Weekly Update August 10, 2018

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Weekly Update August 10, 2018

Weekly Update August 10, 2018

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High Temps, Surf: The region went through two excessive heat waves this week, the last one ending Thursday, August 9, at 8 p.m. The heat is still on, though it’s not quite as hot as we head into the weekend. The City encourages residents and visitors to take advantage of the air-conditioned Coronado Public Library, Spreckels Center, Community Center, or the beach to cool off. If going to the beach, be aware that a beach hazards statement is in effect from through Saturday, August 12. There may be strong rip currents and high surf. Check with Lifeguards before swimming. Do the stingray shuffle since they like warm water too. The National Weather Service advises people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

Beach high surf


Vote for Community Read 2019: The community is invited to vote for their pick for the 2019 Coronado Community Read. The program, sponsored by the Coronado Public Library and Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, brings the community closer together with the shared reading of one book, enhanced by discussions and programs centered on the book’s themes. The five finalists were announced last week and now the community gets to vote. The winner will be announced in September. The finalists were narrowed down from a list of 65 books. Voting will take place throughout the month of August and conclude on September 14. Cast your vote in person at the Library or online. The Coronado Community Read is made possible by the Friends of the Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The nominated titles are:

  • “Manhattan Beach: A Novel” by Jennifer Egan
  • “News of the World: A Novel” by Paulette Jiles
  • “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson
  • “The Practice House: A Novel” by Laura McNeal
  • “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore

Community Read 


Vandals Strike Again: Another sink was broken in an ADA-accessible restroom at Spreckels Park late last month. This is the fourth sink in the ADA-accessible restrooms at the park that have been vandalized. As with the others, the sink was broken and ripped off the wall. The restroom was locked until a new sink was ordered and installed at a cost each time of $600. The City asks the community for help in observing parks and public restrooms and reporting any of the kind of senseless vandalism. Please report any damage to Coronado Police at (619) 522-7350.

Spreckels Restroom



Employee of the Quarter: Josh Smith, a licensed electrician and Special Lead in the Public Services Department, has been selected as the recipient of the City Manager’s Employee of the Quarter award for March through June 2018. Josh, who has worked for Coronado for nearly 5 years in the Wastewater-Storm Water Division, was nominated by his co-workers for his consistent outstanding performance, strong work ethic, and ongoing efforts to improve the safety and overall operation of the division. He has rewired the electrical system for the City’s holiday tree, improved the high-water alarms on pump stations, and is a valuable on-call asset.

Josh Smith



In Support of the School District: The Coronado Successor Agency, the former Community Development Agency, continues taking steps to refinancing its outstanding debt to provide relief for the Coronado Unified School District. This past week, City staff met with Coronado’s investment bankers and Standard & Poor’s to secure an investment rating to refinance the outstanding $140.1 million dollars of Successor Agency bonds and the $33 million in loans payable to the City of Coronado. The objective of the refinancing is to expeditiously terminate the former Community Development Agency and improve the property tax revenue stream to the School District. Currently, the School District labors under a public school funding formula that places it at a disadvantage. Accelerating the retirement of the debt from 2036 to perhaps 2027, will allow the School District to receive an extra $13 million per year after the refunding, a total windfall of an estimated $117 million from 2028 to 2036. Coronado is still waiting for approval from the California Department of Finance, but expects to receive formal approval any day. The pricing and sale of the refinanced bonds is anticipated to occur prior to the end of August. 


Council to Consider Major Undergrounding Report: At its next meeting, the City Council will consider a Utility Undergrounding Master Plan, a report that it commissioned by Harris & Associates. The City Council is motivated to accelerate the undergrounding of overhead utilities, but recently learned that it will take approximately 11 more years to accumulate sufficient monies to fund the undergrounding of just one more street if the City strictly relies upon traditional funding sources. The report creates a prioritization of 12 areas throughout Coronado and identifies 28 miles of utility lines to be undergrounded and 1,521 poles to be removed. The Council will consider the report and decide whether or not to begin this major program that will change the appearance of Coronado for the better.

Golf Pro Begins PGA Tour Play:  Brian Smock, Coronado’s head golf pro and a Coronado native, began play this week in the PGA Pro Championship being held in St. Louis. Smock placed in the Top 20 out of more than 300 club professionals at the Pro Club Championship in Seaside, California. Smock represents the City of Coronado and the Coronado Golf Community as the City’s Golf Professional at the tour.

Brian Smock 


Lighting, Street Improvements/Avenue of Heroes:  The Design Review Commission will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, in the Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss the Lighting and Street Improvements/Avenue of Heroes project. The lighting and street work will include added decorative lighting, enhanced landscaping and street furnishings along a two-block model section of Fourth Street closest to Naval Station North Island. Oral or written comments from the public are welcomed.

Lighting Avenue of Heroes 


North Beach Water Advisory: San Diego County health officials reopened the section of North Beach less than two days after it was closed due to high bacteria levels. Signs indicating the water advisory were removed just after 3 p.m. on Friday, August 3. The beach was closed at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, after the City shared an early, positive test result of enterococci bacteria taken by the City’s water sampling contractor at North Beach. The results of additional samples taken on Thursday, August 2, came back on Friday and indicated that the levels had fallen to within acceptable standards. The City feels the higher-than-normal bacteria levels in Coronado were again likely due to record high water temperatures that cause offshore kelp beds to die off and accumulate in the surf zone. Studies have shown that decaying kelp can contribute to high enterococci levels. Four other beach water quality advisories within the County were issued about the same time, all due to high bacteria levels. Each was lifted within a day or so.

Dog Beach


Orange Avenue Banner Program Update: Banners installed on Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas add vitality and color to the City’s green medians and help promote the community. In July, the City Council approved an updated Orange Avenue Banner program to allow local nonprofits to apply to be included in the banner program to celebrate events, activities and milestones of their organizations. Program requirements for the upcoming January through March 2019 series are available to download on Coronadoarts.com. The deadline for applications is September 15. For more information contact Contract Arts Administrator, Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].

Banner example


Call to Artists: The City’s Cultural Arts Commission has issued a call to local artists for two projects.

  • Locals are asked to submit artwork for an exhibition in the Coronado Community Center, or C3, Gallery for the fall exhibition “In Defense of Art.” The exhibition will open November 7 and run through February 15, 2019, and feature the work of local artists who are active military, veterans and or their immediate family members. For more information, visit CoronadoARTS.com or contact Kelly Purvis, contract arts administrator, at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].

    Call to Artists Defense 


  • Artists and artist teams are encouraged to apply for one or a combination of public art projects to be installed at the Coronado Animal Care Facility. There are three projects slated for installation in early 2019. The first is a sculpture with a cat theme to be installed over the decorative overhang on the front west-side façade of the facility. The second is a two-part project, a base and sculpture project with a dog/canine theme. For more details, download the Call Packet at CoronadoARTS.com. The documents may be found on the drop down menu under Opportunities. You may also contact Kelly Purvis, contract arts administrator at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].

  Call to Artists ACF



Pet of the Week:  Mombo, a 2-year-old Shar-Pei mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Mombo was found wandering around near Coronado Middle School. He’s a sweet guy who needs an active home. He’s intelligent and silly, and weighs 54 pounds. His adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Mombo, call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 522-7371.





Summer Festival:  This week’s Movie Matinee continued the Alfred Hitchcock theme with a screening of “The Lady Vanishes” on Monday, August 6. On Wednesday, August 8, our cooperation with the Coronado Playhouse culminated in a screening of the film “A Man of No Importance.”  The movie has been turned into a musical, and is currently playing at the Playhouse.  Members of the cast attended the screening and spoke about their performances.


Children’s Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Finale Party was held on Tuesday, August 7, with a “The Lion King” sing-along viewing. More than 500 children and infants participated in the reading program.


Library Activities:  The Digital Media Lab workshop on Wednesday, August 8, was “Fine Tune Your 3D Printing.” The Saturday Book Club will meet in the Conference Room at 1 p.m. on August 11 to discuss “The Map That Changed the World” by Simon Winchester. On Harry Potter Day, July 31, kids were sorted into their houses, created wands and house neckties, enjoyed butterbeer, took classes in Potions, Care of Magical Creatures, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and played a game of Quidditch.

Harry Potter Collage Harry Potter Collage2




Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent:

  • Streets Division worked on installing a storm drain at Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard. Crews also tested a new “Walk Your Wheels” logo at Avenida Lunar using thermoplastic in an attempt to improve longevity and visibility.

          Fourth street Work 

          Walk your Wheels  



Fall Brochure: Online registration for fall/winter Recreation programs began this week for residents. Nonresident registration begins Tuesday, August 14. Coronado residents should have received the City’s 68-page Fall/Winter Recreation Brochure their mailboxes. The brochure also is posted online. Check out the new Parent and Tot Programs offered this fall including Kinderdance with me, Stretch and Strength for Mother and Child and Kindertots Mommy and Me. For more information, call the Coronado Community Center at (619) 522-7342.

Rec Fall winter brochure


Spreckels Center: Free presentations at the John D. Spreckels Center continue through August featuring:

  • A Caring for Adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Talk will be held on Thursday, August 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn how to manage some of the behaviors and care for someone with PTSD. Call (619) 522-7443 for details.

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Beach High Surf
Posted on 08/10/2018
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