Weekly Update - 11/15/2013back
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.
CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE
New Arts Administrator: The City has named local arts supporter and community volunteer Kelly Purvis to the new Arts Administrator position for Coronado's Cultural Arts Commission. Purvis has volunteered countless hours over the years to various Coronado organizations, including recent work with the Cultural Arts Commission and Coronado Arts Forum Committee. She will assist the Cultural Arts Commission in fulfilling its mission to strengthen, coordinate and connect the arts with the citizens of Coronado. This is the first time Coronado has had a position dedicated to coordinating and promoting the arts.
City Clerk: Interviews have been held with eight candidates for the executive position of City Clerk. Coronado City Clerk Linda Hascup has announced she is retiring at the end of the year. The City Clerk is charged with recording the official proceedings of the city and maintaining its records. The position is appointed, not elected. An announcement may be made in the next few weeks.
Port/City Regulations: The City has held recent meetings with the San Diego Unified Port District to discuss enforcement of City and Port regulations within the City of Coronado, particularly with regard to alcohol consumption. The Port has said it will be more assertive in controlling alcohol on the City's beaches and other tideland areas, including at the Coronado Ferry Landing and Tidelands Park. The City will work with the Port to ensure a coordinated effort to enforce City and Port regulations.
Employee of the Quarter: Sandy Downes, administrative secretary in the Recreation Department, has been selected the recipient of the City's Employee of the Quarter award for the period July-September 2013. She has worked for the City since 1984 and was nominated by her co-workers who said she knows all the answers to their questions or knows where to get them quickly. Her co-workers also said Sandy "embodies what the Recreation Department is all about."
Port Commissioner Deadline: The deadline to submit an application for Coronado's Port Commissioner is November 22. 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.
Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5K: The Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5K will be held on Sunday, November 17. Starting at 7 a.m., approximately 4,000 runners will leave Sunset Park near Naval Air Station North Island, and travel south on Ocean Boulevard to the Silver Strand. Runners will continue south on State Route 75 into Imperial Beach. To facilitate the runners running on SR-75, Coronado Police will shut down the southbound side of SR-75. The traffic diversion will go into effect at approximately 6:30 a.m. Traffic will be diverted onto the northbound lanes of SR-75. There will be a single lane in each direction on the northbound side, delineated by traffic cones. A temporary speed limit reduction of 45 mph also will be in effect. Motorists should anticipate only slight delays. The event should conclude around noon.
Signs in front of the Coronado Shores warning of no parking for the Silver Strand Half
William S. Cronan Memorial Update: On Veterans Day, November 11, Naval Base Coronado Capt. Christopher Sund and Coronado Historical Association Executive Director Bruce Linder met with CBS8 for this story on William S. Cronan, a local Medal of Honor recipient. Here is the video: http://www.cbs8.com/story/23936413/local-medal-of-honor-recipient-remembered.
Power Outage: The City of Coronado is helping to get the word out about a planned SDG&E power outage scheduled for Monday, November 18, at 8 p.m. The outage is expected to last up to 10 hours and will affect a small area near City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. SDG&E officials say the outage is necessary to replace cable and a switch in the area. The work will be performed weather permitting and barring any other unforeseen circumstances. The outage will affect two traffic signals under the control of the State Department of Transportation at the following intersections: Silver Strand Way at Avenida de las Arenas and Strand Way at Pomona Avenue. For more details, read thispress release posted on the City's website.
Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, November 16, through Friday, November 22.
North Cays Park
Silver Strand Half Marathon
Sunset Park; Ocean Blvd.; SR75
Planning Commission: On Tuesday, November 12, the Coronado Planning Commission approved an application for a variance to construct a single-story room addition in a required front-yard setback area. The variance allows for the addition to be located five feet from the front property line for the property addressed as 440 Adella Lane.
Tennis Court Repairs at Sixth Street/D Avenue: A recommendation regarding the award of a construction contract for tennis court repairs at Sixth Street and D Avenue is expected to be presented to the City Council at the December 3 meeting.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 only be closed during resurfacing operations.
Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping: The contractor began construction this week with the installation of new sign posts along Glorietta Boulevard. No parking impacts have resulted from this work. However, staff believes that beginning sometime next week, temporary parking restrictions will be required in order to accommodate construction. "No Parking" signs will be posted a minimum of 72 hours ahead of any such restrictions. In the images below, crews are beginning work to install Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons at Glorietta Boulevard and Sixth Street. Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons are traffic safety warning devices that use LED lights to emit rapid flashing lights to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Third/Fourth Street Traffic Calming Survey, Workshop: The City will host a public workshop December 9 to solicit community input on how to improve traffic calming along Third and Fourth streets. The input will help form a study to identify strategies to reduce speed and traffic on the busy roadways. The community's input is also sought on a survey asking for an evaluation of the traffic issues on Third and Fourth streets and potential strategies for addressing them. Please click on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8PC2QW and take the survey by November 24. The results will be discussed at the workshop.
CPR, CERT Schedules 2014: CPR classes are taught by Coronado Fire Personnel and are held in the Emergency Operations Center at 700 Orange Ave. The 2014 CPR schedule has been recently added to the Fire Department webpage. The class covers adult, child and infant CPR as well as Automated External Defibrillator training. The fee is $25. Participants receive an American Heart Association book and CPR card. The webpage also includes the Department's 2014 Community Emergency Response Team schedule. CERT is a program that trains citizens to prepare for and respond safely to disasters. The goal is to better prepare the community for disasters and to help serve neighborhoods when emergency services are overwhelmed.
Youth Programs: This week, a craft program was held for children on Tuesday, November 12, where children made Native American headbands. The Teen Wednesday program featured a craft session at which "Hunger Games District Key Chains" were made. The Spanish language story hour was held on Thursday, November 14, and the Toddler and Pre-school Story Hours were held on Tuesday, November 12, and Friday, November 15.
Brown Bag Piano Concert Series: Today's lunchtime concert features classical music by Vania Pimentel. Here's the list of Brown Bag Piano concerts. There is only one more concert left after today's concert.
Coronado Historical Association/Library Joint Program: The Coronado Historical Association and the Coronado Library will present a program today featuring pianist and storyteller Jacqui Silver. Silver will perform a musical story recounting the history of the Hotel del Coronado and Tent City. The program will be held in the Winn Room starting at 5:30 p.m.
Animal Care Facility Closure: The Coronado Animal Care Facility will shut down as scheduled on Monday, November 18, to deal with a persistent ringworm outbreak. All of the animals have found foster or permanent homes. The facility is set to reopen within one week.
Smart Trash Bin Survey: The City's test period for the smart trash bin in front of MooTime is nearly over. Read more about the BigBelly in this press release.What do you think of the BigBelly Solar trash bin? It's not too late to let us know by taking this this short, informal survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BMD38RL.
Friday Night on the Strand: Tonight, the Teen Department will host its last Friday Night on the Strand until January. The theme for the night is "Pajama Party" and activities will include a prize for the most fun pajamas, a game called pillow polo, an ice cream cookie sandwich station, make your own cereal necklaces, and more. The movie showing will be the "Nightmare Before Christmas." The first 24 students will receive a door prize, with a chance to win a free pass to a future Friday Night on the Strand event. A good turnout is expected as this is one of the last big teen events before heading into the holidays.
Banquet Room Event: The Community Center's Nautilus Room hosted State Sen. Marty Block's Community Forum on Saturday, November 9. Approximately 25 people attended.
Basketball Skills Assessment: In preparation for the annual Youth Basketball League, Coronado Recreation staff hosted two skills assessment days on Wednesday and Thursday, November 13 and 14. Interested basketball players in third through sixth grade came to the Community Center gym to demonstrate their passing, shooting and dribbling skills. This assists staff in creating evenly balanced teams, and encourages parents to register in advance for the league that starts Tuesday, December 3.
ON THE HORIZON
Thanksgiving Holiday: The City of Coronado will be closed November 28 and 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some City facilities, including the Community Center, will be open with varying hours. A complete list of closures will be published on the City's website next week.