Weekly Update - June 20, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-06-20



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, July 15, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note, the regularly scheduled City Council meeting set for July 1 has been canceled.




NASNI Gate Abandoned Vehicle, Arrests The main gate to Naval Air Station North Island was shut down yesterday afternoon for about two hours after the driver of a pickup truck abandoned the vehicle and fled. Coronado officers found one of the vehicle's occupants at Third Street and Orange Avenue and took him into custody. Other suspects were located shortly after. Two adult males, an adult female and a male juvenile were taken into custody by Coronado Police for auto theft and conspiracy to commit auto theft. At about 1:20 p.m., the driver abandoned the truck, which later turned out to be stolen, as he approached the Navy entrance booths and fled east toward Orange. After all suspects were taken into custody and the abandoned truck was deemed safe, the main gate was reopened. The pickup was later reported stolen from the area of Mullinix Drive in Coronado. The Regional Auto Theft Task Force is responsible for large scale and multi-jurisdictional auto theft investigations. Due to the nature of this case, it was turned over to the Regional Auto Theft Task Force for further investigation and prosecution. 

NASNI Gate Incident 

Above and below: Traffic diverted around main NASNI entrance. Law enforcement officials checking vehicle for explosive devices.

NASNI Gate Incident2 







Power Outages Tuesday:  There were multiple SDG&E power outages in Coronado on Tuesday, June 17. The first and largest outage occurred at about 10:30 a.m. and was caused by a foreign object coming in contact with power lines. Foreign objects can be items such as kites or balloons. Other smaller outages occurred as SDG&E transferred power from alternate paths to place customers back in service. An additional outage occurred at about 1 p.m. and was related to an equipment failure at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. All Coronado customers were back online and receiving power by the end of the day. The City is working with SDG&E to help provide up-to-date information to customers about outages so everyone can know what to expect.







Concerts in the Park Traffic SafetyCoronado Police have begun staffing the intersection of Orange Avenue and Seventh Street with Coronado Police Explorers to help Concert in the Park attendees get safely across the street during and after the weekly summer concerts. The Explorers will not be available on June 29, but Police are looking to find an alternative service provider.







New Beach SignsSix new beach signs have been installed near the entrance to Coronado beach, from North Beach to South Beach. The signs provide basic rules for the beach, including the hours, where kite-flying and dogs are allowed, what kind of wood is allowed in the fire rings and contact information. A separate sign is being designed for North Beach, which will give specific rules for fire ring use. The City's goal with all the signs is to achieve voluntary compliance of the rules and regulations at the beach. Take a look the next time you visit the beach at the colorful signs.

New Beach Signs 

Above and two below: New beach signs at North Beach and South Beach.

New Beach Signs2 


New Beach Signs3 






Proposition 42:  California voters approved Proposition 42, a measure on the June 3 ballot. The measure places California's open meeting and public records laws in the State Constitution. The measure also requires local governments to pay the cost of complying with the records and meetings laws, an expense the state previously was required to pay. Some cities submitted reimbursement from the State for the cost of providing records. The City of Coronado did not, paying the cost out of its General Fund. The City of Coronado strives to be as transparent as possible and to comply as quickly as possible with public records requests. Meeting notices will continue to be published and posted.






Cal-Am Water QualityNumerous residents called to ask about Coronado's current water quality. California American Water officials assured the City that Coronado's water quality is good.







Certificates Instead of CitationsCoronado Police will implement a new program that its sponsors hope will encourage bike riders walking their bikes in the City's downtown business district to continue doing the right thing. Starting Tuesday, June 24, Senior Volunteers will make contact with bike-walkers and hand them a random certificate. The program is sponsored by the Coronado Bicycle Advisory Committee and Coronado MainStreet, with an assist from the Coronado Police Department and its Senior Volunteer Patrol. The certificates will provide discounts from Coronado MainStreet members and the City's Recreation Department to acknowledge their cooperation with the City's ordinance. At the same time, the Police Department will use social media to remind visitors and residents about the ordinance prohibiting bike riding on the downtown business sidewalks.  The project will continue through the summer on random days and times or until there are no more certificates.  

Walking Bike 

Doing the right thing on Orange Avenue.






Monument Sign Clean-UpOn Tuesday, June 17, Public Services staff groomed the California Department of Transportation area around the Coronado monument sign near the Third and Fourth Street split, just west of the toll plaza. Crews removed approximately eight cubic yards of plant material to improve the appearance and visibility of this focal point, at one of the main entrances to the City. The area's landscaping began to die after the water was turned off at the request of the Governor due to drought conditions. In the upcoming months, Public Services will work with Caltrans to evaluate other potential opportunities to further improve and maintain this area.


Above and below: Coronado welcome monument sign.




Above and Below: Landscaping around monument sign








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 or Kayak (Mon-Fri, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Family Kayak

Kayak rides (Ongoing on weekends)







Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, June 21, through Friday, June 27.





Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

June 21

Triathlon Training

Glorietta Bay Park

June 21, from 6-9 a.m.

Graduation BBQ

Glorietta Bay Park

June 21

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

June 21

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 21

Lemonade Fundraiser (300 people)

Tidelands Park

June 21

Birthday Party

Glorietta Bay Park

June 22

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

June 22

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 22

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

June 24

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

June 26

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

June 27

Wedding Ceremony

Central Beach

June 27
















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 
















Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, June 18, the Historic Resource Commission designated 1001 Olive Ave. as a Historic Resource. The Commission also determined that 467 A Ave. is not historically significant in association with a “Notice of Intent to Demolish” application.

1001 Olive 

1001 Olive Avenue

















Permanent Roundabout ImprovementsRough grading of the intersection of Pomona and Adella avenues and Seventh Street continued this week and survey crews were on site placing construction stakes, and setting final grades and locations of the new curbs and gutters. Demolition of existing storm drain pipes on the south side of the intersection also was completed and installation of the new system began. New concrete curb and gutter was poured along the east side of Pomona Avenue. 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.For questions regarding construction, click here to see a City of Coronado YouTube video, or contact the City's Principal Engineer Jim Newton, by telephone or email, at (619) 522-7313 or jnewton@coronado.ca.us.


New curb and gutter on east side of Pomona


Reconstruction of storm drain system


Project overview – surveyor stakes in place







ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps along E, F, and H Avenues:  The contractor has made progress on the project, replacing ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards along E Avenue from Eighth Street to Isabella Avenue, F Avenue from Eighth Street to Ocean Boulevard, and H Avenue from Eighth to Tenth streets. With the first phase of the project near completion, the contractor will begin making preparations in the coming weeks for the next phase of the project. After the Fourth of July, the contractor will begin replacing non-compliant pedestrian ramps along E, F, and H avenues from First to Fifth streets.
















Summer Reading ProgramLast Thursday, June 12, a craft activity was held as part of the Children's Summer Reading Program. The children who attended made shaggy dogs. The annual Bubble Day was held on Tuesday, June 17. Bubble Day was held outside on the Library's lawn and children blew bubbles, stood inside Hula hoop sized bubbles, and drank bubbly root beer floats. On Thursday, June 19, “Cooking with Chef Merry” was held in the Winn Room. The Library's own Merry Street taught 40 children how to cook stir-fry.

Bubble Day 

Above and below: Children participating in Bubble Day.

Bubble Day2 


Bubble Day3

Children participating in Bubble Day.

Shaggy Dog 

Above and below: Children making shaggy dog crafts at the Summer Reading Program.

Shaggy Dog2 







Teen Programs:  The Teen Wednesday event, which was held on June 18, featured a cupcake decorating contest. To keep the “Paws to Read” Summer Reading Club theme, all of the decorations were animal themed.


Cupcake Decorating Contest







Summer Festival:  The next program of the Library's Summer Festival will be held Friday, June 20. The Ciavarelli Family Trio will play a medley of Broadway show tunes and jazz favorites. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Winn Room. Seating is first-come, first-served. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Library.


















Smart Parking Meter Installed:  Thirty new smart meters have been installed for a 90-day test period. Fifteen are in the 800 block of Orange Avenue and 15 are in the 900 block. Some are equipped with an in-ground sensor that collects space usage data, can clear the meter when a car exits, and prevents meter feeding beyond the 2-hour parking limit. The new meters also accept Visa and MasterCard. There was no change in the meter rates. A quarter will buy you one hour's time. After the trial period, the City Council will decide whether or not to replace all meters with the new technology. 

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Above and two below: New parking meters installed along Orange Avenue in use.

Parking Meters 


Parking Meters3 







Red Cross Blood DriveCoronado Police hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 18. Many Coronado Police Officers voluntarily donated blood during the daylong drive.

Matt Mitchell          

Above and Below: Police Department Sgt. Matt Mitchell participating in the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Blood Drive 






Dunk the Hero!:  On duty Patrol Officers, including the Police Department's Chief Froomin, are expected to participate in the Coronado Retirement Village's “Dunk The Hero!” event, which will be held today at 3 p.m. The event will be held in front of the Coronado Retirement Village at 299 Prospect Place. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards Alzheimer's Awareness. An educational seminar, “Caring for Aging Parents & Alzheimer's,” will take place following the main event.  


















Memorial Garden Maintenance: Last week, Public Services staff began trimming and removing plant material, in the Library's Memorial Garden area, as an effort to provide for greater visibility in this somewhat obscured area. They were able to complete the maintenance project this week. The removal of almost 12 cubic yards of plant material has opened the Memorial Garden area and made it much more visible to the community. Public Services staff hope that this maintenance will assist in highlighting the charming and tranquil Memorial Garden area, and make it more enjoyable to visitors of the Library.

Memorial Garden 

Above and two below: Memorial Garden clean-up

Memorial Garden2 


Memorial Garden3 







Four-Way Stop Added:  Last week, Public Services crews added two more stop signs, plus striping, at Fifth Street and C Avenue to create a four-way stop. This was at the request of citizens and approval of the City Council, after evaluation and the conclusion that a four-way stop at the intersection is warranted.

4-way Stop 

Four-way stop added at Fifth Street and C Avenue.






Sidewalk Work Completed:  Public Services' Street Division oversaw work on Sixth Street near D Avenue to replace severely deteriorating concrete sidewalks. The deterioration was caused by roots and moisture. Additionally, the Streets Division removed and replaced severely lifted sidewalk panels on Miguel Avenue between Pomona Avenue and San Luis Rey Avenue due to City trees.

Sixth and D 

Above and below: Sidewalk work on Sixth Street near D Avenue.

Sixth and D2 


Miguel Work

Above and two below: Sidewalk repairs made on Miguel Avenue due to tree root damage.

Miguel Avenue work 

Miguel Work3 



















Un-Frozen Camp:  This week at Un-Frozen Camp, 5- to 7-year-old campers saw their favorite movie “Frozen” come to life. Children got to cut out their own snowflakes, conduct “icy” science experiments and play “Pin the Carrot on Olaf.” The week ended with a coronation fit for a royal.


Photo from Un-Frozen Camp







Awesome Athletes:  This week, at Awesome Athletes in the Cays, 4- to 6-year-olds had fun playing all types of sports. They participated in football drills that included sprints, weaving through cones and catching the ball. Campers also played a real game of basketball on the outdoor court. When it was time to rest, the campers were able to take a break and decorate their sports backpacks.

Awesome Athletes 

Awesome Athletes in the Cays participating in sports drills.






Slimy, Sticky, Squishy Class:  Slimy, Sticky, Squishy Class had children, ages 3 to 5 years old, enjoying the fun of getting messy. They made space mud and learned about color mixing by combining shaving cream, corn starch and water, then adding different primary colors to the concoction. On Friday, June 13, campers had a slippery good time by eating Jell-O with their hands.       

Slimy Camp                

Above and Below: Slimy, Sticky, Squishy Class

Slimy Camp2 







Tennis:  The U.S. Tennis Association's Jr. Team spring tennis season has ended. Coronado participants received some No. 1 divisional wins in the 10-Advanced, 12-Advanced and 14-Novice. The 14 Satellite Team won sectionals and moved on to nationals, which will be held in Columbia, South Carolina, in October. The U.S. Tennis Association's Ladies 2.5 and Ladies 3.0 also will be going to sectionals in Orange County in August. Summer Tennis Programs are in full swing.

Tennis programs           

Above and below: Kids participating in the USTA tennis programs.

Tennis Programs2 







Summer Camps:  Camps are going strong at the Community Center with a variety of different programs offered. The following is a list of the camps Coronado Recreation is offering next week:

Camps this week 
















Upcoming Meetings: 
  • 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.
  • The Cultural Arts Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at City Hall.