Weekly Update - July 11, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-07-11


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.




Save the Date for Third/Fourth Streets Workshop:  The City of Coronado wants residents interested in traffic-calming measures for Third and Fourth streets to mark their calendars for a public workshop August 6. City officials will present draft traffic-calming concepts developed by traffic consultant Fehr & Peers. The three concepts presented will include a scenario focused on installing traffic signals to improve traffic progression and accessibility across Third and Fourth Streets; a traffic calming scenario using roadway elements that can serve to slow traffic while improving access across the corridor; and a multi-modal focused alternative that encourages non-motorized modes of travel while providing elements to regulate vehicle speeds and enhance corridor mobility.  This workshop is a follow-up to the survey conducted in December 2013 that indicated the community is concerned about issues such as access across Third and Fourth Streets, speed and noise. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback on the proposed concepts. A second workshop will be conducted later this year, when a refined, preferred alternative will be presented that reflects comments and feedback received on August 6. Click on the image below for larger version.

3rd and 4th Workshop Notice 





Fourth of July Coronado’s Fourth of July celebration was a day filled with festive events, including a 15K run, rough water swim, a concert, a parade and a fireworks show. It’s the City’s largest holiday of the year, which means large crowds, traffic jams and parking shortages. More than 300 Coronado Cays residents took advantage of a free round trip bus ride into the Village area the City offered for the first time. The riders were then able to connect to the City’s Free Summer Shuttle to get around town. The Police Department provided traffic control for a community circumnavigation event, which is a bike ride around the City’s Village area and involves residents and returning Coronado High School alumni. The event drew an estimated 800 to 1,000 people, a measurable increase over last year. Although the event is a grass-roots effort, the City of Coronado will continue to work with organizers on rider safety. For residents, the day was another memorable Fourth of July. For City staff, it was a day that involved much preparation, monitoring then clean-up. For public safety personnel, the day included mostly routine medical aid calls, beach assists and vehicle tows. No major incidents were reported over the entire three-day weekend. A Fourth of July debrief will be placed on a future City Council agenda for review.

Work Crews Fourth 

Crews removing spectator benches along the Fourth of July Parade route.


Library Fourth 

Library staff celebrating the Fourth of July.






Oz Con International Preparation:  The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is busy preparing Coronado to be the host site of Oz Con International, from August 1-7, featuring a number of events related to “The Wizard of Oz” and author L. Frank Baum. The event will be held the week before Winkie Con 2014, the annual celebration of all things Oz that is celebrating 50 years and will be held in San Diego from August 8-10.  Oz Con International will be a community festival highlighting Coronado’s special connection to the author. Baum often stayed at the Hotel del Coronado, writing at least three of his Oz books while there. He also rented a home just a block from the Del on Star Park Circle. The Coronado event features children’s camps, a musical cabaret at the Coronado Playhouse, an Oz exhibition at the Coronado Public Library, a screening of the 1939 “The Wizard of Oz 3D” at the Coronado Village Theatre as well as other events such as lectures and tours of Baum’s Enchanted Island. On August 2, the Cultural Arts Commission and Coronado MainStreet present “Celebrate Oz!” a free community festival sponsored by Del Coronado Realty. For more information, visit www.ozconinternational.com.

Banners Being Installed 

Above and below: Oz banners being installed along the Orange Avenue medians.


Oz Banner closeup 







Summer Vacation Rentals:  As summer gets in full swing, the City would like to remind homeowners that renting a residential property in Coronado for less than 26 days at a time is prohibited. Short-term rentals can create an intensified use that brings excessive vehicles, noise, and turnover of people in a residential home or condo that disrupts the livability of the neighborhood. The City wants to preserve the quality of life and maintain the residential character of local neighborhoods. Violators may be fined and subject to legal action. Renting a private home or condo for special events, weekend stays or as a weekly vacation home is against the law regardless of the time period between rentals. Residents are asked to comply with the law, to be a good neighbor and to help maintain the residential atmosphere in the community. If you would like to report a short-term rental in your neighborhood, email rentalviolations@coronado.ca.us or call the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7335.






There’s an App for That:  Live theatre, free concerts, restaurants and hotels are all at your fingertips with the recently updated Visit Coronado mobile app. Download the app so you don't miss a thing. It's free from your app store, and sponsored by the Coronado Tourism Improvement District.

Visit App 






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)

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, July 12 through Friday, July 18.





Wedding Ceremony

Bayview Park

July 12

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 12

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

July 12

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 12

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

July 13

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

July 13

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 13

Beach Party

Central Beach

July 14

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

July 17



















Election Information:  A resolution confirming a consolidated election for the November 4, 2014, General Election will be on the July 15 City Council meeting agenda. Two Council member seats will be on the ballot this year. The candidate nomination period begins Monday, July 14. A Notice of Election can be found here or on the City’s website under City Clerk.




















Roundabout:  This week, construction efforts on the permanent roundabout were focused primarily on storm drain improvements although progress was also made on the continuing installation of curbs and gutters, landscaping, and the center island retaining wall veneer. The intersection remains closed to through traffic with drivers being detoured around the construction zone. Traffic enforcement in the area has been increased in response to concerned area residents and officers have been issuing tickets to drivers who are violating posted signs, speeding and not making full stops where required.Please remember to follow the detours and obey all traffic signs in and around the construction area.For more information on the project, this PSA explains the construction on the permanent roundabout on Pomona Avenue. For any other questions, call the City's Principal Engineer Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.

Roundabout July 11 

Work continues throughout the intersection.






Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration:  The contractor began installing this week the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian signal equipment. Starting at the intersection of First Street and Orange Avenue, crews have been working their way south to all the signalized intersections along State Route 75. The equipment includes audible signals for pedestrians to assist the visually impaired, letting them know when it is safe to cross the street. Countdown timer displays are also being installed to inform pedestrians how much time is available to cross the street. Work to install all signal equipment will continue through the end of the month and is scheduled to be completed by August 11.

Countdown Timer 

Above and below: Countdown timers at Orange Avenue and First Street.


Countdown Timers closeup





















Web-based Courses Through the LibraryAn online series of six-week courses are now being offered for free to Coronado Library card holders. Subjects include accounting, business, computer applications, design, healthcare, language and arts, law and legal, teaching, technology, and writing and publishing. The courses are instructor-led and offered monthly. The next session begins July 16. Here is a link to the Library’s homepage, where you can find a link to the courses: https://www.coronado.ca.us/library/






Youth Programs:  A “Mad Science Show” was presented on Tuesday afternoon, July 8, where wild science facts and demonstrations enthralled children. On Thursday, July 10, a “Bedtime Story Time” was held, and children came with their favorite stuffed animals. The stuffed animals spent the night. For Wednesday’s Teen event, on July 9, “Meet the Animals of PAWS,” volunteers from PAWS brought cats and dogs to share with the teens.

Mad Science 

Above and below: the Mad Science Show at the Library.


Mad Science2






Coronado as Oz - Photo Contest:  The Library is organizing a photo contest. Contestants of all ages can submit pictures of Coronado scenes most resembling characters or imagery of the Land of Oz. The deadline for submission is July 25. The photos will be judged and the winning images will be displayed at the Library. Gift certificates will be awarded as prizes. The contest is being held in conjunction with Oz Con International, to be held in Coronado August 1-7, and Winkie Con 50, to be held in San Diego August 8-10.







Summer Festival:  The Library will host a chamber music concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11, in the Winn Room. The Kensington Trio will perform works by Beethoven and Ukrainian composers. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Library.

Summer Festival 

















Senior Volunteer Award:  Coronado Senior Volunteer Patrol member Paul Grubb was honored on Thursday, July 10, at the Sixth Annual Law Enforcement Volunteers awards luncheon hosted by the San Diego Crime Commission. Grubb was one of 15 Senior Volunteers from different law enforcement agencies in San Diego County recognized for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Grubb has been an integral part of the Coronado Senior Volunteer Program for more than 16 years, working not only in patrol and with special events but also in the Traffic Division. He has also served as the Assistant Administrator and Administrator of the Senior Volunteer Program.

SVP Award

From left to right: San Diego Crime Commission Chairman James A. Hill; San Diego Harbor Police Chief Jon Bolduc; Senior Volunteer Patrol member Paul Grubb; Chula Vista Police Chief David Bejarano.

















Go Play, Get Fit Youth DayThere were 600 campers and staff from around San Diego County who participated in a day of sports, games, dancing and other fun activities at the tenth annual “Go Play, Get Fit Youth Day” on Wednesday, July 9, in Tidelands Park. Children, ages 5-16, enrolled in summer day camps and came from nine different cities throughout the County.  The City of Coronado has hosted this event for the last seven years, and considers it a great opportunity to bring children, from throughout the County, together to play their way to a healthy mind and body while enjoying a variety of action-packed recreational activities at 20 different stations. The different stations ranged from traditional sports activities to Jazzercise, martial arts, yoga and fun nutritional games. A popular event station was the “Food Fear Factor Game” where children are dared to taste fruits and vegetables donated by the Coronado Farmer’s Market.  The day concluded with dancing, music from a DJ, running, climbing and sliding at numerous inflatable obstacle courses.

Dave Knopp 

Above and two below: Operations Supervisor Dave Knopp and campers participating in Go Play, Get Fit Youth Day.


Get Fit Campers 

Above and two below: Go Play, Get Fit Youth Day campers.






Summer Programs:  Summer has been busy at the Community Center. This week, there were 1,075 participants in camps and classes. A total of 2,899 participants took part in the first five weeks of camp programs. Below is a list of the Recreation Programs that are being held from July 12 through July 18. Here are highlights of a few of this week’s camps:

  • Adventure, Kayak and SUP Camp:  Children, ages 8-14, enjoyed the new Adventure Kayak and SUP Camp at the Coronado Boathouse. The kids learned how to paddle the Lightning Kayaks, which are trainer flat-water sprint kayaking boats. They also had fun mastering stand-up paddle boards. They got to kayak under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and make a raft with the paddle boards.
  • American Girl Camp:  At American Girl Camp, girls ages 6-11, got to bring their favorite American Girl Dolls to camp and enjoy adventures together. They created outfits for their dolls, made desserts for a fancy tea party and mingled with fellow American Girl enthusiasts.
  • Master Sports Basketball Camp:  At Master Sports Basketball Camp, three dozen campers, ages 6-13, learned how to dribble, pass and shoot like the professionals. They got to work on their skills by participating in drills and scrimmages. Each camper was awarded a shirt and a basketball to take home at the end of the week.
  • DIY Divas:  Campers, ages 9-12, had fun crafting, cooking and socializing at DIY (Do it Yourself) Divas Camp in the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse. They cooked and made crafts, including melted crayon art, pretty pinwheels and scarves from T-shirts.


Camp List July 14 


GB Park campers 

Recreation Department Summer Camp attendees filled Glorietta Bay Park this week.


Kayak class 

First day of kayaking at camp.



Summer CAmpers

Above and below: American Girl Campers.


Summer Campers2 



 Bball Camp

Master Sports Basketball Campers.


DIY Divas 

Campers at DIY Divas.







Emergency Medication Policy:  On occasion, the public inquires if City staff is able to administer medications to their children enrolled in Recreation Department programs. Recreation staff members are unable to do so as they are not health professionals nor are they trained in recognizing medical symptoms and administering medications. Therefore, Recreation staff may not administer any medication to any child at any time. Whenever possible, medication (including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and special diet) schedules should be arranged so all medication is given at home. However, the City understands that circumstances will arise which requires a child to bring his or her medication to the program. Staff will monitor required usage and will not administer medication under any circumstances. Staff can also prearrange to have parents or guardians administer any required medication at a set time, usually with little disruption to the activity or program.  In the rare case that a child is found with unauthorized medication, the parent/guardian will be notified immediately and the medication will be confiscated until it can be returned directly to the parent.






Armchair Travel:  The Coronado Senior Association’s monthly Armchair Travel Program recently relocated to the Nautilus Room at the Community Center. The move was necessitated by the tremendous popularity of the program. The program outgrew the previous location at the Senior Center. The first event at the new location was held on Tuesday, July 8, with featured speaker, Bill Toone, a conservation biologist and director of Escondido-based nonprofit Ecolife. He spoke about Uganda’s Mountain Gorilla and Batwa Pygmies. The program will be held on the second Tuesday of the month in the Nautilus Room. 















Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Parks and Recreation Commission meets at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The Library Board of Trustees meets at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Library, 640 Orange Ave.
  • The City Council meeting is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at City Hall.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, July 23, at City Hall.
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Road.
  • RSIP-s Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at City Hall.