Weekly Update - 11/1/2013

Date of Record: 2013-11-01



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, November 5, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 


Burglary Suspect Arrest:  Yesterday morning, police detectives along with the San Diego Police Department's SWAT unit conducted a search warrant in San Diego and arrested Jasen Elliott Harris for possession of stolen property. Harris was arrested in connection with the recent burglary series in the east portion of the Coronado village. Additional criminal charges are pending. 

Port Commissioner 101:  The City of Coronado will host a workshop for prospective candidates interested in representing the City on the San Diego Port Commission. Outgoing Coronado Port Commissioner Lou Smith will lead the workshop, which is set for 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, at the Coronado Community Center, Sand Dollar Room, 1845 Strand Way. Smith, who recently announced he will not seek a second term, will discuss what is expected of a port commissioner. Applicants must be residents and registered voters within the City of Coronado. The term is four years and begins January 3, 2014. For more information, contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.

Currents Volume 34:  The latest issue of the Coronado Currents newsletter has hit local mailboxes. If you didn't get one mailed to your home, there are copies at City Hall. Those outside the City may view the newsletter online. This issue contains stories on the City's urban forest; Coronado Police Lt. Frank S. Greene, who was killed in the line of duty 59 years ago; and updates on important City projects, including the Wayfinding Sign Project and the Senior Center Project. Click on the image below to read the newsletter.



Halloween: Police Senior Volunteers and Explorers handed out candy and crime prevention literature to trick-or-treaters in front of the Police Station on Halloween from 3 to 5 p.m.


New Street Signs for the Coronado Cays:  Public Services staff have designed and manufactured approximately 80 new street signs for the complete replacement of all street signs in the Coronado Cays. The installation process began this week, and should be completed by the second week of November. 


Foster Homes Needed:  The Coronado Animal Care Facility is set to temporarily shut down November 18 to deal with a persistent ringworm outbreak. Foster homes are needed for healthy and infected animals during the closure. The Animal Care Facility was quarantined in early September after staff members and some animals showed symptoms of the fungal skin infection. All animals in the facility were treated with a specially medicated shampoo and all kennels were thoroughly cleaned with bleach and hot water. Due to the ringworm outbreak, new animals admitted to the facility have been kept isolated. PAWS of Coronado and Coronado CARES, two local animal welfare groups, have pledged to help the City find foster homes for the 21 cats and nine dogs at the facility. Once that is done, the Animal Care Facility will be thoroughly sanitized. The full press release is on the City's website.

Smart Trash Bin Test:  Have you seen the new smart trash bin in front of MooTime? It's a BigBelly Solar trash bin the City of Coronado is testing. It may be the solution to overflow and litter issues. Read all about the BigBelly in this press release on the City's website. Please check it out and let us know what you think by taking this short, informal survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BMD38RL.


Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, November 2, through Friday, November 8. 





Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

November 2

Girl Scout Gathering

North Beach

November 3

Video Shoot

South Beach

November 5 & 6



Youth Programs:  This week, a children's craft was held on Tuesday, October 29, in the Children's Library, where kids made Halloween finger puppets.  Also this week, the Teen Advisory Board met on Tuesday, October 29, and a teen "Book Jeopardy" was held on Wednesday, October 29. Here are some photos of the Library's Halloween Party from Friday, October 25, which was a success. 


Flute Guild:  At 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, the San Diego Flute Guild will give a recital in the Winn Room, playing solo flute, flute and piano, and flute ensembles.

Brown Bag Piano Concert SeriesToday's lunchtime concert featured a classical piano concert performed by pianist Diane Snodgrass. Here's a list of the Brown Bag concerts to come. Click on the flyer for a larger version.



DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint:  Starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, and lasting until 4 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, officers from the Coronado Police Department, along with deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, as well as Police Officers from San Diego, Chula Vista, Escondido, National City, Oceanside, and the San Diego County Probation Department, conducted a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint for eastbound traffic in the 1400 block of G Street, in downtown San Diego. A total of 3,355 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, with 1,787 vehicles being screened in the primary inspection area. Thirty-one vehicles were sent to the secondary screening area, with 28 drivers being evaluated for driving under the influence. Twelve drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, three drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed, and one person was cited for having an open container of alcohol in their vehicle. Twelve vehicles were towed. The drivers who did not have a valid driver's license were able to provide a licensed driver to drive their vehicles from the checkpoint, as per California Assembly Bill 353. The checkpoint was funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day Results:  This past Saturday, October 26, the Coronado Police Department accepted 64 pounds of unused prescription drugs from the public.



Neighborhood Watch MeetingTuesday evening, October 29, Police Chief Jon Froomin and Community Relations staff members met with neighbors on Pine Street to discuss neighborhood safety and other crime prevention techniques. To find out more about Neighborhood Watch, call Community Relations at (619) 522-7370.



Urban Runoff Plan: Public Services staff submitted the Jurisdictional Urban Runoff Management Plan annual report to the Regional Water Quality Control Board this week. The plan encompasses citywide programs and activities designed to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution within Coronado's boundaries.  Submittal of this important document is one component of the City's requirements under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for stormwater. 





Halloween Happening:  This year's Halloween event was a great success, with lots of goblins and ghouls enjoying the carnival and Haunted House.  Middle school children had a blast dancing the night away at the Halloween Haunt.


Youngsters walking through the Haunted Big Top.




Safety Duck, the Recreation Department mascot, entertains children at the Halloween Carnival.

Recreation Staff about to take their posts for the Halloween Happening event.


Teens enjoying "The Haunt" aka Middle School Dance


Community Teens:  On Monday, October 28, the Community Teens class headed to the Coronado Retirement Village to have a Halloween party and help the residents paint festive pumpkins to put in their rooms. The teens had a great time sitting with and getting to know the residents, and the residents said they could not wait for them to come back. Community Teens concludes next week with a beach clean-up. There are some spots are still available. Call (619) 522-7342 to sign up.


Painting pumpkins to decorate rooms.

Group painting and socializing.

Great discussions and pumpkin painting.


Friday Night on the Town:  Friday Night on the Town is an event that takes teens out of Coronado to do a fun activity. Tonight, teens and Recreation staff members will go to Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline center, to jump for an hour, followed by dinner at In-N-Out Burger.  Staff members drop off each teen at his or her front doorstep when they return to Coronado, which is very much appreciated by the parents. Friday Night on the Town is one of the more popular events and fills up fast.


Teen Movie Night:  On Saturday, November 2, staff will host a movie night at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse for teens. Teen movie nights are free and run from 6 to 9 p.m.  This Saturday's movie will be "Blades of Glory." Popcorn is included, and teens are welcome to bring outside food and beverages.

Pool Closure
:  The Aquatics Center will be closed from Monday, December 2, through Friday, December 6, to replace the Recreation Pool heater and to replace the current chemical feed pumps with a new system that is fully contained, will have fewer leak incidents and requires less maintenance.


Tennis:  The Coronado Tennis Center is hosting seven USTA Jr. Team Tennis Teams with eight children per team. These teams have volunteer parent coaches and professionals. We are in the middle of the season and Coronado teams are doing well. The Coronado Tennis Association hosted the Ghosts and Goblins mixer this past Sunday, October 27.  Players came in costume. Session B of the Jr. Program, with more than 100 participants, is coming to an end this week. The new Tennis Center website is a huge help with getting information out to the tennis players. On November 16 and 17, the City will be hosting a USTA-sanctioned novice tournament, and on November 29, the Coronado Tennis Association will host the annual Family Turkey Trot Round Robin.


Pickleball:  Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports both indoors and outdoors. Pickleball is described as being a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It's often played on a shortened tennis court with paddles and a Wiffle ball. There will be Pickleball gym time at the Community Center, every Thursday beginning, October 31, through Thursday, December 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $4 for residents, and $5 for nonresidents. Everyone is welcome to come give it a try. Soft-soled sneakers are required.


Veteran's Day:  The Veteran's Day holiday is coming up. In observance of the holiday, most City facilities will be closed on Monday, November 11. A full list of City closures will be posted next week on the City's website.

Toll Plaza Improvements:  The City Council is set to hear a presentation on the Toll Plaza Improvements concept at it November 5 meeting.

Dock C Option Selection:   At the City Council meeting November 5, City staff members will request that  the City Council select a preferred option for Dock C and Free Public Dock for CEQA processing and permit approval.

Golf Course Update:  The City Council will receive a report on Golf Course operations at its November 5 meeting.

Port Commissioner Vacancy:  The City Council will confirm the selection process for a San Diego Unified Port District Port Commissioner at its meeting November 5. Coronado's Port Commissioner Lou Smith has announced he will not seek a second term.