Weekly Update April 20, 2018

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Weekly Update April 20, 2018

Weekly Update April 20, 2018


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 Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Coronado Flower Show, Library Book Sale:  The 96th annual Coronado Flower Show and the Coronado Friends of the Library’s 2018 Book Fair are this weekend at Spreckels Park. Be aware of “no parking” signs. Vehicles in restricted areas will be towed. Flower Show admission is $5. Flower Show hours are Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coronado’s Cultural Arts Commission is hosting a booth featuring the floral-themed artwork of local artists. The Book Fair is free and is also held at Spreckels Park. Book Fair hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no smoking, dogs or soliciting allowed. 

Flower and Book

Cite Day: The Police Department’s Traffic Division held a maximum enforcement cite day on Thursday, April 11 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The traffic corporal and three motor officers, one riding in a traffic vehicle, along with four Police Services Officers issued 57 traffic citations, 29 parking citations, 12 verbal warnings, one written warning, and had two misdemeanor arrests, two vehicles towed, and four reports.

Cite Day


Coastal Campus Entrance Road Work: As part of ongoing construction related to the Navy’s Coastal Campus, those driving, walking or riding bicycles along the southern stretches of state Route 75 can expect increased road work. The work is taking place at the intersection where the main gate to the Coastal Campus facility will be located at SR-75 and Old Fort Emory Boulevard. This is the intersection where the main gate to the Coastal Campus facility will be located. The construction required a reduction in the speed limit and the elimination of the roadway shoulders in both directions. The Coronado Police Department encourages bicyclists to use the bike path and avoid using the traffic lane when passing the construction area. Signs are being created to warn pedestrians and bicyclists of the construction and roadway closures, and urge them to use caution in the area due to increased congestion. Motorists heading north on the Silver Strand should be mindful that vehicles may be stopped in the left-most lane, especially in the early morning hours, as they wait for vehicles turning into the facility. The area is expected to be restored to its pre-construction condition by the end of June.

Coastal Campus 


Helicopter Flight: Residents were caught off-guard on Monday, April 16, when a helicopter was observed flying over the Village area of Coronado several times. The helicopter was contracted by SDG&E to conduct light detection and ranging, or LIDAR, flights to get a 3-D image of its infrastructure. Dinah Willier, SDG&E public affairs manager, apologized to the City for the lack of proper notification by the project manager. She said several passes are routinely required to get the full 3-D view so she understands residents’ concerns. The Coronado Police Department heard about the flight from the Navy just before the flight took place and issued a Nixle alert, sent out a tweet and posted the information to its Facebook page. The City’s public relations contact with SDG&E is in transition at this time. The City encourages residents to sign up to receive notifications from the City to get news updates in real time. To sign up for Nixle alerts and notifications, visit the Police Department Nixle page, follow us on Twitter and like the Police Department’s Facebook and the City’s Facebook pages to stay up to date.

National Volunteer Week: On Tuesday, April 17, the City Council proclaimed the week of April 23, 2018, as National Volunteer Week. The City fully supports the benefit of engaging committed members of the public in service to the City. The Police Department appreciates the Senior Volunteers, Police Explorers and Reserve Officers for their commitment and dedication to the Department and to the community they serve. They donated more than 7,400 hours last year. Coronado Middle School and High School students, local service clubs and dedicated community volunteers support Recreation Department-sponsored community events and coach youth basketball teams. The City thanks the community members who donate to the Out and About program for seniors. The Library counts 29 adults who contributed more than 2,500 hours, and 35 junior volunteers who contributed more than 1,100 hours helping Library patrons. The City hopes the work of the volunteers inspires others to serve their communities.

Fire Department Labor Agreement Approved:  The City Council approved a three-year agreement with the Coronado Firefighters Association.  The agreement includes a 1.5 percent base pay adjustment for FY 2019-20, a base pay adjustment equivalent to the San Diego Consumer Price Index of the previous year (maximum 2.5 percent) for FY 2020-21, a holiday premium pay for FY 2018-19, and a 5 percent rescue merit premium pay effective starting next fiscal year.  Additionally, beginning in FY 2019-20, most firefighters will contribute an additional 1.5 percent on top of previous contributions, to their retirement account.  The net impact of these contract adjustments in FY 2018-19 is approximately $71,722. The estimated additional cost for all three years is $822,314.


Third and Fourth Streets Neighborhood Lighting Public Workshop: The City will hold a public workshop to show exhibits and let the community know about the Third and Fourth Streets Neighborhood Lighting and Landscape Improvements project. The purpose of the project is to help beautify and to continue to establish the Third and Fourth Streets corridor as special Coronado locations. The Open House format allows residents to drop in anytime from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, to view design alternatives and meet the project team. The event will be held in the Library's Winn Room. For questions or more information, call City Engineer Ed Walton at (619) 522-7385.

Workshop Flier


Nature’s Bridge Sign Upgrade: A large interpretive sign along Nature’s Bridge to Discovery, a walking trail that runs along the bay side of the Silver Strand, was weathered due to age. Public Services’ Facilities crews constructed a new sign and installed it last week. Streets Division used the existing platform but installed new graphics and Facilities crews made a plastic over for the sign to reduce the chance of the sign getting vandalized. A stainless-steel frame was fabricated in-house to secure the sign to the platform. The interpretive trail is 1.5 miles long and features five “discover points” that highlight the one-of-a-kind ecology of the Strand. You can find 24 sand sculptures depicting native plant and animal life. Parking can be found at Fiddler’s Cove.

Bridge Sign 

Bridge Sign3


SDG&E Planned Outage, Noise Advisory:  San Diego Gas & Electric will conduct excavation work to install underground services along Ninth Street and C Avenue from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22. The work will involve a power outage, digging with a powered jackhammer and the use of an air compressor. Additionally, there will be multiple diesel vehicles, including a bucket truck required for the installation of new pole work, in the area. Work is being done at night due to the traffic volumes in the area and because residents did not want a daytime outage.


AT&T Tower at Main Fire Station:  AT&T’s contractor has informed the City that AT&T has delayed the installation of temporary fiber lines at the Coronado Fire Station from the existing equipment to the temporary equipment for up to three weeks. Little to no work will be occurring on site during this delay period.


Sea Lion Pup Rescue:  On Tuesday, April 17, Police Services Officers Jacob Koenig and Jose Sandoval responded to a call of a sea lion pup laying on the sand near Silver Strand Housing.  When they arrived, they noticed that the pup was thin and not moving well. They stayed with the pup until Sea World’s Rescue Team arrived and evaluated him. The team determined that the pup was dehydrated and malnourished and needed to be transported its care facility near Mission Bay for further treatment. We hope he feels better soon.

Sea Lion Pup 

Pet of the Week: Luna, a 1-year-old brown Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Luna is sweet and mellow. She was left at the shelter with her three kittens. They all were adopted and now it’s Luna’s turn. She’s looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Luna, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.  The Coronado Animal Care Facility is a no euthanasia shelter. 

Luna POW. 



Commission Vacancies:  The City has vacancies on the Transportation Commission. See flier below for the details.




Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, April 18, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration Permit for a remodel at 1109 F Ave. The Commission also recommended to City Council approval of a Historic Alteration Permit for a remodel and construction of a carriage house, including an exception to zoning standards related to setbacks, for the property at 749 J Ave.




Jr. Lifeguards:  Information on this summer’s Coronado Junior Lifeguards and Coronado Surf Awareness programs can be found on the flier and online. The Junior Lifeguards program is for boys and girls ages 9-17 and the Surf Awareness program is for those ages 6-8. Both courses are a great way to spend the summer and learn about water safety, environmental awareness, and what it's like to be a lifeguard. Participants also will enjoy ocean and beach activities. See the below flier for program information or visit the page online.







Library Programs:  The program titled Learn About the Great Castles of England was presented Tuesday, April 17, in the Winn Room. Scott Farrell, the founder of Chivalry Today, gave a talk on the history of castles from the 9th through the 15th centuries. Open Mic Poetry Night returned to the Winn Room on Thursday, April 19. The event was presented in cooperation with the Coronado Scribes writers group. Last Sunday, on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, the San Diego English Country Dancers performed the mid-1700 dances Jefferson enjoyed. Audience members were invited to learn a contra-style dance of the period.


Youth Services:  The Junior Volunteer Spring Play, The Wizard of Oz, was performed on April 12 in the Winn Room.  A kids Mini Paper Cactus craft was held Tuesday, April 17. The Teen program this week featured a screening of “Thor: Ragnarok.” The Teen Tech Team was in session on Monday, April 16, to help patrons with phone, tablet and e-reader questions.

Kids Craft 

Junior Volunteers    
The cast of the Junior Volunteer Spring Play, The Wizard of Oz.


Friends of the Library:  The Coronado Friends of the Library will host its members-only book sale today, April 20, as part of its annual Book Fair, set for this weekend. The members-only sale will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by a wine reception and membership meeting. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends organization at the door. The Book Fair continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Summer Staffing Outreach: The City of Coronado is hiring Recreation Services staff for summer 2018. Work at the beach, pool, Community Center, day camp, Skatepark or Spreckels Center. Apply today for the following positions: aquatics instructor, beach lifeguard and assistant pool guard, recreation assistant for day camps, recreation leader and recreation specialist. Find out more about the positions on the City's website (www.coronado.ca.us) or by calling (619) 522-7300.

Rec Hiring 


Full Moon Paddle:  The next Full Moon Paddle is on Sunday, April 29.  See flier for more details, or call the Boathouse at (619) 522-2655.

Paddle Event 







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

  • Streets replaced 35 feet of alley on Second Street between Orange and C avenues.

Alley 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.


Flower Show
Posted on 04/20/2018
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