Weekly Update April 28, 2017

Weekly Update April 28, 2017


Weekly Update April 28, 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:  A maximum enforcement day was held on Wednesday, April 26, with 178 citations written. Of those, seven were for misdemeanors, five were written warnings, and four vehicles were towed.

Traffic Stop


Spring Clean-up Event:  Don’t forget to set your bulky items out at the curb next week. The annual Spring Cleanup Event is set for the week of May 1 through May 5. Residents may dispose of unwanted items such as broken appliances, furniture, old mattresses, tree branches (must be tied into two-by-four-foot bundles). Place the items you’d like picked up out on the curb with your regular trash containers on your regularly scheduled collection day during the cleanup event. No contractor or landscaper debris please. The City reminds the community about its recycle scavenging ordinance. The Police Department may now issue a ticket to people caught removing recycling items set out for pick-up.
Bulky items

Spreckels Park Restroom:  Work to upgrade the Spreckels Park Restroom facility continues. On the Seventh Street side of the project, the contractor has stained the concrete with four square and hopscotch games and sealed the concrete pad. The pad will be used to support the portable restroom trailer during the park’s busy summer months. The restrooms will only be open and available, however, during summer concerts on Sundays or during other special events. When the trailers are removed, children are free to play the games on the pad. The fence around the pad will be removed shortly.

Spreckels Restroom 

Four Square Hopscotch

MotorCars on MainstreetThe 27th annual MotorCars on MainStreet event is Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in and around Coronado Rotary Park. The event, which attracts custom car enthusiasts, will feature 400 pre-1973 restored classic, rod and custom cars and trucks and will be held downtown on Isabella and Orange avenues. Affected residences and businesses in the vicinity of the event on Isabella, Park Place and Star Park Circle were notified twice in advance of the event. The event is presented by Coronado MainStreet.

Motorcars Mainstreet

Coronado Supports SB 400, Bridge Safety: Earlier this week, Coronado via its state lobbyist provided testimony in support of Senate Bill 480 (Hueso). The bill requires 1 percent of California Department of Transportation miscellaneous revenue be expended for feasibility, environmental and engineering studies pertaining to bridge safety. The bill, which would earmark about $600,000 for this purpose, was passed out of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. Coronado was the only municipality asked to testify. Previously, the City Council endorsed a letter of support for the legislation that was provided to the bill’s author Senator Ben Hueso.

Spreckels Center Social:  The community is invited to attend a social at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green on May 10. The event is being held to acquaint the 50-plus Coronado community with the newest City facility and all it offers. There will be live piano music, refreshments and staff ready to answer questions and show off the building. The event will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 1019 Seventh St.

Spreckels Social 


Crime Data Report:  New mid-year crime statistics published by the San Diego Association of Governments found that the number of homicides, aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts are up countywide from 2015 to 2016, but the number of rapes, robberies and burglaries is down. The report lists countywide figures over the 37-year period of 1980 through 2016. The 2016 violent crime rate per 1,000 County residents was 3.33, and the property crime rate was 18.66. Both rates were the second lowest recorded since SANDAG began preparing annual regional crime reports in 1980. It is important to note that San Diego County remains a very safe place to live. The most recent figures show the City of Coronado had a 5 percent drop in both the overall crime rate and the property crime rate. The City had a nearly 4 percent property crime rate hike over last year but continues to have one of the lowest violent crime rates in the region with an Annualized FBI Index Violent Crime Rate of 1.03 crimes per 1,000. The most recent figures show that no other city had a lower rate than Coronado.

Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The first of the docks has been floated into position and another delivery of docks was made yesterday, April 27, for the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project. As a part of the boat ramp construction, Strand Way will be fully closed to through traffic at the trash enclosure by the Community Center pool building. The closure is expected to last one day, Monday, May 1. Four parking spaces near the trash enclosure pictured below may be used to allow vehicles to turn around at the closure point just before the boat launch ramp construction site. Glorietta Bay Park and the Coronado Boathouse & Club Room facility may be accessed by parking on state Route 75 and crossing the bike path. Trenching for the new fire and water lines to the boat dock continues to the west of City Hall and will be ongoing for the next several weeks.

Dock C Work 

Dock C Work2 

Boat Launch Ramp 


Free ‘Bike-in’ Movie at Tidelands Park:  Gather the family and ride bikes to the City’s first-ever, free “bike-in” movie. The “Coronado Bikes to the Movies” event features “The Secret Life of Pets” on the big screen on Friday, May 19, in Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive. Coronado Bikes to the Movies also will have free pre-screening bicycle activities starting at 6:30 p.m. including a Mini Bicycle Rodeo, Walk-Up Bicycle Mechanics and a Bike-to-Spin prize wheel. The film begins at 8 p.m. Blankets, jackets, beach chairs and picnic items are encouraged. The free event is sponsored by the City, a San Diego Association of Governments GObyBIKE grant, San Diego Bicycle Coalition and Holland’s Bicycles.  See flier below. For additional information, call (619) 522-7342.

Secret LIfe movie flier 

Sewage Odor Reduction Project:  In response to odor complaints, the City has engaged a private firm to assist with odor control in the sewer system. For a variety of reasons, including long undisturbed lengths of sewer lines, Coronado’s sewer system has higher levels of hydrogen sulfide. This produces an offensive odor and corrodes the City’s sewer lines. This week, the contractor began work that required pump changes involving diesel engines overnight. The City thanks the community for its patience. Other work will include treating the effluent with non-toxic materials such as calcium nitrate beginning at the Coronado Cays Pump Station, which contains the initial head-waters of Coronado’s sewer system, through the entire system along the Silver Strand to the Glorietta Bay Pump Station, to the TransBay Pump Station and Seaport Village. The chemicals react with the effluent and reduce odors. 


Pet of the Week:  Cruz, a sweet one-year-old male black domestic shorthair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Cruz is social, affectionate and frisky. He’s looking for a home. Cruz has all his shots, is neutered and his adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Cruz, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Cruz POTW 


John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Stay in the know about events and classes 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. Registration is available online or by calling (619) 522-7343. The Center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday; and closed on Sunday. Here are some of the newest offerings:

  • Cardio Dance Party: The cost is $24 for residents and $29 for non-residents; Mondays, May 1-22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Barcode: 15316.
  • Good Mental Health is Ageless:  The class is free, on Wednesday, May 3, from 10-11 a.m., Barcode: 15291.
  • Fit & Flexible:  The cost is $32 for residents and $42 for non-residents; Fridays, May 5-26, from 9:30-10:25 a.m., Barcode: 15766.

Recreation Programs and NewsTo find out about any class or program and how to register online for any programs at the Community Center, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342. 

  • Registration for Summer Programming begins on May 9 for residents and on May 16 for non-residents. Summer programming includes PaddleFit Classes, Kayak Adventure Classes, Youth SUP Camps, Teens Learn to Row class, as well as group outings such as Sunrise and Sunset Paddles, Full Moon Paddles, and Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours. For more information, call (619) 522-2655 or check out the Summer Brochure here.

     Summer Camp

  • Volunteer drivers are wanted for the Coronado Seniors Out and About Program. The program provides scheduled rides to Coronado residents ages 60-plus for a nominal fee of up to $4 depending on the distance traveled. The program is supported by the San Diego Association of Governments as part of the TransNet Senior Mini-grant Program and in response to the growing need of transportation to this vital community. If you would you like to volunteer to drive for the program, please visit the Spreckels Center for details or call (619) 522-7343.

     Out and About flier

  • On Saturday, April 22, the Coronado Boathouse hosted a free community Open House. With the completion of the Glorietta Bay Pump Station construction, the Open House provided the community an opportunity to visit the Boathouse, see demo vessels from Surftech, meet staff and learn about upcoming summer programming. More than 40 families participated, winning prizes donated by Emerald City Surf Shop, PaddleFit and URT.   

     Boathouse Open House2

  • On Monday, April 24, the Community Teens class traveled to the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green to assist participants in the Technology Tutors class.  In this class, teens provide technical assistance to adults needing help using their phones, tablets and laptops.

         Community Teens

  • Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, in the Nautilus Room at the Community Center. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m. The speaker begins the presentation at 6:45. A $5 admission fee is payable at the Community Center’s front desk. The next program will be held on May 16, and David Strack will talk to participants about his travels to Berlin, Germany. 
  • The Coronado Skatepark is hosting the “Skate Escape” on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for youth ages 11 to 18. Cost is $30 and includes travel to two skate parks in North County. Bring a helmet and a lunch or lunch money. See flier below for the details.

         Skate Escape



Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on each of the following commissions: Cultural Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and 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.




Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, April 28, the Design Review Commission approved the following:

  • A new sign for “The Deep Blue Sea Sanctuary” spa at 1309 Ynez Place.

    Deep Blue Sea 

  • A new 4-unit residential condominium development proposed for the northwest corner of C Avenue and Ninth Street, 1115-1125 Ninth St.

    1115-1125 Ninth  

  • New exterior paint and signs for the laundromat at 1003-1007 Isabella Ave.

         1003-1007 Isabella



Junior Lifeguard Testing:  Testing and and registration for the 2017 Coronado Junior Lifeguards and Coronado Surf Awareness programs are underway. The attached flier has the information that parents and participants need to know. Check the Beach Lifeguards page on the City of Coronado website, click here http://bit.ly/2oEtzrk or on the flier below for more information. 

Junior LIfeguards



Library Activities:  A special program, “Alzheimer’s Disease: Know the 10 Signs, Early Detection Matters,” was held Thursday, April 27. The Alzheimer’s Association presented how to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging, along with the steps to take if you recognize a warning sign.

Teen Events: “Career Fundamentals for Teens” will be offered on Saturday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. Advance sign-up is required and can be done by emailing j.luna@coronado.lib.ca.us or calling (619) 522-2479. Resume skills, application basics, how to dress for an interview and more will be covered. Other Teen activities this week included a meeting of the Teen Advisory Board on Tuesday, April 25, and Disney Trivia on Wednesday, April 26.

Children’s Programs:  A Kids’ Craft program was held on Tuesday, April 25, and children made butterflies using coffee filters. Spanish Song and Story Hour was held on Thursday, April 27, along with the Toddler and Pre-school Story Hours on Tuesday, April 25, and today, April 28.

Butterfly Craft 

Butterfly Craft2    






National Prescription Drug Take Back Day:   The Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have any unwanted or expired prescriptions, please stop by the Department to dispose of them. Help prevent the abuse and theft of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by removing drugs from your home. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. If you can't make it out on Saturday, there is a collection box in the Police Department lobby available during regular business hours.

Drug Take Back Day 

Don’t Get Hooked – Scam and Fraud PreventionOn Wednesday, Detective Sam Sellers spoke at the John D. Spreckels Center on ways to prevent and identify frauds and scams and how not to become a victim.


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

  • Public Services crews continue to work on the Coronado Rotary Park fountain, which has been offline for repairs. The fountain was drained and assessed. It was discovered that a new motor is needed due to its age and will be ordered. Since the motor is specially built for this fountain, it may take some time to build. Once it arrives, it will be installed and the fountain will be filled and turned back on.  

         Rotary Fountain

  • UPDATED to push date back due to a construction project in the area. The portable restroom soon will be moved from the Public Services yard, where it has been stored during the winter, to its summertime Avenida del Sol beach location. While it was stored, crews performed a much-needed major overhaul due to heavy use. A conservative estimate of daily uses per day last summer exceeded 260. The interior stainless steel fixtures were cleaned and polished. Facilities fabricated a sand trap system in the grey water lines to catch sand from the sinks that destroys the pumps monthly with the goal of minimizing downtime and repair time. In addition, all the valves were replaced with more durable brass assemblies and valves were added to isolate the pumps. Now, if one pump is under repair, the other can be used to keep the restrooms open for use. The flooring also had a new epoxy coating. The facility receives much more use than it was built to withstand and the ocean conditions have compounded its repairs.

         Portable Restroom

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Four Square pad
Posted on 04/28/2017
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