Weekly Update August 17, 2018

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Weekly Update August 17 , 2018

Weekly Update August 17, 2018

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Back to School:  Coronado students go back to school next week. This is a good time to remind drivers to slow down and watch out for children walking, skateboarding, using scooters or riding bikes to school. Most Coronado students begin next week, August 22 and 24. Parents, make sure you know your school’s drop-off procedures and zones. Drivers should not block crosswalks or pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. All motorists should stop for crossing guards, leave 3 feet between you and a bicyclist, and watch for bikes coming out of alleys, driveways or from between parked cars. Parents should remind their young bicyclists to obey traffic and right of way laws, wear properly fitted, fastened helmets, take Safe Routes to School (those roadways with bike lanes), and mind the crossing guards. Police officers will be deployed on the first day of school ready to welcome the children.

Bikes at CHS


New Police Chief Search: Progress is being made in the selection of Coronado’s next police chief.  Sixty-four qualified candidates submitted applications for the position during the recruit period.  Executive recruiter Avery Associates conducted initial screenings of the applicants and has presented a short-list of applicants to interview.  Interviews will be scheduled aAugust 28 with the finalists.  

New Smoke-free Signs Going Up: Following the City Council’s adoption in July of an ordinance to regulate the use of electronic smoking devices in Coronado, new signs are going up along the commercial corridor. The signs outline that Coronado is smoke-free, which includes tobacco, marijuana and e-cigarettes. In 2014, the City adopted regulations prohibiting outdoor smoking on all outdoor public property, excluding the Golf Course, but the prohibition did not include e-cigarettes. The ordinance becomes effective August 16.

Smoke-free Sign 


Sales Tax Update: The City of Coronado receives 1 cent of sales tax for every transaction that occurs within the city limits. Coronado’s January through March 2018 sales tax update report, produced by HDL Companies, shows that the City’s sales tax slightly increased by 1.1 percent for the first quarter as compared to the same quarter in 2017. This modest rise is of concern to the City as taxable sales for all of San Diego County grew 4.7 percent over the comparable time; the Southern California region was up 5.6 percent. Restaurants represent 68 percent of Coronado’s sales tax. Casual dining showed a 4.9 percent increase, however, fine dining dropped 12.1 percent over the same period last year. A copy of the first quarter sales tax update report, describing Coronado sales by business group as well as state-wide results, can be found on the city’s website.


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.

Avenue of Heroes Lighting 


Transbay Pump Station Project:  The contractor returned to the site this week to complete additional work which will be completed during daytime working hours.  The extra work consists of welding repairs to an existing pump stand and 90-degree elbow, cutting back two pipe brackets, and additional painting for existing pumps, pump stands, and pipes.


Cays Tennis Court Work: A light pole at the Cays Tennis Court No. 1 was found leaning this week. Public Services staff found the base rusted and structurally failing and fabricated a repair. A plan is being developed to also repair all the other light poles in the same manner. The court will be open this weekend for play and will be periodically closed for short periods during the normal work day until all poles have been repaired. Staff will minimize the impact on play time as much as possible while implementing this repair.
Cays TEnnis Courts


Golf Course Clubhouse Construction: The Golf Course Clubhouse kitchen requires the use of a mobile temporary “dishwashing trailer” now parked between the Clubhouse and the Cart Barn. Last week, staff learned that the wall between the Clubhouse kitchen restaurant dishwashing area and the dining room had suffered extensive water damage. Staff found that water had migrated through the floor and wall from the dishwashing area and damaged the adjoining wall. Work has begun to make repairs. The dishwashing trailer will provide the concessionaire the equipment needed to stay open and provide the restaurant dishwashing service while work continues. The trailer may be in place for several weeks while a contractor rebuilds the damaged area with the proper water barrier. 

Golf Course Clubhouse work 


Portable Restroom Closed: The portable restroom trailer at Avenida del Sol in South Beach will be closed for a few days. A landscaping crew from the Hotel del Coronado will reroute water lines on its property, which will require the restroom to close during the work. The City has ordered three portable restrooms, including a hand wash station. Cleaning services will be performed daily until the larger portable restroom reopens. The City thanks the community for its patience.

REstroom Trailer


Aquatics Center Pool Speakers:  The speakers at the Coronado Aquatics Center, which are used for water aerobics and other classes, were emitting significant amounts of static and needed to be replaced. Staff solicited bids and selected a regional contractor. There are more than a dozen speakers, which must be specially ordered. The City thanks the community for its patience as the delivery schedule is up to 8 weeks. The new speakers are smaller than the old ones. After they are delivered, Public Services crews will fabricate new stainless-steel mounts and install them. Notices will be posted around the pool to let the community know the timeline.

Pool Speakers 


PAWS’ Work Recognized: A story in the local newspaper features PAWS of Coronado and recognizes the work of PAWS, as well as other shelters and rescues, who help foster the large number of kittens that are seen in growing numbers around San Diego County. Thanks to the help of organizations such as PAWS, which operates the Coronado Animal Care Facility on behalf of the City, these kittens are being adopted. A great read and testament to PAWS’ hardworking staff and volunteers. Please help to reduce the overcrowded shelters by spaying or neutering your cats.

PAWS story

Pet of the Week: Merlin, a sweet, 8-month-old black domestic shorthaired cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Merlin first came to PAWS of Coronado as a kitten and was adopted by someone who had dogs. As the kitten grew, he and his canine siblings stopped getting along and Merlin was relinquished back to PAWS. He is ready for a pooch-free home. Merlin is loving and friendly with people. His adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Merlin, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Merlin POW 


General Election Candidates: The extended nomination period for the November 6, 2018, General Election closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. The nomination period was extended for non-incumbents as Councilwoman Carrie Downey decided not to run for re-election. The following candidates will be on the November 6 ballot for the two Council seats whose terms are up this year.  They are listed in ballot order as determined by a random alphabet drawing by the Secretary of State.

Peter Jensen

Marvin Heinze

Derik Mundt

Bill Sandke

Mary Sikes


Historic Resource Commission: This week, the Historic Resource Commission recommended approval of a Mills Act agreement for 749 J Ave. and approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 1111 G Ave. The Commission also determined that 606 Margarita Ave., 438 Orange Ave., and 674 H Ave. do not meet the criteria to be designated as Historic Resources, in association with Notice of Intent to Demolish reviews.



Summer Festival:  The last week of the Coronado Public Library’s Summer Festival began with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Marnie” on Monday, August 13. A film screening and discussion of “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles” was held on Tuesday, August 14. The finale event of the Summer Festival is a concert to be held on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. in the Winn Room. The Joe Bourne Trio will perform “Sweet & Sassy,” a collection of classics from the American songbook.

Summer Festival Concert 


Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 14. This was the final meeting for Board member Douglas Siegfried, who has served two terms, including having served as president.  Current President Rita Alipour was unable to attend and has served one term. New officers were elected. Brenda Jo Robyn will serve as president, and Rainier Trinidad will serve as executive secretary beginning September 1.


Library Programs:  The Library Adult Summer Reading Program “BINGO” ends on Saturday, August 18. Also on Saturday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m., author don Jose Ruiz will discuss “The Wisdom of the Shamans.” This event is held in cooperation with Bay Books, who will be on hand to sell copies of his books after the discussion.

Wisdom of Shamans 





American Red Cross Blood Drive: The American Red Cross is having a blood drive at the Coronado Police Department on Thursday, August 23. The bloodmobile will be parked on Seventh Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Donations help to reduce the blood shortage. Supplies are currently low. Go to redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “Coronado” to schedule your appointment.

Blood Drive 







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

  • Streets Division rebuilt the entrance at the Public Services yard on Alameda Boulevard near Fourth Street, where the restroom trailers and other items are stored when not in use. The work will allow those trailers and other equipment to enter and exit the storage area without scraping and causing damage to the equipment.

PS Yard Entrance 




Summer Wrap-up:  Recreation Services held the final week of Summer Camps this week. More than 5,000 youth and teens participated in more than 75 camps and classes this summer where they increased their skills in surfing, dancing, cooking, tumbling, swimming, water polo, skateboarding, video gaming, engineering, and movie making. Staff is getting ready for fall and winter programming as students go back to school next week. Check out some of the fun campers had this summer. The fall/winter brochure is online and registration is open to all.

Camp Coronado 

Camp Coronado
Camp Coronado3


Spreckels Center Free Presentation: 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.

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Posted on 08/17/2018
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