Weekly Update - August 1, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-08-01


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, Aug. 19, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Please note the meeting regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month has been canceled for August.



Oz Con International August 1-7:  Oz Con International kicks off tonight in Coronado and will include a week of Oz-related activities, from the daylong Celebrate Oz Festival at Spreckels Park tomorrow to a special movie screening of "The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Edition" at the Village Theatre August 7 (a second screening has been added after the first sold out) to an Oz musical cabaret today and tomorrow at the Coronado Playhouse. The Coronado Library will host tonight a free Opening Reception of Coronado’s Oz Con from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The reception will feature a viewing of the Wizard of Oz exhibition, a no-host wine bar operated by the Friends of the Library, and keynote speaker Angelica Carpenter, former president of the International Wizard of Oz Club. An exhibit commemorating "The Wizard of Oz" and its author, L. Frank Baum, has been installed at the Library. Tomorrow, there will be a free community festival, “Celebrate Oz!” at Spreckels Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a costumed parade at 11 a.m., followed by the Community Band giving a free concert. Tickets for the Coronado Playhouse cabaret are available at the box office, 1845 Strand Way. Tickets for the film screening are available at the Village Theatre, 850 Orange Ave. Wizard of Oz Walking Tour tickets are available for purchase at the Coronado Historical Association, 640 Orange Ave. For more details, visit the City’s website (coronado.ca.us) or open this schedule of events.

Oz Con 


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Left to right: Coronado Cultural Arts Commission Vice Chair and Commissioner of Fundraising and Special Events (and Wicked Witch) Heidi Wilson and Coronado Arts Administrator (and Dorothy) Kelly Purvis promoting Oz Con to the City Council after receiving a proclamation.


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Oz Con banners along Orange Avenue.





Roundabout:  City officials announced the grand opening today of the roundabout at the intersection of Pomona and Adella avenues and Seventh Street, a project that will both improve traffic circulation and safety in the area. Work on the project was completed in 45 days. The roundabout will be officially opened to through traffic at a 12:30 p.m. ceremony today with the help of elected leaders and City officials. The project is the result of a successful test project that became permanent with help from residents and other stakeholders. The end result will be a safe and beautiful traffic circle that will calm traffic yet improve through-put to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. Additional construction operations and other landscaping items remain to be completed by the contractor. However, the intersection is expected to remain open at all times while the items are completed. Construction crews today will be removing all detour signs and traffic controls now that Pomona is reopening. Work began June 9 on the Pomona, Seventh and Adella Intersection Improvements Project. The contractor, Tri-Group Construction and Development Inc., worked to complete the work and was provided a financial incentive to finish early. The City spent $1.3 million for the Capital Improvement Project. For questions regarding construction, call Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.


Roundabout after some paving work. It will be opened today.





Summer Shuttle Ridership News and Bus Schedule:  Ridership is up on Coronado’s free Summer Shuttle, according to officials with the Metropolitan Transit System. In fact, the Summer Shuttle in Coronado is MTS’ highest performing route in terms of passengers carried per hour of operation. This is great news and a testament to the success of the service. It also shows that people are taking the bus rather than a vehicle, helping to reduce traffic on the City’s already congested summertime streets. Ridership in July 2014 through July 24 averaged 18.2 passengers per trip, up from 11.6 in June 2014. In other news, the City has created a handy schedule for Coronado's free Summer Shuttle Bus, which is available on the bus and for distribution to hotels, motels and businesses that are interested. Contact Janine Zuniga at (619) 522-7340 for more information. The Free Summer Shuttle runs on a 30-minute schedule and is served by two buses that run simultaneously. Remember that buses heading south on Orange Avenue from the Coronado Ferry Landing will make a scheduled stop at the Coronado Shores (near City Hall) for approximately 20 minutes. Check this schedule for all your trips to ensure you get to your appointment or dinner reservation on time. The schedule is online and also can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1o9mzdP. Click on the schedules below to see a clearer and larger image.

Shuttle Sked


 Shuttle Sked






Save the Date for Third/Fourth Streets Workshop:  On Wednesday, August 6, the City of Coronado will hold a public workshop to discuss traffic-calming measures for Third and Fourth streets. City officials will present draft traffic-calming concepts developed by traffic consultant Fehr & Peers. Three concepts will be presented, including a scenario focused on installing traffic signals to improve traffic progression and accessibility across Third and Fourth Streets; a scenario using roadway elements that can serve to slow traffic while improving access across the corridor; and a scenario that encourages non-motorized modes of travel while providing elements to regulate vehicle speeds and enhance corridor mobility. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback. Click on the image below for larger version.

Workshop Traffic Calming 






Police, Firefighter and Lifeguard of the Year:  On Wednesday evening, July 30, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce held its recognition event honoring this year’s Police Officer, Firefighter, and Lifeguard of the Year. Officer Jordan Good of the Police Department, Engineer Scott Stepanof of the Fire Department, and Lifeguard Robert Phelps were the nominees from Coronado. These men were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in their everyday commitment to their Departments and the City, and inspiring others to attain this level of performance.






Navy Noise Alert: The Navy announced blank firing, pyrotechnics training and small boat operations will be conducted in San Diego Bay near Naval Amphibious Base for several days this week, concluding today. The Navy realizes the importance of being good neighbors with our neighbors in the local communities and makes every effort to reduce noise whenever possible. Navy noise complaints can be directed to (619) 545-8233.





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, August 2, through Friday, August 8.




Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

August 2

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 2

Wedding Ceremony

North Beach

August 3

Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 3

Wedding Ceremony

Glorietta Bay Promenade

August 3

















Slurry Seal Work to Begin:  The annual slurry sealing of certain City streets is set to begin soon. Preparations are being made this week for the job to begin. The project will include the slurry sealing of E Avenue, from First Street to Isabella Avenue; F Avenue, from First to Ocean Boulevard; G Avenue, from First to Tenth Street; and H Avenue, from First to Olive Avenue. A slurry seal is a type of seal coat composed of asphalt emulsion, fine aggregates, mineral filler, various additives, and water, all of which are mixed and applied from a truck. It is a cost-effective and proven way to extend the life of roads. Once applied, the slurry will fill small surface cracks, stop raveling and improve the skid resistance of the pavement. The majority of work will occur between now and August 16. The contractor is required to place notifications on the doors of all properties along the affected streets a minimum of three days before any work begins. “No Parking” signs will also be posted in advance of the work. All streets will be open at the end of the work day and once safe to do so. For questions, contact Tony Mendoza, Engineering Technician at (619) 522-7384 or tmendoza@coronado.ca.us. Click here for more information.

Slurry Seal Map 





ADA Compliant Pedestrian Ramps along E, F, and H Avenues:  The contractor made progress this week on replacing ramps along Fifth Street at the intersections of E, F, and H avenues and will be constructing ramps to required national standards. After the contractor has completed this work, the final ramps to be replaced will be at Second and Alameda Boulevard.


ADA Ramp 

Completed ADA ramp in Coronado.
















Residential Fire Updates: 

  • Residential Fire - Glorietta Boulevard:  On Wednesday, July 23, Fire Department personnel responded to a residential fire in the 700 block of Glorietta Boulevard in the back unattached residence. Coronado Engine 36 arrived at a two-story single family home and found the fire at the rear of the property in a guest house with an attached enclosed patio. Firefighters quickly contained the fire to the enclosed patio and protected the surrounding residential homes. Approximately 10 minutes after arrival, the fire was completely extinguished. No occupants were injured and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
  • Residential Fire - C Avenue:  On Friday, July 25, Fire Department personnel responded to a kitchen fire in the 500 block of C Avenue. Battalion 53, Engine 36, and Medic 36 arrived to find a single-story residential home with light smoke coming from the front door. Firefighters found a partially extinguished kitchen fire with several occupants inside the home. Approximately five minutes after arrival the fire was completely extinguished. One occupant suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to the hospital. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.




Spaghetti Dinner Success:  On Sunday, July 27, the Coronado Fire Department served more than 600 meals at the firefighters’ traditional Spaghetti Dinner. The proceeds, of nearly $6,400, go directly to the San Diego Burn Institute, a local nonprofit. The Burn Institute funds burn injury prevention education, treatment, and operates support programs for burn survivors. 


Spaghetti Dinner 

Above and Below: Fire Department’s traditional Spaghetti Dinner.


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Oz Exhibit:  Tomorrow, the Children’s Library will be participating in activities related to Oz Con International at the “Celebrate Oz!” community festival at Spreckels Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An exhibit commemorating "The Wizard of Oz" and its author, L. Frank Baum, has been installed at the Library. Items on exhibit include first edition books, original illustrated art, rare photographs, posters, sheet music from the various early Oz musicals, and Oz character dolls and merchandise. These items are on loan from David Maxine, producer of the annual Winkie Con, which this year will be held in San Diego from August 8-10. Also on exhibit will be original art from Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist Eric Shanower, who has taken the Oz characters into the modern age of the comic book. The exhibit will be up through the month of August.

Oz Panels






The Library has an App for That:  The Coronado Library has a new app available for downloading that gives users access to the Library’s catalog, databases and accounts. Access and download e-books or e-audio through Overdrive in one step. Renew borrowed items, place holds, check upcoming programs, view location and hours open. Scan the ISBN barcode of any book in a store and Boopsie will automatically scan the Coronado Public Library catalog for the title to let you know whether the Library has the title in its collection. Search for Coronado Library in your app store.

 Library App2    Library App1 






Youth Field Day:  The Children’s Library held its annual “Field Day” on Tuesday, July 29, with games including “rattlesnake relay,” water balloon hot potato, and a bubble gum blowing contest. The games were held in the Library Park.

Field Day 

Above and two below: Field Day activities at the Library Park.

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Above and two below: Color Reveal Birds activity during the Library’s Kids Craft.  

Field Day 5 


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Teen Reading ClubThe Teen Reading Club Party, held Wednesday, July 30, concluded the Teen Summer Reading Program. One hundred and fifty teens participated in the program and 588 books were read. A bicycle from Holland’s Bicycles, a Google Nexus tablet, and a Kindle Paperwhite e-reader were awarded in the grand prize drawing.






Harry Potter Day:  The Children’s Library presented its annual Harry Potter Day on Thursday, July 31. The Library’s Winn Room was transformed into Hogsmeade Village and a game of Quidditch was played in the park.


















Sexual Assault Suspect UpdateIn 2012, Charles Mozdir was arrested by Coronado Police Detectives for child molestation charges. Mozdir bailed out of jail, and was provided a court date for his arraignment. He failed to appear in court and a $1 million bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Coronado Police Detectives traced Mozdir to Georgia, where his vehicle was located, abandoned and covered in foliage. After Coronado Detectives were unable to locate Mozdir, they requested the help of the U.S. Marshal Service and the public. The case was aired on CNN’s “The Hunt with John Walsh” on July 20, and again on July 27. From the two broadcasts, multiple tips were received, which led investigators to his location in New York City. On Monday, July 28, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Charles Mozdir in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York City. Upon contacting Mozdir a shootout occurred, resulting in injuries to two U.S. Marshals, a New York Police Department Detective and the death of Charles Mozdir.  The officers’ injuries do not appear to be life threatening.





Bike Thief Arrested:  On Tuesday, July 29, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Coronado Police arrested a man suspected of stealing a remotely monitored bicycle belonging to the Department. The arrest occurred in the 1600 block of Glorietta Boulevard. The man was booked into the San Diego County Jail for grand theft, receiving stolen property, and possession of burglary tools. This is the sixth bicycle thief arrested in the last two weeks by the Coronado Police Department.





Major Traffic Delays:  Major delays driving into Coronado occurred early Tuesday, July 29, due to a suspected drunken driver failing to stop at the security checkpoint damaging the main gate protection system at Naval Air Station North Island. Due to the damage, the Third Street entrance was closed to all vehicle traffic for a brief period, reopening late in the morning commute. NASNI employees need to use the gates at First and Alameda and the Ocean Street Gates. Expect major delays on the bridge entering Coronado. Use the Silver Strand State Highway or the free commuter ferry if possible.
















Beach Signs:  Coronado Eagle Scouts are currently working on a prototype beach kiosk sign for North Beach. Led by Eagle Scout Zachary Mishky, in conjunction with Coronado’s Streets Department, the Eagle Scouts are installing a beach kiosk sign that will display beach rules and current lifeguard beach alerts. The work is nearly complete. The City appreciates all that the Eagle Scouts do for the community and support the important skills and lessons they are learning through service.


Eagle Sign 

Above and two below: Eagle Scouts building beach sign and with the nearly finished product.


Eagle Sign2 


Eagle Sign3






Coronado Rotary Plaza Wi-Fi:  The Wi-Fi at Coronado Rotary Plaza is back on. The City's IT guys just gave us the good news. Service was out last week due to a malfunctioning Internet modem. A new part was shipped, installed and now, less than a week later, service is back. Thanks to the community for your patience.

Rotary Park 

 Coronado Rotary Plaza Wi-Fi up and running.







Streets Division Updates:  Streets crews are working on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent projects:


  • Public Services Streets Division removed and replaced 120 square feet of heavily lifted sidewalk due to tree roots at 331 Alameda Blvd.

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Above and below: Sidewalk work at 331 Alameda Blvd.

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Gym Floor Update:  A contractor is currently working to repair water damage to the Community Center gymnasium floor and basketball court. Over the years, water from storms and irrigation has seeped under the threshold for the emergency exit doors along the west side of the facility. The water found its way under the wood flooring system and caused the floor to buckle. The contractor removed the warped 300 square feet of flooring. Once Public Services staff ventilated the area properly, the contractor began the system replacement. There is significant moisture under the barrier and staff will contract to have active ventilation installed under this flooring system to prevent further damage. Public Services staff will work on other repairs, including doors, exterior drainage and irrigation, to minimize impact on the residents and other Recreational patrons.

Gym Floor 


Above and below: Progress on repairs to the Community Center’s gymnasium flooring.

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Highlights from this Week’s Camps:

  • So-Cal Waterpalooza:  Water, water every day.  What is better on hot summer days than visits to Water parks, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkeling through the La Jolla Caves. Campers, ages 11-15, got to do all of those activities in the annual So-Cal Waterpalooza Camp this week. The all-time favorite activity is the trip to Raging Waters in San Dimas for water slides like the “Dark Hole” the “Vortex.”
  • Welcome to Oz:  At Welcome to Oz Camp, campers, ages 3-5, enjoyed making art, playing group games, and diving into the wonderful world of Oz. They painted boxes green to recreate the Emerald City, crafted silly scarecrow hats, and placed colorful fruit onto skewers to make “Over the Rainbow” kabobs. Today, campers are invited to come dressed as their favorite character or wear green to look like a citizen of Oz.
  • Lego Ninjaneering Masters Camp:  At Lego Ninjaneering Camp, children ages 7-12, enjoyed building and creating in the Sand Dollar Room. They worked with motorized parts, had plenty of free build time, and learned about physics. It was a nice way for campers to bond and socialize while doing their favorite activity with each other.
  • T-N-T Camp (Trampolines and Tumbling):  At T-N-T Camp, children got to practice the Seat Drop to get ready for their time on the trampoline.
  • Skate Camp:  This week, boys and girls traveled to skate parks in Ocean Beach, Carlsbad, Rancho Penasquitos and skate parks at the Clairemont YMCA and in Coronado with Recreation’s four-day Skate Camp. Campers tested their grinds, kick flips and “ollies” on the ramps, in the bowls and on the street sections of the local skate parks.






Stand-up paddle boarding around the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge during so-Cal Water-Palooza.    






Oz Camp 

Above and below: Children enjoying the fun of Oz Camp at Recreation.

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Lego Ninjaneering Masters Campers.





TNT Camp 

T-N-T Campers getting ready for some fun on the trampoline.



Oz Dance

Above and below: H2A Dancers practicing their dance for their Celebrate Oz Performance on Saturday, August 2, in Spreckels Park.

Oz Dance 



Skate Camp 

Skate camp participants. 



Summer Camps for August 2 – August 8:

Camp List 











Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 4, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The City Council meeting regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month has been canceled for August.
  • The Historic Resource Committee meeting regularly held on the first Wednesday of the month has been canceled for August.
  • Third/Fourth Street Traffic Workshop is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Community Center Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way.
  • The Coronado Tourism Improvement District meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 at City Hall.
  • The Cultural Arts Committee meeting originally set for August 7 has been canceled.