Weekly Update December 1, 2017

Weekly Update December 1, 2017

Weekly Update December 1, 2017

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Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday season with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza today, December 1, in conjunction with the annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Open House. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Coronado’s annual Snow Mountain at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street, where Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m. Snow Mountain activities are provided free of charge thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program. The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m., the parade begins at 6 p.m. and the Tree Lighting and Community Concert begin at 7 p.m. People of all ages are expected to attend this yearly event. The holiday lights will remain on through December at the plaza at Orange and Isabella avenues near Tenth Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Snow mountain


Ride the Lights:  The annual Ride the Lights event is set for Sunday, December 10. Residents are invited to decorate their bikes and meet in Spreckels Park at about 4:30 p.m. Participants will take a ride on a prescribed route and take in the holiday decorations, holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies. This event, hosted by the Bicycle Advisory Committee, was made possible in part by the City of Coronado.


Parking Meter HolidaysThe City would like residents to enjoy the “Parking Meter Holiday” in all commercial zones from Monday, December 4, through Monday, December 25. The free parking is an annual gift from the City Council and provides visitors and residents with limited parking, up to two hours in most locations, to encourage local holiday shopping. Take care in reading the parking restrictions as time limits apply and will be enforced. The City’s new parking 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. The solar panels on the meters need to be exposed.

Holiday Events for Children:  Letters to Santa will be accepted from December 1-14. Children can bring letters to Santa Claus to the Coronado Community Center and deposit them in the “North Pole Express Mailbox.” All letters deposited through December 14 will receive a response from Santa before Christmas. Be sure to address the envelopes to Santa Claus, North Pole Express Mail. Don’t forget to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The popular Breakfast with Santa event is set for next Saturday, December 9. There is one seating at 8 a.m. Get your tickets soon. A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and fruit will be served in the Coronado Community Center Banquet Room. Tickets are $11 for adults 16 and older and $9 for children under 16. Christmas and New Year Holiday Camps will be held when school lets out, December 18-22 and December 27-29. Cost is $40 per child, $50 for nonresidents. Extreme Dodgeball Mini Camp will be held December 18-22 and December 27-29. The cost for the five-day camp is $175. The three-day camp is $130. Call (619) 522-7342 to sign up. See fliers below for details.



Cays Slurry Seal Work:  This project’s completion date has been extended to mid-December. Slurry application on Coronado Cays Boulevard was impacted by a brief and unexpected rain event on November 7 that caused enough damage to require a re-coat on half of the roadway. The contractor will return to the area on Monday, December 4, to reapply the slurry coat and striping will take place after a seven-day drying period suitable for paint application. Coronado Cays Boulevard will have one lane open in each direction during the repair work. The contractor will post “No Parking” signs 72 hours in advance along Coronado Cays Boulevard and at the Coronado Cays Park cul de sac. Incoming traffic onto the cul de sac is to be redirected onto the adjacent parking lot with a detour. Access will be provided for Coronado Fire Department personnel at the Cays Fire Station.


Cays Sewer Main Cleaning: The contractor is scheduled to finish all nighttime operations this week and is concentrating on the northernmost portion of the sewer main between NAB and the Glorietta Bay pump station. Provided that all cleaning work this week is satisfactory, the contractor will begin demobilization on Monday, December 4, and should be completely removed from their laydown area by the end of the week.

Bicycle Friendly Community Award:  The League of American Bicyclists has renewed the City of Coronado’s silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community award. The designation, which expires, recognizes Coronado’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through its investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. The City first received the silver designation for a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2013. In May, the City was recognized as a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business, which honors government agencies working to make employees safer, happier and healthier.


Street Light Replacement: A vehicle accident that destroyed a street light pole in Coronado Rotary Plaza will require the use of another street light that was removed from in front of a vacant shop at 1120 Adella Ave. Facilities Division crews removed the light and installed it earlier this week. The light should be functioning in time for the annual holiday festivities, including the Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting, that take place in the plaza tonight, December 1. The use of the street light was necessary since many industrial lights are being sent to areas hit by recent hurricanes in the southeast. A new pole is scheduled to ship on December 29 and, upon receipt, will replace the light that was on Adella.


Water Fountain Motor Replaced: The water fountain at the northwest corner of Adella and Orange avenues was temporarily out of service after the pump motor failed. A new pump motor was installed just before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the fountain is back in service. In addition, Parks crews planted six new flax and five pansies, and retrofitted the sprinklers to more water-efficient stream rotors.



Portable Restroom Vandalized: The City asks the community for help in observing parks and public restrooms and reporting any of the kind of senseless vandalism the City has recently experienced. Last Monday, November 20, the Portable Restroom Trailer sitting at the end of Avenida del Sol was vandalized with graffiti. Fortunately, the wrap and interior coatings were not permeated by the large marker ink that was used. Public Services Beach crews removed the graffiti without damaging the surfaces. In October, a sink in the accessible bathroom unit at the new Spreckels Park restroom facility was smashed apart and torn from the wall, rendering the unit unusable. Costly repairs were made. If residents see anything, please report any damage to Coronado Police at (619) 522-7350.


Cedar Replanting: Residents may have seen four new young trees along Orange Avenue. The City’s tree maintenance contractor recently replaced Deodar Cedar trees along Orange Avenue due to the removal of four trees in failing health. The new trees are locally raised cedars and should be better acclimated to Coronado’s mild climate. Some earlier replacement trees have died. The City discovered they were sourced from the colder northwest. One each of the new cedars was planted in the 100 and 400 and two in the 700 blocks of Orange. Trees are being planted in phases over several years to maintain age diversity in the City’s urban forest. Many trees in Coronado were planted at the same time and consequently are aging at the same time.   


Deodar Cedars

Second and Prospect Improvements:  The City will soon make improvements to the pedestrian crosswalk at Second Street and Prospect Place. Pedestrian activated LED crosswalk lights will be installed by  mid-December that will illuminate the crosswalk when pushed. The new lights will operate on batteries, which will be charged via solar panels. The light will be positioned on the north side of the street and illuminate to the south and away from the residential properties. The light will be capable of activation from either side of the street. The light should help make the crossing safer in the early morning commute hours.

Second Prospect

Holiday Banners: Coronado has installed holiday banners on 30 street poles along Orange Avenue, from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas, just in time for the City’s many holiday festivities. The banners have three designs. The City’s Cultural Arts Commission promoted the idea of banners on Orange Avenue street poles to encourage the use of public spaces for art. Discover Coronado funds cover all costs. The next series displayed will celebrate Coronado’s history and the final series will celebrate the work of Coronado local artists. For more information, contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633.


Silver Strand Fencing Improvements:  California State Parks held a mandatory pre-bid meeting for the second phase of the Silver Strand Fence Replacement project on Thursday, November 30. The northern portion of the project was completed in February. The new fence is a visible improvement for the area but stands in stark contrast to the existing chain link fence to the south. The meeting was held onsite and eight contractors attended. Bids will be opened on December 13.  Officials hope to complete construction before the nesting season, which begins February 15. State Parks will manage the project. The City will contribute funds for a portion of the construction costs in addition to environmental project funds provided by Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa. The first phase was managed by the City and funded by the state.



Spreckels Center Art Rededication: “The Lawn Bowling Green,” an original watercolor painting donated to the City by the artist Sara Rowe, was rededicated on Tuesday, November 28, at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. The Coronado Lawn Bowling Association was on hand for the ceremony joined by Lionel Rowe, the artist’s husband. Sara Rowe donated the piece to the City shortly before her death in 2011. The artwork was on display in the old Senior Center then stored during construction on the Spreckels Center. It is now on permanent display in the Green Room adjacent to the Lawn Bowling Green. The watercolor is the only copy and it was originally commissioned for the cover of the 2011 Kennedy Phone Book.



Budget Snapshot FY 2017-18:  The City has published its Budget Snapshot for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The Budget Snapshot is a quick look at this year’s financial plan. The tri-fold brochure can be picked up at City Hall or can be viewed online or by typing http://bit.ly/BudgetDocuments. The brochure contains charts and tables that show a summary of expenditures and revenues from all funds, including General, Golf, Recreation, Stormwater and Wastewater, and revenues by source and expenditures by function. 


Employee of the Quarter:  Ian Lasley, a Lead Maintenance Worker for Public Services and Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the City’s Employee of the Quarter award for July to September 2017. Lasley has worked for the City for two years. In his short tenure, he has made a big impact. Lasley was nominated by people from various departments for his leadership, excellent performance and positive attitude. He is known to lead by example. At his encouragement, several of his team members are on the fast-track toward journeyman workers. Lasley also is committed to excellence. During the Hepatitis A outbreak, he researched best practices for preventing the spread of the virus and immediately implemented a plan. Lasley’s cheerful attitude and problem-solving abilities are vital skills of a solid manager. He was honored earlier this week.



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. Here is that schedule:


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks display on Wednesday, December 6, at 6:45 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.

Pet of the Week: Meeka, a sweet and affectionate Labrador Retriever mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She was relinquished to PAWS of Coronado when her owner could no longer care for her. She is well mannered, walks nicely on a leash and rides well in a car. She is looking for a new start with an active family. Four-year-old Meeka is 55 pounds and has all her shots. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Meeka, call (619) 522-7371.


Navy Events:  Next week, Naval Air Station North Island will support the homecoming of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. On Monday, December 4, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 11 will fly into Naval Air Station North Island. On Tuesday, December 5, the USS Nimitz will arrive at NASNI. Although not home-ported here, the Nimitz’ Air Wing and other staff will off load from the ship.


Coronado Boathouse: The next Full Moon Group Paddle is on Sunday, December 3. Check-in is 6:45 p.m. at the Coronado Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, plus the cost of the vessel. Check out other classes offered this fall at the Coronado Boathouse: Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Full Moon Group Paddles, rowing classes and outrigger paddle classes among them. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655.  


Spreckels Center:  The Spreckels Center has many upcoming events and programming coming up. For more information or to reserve a space, call (619) 522-7343. You can also visit us online or stop by for a tour Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

  • Sign-up for the Cider Celebration and Tree Decorating event on Tuesday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.
  • Spreckels Center day trips are a great way to see San Diego. 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 a gourmet lunch. Cost is $130 for resident and $155 for nonresidents.



Coronado Youth Soccer League Tournament: Listed below is a schedule of upcoming Coronado Youth Soccer League tournaments that will take place at the Cays Fields.  During these events, the Cays fields receive a high volume of players/spectators which has made it hard for people to access the dog run. As such, parking signs will be placed along Coronado Cays Blvd. to reserve five parking spaces for people who are using the dog run. Coronado Youth Soccer League will send an email prior to each tournament informing soccer patrons that the spots are only for dog run users.  They will also have a staff person present to inform the soccer patrons of the dog run parking spaces.  Please direct any questions or concerns to Elizabeth McMahon, Recreation Coordinator at EMcMahon@coronado.ca.us.

Coronado Youth Soccer League Main Tournaments

  • Presidio Cup                       Cays Fields Only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 2-3
  • Holiday CupCays Fields and Sunset Park, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Dec. 9-10


Commission Vacancies:  The City has one vacancy on the Transportation Commission and one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.



Mercury Spill:  Last week, Coronado Fire units responded to a mercury spill from a broken barometer. San Diego County’s Hazardous Materials Division was called to clean up the spill and contaminated items. The County’s Department of Environmental Health took samples to determine whether the area was still contaminated. This is a good time to remind residents to be mindful off hidden hazardous materials in their garages and homes, including in old paint and pesticides. Older thermometers and barometers often contain mercury which should be properly disposed of if broken. The City also will take these items through its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. The program operates most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 




Holiday Animated Window Display:  It’s that time of the year when the Library’s traditional animated holiday window is set up for children and families to enjoy. Trains, skiing Teddy bears, and animated characters from Disney, Warner Brothers, Peanuts, and Santa himself are all on display.


Library Programs: “How to Pay for College (Without Going Broke)” was presented Thursday, November 30, in the Winn Room. The program was taught by Tanya Aure and was oriented to parents of high school students looking to attend four-year state universities or private colleges.  Two Digital Media Lab Workshops were held this week. An “Audiocassette to CD/MP3 Conversion Workshop” was held on Wednesday, November 29, and on Thursday, November 30, “How to Color and Shade Manga & Comic Book Characters with the Graphics Tablet” was presented.


Youth Programs:  Tuesday, November 28, was Library Decorating Day, during which children are invited to make two ornaments, one to take home, and one to hang on the tree in the Children’s Library. This year, the children made “Sand Dollar and Star Fish” ornaments. The Teen Advisory Board met on Tuesday and the Teen Event on Wednesday, November 29, was a “Cookie Decorating Contest.”


New Exhibit:  The new exhibit for December highlights the illustrative art of N.C. Wyeth. Wyeth illustrated many magazines, as well as classic books such as “Robinson Crusoe,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Robin Hood,” “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped,” among others.  Limited edition books and art posters are on display.


Prevent Delivery Package Theft:  This time of year brings out individuals who are looking for crimes of opportunity as well as those thieves who actually follow delivery trucks and target homes when the delivery is made. Take some precautions and ensure your special delivery does not end up in the hands of a thief. As always, watch for suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, especially if you see a delivery truck making the rounds and a vehicle following behind or unfamiliar subjects on foot and call 9-1-1 if you observe a crime in progress. Here are some more helpful tips:

• A package sitting at a front door for several hours or for several days creates an opportunity for crime.
• Shipping company trucks are obvious so deliveries are hard to miss.
• High dollar items like laptops and other electronics are shipped to homes, especially during the holidays.

• Only have a package delivered if you are going to be at home. 
• Consider signing for packages so you know they have arrived.
• If you are expecting a package, check for it throughout the day and bring the package inside immediately.
• Check to see if your shipping company has digital alerts. The alerts tell you of the impending delivery and if that date and time is not convenient, you can reschedule or reroute the package.
• If you are not going to be home or cannot schedule package delivery, have the package delivered to a trusted neighbor’s house or delivered to your work.
• Choose the “pick-up at store” option when available.
• One final option is to ask the shipping company to hold your package for customer pick-up at their local facility.
• If you do not receive your shipment on time, track your package to confirm the delivery.
• If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the originating company, the shipping company, and to the Coronado Police Department.


Annual Teddy Bear Drive:  Thank you to all who have dropped off bears for the Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. If you want to donate, it is not too late. The Police Department will be delivering the stuffed bears (and friends) on Tuesday, December 5, to the children at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  The flier below lists various drop-off locations. (Photo below: Cpl. Jackie Hurtado)

Teddy Drive    

Teddy Drive 

Police Participation in Charitable Events:  The Coronado Police Department is participating in several charitable events this holiday season including: Adopt-A-Family Program, Adopt-A-Camper through the Coronado Middle School, the Teddy Bear Drive, a Food Drive, and the Shop with a Cop Program.

Citizens’ Police Academy:  The Police Department would like to congratulate the graduates of the fourth Citizens’ Police Academy. Twelve participants attended the 8-week class and learned about traffic control, investigations, evidence, dispatch and records, and patrol operations.  The class Training Officer was Officer Meghan Kirk.  The next class will be held in the spring of 2018. Please call (619) 522-7355 if you are interested in attending.

PD Class


New Soap Dispensers:  The Facilities Division received new hand soap dispensers this week that will replace the old ones around the City. The new dispensers have soap that aids in the prevention of Hepatitis A. Crews are swapping out more than 225 dispensers.



Holiday Preparations: 

  • The Streets Division smoothed out some high spots along Coronado Avenue and hung Christmas lights on more than 30 trees. Crews hung holiday banners and repaired median lights that were out along Strand Boulevard by the Coronado Shores.
  • The Parks Division, with the assistance of two landscaping contractor crews, planted 200 red poinsettias under the four cedar trees in the 600 block of Orange Avenue, six red poinsettias under the signs at Third Street and Orange, and eight red poinsettias on both sides of the main entrance to El Cordova Hotel plaza. They also planted five flats of Alyssum under the cedar trees on the 600 block of Orange to go along with the poinsettias.They will be planting around 20 red poinsettias under the palm tree at Tenth Street and Orange next week, following the holiday parade.


 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.

Holiday Prep
Posted on 12/01/2017
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