Weekly Update - June 13, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-06-13



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. 





How Does the City Keep the Community Informed?:   The City of Coronado offers a way for citizens and anyone interested in keeping up with news in town to subscribe online through its eNotify system to various City publications. One of the best ways to keep informed is to receive the City Manager's Weekly Update, which is posted to the City's website every Friday at noon under the News Center. It contains information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when applicable. Anyone can sign up and receive a notification email that contains a link to the Weekly Update as well as links to other City documents, such as meeting agendas and minutes, employment opportunities, newsletters, and Engineering Department Requests for Proposals. To sign up, visit eNotify and type in your email address where directed. Click on any of the lists you would like to receive and click “Sign Up.” There are many other ways to stay informed. Read about them here. Need help? Call (619) 522-7340.


Weekly Update

 City Manager's Weekly Update online.





Beach Fires Reminder:  A simple reminder about beach fires as we head into the summer months. The City of Coronado wants to keep and protect the Southern California tradition of beach fires but we need the community's help. Follow these simple rules when using the City's fire rings or when enjoying a fire on the beach. Use only clean wood; place fire materials no higher than 12 inches above the upper edge of the fire ring or container; and, keep fire materials inside the ring or container. That's it. The clean wood restriction and the height limits generally prohibit the burning of pallets, or wood from pallets with nails, as well as any wood that has been painted or varnished or that has other materials attached, such as rubber or hardware. The City of Coronado is committed to maintaining Coronado's pristine public beach and ensuring that it remains an affordable and accessible attraction for everyone. For more information about the City's new beach fires ordinance, visit the City's Parks & Beaches page.

 Fire Ring

 City fire ring at North Beach.







New Parking Meter Trials:  On Monday, June 16, the City will be installing 30 new test parking meters. In addition to coins, these meters will accept credit and debit cards and some, equipped with in-ground sensors, will have timers that automatically reset when the vehicle vacates the space. This will be a 90-day trial, after which, the City Council will decide whether to continue using these meters, or discuss a different strategy. 

Parking Meter 

Image of new parking meters.







Roundabout Construction Update:  Demolition operations were underway this week with the majority of work focused on pavement pulverization and disposal. By the end of the week, the contractor began to rough grade the intersection in accordance with the design plans. The intersection remains closed to through traffic with drivers being detoured around the construction zone. Please remember to follow the detours and obey all traffic signs in and around the construction area. To find out 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. Work began after the completion of the school year to avoid impacting students and their parents who travel much of the area near the roundabout, as well as to avoid weather impacts. The permanent roundabout is currently scheduled to be completed in late August, with a hopeful date earlier than the contracted date. 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.



Above and  two below: Pomona Roundabout construction.








Summer Shuttle Out and About:  Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle Bus service has begun and tourists and residents alike are climbing aboard. The free service began Sunday, June 8, and will help reduce vehicle trips along the Orange Avenue Corridor during the peak summer season. The buses will run 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. 


Shuttle Bus

Coronado Summer Shuttle bus heading north on Silver Strand.







Tidelands Parks Playground:  Most of the playground equipment in Tidelands Park has been removed for maintenance and replacement. During this period of time, the San Diego Unified Port District, which manages the park, is considering replacing the playground with apparatus that is more inclusive for all children, including handicapped children. This past week the Port's Accessibility Committee met, and with input from City of Coronado staff, voted to make the following recommendation to the full Port Board:

  1. Spend the currently allocated budget of $110,000 for a section of the project to replace current equipment with inclusive equipment and surfacing;
  2. In cooperation with a recognized organization that advocates for accessibility, design a playground that is fully inclusive for all forms of handicapped children; and 
  3. Use this project as a pilot for other projects within the Port's jurisdiction.

The Port will be considering these recommendations at a future Port Board meeting.







Benches Removed for Maintenance:  The public benches along the west side of Orange Avenue between Ninth and Eighth streets in front of Vons have been removed for preventive maintenance and refurbishment.







Dog Beach Enforcement:  The California State Lands Commission will meet next week to consider a proposal that will allow the City of Coronado concurrent enforcement of local ordinances on Dog Beach. Dog Beach is located on Federal property. Without action by the State, local Coronado City ordinances cannot be enforced.  This puts additional strain on Federal law enforcement agencies. The City is grateful to the Federal agencies that have allowed the public to openly access the area known as Dog Beach.


Dog beach 

Playtime at Dog Beach.









Tidelands Park Port of San Diego-Approved Commercial Activity:  The following groups have been approved, by the Port of San Diego, to use Tidelands Park for commercial activity:




Windstar Adventures

SUP Boarding (Once a week)

REI Kayak or Paddle Board

Lessons SUP/Kayak (Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Family Kayak

Kayak rides (Ongoing on weekends)


Tidelands Park 

Image of Tidelands Park.







Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, June 14 through Friday, June 20.





Wedding Ceremony


June 14

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

June 14

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

June 14

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 14

Wedding Ceremony

Star Park

June 14

Student Trip

Central Beach

June 16

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

June 18

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

June 20

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 20















Design Review Commission Vacancies:  There will be two vacancies on the Design Review Commission as of July 31. Applications are being accepted until 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.



















Design Review Commission On Wednesday, June 11, the Design Review Commission approved a landscape renovation project, at the Hotel del Coronado, for the ocean edge of the Paseo del Mar public walkway located adjacent to the Windsor Lawn. The Commission also approved a new three-unit residential condominium project at 924 E Ave., along with revisions to the previously approved exterior remodel, for Clayton's Mexican Take-Out located at 1107 Tenth St.






RSIP-3 Residential Zoning Standards Online Survey:  This is the last week to take the Residential Standards Improvement Program survey. Nearly 300 participants have taken the survey. Don't be left out. Citizens are encouraged to participate and complete the survey, which can be found at http://www.coronado.ca.us/RSIP. Voice your opinions about residential zoning standards in Coronado. The survey will close at 9 a.m., on June 16.

Aerial Image of Neighborhood 


















ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps along E, F, and H Avenues:  The contractor began removing designated non-compliant pedestrian ramps and installing new approved ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The portions being removed and replaced include the ramp and landing area, where the sidewalk along two streets intersect. The work began along E Avenue, starting from Isabella Avenue and continuing to Eighth Street. The contractor will continue to make progress along F Avenue, from Ocean Boulevard to Eighth Street, and H Avenue, from Tenth Street to Eighth Street. Over the next week, the contractor is expected to complete the work in areas near the beach, to avoid impacting the summer beach traffic.


ADA Ramps

Above and two below: ADA ramp construction work this week.

ADA Ramps2

ADA Ramps3






ADA Transition Plan:  Planning and design consultants from MIG started the field work to determine City buildings' compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. The company will return in July to complete its field measurements and a report will be issued for review by the City later this summer.

















Helicopter Landing:  On Monday June 9, Coronado Firefighters and Police Officers assisted in the safe landing of a Mercy Air flight at Tidelands Park during an inter-facility patient transport.


Mercy Air 

Mercy Air Landing this week.







Fire Expo:  Last weekend, Coronado Firefighters participated in the annual Demolition Derby that was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to raise money for the Burn Institute. Participating agencies came from San Diego and Orange counties. Coronado Firefighters made it to the final round and Imperial Beach won the overall event.

Fire Expo 

Above and below: Coronado Firefighters particpating in the Demolition Derby.

Fire Expo2 




















Entrance Monument/Golf Course Landscaping The City is working with the California Department of Transportation to develop a solution to the deteriorating condition of the Coronado entrance monument sign area just east of the old Toll Plaza. The sign is in an area currently controlled by Caltrans, and Caltrans is responsible for its maintenance. Due to the drought, the Governor has directed that Caltrans discontinue landscape irrigation. City staff is exploring its options to improve the maintenance of the monument area. Additionally, the grassy area near the Golf Course also is in poor condition due to the lack of water. Shallow rooted turfgrass is the first to suffer from water deprivation, which will be followed by more drought tolerant shrubs and trees.

Toll Plaza Area 

Above and below: Dying grass and landscaping on Caltrans property near Toll Plaza and Golf Course.

Toll Plaza ARea2 





















Summer Reading Program The Library's “Paws to Read” Children Summer Reading Program began on Monday, June 9, and featured the “Kick-Off Campfire” with a performance by Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo on Tuesday evening, June 9. The Teen Summer Reading Program also began this week. The goal of both programs is to have each participant read books and record the number of books read. The more they read, the more prizes they earn. Teens have a chance to win a bicycle, tablet or an eReader.

Summer REading 

Above and below: Children at the Kick-off festivities for the Summer Reading Program.

Summer Reading2 


Summer Reading3

Performer Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo.


Summer Reading 4 

Above and two below: Children participating in the kick-off festivities of the Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading5 







Library Summer Festival The first program of the Library Summer Festival was held Thursday evening, June 12, in the Winn Room. Ben Marcus, author of 16 books on surfing and the former editor of Surfer Magazine, gave a talk and slide show on his new book, “365 Surfboards.” The event was well attended. Click on the flierhttp://www.coronado.ca.us/egov/documents/1401913216_29177.pdf below for a larger image.

Summer Festival














Traffic Enforcement On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the Police Department conducted enhanced enforcement and education of traffic violations along the Third and Fourth Street corridor. This is all part of an ongoing increase in police presence along these heavily traveled roads, which is intended to increase safety.  A total of 77 citations were issued during the detail.

Traffic Enforcement 

Traffic enforcement along Third Street this week.






Police Activity in the Cays Police were called at 8:45 a.m. yesterday about a man running into traffic on state Route 75 just south of Cays Boulevard. When officers arrived, the man ran and jumped over a wall near Tunapuna Lane. Officers could see that the man was holding something under his shirt as he was running away. After failing to comply, the man continued running to the beach area behind the Cays, where he jumped off the docks near Spinnaker Way and tossed a laptop from under his shirt into the water. Officers eventually arrested the subject on Blue Anchor Cay. The laptop belongs to a burglary victim out of Imperial Beach. Harbor Police and Border Patrol assisted with the arrest and recovery of the property. Charges include parole violation, burglary and possibly others.








Summer Safety Brochure The Coronado Summer Safety brochure, which offers tips on child safety, bicycle regulations, fire prevention, and beach and water safety, was awarded a First Place ribbon this week at the San Diego County Fair. The brochure was sent home with each Coronado elementary school student last week and 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. The brochures can be picked up at the Police and Fire Departments.

Safety Brochure 















Street Clean-Up:  On Thursday June 5, Public Services staff removed excess pine needles, pine cones and trash accumulated on the west side of state Route 75, near Pomona Avenue and Third Street, between A and B avenues. The crews removed 35 bags of material, which is roughly four cubic yards of green debris and trash from the curb line, parkway and sidewalk. This project presented some additional challenges given the high volume of traffic in this corridor, as well as the amount of refuse collected and removed. However, this maintenance was a warranted and welcomed clean-up to the area.















First Week of Summer Camp:  Thursday, June 5, was the last day of school for the Coronado Unified School District. Monday, June 9, marked the start of the Recreation Summer Camps. Participation during the first week has been significant. A few of the most popular camps were the Adult Aquatic Programs with 30 participants, the Learn to Swim Programs with more than 180 participants, Camp Coronado with 78 participants, and the Before/After Camps with more than 90 participants. Surf lessons and beach volleyball also had a great turn out. Be sure to check the Recreation department's website for updated camp schedules.

Prekinder Camp 

Prekinder Camper


Dodgeball CAmp 

Dodge ball participants






Beach Volleyball:  The Saturday Morning Beach Volleyball Group reports that it is averaging 33 people per week and is playing 32 games on four nets per week. The City-sponsored adult volleyball group meets on Saturday mornings at North Beach starting at 9 a.m.  Registration is $5 for the summer and can be paid at the Coronado Community Center.






Coronado Youth Soccer League:  The Coronado Youth Soccer League is hosting soccer camps at the Cays Park during the week of June 16 through June 20.






Don't Forget Your Passport Don't Forget Your Passport is a new camp that began this week. This camp includes a mini world tour from the Community Center. Participants got to “visit” Australia, Spain, France, Italy and Japan. Along with the “passport stamps,” from each country, the 3-5-year-olds got to mix gazpacho, paint the Sistine Chapel, try  flamenco dancing and make paper carps flags.

Passport Camp 

Children at Summer Camp






Farm to Table This new camp included field trips, tastings and cooking. The participants were all between the ages of 7-11 years old. They got to visit commercial and community gardens. There are working farms less than 10 miles south of Coronado. While learning about growing and harvesting, the junior farmers picked their own vegetables and fruits and cooked meals using the fresh produce. They also got to visit local co-ops and study community-supported agriculture. They got to try composting. It served to be a true farm-to-table experience.

Farm to Table 

Children Participating in Farm to Table Camp















Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Naval Complexes Coordinating Group meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at City Hall.
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, at City Hall.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.,. on Wednesday, June 25, at City Hall.
  • The Traffic Operations Committee meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at City Hall.
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row.