Weekly Update - August 22, 2014

Date of Record: 2014-08-22


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, Sept. 2, 2014, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 




Coronado Schools Are Back in Session:  The City sent out a reminder that students are back to school this week and that drivers should be aware that children will be out and about. Many children use bikes to get to school and will be sharing the roads with morning and afternoon commuters. Our children's safety is a top concern in Coronado. The City prepared for the start of school on various fronts. Coronado provided a map and a “Safe Routes to School - Parent Info Sheet” to the schools to help parents get their children safely to school. The map shows schools, traffic signals and crossing guard locations. As part of a grant-funded Safe Routes to School program, the City recently painted white bike lanes on Sixth Street in both directions for a safer ride to area schools. The Coronado Police also are involved, handing out gift certificates to bicyclists following the rules of the road and properly wearing their helmets. This effort began last year and was a success. Recreation Services Teen Staff participated in the Coronado Unified School District’s new family “Back to School Night” on Tuesday night, August 19, at the Coronado Middle School. This was an opportunity for new families in Coronado to learn about organizations and opportunities within the community. City staff provided information promote teen programs.

Students Back to School

Coronado students biking to school yesterday on Sixth Street.


Froomin Gift Certificates

Police Chief Jon Froomin giving a student a gift certificate yesterday, the first day of school, for following the rules.


Back to School Map

Click on the map to see a larger version.






Portable Restroom Being Prepped:  The City’s new portable restroom trailer is currently in the Public Services Yard, where it has had the lights and all other external appurtenances removed to make it ready for the wrap. Earlier this year, a wrap with graphics simulating a historic Tent City tent with photos of guests and beachgoers was approved. The wrap installation was completed late yesterday afternoon. Public Services will reinstall all the exterior components, transport it to the predetermined location at the beach, connect it to the site’s electrical service, lower it into place and the trailer should be ready for use on Monday, August 25. The facility will be portable and appearing around town, where needed. The design was developed by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission.


Portable Restroom Cleaned 

Above and below: New portable restroom being prepped and wrapped.


Portable Restroom Wrap 


Portable Restroom Wrapped

New portable restroom wrapped.





Proper Bike Locking PSA:  Check out the City of Coronado's newest Public Service Announcement, "How to Properly Lock Your Bike," and learn the techniques that will help keep your bicycle safe. The video includes a number of bike security tips, including advice on the best way to lock a bike to a rack and what you should do to make it easier to recover your bike if it is stolen. Regarding bike thefts, two more people were arrested in Coronado on bike theft charges, bringing the total to 13 suspects taken into custody for being in possession of the Coronado Police Department’s remotely monitored bicycle since the operation began in early July. The two were arrested Wednesday, August 20, at about 8:40 p.m. The bike was located in the suspects’ vehicle after Coronado officers stopped their car in San Diego. The suspects were charged with grand theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Both were transported to jail. Watch this important PSA by clicking on the image below.

PSA Proper Bike Locking 





Bike the Bay Event Traffic Alert: The seventh annual Bike the Bay is happening Sunday, August 24. It's one of a very few opportunities to get across the San Diego-Coronado Bridge without the use of a vehicle. The ride takes bicyclists around San Diego Bay, starting and ending in San Diego at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Riders will make their way across the bridge, head down Glorietta Boulevard and then south toward Imperial Beach. The bridge will remain open throughout the event with one lane of traffic for each direction. Bicyclists will use the bridge's eastbound lanes. A small section of Glorietta will be closed during the event, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Riders will use Strand Way, which will be closed to vehicle traffic, to reach the Bayshore Bikeway to head south out of Coronado. State Route 75 will remain open in both directions. The event starts at 7 a.m. If you are participating in the event, and are interested in taking the Ferry to San Diego, the Ferry will run a few special routes that morning, from Coronado to San Diego, at 5:30, 6, 6:30, and 7 a.m. The bridge and the block of Glorietta will be reopened after all participants clear the roads, which should be no later than 10 a.m. Coronado officers, along with race officials and other local law enforcement, will provide security for the event. Last year, close to 3,400 people participated, and it’s expected that the turnout will be the same for 2014.

Bike the Bay image 

Photo Courtesy: Bike the Bay





Wayfinding Directional Signs:  This week, City staff held a meeting with 20 members of a stakeholder group assisting the City in developing a signage program to improve wayfinding by vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The City’s consultant will be refining the signage concepts based on input received and will schedule another meeting in about one month.  In the interim, City staff will be meeting with the California Department of Transportation to discuss the program as many of the signs will be located on Caltrans property. 

Wayfinding Signs

Sample designs of wayfinding signs.





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 (Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Family Kayak

Kayak rides (Ongoing on Weekends)

Muscle Mom

Bootcamp (Weekdays)






Special Events Permits:  The following are permits issued for beach and parks events scheduled to be held from Saturday, August 23, through Friday, August 29.




Wedding Ceremony

Centennial Park

August 23

Company BBQ

Glorietta Bay

August 23

Wedding Ceremony

South Beach

August 23

Bike the Bay

Glorietta Bay

August 24

Bodysurfing Contest

North Beach

August 24

Military Command Picnic

Tidelands Park

August 28















Council CandidatesA General Municipal Election will be held in Coronado on Tuesday, November 4, for two members of the City Council for a full term of four years each. Three candidates have filed nomination papers for the two spots. Election information, including financial disclosure requirements and the City’s campaign regulations can be found online. 


Council Candidates 





RSIP-3 CommitteeThe City of Coronado is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Residential Standards Improvement Project 3, or RSIP-3, Committee. Application submissions will be accepted through 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3. The application form can be found on the City’s website, or by clicking on the flier below. For a larger image of the flier below, click on the flier or click here.

RSIP Vacancies 















Historic Resource CommissionAt its meeting on Wednesday, August 20, the Historic Resource Commission designated the property at 325 Eighth St. as a Historic Resource. The Commission also recommended to City Council, approval of a Historic Alteration Permit with zoning exception requests, related to Floor Area Ratio and Structural Coverage for the property at 544 D Ave. Finally, the Commission found that the properties at 869 J Ave., 169 E Ave., and 551 E Ave. do not meet the criteria for designation as Historic Resources in association with “Notice of Intent to Demolish” reviews.


325 Eighth St. 

Home at 325 Eighth St.

















Public Meeting Announcement:  The community is invited to help the City of Coronado with its Americans with Disabilities Act Self Evaluation and Transition Plan at a public meeting on Tuesday, August 26, at City Hall. To help remove access barriers and provide accessibility for all residents and visitors, the City is updating its ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The City is in the process of evaluating the accessibility of its facilities and priorities. The City would like to hear from the community. At this meeting, participants will learn about the evaluation process and have the ability to express their concerns regarding the accessibility of City services and facilities. The City will include all comments into the final ADA Transition Plan. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the City of Coronado Council Chamber, 1825 Strand Way. For additional information, contact Bill Cecil at (619) 522 7314 or bcecil@coronado.ca.us.




Street Preventive Maintenance Project FY 13-14:  The slurry seal project should wrap up tomorrow. The slurry sealing part of the Street Preventive Maintenance Project was completed before school started. However, the striping was not. Construction delays involving required completion of ADA ramps in the vicinity added to the longer schedule. Final striping should be completed tomorrow. After applying the slurry seal over the project roadways, the contractor completed striping of all pavement markings, including diagonal parking stripes and crosswalks. This completes the final phase of the project, but we ask that residents please remember to avoid sharp turns or power-steering maneuvers with their vehicles to help preserve the surface until it hardens and cures to its intended strength. A-frame signs will remain in place until the striping is completed. They were installed at the request of the Coronado Police Department for safety reasons until the stop bars and other striping is completed.

Slurry Seal STriping 

Above and below: Striping on streets that received a slurry seal.

Slurry Seal STriping2 





Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street ReconfigurationThe contractor began work this week on the Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration Project at the intersection of Tenth Street and Orange Avenue. Crews began with the installation of conduit and pull boxes for the new traffic signal loops. Work will continue to install foundations for the new signal poles, which will require the contractor to perform some operations at night.

Tenth and Orange 

Intersection of Tenth Street and Orange Avenue.














Rip Currents Expected:  Weather forecasters expect strong rip currents and elevated surf along Coronado’s shores over the weekend. North Beach will have waves with sets to 7-plus feet. With high temperatures, the City’s Lifeguards are anticipating large crowds. Lifeguards advise swimmers who are not experts to swim and boogie board at South Beach or Central Beach. A rip current is a horizontal current. Rip currents do not pull people under the water, they pull people away from shore. Drowning deaths occur when people pulled offshore are unable to keep themselves afloat and swim to shore. This may be due to any combination of fear, panic, exhaustion or lack of swimming skills. If you get caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. Here are some more tips:

  • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
  • If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself:  face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
  • Check out the flier below for more safety tips. Click on the image for a larger version.

rip current page1 

rip current page2


Red Flag warning

A red flag on top of a lifeguard tower indicates strong currents. Always check with lifeguards before swimming or entering the water.















Palm Tree TrimmingPalm tree trimming at the Golf Course has concluded. This important process is responsible for removing dead fronds and seed pods that are unsightly and litter the course when it is windy. They also can harbor pests and rodents. The work was completed in three weeks by a tree service company.

Palm Tree trimming 

Golf Course palm trees after the trimming.





Pond MaintenanceApproximately 100 cubic yards of organic material were removed from the Golf Course pond adjacent to Hole No.’s 9 and 1. The ponds are filled with brackish water, which complicates the removal process because great delicacy must be used so that the turf is not damaged. The material is an accumulation of decades of organic debris that entered the pond and became compacted, primarily on the southern end. The material was removed with a backhoe and then transported by trailer to a composting pile located west of Hole No. 1. The material will continue to decompose and eventually become part of a rich soil profile. The pond also was treated with biological agents to aid in the reduction of odor-causing bacteria that is associated with the naturally occurring, decomposition process. Additional removal will be scheduled as needed or as the debris migrates from the deeper levels of the pond to the shallower edges and begins to build again over time.

Pond Cleaning  

Above and below: Golf Course pond maintenance.

Pond Cleaning2 

















Summer Festival:  The Coronado Public Library’s Summer Festival concludes today, with an outdoor concert featuring Coronado’s own Tokeli, who returns to Coronado to perform jazz, blues and musical theatre showstoppers. She will be performing with John Opferkuch on piano, Doug Walker on bass, Tim McMahon on drums and Derek Cannon on trumpet. The concert will be held tonight, at 7 p.m., on the lawn near the Library’s Winn Room. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Coronado Library.

Summer Festival 















U-lock Giveway:  The Coronado Police Department picked another lucky winner in the U-lock giveaway at Concerts in the Park. Congratulations to Coronado resident Roger Frost. Be sure to visit the Coronado Police Department table at Concerts in the Park and enter for your chance to win a secure U-lock for your bicycle. Three more concerts are set for this summer.

u-lock Giveaway 

Officer Tony Graytock presents a new U-lock to Concerts in the Park winner.
















Fountains Vandalized:  Two fountains - Coronado Rotary Plaza and Promenade Park – were vandalized in recent weeks. Both fountains had to be drained and cleaned after vandals placed soap in the water. It may seem like a harmless prank, but soap harms the pumps when they get “air locked” with suds. When the pumps are air locked, no water is going through them as the pumps are running or circulating water. They then overheat. Clean-up efforts cost the City in staff time plus replacement equipment. The fountains recycle the water, making them highly water-efficient. However, when soap is placed in a fountain, it must be completely drained and refilled. This wastes the water that was being recycled and requires the use of more water to refill the fountains. Both fountains were cleaned and are up and running.

Fountains soaped 

Fountain at Rotary Plaza.
















Labor Day Hours:  The Community Center and the Pool will be open on Monday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.





Gym Floor Resurfacing:  The Community Center Gymnasium will be closed for resurfacing and recoating of the repaired floor section, from Wednesday, August 27, through Wednesday, September 3. The Community Center is looking forward to having a full court gymnasium again.





Boathouse Hours of Operation:  As the summer season comes to an end, the Boathouse will be transitioning in phases to its fall hours. New hours of operation began on Saturday, August 16; however, the hours will ultimately convert to the final schedule of fall hours on Monday, September 1. Below, you can see the transition schedule for the hours of operation, and as always, please call the Community Center if you have any scheduling questions.   

  • Saturday, August 16 - Sunday, August 31
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Open: 7-10 a.m.; and 3:30 - 7 p.m. (Closed 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

    • Tuesday and Thursday

Open: 7-11 a.m.; and 3:30-7 p.m. (Closed 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

    • Saturday and Sunday

Open: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.


  • Monday, September 1 - Saturday, November 1
    • Mondays

Open: 3-6 p.m. (Closed all morning)

    • Tuesday - Friday

Open: 7-10 a.m.; and 3-6 p.m. (Closed 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

    • Saturday and Sunday

Open: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Boathouse Hours 














Upcoming Meetings: 
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meeting this week has been canceled.
  • The Design Review Commission meets at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, August 27, at City Hall.
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Road.
  • RSIP-3 Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, at City Hall.