Weekly Update - June 6, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-06-07



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, June 17, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 





Roundabout Construction to Close Pomona Starting Today:  Work on a permanent roundabout at the intersection of Pomona and Adella avenues and Seventh Street has begun. The work will result in the temporary closure of Pomona, from Glorietta Boulevard to Sixth Street, until the project is completed. Those who routinely use Pomona to reach the San Diego-Coronado Bridge are encouraged to use an alternative route during construction, which may take anywhere from 30 days to up to three months. Adjacent residents will still have access to the area.  Traffic control as well as a detour plan is in place. Demolition operations will take place on Monday, June 9. The City has offered a stepped incentive clause to complete the project in 30 or 45 working days or less. The City appreciates the community's patience during this project. To read more about the project, click here to see a City of Coronado YouTube video that explains the work, what's being closed and for how long. Click here to read the full press release. For questions regarding construction, call the City's Principal Engineer Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.


Roundabout Construction 

Above and below: Work underway and preparations being made to close Pomona Roundabout.

Roundabout Construction 






City Hires New Public Services Director:  The City of Coronado has named recently retired Navy Capt. Clifford M. Maurer as its new Public Services Director.  Maurer, who is expected to start June 23, has a nearly 30-year naval career as a Civil Engineer Corps officer.  He has served as Naval Facilities Engineering Command's Operations Officer, Strategic Business Officer and Energy Officer.  Maurer, 51, has extensive experience in public works management, maintenance, construction and service contracting, environmental engineering and strategic planning.  He was chosen from a select group of eight finalists from a pool of nearly 100 applicants and invited to interview for the position.  He will oversee both the Public Services and Engineering departments.  Maurer, who once lived in Coronado, will soon relocate back to Coronado from Oxnard, where he currently resides with his wife.






Summer Shuttle Launches Sunday:  Coronado is pleased to offer to residents and visitors free bus service in the Village area of Coronado, on the popular Summer Shuttle beginning Sunday, June 8.  The free service will help reduce vehicle trips along the Orange Avenue Corridor during the peak summer season. The buses will run from June 8 through September 14, every 30 minutes from 9:03 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 9:03 a.m. to 10:42 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  The new service provides four more hours of daily service to the 904 route by beginning one hour earlier and remaining in operation three hours later, seven days a week.  A brochure with the map below and places of interest around town will be distributed next week to City facilities and will be available on the buses. 

Summer Shuttle 

Look for the special-wrapped Free Summer Shuttle Bus starting Sunday.


Shuttle Map

Map of Summer Shuttle Bus service.






New Bike Racks Installed:  The City of Coronado now has two new types of bike parking racks for a period of field testing along the sidewalks of Orange Avenue, from B Avenue/Loma Avenue to NinthStreet. Last week, the racks were installed in a three-block test area. There is a bicycle-shaped rack and a bicycle parking “dock.” The additional bike parking racks will complement the City's bike corrals, which are special parking areas with racks just for bikes created from converted vehicle parking spaces, and the other existing on-sidewalk bike parking, during the busy summer tourist season when Coronado is filled with bicycle riders. After summer, the City Council will evaluate the City's bicycle parking. To read more about the bike racks, click on this press release. The City is interested in your questions and feedback regarding the new bike racks; please contact Mariah VanZerr, at (619) 522-2423 or mvanzerr@coronado.ca.us, to provide your feedback.

Bike Racks 

 New Bike Racks on Orange Avenue.

 Bike Rack Instructions






Clean Air Award:  Communities Against Substance Abuse presented the City Council at its Tuesday, June 3, meeting with the California Clean Air Award for its smoke-free public space ordinance, which went into effect January 1. The City Council in October 2013 approved a comprehensive second-hand smoke ordinance, which eliminated smoking on most public property in the City. The City previously prohibited smoking in its parks and at its beaches. Lorenzo Higley, director of Tobacco Policy & Programs with the Communities Against Substance Abuse, and Narinder Dhaliwal from California's Clean Air Project, presented the City with a plaque.

Clean Air Award 

Above and below: The presentation of the Clean Air Award at the Tuesday, June 3, City Council meeting and a close-up of the plaque.


Clean Air Plaque 






California Coastal Trail Association:  The City of Coronado is now a member of the California Coastal Trail Association, which is a collaborative network of cities, counties and other agencies that own a strand of the California Coastal Trail. The network will share Trail information and resources and work to realize its completion. The goal is to have a ribbon of coastal protection stretching 1,200 miles down California's coastline from Oregon to Mexico. The trail is approximately two thirds complete. Coastwalk California is the only statewide non-profit working to complete the Trail. The Coastal Act of 1976 required local jurisdictions to identify an alignment for the California Coastal Trail in their Local Coastal Programs. The California Coastal Trail will be a braided network of interconnecting trails and routes spanning California's entire coast. Some strands of the braid will be improved multi-use trails open to hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, and mobility challenged users. Some will be rugged wilderness paths, others unimproved routes along beaches and yet others paved bicycle pathways. The Trail is a tremendous asset to the people of California and Coastwalk's aim is to encourage its use and to provide resources that make it a richer experience and more accessible for everyone.


California Coastal Trail 

California Coastal Trail signs on the Bayshore Bikeway.






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, June 7 through Friday, June 13.







June 7

Birthday Party

Glorietta Bay Park

June 7


South Beach

June 7


Spreckels Park

June 7


South Beach

June 8

Beach Day

Central Beach

June 12

















Design Review Commission Vacancies:  There will be two vacancies on the Design Review Commission as of July 31, 2014.  Applications are being accepted up to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 27.  One vacancy is for a professional in some field of design, including but not limited to, architecture, landscaping, interior design, or graphic design.  The other vacancy is for a business person owning, operating, or managing property in the City of a commercial or industrial nature.  Click here to see a larger image of the flier below.
















Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, June 4, the Historic Resource Commission approved an amendment to a previously approved Historic Alteration Permit for the property at 1202 Glorietta Blvd. The Commission also recommended approval of Mills Act Agreements for 555 Alameda Blvd. and 825 Olive Ave. The Commission determined that three properties, 912 B Ave., 517 Seventh St. and 421 Eighth St. are not historic in association with “Notice of Intent to Demolish” applications.

555 Alameda                        

Above and Below: 555 Alameda Boulevard and 825 Olive Avenue.

825 Olive 






RSIP-3 Residential Zoning Standards Online Survey:  There has been a good response to the Residential Standards Improvement Program survey so far with more than 100 people completing the survey. The public is encouraged to complete the survey, which can be found at http://www.coronado.ca.us/RSIP.   The survey will close at 9 a.m. on June 16.





















ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps along E, F, and H Avenues:  Work on Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian ramps along E, F and H avenues began Wednesday, June 4. The contractor, Portillo Concrete, made initial mark-outs of the area surrounding each pedestrian ramp that is being replaced and pavement was saw cut in preparation for demolition work to begin, toward the south end of E Avenue, on Monday, June 9.

ADA Ramp 

ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramp


















Beach Lifeguard Activity:  The Lifeguards have tabulated the beach activity from Memorial Day weekend. Nearly 60,000 people visited the beach, and Lifeguards made seven rescues, 50 minor medial aids and nearly 100 municipal code warnings. Most of the medical aids were due to sting ray or jelly fish stings. As a reminder, it is always a good idea to check conditions with the lifeguards before swimming.  If stung by a jellyfish, it is best not to rub the area but rather wash it with fresh water and/or spray with a solution of one part white vinegar to 10 parts tap water and then rinse again. Remember to shuffle the ground when entering the water to avoid encountering a stingray. Here is a Coronado Lifeguard handout on jelly fish and sting ray stings. Click on the handout below to get a larger version.

Stingray Flier 






Lifeguard Training:  On Sunday and Monday, June 1 and 2, Coronado Lifeguards hosted the Miramar College Lifeguard Vehicle Operations class. After four hours of classroom work, more than 20 lifeguards from all over San Diego County received another 12 hours of practical instruction in driving various types of lifeguard vehicles on the sand. The class took place at the Emergency Operations Center and on the beach between F and G avenues in front of the dunes. Beach lifeguards are required to complete this course along with eight hours of field training to be permitted to drive a vehicle on the beach.






Beach Lifeguards Public Education:  On June 3, Beach Lifeguard Sgt. Damon Bassett visited the Early Childhood Development Center and provided a beach safety presentation to about 100 kindergarten students. Sgt. Bassett then gave another presentation to Coronado Middle School to sixth grader. The Fire Department and the Beach Lifeguard Division would like to thank the Coronado Unified School District for the invitation.

















Shrubs Added at the Maintenance Facility Hedge:   Additional shrubs have been planted along Glorietta Boulevard in front of the maintenance building to improve the visual barrier of the facility. This small section of shrubs finishes off the more established hedge already in place, which, when fully grown, will add a further visual shield to that section of the maintenance building and yard visible to the public.

New Hedge 

Above and below: New hedges planted in front of the Golf Maintenance Building to block the public view.

New Hedge2 






Delivery Area Concrete ReplacedAn area of raised concrete in the Clubhouse delivery area has been replaced due to tree root lifting. The roots in question were root pruned away and the tree was saved.  The project is expected to be complete by the weekend.

Delivery Area 

Above and below: Site near the Clubhouse of invasive tree roots and new concrete.

Delivery Area2                






Main Line Valve Replacement:  The replacement of a four-inch gate valve has been completed along Glorietta Boulevard near Hole Number 4. The valve controls water flow onto the golf course for irrigation. The valve was no longer operable and was replaced. 

Valve Replacement 

Site of valve replacement.


















Surf's UpThe Library's Summer Festival begins with an exhibit on “Coronado Surfers,” featuring photographs of many of Coronado's past and present surfers. The photographs have been collected over many years by Russ Elwell, one of the City's early lifeguards. The exhibit runs today through July 25. The exhibit will be complemented by a talk from author and former editor of Surfer Magazine, Ben Marcus, who will present a slide show based on his newest book, “365 Surfboards.” His talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, in the Winn Room.

Surf Poster 


Surf Photo

Photo from Russ Elwell of Ernie Mauro






Father-Son Huck Finn DayThe Children's Library Father-Son Huck Finn Day will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the park near the Children's Library. The get-together includes miniature golf, relay races and an obstacle course, followed by a barbeque with hot dogs and s'mores.
















Bicycle Rodeo a Success:  The second annual Coronado Bicycle Rodeo & Safe Cycling Festival was held Sunday, June 1, at the small park next to the Coronado Yacht Club along Glorietta Bay near the Bayshore Bikeway. The event was a family-filled success with an estimated 200 participants. Some of the highlights include:

  • More than 50 students learned safe cycling skills by pedaling through a safety training course taught by professional staff from the Safe Moves organization.
  • Police Department personnel provided demonstrations on bicycle theft prevention, registered 66 bikes through the National Bike Registry and held a raffle drawing for 10 free U-Locks donated by Holland's.  U-locks are the safest and strongest type of lock to help prevent bicycle thefts.
  • Bicycle Advisory Committee members volunteered and provided free helmet and bicycle safety checks for students, teaching them proper helmet fit and the “ABCs” (air, brakes, chain) of making sure your bicycle is safe to ride.
  • Holland's Bicycles had a booth and were providing free bicycle maintenance “how-to” demonstrations and donated numerous bicycle helmets and bicycles as raffle prizes for the children.
  • Miss Coronado, Susanna Wiggins and Miss Teen Coronado, Katie Hearther, attended the festival, swapping their crowns for bike helmets to help promote bike helmet safety.

The festival was organized through a partnership between the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Recreation Department and Police Department and was sponsored by the Optimist Club and Holland's Bicycles, with additional donations from Pedego, Kruiser King, and Kind Healthy Snacks.


Bike Rodeo 

Students learning practical safe cycling skills from professional Safe Moves educators by riding through the “Safe Moves City” course.

Bike Rodeo2 

Coronado Police registering bikes at the event.

Bike Rodeo3 

Miss and Miss Teen Coronado promoting helmet safety.






Summer Safety Brochure:  The Coronado Summer Safety brochure, which offers tips on child safety, bicycle regulations, fire prevention, and beach and water safety, was sent home with each Coronado elementary school student yesterday. The public safety brochure was created and illustrated by Coronado School of the Arts students Bryanna Fabyonic, Emi Epstein and Angella Dawley and produced by Coronado Fire, Police and Lifeguards. Coronado School of the Arts students Bryanna, Emi and Angella will be recognized for their work at the San Diego County Fair. The brochures can be picked up at the Police and Fire Departments.

Summer Safety 

Firefighter Ted Porter, Lifeguard Christian Bond, CoSA students Bryanna Fabyonic, Emi Epstein, Angella Dawley and Police Officer Ryan Rose.

Summer Safety 

















Summer Camp:  Recreation Programs staff is busy getting ready for the first week of camp that starts Monday, June 9. Campers are expected to arrive in Glorietta Bay Park and the Community Center as early as 7 a.m. Camps that start next week include: Prekinder Camp, Dodge Ball Camp, Jump Rope, Camp Lego Robotics Camp, Don't Forget Your Passport, Camp Coronado, and Farm to Table. Below you will find a full list of next week's camps along with the location that kids should gather to participate.

Rec Sked 

Above and Below: Summer Camp Preparations

Summer Prep 


 Summer Prep2







Teen Club Donation:  The Junior Woman's Club donated $10,000 to the City's Club Room and Boathouse to use toward the purchase of equipment for teen programs. The City Council accepted the donation at the City Council meeting Tuesday, June 3. Recreation staff will use the donation for the purchase of a Foosball table and kayaks, which will increase the City's fleet of kayaks and improve the level of service to the public. The donation is much appreciated.
















Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The Planning Commission meeting normally set for June 10 has been canceled.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at City Hall.
  • The Coronado Transportation Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at City Hall.
  • The Civil Serivce Commission normally set for June 12 has been canceled.