Weekly Update September 22, 2017

Weekly Update September 22, 2017


Weekly Update September 22, 2017

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Mike Blood Proclamation: The City Council honored Fire Chief Mike Blood at its meeting Tuesday, September 19, as he is set to retire next month. Chief Blood has served the City of Coronado for more than 28 years, as a firefighter, engineer, captain, division chief and, since 2011, fire chief. Blood was recognized for his work over the years to modernize the department including joining the Metro Zone Automatic Aid system, consolidating dispatch services with other partners, improving equipment and enhancing the Lifeguard Division, emergency preparedness and Community Emergency Response Team. Blood’s participation in civic organizations, management skills and the 10 days he spent at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, searching for victims, were called out in a proclamation.  The Council gave him a key to the City and proclaimed Tuesday, September 19, as “Mike Blood Day” in Coronado.

Mike Blood

Hepatitis A: The public may be aware of the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in San Diego County.  The San Diego County Public Health Officer declared a local public health emergency on September 1. Hepatitis A is a virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that person-to-person transmission through close contact is the primary way people get Hepatitis A. Coronado officials are receiving more information about the outbreak from the County Department of Health daily and will relay important information to the community. The City has hand sanitizing stations at facilities all over Coronado, and is in the process of providing additional dispensers that have benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizer, which is more effective than traditional alcohol-based hand sanitizers in killing Hepatitis A. Coronado residents and guests should note that an effective and easy way to protect against Hepatitis A is to practice good personal hygiene, including washing your hands with soap and warm water. The Recreation Department has canceled youth field trips to downtown San Diego during the health emergency. 

Accessory Dwelling Units: The City Council has begun the process of amending its Municipal Code to comply with the state mandate for accessory dwelling units. An accessory dwelling unit is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit which provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and includes permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation on the same parcel as a single-family dwelling. Previously, accessory dwelling units had not been considered in calculating the City’s residential housing density and residential parking impacts. The City’s first step in the amendment process is working on an ordinance to blend the accessory dwelling units into the community’s residential fabric. On Tuesday, September 19, the Council introduced an ordinance as recommended by staff and the Planning Commission that begins the process. The City will continue to work out the details for accessory dwelling units in Coronado.

Five Points Intersection: The City Council agreed to move forward with a contractor to provide three conceptual design alternatives, one of which would be a potential roundabout, for intersection improvements on the Five Points Project. The Five Points intersection is near the Coronado Tennis Center, where Pomona Avenue, Glorietta Boulevard and Tenth Street meet. The contract will cost the City $49,970. 

Five Points

Sunset Park Improvements: The City will soon begin a project to improve Sunset Park after the City Council approved putting the work out to bid. The capital project will ensure that Sunset Park remains a safe, attractive and functional asset in the City’s parks system. Planned improvements include a new irrigation system and new sidewalk adjacent to Ocean Drive. Irrigation boxes will be relocated to the outside perimeter of the park which will improve safety for visitors and the performance of the irrigation system. Additionally, the park’s soil and landscape surfaces have significant high and low spots with many different blends of grass. A regrading of the surface and re-sodding of the turf will improve the aesthetics and safety at the park. Due to the extended lead time for delivery, staff entered into an agreement with American Sod Farms to pre-purchase turf for a March 2018 delivery. The agreement for the $120,000 purchase of the sod was approved by the Council in July. 

Sunset Park

New Fire TruckThe City will soon purchase a 2018 Pierce Arrow Ladder Truck to replace the City’s 2008 Crimson-Spartan Tiller, which has had a poor maintenance record resulting in unacceptably low operational levels. There were numerous mechanical failures related to its electrical and brake systems. The City Council approved a purchase agreement on Tuesday, September 19, for a $1.5 million ladder truck and agreed to auction, transfer or dispose of the old tiller truck. Because fire trucks are custom built and few vendors offer the service, it may take up to 24 months from purchase to delivery. The Tiller was approved for replacement in Fiscal Year 2018-19 but due to savings of $61,261, the City Council approved pre-payment in Fiscal Year 2017-18 prior to delivery in 2018-19.

New Fire Truck

Fire Truck2


Public Safety Open HouseThe City will welcome the community on Sunday, October 8, to its 25th annual Public Safety Open House. Coronado Firefighters and Coronado Police Officers will close off the streets around the main fire house and Police Department for the daylong event. Parking in the area will be impacted. There will be Fire, Lifeguard and Police displays, and Police Department tours. Other local, state and federal public safety agencies will be on hand to provide information on the services they provide. For information, call (619) 522-7374.

Open House Flier

Cays Sewer Main Cleaning: A contractor hired to clean the interior of the sewer main that runs from the Coronado Cays to Glorietta Bay Park is set to begin work next week. The job will require the excavation of soil to expose the sewer pipe at 12 locations along the pipe alignment and removal of 10-foot pipe sections to access the sewer main with cleaning equipment. Those sections will be replaced and backfilled. The work to expose the sewer main will occur during the day, and the cleaning at night when sewer flow rates are lowest. Work zones are close to the Bayshore Bikeway but the Bikeway will remain open during the work. The schedule shows that digging along the southern end of the pipe alignment will begin the week of September 25. The project is anticipated to be completed by December 1.

Bike Lane

Residential Building Standards Clean-up:  The City recently cleaned up a few items in the previously adopted residential development standards as part of the Residential Standards Improvement Program to devise acceptable standards for residential construction. The City last made residential development changes to its zoning ordinance in October 2016. As with any major zoning ordinance amendment, it takes a few months for new construction projects to be submitted under the revised standards and to identify whether there have been any unintended consequences or omissions. At its meeting Tuesday, September 19, the City Council introduced an ordinance to further amend the City’s Municipal Code to clarify the standards, including the definition of a panhandle lot; the height measurement of fences, walls or hedges; the location of mechanical equipment; and the undergrounding of utilities. The matter will be back for ordinance adoption at the next City Council meeting set for October 3.


Tijuana River/Pollution Issues: Following a closed-session City Council discussion in recent weeks about Tijuana River and pollution issues and hearing from the community, Council members directed staff during an open session at its September 19 meeting to take certain actions on the topic. Those actions are: (1) Reaffirm and act upon the City’s Legislative Guidelines supporting federal and state remediation of Tijuana River Valley pollution prevention; (2) Solicit proposals for consultants to promote the City’s Legislative Guidelines in Congress and federal agencies; and (3) Approve a reimbursement agreement with the City of Imperial Beach, for an amount not to exceed $50,000, to effect changes to the International Boundary and Water Commissioned-owned South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Cays Causeway Repairs: The causeways in the Cays were recently inspected by a consultant hired by the City. The City is required to maintain the causeways in the Cays. The consultant prepared plans and specifications for the repairs. Earlier this week, the City Council agreed to advertise the project for bid. The project’s base bid will cover immediate required repairs and include items that are not time-sensitive that will be addressed if the budget allows. The repairs will help extend the useful life of the causeway seawalls.

Cays Causeway 

Call to Artists Deadline Extended: The deadline has been extended one week for local artists who would like to display their art at the C3 Gallery at the Coronado Community Center. The “Portraits, Places, and Things” exhibition will be a juried but inclusive show to feature many artists. The new deadline is today, September 22, at 5 p.m. Please limit work to two pieces per artist. Contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2633. For the entry form and details, visit this page on the Coronado Arts website.


Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog TriathlonThe annual Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog triathlon will be held on Sunday, September 24. The event involves a swim, run and bike race. The bike course is the only part of the race that will take place in Coronado. The bike’s four-loop course includes Silver Strand State Highway with a turnaround north of Fiddler’s Cove. During the event, all vehicle traffic traveling between Coronado and Imperial Beach will be rerouted to the northbound lanes of state Route 75 and will be divided so traffic can flow in both directions using the northbound lanes. Beginning at 6 a.m., traffic will be diverted and is expected to be restored to its normal route at around 1:30 p.m. Drivers should expect traffic to be slower than usual in the area and are asked to watch for pedestrians. A temporary posted speed limit of 45 mph will be in effect during the event. 

Bike Course


San Diego Waterfront Park Event:  The County of San Diego has notified the City of the now twice-a-year music festival at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held Saturday-Sunday, September 30 to October 1; from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 16,500 people. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (858) 337-8001 or christian@CRSSDfest.com.


**ADOPTED** Pet of the Week:  Spencer, a 7-month-old Tabby, was this week’s Pet of the Week. Good news. He was adopted. But there are many cats and kittens that also need loving homes. Drop by the Animal Care Facility at 1359 First St., or call PAWS of Coronado, which manages the City’s facility, at (619) 522-7371 to find out more about the animals up for adoption. 


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks display tonight at 9:20 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.



Fall/Winter Programming:  Fall/Winter classes began Monday, September 18. The Community Center was alive with youth activities including: Playmania, Kids In the Kitchen, Youth Volleyball, Jump Rope, Tae Kwon Do, and Toddler’s Keeping Tempo, among others. There are recreation opportunities available for all ages. Be sure to check out the Recreation Services brochure. There may still be spaces available. Call (619) 522-7342 for information.


Spreckels Center: The Spreckels Center offers free informative and engaging Educational Programs to the 50-plus community on Thursdays during the month of September, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required and seating is limited. Next week’s lecture, on September 28, is Buffalo Soldiers: 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry, where members of the San Diego Chapter Buffalo Soldiers will speak about accounts of the Buffalo Soldiers’ contribution to American history, specifically the participation of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry. The Spreckels Center also has a luxury trip to the Griffith Observatory planned for October 19. The trip is $150. Registration is required and seating is limited.

Griffith Obs.


Golf Course News:  On Tuesday, September 19, the water main ruptured that the feeds the Golf Course Clubhouse. The leak was discovered at 5 a.m. and Golf Services maintenance staff immediately repaired the break. Water was restored to the facility by 10 a.m.  In other Golf news, to contain the cost of water used to maintain the course, the City applied for and received a grant from California American Water, the City’s water supplier, for materials used to convert the irrigation system to drip, and the installation of drought-tolerant plants.



Pool News: The Aquatics Center will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. today, September 22, through Sunday, October 15, for water polo tournaments and for major maintenance and equipment repairs. During the closure, the City recommends water aerobics and arthritis participants use San Diego or Chula Vista pools or the school’s pool. The City will allow arthritis participants to use the fitness room free. However, water aerobics participants wishing to use the fitness center and those wishing to use pools outside of the City will incur fees. The new pool schedule for the fall, from August 22 through February 18 is available online. For information on options, please call (619) 522-7342.


Turkey Coloring Contest 2017: The annual contest begins October 3. The final date to submit entries is October 24. Winners will receive their awards at the November 7 City Council meeting. Turkey coloring sheets will be available online at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation for pick-up at the Community Center. Contact (619) 522-7342 for more information.

Babysitter Training:  A Babysitter Training class will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Cost is $140, or $130 for residents. Learn about responsibilities, infant care, safety and an introduction to First Aid. For more information and to register go to www.coronado.ca.us/Recreation or call (619) 522-7342.



Commission Vacancies:  The City has one immediate vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission and one immediate vacancy on the Transportation Commission, and the following vacancies will occur by or before the end of 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the deadline day:

  • Two vacancies on the Street Tree Committee; applications are due on September 25
  • One vacancy on the Bicycle Advisory Committee; applications are due on October 23
  • One vacancy on the Civil Service Commission; applications are due on November 13
  • One vacancy on the Planning Commission; applications are due on November 13



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, September 20, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration Permit for a remodel and addition at 1710 Visalia Row.

Visalia Row


Library ProgramsToday, September 22, the Library will present the third concert in the Autumn Piano Concert featuring pianist Adam Hostomsky. The show begins at 12:30 p.m. On Wednesday, September 20, the second in a series of mini-workshops on the Digital Media Lab was held, and patrons learned how to use the 3D printer. The next mini-workshop, “Recording and Editing Your Stories,” is set for Monday, September 25, at 2 p.m. The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, September 18, and discussed Louise Penny’s “A Fatal Grace.” On Wednesday, September 20, Vicki Newsman gave a talk titled Health Matters: Dietary Supplements -- Choosing Those Most Useful for You.” On Thursday, September 21, author Dr. Larry Richardson discussed his latest western novel, Showdown at Yellowstone.” Also on Thursday, Joyce Chapman led her third workshop on journaling, and an e-book workshop was held. 

Media Lab Flier

Youth Programs:  Spanish Story Time had a large crowd on Monday, September 18. Children made falling leaf globes at the Kids’ Craft on Tuesday, September 19. The Junior Volunteers held its regular meeting and began rehearsing for the Holiday Play. This week, the Teen Tech Team helped seniors as it does most Mondays at 4 p.m. in the Conference Room with technology issues.  On Wednesday, September 20, the Teen Movie was “Thor: The Dark World.”


Motor CompetitionThe Police Department would like to invite the community to come out and support the City's motorcycle officers while they compete in the annual Terry Bennett Memorial Police Motorcycle Competition today and tomorrow at Silver Strand State Beach. Motorcycle officers traveling from as far as Nevada and Mexico will be showing off their technical riding skills. The family-friendly event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Come out and cheer Coronado on.

Motor Competition

Person of Interest:  The Police Department is looking to identify the person below who may have been a witness to an incident that took place on August 27 in the alley between 900 Orange Ave. and C Avenue. If you think you can help, contact Detective Anthony Flores at (619) 522-2649 or aflores@coronado.ca.us



Public Services Work UpdatesCity crews worked on several projects around the City. Here are the most recent:

  • The Facilities Division patched up another section of the rubber matting at the Spreckels Park playground. The holes are caused from high heel shoes poking through the rubber surface, which result in small holes that eventually expand. As a friendly reminder, please do not wear heels on the playground rubber surface.


  • Facilities Division had a contractor install low voltage ground lighting at the Police Department. The 24-volt system will be safer and save energy. Each fixture uses eight watts of energy compared to 100 watts in the old ones. This will reduce the energy used to power the building’s exterior lighting. The Facilities Division will be converting all exterior wall and post fixtures to LED soon.  


  • Streets Division made repairs to the boat wash-out area at the Boat Launch Ramp, allowing vehicles a smoother transition.


             Boat Launch Ramp

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Mike Blood
Posted on 09/22/2017
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