The Coronado Police Department
is partnering with the Drug
Enforcement Administration in
a nationwide collection day for
pharmaceutical drugs. A drop-off
location will be open on September
25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the alley
behind the police station, located at
700 Orange Avenue.
The drop-off will serve as a safe
spot to dispose of the drugs with
no questions asked. Members from
Coronado Substance Abuse Free
Environment (SAFE) will also be
on location offering literature on
prescription abuse for those who
For more information about the
scheduled drop-off or year-round
drop-off locations, contact the Police
Department at 619.522.7350.
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Village Theater Construction
to Begin This Month
The Village Theater, located at 820 Orange Avenue, will soon
be entertaining Coronado residents with first-run movies.
Construction is scheduled to begin in September with a
projected theater opening in March 2011.
The Village Theater originally opened its doors in 1947 and
closed in 2000. In 2008, the cda entered into a Participation
Agreement with Five Star Theatres, Inc. for a $2,675,000 grant
for improvements to the Village Theater in exchange for the
operator's commitment to showing first-run movies at the
theater until 2026.
For more information about the Village Theater, contact the
Community Development Agency at 619.522.7326.
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The City Makes Progress on
Bicycle Master Plan
The Council-appointed Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee is making
progress on the City's first Bicycle Master Plan.
Approximately 50 residents attended a community workshop
last May, many by bike, to provide their feedback on the City's
bicycle network and need for improvements. The comments
received during the workshop were combined with data
collected at various biking locations throughout the community
to help form the framework for the first draft of the master plan.
The plan is currently under review by the City. An additional
public workshop will be held prior to the Council hearing in order
to obtain more feedback from the community. Details for the
public workshop will be announced on the City's website, www.coronado.ca.us, when they become available.
Interested residents are also encouraged to attend the monthly
meetings of the Ad Hoc Bicycle Committee, held on the first
Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Police Department
Community Meeting Room, 700 Orange Avenue.
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Coronado Police and Fire Departments
Encourage Residents to Protect Bikes
The Coronado Police and Fire Departments are taking steps to help residents protect
their bicycles. The Police Department is partnering with the National Bike Registry® to
help reduce bike theft and return stolen bikes to their rightful owners.
Residents are encouraged to bring their bikes to the police station, located at 700 Orange
Avenue, any Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and have them registered for
$3. Police officers will help residents identify their bike's serial number and upload other
necessary information to this national system to ensure that if a stolen bike is found, it
can be returned to its owner, no matter where the owner may be in the country.
"Because it is a national registry, residents that move around on a regular basis
would still be able to retrieve their found bikes," said Coronado Police Commander
Bike registration will also be offered at the Coronado Fire Department's Open House on
October 3. For more information about registering bikes, contact the Police Department
at 619.522.7350 or visit www.nationalbikeregistry.com.
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Did you know that Coronado has a
very active group of amateur (Ham)
radio operators? They have a weekly
net over the air and regular drills along
with CERT members. Ham radio is an
important communication link in the
event of a disaster when other forms of
communication may be down. Classes
are available through the Regional
Occupational Program (ROP) at Coronado
High School for Technician Class License
and General Class License.
Register online at www.adulted-rop.coronado.k12.ca.us or by calling
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Coronado's Municipal Golf Course:
Best Value in San Diego County
The Coronado Municipal Golf Course
is a longstanding jewel of the Crown City.
The course opened in 1957 and has since
entertained professional and amateur
golfers alike with its manicured greens,
inviting fairways and expansive views of
San Diego Bay. The course is a golfer's
dream, located right in the backyard of
Coronado Municipal Golf Course
"The resort feel of the Coronado Municipal
Golf Course has encouraged golf enthusiasts
from around the world to stay and play in
Coronado," said Roger Miller, Director of
A View from the Fairway
Rated four stars by Golf Digest, Coronado is
an 18-hole par 72 course measuring 6,590
yards. Last year, 95,000 rounds of golf were
played at the course, making it
the busiest golf course in California.
The course is open to the public and no
membership is required to play. In fact,
Coronado has been voted Best Value
in San Diego County for the last three
years by www.greenskeeper.org and was
acknowledged this year by Golf Digest as the
most affordable course in the country, with
twilight golf priced at just $15.
The City recently launched a new course
website, www.golfcoronado.com, which
provides more services for residents
and visitors, such as booking lessons
online, reviewing green fees and tee time
reservation policies, and offering direct
access to instructional staff.
The golf course celebrated its 50th
anniversary in 2007. To commemorate
the occasion, the City commissioned a
piece of public art for the course. Local
artist and Coronado High School graduate
Kirstin Green was selected to create a glass
mosaic that highlights the idyllic setting
of the course with the bay, the San Diego-
Coronado Bridge, and the palm trees that
line the area.
A public ribbon-cutting ceremony for
the new mosaic will be held this fall.
Additional details about the ceremony will
be available on www.golfcoronado.com and
www.coronado.ca.us. For more information
about the golf course, call 619.435.3121.
A sketch of the proposed mosaic
for the golf course.
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"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." – Pablo Picasso
Art inspires life on many levels. It provokes thought, discussion and emotion among people of all ages.The City of Coronado recognizes that art can enrich residents' daily lives,which is why the City Council, Design Review Commission and Public Art subcommitee strive to incorporate dynamic pieces of art into community facilities. The stories below offer a glimpse into just a few of the cultural treasures on display in the community. For more information about the Public Art Program or Public Art subcommittee, visit www.coronado.ca.us.
Coronado Public Library Art
Collection Showcases Local Artists
Residents and visitors who walk into the
Coronado Public Library may be surprised
by the impressive art collection. Sculptures,
frescos, watercolors, and oil paintings appear
among the stacks of books and line the walls
of the stately Spreckels Reading Room.
|"Tent City" by Sue Tushingham McNary
"The Coronado Library has many treasures
at hand, especially in our art collection,"
said Christian Esquevin, Director of the
Coronado Public Library.
Over the years, the library has amassed a
collection that contains significant works
from artists who have called Coronado
home, as well as pieces of art that reflect life
in the community, such as the oil painting
"Tent City" by Coronado-based artist Sue
Tushingham McNary. This piece, created
by an artist known for her scenes of the San
Diego region, depicts Coronado's vibrant
Tent City resort area, which thrived on the
Strand from 1900 to 1939.
"Art is important to our library because we
want to provide a place for people to come
and enjoy on several levels," said Library
Director Esquevin. "Our goal is to connect
art with literature and provide a place where
people can dig deeper into the subject by
utilizing our book collection."
|"The Coronado Bandstand" by Edith Grimm
Edith Grimm, a long-time Coronado
resident who ran an antiques store here,
is represented by "The
Coronado Bandstand," an
impressionistic oil painting of
the pavilion in Spreckels Park.
Artist Sara Rowe gave the
library her watercolor of the
Fourth of July Parade passing
by the Coronado Public
Library, which was used as
the cover of the Coronado
telephone book in 2003. The
original painting sits in the
Spreckels Reading Room.
"The Coronado Public Library is not just a
repository for art, like a museum would be.
This is a place that is alive," said Esquevin.
"Our doors are open to all and you can come
in free of charge."
|"Fourth of July Parade" by Sara Rowe
The Newest Additions to Public Art
|"CaliforniaScope" will engage
children of all ages.
Catch it while you can!
For the next year, the
Center will be home
by artists Harmon
Nelson, Vicki Leon and
Steve Riggs. The giant
which produces a
cornucopia of light, color, pattern and movement, is mounted on a
concrete base just outside the Community Center's lobby.
Standing 7 feet tall, this kaleidoscope was made to capture the
imagination of children. The piece was constructed of steel, glass
and uniquely designed fixtures and surfaces. It includes control
knobs that allow the viewer to change the lenses while rotating
the entire scope horizontally and vertically.
"Imagine Tent City"
|Imagine Tent City
Historic Tent City is the
inspiration for two freestanding
walls for the recently
completed Marina Support
Building, part of the Glorietta
Bay Civic Center and
Promenade. "Imagine Tent
City", designed by artist
Todd Stands, features
digital images printed on
A variety of historical Tent City photos were digitally combined to
create the walls. The major images are oriented in the proper
historic location to show people the views they would have seen at
that location in the early 1900s.
Fire Department Culture and History on Display at the Coronado Library
In conjunction with the Coronado Fire Department, the Coronado
Public Library will present an exhibit about the fire service, past
and present. The exhibit will be on display at the Coronado Public
Library in October and November and will pay tribute to the
Coronado Fire Department, as well as the history of the fire service
as a whole.
Be sure to visit the public library and learn about the intriguing
history of fire services.
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|Fire Department Open House – October 3
On October 3, the Coronado Fire Department will hold its
18th Annual Open House to coincide with National Fire
Prevention Week. The Open House will be held from 10 a.m.
until 3 p.m. at Coronado Fire Department headquarters, located
at 1001 Sixth Street.
|The Open House will be held at the Fire Department headquarters, located at 1001 Sixth Street.
The Open House will feature Fire personnel and displays from
throughout San Diego County, as well as the California Highway
Patrol, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Harbor Police,
Border Patrol, Coronado Police Department, and Coronado
Lifeguards. There will also be more than a dozen vendors offering
public safety and community involvement information.
Entertainment for the kids includes a jump house, bungee
trampoline, rock wall, balloon sculptor, and face painters.
Attendees will also enjoy mini fire truck rides, hot dogs, activities,
entertainment, and live fire demonstrations.
This year, one of San Diego's newest resources to combat wildfires,
Copter 1, will be making an appearance with a flyby. Both Mercy
Air and Astrea Air emergency medical helicopters will land for an
opportunity to tour their helicopters.
A fire safety trailer will be on hand to provide a fun and interactive
way to educate children in home safety and the "stop, drop and
roll" and "learn not to burn" programs. While in the trailer,
children will learn about fire safety in the kitchen and throughout
the home, how to crawl low under smoke, and escape a burning
building safely. Children will also have the chance to spray a fire
hose just like a real firefighter.
For more information, contact the Coronado Fire Department at
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|Our CPR Program
Getting people to act quickly in a cardiac arrest emergency is critical
to a victim's survival. The power to save a life is in your hands and
since 80% of cardiac arrest victims collapse at home, the person you
may save is most likely to be someone you love.
A strong chain of survival can improve a victim's chances
of survival and recovery from heart attack, stroke and other
emergencies. The links in the chain of survival are to recognize
an emergency, call 9-1-1, begin Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
(CPR), and, if available, use an automatic external defibrillator.
There is no minimum age to learn CPR. The ability to perform CPR
is based more on body strength than age. Studies have shown that
children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills. CPR
classes are $25 and are held at the police facility at 700 Orange Ave.
CPR Class Schedule
| Sat. - Sept. 25
||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|Thu. - Oct. 28
||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|Tue. - Nov. 30
||9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Our CERT Program
The Coronado Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is
a program that trains citizens to prepare for, and respond safely to,
disasters. The goal is to better prepare the community for disasters
and to help serve neighborhoods when emergency services are
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, using the model
created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985, began
promoting nationwide use of the CERT concept in 1994. Coronado
CERT was established in 1997 and more than 300 citizens have
been trained. CERT training promotes a partnering effort between
emergency services and the people that they serve. If a disastrous
event overwhelms or delays the community's professional
response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic
response and organizational skills they learned during training.
These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster. Join
your neighbors in preparing yourself to be pro-active and selfsufficient
in a time of crisis.
Check out the CERT class schedule below.
(Community Emergency Response Team)
There is no fee for CERT classes. For registration, call the Coronado Fire Department, at 619.522.7374 or register online at www.adulted-rop.coronado.k12.ca.us. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
|1. Sat. - Oct. 16
||An introduction to the
|2. Sat. - Oct. 23
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher
|3. Sat. - Oct. 30
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing
treatment areas, treating airway obstruction, bleeding
|4. Sat. - Nov. 6
||Light Search & Rescue
and rescuer safety
|5. Sat. - Nov. 13
||Terrorism, Disaster Psychology,
by victims & rescuers.
There is a CERT meeting every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the EOC at the Police Department where CERT members will receive more training and new updates on Emergency Preparedness.
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|City of Coronado Hires Blair King
as New City Manager
After a statewide search and thorough
screening and interview process, the City
Council selected Blair King as the new City
Manager. Mr. King replaced former City
Manager Mark Ochenduszko, who retired
"We are thrilled to have found someone as
accomplished as Blair King to help lead our
city," said Mayor Casey Tanaka. "We are
confident that Mr. King has the right kind
of experience needed in Coronado."
King, who took his post in late May,
began his municipal career in 1983 as a
Redevelopment Specialist. He has almost
30 years' experience working for cities and
20 years' experience as a City Manager,
and has worked extensively in small and
medium cities in both inland and coastal
communities. Coronado is the third
coastal town for which he has served as
Mr. King has a master's degree in Public
Administration from California State
University, Fresno, and is a credentialed
City Manager by the International City/
County Management Association. He,
his wife, and their three daughters live
The mission of the Office of the City
Manager is to effectively and efficiently
implement the policies of the City Council
and manage the day-to-day operations.
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