Weekly Update - 2/28/2014

Date of Record: 2014-02-28


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












Rain and Possible Flooding:  The storms hitting San Diego today have brought high surf and high winds that have knocked down some trees in town. If you see any downed trees or unsafe storm-related issues, please call Public Services at (619) 522-7380 or after hours call (619) 522-7350. These conditions, along with high tides, also can result in localized flooding. In anticipation of storms forecast through the weekend, the City of Coronado has placed sandbags at two locations in town to help residents protect against any flooding. Sandbags can be picked up from First Street and Alameda Boulevard and from Fourth Street and Alameda. The sandbags are free to residents. City officials recommend that residents park in their driveways to help ensure the easy flow of rainwater into the storm drains. High/low tide predictions through Sunday are:



February 28

 2:39 p.m.

-1.38 feet

Low Tide


February 28

 8:53 p.m.

 5.55 feet

High Tide


March 1

 2:42 a.m.

 0.05 feet

Low Tide


March 1

 8:50 a.m.

 6.48 feet

High Tide


March 1

 3:16 p.m.

-1.12 feet

Low Tide


March 1

 9:29 p.m.

 5.78 feet

High Tide


March 2

 3:28 a.m.

-0.14 feet

Low Tide


March 2

 9:35 a.m.

 6.04 feet

High Tide


March 2

3:52 p.m.

-0.68 feet

Low Tide


March 2

10:06 p.m.

 5.84 feet

High Tide



Above and below: Sandbags available at Alameda Boulevard and First Street and at Alameda and Fourth Street.








Suspicious IncidentOn Wednesday, February 26, at approximately 7:55 a.m., a 13-year-old girl was walking to school when she was approached by a man driving a truck. The man rolled down his window and offered the girl a ride to school. When she declined, he stated that he was her neighbor. The girl did not recognize the man and immediately ran home and told her mother, who called Coronado Police. The incident occurred at Third Street and Palm Avenue. The man was last seen driving southbound on Palm. The driver was a white male adult, mid-50s, clean shaven with strawberry blonde/gray hair and wearing a light brown shirt. The vehicle is being described as a gold truck with a matching shell. The girl in this incident, and the children in the two other suspicious incidents, did the right thing in trusting their instincts. They ran away and told an adult.







Suspicious Device at Sixth/OrangeCoronado Police were called to the corner of Sixth Street and Orange Avenue on Monday, February 24, after a suspicious backpack was taken to the Coronado Fire Department. Officers and firefighters found a suspicious device in a backpack. The backpack was placed on a bench in the grassy area near the Library. Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit was called and removed the device, which turned out to be a pair of training grenades. During the incident, the 1000 block of Sixth was closed to foot and vehicle traffic and the Library's Winn Room was evacuated.



Sheriffs and Police found these two training grenades in a backpack near the Library.







Monthly Port Meeting:  The City Manager has begun meeting monthly with executive staff members with the San Diego Unified Port District to discuss various issues. The topics this month included cost reimbursement, Coronado Ferry Landing conditions, concerns with development of Grand Caribe Isle and Tidelands Park permits for special events.






Keep Clear:  Weather permitting, the City will paint “Keep Clear” markings on the road at the intersection of Second Street and Orange Avenue to prevent drivers from blocking east-west traffic on Second Street. This area is impacted on the afternoon commute and this effort should improve the conditions for those attempting to cross Second at Orange. Initially, the City will increase enforcement of the area.






Beached Boats:  The City has met with the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard to try to come up with solutions to an ongoing problem of boats washing up along the Coronado shore. Often boats whose owners do not have a place to dock their vessels end up anchoring them, often with no one aboard, off the Zuniga Jetty, which is at the tip of Naval Air Station North Island. The City hopes to work with both federal agencies to come up with a plan to reduce the number of boats and the associated removal costs that fall to the Navy and City when this happens several times a year, including two boats that washed ashore this week at North Island.






Silver Strand Scenic Highway Fence:  Following a meeting in January with the State parks director and State parks division chief covering a wide range of topics, a second meeting was held this week. City officials, Coronado Cays residents, California State Parks officials and others gathered to discuss the specific issue of the poor condition of the fence along Silver Strand State Beach. Discussions included potential options to improve the area, including possibly a different type of fence and the idea of sharing the costs of a new fence.






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





Baby Shower

Tidelands Park

March 1

Fundraising event

Nicky Rottens sidewalk

March 2


Centennial Park

March 6


Centennial Park

March 7

























Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, February 26, the Design Review Commission approved an exterior remodel for Clayton's Mexican Takeout at 1107 Tenth Street and continued the request for design approval for a remodel to the La Avenida Inn at 1315 Orange Ave.






















Community Center Partition Fabric Replacement:  Work has been completed to replace the fabric on the movable partitions, which had become damaged over the years. The worn carpet in the Nautalus Room and hallways will be replaced in April. 



Above and below: Partitions with new fabric. Carpets are next.










Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration ProjectA recommendation to award a construction contract is tentatively scheduled for the March 18 City Council meeting. The project will replace existing pedestrian signal equipment with equipment that provides audible indications, vibrotactile push buttons, and countdown timer pedestrian indicators; it will also reconfigure the Tenth Street and Orange Avenue intersection to accommodate a new signal phasing plan that should be significantly more efficient than the current one.



Countdown timers such as this one are planned for Orange Avenue and Tenth Street.







Cays Force Main Inspection and Air Vacuum Assembly Replacement Project:  An award of a construction contract for the Cays Force Main Inspection and Air Vacuum Assembly Replacement Project is planned for the March 18 City Council meeting. The project will install two access ports to allow videotaping of approximately one-third of the 3.7-mile wastewater main that connects the Coronado Cays pump station to the Glorietta Bay pump station.  This internal inspection, along with laboratory analysis of removed sections of the pipe, will supplement the already completed exterior inspections to provide a pipeline condition assessment of the remaining useful life of the force main and help plan for its eventual replacement. The project also will replace all seven of the air vacuum assemblies which have deteriorated due to the corrosive environment. There are expected impacts to the Bayshore Bikeway that may result in temporary closures and detours.







Sidewalk Closure adjacent to Bank of America:  The contractor will continue to work on the painting of the exterior building walls of the Bank of America building at Orange and B avenues.  Per the bank's approved permits from the City and the California Department of Transportation, the contractor will temporarily close the sidewalks along Orange and B with the restriction that only one side may be closed at any given time. The sidewalk closure for the 1000 block of B Avenue is planned for Monday and Tuesday, March 3-4. The sidewalk closure for Orange Avenue is planned for Wednesday and Thursday, March 5-6. Any additional work required is not expected to restrict access to pedestrians. During this time, the contractor will work with the adjacent businesses to maintain access during business hours.



Orange Avenue sidewalk in front of Bank of America will be temporarily closed for painting.

















Youth Programs:  On Tuesday, the Tweens group made button trees. The Teens group also were crafty this week, creating colorful Mardi Gras masks.


Button Tree 

Above and below: Library crafts button trees and Mardi Gras masks.

Mardi Gras 







Dr. Seuss' Birthday:  This afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the Library will host a birthday party for Dr. Seuss. There will be crafts, a showing of “The Lorax” movie, refreshments and visits from the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two. The Octagon Club, an active youth service organization affiliated with the Optimist Club, will be assisting with all the activities, including a fundraising bake sale.







Book Talk:  On Saturday, February 22, Barbara McNally spoke to an appreciative audience about her memoir, “Unbridled.” She sold 10 copies of her book and the proceeds went to the nonprofit organization, Dress for Success, which helps needy women learn interview skills and provides appropriate interview clothing. McNally had previously donated a copy of her book to the Library.





















Crime Spree ArrestLast Friday, February 21, David Pena of San Diego was taken into custody for a series of crimes he committed in Coronado on January 19. Pena went on a crime spree breaking into two homes, two vehicles and attempted to break into two additional houses before stealing a car, crashing it and fleeing the scene. Pena was charged with burglary, grand theft, auto theft, and hit and run.  His bail was set at $130,000.


Crime Spree Arrest 

Scene of arrest in crime spree.







Probation Detail:  On Saturday, February 22, Sgts. Diana Drummey and Matt Mitchell as well as Detective Jason Hurley participated with San Diego County law enforcement agencies for the monthly probation compliance checks throughout the County. San Diego County agencies have received grant money to follow up with compliance checks for recently released subjects under the California Realignment Offenders Act.


Probation Sweep 

Coronado Police Department participating in a probation check.








Coronado Police HonoredThe Police Department was honored at the San Diego Food Bank's Recognition Luncheon held yesterday at the Food Bank's facility in San Diego. The Police Department participated in the Holiday Food Drive, which resulted in the collection of 1,111 pounds of food. Those involved thank Coronado residents, staff and volunteers for helping reach the Department's goal of collecting 1000 pounds in food donations. This year, they say their goal is 5,000 pounds.



Food Drive

Above and below: Cmdr. Jesus Ochoa and Sgt. Matt Mitchell receiving the award and standing at the San Diego Food Bank warehouse.

Food Drive2 






Good Job Voyagers:  Motorcycle Officer Anthony Graytok regularly visits Silver Strand Elementary School to greet students arriving on their bicycles, skateboards and scooters. He also reminds students of the importance of wearing a helmet and securing it properly. He even gave a few warnings. When he arrived on Tuesday, February 25, to his surprise, every single wheels riding student was wearing a helmet properly. He was very pleased.




Bikes of Silver Strand Elementary School students.







Foreign Visitors:  Naval officers from Egypt, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and Turkey were given a tour of the Police Department on Wednesday, February 26. The Naval officers are in Coronado on a 10-week Senior Officers Amphibious Planning Course at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.








Navy Exercises:  The Navy conducted a training exercise on Thursday, February 27, as part of a weeklong exercise. They used an Improvised Explosive Device, or IED, Simulator that created a very significant boom. The event was scheduled to occur between 9:05 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. on Pier Lima. Due to the sensitive nature of the exercise, this information was not made public prior to the event. As a result there was no press or public media releases.

















Dog Park Workshop:  A Community Workshop on potential locations for a public dog park will be held March 10 at City Hall. Participants will hear a presentation on possible sites for a public dog park at Palm Park, Tidelands Park and Vetter Park. Click on the image below for a larger version.







Clubroom Campout:  Teen staff will host the first teen overnighter at the Coronado Clubroom and Boathouse tonight. This event will include exclusive after-hours activities as the group goes late-night rock climbing and enjoys a lunar paddle, followed by s'mores and a bonfire. In addition, Recreation will have other activities throughout the night such as dodge ball and a scavenger hunt. Teen staff are excited to launch this new event. Keep your eyes open for the next Clubroom Campout event set for May 16.







Teen Movie NightTomorrow, Recreation Services is hosting a free teen movie night for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. The movie is “Pitch Perfect” and the event will run from 6 to 9:00 p.m. It is free to attend and includes popcorn.

Club Room 









Upcoming Meetings:  
  • Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • City Council meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at City Hall.
  • The Historic Resource Commission will meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at City Hall.
  • Coronado Tourism Improvement District meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at City Hall.