Weekly Update December 15, 2017

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Weekly Update December 15, 2017

Weekly Update December 15, 2017

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Ride the Lights Wrap-up: On Sunday, December 10, the City and local sponsors held the fifth annual Ride the Lights community bicycle ride at Spreckels Park. Riders decorated their bicycles, met in Spreckels Park, and toured the neighborhood to view holiday lights with the help of the Coronado Police Department. Officers helped secure the route by temporarily closing intersections as people rode by and accompanying riders on the tour. Following the ride, participants enjoyed cookies courtesy of Hannah’s Monster Cookies and Coronado Private Bank, hot cocoa courtesy of Clayton’s, and caroling by the Coronado School of the Arts at Coronado High School. Boy Scouts from Coronado Troop 801 volunteered at the event. It was a real community event.




Bike Lights

Parking Meter HolidaysThe “Parking Meter Holiday,” is in effect through Christmas Day. Visitors and residents are enjoying free limited parking, up to two hours in most spots, provided as a courtesy by the City to encourage local holiday shopping. Take care in reading the parking restrictions as time limits apply and will be enforced. Meters will be programmed to allow free parking but will indicate a violation when the time allocated for free parking has expired. The meters will not be covered this year as their solar panels need to be exposed and the sensors must be clear to work.

San Diego Bay Parade of LightsBoats decorated with holiday lights will once again sail by Coronado during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights on Sunday, December 17. This is the second and final boat parade of 2017. The Recreation Department’s Boathouse will host a paddle event, the Bay Parade of Lights Tour, in conjunction with the boat parade. The paddle is limited to 20 people and costs $20, or $15 for residents, plus the cost, if any, of a vessel rental. Participants will paddle to the Coronado Ferry Landing to view the parade. Call (619) 522-7342 for information. Speaking of boat parades, the Cays Yacht Club held its annual boat parade on Saturday, December 9.



December Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, City facilities will be closed. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holidays. Public Services will be on call to respond to emergencies. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.


Hurst Announces Retirement: Rachel Hurst has announced her retirement as director of Community Development, a position she has held for more than 11 years. Her last day is December 31. Hurst was hired as director of Redevelopment and Housing Services, a title which was subsequently changed with the statewide dissolution of redevelopment agencies in 2012. During her tenure, Hurst trained and managed a team who has helped provide administrative and technical support to the City in support of the community’s planning and building needs. Hurst was actively involved in the Community Development Agency. The agency was involved in the rehabilitation or development of most of the City’s and Coronado Unified School District’s facilities, and improvements such as the Village Theatre. Through the General Plan, Local Coastal Plan and Zoning Code, Community Development also works to anticipate changing community needs and facilitate the development of policies, goals and objectives. The position likely will be filled on an interim basis while a full recruitment is conducted. 

Rachel Hurst

Fire Department Updates: Here are a few updates from the Coronado Fire Department:

  • Earlier this month, the Coronado Fire Department deployed Engine 36 with a crew of four to assist with efforts to control the Lilac Fire. They were assigned to a strike team and a battalion chief, who also was deployed, served as a strike team leader for a different strike team. They all returned safely. A San Diego fire engineer was killed in the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, it was announced yesterday, December 13. The job can be extremely dangerous and challenging.
  • In other news, two of the City’s three battalion chiefs have retired within the past two months. This will create a ripple effect throughout the department as the City hires and promotes to fill those positions. Recruitment and testing is occurring now. The Human Resources Division within the Administrative Services Department is working to fill these, as well as other citywide, vacancies. Many employees are entering retirement age. As the City is small, the effects of each vacant position are noticeable. This type of hiring spurt is rare.

Lilac Fire

Lilac Fire2

Community Center Special Event: The U.S. Border Patrol held a change of command ceremony on Wednesday, December 13, in the Nautilus Room at the Coronado Community Center. Community members may have seen a large number of agents and vehicle and photo displays because part of the event was held on the grassy parkway between City Hall and the Community Center. The afternoon event went smoothly.


Gas Odors at Centennial Park: The City responded to a complaint of a gas odor at Centennial Park at 4:40 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. The Fire Department and SDG&E initially found levels of methane at 1,000 parts per million or 1 percent at the sewer cover. This was during the time of noticeable odor. Over a two-hour period, SDG&E sent other personnel to evaluate and determine the cause. Crews located the utilities, tested the soil and found no natural gas leaks migrating up. Gas meters brought in to perform further tests found the levels of methane in the sewer to be 2-3 parts per million, all normal with no indication of a leak. SDG&E determined that the initial level of methane of unknown cause and normal sewer gases combined to cause the odor that prompted the call. A final test at around 8:30 p.m. found minute levels of methane, in the normal range.


Pet of the Week: Brandy, a 5-year-old Cattle Dog mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Brandy is an active dog who likes walks, hikes and runs. She is smart and friendly. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Brandy, call PAWS of Coronado, who runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.


Hazardous Waste Holiday Closures:  In observance of upcoming holidays, the Coronado Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Ave. will be closed two consecutive Saturdays, December 23 and December 30.  A reminder that the program is available to Coronado residents only. No business or contractor waste is permitted.  View flier for more information and a list of items you may bring.  Call Public Services for more information at (619) 522-7380 or (619) 756-4464 on Saturdays. Click here for more information about Coronado’s Household Hazardous Waste program, as well as other waste disposal services.

Waste Holiday

Annual Street Preventive Maintenance:  The contractor has restored traffic striping and markings along Coronado Cays Boulevard as part of the annual Street Preventive Maintenance project that included adding a slurry seal to most of the roads in the Cays. Work had been delayed due to unexpected rain which damaged part of the slurry coat on Coronado Cays Boulevard. The project is effectively complete. Slurry seal is a way to add life to City Streets. Ultraviolet rays breakdown asphalt allowing moisture to enter, creating cracks and potholes. Slurry seal, which is applied to every roadway in Coronado every seven years, prevents this and is money well spent.



Spreckels Center:  Spreckels Center day trips are a great way to see San Diego. For more information or to reserve a space, call (619) 522-7343. A trip to the San Diego Botanic Gardens is set for Monday, December 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $65 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. The featured day trip for the winter season is to Orfila Winery in the San Pasqual Valley on Wednesday, January 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a private tasting, behind the scenes tour and gourmet lunch. Cost is $130 for resident and $155 for nonresidents. On December 21, wear your most fun holiday sweater to the Themed Bunco Party.  This is a fun, fast-paced dice game and no experience or skill is required. Bring a pre-packaged, sealed food item to share with your fellow players. Program is held from 1 to 3:30 p.m.   


Recreation and Golf Services RecognizedRecreation staff members Brooke Klosinski, Jennifer Benzel, and Stacy Berman attended the 20th anniversary of Kids Included Together last week, where Coronado was recognized for its outstanding programs. The event offers training and support for organizations to provide inclusive environments for all youth programs. The program teaches more than 20,000 youth workers in 269 locations throughout the world each year. Event officials highlighted Coronado for being one of their first affiliate agencies to embrace inclusion with open arms and follow their inclusion philosophy to the highest standards.

Rec Honored

Coronado Seniors Out & About Program:  The City is always looking for seniors and volunteers for the Coronado Seniors Out & About volunteer driver program. The service provides scheduled rides to Coronado residents ages 60-plus for a nominal fee depending on the distance traveled. The program is supported by the San Diego Association of Governments as part of the TransNet Senior Mini-grant Program. The City provided estimated ridership numbers when applying for the grant last year. The estimates ended up being slightly on the high side. There was concern as to the success of the program. The City modified its ridership numbers to better reflect current use of the service, which is popular and well-used in Coronado. If you need a ride or would you like to volunteer to drive for the program, please call (619) 522-7342.





Commission Vacancies and Appointments:  The City has one vacancy on the Transportation Commission and one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.  Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.  See flier below. 



Friends of the Library:  The Friends of the Library Board met Monday, December 11, at the Library. The Board discussed a variety of issues, including duties for new board members. The group is planning the “Night at the Library” event for February 2. The event will showcase works of art based on literature.


Library Board:  The Library Board of Trustees met Tuesday, December 12, chaired by President Rita Alipour. The Library Board reviewed a variety of issues, including the subject of adding hours to the open schedule of the Library.


Library Programs:  A PBS POV film screening and discussion was held Tuesday, December 12, featuring “My Love Don’t Cross That River.” A “Holiday Wreath Craft” was offered for adults on Wednesday, December 13. A “VHS to DVD Conversion” workshop was presented in the Digital Media Lab also on Wednesday, and a “Journaling Circle” workshop was presented by Joyce Chapman on Thursday, December 14.

Wreath Craft


Youth Programs:  Santa Claus visited both Story Hours on Friday morning. He is always a big hit, and a favorite for photos. 

The Junior Volunteer cast of “Cinderella,” which was performed on December 7 in the Winn Room.


New Police Officers: The Police Department added two new officers on Saturday, December 9. However, they were not new faces. Former Police Services Officers Maria Gonzalez and Steven Snodgrass graduated from the police academy last weekend and started the field training program. Officer Gonzalez was awarded top academic honors, while Officer Snodgrass was awarded top physical fitness honors. We are proud to be able to hire from within the organization and of how well both performed at the police academy.

PD Officers 


Trauma Intervention ProgramsTrauma Intervention Programs, or TIP, of San Diego is looking for volunteers to work in the South County, including in Coronado and Imperial Beach. The City of Coronado Police and Fire currently contract with the program to provide services to victims, witnesses and family members involved in traumatic events. TIP San Diego is looking for skilled compassionate people who have a desire to give back to the community.  If you are interested in becoming a TIP volunteer and want more information, click here or call (855) 847-7343.


Christmas Tree Recycling:  Christmas trees, including flocked trees, may be recycled by using either the green-waste curbside program or the drop-off program. For the green waste curbside program, place four-foot sections of tree in your yard waste recycling containers, or bundle tree sections together with twine (maximum four feet in length and 18 inches in diameter) and place on the curb. Drop-off locations include the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp parking lot and the Cays Sports Park parking lot. Look for the large green dumpsters. Trees may be placed whole into these containers. No trash please. Residents can drop off their trees beginning December 26 through about mid-January.

Xmas Tree Drop-off Locations

Streets Division Updates:  The Streets Division worked to smooth-out some very high points on the 600 block of Tenth Street.  They repaired six damaged flags and one damaged banner after the Santa Ana winds. 




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Parade of LIghts Tour
Posted on 12/15/2017
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