Weekly Update - 12/13/2013back
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
Port Commissioner Appointed: Local resident Garry Bonelli will begin a four-year term on the San Diego Unified Port District Board of Commissioners representing Coronado beginning January 3, 2014. Bonelli is replacing Lou Smith, who was appointed to the Port Commission Board in 2009. Smith announced in October he would not seek a second term. Bonelli and four other strong candidates, all local residents who submitted applications, were interviewed by the City Council Tuesday, December 10, after which Bonelli was appointed Port Commissioner. Bonelli said he looks forward to working to better Coronado and the Port with his fellow commissioners, the Port's tenants, community groups and the Navy.
Traffic Calming Workshop: On Monday, December 9, the City held its first public workshop for a traffic calming study for Third and Fourth streets. More than 100 residents attended the meeting at the Community Center and heard a presentation on how the City is working with the Navy to reduce traffic volumes; the history of speed limits on Third and Fourth; how speed limits are established; an overview of the City's traffic circulation plan; an explanation of traffic enforcement activities and resources; and the results of a resident survey on possible traffic calming solutions for Third and Fourth streets. Throughout the 2.5-hour workshop, residents were able to ask questions and make comments or suggestions on how to improve the Third and Fourth Street Corridor. The next step in the process will be for the City to develop a scope of services and solicit proposals from consultants to look at traffic calming solutions for these roadways.
Employee of the Quarter: Kim Godby, a Wastewater/Storm Drains Supervisor, has been selected as the City's Employee of the Quarter for the period of October-December 2013. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of City employees. Kim has worked for the City for 19 years and was nominated for her professionalism and leadership "not often found in the field." Her co-workers said her best attribute is her eagerness to jump in and solve problems, even if they are outside her responsibility. She also is willing to share her vast knowledge of the City's infrastructure and experiences with others Kim was recognized for her efforts on Tuesday.
No Smoking Ordinance: On January 1, the City's new smoking ordinance goes into effect. The ordinance bans smoking on most public property, on public or private property within 25 feet of an enclosed building and on private property that is open to the public. The City is working to get the word out. We have created a webpage with more information and sample signs that the public can display. It includes a Q&A that explains in detail where smoking is no longer allowed. The City soon will be posting new signs in the business district and at City parks, and publishing the Q&A as an insert in the December 18 edition of the Coronado Eagle and Journal newspaper. If you have any further questions, please contact the City Manager's Office at (619) 522-7335.
Free Downtown Parking: The City of Coronado offers free, two-hour parking in the commercial zones during the holidays. Through a request from the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, the City has "bagged" the meters through December 27. It is hoped that the loss of expected meter revenue will be offset by increased patronage at our downtown shops. Time limits will be enforced.
Navy Concrete Pours/Re-paving Work: Naval Base Coronado has informed the City that it will have two large concrete placements at the Fleet Readiness Center's new maintenance hangar next week. One will be a placement on Monday, December 16, of approximately 400 cubic yards. The other one will be approximately 300 cubic yards on Friday, December 20. The Navy said it expects about 12 trucks per hour for every 100 cubic yards of concrete starting at about 4:30 a.m. both days. The trucks will use the main Stockdale gate. The Navy said there likely will be up to six more large concrete placements in early January. Additionally, the Navy said First Street Gate 2 will be temporarily closed for re-paving work from December 23 through January 3, 2014. Detour signs will be in place during construction.
Special Events Permits: Special events permits issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, December 14, through Friday, December 20.
Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, the Design Review Commission approved 1) a new landscape plan for the Glorietta Bay Condominiums at 1601-1625 Glorietta Blvd. and 1600-1638 Pomona Ave.; 2) the addition of mechanical equipment with screen walls to the roof of Sharp Coronado Hospital above the private pharmacy; and 3) new signs and an awning for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties at 955 Orange Ave. and 101 Orange Ave. The Commission also selected Commissioners John Turpit and Bill Gise to participate in the Senior Center Advisory Committee.
Glorietta Boulevard Bike Lane Striping: The contractor completed the installation of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon assembly and bike lane signs. The paint striping of the bike lanes is underway and near completion. Further traffic control impacts along Glorietta Boulevard are not expected at this time. By design, the new traffic lanes are 10 feet wide. Responding to concerns from residents about speeding along Glorietta Boulevard, the City introduced the narrower lanes that help encourage drivers to slow down and proceed cautiously.
Safe Routes to School: Work is scheduled to begin next week on the Safe Routes to School project. The contractor will begin striping the bike lanes along Sixth Street, while work in the school zone area will be performed on Saturdays or during the school's winter break session to reduce the impacts to students and their school activities. Residents along Sixth Street have been notified of the upcoming work, and "No Parking" signs will be posted along Sixth Street. Parking restrictions will be limited to one side of the street at any given time while the project is in progress.
Christmas Eve Gift Deliveries: Coronado Rotary members and the Coronado Fire Department are working together to make Christmas Eve deliveries to Coronado children. Those who would like a Rotary Santa to deliver a small wrapped gift to a child at their home on December 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. must bring the gift labeled with the child's name and address to the Main Fire Department, 1001 Sixth St., weekdays from December 9 to 4 p.m. on December 20. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift for a child in need, which will be donated through Father Joe's Villages. See flyer below for more information.
Friends of the Library: The Board of the Friends of the Library met on Monday, December 9. The Friends will be having a mini-book sale tomorrow at the rear of the Library adjacent to the Second Hand Prose Book Shop. The Friends are also planning for the fundraising event, "You Are Overdue at the Library," on February 7 to be held at the Library.
Library Board: The Library Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, December 10. The Board is looking forward to the party this evening at the Library, and the opportunity to thank the many volunteers who work throughout the year.
Library Play: Yesterday, the Library Junior Volunteers presented "Trouble in Toyland," a holiday play for all ages.
Holiday Concert: The Victorian Handbell Quartet will perform a concert of holiday favorites tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room. The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Police Recognize Community Partners: This week, Chief Jon Froomin, on behalf of the Coronado Police Department, personally presented certificates of appreciation to two members of the community for their crime fighting assistance. Both community members provided the Police Department with photographs of suspects who were responsible for two unrelated criminal events. One was a case of vandalism to a building, and the other was a theft from a neighbor's porch. In the second incident, the resident also photographed the suspect's vehicle and license plate. Both promptly provided the information to the Police Department leading to the quick identification of the people responsible for the crimes.
Shop with a Cop: On Saturday, December 7, officers from the Police Department participated in the 20th annual Shop with a Cop San Diego event. The event began at Sea World, where 300 officers were paired with 300 underprivileged youth from throughout San Diego County. They were all treated to breakfast and a show provided by Sea World, and then the officers took the children on a $100 shopping spree at Target.
(Officers L-R) Commander Mike Lawton, Chief Jon Froomin, Reserve Sergeant Bard Laabs
Law Enforcement Annual Teddy Bear Drive: Coronado Police, along with law enforcement agencies from around San Diego County, participated in delivering teddy bears and stuffed animals to Rady Children's Hospital on Tuesday, December 10, for the 23rd annual Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. This annual event started in Coronado in 1990 with 12 bears being delivered in one police vehicle and has grown to 70,000 stuffed animals being delivered this year with the help of countless donors. The event supports sick children throughout the year.
Mo Goetechis and the Coronado Soroptimist Club collected more than 40 bears this year.
Fire Ring Update: Last week's fire ring update reported that the excavated sand had been sifted. However, while the sand remains safely stockpiled it has yet to be sifted. Public Services crews are evaluating the best equipment to complete the sifting. It should be sifted and redistributed in the coming weeks. The excavation work, prompted by a citizen's complaints, included digging out the fire ring area 12 to 18 inches deep and placing skimmed sand from other parts of the beach in the excavated area.
Holiday Parade: The Recreation Department took a trip to Whoville with their "Merry Grinchmas" float in Coronado's 38th annual Coronado Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6. Parade participants were children from the Recreation Department's after school classes and middle school students in Team SAFE.
Youth Basketball League: The first games of the Youth Basketball League started on Saturday, December 7, with 102 players and spectators filling the gym to watch the 14 teams play. The league continues through February.
Snow Mountain: Many people marked the beginning of the holiday season with Snow Mountain at the Coronado Ferry Landing on December 6. The City's Recreation Department set up shop near the 60 tons of snow on Snow Mountain and had face painting, crafts, a prize wheel, jump houses, cookie decorating and other treats, entertainment and visit from Santa. Thanks to the San Diego Unified Port District, which funded the snow and helped promote the more than 30 shops and restaurants at the Ferry Landing, revelers not only could build a snowman but they also could shop for holiday gifts and greet Santa who arrived by ferry. Merchants offered hot cocoa and live music. Snow Mountain was the largest it's ever been.
Letters to Santa: The North Pole Express mailbox leaves the Community Center today. To date, staff has received approximately 30 letters to Santa in the 10 days the mailbox has been at the Community Center. Each letter will receive a personalized response from Santa.
Breakfast with Santa: The Recreation Department will be hosting the annual "Breakfast with Santa" event on Saturday, December 14, at 8 a.m. and again at 10 a.m. in the Nautilus Banquet Room at the Community Center.This event includes a pancake breakfast, holiday crafts, activities and a visit from Santa himself. To check if there is space available to attend, contact the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.
Teen Cuisine: The Teen Cuisine class started last week with teens cooking up a storm, including pasta, bacon and cheddar pin wheels, and birthday cake in a mason jar to celebrate a couple of recent birthdays. The class still has spaces available and is perfect for beginners or those who want to brush up on their cooking skills.
Community Teens: This week in Community Teens, participants helped the Recreation Department prepare for the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Teens assembled craft bags, stuffed goodie bags for children and tied cutlery together. A lot of work goes into this annual and successful event, and the teens have made a tremendous difference with their help.
Tennis Center: The United States Tennis Association has offered to pay to have "blended lines" added to the following tennis courts: Tennis Center Courts 6 and 7; Cays Courts 3 and 4; and High School Courts 1, 2 and 3, with the permission of the School District. Blended lines are for tennis players ages 10 and under using 60-foot courses. Blended lines have been added to many tennis facilities over the past five years. The courts are scheduled to be lined this week. USTA Jr. Team Tennis for the fall season has just ended and four out of seven Coronado teams came in second place, with the 14 satellite teams earning a wildcard into the Southern California Sectionals to be played in the desert on January 11-12. Other second place teams may be offered wildcards if a qualifying team is unable to attend.
Ride the Lights Bike Event: Ride the Lights Coronado is December 15. Open to bicyclists of all ages. Decorate your bike, get your headlights and helmets on and meet at Walgreens at 4:45 p.m. Santa will lead the holiday spin to cocoa and cookies.
ON THE HORIZON
Council Meeting: The next City Council meeting is set for December 17. It will be the last meeting of 2013. Items planned for consideration include: Presentation of outgoing Port Commissioner Lou Smith; swearing in of the new Port Commissioner; Report on the Bike Corrals trial; Summer Shuttle evaluation; and Golf Course rates.