Weekly Update - 2/14/2014

Date of Record: 2014-02-14


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 18, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 













Paid Parking in Coronado:  In response to numerous questions posed to Coronado officials and staff about paid parking in town, the City has put together a short Q&A to provide some answers to local residents.  The City understands how some people might feel about the recent switch from free to paid parking for non-customers at some local businesses. However, City zoning codes do not restrict the ability of a business operating on private property from charging for parking. In fact, hotels and other private property owners in town have been charging for parking for many years. Find the Q&A here.









Two Simultaneous Caltrans Median ProjectsThe California Department of Transportation is currently working on two separate projects involving work to the medians along Silver Strand State Highway. Caltrans is replacing the median barriers, crash cushions and end treatments near the Navy housing along the Silver Strand State Highway. To accomplish the work, Caltrans had closed the left-turn pocket from southbound State Route 75 onto Leyte Road, leaving southbound motorists desiring to enter the Navy housing to detour past Leyte Road and turn around at the signals at the Loews entrance or the entrance to the Coronado Cays. However, after appeals from Fire Chief Mike Blood, who pointed out the impacts of the closure on emergency services, Caltrans has decided that it will re-open the turn lane. The turn pocket will be re-opened as soon as today. To keep it open, Caltrans will shorten the turn pocket length and said night work might be necessary at times.  Next week, Caltrans will begin cleaning the SR 75 medians. Crews will start at the southernmost end of SR 75, just north of Rainbow Drive in Imperial Beach, on Tuesday, February 18.  Over a two-week period, crews will work their way north until they reach the median area just south of the Hotel del Coronado. Drivers are asked to plan for possible traffic delays that may result from expected traffic control measures.



Caltrans Sign


An electronic sign, and others such as this one at Leyte Road, have gone up to let drivers know of the planned road work.









Coronado Valentine's Day 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run: The fourth annual Coronado Valentine's Day 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Sunday, February 16, at Tidelands Park. The route starts on Mullinex Drive and takes runners onto the Bayshore Bikeway, under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to Glorietta Boulevard. The event will take up the north bound half of Glorietta Boulevard, only allowing for vehicle traffic to proceed south towards the Hotel Del Coronado. There will be right-turn-only road signs and cones along Glorietta to ensure traffic does not travel north on Glorietta from 7 a.m. to approximately 10 a.m.The event passes the Coronado Yacht Club and then turns onto Strand Way, using both Strand Way and the Bayshore Bikeway. The route then heads to Glorietta Bay Park and returns to Tidelands via the same route. The entrance to Pomona Avenue off of Silver Strand Boulevard will be closed at 7 am to allow for course set-up. All residents on the affected streets were notified prior to the event. The Coronado Yacht Club, Coronado Municipal Golf Course, Seaforth Marina and the Coronado Tennis Center have been notified and will be notified again before the event. Mullinex at Tidelands Park will be closed at 6:45 am.





Map of Valentine's Day 10K route.









Presidents' Day Holiday:  Most non-public safety facilities in the City of Coronado will be closed on Monday, February 17, for Presidents' Day. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holidays.  Public Services crews will be on call over the holidays to respond to emergencies. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the Presidents' Day schedule:





City Facility

Presidents' Day

February 17, 2014

Aquatics Center

5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

City Hall


Club Room and Boathouse

7 to 10 a.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Community Center

6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Golf Course





10 a.m. to dusk

Tennis Center

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


  • Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday.
  • EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection on Presidents' Day.
  • The next Coronado City Council meeting is set for Tuesday, February 18.









Navy Noise Alert:  In case you heard some gunfire early today, Naval Special Warfare Basic Underwater Demolition (BUDS) Class were training with pyrotechnics and small boats at Silver Strand Training Complex North across from the Silver Strand Military Housing. Training lasted about one hour.







Special Events Permits:  Here is the list of special events scheduled for beach and parks that will be held from Saturday, February 15 through Friday, February 21.





Coronado Valentine's Day 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Tidelands Park-Glorietta Bay Park-Tidelands Park

February 16

















 Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, February 12, the Design Review Commission took the following action:

  1. Approved a new accessible ramp to the Coronado Shores beach club building at 1768 Avenida del Mundo. The location is on the ocean side of the beach club building, adjacent to the public pedestrian access way/boardwalk.
  2. Approved the exterior design for “Stake Chophouse + Bar" restaurant at 1309 Orange Ave. The approval came with the condition that the exterior staircase and awnings return to the Commission for further review.  The restaurant will replace the former "La Terrazza Ristorante" at the second floor of the La Avenida commercial complex.
  3. Continued the request by the Cultural Arts Commission to install a public art sculpture called "Wedge" by artist Delos Van Earl within the median at the intersection of Churchill Place, R.H. Dana Place and Ocean Boulevard or within a landscape planter at the front of the Public Services building at 101 B Ave. The item was continued due to the lack of a three member majority opinion, as one Commissioner was absent.






Oversight Board:  On Monday, February 10, the Oversight Board adopted resolutions approving the Successor Agency's Administrative Budget and the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule for the period July 1 to December 31, 2014.  The Administrative Budget and the ROPS have been posted on the City of Coronado's website and will be submitted to the State Controller's Office, the State Department of Finance and the San Diego County Comptroller's Office before the March 1, 2014, due date. The Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule is the listing of the payments the City will make with money that was formally characterized as tax increment funds.  Upon approval from the State's Finance Department, the Successor Agency will receive Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Funds to pay the former Community Development Agency's obligations for that six-month period in June 2014.






















Community Center Movable Partition Fabric Replacement:  Starting next week, the contractor will be at the Coronado Community Center to replace the damaged fabric on the movable partition in the Nautilus Room. The work will take approximately one week to complete and will be done during the least impactful time frame. The carpet, which is also being replaced as part of this project, is currently being manufactured and will be installed in mid-April.



One section of the movable partition at the Coronado Community Center's Nautilus Room.







Coronado Cays Force Main Internal Inspection and AVA Replacement Project:  Bids to complete the Cays Force Main Internal Inspection and Air Vacuum Assembly Replacement project are due February 26.  The project will construct two access vaults to the Cays force main that will be used to inspect the inside of the pipe. In addition, the air release valve assemblies located along the length of the force main will be replaced. The condition of the interior of the pipeline is unknown and is a concern given the age of the pipeline. The force main carries all the wastewater generated in the Cays to the Glorietta Pump Station located in Glorietta Park; where it is 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.





















Library Board:  The Library Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 11, chaired by President Sally Ann Zoll. Among other business, the Board reviewed progress on the Library Strategic Plan. Advances have been made on all five goals and their objectives. This is the second year of implementation. Some individual objectives that have been implemented include e-books, the Coronado PhotoAtlas, the Brown Bag Piano Concerts, email overdue notices, an emailed Children's Services Newsletter, a Teen Blog, e-mailed program announcements, and staff development through webinars.







Tour of Ramos Martinez Murals:  A tour group from the San Diego Museum of Art, the Latin American Arts Council, will visit the Library on Saturday, February 15.  The tour will be led by art consultant, Pierette Van Cleve. Van Cleve originally consulted with Gus and Barbara Theberge on the safeguarding and removal of the murals from the La Avenida Café. Two of the three murals are on display at the Library.



 Ramos Martinez mural at the Coronado Library.




















Officers Go Back to School:  Last week, students at Coronado High School had unexpected visitors. Officers from the Police Department came by to share lunch time with them. Some took photos on the police motorcycle, while others squared off in a pick-up football game. We hope to continue this effort at other local schools as well, strengthening relationships in the community.



Commander Mike Lawton and Officer Charles Alejandrino play football with Coronado High School students last week.


















Magnolia Removal:  Public Services has removed a large magnolia tree in the parkway adjacent to the Coronado Bay Club Apartments at the intersection of Second Street and Prospect Place. Significant portions of the tree's roots had to be removed in order to properly address the safety liability and damage the tree roots were causing in the surrounding infrastructure including the sidewalk, pedestrian ramp, street asphalt and curb face. The impacts are mainly due to the large size of the tree and insufficient room in the parkway. While care was taken to preserve the tree during the required root abatement, once the root abatement was complete, it was found that the tree had become unstable and would need to be removed as a matter safety. Meandering the sidewalk and curbline were considered, however, there was not enough space to complete the project.


Magnolia Tree     

Above and below: Magnolia tree is discovered to be unstable and must be removed.

Magnolia Tree2









Termite Control:  The Coronado Little League field building and bleachers will be tented for termites on Wednesday, February 19, after the pests were discovered by ball park users. City staff members are working with those who use the ball field to coordinate the work, which will take two days. The tent will go up one day and it will come down the next day. 


Bradley Field

Above and below: Benches and Bradley Field building will be tented for termites next week.

Bradley Field2 








Public Restroom Planned Closures:  The City has hired a contractor to install epoxy on the public restroom floors at Spreckels Park, Glorietta Bay Park and Cays Parks. Epoxy helps keep the floors slip-resistant, easy to clean and looking good. The restrooms will have to be closed for approximately seven days to allow the epoxy to dry, if humidity is low. If the humidity levels rise above ideal, it will take longer for the epoxy to cure. Currently, Public Services is looking at the month of March for the closure. Portable restrooms, two per park, will be placed at each restroom during the work. As soon as the work dates are finalized, they will be shared by the City.


Spreckels restroom

Above and below: Photos of the Spreckels Park restrooms.


Spreckels restroom2



Glorietta Bay Park restroom

Photo of the Glorietta Bay Park restroom floor.







Caltrans Water Main Break Update:  A California Department of Transportation 6-inch water line that ruptured January 24 resulting in no water service for the toll plaza area has been repaired. The line is between State Route 75 and the bike path as you head west toward the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Cal-American Water has pressurize the line and both Caltrans and Cal-Am are checking for leaks along the water line. Water service to two nearby hydrants also has been restored.


















Yoga Classes:  On Tuesday, February 11 we started a new class for our yogis and yoginis, Tiny Yoga.  This brand new class is for parents, and other adults, and children, ages 2 to 5 years old.



Tiny Yoga

Tiny Yoga class at the Community Center.














Upcoming Meetings:  
  • City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • Historic Resource Commission meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, at City Hall.