Weekly Update - 09/20/2013

Date of Record: 2013-09-02



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, October 1, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the new City Council meeting start time.


Fitch Rating:  Fitch Ratings affirmed this week the following (former) Coronado Community Development Agency's Tax Allocation Bonds at 'A+':

  • $113.5 million series 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2006;
  • $9.42 million housing tax allocation bonds, series 2003.

It also affirmed the Rating Outlook is Stable. The A+ is a long-term rating of the credit-worthiness of the bonds of the former redevelopment agency and is not related to the City of Coronado. This is part of normal due diligence on the part of the credit agency for its customers. Fitch made note that there is "solid coverage," meaning sufficient revenue and reserves; a stable tax base; and satisfactory implementation of Assembly Bill 1x26, the law that dissolved redevelopment. Here is a chart which compares the 2013 Fitch Ratings of several other California cities' former redevelopment agencies. They are listed from high to low:


CITY             RATING         WATCH/                    TAX ALLOCATION BONDS



San Rafael     AA-                Negative                      $4.6 million


Coronado       A+                   Stable                        $113.5 million

   $9.42 million (housing)


Palm Springs  A                     Stable*                       $14.7 million

Newman        BBB+              Stable                          $2.25 million


Redding         BBB                Stable                          $13.4 million


San Jose         BB                   Stable*                       $232 million

San Jose         BB-                 Stable*                        $1.4 billion


*Rating Watch/Outlook Negative was removed in 2013

Coronado Cays Entrance Public Meeting:   A third public workshop on possible changes to the intersection of the Bayshore Bikeway and the Coronado Cays is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25. Consultants will show visual simulations of possible solutions and describe the pros and cons and estimated costs with each option. There was a change of venue since the workshop was first posted. The two-hour workshop will be held in the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association board room, 505 Grand Caribe Isle. Click on the notice below for a larger image.



Caltrans Work:  The California Department of Transportation began its periodic vegetation maintenance of Silver Strand State Highway (SR 75) Monday, September 16. Crews started at the Coronado/Imperial Beach border and will be working their way toward Coronado over the next few weeks. One lane will be closed on each side of the median section in which crews will be working. Crews will generally work from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. The plan is to complete smaller sections of the median at one time to limit lane closure times and impacts to traffic. The last time maintenance was conducted on Coronado medians, traffic was greatly impacted. Caltrans will inform the City at least 24 hours in advance before beginning maintenance operations closer to town, particularly on the section of Silver Strand Boulevard between Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and R.H. Dana Place.



Free Summer Shuttle Bus Update:  The free Coronado Summer Shuttle Bus service on the MTS 904 route around the City's Village area ends September 30. The former 904 route will continue but you will have to pay. The shuttle service has been a success. The comparative ridership results for July & August and the first 12 days of September are:

Statistic                        July 5-31           Aug 1-31           Sep 1-12


Total Passengers                                              

2013                             16,844              23,456              6,476               

2012                             2,943                3,715                1,000

Increase                        472%                531%                548%


Passengers per Trip (2013)

Average                        12.2                  14.8                  10.7


Passengers per Day (2013)                            

Average                        624                   757                   540

Highest                         1,116                1,054                913




Flags Half-Staff:  As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence of September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard, all U.S. flags at City facilities are being flown at half-staff through today, as directed by the White House.



Coronado Speed Festival:  The Coronado Speed Festival, part of Fleet Week, will be held this weekend, September 21-22. While most Speed Festival events are taking place on Naval Air Station North Island, the 5th Annual Car Procession was held along Orange Avenue yesterday. Dozens of race cars proceeded through the streets of Coronado beginning at 3:30 p.m. For more information about the Coronado Speed Festival, visit the official website. On behalf of the South Bay Energy Action Collaborative, Coronado encourages Speed Festival visitors to take in the Energy Roadshow South Bay Tour on Saturday, September 21, to learn how to make their homes more comfortable, healthy and efficient. Free with Speed Fest admission. See flyer below.

2012 Photo Courtesy Coronado Tourism Improvement District

Coastal Cleanup Day:  As part of the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, volunteers will be picking up trash at two Coronado locations, at Central Beach and Silver Strand State Beach, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. Click on the flyer below to reach the Coastal Cleanup website.



Public Safety Open House:  The Police and Fire departments are beginning to get the word out about the upcoming City of Coronado Public Safety Open House. It is a popular, all-day community event that will be expanded this year to include not only the Fire Department Headquarters but also the Police Department Headquarters. This is the 21st annual Open House, which will have something for everyone. Click on the flyer below to open a larger image.



Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, September 21, through Friday, September 27. 





Horse and carriage - wedding

Various streets beginning and ending at Hotel Del

September 21

Wedding Ceremony

Bay View Park

September 21

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

September 21

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

September 21

Wedding Ceremony

Spreckels Park

September 21

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

September 22

Baptism & BBQ

North Beach

September 22

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

September 22

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

September 25

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

September 27



Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting Wednesday, September 18, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 200 H Ave.; recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement for 720 J Ave.; and determined that three properties ‒ 931 J Ave., 700 Seventh St. and 756 I Ave. ‒ do not meet the designation criteria through the "Notice of Intent to Demolish" review.

720 J Ave.



Golf Course Irrigation ReplacementThis project will design the replacement of the irrigation controllers at the Golf Course. The controllers are outdated and replacement parts are becoming difficult to locate. New controllers have the ability to monitor the weather and the turf moisture to provide a more efficient watering schedule, which will reduce irrigation costs. This is the first phase. The second phase will replace the less efficient irrigation heads to complement the new controllers. A Request for Proposals was issued and there were five respondents. Two firms were shortlisted and interviewed on Monday, September 16, and a selection will be made shortly.


Cays Pump Station Emergency GeneratorDesign has started on the Cays Pump Station Emergency Generator. This project will install an emergency generator at the Cays Wastewater Pump Station to provide power to maintain flow in the event of a power outage. 




Overboard Dog Rescue:  Coronado Lifeguards participated Friday, September 13, with federal lifeguards to help rescue a dog that had gone missing from the deck of a small fishing vessel somewhere off Coronado's coast. The brown and white Terrier named Lola was located by Coronado Lifeguard Christian Bond about an hour after being adrift in the 57-degree water. Lifeguard Sgt. Jay Scheckman took the call and helped coordinate the rescue. Coronado Lifeguard Christian Bond on a personal water craft spotted the dog and plucked her out of the water. Bond said if a wagging tail is any indication, the dog appeared as happy as the captain and crew.


Golf Course Website:  The Coronado Golf Course has recently upgraded its website. You can now reserve tee times online. Website visitors can book a lesson, receive Junior Golf information, find out about arranging a tournament, read about Ron's Pro Shop, learn more about hosting events such as weddings at the Coronado Bayside Grill, and view the Golf Course webcam. Check it out.



Computer Network:  The upgrade to the Library's wireless network and firewall went very well this week. The signal is more robust and reliable.


Youth Programs:  This week, the teens created autumn-themed canvas works of art using cardboard and paint. The younger folks made bean leaves and learned to talk like pirates.  (See photo below). Representatives from Sony Pictures passed out movie swag for the soon-to-be released "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2." (See second photo below).



Staff Training:  Yesterday, 20 staff members viewed a live streaming webinar on customer service techniques, which was sponsored by the American Library Association. The event was presented by Dr. Steve Albrecht, who is board certified in Human Resources and security management. Topics included providing "high-risk" customer service, developing consistent responses for all situations, and using realistic communication tools to enforce library codes of conduct.


Film Festival Survey:  The Coronado Island Film Festival Committee, an offshoot of the Cultural Art Commission, is exploring the idea of a film festival in the City of Coronado. As part of the planning, the Film Festival committee created a five-question survey to measure the community's interest in the idea. The survey runs through September 27 and can be found here or by going directly to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XR7SS8L. Find out more about the Committee on its website: http://www.coronadoislandfilmfest.com/




Safety PresentationOn Sunday, September 15, Officers attended a block party in the 200 block of D and provided crime prevention tips, gun locks, and a safety presentation to area residents.


Margarita Tree Trimming:  The City has hired West Coast Arborists to trim the approximately 115 Canary Island Pine trees along Margarita Avenue, from Pomona Avenue to Monterey Avenue. The work has begun and may be completed as early as the end of next week. Please pardon the disruption while this important maintenance work is being done.


Friday Night at the Club Room:  Tonight, staff expects more than 100 middle school students to attend the first "Friday Night at the Club Room" event.  The "Endless Summer Campout" will entertain children with s'mores, beach volleyball, contests, games, crafts and snacks. See flyer below for details. Click the image for a larger view.


Community Sunset Paddle:  The Coronado Club Room and Boathouse asks the community to attend a Sunset Paddle, followed by a bonfire. Bring your own paddle board or boat, or rent one there. Click on the flyer below for a larger image.


Upcoming Pool Closures:  The competition pool only will be closed for tournaments on the following upcoming dates: Friday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please plan accordingly.


Fall Enrichment Classes:  Fall classes began this week with 285 teens, children and tots participating in new classes ranging from basketball to kayaking to rock climbing to cooking. Many participants were excited to see their favorite camp counselors now serving as their enrichment class instructors. New classes that started this week include: Taste of Adventure, a paddling and climbing class; Shake Rattle and Roly Poly, a mommy-and-me music class; Jr. Inventors, a designing and building class; and Modern Tricks, a modern dance and tumbling class.

Garden Growers class.

Pet Parade & Chili Cook-off:   The 2nd Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook-off is set for Sunday, September 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Glorietta Bay Civic Center's Promenade Park, 1845 Strand Way. This event is free and all proceeds benefit PAWS of Coronado, a group that volunteers daily at the Coronado Animal Care Facility. Click on the flyer for a larger image.



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.