Weekly Update April 6, 2018

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Weekly Update April 6, 2018

Weekly Update April 6, 2018


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New Community Development Director:  Coronado has a new Community Development director. Rich Grunow, who comes to the City from Capitola, is set to start work May 7. Grunow, 46, has worked in land use and environmental planning with California public agencies for the past 18 years. During his five years with Capitola, Grunow administered the City’s planning, building, code enforcement and affordable housing programs, and guided a comprehensive update of the city’s general plan and zoning ordinance, as well as the preparation of its first Climate Action Plan. Grunow understands the region, is familiar with large and small organizations, and has experience as a Community Development director for a California coastal city. Grunow was selected after an extensive interview process that included input from representatives of various elements of the community.


Affordable Rental Housing Plan: The City is moving forward with a plan to provide for the purchase and rehabilitation of 35 multi-family units to ensure that Coronado keeps low and very-low income housing available to residents. The City Council agreed in February to work with Coronado Interfaith Housing, which will own, develop and manage the properties for 65 years. Financing consists of $7 million in tax-exempt multi-family housing revenue bonds, which are payable solely out of the revenues derived by the developer for the project. The City is not a party to the financing agreements. Tenants will be temporarily relocated during construction, which is expected to take 10 months. In return for a $1 per year lease, Interfaith Housing will rehabilitate existing structures, secure all financing, maintain compliance with new income limits, and operate the facility for the term of the agreement. At the end of the lease, the land and improvements will belong to the City.  The units are located at complexes at 406-430 Orange Ave., 445-451 Orange, 560-566 G Ave., and 840 G.


Skatepark to Allow Scooters: The City Council introduced an ordinance this week to allow for the use of non-motorized scooters in Coronado’s Skatepark. The Municipal Code currently allows only skateboards, and inline and roller skates in the facility. Other wheeled devices, such as scooters and bicycles, have not been permitted due to the original intent of the facility’s design, and the potential damage and liability from the use of other equipment. With recent state legislation that expanded the “release of liability skateboarding law” to include all wheeled, non-motorized devices, including scooters, and the consent of the park’s architect, modifications can be made and the City’s Municipal Code amended to allow scooter use. The Council directed that the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget include $29,500 to retrofit the facility. If approved on a second reading set for April 17, the ordinance will go into effect in early May. Bicycles remain an unpermitted use at Skatepark.

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Drone Use in Coronado: The City Council received its first presentation on recreational unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones. The Council will soon consider an ordinance for the promotion, regulation and safe use of drones. The City has received complaints of drones harassing people and flying where they should not. However, since the City’s Municipal Code was silent on drones, there has been no local enforcement capability. The Navy currently has enforcement oversight. The ordinance will allow local enforcement. According to Federal Aviation Administration rules, drones may not fly within five miles of an airport without prior approval of the airport operator. Airports surrounding Coronado blanket the City and prevent drone flights from operating in nearly all areas of town without securing the needed permission from the Navy. The City will be working with the Navy to pre-approve specific areas where recreational drone operators can fly. Drone users will likely be required to first notify the City electronically of their plans to fly through an internet-accessible system on the City’s website. Recreational and commercial drone operators will still need permission before flying outside of those pre-approved areas. The ordinance will only apply to recreational drone activities.

Dockless Bikes: City officials are pleased to report that there has been a significant drop in the number of unpermitted dockless bicycles left in Coronado’s public rights of way. The City Council denied a request from LimeBike in December for a permit to use public property and public rights of way to operate a dockless bicycle sharing business. Two other bike-sharing companies, Ofo and Urban Cycle, also requested that they be allowed to operate. No dockless bike share company may operate in Coronado but that has not stopped people from bringing them into town. Dockless  bicycles found in the public right of way are tagged by the Police Department then impounded by Public Services if not retrieved by the commercial owner. To reclaim their equipment from Public Services, dockless bicycle companies must first pay a fee, per impounded bicycle, at City Hall that covers the City’s cost for implementing this program. Coronado is home to 11 traditional bicycle rental companies and is designated a silver-level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Leaf Blower Conversion Update: The City’s Parks Division recently completed the first phase of Coronado’s conversion from gas to battery-operated blowers and weed whips. Parks Division purchased three blowers, three weed whips, 10 batteries, 10 chargers and two backpack batteries. The first phase established benchmarks of actual usage time for each piece of equipment, while evaluating three different sizes of batteries; and the productivity/effectiveness compared to the gas-powered equipment that was replaced. This information will inform the equipment purchases in the second phase, which are scheduled for August. Multiple commercial-grade battery-operated pieces of equipment currently available in the marketplace were evaluated. After comparing performance, maintenance and cost factors, the decision was made to select Husqvarna for the City’s battery powered landscaping equipment. Parks Division’s service trucks will soon be retrofitted with inverters and chargers to facilitate handheld equipment battery charging while in the field. A few members of the Parks crew were using the new equipment, on a daily basis, over the past three months. All feedback was positive regarding performance and ease of use, and the quietness was touted as a significant quality of service benefit. 
Landscaping Equipment


Vietnam Veterans Event:  Last week, Naval Base Coronado and the City of Coronado honored local Vietnam Veterans with lunch and a tour of three facilities. They were joined at lunch by officers and junior enlisted.  At the last stop of the day, which was the Vietnam Unit Memorial Monument, Chiefs from the Naval Base Coronado Chief's Mess met the group to thank them for their service and pin the Vietnam Veteran lapel pin on each veteran. Just as those who came before them and those who serve today, our Vietnam War Veterans served their country with honor, courage and commitment.  To see a brief video of the event, click on the Naval Base Coronado Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NavalBaseCoronado/.

Spreckels Center Receives Two Awards:  The City of Coronado is the recipient of two American Public Works Association Projects of the Year awards for the John D. Spreckels Center and the Spreckels Park Restroom projects. The awards ceremony is set for May 24. This is the second award for the Spreckels Center, having earlier received the California Parks and Recreation Society award for buildings under $5 million.


Planned Boat Launch Ramp ClosureThe Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Facility will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12, to repaint stripes in the parking lot. Notification signs will be posted, and clean-up will be conducted the day before. Click here for information on alternative boat launch ramps in San Diego via the Port of San Diego website.

Boat Launch Ramp


Coronado Flower Show, Library Book Sale:  The 96th annual Coronado Flower Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, along with the concurrently held Friends of the Library book sale. See fliers below for additional details. Set up and preparation will begin in Spreckels Park on Monday, April 16. “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.

Flower Show

Book Fair



AT&T Tower at Main Fire Station:  The contractor continues to install the infrastructure to support the temporary equipment to continue cell service while the existing equipment is demolished to make way for the new equipment. Removal of the existing equipment is scheduled to start in approximately two weeks.


Sunset Park Improvements:  Sod installation as part of the work to improve Sunset Park will start next week. Once the sod is installed, a four- to six-week post-installation maintenance period is required for it to take root before the park is reopened to the public.

Sod Work


Navy Training AlertsThe Navy has notified the City that it is conducting small boat operations in the vicinity of San Diego Bay, Naval Amphibious Base, and San Diego coastal waters, from March 26-April 13, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and dive operations in the vicinity of San Diego Bay and the Naval Amphibious Base from April 2-12, from 1 to 10 p.m.  Questions or concerns can be directed to the Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office at (619) 545-8136 or online at http://cnic.navy.mil/./navbase./about/CommunityConcerns.html.

Pet of the Week: Sprinkles, a 3½-year-old Siamese blend, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Sprinkles has beautiful blue eyes and a white and gray coat. She is fun and active. She’s deaf so loud noises don’t bother her. She takes daily medication for her feline epilepsy but has no problem with it. She’s looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Sprinkles, call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 522-7371.





Electronic FilingEarlier this year, the City entered into a contract with NetFile, a paperless e-filing business that allows the electronic filing of Form 700s as well as campaign statements. Every elected official and public employee who makes or influences governmental decisions is required to submit a Statement of Economic Interests, also known as Form 700, to provide transparency and ensure accountability. The new disclosure portal for the Form 700s can be found on the City’s website.  Visit the City’s homepage. Under the Government tab, select the City Clerk Department.

Form 700


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




Firework Display Course: Fire Battalion Chief Jason Clements and Captain Jayson Summers attended an eight-hour Outdoor Public Fireworks Display course taught by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. The class was held at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds and included classroom instruction, static displays, and a live demonstration that included simulated firework misfires. Subject matter included code updates, pre-performance permitting, pre- and post-show site inspection, as well as safety procedures during the show. A commercial operator was onsite to provide hands-on training and updates on current industry practices. The Coronado Fire Department is responsible for permit review and site inspection before and during set-up of fireworks shows within the City. The Department works closely with commercial operators during firework shows to ensure spectator safety.

 Fireworks Classes


Junior Lifeguards: Information on this summer’s Coronado Junior Lifeguards and Coronado Surf Awareness programs can be found on the flier below and online. The Junior Lifeguards program is for boys and girls ages 9 to 17 and the Surf Awareness program is for those ages 6 to 8. Both courses are a great way to spend the summer and learn about water safety, environmental awareness, 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.


Junior Lifeguards 


Youth Services:  A Children’s Craft program was held Tuesday, April 3, in the Ruby Room.  “Pop-up Bunny Plates” were made. The Teen Book Club also met Tuesday, and Games & Grub was held Wednesday, April 4. The Children’s Diorama features “Tea Party Time” with plush characters enjoying a tea party. The scene helps promote the Library’s annual Mother-Daughter Silver Tea to be held May 5 in the Winn Room.



Literary Tea:  The Library’s annual Literary Tea is Saturday, April 7. This year’s theme is “Meet Agatha Christie” with expert Pia Turner, who will talk about Agatha Christie’s life, work and timeless appeal.  Tea and a light luncheon will be served. There is a waiting list for tickets to the event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Literary Tea 


Tip-A-Cop:  On Thursday, April 5, Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint hosted a tip-a-cop event benefiting Special Olympics. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., police officers in uniform served as wait staff.  All tips collected go to the Special Olympics. The Department would like to thank everyone that was a part of this charitable event.

Tip a Cop 


Police Officer Orientation:  The Police Department conducted two police officer applicant orientations, which are part of the hiring process. Applicants determined to meet minimum hiring requirements are invited to attend the orientations, which have two parts. One part is to provide guidance on completing the personal history statement, the basis for a comprehensive background process; and the other is for the Chief Jon Froomin to speak to the community’s expectations. The process has proved successful in finding not only qualified candidates but employees who understand the high level of service that is expected.  

Act of KindnessA passerby “caught” Officer Patrick O’Malley stopping his motorcycle and handing this young girl a sticker. The person who sent in the photo said the girl jumped up and down as she thanked him.



Streets Division Updates:  The Streets Division repaired two sections of bad sidewalk at 825 G Ave. and 925 B Ave. Crews also hung new spring banners along Orange Avenue.

Street Work 





Boathouse Events:  The Boathouse has several classes and events going on, including Rowing Machine Fitness and Sunset Paddle. See fliers below for more details, or call the Boathouse at (619) 522-2655.

Boathouse Events

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Posted on 04/06/2018
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