Weekly Update - 09/27/2013

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.


Smoking Ordinance  The City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 1, to consider the introduction and implementation of an ordinance that would prohibit smoking on public property, excluding the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

Hotel Tax Revenue:  The chart below displays the City's monthly Transient Occupancy Tax, or hotel tax, revenues for the prior two fiscal years. Revenue from hotel tax for the year ending June 30, 2013, was $10.4 million, which exceeded the prior year by $1.6 million. In January, a voter approved 2 percent increase in the hotel tax rate went into effect, going from 8 percent to 10 percent. The additional 2 percent rate accounted for an approximate increase of $1.1 million in revenue for the year, and the balance was due to normal growth. Calculating the current fourth quarter revenues at the former 8 percent rate shows a 5.7 percent increase over the same quarter last year. When comparing the prior year hotel tax to the current year at the old 8 percent rate, gross taxable hotel tax receipts increased 6 percent overall. Click on the image to get a larger view.


Caltrans Landscaping Maintenance:  The California Department of Transportation hopes to complete its landscaping maintenance work along Silver Strand Boulevard this week. Caltrans started the work last week and made sure to notify the City when workers would be working in high-traffic areas. The traffic controls did not adversely impact traffic even though one lane of traffic was typically closed in each direction for the maintenance work. Caltrans and the City thank residents and local commuters for their patience.



Superfrog Triathlon
:  The Superfrog XXXV Triathlon is Sunday, September 29. Residents should expect some traffic delays along state Route 75 and near Silver Strand State Beach most of the day but particularly in the morning. The Superfrog will use the southbound lanes of SR 75 and normal vehicle traffic will use the northbound side. Vehicle traffic will be separated by orange cones and the speed limit will be 45 mph. Traffic delays will be in effect from about 6 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m., depending on how quickly participants go through the course. For information, visit http://superfrogtriathlon.com/.


Bridge Filming
: Part of a feature film was shot on Friday, September 20, near the San Diego-Coronado Bridge's toll plaza area. There were some delays, mostly during the morning commute as drivers slowed down to see what was going on. The California Department of Transportation approves permits for filming after checking with the City. The event was listed on the City's Special Events Permits list, which is posted in the Weekly Update and online.



Shuttle Bus Service
:  The last day to ride the free Summer Shuttle Bus service is Monday, September 30. The Metropolitan Transit System 904 route will continue but it will no longer be free and there will be fewer stops. A special advertising wrap that was placed on two free Summer Shuttle buses will be removed. Here is the regular schedule for the 904 bus service, effective Tuesday, October 1: http://www.sdmts.com/RouteFiles/routes/pdf/904.pdf. The free service was a success, increasing ridership for the three months of service about 500 percent over the same period last year.



Fleet Week Speed Festival 2013
:  Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and support them. Fleet Week San Diego 2013's Speed Festival event was held last weekend, September 21-22, at Naval Air Station North Island. The popular Car Procession through Coronado appeared to have gone off without a hitch. Race cars filled the streets and parking spots around Coronado Rotary Plaza for a few hours. The community appreciates the gathering of vehicles and fans from all over the country. 

Photo courtesy Naval Base Coronado

Residential Standards Improvement Program 3.0:  The City Council asked staff to contact former members of the Residential Standards Improvement Program to see if they would be willing to serve again. Many of the members, who gathered in 2003 and 2009 to update the City's existing development regulations, have indicated interest but some have declined. Interest will be solicited from the public with self-nominations, which will then be submitted to the City Council for consideration.

Special Events Permits
:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, September 28, through Friday, October 4. 





Wedding Ceremony

Bay View Park

September 28

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

September 28

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

September 28

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

September 28

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

September 28


Superfrog Triathlon

SR 75; Silver Strand State Beach

September 29

Video Shoot

Ocean Boulevard; Glorietta Bay Promenade Park; and Centennial Park

September 30

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

October 3

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

October 3



Design Review Commission
:  On Wednesday, September 25, the Design Review Commission approved the exterior design of a proposed four-unit residential condominium at 700 Seventh St on the southeast corner of Seventh Street and G Avenue.


Public Art/Nature's Bridge Brochures
:  The City of Coronado's Community Development Department publishes two handy brochures that take visitors on walking tours of Nature's Bridge, an interpretive trail on the eastern side of the Silver Strand south of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, and of Coronado's Public Art. The brochures have been available for several years at City Hall, Library and the Visitor Center, but have been recently updated. The Coronado Public Art Walking Tour and Nature's Bridge to Discovery may be viewed online on the City's website: www.coronado.ca.us. Check them out.




Coronado Cays Entrance
A third public workshop was held Wednesday evening, September 25, at the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association boardroom to discuss possible improvements to the entrance/bike path crossing. Approximately 60 people attended and were shown 3-D simulations of a conceptual project to remove a portion of the perimeter wall to improve visibility. (See conceptual drawing below). Another conceptual alternative that would reduce the amount of bicycle-vehicle conflicts was a grade separation via a bicycle tunnel going under the entrance road to the Cays. To view the 3-D simulations, visit the City's website or click on the link above or image below.


Bicycle Lanes on Glorietta Boulevard
  A preconstruction meeting was held with the contractor that was awarded the Scenic Bike Loop project. This project will install Class II painted bicycle lanes along both sides of Glorietta Boulevard from the Coronado Tennis Center to Fifth Street. This project is grant funded.


Youth Programs
 This week, the tweens made marshmallow sculptures (see one teen's creations below) and the teens were treated to a movie and snacks. The Teen Librarian also met with the Teen Advisory Board to discuss plans and ideas for teen activities and events.



Brown Bag Piano Concert Series
John Mark Harris, a professor of classical music at local community colleges, was the third performer in the series of concerts being held in the Winn Room at lunch time on Fridays. His recital included classical favorites and original compositions. Here is the full schedule below. Click on the flyer to see a larger version.



San Francisco Estuary Institute
Researchers from the San Francisco Estuary Institute met with the Library Director Christian Esquevin to review the Library's collection of maps. They are studying the Tijuana River Estuary on the U.S. side, as well as portions of the Tijuana River and valley on the Mexican side of the border, with a focus period of 1770-1900.



Annual Terry Bennett Memorial Motor Competition: On Saturday, September 21, Coronado Police Department co-hosted, along with the Chula Vista Police Department and the San Diego County Motor Officers' Association, the 13th annual Terry Bennett Memorial Motor Competition at Silver Strand State Beach. Motorcycle officers from the region, as well as from Arizona and Tijuana, Mexico, participated in the event. Officers competed in the all-day event along a challenging course designed to show off their riding skills. All proceeds will go to the Special Olympics. The Coronado Police Department was well represented by motorcycle Officers Tom Adkins and Tony Graytok.


Motor Officer Tom Adkins                                

Motor Officer Tony Graytok


Accident on the StrandOfficers responded to a multiple-vehicle traffic collision in front of the Naval Amphibious Base at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, September 24. The collision occurred when a can of engine cleaner rolled underneath the brake pedal of a vehicle attempting to stop for traffic.  The individual was unable to apply the brakes and collided with the vehicle in front of him, causing a chain reaction involving three additional vehicles and one motorcyclist, who was unable to stop in time and collided with the original vehicle.  The collisions created heavy traffic delays.


Public Safety Open House:  The 21st annual Public Safety Open House is set for Sunday, October 6. This year, both the Coronado Fire Department and Police Department headquarters will be open for tours. This is a community event for the whole family and a great way to meet your local public safety personnel. There will be dozens of displays from local public safety agencies as well as from around San Diego County. Mark your calendars and we will see you there. Click on the flyer to see a larger version.


Community Teens
:  This week, the Community Teens class headed out to Balboa Park on Monday afternoon to help park rangers with trash maintenance outside the Blind Community Center of San Diego. The students collected more than 1,000 pieces of trash filling three large garbage bags in the Florida Canyon area that leads down to a creek. Next week, Community Teens will be helping with the Halloween Happening preparations for the Community Center.



Kids in the Kitchen:  Fall classes are going strong. On Tuesday, children mixed, measured, diced and chopped ingredients for a meal consisting of meat loaf and mashed potatoes.

Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off
:   On Sunday, September 22, Recreation Services hosted the 2013 Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off at Glorietta Bay Promenade Park. This event was co-sponsored by the City and the Coronado Real Estate Association, with proceeds donated to PAWS of Coronado. Here's a video of the Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off posted to YouTube by local SurfsUpStudio.com's Tony Perri: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuKKoDhyuSE


Club Room and Boathouse Activities:  Last weekend, the Club Room and Boathouse hosted a series of Paddlefit courses for all three of their certification levels. Stand-up paddlers came from as far away as England to expand their paddling instruction knowledge and improve their paddling skills. Among the class of 12 were a local Navy SEAL, a couple of police officers, a Boathouse staff member and many others with backgrounds in many different fields. After a few long days, all new certified instructors left with an extensive knowledge of the sport.


Pomona Roundabout
 The City Council is set to receive a presentation on the revised design for the Pomona Roundabout at its October 15 meeting.

Major Special Events
 The City Council is set to consider at its October 15 meeting approval of the Major Special Events Calendar for the Year 2014 and the adoption of a resolution of those Major Special Events in excess of eight for the year.

Mills Act Applications
 The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing October 15 to consider the applications for Historic Resource Preservation, or Mills Act, Agreements for seven homes.