Weekly Update - July 8, 2016

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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 will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. There will be no meetings on July 5 and August 2.

Weekly Update Video Preview:  Check out the new expanded version of the City Manager’s Weekly Update for a quick look at what's going on in town. Then, check out the Weekly Update, which is published every Friday at noon at www.coronado.ca.us. You can find the latest video here as well as archived versions on the City’s YouTube channel.


Fourth of July Overview:  Coronado’s 2016 Fourth of July celebration was an overall success. The daylong event featured a run/walk, rough-water swim, parade, concert, art show, Star Wars characters and fireworks. Despite the large number of visitors and event participants, no major incidents were reported. Each event was well-planned and executed. Traffic was congested in town, particularly at the end of the fireworks show trying to get out of town via the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and south down along the Silver Strand where construction work in Imperial Beach reduced the number of available lanes. A highlight of the day, particularly for Public Services crews, was the success of a large-scale effort to hand out trash bags, black for trash and clear for recyclables, to anyone who needed one.

Chief in the Parade 

Here’s a breakdown of the City’s involvement in the Fourth of July celebration in Coronado:


  • Fourth of July Staffing: Throughout the Fourth of July, City employees in two shifts worked from 5 a.m. to midnight, picking up litter and trash bags, performing general cleanup duties and servicing restrooms at the beach, parks and along Orange Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. City crews also worked a late shift at various parks, picking up trash, signs and trash bins to help out the morning crews.

  • Police Activity: Coronado Police reported no serious incidents over the three-day weekend. From July 2 through July 4, dispatchers received 124 calls for service and officers initiated 363 interactions or contacts while on patrol, made six arrests; handled a total of 48 tows, including 33 police-initiated tows and 13 private impounds, and issued 118 citations mostly for moving and parking violations. On the Fourth of July, Police deployed three mobile camera trailers and two sky watch towers to aid in ensuring the safety of the community. They allowed officers to track the progress of the parade, monitor the crowds for suspicious activity, and aid in the location of lost children. (Photo: Bird’s eye view from the security sky tower at Third Street and Orange Avenue.)

         Sky Tower view


  • Beach: At the beach, a busy place on the Fourth of July, City crews were on clean-up duty all day. The next day, Public Services crews began emptying trash bins and sifting sand in the fire rings area at 6 a.m. Trash was contained to the trash bins and the surrounding area. Crews found evidence of several illegal fires, those built directly in the sand, but fewer than in years past. The City also picked up all the large items, such as tables, barbecue grills and tents, left behind. Broken items are discarded, and those in good condition go the Public Services lost and found.


         Beach Cleanup for Fourth

 Beach on the Fourth

Beach Near the Fire Rings after Fourth


  • Parks: City parks also were a popular place to be, especially Glorietta Bay Park and Spreckels Park. Public Services crews were at City parks as early as 5:30 a.m. on July 5 picking up trash, emptying trash bins, and cleaning up debris and items left behind. The parks were much cleaner than normal the day after the holiday, thanks to the use of distributed trash bags. In addition to City crews, three Urban Corps of San Diego crews worked at Glorietta Bay Park and at Spreckels Park beginning at 7 a.m. to help pick up trash. Partners with Industry sent crews at 7 a.m. to Spreckels Park and Sunset Park where they also aided in picking up trash and removing extra trash cans.

  • TV Broadcast: Due to technical difficulties with a weak signal from the Time Warner Cable facility on Orange Avenue to the City’s receiving equipment at the site of the Fourth of July Parade, the event was not aired live on Coronado’s local government channel as in years’ past. The City will ensure that a strong signal is in place with the appropriate equipment next year so the event can be shown live on Coronado TV. The parade was recorded and was edited for broadcast. It can be seen on Coronado TV through the coming weeks and here on YouTube at any time.



  • Trash Bags and EDCO Containers: Residents may have noticed that the City handed out 800 trash bags over the three-day weekend, with most distributed on the Fourth of July. This effort was stepped up from previous years and was very effective in keeping the trash contained. Additionally, seven large Dumpsters were placed at the beach, Golf Course, parks and an additional four at Spreckels Park alone, to handle the long weekend and crowds. Smaller trash cans were added around town including an additional 60 at Spreckels Park; an additional 30 at Sunset Park; and 100 extra at the beach.

Beach Cleanup for Fourth2

Diseased Tree Removal:  In response to a certified arborist’s assessment of the Guadalupe cypress in the northeast corner of Spreckels Park, the City has made the decision to remove the tree.  The removal is set for tomorrow morning, July 9. The tree’s decline in health makes it susceptible to an increased risk of root, trunk and branch failure. Spreckels Park is heavily used and at times filled to capacity. This reality requires the City to be vigilant in identifying trees that present an elevated risk and to take proper measures to mitigate those risks. In the case of this tree, its rapid decline is indicative of a dying tree; removal and replacement is the best option to ensure public safety. Coronado’s trees are aging with many planted in the 1940s and 1950s. Many are now nearing 80 years old. As the older trees show signs of distress and eventually require removal, they are replaced with new trees that are young and a more appropriate species for Coronado’s urban forest. They create a more age-diverse, lower-risk tree environment for the community.

Diseased Tree     Diseased Tree2

Valet Parking The new $5 valet parking program began this week along the 1300 block of Orange Avenue. Signs have been placed on Orange and Tenth to direct cars to the valet on B Avenue. In May, the City Council agreed to move forward with a three-month pilot project during the summer for a public valet service at Orange and B avenues at a cost of $5 for up to three hours. The Council agreed to convert three metered spaces on the north side of B near Orange into a new loading zone that will be used for commercial loading from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and for the valet service from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Council will receive an update on the program at the August 16 meeting.

Valet Parking map

School Crossing Guard Contract:  The City contract for crossing guard services was renewed with additional guard coverage. Beginning with the start of the school year, a crossing guard will be present at both Third Street and F Avenue as well as at Fourth Street and F Avenue during both morning and afternoon student crossing times. A crossing guard has been added at Third and F weekday mornings as well as at Fourth and F weekday afternoons. The safety of children is a priority for the City.

Kids Biking in School 


Traffic Volumes in Coronado:  The California Department of Transportation provides traffic volume information to the City from two permanent count stations located west of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and near the Naval Amphibious Base along the Silver Strand. The hour-by-hour counts are used by the City to determine peak hour volumes, average daily traffic for both weekdays and weekends, trends and anomalies. The following graphs represent the traffic volumes into and out of Coronado via the bridge and the Silver Strand for May 2016.

Bridge (May 2016)

Bridge Traffic

Strand (May 2016)

Strand Traffic 

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The foundation reinforcing, or rebar, at the site of the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green project was reinstalled and inspected by a special inspector, the City inspector, and the structural engineer of record and accepted. The contractor intends to pour the concrete for the footings as soon as possible. Corrective work on the bolts that attach the building to the foundation continued through Thursday, July 7. The contractor intends to have all corrections ready for inspection in about a week and, if they pass, will pour the building slab. 

Spreckels Center Update 


Coronado Cays Entrance:  The contractor continued to prepare the Coronado Cays Entrance project site for installation of hardscape within the roundabout center island. Additional portions of the existing sidewalk were also removed in preparation for new sidewalks to be installed.

Cays Entrance


Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural RepairsThe contractor on the Glorietta Bay Pump Station project completed installation of the sewer bypass system and will begin construction inside the pump station wet well this week. Tasks to be completed this week include mechanical demolition of the wet well liner and installation of scaffolding to facilitate structural repairs on the walls and ceiling.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station


Flyby Noise Alert:  The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will provide a six-aircraft flyby of Petco Park on Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 12. The aircraft will arrive at noon on Monday and operate from Naval Air Station North Island, conducting two practice flybys between 2 and 4 p.m. On Tuesday, the aircraft will conduct a scheduled flyby for the All Star Game at 5:05 p.m., having left NASNI 30 minutes prior.

‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this short “3 on Thursday” list of three featured events happening in Coronado this weekend, as well as show times at the Vintage Village Theatre. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 Thursday 



Free Summer EntertainmentJoin the fun during Recreation Services’ Free Summer Entertainment series, held every Wednesday at noon through August 17 in the Coronado Community Center’s Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way. This week, children were treated to a science show. There will not be an event on July 13 but the Summer Entertainment continues on July 20 with an interactive exotic animal show. All the events are free and open to the public.

Rec Flier 1

Recreation CampsThe Recreation Department continues to offer exciting and fun camps for youth. Here’s a peak at this week’s camps.


  • Success through Chess Camp is designed for players at all skill levels. Campers learn new skills and challenge each other daily.

Chess Camp 

  • Camp Coronado has a new camper sign-in location due to the construction project in the vicinity of Glorietta Bay Park. Camp sign-in is now located at the back of the Recreation Cottage in Glorietta Bay Park. Look for the large Camp Coronado sign seen in the photo below.

Camp Coronado 

Camp Coronado Entrance


  • Star Wars Camp participants learned the Jedi Code and got to travel on quests against the “Evil Empire.”

Star Wars Camp    Star Wars Camp2

  • Tumble and Bounce is a mini gymnastics camp for children, ages ones, two- to four-years-old, and their parents or caregivers. The camp involves lots of jumping, climbing, tumbling and bouncing, making it a fun class for all.   

Tumble and Bounce Camp 


  • It was “dino dig” time at Prekinder Camp this week. Campers enjoyed a wide array of activities.

Prekinder Camp  Prekinder Camp2


  • Action Adventure Camp participants went zip lining this week. Each day, these campers enjoy activities that satisfy cravings for fun and adventure. 

 Action Adventure Camp 


  • Youth SUP Camp enjoyed paddling on the beautiful Glorietta Bay. In this camp, the fundamentals of paddling are taught along with lots of fun games and racing.

SUP Camp     SUP Camp2



Bodies, Boards and Commissions:  There are currently openings on the Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Transportation Commission. The City of Coronado encourages residents to become active in city government. Applications are being accepted now. Contact the City Clerk at (619) 522-7320 or drop by City Hall for more information. The vacancy notices are below.




Historic Resource CommissionAt its meeting on Wednesday, July 6, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the property at 930 Adella Ave. does not meet the criteria to be designated as a Historic Resource, in association with a Determination of Historic Significance, Notice of Intent to Demolish, review.


Summer Festival:  The Library Summer Festival has been drawing large crowds. This week, the Library’s festival featured two ticketed, but free, events that were all distributed by Tuesday, July 5. The “Gluten-Free Cooking Class” with Roanna Canete and Wendy McGuire was held on Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m. The class was limited to 40 people and focused on preparing a Mediterranean inspired meal. On Saturday, July 2, at 7 p.m., pianist Richard Glazier presented “From Broadway to Hollywood,” based on his PBS special of the same name.


New Exhibit:  A new exhibit was installed this week at the Coronado Library, titled “Hollywood Backlot: MGM’s Factory of Dreams.” The photographic exhibit documents the work behind the scenes during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Hollywood Backlot Hollywood Backlot2

Images from the Library’s newest exhibit, “Hollywood Backlot: MGM’s Factory of Dreams.”


Youth Summer Reading:  A “Kids Dance Around the World” program was held Tuesday afternoon, July 5, and the “Bedtime Story Hour” was held Thursday evening, July 7. The Teen Wednesday session, on July 6, was “Teens Create: Keyboard Destruction.”

Dance Around the World  Dance Around the World2

Two above and two below: Children enjoying the Library’s “Dance Around the World” program.

Dance Around the World3  Dance Around the World4


Bedtime Storyhour  Bedtime Storyhour2

Above and below: Photos from the Bedtime Storyhour and Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

Bedtime Storyhour3


The City has begun recording live board and commission meetings, as noted below. Look for the meetings to be rebroadcast on Coronado TV. 

Upcoming July Meetings: 

  • The Parks and Recreation Commission meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at City Hall. (RECORDED LIVE)
  • The Planning Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at City Hall. (RECORDED LIVE)
  • CANCELED: The Design Review Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at City Hall. 
  • The Transportation Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at City Hall.
  • The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at City Hall.
  • CANCELED: The Naval Complexes meeting is set for July 18. 
  • The City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, at City Hall. (RECORDED LIVE)
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meeting meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at City Hall. (RECORDED LIVE)
  • The Design Review Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday July 27, at City Hall.
  • The Traffic Operations Committee meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at City Hall. 
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row.

Upcoming August Meetings:

  • The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 1, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • CANCELED: The City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, at City Hall. 
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. 
  • Coronado Tourism Improvement District meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, at City Hall.
  • The Street Tree Committee meets at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, at City Hall.
  • Cultural Arts Commission meets at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, at City Hall. 
  • The Parks and Recreation Commission meeting is set for 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 8, at City Hall. 
  • The Planning Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, at City Hall. 
  • The Design Review Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, at City Hall. 
  • The Transportation Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, at City Hall.
  • The Civil Service Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, at City Hall.
  • The Naval Complexes meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, August 15, at City Hall. 
  • The City Council meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, at City Hall. 
  • The Historic Resource Commission meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission meeting meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, at City Hall.
  • The Design Review Commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Wednesday August 24, at City Hall.
  • The Traffic Operations Committee meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, at City Hall. 
  • The Golf Course Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row.

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