Weekly Update October 21, 2016

Weekly Update October 21, 2016



Weekly Update October 21, 2016

Get up to speed on what's going on in Coronado with the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update. 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 necessary. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us every Friday at noon.

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City-School District Joint Facilities Use Grand Opening:   The community is invited to attend the grand opening of the Coronado High School track and field to the community tomorrow, October 22, at 8 a.m. The track and field is now open on weekends and holidays from 6 to 10 a.m. thanks to a joint agreement signed over the summer by the City of Coronado and the Coronado Unified School District. City and School District leaders hope all runners and walkers check out the all-weather track.

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City, Caltrans, Navy Traffic Meeting:  On Wednesday, October 19, officials with the City, the Navy and the California Department of Transportation met at 7 a.m. at the problematic intersection of state Route 75 and the Tarawa Road/Rendova Road entrance to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The major contributor to the northbound SR 75 backups appears to be an increase in traffic volume during the morning rush hour due to two aircraft carriers in port, as well as fewer people on vacation and school back in session. The next highest impact is the pedestrian activated crossing signal at this intersection, which has a cycle time of 36 seconds that cannot be altered even manually. It is activated almost every signal cycle during the morning rush hour, which makes it impossible to synchronize the Tarawa/Rendova signal with the N. Rendova Road signal. The lack of synchronization between the two signals is the next largest culprit in northbound delays. Caltrans made two adjustments to the N. Rendova signal timing, one to make it lag behind the Tarawa/Rendova signal, when it previously lead. This significantly reduced the number of times the signals were out of synch. Additionally, the timing on the southbound left turn arrow onto the base was reduced from 50 seconds to 40 seconds. This will cause additional queuing for southbound traffic, but provide much needed relief for northbound traffic. The idea of the Coronado Police Department turning off the signal and controlling it with City personnel has been presented by Caltrans. The City is evaluating this option.

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Collision on Silver Strand Highway:  On Wednesday, October 19, at 8:46 am, a driver traveling northbound became distracted and failed to negotiate the bend in the road by the Bluewater Grill, crossed over the median breaking a California Department of Transportation water valve before hitting another vehicle head on. Both drivers received injuries and were transported. The two southbound lanes and one northbound lane were closed for about 4 hours so officers could investigate the collision scene. At about the same time, Police responded to a vehicle versus a bicycle accident on southbound H Avenue at Olive Avenue. The vehicle was driven by a 16-year-old boy. The 66-year-old bicyclist was transported to a hospital.


Route 904 Bus Stop Detour:  Due to construction at Sharp Coronado Hospital, MTS Route 904 will temporarily detour along Soledad Place beginning Monday, October 24. Bus service to the existing bus stop could resume as early as March 2017. Construction may last to April. The existing northbound bus stop on Prospect Place will be temporarily relocated to eastbound Second Street, east of Prospect Place. The existing westbound Second bus stop at Soledad will be temporarily relocated to Second west of Soledad. The stops at Second and Glorietta Boulevard, and Third Street and Glorietta will remain unchanged through construction.

904 Bus Change

Pet of the Week:  Dixie is this week’s Pet of the Week. Dixie is an affectionate tortoiseshell 10-year-old cat who needs a loving home. She requires no training and is smart and likes to talk. She has her shots and has been spayed. Her adoption fee is $50.

Dixie Pet of Week

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The structural framing has been completed. Workers have installed the wall drywall and will begin installing it in the ceiling now that a majority of the lights have been installed. Window glass and the walls are being prepared for the exterior plastering. The contractor also has put in the south storm drain system and will begin the layout for domestic and fire line installation. 

Spreckels Center 

‘First Ashore’ Art Installation:  The contractor successfully installed the “Naked Warrior” statue and plaque last week and installed the landscape, flagstone and electrical work this week. The statue is part of the “First Ashore” art installation at Glorietta Bay Park. It will be wrapped to protect it until the unveiling ceremony on Veterans Day, November 11. There will be minor finish work after that, but the statue will be substantially complete this week. Thanks to the contractor, Urban Corps, and their subcontractors who completed this very detailed work ahead of schedule.

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October is Rideshare Month Join the City of Coronado this month in celebrating the many benefits of commuting alternatives. The City encourages residents, employees and businesses to try an alternate commute in October to save money, reduce stress, and have fun. Find out more about the program, special prizes and incentives and corporate challenges your employer may be sponsoring, by visiting http://icommutesd.com/ or calling 511 and saying “iCommute.”


Utility Relocations at First Street, I Avenue: The excavation was backfilled and repaved after the contractor completed the utility relocation for San Diego Gas & Electric. SDG&E will return to the site to slurry the intersection since its delay impeded this year’s slurry project to coat and re-stripe the area. The contractor has informed the City that it will vacate its stockpile area in the parking lot at Tulagi Road and Silver Strand Boulevard by the end of this week. The utility relocation was done in preparation for the upcoming I Avenue storm drain project that will alleviate flooding in the Third Street and Fourth Street intersections during rain events.

SDG&E Work 

Street Preventive Maintenance Program: Roadway striping was restored on the Bayshore Bikeway between Fiddler’s Cove and the Coronado Cays entrance on Friday, October 14. First Street was partially restored on the evening of Sunday, October 16, but is still missing traffic legends and roadway markers. The Coronado Municipal Golf Course parking lot and the parking stalls at City Hall and the Community Center also were re-striped Sunday, October 16.

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Coronado Cays Entrance:  The Bayshore Bikeway at the Cays entrance was closed this week to allow for repair of damaged concrete work and installation of truncated domes required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bike path will be reopened and the old kiosk will be removed on Saturday, October 22. Drip irrigation lines are being installed in the landscaped area and the soil is being prepared to receive the new plants. Kiosk work continues; drywall was installed on the interior and the exterior has received lath and stucco.

Noise Alerts:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks show tomorrow, October 22, at 6:45 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. The County of San Diego has notified the City of a music, beer and wine festival at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, on Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Organizers expect 8,500 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 organizers at info@scallywagsd.com.


Bridge Filming: The California Department of Transportation notified the City that it has issued a permit for a filming event on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge for Sunday, October 23. The filming will occur intermittently, with short traffic breaks, from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Filming crews will be traveling in both directions during that time period.  

‘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.

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Recreation Programs:  Kinder Explorers spend their Wednesdays out on the town. This week, the group traveled to a local pumpkin patch to visit farm animals and go on a hayride. Each got to pick a pumpkin. Recreation also had sixth- through tenth-graders volunteering their time to help young children paint pumpkins at the Coronado Ferry Landing Farmers Market.  

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Upcoming Events:  Upcoming Recreation events include the annual Turkey Coloring Contest, Halloween Happening, Pancake Paddlers Club, and a Skatepark Halloween BBQ. See fliers below.

Turkey Coloring Contest notice

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Halloween Happening

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Halloween at Skatepark 


Commission Vacancies:  There are currently four vacancies, one on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, one on the Transportation Commission, and two on the Cultural Arts Commission. The City has many volunteer opportunities for residents interested in serving on any of its boards, commission and committees. See notice below for details.




Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, October 19, the Historic Resource Commission recommended to the City Council approval of a Historic Alteration Permit, including exceptions to zoning requirements related to setbacks and floor area ratio, for the property at 855 Alameda Blvd. The Commission also designated 802 Adella Ave. and 455 A Ave. as Historic Resources in association with nominations for designation as a Historic Resource.

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Photos of 802 Adella Ave. (above) and 455 A Ave. (below).

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NASNI Airport Plan Meeting:  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will host a community meeting as it prepares its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island. The meeting is set for Wednesday, October 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. The meeting will focus on the overflight compatibility factor, which is a disclosure requirement for new residential properties to let people know they are building a new home near an airport.

NASNI Airport Plan Meeting 


Mail Ballot Drop-Off at Library:  The Library is serving as a Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the Registrar of Voters. Registrar workers will be on site from October 31 through November 7 during open Library hours. On Election Day, November 8, ballots can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, the Library is not a polling location on Election Day.


Library Programs:  Last Sunday, the San Diego Folk Society performed a concert in the Library’s Winn Room. The PBS POV documentary, “The Birth of Sake” was screened and discussed Tuesday, October 18. This week’s “Brown Bag Piano Concert” features the popular pianist John Mark Harris. All these programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Youth Programs:  A Kids Craft program was held on Tuesday, October 18, and beaded pumpkins were made. The Teen Tech Team was open to help people with technology issues on Monday, October 17, and the Wednesday Teen event on October 19 was a movie showing of “Hotel Transylvania 2.”

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San Diego County Crime Commission Blue Knight Awards:  On Friday, October 14, Det. Jordan Good was honored at the 31st Annual Blue Knight Officer of the Year awards dinner.  Good was recognized for his role in Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter & Evacuate, or ALICE, training for City of Coronado employees.

Blue Knight Awards

Prescription Drug Take Back Day:  Join the Coronado Police Department tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. These events are designed to prevent the abuse and theft of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by removing the drugs from homes. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Be part of the initiative to stop prescription drug abuse. Did you know that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse or even accidental poisoning? Also, did you know that flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards? If you can't make it tomorrow, there is always a collection box in the Police Department lobby.

Drug Take Back Day

Moo Time Annual Ice Cream for a Cause:  Coronado Police Explorers won third place at Moo Time Creamery’s annual Ice Cream for a Cause contest Tuesday, October 19. Great job Acacia, Julio, Rocky and Yannick. Proceeds of the contest went to local nonprofit organizations.

Ice Cream Contest



Public Services Work Updates: 


City crews worked on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent:


  • Public Services’ Parks crews installed two concrete benches at Pendleton Park, also known as Triangle Park, after Streets crews installed the pads on the F Avenue side.

    Benches Installed 


  • As part of Public Services’ annual palm pruning program, a City contractor will be pruning palms throughout Coronado. Palm fruiting and hanging fronds are a common concern of residents. Crews began work in the Cays and is now on the east side of Orange Avenue. From there, they will start working on the west side Orange and finish by mid-December. The work will be on a street-by-street basis so no trees are missed. “No Parking” signs can also appear on short notice when the contractor has been able to get ahead of schedule. The City asks for cooperation as soon as the signs are set up. Two crews from West Coast Arborist in white and yellow trucks will be working in parkways and parks.

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Stay Informed Coronado:  Do you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.



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