation Tuesday, September 3, Mayor Casey Tanaka proclaimed September "National Preparedness Month." Fire Chief Mike Blood, Battalion Chief Perry Peake and Coronado Community Emergency Response Team President Jim Blasy accepted the proclamation. Tanaka pointed out in the proclamation that the loss of life and property damage can be greatly reduced if appropriate emergency preparedness measures are taken before, during and after a major emergency.

(Photos, from left to right: Mayor Casey Tanaka, Battalion Chief Perry Peake, Fire Chief Mike Blood and Coronado CERT President Jim Blasy)


Youth Activities: A children's craft was held on Tuesday in which kids made a backpack charm.  The Teen Book Club also met on Tuesday, and the "Games and Grub" teen program was held on Wednesday.



Boathouse Fall Classes:  This week highlights the Fall Adult Kayaking and Beginning Rowing Classes on Saturday, September 7.  Proper form and technique are taught in these fundamental classes for participants new to these paddle sports. 


(Photo: Recreation Assistant Morgan Mackenzie at the Coronado Boathouse.)


Skate Night BBQ:  An evening of lighted skating is being hosted on Friday, September 6, with our Skate Night BBQ. This monthly event gives teens an opportunity to skate, watch skate videos and eat BBQ at the Coronado Skate Park.


Teen Weekend Movie Nights:  Saturday, September 7 is the start of the school year Teen Movie Nights in the Club Room. Teens will go on a visual adventure with the movie "The Amazing Spiderman" as they enjoy popcorn and the camaraderie of their peers.


Janitorial Services:  Carlos Janitorial will be deep-cleaning and sealing the limestone tile hallway floors of the Coronado Community Center next week.  The work will be completed over three nights.


Wayfinding Signs:  The City Council soon may consider installing wayfinding signs to increase the number of people walking through Coronado's commercial corridor. The directional signs will help people find their way to shopping, hotels, the beach and other popular attractions. The signs will be designed to be safe, aesthetically pleasing and helpful to visitors and residents.  

Smoking Ordinance:   The City Council will consider at a future meeting the introduction and implementation of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in most of the City, including on outdoor dining areas on public property. 

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.