Weekly Update - 2/7/2014back
CITY MANAGER'S WEEKLY UPDATE
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
Navy Noise Alert: The Navy will conduct training Sunday, February 9, at about 8:30 p.m. near the San Diego Bay and Silver Strand beach. Expect to hear 50-caliber blank gunfire during training. The Navy recognizes the importance of being good neighbors. Noise complaints can be directed to (619) 545-8233.
USS Coronado Youth Poster Contest: All Coronado school children, from kindergarteners to high school seniors, are invited to enter a poster contest commemorating the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the USS Coronado. The contest asks students to create a poster which reflects pride in Coronado and the U.S. Navy, and welcomes the USS Coronado. The contest is sponsored by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, VFW Post 2422 and the USS Coronado Commissioning Committee. Entries are due February 20. Winners will be honored at the March 18 Coronado City Council meeting. The posters will be displayed at the commissioning ceremony April 5. Prizes will be awarded. For information, visit coronadoarts.com or local schools. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter. For questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USS Coronado will be commissioned on April 5.
Above and below: Images of USS Coronado banners hanging along Orange Avenue.
Special Events Permits: The following are special events issued for beach and parks scheduled to be held from Saturday, February 8, through Friday, February 14.
Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration Project: The Accessible Pedestrians Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration Project was advertised this week with bids due on February 27. The project will include installation of pedestrian countdown indicators at all signalized intersections to inform pedestrians of the time remaining to cross the street. In addition, the pedestrian push buttons will provide audible indications as to when it is safe to cross the street. The project also will include striping modifications and signal adjustments to improve the operation and efficiency of the traffic signal at the intersection of Tenth Street and Orange Avenue. Once construction begins, it will take about 45 days to complete.
Countdown timer similar to those that soon will be installed at Coronado traffic signals.
Third and Fourth Street Traffic Calming: The City is seeking traffic engineering consultants to analyze the Third and Fourth Streets couplet and develop traffic calming and mobility-enhancing strategies for this major traffic corridor. This study is a followup action to the public workshop that was held on December 9, 2013. Additional community workshops are planned to solicit input and keep residents informed. Proposals from traffic engineering consultants are due by February 28.
Youth Programs: A “Kids' Valentine Craft” was held on Tuesday, where the participants made a pouch to hold their Valentine cards. A high school cooking class was held on Monday, February 3, and the Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, February 4. The Teen program on Wednesday, February 5, was the Games & Grub session.
Above and below: Photos of children creating a Valentine craft.
New Exhibit: The Library exhibit for February and March focuses on the photographic legacy of Ansel Adams. Both Photographic prints and books will be on display. They come from the collections of librarian Virginia Sherwood and the Museum of Photographic Arts.
Above and below: Library installing the new Ansel Adams exhibit.
An Ansel Adams photo from the exhibit. King's Canyon National Park, 1925.
Friends of the Library: The Friends of the Library board met Monday, February 3. In addition to other business, the Friends made final plans for their Friday, February 7, gala at the Library. Library staff have helped devise methods of promoting the Library's services and collections during the evening. Tickets are $50 each. See the flyer below for more information.
Enforcement on Third and Fourth Streets: Third and Fourth Street enforcement is picking up. Traffic officers have stepped up their effort in addressing the community's concerns related to the traffic violations on Third and Fourth streets.
Traffic enforcement on Fourth Street near San Diego-Coronado Bridge toll plaza.
Guilty Plea: During the month of October 2013, the City of Coronado had a string of residential burglaries involving subjects entering residences via unlocked windows and doors. The suspects watched as residents left their homes and then illegally entered victims' homes. The suspects removed jewelry, electronics and other valuables. One of the victims observed two suspicious subjects exit a vehicle and enter another resident's backyard. The victim immediately wrote down the license plate and later contacted Coronado Police. The license plate was researched and identified a possible suspect who had prior criminal activity for theft. Coronado Police investigators, along with San Diego Police Department SWAT served a search warrant on the vehicle owner's home in San Diego and found 13 plastic bags of jewelry. Four of the Coronado victims were able to identify several pieces of their stolen jewelry and the suspect was arrested. The suspect pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in May.
Caltrans Water Main Break Update: A 6-inch water line in the California Department of Transportation right of way ruptured on January 24. The line is between State Route 75 and the bike path as you head west toward the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Public Services has learned that water to the toll plaza is still off and two nearby hydrants have no water service. Caltrans officials say they should have the repairs made and water back on by Monday, February 10.
Work to Caltrans water line break today. Problem should be repaired by Monday, February 10.
Youth Basketball League: The Recreation Department's annual Youth Basketball Leagues' 2013-2014 season is coming to an end with the Pizza and Dessert Potluck Banquet Friday, February 7, at the Coronado Community Center. The last games will be held Saturday, February 8, in the gym. At the awards banquet, players will be recognized for their efforts in the league and certificates will be awarded to the participants who display the best sportsmanship and who are the most improved players. Also, the volunteer and staff coaches will be acknowledged for their dedication to the sport of basketball. With eight teams competing in the third and fourth grade league, six teams competing in the fifth and sixth grade league and 35 children in the 4-year-old to second grade basketball classes, each Saturday has more than 500 participants and spectators in and out of the Community Center for basketball.
Basketball League team with Coach Tara “Tee” Warren, a Recreation employee and former USD basketball player.
Basketball players in action at the Coronado Community Center gym.
Summer Staff Recruitment: Our summer staff recruitment began this week with the Recreation Department's participation in the Point Loma Nazarene University Summer Camp Career Fair on Tuesday, February 4. Recreation Specialist Stephanie Pereira represented the City at the fair by speaking to interested university students about the benefits of working for the City of Coronado especially at the day camps. We know that having face to face contact with students along with representation of past or current staff who attend the university is the best means of getting students interested in working for the Coronado Recreation Department. Stephanie will be joined by Jennifer Wardlaw, a current Point Loma student and City of Coronado Recreation Assistant, on Tuesday, February 11.
Summer staff recruitment at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Friday Nights for Teens: Last Friday, January 31, a group of teens enjoyed “Friday Night on the Town” at Dave and Busters in Mission Valley. This Friday night event takes Coronado teens outside of the City for fun activities. Participants spent a couple of hours playing arcade games and ticket games to earn prizes. Afterward, they enjoyed dinner and milkshakes. The next "Friday Night on the Town" event will be held on April 11 at SkyZone and In-N-Out Burger. Registration is currently open. Tonight, teens will fill the Community Center for “Friday Night on the Strand.” This Friday night event has Coronado teens staying in town. The theme is “Blast from the Past” and includes 1950s trivia, a Hula Hoop Contest and root beer floats. "Friday Night on the Strand" runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Call (619) 522-7342 for information.
Above and below: Coronado teens enjoying Friday Night on the Town event.
Rachel's Challenge: On Tuesday, February 4, Recreation Service Teen Coordinator Brooke Klosinski and Teen Specialist Ashley German attended a presentation held at Coronado Middle School put on by the Rachel's Challenge Organization. Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim of the Columbine School Shooting in 1999. After her death, her parents came across her journals, many of which included the idea to treat others kindly and to start a chain reaction with that kindness. This message has created multiple programs within Rachel's Challenge including the FOR (Friend of Rachel) Club for middle school students, which is designed for participants to help create a more welcoming campus for all students. The presentation brought many students to tears and was a good reminder to treat everyone around you generously, enjoy each day, and always dream big. To learn more about this movement please visit: http://www.rachelschallenge.org/
KIT Visit: On Wednesday, February 5, Kids Included Together (KIT) along with the City of Pasadena came for a site visit and to discuss how Coronado's Recreation Department has successfully embraced the philosophy of “Inclusion” and how it has implemented the philosophy into all of its programs.
Members of Kids Included Together and City of Pasadena officials on visit to Coronado.
- Oversight Board meeting begins at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 10, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
- Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 10, at City Hall.
- (CANCELED) Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, at City Hall. (CANCELED)
- Design Review Commission meeting is held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, at City Hall.
- Coronado Transportation Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at City Hall.
- RSIP-3 meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at City Hall.
- Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at City Hall.