Weekly Update - 1/31/2014

Date of Record: 2014-01-31





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, February 4, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 













Sales Tax Report for Third Quarter 2013:  This week, staff met with its sales tax consultant HdL Companies to review the results of Coronado's July through September 2013 sales. Unlike many other communities that depend heavily on fourth-quarter holiday sales, the City of Coronado's strongest sales quarter is the third quarter, which reflects the busy tourist season. Receipts for the third quarter were up 5.2 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012 but increases were inconsistent. Some businesses' sales were up sharply and others' were flat. The State as a whole was up 3.4 percent. Restaurants are Coronado's biggest sales tax generators. The City's total sales tax budget is $2.8 million. A copy of the Third Quarter Sales Tax Update report, describing Coronado sales by business group as well as state-wide results, can be found on the City's website.  Click on flyer to see the full document.

 Sales Tax







City Council Meeting:  The agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 4, is online. Click here for the complete agenda and here for the outline agenda. Items on the agenda inlcude:

  • Bicycle Advisory Committee Annual Report for 2013
  • 2014 Legislative Policy Guidelines
  • New Citizen Satisfaction Survey update
  • Resolution upholding a Historic Resource Commission decision on 1004 Tenth St.
  • Development Services Agreement between the San Diego Unified Port District and the City re Dock C Reimbursement
  • Update of the City's policy on marked crosswalks
  • Multi-year financial forecast for General Fund and Wastewater Enterprise Fund







State Parks Director Visit:  City officials, Coronado Cays Homeowners Association officials and community members met with State Parks Director Anthony L. Jackson and State Parks Division Chief Rich Rozelle yesterday at City Hall to discuss issues of concern related to the Silver Strand State Beach. Among the topics included the poor condition of the fence along the State Beach near State Route 75, the development of the Silver Strand State Beach Master Plan, and identification of areas of ongoing cooperation between State Parks and Coronado residents. The meeting went well, with all agreeing there is work to be done to improve the aesthetics of the State Beach.


Cyclone fencing south of the Silver Strand State Beach entrance.




Cyclone fencing south of Silver Strand State Beach entrance.






Keeping the Birds Out:  The Public Services Department is experimenting with new lids and covers on downtown trash receptacles to keep out seagulls and other birds. A common complaint from residents is that hungry birds are eating out of trash cans and spreading trash around. It is hoped that new covers will discourage the birds and they will look for their next meal someplace else.







USS Coronado LCS-4 Banners:  New banners have been placed on Orange Avenue light poles from the Hotel del Coronado to about Seventh Street celebrating the commissioning of the USS Coronado.  The Independence-class littoral combat ship will be commissioned April 5.  It will be the fourth ship named after the City of Coronado. Designated LCS 4, Coronado will be designed to defeat near-shore threats and provide access and dominance in coastal waters for missions such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare. The ship will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads that can be changed out quickly. 






EV Charging Station May Get New Jolt of Juice:  City staff, Cays residents and the San Diego Unified Port District, have for the last year been working to develop an electric vehicle charging station in the Cays.  The City has developed EV charging stations at City Hall and at the Little League Field, and the Cays was a natural next location.  But, before the EV charging station could be developed, the private organization responsible to the Department of Energy to develop the EV charging stations in San Diego, Ecotality, declared bankruptcy and the project was placed on hold in November. Now, with a new round of Department of Energy grants available, the successor organization to Ecotality, Car Charging Group, wants to repair the relationship with the City and see if we can reinitiate the project. City staff has expressed interest and is waiting on details.









Paid Parking at the Ferry Landing:  According to officials at the Coronado Ferry Landing Shops, a controlled parking system soon will be installed. The anticipated start date for paid parking is March 1 or sooner. No other details on cost are available but will be posted as soon as they are worked out. Denise Schwab, property manager with the Coronado Ferry Landing, said to insure parking is always available for tenants' customers, Lot 1 will remain uncontrolled. The Coronado Ferry Landing is on San Diego Unified Port District tidelands and the City has no control over the decision to install paid parking or how much will be charged. Schwab said a request for controlled parking was submitted to the Port, which it recently approved.







Rise in Special Event Requests:  During the past few weeks, the City has received at least five requests to hold special events, including race and boating events, as well as other events, in town. The requests ask to use City parks, beach and bike paths. The requests appear to be increasing, more than normal. Generally, the City received a few every month. Special events put a strain on City staff considering them and impacts City facilities, traffic and parking. Many events involve groups of more than 100 people. The City is trying to figure out how to deal with the large numbers of special event requests.






Special Events Permits:  The following are special events issued for beach locations and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, February 1 through Friday, February 7.






Centennial Park

February 1

Birthday Party

Spreckels Park

February 1








Board and Commission Vacancies:  Residents who are registered voters are encouraged to serve on City boards, committees and commissions. People are needed on the Transportation Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on February 7. There also is a vacancy on the Parks & Recreation Commission. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on February 5.  Applications are online.








Port of San Diego Community Workshop:  The San Diego Unified Port District has requested that the City forward this information to the community to help the Port get as much feedback and involvement as possible: Please join the Port of San Diego at a community workshop to help develop a vision for the future of San Diego Bay. This workshop is part of the Port's integrated master planning process and your input is critical to the process. While it is not required, RSVPs are encouraged to help the Port plan these events. Please RSVP and get more information at http://portforall.org/get-involved-2/. Community workshops will be held:


February 18

B Street Cruise Ship Terminal

1140 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego CA

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

(Parking is available on the Pier)


February 19

Norman Park Center

270 F St, Chula Vista, CA

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.







Planning Commission: At the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, January 28, commissioners:

  1. elected Harry DeNardi as Chair and Sheryl Rosander as Vice-Chair;
  2. approved a Variance and Coastal Permit to allow a reduced front- and side-yard setback for an addition/remodel or the demolition and construction of a new single-family dwelling for a small triangular shaped lot at 1001 Loma Ave.;
  3. recommended to the City Council adoption of amendments to the zoning ordinance and Orange Avenue Corridor Specific Plan to implement recommended programs of the General Plan Housing Element related to special needs housing; and
  4. recommended to the City Council approval of a Tentative Subdivision map at 1106 Fourth St. for conversion of a historically designated apartment building to condominiums.


1106 Fourth 

1106 Fourth St.




















Cays Force Main Internal Inspection & AVA Replacement Project:  Bids from companies seeking to complete the Cays Force Main Internal Inspection and Air Vacuum Assembly Replacement project are due February 26. The project involves installing inspection/bypass ports that will allow future inspections as well as a long-haul camera to videotape the interior conditions of the sanitary sewer force main. The condition of the interior of the pipeline, which pumps the sewage under pressure as opposed to by gravity, is unknown. That is a concern given the age of the pipeline. The project also will include replacement of all air-release valves along the pipeline that have deteriorated due to the corrosive environment. Pieces of the pipeline will be cut out and sent in for analysis.   This important force main carries all the wastewater generated in the Cays to the Glorietta Pump Station located in Glorietta Park; where it is then eventually pumped under San Diego Bay and into the San Diego system for treatment.  Once awarded, the project is expected to take approximately 45 working days to complete.







Wastewater Master Plan Update and Wastewater Fee Study:  A request for proposals was issued this week seeking qualified consultants to provide the City with an update to its Wastewater Master Plan as well as an analysis of current wastewater fees.  Proposals are due February 18. As part of the plan update and fee study, the City is seeking:

  • a comprehensive review of its wastwater collection system to evaluate its condition;
  • a model of the collection system detailing flow rates and available capacity;
  • an evaluation of the collection system and development of a wastewater capital improvement program that identifies deficiencies and recommends improvements; and
  • a review of all sewer-related fees and fee structures to ensure revenues are collected in an equitable manner. 















Beach Erosion:   A large amount of sand has been washed away at South Beach as a result of large surf and high tides over the past week. As the sand erodes, several objects and some debris have been exposed including the double wall near the jetty, the first sign of the Monte Carlo shipwreck, several Pismo clams, and some charred wood left over from some long buried remnants of beach fires. Beach Lifeguards will be placing temporary signage on shore near the exposed shipwreck to remind beachgoers of the hazards. With more high surf expected, there will most likely be more beach erosion. The sand should return in the summer, as this erosion and replacement is a natural seasonal cycle.



Sand eroding from the beach, creating small cliffs at South Beach.


Erosion 2 

Part of the Monte Carlo shipwreck appearing near the water after beach erosion at South Beach.



A double wall near the jetty in front of the Hotel del Coronado that is normally buried.



A Pismo clam uncovered at South Beach due to beach erosion.






















Youth Programs:  A “Tween Craft” program, at which Chinese lanterns were made, was held on Tuesday, January 28, in the Ruby Room.  The Teen Advisory Group met on Tuesday.  A Teen “Cooking Challenge” program was held on Wednesday, January 29.  The teens vied to make the most unique tostada.  The Junior Volunteers met on Thursday, January 30.

Chinese Lantern 







Water Outage:  California American Water inadvertently shut off water to the Library on Wednesday, January 29, while working on another project.  Water service was restored relatively quickly.







Sacred Heart Visit:  Students from Sacred Heart Parish School brought cookies to the Library as part of Catholic Schools Week.  A group from Sacred Heart also visited City Hall yesterday.









Friends' Gala:  The Coronado Friends of the Library's gala fundraising event, “You're Overdue for a Visit,” is set for Friday, February 7. The event will be held at the Library and will have catered food, wine and beer, as well as entertainment. A cake walk will be held in the Winn Room, and promoting the Library will be part of the program. This will include demonstrations of the Coronado PhotoAtlas, a web-based resource that displays current and historical image of Coronado places as located by their street address; and a showing of several “special collections” such as old Coronado High School yearbooks, historical photos of the Navy in Coronado, rare maps and charts, Hotel del Coronado ephemera, old sheet music, and Ramos Martinez/La Avenida photos and mural memorabilia. Tickets are $50 each. See the flyer below for more information.


Library Gala 




















Animal Care Facility Update:   Animal Care Facility officials have reported that the results of a 14-day culture testing for ringworm have come back negative. Two weeks ago, two animals were tested after one was found to have a possible ringworm lesion. Officials immediately isolated or removed the animals from the Animal Care Facility, cleaned out the rooms where they had been kept and ran tests while the facility remained open for visits and relinquishments. The City continues to keep a close watch on the facility's animals.



















Caltrans Water Main Break:   On Friday, January 24, a 6-inch waterline in the California Department of Transportation right of way ruptured. The waterline is between State Route 75 and the bike path as you head west toward the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Public Services was notified of the rupture and contacted Caltrans. The waterline is temporally shut down as Caltrans and California American Water work to repair the line. The repairs should be completed next week.  There were no impacts to City facilities.


Caltrans Break

Caltrans Break2




















Community Teens:  Community Teens concluded its session this week with a beach clean-up in Ocean Beach. The teens enjoyed the scenery as they filled three trash bags full of discarded waste. The teens were treated to ice cream at the end of class. The next session of Community Teens begins on Monday, February 10. Registration is currently open.











Friday Night on the Town:  Tonight, teen staff will take teens to Dave and Busters in Mission Valley for Friday Night on the Town. Participants will get dinner, an hour of arcade games and some free time. After the event, participants will get dropped off at home. Our next Friday Night on the Town will be Friday, April 11, at SkyZone in Chula Vista. Sign up now.


Friday Night








New Boathouse HoursWith the beginning of Coronado Recreation's Winter/Spring season, the Boathouse will be changing its hours of operation.  Beginning February 1, the hours of operation for Boathouse members/users are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 10 a.m., then from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday, hours will be 7 to 11 a.m., then from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, hours will be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.









Pool Bulkhead Valve Break:  On Saturday, January 25, a valve from a compressor broke as staff was attempting to fill the bulkhead with air to move it from the 25-yard configuration to the 50-meter set up. Without air, the bulkhead cannot be moved and stayed put until Tuesday, January 28, when staff members were able to locate the needed parts and install them. Regular swimmers were relieved when the Aquatics Center opened Wednesday, January 29, with the normal 50-meter configuration.









Upcoming Meetings:  
  • Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • City Council will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, at City Hall.
  • Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, at City Hall.
  • Coronado Tourism Improvement District meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at City Hall.
  • Cultural Arts Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, at City Hall.