Weekly Update August 26, 2016

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Weekly Update August 26, 2016


Weekly Update August 26, 2016


Get up to speed on what's going on in Coronado with the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update. Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us every Friday at noon.

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Glorietta Bay Pump Station Spill:  The ongoing Glorietta Pump Station construction project led to a series of events that resulted in the failure Tuesday, August 23, of a temporary sewer bypass pump. The failure caused an estimated 3,500 gallons of effluent to spill into and close section of Glorietta Bay. Once discovered, a backup pump was immediately activated and the flow relieved. Signs have been posted at the edge of Glorietta Bay to inform the public of possible elevated bacteria levels. City crews and the contractor’s crew members cleaned up the area. We hope the bay waters will be clean by this weekend.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Spill 

Requests and Concerns:  The City receives many questions and requests for information and service. This week, we received a request from a resident who wanted to build a helicopter pad on private property. The City’s zoning code does not allow it. The City responds daily to requests, questions and concerns. One way to ensure your question gets answered is to submit it through the City’s new Ask Coronado app. Download the app and use it to report a repair issue or send us a message. The app is available in the Apple Store or in the Google Play Store by clicking on the links or by searching for “Ask Coronado” in either of the stores. Users can quickly and easily submit service requests, such as reporting a needed sidewalk repair or storm water issue, or a downed tree by completing a short description of the request. A photo may be included to provide additional details. 

Ask Coronado app 


Concert Double Header:  The Promenade Concert organization reminds the community that this is a special weekend with double-header concerts in Spreckels Park on Sunday, August 28. The first concert begins at 3 p.m. featuring the United Marine Corps Band. The regular concert features country western band Steven Ybarra Band. This and the remaining concerts of the season begin at 5 p.m. Note the earlier time with school now in session. To help ease traffic congestion and ensure the safety of concert-goers, the City created and encourages the use of three curbside loading zones around Spreckels Park. The summer concert series is held weekly on Sundays in Spreckels Park, through Sunday, September 11.

Concert Double Header
Photo courtesy Brian Lippe.

Back to School Safety:  School began this week at the Coronado Unified School District. The City, Police Department, and the district welcomed students back to school yesterday, August 25, emphasizing safety as a top concern. Drivers should be aware that students in Coronado bike to school in very high numbers, so it is especially important look out for children on bikes, as well as on foot. Important items to note:

  • In response to concerns about student safety, the City has increased crossing guards at F on Third and Fourth streets. Beginning with the start of the school year, a crossing guard will be present at both Third Street and F Avenue as well as at Fourth Street and F Avenue during both morning and afternoon student crossing times.
  • This school year begins with the ongoing construction of the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at Orange Avenue and Seventh Street. The contractor has been asked to be aware of students in the area and will set up a dedicated pathway using concrete dividers for pedestrians and bicyclists. However, construction crews use Seventh Street to enter the site so caution is advised. It also is recommended that students walking or bicycling to school take an alternate route, such as Sixth Street or Eighth Street.
  • The Coronado Police Department welcomed students at each school with gift certificates for those seen following bike laws. Officers also relayed safety information to parents and students. Find some of the same information in brochures on the City’s website. Click here to find the brochures online.

Back to School Safety 

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Back to School Safety3

Summer Shuttle Ridership Up:  Ridership is up again on the popular Free Summer Shuttle. During an 11-day period, for which numbers are available, a total of 22,065 people boarded the route. Riders on the shuttles from July 26 to August 5, represented a 36 percent increase over the comparable period, by day type, last year. During that time period, 22,065 people boarded the route, producing an average of 20 riders per trip. The Free Summer Shuttle is running more frequently this year at 15-minute intervals.

Summer Shuttle Ridership 

Friends of the Coronado Public Library:  The Friends of the Coronado Public Library operates the annual Book Sale in April. Over the years, tens of thousands of books have been sold to fund programs and events for the public to attend free, such as the Summer Festival concert series. The Friends also operates the Second Hand Prose used book store located at the rear of the Library and an “honor” shop of books and magazines for sale in Library’s front lobby. Friends of the Library is a nonprofit group whose mission is to support the Coronado Public Library. It is managed by a Board of Trustees and has many hard working volunteers. The City is working on a plan to improve the store.

Second Hand Prose sign

Second Hand Prose

Police Cite Day:  The Police Department had a Cite Day throughout Coronado on Tuesday, August 23, that resulted in 74 citations, 18 verbal warnings, one written warning, four vehicles towed, three misdemeanor arrests, and one traffic collision report.

Coronado Cays Entrance:  The Bayshore Bikeway at the Coronado Cays Entrance project was reopened this week to allow full access over the weekend and during the Sunday, August 28, Bike the Bay event. Some additional work along the bike path remains to be completed and will require an additional but brief shutdown in the near future. Additional public notifications will be made.

Coronado Cays Entrance: 

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Sunday’s Bike the Bay Event:  Traffic on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will be impacted on Sunday, August 28, for the ninth annual Bike the Bay event. The ride is sponsored by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition and set to begin at 7 a.m. The event will take participants across the bridge then south through town toward Imperial Beach. The bridge will remain open with one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction using eastbound lanes. A small section of Glorietta Boulevard will be closed during the event, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Riders will use Strand Way, which will be closed to vehicle traffic, to reach the Bayshore Bikeway to head south out of Coronado. State Route 75 will remain open in both directions. All restrictions will be removed at approximately 10 a.m.

Bike the Bay

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The large beams for the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green’s multipurpose room arrived after being delayed by the large fire in San Bernardino. All of the hardware for the roof framing is on site and the building roof structure will be completed in the next 10 days. Work on the utilities has begun on Seventh Street and will continue to the end of this week. Work in the alley will begin next week.  The alley will be closed to through traffic.

Spreckels Center 

Pet of the Week: Sprinkles the cat is this week’s Pet of the Week. The beautiful white and gray 2-year-old cat with blue eyes is affectionate and sweet. She is deaf but that does not seem to bother her, except that she can be startled. She quickly settles down but would probably enjoy a quiet home. Those interested in finding out more about Sprinkles, can call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371 to set up a visit.


Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp:  A pre-bid walk for the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project was conducted this week with approximately 15 prime contractors and subcontractors. The scope of the project was outlined and the attendees were allowed to examine the existing conditions. The bid opening was originally scheduled for August 31, but will be extended to allow sufficient time for bidders to examine an addendum issued this week.

Dock C

Dock C near City Hall.


SDG&E Utility Relocations at First Street and I Avenue: SDG&E has exposed the two gas mains and removed the protective wrapping to allow crews to relocate them to clear the way for a 48-inch reinforced concrete pipe storm drain that will run from Fourth Street to Bay View Park along I Avenue. Work continues with working hours limited to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., when First will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers controlling the flow of traffic in all three directions approaching the intersection. The work is expected to be completed by October 1.

SDG&E Work

Labor Day Schedule 2016:  The City will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 5. Here’s a list of those City facilities that will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Labor Day. As a result, service will be delayed one day. Here is the Labor Day schedule:

City Facility

Labor Day Hours

Aquatics Center

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Hall


Club Room and Boathouse

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Community Center

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Golf Course





10 a.m. to dusk

Tennis Center

6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Pomona Avenue Sinkhole Repair:  The contractor completed the sinkhole repair in the 900 block of Pomona Avenue. A temporary patch was poured to cover the trench, but the contractor will be returning in a month to grind and overlay a smooth patch transition.


Upcoming Noise Alerts:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested permits for two upcoming fireworks shows that will be held on September 2 at 9:20 p.m. and September 10 at 8:50 p.m. The displays will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.


‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this short “3 on Thursday” list of three featured events happening in Coronado this weekend, as well as show times at the Vintage Village Theatre. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 on Thursday 


Fall/Winter Brochure:  The Fall/Winter Recreation Brochure is available online at www.coronado.ca.us on the Recreation Services web page. Registration begins today for Coronado residents online and mail-in only; and on Tuesday, August 30, for non-residents, and can be done by phone, fax, or walking into the Community Center. Click on the image below to see the brochure.

Rec Brochure 

Upcoming Events, Programs:  Village Elementary School in partnership with the Coronado Tennis Center will offer an after school tennis program at the school playground on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in September. The annual Nado Soccer Opening Day is set for Saturday, August 27, at Cays Soccer Field. See fliers for details on both events.

Tennis Program 

 Nado Soccer

Summer Camps End:  This week marked the end of Recreation Summer Camps for 2016. More than 1,000 youth regularly attend the Coronado Recreation Camps. Luce Puppets performed “The Reluctant Dragon” the final free Summer Entertainment Event at the Community Center on Wednesday, August 17. Camp Coronado closed out the 10-week-long summer with a fun run. Campers, Recreation staff and I ran in Glorietta Bay Park. Kids in the Kitchen created amazing dishes like pork taquitos with fresh peaches. Campers also caught the Pokémon Go excitement and made Pokémon cupcakes. In Video Game Design, campers learned how to use code to design their very own video game. The big event that wrapped-up the last week of summer was Disney’s “Inside Out” Movies on the Bay Event. The community gathered at Cays Park to participate in fun-filled pre-show activities such as dodge ball and face painting. The Recreation Department extends a big thank you to its staff for making summer adventurous, fun and safe for all. 

End of Camp Fun

Above and below:  City staff and campers enjoying the fun run at the end of camp; right: puppet show at the Free Summer Entertainment series.      

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Video Game Design

Above and below: Children enjoying the last week of Video Game Design Camp.

Video Game Design2

Video Game Design3

Inside Out

“Inside Out” movie fun at Cays Park.

Kitchen Camp    

Above and below: Kids in the Kitchen Camp.

Kitchen Camp 


Election Information:  Three Council positions will be on the November 8 General Election ballot this year, the Mayor and two Council seats. Election information pertinent to the upcoming General Election is on the City’s website at www.coronado.ca.us. Updated information will be added as it becomes available. California election officials have 30 days to certify election results.  Previously they had 28 days. The Registrar of Voters Office will certify the 2016 election results by December 8.  Therefore, it is anticipated that the Council reorganization will occur on December 20, the second Council meeting in December.



NASNI Airport Plan Meeting:  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will host a community meeting as it prepares its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island. The community meeting is set for Wednesday, August 31, at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. The meeting will focus on the noise compatibility factor. The plan will have wide-ranging effects on property from the Coronado Shores along Ocean Drive to the proposed “Runway Clear Zone” in the Ocean Drive/Sunset Park area.

NASNI Airport Plan Meeting 


Summer Festival Ends Monday:  On Monday, August 22, the MGM Monday Matinee featured a screening of the classic “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Next week, the final event of the Summer Festival will feature “Gigi,” showing at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 29 in the Library’s Winn Room.


Library Programs:  Another E-book Workshop was held on Monday afternoon, August 22, one of a recurring series of open workshops for people needing help or wanting to find out how to use the Library’s digital download collections. Also on Monday, the Mystery Book Club met to discuss “Skinwalkers” by Tony Hillerman.


Friends of the Library:  The Friends held a recognition event on Sunday, August 21, at the Second Hand Prose bookshop. The event dedicated a memorial mural honoring past volunteers at the bookshop. The mural (pictured below) was created by Coronado School of the Arts students.

Murals Friends
Murals Friends2

Mural Friends3 


Blood Drive Results:  Last Friday’s American Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by the Police Department resulted in 23 units of blood, which was five more than the goal set for the day. Thank you to all who donated to such a worthy cause.



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

  • Wastewater Crews performed routine maintenance on the Transbay Pump Station. They replaced a grid assembly coupler and cleaned a check valve. With the Transbay Pump Station being the sole sewage transfer station to the City of San Diego, regular maintenance is essential for efficient operations.

Transbay Pump

Transbay Pump2

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.


Posted on 08/26/2016
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