Weekly Update August 3, 2018

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Weekly Update August 3, 2018

Weekly Update August 3, 2018

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video for a quick look at what's going on in town. If you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.


Active Shooter Training: Active shooter training by both Police and Fire personnel will be held over the next several weeks on the campus of Coronado High School. The training exercises are designed to test and enhance the cooperation and readiness of our first-responders during an active shooter incident. The training will take place over the next few weeks. Public safety officials are informing the community in case you see a large amount of patrol and fire vehicles at the school.

Active Shooter Training

Vote for Community Read 2019: The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission announce the five finalists for the third annual Coronado Community Read.  Now it’s time for the community to vote for its favorite. The winner of the Coronado Community Read 2019 will be announced in September. The Coronado Community Read brings the community closer together with the shared reading of one book, enhanced by discussions and programs centered on the book’s themes. 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 


Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Impacts: The Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Facility can continue to expect more boaters than normal due to the closure of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility as it undergoes a $9.6 million upgrade. The San Diego Unified Port District announced this week that the Shelter Island boat launch ramp is expected to remain closed through August. The City warns boaters who typically use Glorietta Bay to plan ahead as many more boaters have come to Coronado to launch. Click here for information on alternative boat launch ramps in San Diego via the Port’s website.

GB Boat Launch Ramp

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, 1395 First St. 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

Orange Avenue Banner Program Update: The City Council recently adopted updates to the Orange Avenue Banner Program that included opening up two of the five rotating annual series to local nonprofits who serve Coronado residents. The first series available to nonprofits is January to March 2019. The application deadline for the January through March series is 5 p.m. on September 15. The program, initiated in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado Community Enhancement Grant, displays banners along Orange  from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. Visit CoronadoARTS.com and click on the Opportunities menu to download the Orange Avenue Banner Policy documents and an application. For information, contact Kelly Purvis, contract arts administrator, at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].

Banner Program Update


Stingrays, Warm Waters:  Coronado Lifeguards have treated a number of people who have been stung by stingrays in the past few weeks. The recent high water temperatures attract stingrays, who like to hang out in shallow waters near the shore. Coronado Lifeguards warn swimmers about stingrays, which tend to sting more people during low tide. They recommend shuffling your feet in the water to avoid stepping on a stingray and suffering a painful sting. If you are stung, it is best to seek assistance from a Lifeguard immediately.

(UPDATED: Beach Reopened) Dog Beach Water Advisory: San Diego County health officials reopened the section of North Beach that had been under a water advisory since late Wednesday, August 1. A notice went out at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 3, that samples taken on Thursday, August 2, tested within standards and the advisory was lifted.

The City’s Lifeguards posted signs at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, that an
advisory was issued by San Diego County health officials. The City’s water sampling contractor received an early, positive test result of enterocci bacteria from a sample taken at North Beach. The City shared the results with the County, which then advised posting an advisory 150 feet north and south of the sample location at the southern border of Dog Beach out of an abundance of caution. The City’s contractor sampled again on Thursday, August 2, and submitted the sample to the County, which will have results quicker than the City’s lab. If the sample comes back within standards, the County said it will lift the advisory for the weekend. It is important to note that there are four other beach water quality advisories within the County at this time, all due to high bacteria levels. The City feels the higher-than-normal bacteria levels are likely due to to record high water temperatures that cause the offshore kelp beds to die off and accumulate in the surf zone. Test results for total coliform and fecal coliform have not yet been received as they typically take longer to test.  Again, this is an advisory, and not a closure. The advisory suggests avoiding water contact in the area. Those with a compromised immune system, or the very aged or young may want to avoid contact with the water.

Beach Advisory images 


Transbay Pump Station Project: The contractor on the first phase of the Transbay Pump Station project completed the valve and piping replacement on Sunday, July 29, which was the final night of having to shut down the system. The remaining work includes installing pipe hanger and base supports, painting, and cleaning up the station. This work will be done during normal daytime working hours, and should be completed by the end of next week.



Tree Removal:  A carob tree in front of a home in the 800 block of H Avenue was completely removed following an assessment by Public Services staff following the failure of a major branch. No one was injured when the large branch fell earlier this week. However, due to the tree being infected with brown rot and its inability to support the remaining branches in its unbalanced condition, Public Services’ Parks crews decided to remove the entire tree. Parks officials found two large branches that had fused as one, creating a heavy limb with a lot of weight at the tip. In this humidity, they felt it was only a matter of time before a second failure.


Tree Removal 



Pet of the Week:  Chloe, a 12-year-old Torbie cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She and her feline companion Roxy came to the Animal Care Facility when their owner moved and did not take them with him. Chloe is an affectionate and loving feline who will make her new family a wonderful friend. She loves greeting visitors with sweet, soft meows and requests for pets. She is spry for her age and enjoys venturing around the cat room. To set up a visit with Chloe, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Chloe POW 



Summer Festival:  Watercolor classes taught by Eddie Omens were offered on Monday, July 30, and Wednesday, August 1. On Monday, July 30, a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” was held, followed by a talk on Edith Head’s costume designs for the movie. The Monday Movie Matinee for August 6 includes a screening of “The Lady Vanishes,” a film by Alfred Hitchcock, which will be shown at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room. The Joshua White Trio will perform a jazz concert on Saturday, August 4, at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room.

Summer Festival 


Harry Potter Day:  The Library’s annual “Harry Potter Day” was held on Tuesday, July 31.  The children were sorted into their houses by the sorting hat, attended classes, made crafts, and played a game of Quidditch.


Teen Summer Reading Finale:  The Teen Summer Reading Program Finale was celebrated with a party on Wednesday, August 1. The grand prizes included a bicycle donated by Holland’s Bicycles, and a $50 gift certificate. Grand prize raffle tickets were awarded for every 3 books read.  There were 143 participants in the Teen Summer Reading Program. They read and reported on almost 1,400 books.


Anime Club:  The Anime Club meets Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m. in the Ruby Room to screen and discuss “Origin Spirits of the Past.”
Anime Event




Phone Scam Update:  The Coronado Police Department has a brochure on phone scams for citizens interested in learning about how the scams are perpetrated and how to avoid becoming a victim. The brochures can be found in the lobby of the department as well as the John D. Spreckles Center and the Coronado Public Library during business hours. The brochure can also be viewed at this link on the Federal Trade Commission website. For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

Phone Scam brochure 


Public Service Announcement – Dogs in Cars: The Coronado Police Department reminds residents and visitors to not leave your animals in the car even if you will be gone for just a few minutes or think it's cool enough outside. On Wednesday, August 1, Police Services Officer Chris Bellini received a call that a concerned resident spotted two small dogs locked inside an SUV near Orange Avenue and Park Place. When Bellini arrived, he found the vehicle windows slightly cracked, no water available, and both dogs in distress. The temperature inside the SUV was 107 degrees. With the help of a tow truck driver, Bellini removed the dogs and transported them to the Coronado Animal Care Facility where they are recovering. The Police Department thanks the citizen who reported the incident.

Dogs in Car 


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

  • Streets Division replaced sidewalk at 532 Marina Ave. and at 822 First St.
  • Streets Division also repaired sunken asphalt at 1013 F Ave. and at 1013 Tenth St.

Street Div Work 




Cays Tennis Court Closures:  Court No. 2 at the Cays Tennis Courts will remain closed for about a week, and similar closures are planned while new lighting is installed. The City has hired an electrician to disconnect all of the light standards on each court. The standards will be placed on the court sides while being repaired and epoxy applied. The contractor will reinstall the light poles once the work is completed. When Court 2 is done, crews will move to the next court and begin repairs there, and so on, until all courts at the Cays are completed.

Cays TEnnis Courts

Fall Brochure: The City’s Fall Recreation Brochure is out. Coronado residents should have received a copy of this 68-page guide of Recreation offerings in 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. New for preschoolers this fall is the Counting Rainbow, Outdoor Exploration, Vroom, Vroom Start Your Engines, Muddy Boots and All Paws on Deck Classes. For first through fifth graders, there are new after school classes including the Beach Party, Happy Campers and The Adventure Club Outdoors and Indoors. There are still all the longtime favorites, such as dance, gymnastics, aquatics and science included in the brochure. Look for fitness, educational, social, adventure and arts classes for adults too. Online registration began for residents on August 7, in person and phone registration along with nonresident registration begins on August 14. For more information, call the Coronado Community Center at (619) 522-7342.

Fall Brochure

Movies on the Bay:  More than 300 people brought their blankets, beach chairs and picnic dinners to Tidelands Park to watch a screening of the Disney movie “Coco” on the big screen on Friday, July 27. Those kids and their families who arrived early were able to participate in pre-screening fun, including face-painting and spinning the prize wheel, painting sugar skull magnets and sharing popcorn. The screening was made possible through the San Diego Unified Port District’s sponsorship of Coronado’s annual Movies on the Bay program.

Coco Images 


Coronado Youth Soccer LeagueThe Crown City Classic, a local youth soccer tournament hosted by the Coronado Youth Soccer League, began last weekend, July 28-29, and will continue this weekend, August 4-5. The Crown City Classic has been held in Coronado for the past 16 years. Nearly 170 competitive soccer teams from around Southern California participate. Games run from 8 a.m. until Sunset on Saturday and with the last games finishing on Sunday at 5 p.m. The tournament uses various field locations, including Tidelands Park, Sunset Park, Cays Soccer Field, and three Coronado High School fields. Additional trash receptacles and restrooms are placed at the Cays and Tidelands to manage additional traffic at the venues by the host.


Recreation ProgramsHere are some upcoming fun events put on by the Recreation Department:

  • Language Academy Camp takes place the week of August 6-10. Campers age 5-7 will be introduced to Portugese, Italian, French, Spanish, Arabic and American Sign Language. Through fun activities including cooking, crafts, games and songs, Language Academy participants will learn basic greetings, colors, numbers and titles of their family members in these six different languages in just one week.


  • Teens took on Camp Thrill and Chill this week. Campers ventured out to new locations each day for foot golf, archery, kayaking, snorkeling, rock climbing and paintball. There is still one more week of Camp Thrill and Chill, August 6-10. Sign up today.

Camps continue through summer. Registration for programs, classes and camps can be found here.



John D. Spreckels Center: The Spreckels Center has a lot going on this summer. Here are a few of the offerings:

  • The next Seasonal Floral Design class is set for Monday, August 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $45 or $35 for residents, plus a $20 materials fee payable at class.

Free Presentations 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.

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.


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