Weekly Update December 22, 2017

Weekly Update December 22, 2017

Weekly Update December 22, 2017

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Electronic Filing: State law allows candidates in local elections to file campaign disclosure statements electronically. Candidates in Coronado may file their statements electronically, contingent upon the City Council adopting an ordinance approving the use of online or electronic filing. Coronado on Tuesday, December 19, adopted such an ordinance. The City has selected the firm of NetFile to provide an “error-proof” way to submit disclosure statements and allow the public to review the documents electronically.


Flower Stand Design: The Coronado Flower Lady Stand was destroyed by a vehicle that crashed into Coronado Rotary Plaza a few weeks ago. Commercial activities that use the public right of way require a commercial use permit. The City Council first issued a permit for a flower stand in Rotary Plaza in 1985. Over the years, and through three changes in ownership, it has been re-approved in five-year increments. The City Council most recently approved another change of ownership and a five-year commercial use permit in August 2016. Generally, the Flower Lady can use 100 square feet plus another 50 square feet at certain times of the year. The Flower Lady pays rent monthly. The conditions of the permit require the appearance of the flower stand to be approved by the City’s Design Review Commission. The flower stand operator submitted new plans for the flower stand, which were approved by the Design Review Commission last week. 



Gateway Project Update: City Engineering staff reported this week that a Preliminary Environmental Analysis Report has been submitted for the Coronado Gateway Project to the California Department of Transportation District 11. The report contains a brief description of the proposed work and the anticipated environmental document. It focused heavily upon the impacts the project may have on the historic and cultural resources of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, a historic district eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This status will most likely require the completion of a full environmental impact report pursuant to the provisions of California’s Environmental Quality Act. An EIR will facilitate public review of the project and provide flexibility in design as the project progresses.

Gateway Renderings

Nature’s Clock: This past Thursday, December 21, Coronado’s natural time piece, also known as the Solstice Clock, was again a gathering spot for residents to celebrate the beginning of the winter season. The piece is located along Nature’s Bridge to Discovery on Coronado’s Silver Strand. The clock is designed to channel the setting sun’s rays on sunset at the Winter Solstice. Hearty residents gathered to celebrate the season with songs and shared snacks. The City ensures the rays project onto the clock by clearing vegetation in the days leading up to the semi-annual event, at the summer and winter solstices.

Solstice Clock


Longtime City Employees Honored: The City Council honored two longtime City employees, who have each given three decades of service to Coronado. The Council proclaimed December 19 as “Peter Fait Day”' for the associate planner who is retiring after 32 years. Fait has extensive knowledge of all things Community Development, including code enforcement, zoning, design review, public art, and new technologies. The council also proclaimed December 20 as “Ellenjoy Weber Day” in Coronado to honor the Library’s Head of Children’s Services who retires after 30 years. Weber initiated programs such as the Mother-Daughter Silver Tea, the Huck-Finn event, the Pooh Birthday Party, and Harry Potter Day. Community Development Director Rachel Hurst also has announced her retirement effective December 31. The position will be filled on an interim basis while a full recruitment is conducted. The City thanks each of them for their service.

City employees honored

Employee of the Quarter: Leticia Martinez, administrative secretary for the Fire Department, has been selected as the recipient of the City Manager’s Employee of the Quarter award for October to December 2017. Martinez has worked for Coronado for 16 years and was nominated by many co-workers for her outstanding organizational and administrative skills, and improvements to the internal practices and procedures of the Fire Department. For example, Martinez researched best practices for recording department staff meeting discussions, learned then implemented a specific technique. This was one example where her diligence made a big difference. Martinez does all this with a skillful blend of compassion and a team-first attitude.

Letty Martinez

Coronado TV:  The City’s local government channel, Coronado TV on Spectrum Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99, has been having technical difficulties for about two months. Residents have complained that they have no sound and a bad picture quality, or nothing on the screen at all. The City has been troubleshooting the issue on its end and at this point doesn’t believe the problem is with Coronado or its equipment. We have heard from Spectrum officials but, so far, the City has had no luck. The City will continue to push Spectrum to help the City fix the problem. The City thanks the community for its patience.

Channel 19

Avenue of Heroes Full Biographies Online: Last month, the Coronado community honored its sixth round of Avenue of Heroes banner recipients. The Avenue of Heroes Committee writes fuller biographies for each honoree that have recently been uploaded to the City’s website. The program honors military members who live or have lived in Coronado and who have honorably served in any branch of the armed services. For information on how to nominate a banner recipient, visit the Avenue of Heroes webpage on the City’s website.

Avenue of  Heroes Logo

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 or close early on Christmas and New Year’s eves.

Holiday Schedule

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 Tuesday, December 26, through about mid-January.


Hazardous Waste Holiday Closures:  In observance of upcoming holidays, the Coronado Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Ave. will be closed the next two 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.


Navy Noise Alert:  The Navy will conduct dive operations training near Glorietta Bay from January 30 to February 21.

Pet of the Week: Blair, a sweet and affectionate female domestic short hair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Blair is sleek and black loves to be petted and responds with purrs. She is six years old and has all her shots. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Blair, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Blair Pet of the Week


Community Center Snack Options:  The Recreation Center has installed a new vending machine in the lobby of the Community Center next to the climbing wall. The machine will take the place of the snack bar, which has closed. The vending machine carries water and snacks, including some healthy options.


Winter/Spring Brochure:  The Winter Spring 2018 Recreation and Golf Services Brochure is now available on-line. The printed version will begin arriving in mailboxes after December 25. Registration begins January 2 for Coronado residents and January 9 for nonresidents.


Spreckels Center:  Spreckels Center day trips are a great way to see San Diego. 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, a behind the scenes tour and gourmet lunch. Cost is $130 for resident and $155 for nonresidents. For more information or to reserve a space, call (619) 522-7343.





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.  At its December 19 meeting, the Council reappointed Edry Goot to the Historic Resource Commission and Marvin Heinze to the Planning Commission.



California Revealed Project:  The Coronado Public Library, and its submission of nominated content, has been selected to digitize and provide online access and long-term preservation of a variety of audiovisual and photographic materials. California Revealed a project of the California State Library and the University of California Berkeley. The items selected for submission include photographs of the building of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Coronado’s various ferry boats, the building of North Island and its early seaplanes and airplanes; and 8mm film of California vacation locations. The items will be sent off-site for digitizing over the next year.


Library Programs: A “Holiday Sing-Along” program was held on Sunday, December 17.  Marilyn Rees played piano, Mary Taylor sang and Taylor’s daughter Christine played the ukulele.  The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, December 18. A Digital Media Workshop on “Slide and Negative Conversion” was held on Wednesday, December 20.


Youth Programs:  Hanukkah Story Hour was held on Tuesday, December 19, in the Winn Room.  Toddler Time and Preschool Story Hour were combined into a dreidel-playing, latke-eating good time. Santa came to Story Hour at the Library on Friday, December 15. Children enjoyed songs, stories and a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. 



Public Services Work UpdatesCity crews worked on several projects around the City. Here are the most recent:

  • Streets Division will soon oversee the contracted grinding of uneven sidewalks around town. This is the second grinding of the year. Every year, every foot of sidewalk in Coronado is inspected and deficiencies recorded and prioritized. Severe hazards are corrected immediately.  All others are scheduled for repair as part of a contract effort which produces the best value for the City’s taxpayers. The work is non-intrusive and will improve the overall safety of Coronado’s sidewalks. The project includes more than 300 spots that require grinding and will take about seven days to complete.


  • Streets Division repaired a large patch of road at 840 Coronado Ave. and the roadways along 621, 641 and 840 Coronado had their sidewalks replaced due to lifting from area trees.

     Streetwork All

  • Streets repaired a storm channel at the baseball field due to damage from pooling water.


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Spreckels Center Tree
Posted on 12/21/2017
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