Weekly Update August 30, 2019

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Weekly Update August 30, 2019


Weekly Update August 30, 2019

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Labor Day Holiday: The City will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2. Some City facilities 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:

Labor Day Sked 2019 


Summer Shuttle Ends Labor Day:  Coronado’s Free Summer Shuttle service is set to end after the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2. Ridership appears to be consistent for the popular program that provides free rides sponsored by the City. Final numbers should be in within a few weeks after the shuttle program ends. The City contracts with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System to operate the Free Summer Shuttle for bus service that offers free rides to passengers around the Village area to get people out of their vehicles. The City also purchases bus passes to give free rides to Cays residents.

Summer Shuttle image 2019


Cross-border Sewage Meeting: Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Coronado and other officials representing the region met this week to explore recommended solutions to cross-border sewage. The discussion focused on several projects identified in the final Tijuana River Diversion Study conducted by the EPA and North American Development Bank, including diverting flows to the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant and replacing pump stations and other infrastructure in Mexico. Since 2018, the City has successfully lobbied federal lawmakers to fund sustainable solutions to stop the flow of sewage. EPA Region 9 Administrator Mike Stoker stated that increased efforts on the part of EPA are a direct result of the City’s and County of San Diego’s collaborative approach, comments reiterated by EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Tribal and International Affairs Chad McIntosh. The next steps include gathering support for the projects that will have the best outcomes and pushing to get them funded and built.


Street Repairs:  The City has contracted for street repairs at various locations around Coronado. The work includes concrete repairs to curbs, gutters, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps, along with cold milling and asphalt overlay on Cajon Place, Country Club Land and Coronado Avenue. The work on Coronado Avenue is not related the proposed rehabilitation of the Parker Pump Station located at Eighth Street and Coronado. The Parker Pump Station rehabilitation is anticipated to start in the fall of 2020. The street work contractor will begin work on Tuesday, September 3. It is anticipated that the street repairs will be completed in 30 working days.


Climate Action Plan Workshop: Coronado invites the community to the first of two public workshops it will hold related to the development of a Climate Action Plan. The first meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Library's Winn Room. The second meeting will be held following a City Council update in October and a community questionnaire in November. Once a date has been selected, the community will be informed. A Climate Action Plan will provide a road map for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and plan for a sustainable future.

Climate Action Plan flier 


School Crossing Guards: State law does not require school districts to use crossing guards, but many voluntarily establish crossing guard programs to protect the health and safety of their students. In Coronado, the City pays 100% of the costs for school crossing guards, approximately $100,000 per year. Other California cities typically do not underwrite the costs of crossing guards. In response to concerns about student safety, the City in recent years has increased crossing guards at F on Third and Fourth streets. A crossing guard is 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 is in addition to crossing guards at the usual locations: Sixth Street and F Avenue and Seventh Street and Orange Avenue.

School Crossing Guard image 


Community Center Roof Repair:  The last milestone has been reached in the Community Center Roof Repair project. The last of the five roofs was completed this week with the capping of the top of the Coronado Playhouse roof. The contractor cleaned the roofs this week for the punch list job walk on Thursday, August 29.  The fencing and staging area will be removed. To repair the leaks at the Community Center complex, the old copper panel system roofs were replaced with a new PVC copper system which has also been used by such large entities as the Disney Corporation.

Community Center Roof Project


Swing Vandalized: Unfortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible swing at Spreckels Park has been vandalized and removed for safety reasons. The seat was broken. The swing had been in good working condition until this week. A new swing has been ordered and once received, it will be reinstalled. The City has ordered an extra swing to have in stock for a quicker replacement if any damage occurs to the swing in the future.

ADA Swing Vandalized

Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda: Construction and installation of the poles for the new traffic signals at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street have been delayed due to the unexpected discovery of groundwater, which caused the hole used for boring to collapse. The City is waiting to hear from the contractor about a steel casing they need to continue work.

Coronado History, Architecture Project: The Community Development Department will hold a public workshop on September 12 to kick off the City’s Historic Context Statement and Survey project. The meeting will review changes to Coronado’s Historic Preservation Program and gather comments and input. This input will help formulate a “historic context statement,” which will be used to inform a survey of potentially historic resources in Coronado as part of the City’s Historic Preservation Program. The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Nautilus Room at the Coronado Community Center.

Historic Context and Survey


Affordable Housing Ribbon-cutting Ceremony: The City is committed to providing affordable housing in Coronado and has worked diligently to be good stewards of the City’s affordable housing stock. The City is proud to announce a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of work to rehabilitate 35 deed-restricted affordable housing units in Coronado. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 24, at 406-430 Orange Ave., where a majority of the work was performed. The community is invited. They are a great example of how well the City’s affordable housing units are integrated into the community. The City Council entered into a long-term agreement with San Diego Interfaith Housing in 2018 to renovate and manage a majority of the City’s affordable housing units. Interfaith Housing officials, City leaders and staff, as well as some resident of the units will be on hand.

Affordable Housing flier

Vote for Community Read 2020: The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission are asking the community to pick one of the five finalists as their pick for the fourth annual Coronado Community Read. The selected book for the Coronado Community Read 2020 will be announced at the Music Festival scheduled for September. Voting will take place throughout the month of August and conclude on September 13. Here are the Top 5:

  • “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice” by Bill Browder
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI” by David Grann
  • “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuri Noah Harari
  • “The Last Days of Night: A Novel” by Graham Moore
  • “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

2020 Coronado Community Read 


Annual Tree Trimming: The City’s contractor has started its annual tree trimming service for publicly owned trees in the area bounded by Alameda Boulevard, Orange Avenue, First Street and Fourth Street. The area is called Sector 1 and is outlined in the map below. The City asks residents to please be aware of no-parking signs throughout that sector and plan ahead. There are approximately 1,100 trees to be trimmed in Sector 1. The work may take up to 90 days. The tree trimming contractor will have a crew of about five members with several large trucks moving throughout the area. The work should be completed by mid-October.
Annual Tree Trimming Map
Annual Tree Trimming Map2


C3 Gallery 2019 Fall Exhibition: The Cultural Arts Commission has extended the deadline to September 5 for artists to submit artwork inspired by the year 1969 for a new exhibition in the Coronado Community C3 Gallery. In addition to the national events in 1969, including a man on the moon and Woodstock, Coronado changed forever with the opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and the Coronado Cays. The application is available on CoronadoArts.com. Call (619) 522-2633 for more information.

C3 Gallery Exhibition


Orange Avenue Banners: The next nonprofit series of banners for the Orange Avenue Banner Program installation will mark the 25th anniversary of Lamb’s Players Theatre. Banners will be installed the week of September 15 and will remain up through the Thanksgiving holiday. The program, initiated in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado grant, displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. Two of the five annual banner installations are open to local nonprofit organizations. The application deadline for the January through March 2020 series is October 15. Applications are available on CoronadoARTS.com. For more information, call (619) 522-2633.
Lamb's Banners


‘Penelope’ Art to be Installed: The San Diego Unified Port District will celebrate a new public art piece in Tidelands Park at 11 a.m. on September 12 and invites the community to see “Penelope” by Fallbrook artist Michael Stutz. The 6-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s “Odyssey” will be installed in its new waterfront location overlooking San Diego Bay and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the northeast corner of Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive. The artwork was first commissioned by the Port’s Public Art Program in 2009 and was previously located on the San Diego Waterfront between Seaport Village and Tuna Harbor. Due to the construction of an area park, “Penelope” was temporarily moved off the waterfront and placed into storage.

Penelope image


50th Bridge Commemorative Medallions: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge this year, the City updated commemorative medallions that were first produced in 1969. The medallions were updated to reflect the 50th anniversary and a limited number were produced. There are about 70 left. The medallions can be purchased while supplies last for $35 plus tax each. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633.

50th Bridge Medallion 


Pet of the Week:  Jack, an 8-year-old orange cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Jack is fun and engaging and enjoys playing fetch. Jack loves naps and would love a sunny spot in his new home to sleep. He is calm and offers lots of life with a new family. To set up a visit with Jack, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week 



Council Appointments: At its August 20 meeting, the City Council appointed William H. Wilson to the Library Board of Trustees and extended the term of outgoing Design Review Commissioner Bill Gise by no more than one year.


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission (two vacancies). Applications are being accepted for these positions. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Display ad for Vacancies 


Planning Commission: On Tuesday, August 27, the Planning Commission recommended approval to City Council for a one-lot Tentative Map at 434-438 Orange Ave. The proposal is for a five-unit residential condominium complex. The item will be heard by City Council on September 17. Commissioners also approved the operation of an auto rental office at 1315 Orange Ave. The operation, known as the “Moke Experience,” is a rental vehicle operation which provides hourly rentals of low-speed electric vehicles. The vehicles are electric, have top speed of 25 miles per hour, and have a range of up to 40 miles before requiring recharging.

Moke Experience 



Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, August 28, the Design Review Commission approved a new arrow sign for “The Henry” restaurant. The arrow sign would be halo-lit with circles painted on the face of the arrow to mimic exposed light bulbs. 
The Henry sign


Spoilers Book Club: The Library’s Spoilers Book Club meets Saturday, August 31, in the Winn Room to discuss “Silver Linings Playbook.” No sign up is necessary. Drop in for a discussion at 2:30 p.m.
Spoilers Book Club flier

SDG&E Rate Presentation: SDG&E will be at the Library on Wednesday, September 4, at 10 a.m. to explain changes in its billing system and rates. SDG&E became the first of California’s three investor-owned power companies to move customers from a tiered billing system to a “time of use” format. As consumers use electricity during the month, they move from one tier or usage level to the next with possible price increases. The presenter will offer tips to save money and will answer questions.


Piano Concert Series: The Library’s Autumn Piano Concert Series starts with pianist Remi Ha and cellist Peter Ko on Friday, September 6, at 1 p.m. in the Winn Room. Ha is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, who has participated in music festivals across the United States. Ko is currently working on his doctorate in musical arts at UCSD. The concert program will include “warm and joyful” works by Beethoven and others.


Tinker Tuesday: Kid-friendly expanding toothpaste, also called Elephant Toothpaste, will be the topic at Tinker Tuesday on Tuesday, September 3, at 3:30 p.m. Participants will learn new science terms such as ‘catalyst’ and ‘exothermic’ while experimenting with hydrogen peroxide. Besides making exciting colored foam, participants will learn about science lab safety. This project is for elementary age children and younger children with adult supervision.


Science Storytime: Preschoolers are invited to experiment at the chemistry-themed Science Storytime on Thursday, September 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ruby Room. Listen to a story about how ingredients react together to make cake and talk about what happens when you mix things together. Children and caregivers can move between three chemistry experiment stations.


Teen Book Club: The Teen Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. On Tuesday, September 3, teens will meet to talk about what they read this summer.  Next month, on October 1, the group will discuss “The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert. The books for the upcoming book club meeting are given out at the meeting the month before.



Concert in the Park: On Sunday, August 25, Officer Grace DelBagno sang the National Anthem at the Concert in the Park.

DelBagno Singing and officers concerts 


All Wheel Durby: Last Friday, August 23, officers attended the All Wheel Durby which was put on by the Navy to welcome kids back to school. The Police Department donated a bicycle U-lock which was raffled off at the event.

All Wheel Durby PD 



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

  • Beach Division is preparing the beach for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Crews have adjusted and regraded the sand for properly reinstalling the access beach mats located at Central Beach and North Beach. Beach operators have sifted the sand of the areas that are most visited by beach goers, and staff has also been working on pressure washing our trash cans on the beach.

    Beach Prep two images
     BEach Prep 2 images Part 2


  • Streets Division replaced 25 feet of sidewalk in front of 618 B Ave. which was damaged from roots. The sidewalk on the corner of Sixth Street and G Avenue had some offsets ground down and sidewalk at 450 H Ave. and 455 H Ave. had a 2-inch sidewalk lift repaired. The speed survey signs on Third and Fourth streets and Alameda Boulevard were moved to new locations.

Street Work 4 images


Gymnasium Closure: Next week, September 1-8, the Coronado Community Center Gymnasium and Dance Room will close for floor refinishing. Programs affected by the closure have been relocated to other rooms in the facility. Check the lobby for signs or speak with the front desk staff with any questions. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.  

Gym Floor image 


Recreation Registration: Fall Recreation registration opens to everyone on Wednesday, September 4, and also becomes available by phone, mail, in person and online. Online registration is currently available to Coronado residents only. Review the Recreation and Golf Services Guide online at www.Coronado.ca.us/Register. Printed issues are available at the Coronado Community Center.  
Rec Staffer for Registration item

September at the Spreckels Center:  

  • On Tuesdays, September 10 and 17, from noon to 4 p.m., the AARP Smart Driver course, the nation’s first refresher course specifically designed for drivers age 50 and older, will be held at the John D. Spreckels Center. The California Department of Motor Vehicles recognizes this course as an approved Mature Driver Improvement Course for an automobile insurance premium reduction. Please check prior to taking this course for any additional requirements for eligibility. Attendance at both sessions is required. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Call now to reserve your seat. 
  • The Spreckels Center continues its quarterly Osher Lifelong Learning Institute partnership “Saturday Arts Lecture” on Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The streaming lecture will be “It’s Only Rock and Roll: The Folk Revival: Guthrie to Dylan.” Robert Cancel, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego, is the featured speaker. Register now to reserve a seat.
  • Balboa Park Tour on Thursday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with docent-led tours of the Spanish Village Art Center and the Timken Museum of Art, as well as an optional lunch at the Prado. Cost is $35 for Coronado residents/$44 for nonresidents. This Balboa Park day trip includes transportation from the Spreckels Center, along with the expertly guided tours. Lunch is not included in the price.
  • Armchair Travel Returns Tuesday, September 17, at 6 p.m. with adventures to the Taj Mahal. Coronado’s own Helen Anderson, who founded the Armchair Travel program in 2013, is the evening’s featured speaker. Light refreshments begin at 6 p.m. followed by the speaker’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for residents, $7 for non-residents.

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Posted on 08/30/2019
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