Weekly Update - 11/8/2013

Date of Record: 2013-11-02



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, November 19, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 


William S. Cronan Memorial:  As Veterans Day approaches, the City of Coronado is highlighting the story of a local but forgotten hero. A memorial bench along a Pomona Avenue parkway tells the story of the late William S. "Willie" Cronan, a longtime Coronado resident who survived a boiler explosion aboard the USS Bennington in 1905. After being blown from the ship in the explosion, Cronan worked tirelessly to help his injured shipmates. The accident killed 66 men, making it one of the Navy's worst peacetime disasters. For his heroism, Cronan was awarded the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for peacetime bravery. The memorial bench is being spruced up and decorated in time for Veterans Day, November 11, to call attention to the site. If you're near the memorial, stop by to pay your respects. The full press release can be found online.

From left, Allante Coleman, seasonal Public Services assistant, Jose Guerrero, Public Services maintenance worker, and David Rodriguez, seasonal assistant, decorate the Cronan memorial bench.


Veterans Day Holiday:  The City of Coronado will be closed on Monday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Most non-public-safety City facilities, including City Hall and the Library, will be closed for the holiday. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed during the holiday for emergency services. Some services and facilities are open, including the Community Center. See full press release online.


Port Commissioner 101 Update:  The City of Coronado hosted a workshop for prospective candidates interested in representing the City on the San Diego Port Commission. Outgoing Coronado Port Commissioner Lou Smith led a discussion about what is expected of a port commissioner. The workshop was held at the Community Center. Applicants for the Port Commission position must be Coronado residents and registered voters within the City of Coronado. The term is four years and begins January 3, 2014. For more information about the position, contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.


More Foster Homes Needed:  A number of dogs and cats still need foster homes as the Coronado Animal Care Facility prepares to temporarily shut down November 18 to deal with a persistent ringworm outbreak. To date, four dogs and 16 cats need temporary, or permanent, homes during the clean-up. After staff members and some animals showed symptoms of the fungal skin infection in September, all animals were treated with a specially medicated shampoo and all kennels were thoroughly cleaned with bleach and hot water. The animal may reopen within 3-4 days of the November 18 closure.



Smoking Ordinance Q&A:  The City of Coronado recently approved new outdoor smoking regulations that will go into effect on January 1, 2014.  The State of California currently prohibits smoking in places of employment indoors, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs. As part of an effort to get the word out about the coming changes, the City has put this Q&A together to help locals and visitors know what will be expected come January. The Q&A can be found on the City's website. If you have any further questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.




Smart Trash Bin Survey:  Have you taken the City's short survey on the new smart trash bin in front of MooTime? The City would like to hear from the community about what you think of the BigBelly Solar trash bin, which may help solve the City's overflow and litter issues. The City has written a press release that contains information about the trash bins. After you have checked it out, let us know what you think by taking this short, informal survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BMD38RL.




Caltrans Filming Permit - Bridge:  The California Department of Transportation has issued a permit for filming on the bridge on Sunday, November 10.  There will be no lane closures. However, intermittent traffic control will be done by the CHP, which will have six units onsite.  The CHP will hold traffic at the toll plaza, outbound from Coronado, and control traffic on Interstate 5 to the connector ramps on the bridge.  Filming time will be five minutes each pass and actual filming should take place from about 6:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  The film crew will be on location beginning at about 4 a.m.



Noise Abatement Complaints:  Residents have reached out to the City in recent days with noise complaints near naval facilities. The Navy, which makes every effort to abate noise when possible, does have contact information for noise complaints. As a reminder, all noise abatement complaints can be directed to (619) 545-8233 or via email at www.cnic.navy.mil/Coronado. All other questions can be directed to Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office at (619) 545-8136.

Special Events Permits:  Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, November 9, through Friday, November 15. 






Spreckels Park

November 9

Film Shoot

Sidewalks between Visalia Row and Guadalupe Avenue


November 10

Video Shoot

South Beach

November 14 &15


Local Appointments List:  Opportunities abound for residents interested in serving Coronado.  The City has current vacancies on a number of exciting boards, commissions and committees. The City is looking for people with a range of perspectives who can commit to one meeting a month.  You don't need to be an expert in any field. The City has many interesting, fun and stimulating boards, commissions and committees. In accordance with Government Code Section 54972, on or before December 31, the City of Coronado must post an annual list of Commissions, Committees and Boards that have members whose terms will expire during the following year. This list must include the names of the incumbents, the date of their appointment and the expiration date of their terms. This list has been published on the City's website. Click on the lists below for a larger image. Please consider applying.



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, November 6, the Historic Resource Commission approved historic designations for the properties addressed as 1202 Glorietta Blvd. and 555 B Ave.

1202 Glorietta Blvd.


555 B Ave.




Tennis Court Repairs at Sixth Street/D Avenue:  This project will repair damaged concrete on the eastern court (Court 1) and resurface both tennis courts using a blue/green color combination. Construction is anticipated to begin in January. Court 1 will be closed for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed before February 21. Court 2 will be closed only during resurfacing operations.



Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping: Activity for the Class II Bike Lane Striping project along Glorietta Boulevard is expected to begin as early as Tuesday, November 12.  The contractor will begin marking out the locations for striping and signage. The marking will not impact parking for residents. However, once striping begins, the work will impact parking and traffic on Glorietta Boulevard in phases, as described in a notification letter sent to residents this week. The letter can be found on the City's website.



Library Exhibit:  The new Library exhibit is titled "Vietnam Today" and features the photographs of Coronado native Patrick Carpenter. The photos show daily life in the Vietnam of today, where Carpenter works in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon.  Objects representing the life of the Vietnamese people also are on display.

A photograph from the new Library exhibit.

Library Lecture:  On Wednesday evening, November 6, Dr. Nicholas Reveles spoke about the operas coming to the San Diego Opera-their stories, music and background.


Youth Programs:  This week, a High School Cooking Class was offered in the Winn Room on Monday afternoon.  Participants made couscous with vegetables, and pumpkin muffins with cream cheese frosting.  On Tuesday, a Tween Craft program was held, and the Teen Book Club met in the Winn Room.



Brown Bag Piano Concert Series:  Today's lunchtime concert features pianist Mark Danisovszky, who will play jazz, theatre and classical works. Click on the image to see a larger version.




Fatal Pedestrian/Vehicle Accident: On Monday, November 4, at 12:47 p.m., the Coronado Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the 1000 block of Ninth Street. Upon their arrival, it was learned that some type of collision occurred between an 89-year-old female pedestrian about mid-block and a slow-moving vehicle exiting the Orange Avenue/D Avenue alley. The pedestrian was diagonally crossing Ninth Street, southbound mid-street as the vehicle turned right out of the alley heading west when the collision occurred. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital, where she later died. At this time the investigation is ongoing, but it has been determined to be a non-alcohol related collision. 


Operation SAFE Heart:  Along with Coronado SAFE, the Recreation Department co-hosted a presentation by Life Coach Cheri Bollmann on Wednesday, November 6, in the Nautilus Room at the Community Center. Ninety parents and 28 children attended the lecture on positive parenting techniques. To assist parents in attendance, Recreation Department staff provided activities for their children, which included games, crafts and competitions.

 Rock climbing activities during presentation


 Parenting presentation

Community Teens
:  Community Teens finished the session on Monday, November 4, with a beach clean-up in Imperial Beach. They started at the southernmost point of the beach and walked all the way to the pier filling trash bags with bottles, cigarette butts and other material that ended up in the sand. Class ended with an hour session of stand-up paddle boarding and an ice cream party at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. The next session of Community Teens begins on Monday, December 2, and will include a clothing drive, holiday preparations, meal service, and more.

Beach clean-up

Clean-ups can be fun


Stand-up paddle boarding after the clean-up

Turkey Coloring Contest:  Thanksgiving came early to the Recreation Department when 158 young artists submitted entries into the annual Turkey Coloring Contest. Picture judging took place this week. Contest prizes will be awarded to the top placing K- 1st graders, 2nd-3rd graders, and 4th-5th graders at the Tuesday, November 19, City Council meeting. All entries are on display in the Community Center lobby.



Adult Kayaking Class:  Last Saturday, Boathouse staff held a basic kayaking class for adults.  The paddlers learned stroke and turning techniques, as well as kayaking safety.  Feedback at the end of the class was very positive.  Boathouse hours of operations have changed to accommodate daylight savings time.  Weekday hours are now: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Weekend hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A "Moonlight Community Paddle" will be held on Friday, November 15, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The cost for this event is $5.