Weekly Update September 8, 2017

Weekly Update September 8, 2017



Weekly Update September 8, 2017

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Interactive Signals
   The City of Coronado now controls the four signals on State Route 75 from Tulagi to Avenida de las Arenas, via a Siemens SCOOT operating system. This past weekend, the signals were turned over to Coronado from Caltrans. Representatives of Siemens, under contract to the City, along with City staff, observed the signals during high peak traffic periods making adjustments to the signals from their laptop computers. There were some minor glitches. However, generally, the system was working as intended optimizing traffic flow through the four intersections. Improved and advanced traffic sensors, magnetometers are scheduled to be installed the week of September 18, which will complete the project.

City Appoints New Fire Chief:  City Manager Blair King announced this week that Jim Lydon, Fire Chief of the City of Benicia, will succeed retiring Fire Chief Mike Blood. Chief Lydon was selected after an extensive recruitment and was subject to a comprehensive background check. Chief Lydon has nearly 40 years of experience. During his four-year tenure as the Fire Chief of Benicia, the City Council appointed Chief Lydon as its Acting City Manager while recruiting to fill the vacant City Manager position. The new Chief holds a Master’s Degree from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Cogswell Polytechnical College. He maintains an active paramedic license and possesses multiple professional certifications in the fields of emergency response and incident management. Fire Chief Lydon will begin his new duties on October 10, 2017.


Update on Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8:  CA-TF8, along with Coronado Fire Department Battalion Chief Perry Peake, were demobilized from Hurricane Harvey and returned by ground to San Diego on Thursday September 7.  Shortly after, CA-TF8 was again mobilized and assigned to Hurricane Irma.  Battalion Chief Peake left by ground yesterday to transport CA-TF8’s equipment to Florida.  For Hurricane Irma, Chief Peake will be joined by Coronado Firefighter/Paramedic Larry Hogueisson, who will fly to Florida and join CA-TF8 on Sunday September 10.  There are 28 Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in the continental United States.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assigns the Task Forces on a rotational basis.  Back-to-back mobilizations are rare.   

City-Operated Leaf Blower ConversionOn Tuesday, September 5, at its regular meeting, the Coronado City Council voted to adopt a resolution directing that gas-powered lawn maintenance equipment, owned or maintained by the City, and the equipment used in the City by its landscape contractors, be converted to zero-emission (electric) tools.  The City will begin the conversion and aims to complete the conversion no later than December 31, 2018. 

New Ambulance
  The City of Coronado provides ambulance service with an inventory of two ambulances. There is a primary ambulance and a reserve ambulance. This week, the City received delivery of its new primary ambulance. The vehicle cost $301,113, with an additional $99,480 needed to equip the ambulance with medical supplies and equipment. The ambulance is manufactured by Horton on a Dodge frame.

Relinquishment Study Update:  In February 2017, the City Council asked the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to initiate an assessment, or a study, of the feasibility of the relinquishment of State Highways 75 and 282 (Orange Avenue and parts of Third and Fourth Streets) to Coronado.  Management and leadership at Caltrans had suggested that the City Council take this action.  Last week, the City Manager’s office was informed by Caltrans that they have begun a Project Study Report (PSR) that will be a comprehensive review of what the state will need to do to make the State Highways in a “state of good repair,” which is needed in order to turn them over to Coronado.  Caltrans expects to complete an initial draft of the PSR for Coronado’s review by summer of 2018.


Citywide Undergrounding of All Overhead Utilities:  At its most recent Council meeting, the City Council voted to take the first step to explore the feasibility of undergrounding all overhead utilities in Coronado.   When the Council adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, the Council asked how might all the overhead utility lines in Coronado be placed underground, on an accelerates schedule, say 10 to 20 years.  At the last Council meeting on September 5, the City Council approved a solicitation for professional services to assist with developing a strategy to achieve the objective of removing all the overhead lines.  The next step will be to hire expert help, and then begin to gather information, communicate with SDG&E and other utilities, and develop a strategy.

Optimist Sports Fiesta:  This Sunday, September 10, the Optimist Club of Coronado is sponsoring the 46th annual Sports Fiesta, which includes a triathlon, prone paddleboarding, a 5K run, one-mile ocean swim and basketball.  Event participants will be gathering in Sunset Park at 6 a.m. for setup and check-in.  The event begins at 7 a.m., with the run, which will take place along the length of Coronado Beach.  The beach will be clear of runners by 8:30 a.m.  The paddleboarding, swim and triathlon activities will take place at North Beach.  Ocean Boulevard, immediately adjacent to Sunset Park and Naval Air Station North Island Gate No. 5, will be closed until approximately 11 a.m.  The entire event will conclude and all parking restrictions are expected to be lifted by noon.

Sports Fiesta

Pet of the Week (ADOPTED):  The Animal Care Facility has some good news to share. This week’s Pet of the week, Stevie, has been adopted.  He was found wandering on one of the naval bases and in pretty rough shape.  He was brought in to PAWS, where he was given medical treatment and some serious TLC, and he found his new forever home.  For more information on the animals available for adoption, contact the adoption team through the PAWS website (www.pawsofcoronado.com) or by calling the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.  



Naval Base Coronado – Noise and Event AlertsThe Navy has shared some updates and alerts with the City, which are listed below.  Concerns or comments about any of the events may be directed to the Naval Base Coronado Community Concerns Hot Line at (619) 545-8847, or submitted to the Base through an electronic feedback form at the following link:


  • Throughout the month of September, there will be short periods during which aircraft carriers will be in port.  The Navy anticipates that this will have minimal impact on peak traffic; however, residents may observe an increase in large trucks. 
  • Friday, September 15, 2017, promotional ceremonies will be held at both bases.  Also on this day, the USS Theodore Roosevelt will host the Commander, U.S. Third Fleet Change of Command.  Coronado residents may notice an increase in morning peak traffic and hear ceremonial gun salutes.
  • On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Naval Base Coronado, in partnership with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Conservation Corps, will host a Silver Strand Training Complex-South Beach Clean-up.  The event will start in the parking lot of the YMCA Camp Surf and proceed north along the Silver Strand Beach.  September 16 is also California Coastal Cleanup Day.  


Recreation Programs and News:   Registration is open for the Fall/Winter 2017 season, and there are recreation opportunities available for all ages. To find out about programs and how to register online, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

Spreckels Center:  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 or emailing spreckelscenter@coronado.ca.us. You may register in-person, over the phone, by mail or online at http://online.activecommunities.com/coronado. The Spreckels Center is offering a series of free exciting, informative and engaging Educational Programs to the 50+ community on Thursdays during the month of September, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.

Coronado Boathouse:   Check out the exciting classes offered this Fall at the Coronado Boathouse, located at 1985 Strand Way. Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, rowing classes, outrigger paddle classes and more. Upcoming Full Moon Group Paddles are on: October 5 (Hunter’s Moon); November 4 (Beaver Moon); and December 3 (Cold Moon), and check-in is at 6:45 p.m. at the Coronado Boathouse. The per-person fee is $15 for non-residents and $10 for residents, plus the cost of the vessel. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655.


Pool News
The Aquatics Center will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. on September 22, through October 15, for water polo tournaments, as well as annual maintenance and equipment repairs. The new pool schedule for the Fall began August 22, and runs through February 18.

Pool Hours

Golf News: Coronado’s Golf Professional Brian Smock was recognized by the City Council on Tuesday night, September 5, for his play in the PGA Golf Tournament earlier this year. The City congratulated Brian for representing Coronado at the Tournament.

(Above left to right: Bill Sandke, Whitney Benzian, Brian Smock, Richard Bailey, Carrie Downey and Mike Donovan)

Armchair Travel
Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Coronado Community Center in the Nautilus Room. Refreshments are served from 6 to 6:45 p.m., when the speaker begins their presentation. A $5 admission fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center. The next presentation is September 19, when Coronado residents Irwin Karp and Ann Bancroft will share their experience "Between Two Poles - Antarctica and Arctic Svalbard." Their slides will cover 2013 and 2014 trips to the two polar regions on Linblad Expedition's National Geographic Endeavor.

Recreation Programs
On Friday, September 1, Recreation Coordinator Brooke Klosinski and Recreation Specialists Ashley Albertson and Hannah Jurgielewic gathered supplies that were donated by City of Coronado employees. They volunteered their time along with Kids4Community to create hygiene kits for Hurricane Harvey victims.

(Above left: Recreation staff members and donated items; above right: Zach, Founder of Kids4Community)

Pickleball began this week, and is held on Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. There’s also a beginner’s course on Saturdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Contact the Tennis Center for more information, at (619) 522-2650.



Commission Vacancies: The City has one immediate vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission, one immediate vacancy on the Transportation Commission, and two upcoming vacancies on the Street Tree Committee as of October 31, 2017. Applications for the Street Tree Committee vacancies must be received in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 25. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of its 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.


Library Programs:   A “Journaling for Joy” workshop began on Thursday, September 7, and will be held each Thursday in September, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Winn Room. The workshop is presented by Joyce Chapman. On Thursday evening, a foreign film was screened. The Academy Award winning Iranian film, “The Salesman” was shown and Iranian snacks were offered to those in attendance.

Fall Piano Concerts Return:   The lunchtime piano concerts return today at 12:30 p.m. The series is now titled “Autumn Piano Concerts” and will be held every Friday until November 3. The first concert today will feature Tom Barabas performing “A Nod to Gershwin.”


Youth Programs: A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, September 5, and the children made a mosaic Acorn Craft. Wednesday’s Teen event, on September 6, was Games & Grub. There is a Scavenger Hunt in the Teen Library until September 18. Teens in 6th-12th grades may enter once, and the prize is a BB-8 Sphero.


Saturday Book Club:  The Book Club will meet on Saturday, September 9, to discuss “Price William: The Man Who Would Be King” by Penny Junor.


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

  • The Streets Division repaired a trip hazard on the patio outside of the Nautilus Room. A special technique was used to “lift” the concrete from underneath instead of damaging the surface from digging. The Streets Division also painted new traffic control markings at the corner of Olive Avenue and Tenth Street and patched a rough area of sidewalk at 1100 Ocean Boulevard.


  • The Facilities Division removed the restroom trailers from Spreckels Park this week. While the trailers are not in use, minor repairs will be made and they will be kept covered.  The Facilities Division also installed new louvers on the Spreckels Park restroom doors. The new stainless steel louvers will withstand the high-use of the restrooms. Custom trim pieces had to be fabricated and welded together to accommodate the slight size difference from the original louvers.

Public Services

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Piano Concerts
Posted on 09/08/2017
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