Weekly Update March 31, 2017

Weekly Update March 31, 2017


Weekly Update March 31, 2017


Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video for a quick look at what's going on in town. If you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on City Manager’s Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Maximum Enforcement Day:  On Tuesday, March 28, Coronado Police Officers along with three California Highway Patrol Officers held a maximum enforcement day 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. A total of 239 citations were issued including two misdemeanors. Additionally, four cars were towed and 27 parking violations were issued.

New Police Motorcycle:  The City has purchased a 2017 R1200RT BMW motorcycle for traffic patrol. The Police Department brought the motorcycle to a recent City Council meeting to show it the community. The new bike was purchased because Honda, the brand the City is currently using, no longer makes a police motorcycle version. Traffic officers will continue to use the remaining motorcycles but replacements will be the BMWs moving forward. The BMW is common among law enforcement agencies, including San Diego County. The motorcycle, fully equipped for traffic duty, cost about $35,000.

BMW Police Motorcycle 


Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The contractor on the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project began removing the existing piles and will be driving new piles by the end of this week. Those in the area may hear a hammering noise as the new piles are pounded in the last several feet.  Site work is also underway. The existing boat launch ramp and boat wash-off area have been demolished. The contractor has begun removing large rocks west of the ramp and preparing the area for the new beach entry for hand launching of smaller craft.  Earlier this week, the contractor broke an unmarked water line while removing concrete in the area. California American Water crews stopped the leak and repaired the pipe. Water was restored to the Glorietta Bay Park restrooms later that evening. The project is expected to be completed before Memorial Day.

Dock C 

Boat Launch Ramp

Financial Reporting Award:  The City of Coronado’s comprehensive annual financial report has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The honor, by the Government Officers Association of the United States and Canada, is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting. The Association said the award represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The award-winning comprehensive annual financial report from the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, met the high standards of the program, including a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the City’s financial story and motivate people to read the report. The City acknowledges the work of Administrative Services headed by Jim Krueger and Emad Gewaily, finance manager.

Financial Award

Navy SEAL Commemorative Statue Award:  The American Public Works Association has announced that the First Ashore installation of the “Naked Warrior” statue was selected for an Outstanding Award. A plaque will be presented at a luncheon in San Diego on May 11. A City representative will attend to accept the award. The “First Ashore” installation includes a bronze statue commemorating the elite men of the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams, or UDTs, of World War II. The project was high-profile with a significant one-year time constraint in acquiring and locating the statue and decorative base, and completing a landscaping plan. The site had to be planned and developed, and a bid sent out for installation by Veterans Day 2017. During the process, several locations were considered and one overlooking Glorietta Bay was selected.

First Ashore

2017 Flower Show:  The 95th annual Coronado Flower Show is Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9. Set up and preparation will begin Monday, April 3, in Spreckels Park. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on April 8, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.  “No Parking, Tow Away” signs will be posted on portions of Orange Avenue, Sixth Street and C Avenue around the park to restrict parking before and during the event. Two new portable restroom trailers will be in place over the Flower Show next weekend. The colorful wraps, depicting early Coronado rail cars and the old Tent City carousel, are being applied to the outside of the trailers.

Flower Show sign 

Spreckels Park Restroom trailer
Carousel Image

Active Transportation Meeting:  The fourth meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Active Transportation Master Plan will be held next Monday, April 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library. Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation, such as walking, bicycling, skateboarding, and using wheelchairs. Stakeholders will review community feedback from previous meetings and learn about potential project designs to address community concerns. All Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. To learn more about the Active Transportation Master Plan, visit the City’s web page or contact Allie Scrivener at (619) 522-2423 or ascrivener@coronado.ca.us

Active Transportation 


Port Master Plan Update:  The San Diego Unified Port District is looking for input and feedback from agencies, stakeholders and the public pertaining to the scope and content of a program environmental impact report for its Port Master Plan Update. This item is of great interest to residents of the Cays, some of whom have been participating due to concerns with the future development of Grand Caribe Island. The update also will deal with future planning of sea level rise and mitigation measures that will be taken with any plans for Port development. A 30‐day public review period ends at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1. Comments should be mailed to: San Diego Unified Port District, Planning and Green Port, Attn: Mayra Medel, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 or emailed to: mmedel@portofsandiego.org. Find the documents here. A meeting and open house to solicit comments will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the District Administration Building Training Room at the above address. For questions, call the District Planning and Green Port Department at (619) 686‐6254.


Village Elementary Bicycle Rodeos:  On Thursday, March 23, the City worked with the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to hold a set of “Walking Bike Rodeos” at Village Elementary. All 700 students were taught how to perform bike safety checks, use hand signals, merge and ride with traffic, and the importance of wearing a helmet and bright clothing. Students walked through a figure-eight course where they practiced using hand signals and learned about right of way protocol and communicating with other vehicles on the road.



Reception for New Exhibit: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission held a reception Thursday, March 30, to introduce three artists whose work is featured in the “Inspired by the Masters” exhibition now on display thee Coronado Community Center, or C3, Gallery through May 30. More than 175 people attended. The exhibition features the artwork of Coronado residents: oil painters Lucinda Ribant Swain and Philip Martin, and sculptor Jarose Dufaut. Their art is inspired by the old masters. This is the first exhibition of the 2017 season and three additional exhibitions are planned for the year.

Inspired by the Masters 

Coronado Community Read 2018:  Suggestions for the next Coronado Community Read book are being sought. Suggestions can be made by submitting a short fill-in form with title, author and recommendation fields at the front desk of the Library, or online at the Library’s homepage www.coronado.lib.ca.us.  Voting for the next Community Read will occur this summer.

Coronado Community Read 2018 


Spring Break Camps:  Coronado students enjoyed three Spring Break camps offered through Recreation and Golf Services this week. Holiday Camp 2017 was held at the Community Center where students up to the fifth grade played games, created crafts and cooked treats from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The next Holiday Camp is set for the Thanksgiving break so mark your calendars. Xtreme Dodgeball Mini Camp Spring Break created a safe and fun camp for ages 6 to 13 to play Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, Hide and Seek and Paintball using inflatable obstacles for ducking, dodging and hiding behind. SUP CAMP was held at the Coronado Boathouse on Glorietta Bay. Campers ages 8 to 14 learned proper stand-up paddleboard fundamentals, water safety, and fun through races, games and other adventures.  Look for the 2017 Summer Recreation Services Brochure the week of April 18 for more exciting camps being planned.

Spring Break Camps 


Planned SDG&E Outage Canceled:  A power outage planned for Saturday, April 1, by SDG&E has been canceled. The outage was to last up to 10 hours to replace a switch in the area and affect the traffic signal at state Route 75 and Tarawa Road. SDG&E will notify the City when the outage is rescheduled.


Pet of the Week:  Bonnie, a 13-year-old tortoiseshell female cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Bonnie loves other pets, people and snuggling. She is looking for a home. Bonnie has all her shots and is spayed. Her adoption fee is $35. To set up a visit, call PAWS of Coronado at the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.



Silver Strand State Beach Event:  The City recently was notified by Ragnar Relay event organizers that the Ragnar Relay So Cal finish line will be held at Silver Strand State Beach on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. They said that from the overall 7,600 participants, a total of 650 runners will arrive at Silver Strand State Beach, and that they expect around 2,000 participants throughout the day at any one time. Organizers communicate with California State Parks officials for permits but have not done so for the City. Coronado officials are reaching out to event organizers about obtaining a major special event permit as the event appears to draw more people than expected, and about communicating earlier about the event. Event organizers have said that to address traffic issues from last year, event vehicles will no longer enter State Beach via the southbound entrance, and they have arranged for a shuttle service that will travel to and from the event from the Imperial Beach Mar Vista High School. Questions or concerns can be directed to (801) 499-5024, or during the event, inquiries can be texted to the Race Hotline at (661) 724-6271 and a representative will respond.



John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Would you like to learn about programming and special events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green? Join the Spreckels Center interest list by calling (619) 522-7343, emailing spreckelscenter@coronado.ca.us or online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels. Sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter which lists all the upcoming classes. Registration is available online or by calling (619) 522-7343. Below is a listing of some upcoming classes.

Spreckels Center

  • Try Something New Crew – Pickleball (Barcode: 15312) is $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents. It is scheduled for April 28, 2017, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Technology Tutors (Barcode: 15314) is a free class that will be held on April 24, 2017, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. The Spreckels Center will host Coronado’s Community Teens for a free technology tutoring event. Teens will sit one-on-one to tutor attendees on how to use smart phones, tablets or laptops. You must pre-register and bring your devices.
  • Trails and Ales (Barcode: 15306) $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents.  Join us on an easy 3.8-mile hike exploring Palomar Mountain State Park on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will then head to Nickel Beer Company in Julian for a local craft beer and lunch. Transportation and parking fees are included; lunch and beverages are not.

        TRails n Ales  

  • Don’t Get Hooked - Fraud and Scam Prevention Presentation (Barcode: 15290) on April 26, 2017, from 11 a.m. to noon. The presentation is free but you must register. This is an interactive, 60-minute presentation for older adults and family caregivers on preventing financial abuse, scams and fraud. The Coronado Police Department will make a short presentation about scams affecting residents. Refreshments will be provided by the Coronado Woman's Club.

          Don't get Hooked

Recreation Programs A new session of Spring Recreation Youth Classes begins next week. Learn to dance in Twirl Spin and Jump, Dance Mash-Up, Move-2-the-Beat, Hip-Hop and Cheer classes. Or, try gymnastics, tumbling or yoga. There’s a book club and art studio for preschoolers. Cooking, rock climbing, skateboarding and volleyball classes are open to elementary-aged children. Coronado Recreation invites you to “Put Some Play in Your Day!” For more information on enrichment classes or to register online go to the www.coronado.ca.us/recreation. For details or to register by phone call (619) 522-7342.

  • Upcoming Easter Events include Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg-Stravaganza.  See fliers below for more details for each event.



  • Recreation is offering a Youth Adventures in Paddling afterschool class from April 4 to May 9 for ages 7-14. Visit the link to register online or call (619) 522-7342. See flier below for the details.


Commission Vacancies
The City of Coronado has one vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission and one vacancy on the Transportation Commission. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these volunteers and values each one. If you have an interest in serving your community, call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 522-7320 for more information.




Partnership With Coronado Playhouse:  The Library is partnering with the Coronado Playhouse on its production of “The 39 Steps,” which opened March 24. The Library screened the original Hitchcock film this week, followed by a discussion with the director and Playhouse cast members. In addition, the Library is offering a playwriting class on Saturday, April 1, at 10 a.m. in the Winn Room. The class, taught by Deborah Salzer, requires advance sign-up. The Playhouse is also conducting a book donation drive during the run of the play to benefit the Library and the Friends of the Library. To register, call (619) 522-7390.

Playwriting Class 



Tip A CopThe Coronado Police Department is hosting its first Tip A Cop at Nicky Rottens on Orange Avenue in Coronado. During this fundraiser, officers will serve as celebrity waiters, and will donate all of the tips they receive to the Special Olympics. The event is on Monday, April 3, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Tip a cop

Citizens’ Police AcademyThe Coronado Police Department invites community members to attend a free eight-week course from Wednesday, April 26, through Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Academy will give participants an inside look at the Police Department, to learn about various divisions, volunteer opportunities, how to be a better witness to a crime, and participate in interactive demonstrations. The deadline to register is April 10. For an application or more information, call (619) 522-7355. Check out the flier below for more information.

Citizen Academy 



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

  • The Streets Division painted two alleys from 800 to 900 Olive Avenue; removed 18 feet of broken gutter at 1300 Ninth St.; painted over 500 feet of new red curb in the Coronado Cays; relocated the new radar signs on Third and Fourth streets and Alameda Avenue; and filled a large pothole at Isabella Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. 

Public Services Work

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.



BMW Motorcycle
Posted on 03/31/2017
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