Weekly Update December 7, 2018

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Weekly Update December 7, 2018

Weekly Update December 7, 2018

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Storm Damage: The City is actively assessing damage from the powerful storm on Thursday, December 6, which dropped a large amount of rain in a relatively short period of time. This came after last week’s storm and during a high tide event and rush hour, which combined to cause trafficimpacts, widespread flooding and damage all over town. The City activated its Emergency Operations Center at just after 7 p.m. manned by public safety personnel at the Police Department as a base of operations as reports of flooding and damage came in. The center was operating until almost midnight. Streets closed or affected due to flooding included: First Street between A and B avenues; Five Points at Pomona Avenue, Tenth Street and Gloriettta Boulevard near the Tennis Center; some sections of Orange Avenue were closed to cross traffic and some lanes in both directions were closed; Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard where sand bags are normally stocked; the water was waist-deep at the intersection of Balboa Avenue and Eighth Street, along with other blocks on Balboa, and equally as high at Coronado Avenue and Eighth and other blocks; and the northbound lanes of state Route 75 near the Coronado Cays, as well as the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit, experienced some extensive flooding. The John D. Spreckels Center and the Community Center were closed due to leaks and flooding that affected common areas. Large ruts in the sand, due to runoff from rain, are being graded at Glorietta Bay Park beach. There also were scattered power outages affecting more than 1,000 customers. SDG&E is replacing a transformer that failed, at First Street, which services the Coronado Ferry Landing.  The Golf Course is closed due to flooding. The Pro Shop and Golf Course Restaurant are open. The City is working to clean up mud and debris from flooded areas and is certain that all planned holiday events, including Snow Mountain at the Coronado Ferry Landing off First Street and the Holiday Parade down Orange Avenue, are scheduled to be held today and tonight as planned. No rain is currently in the forecast. A local emergency has been declared in Coronado. The declaration, which has been posted publicly, is intended to facilitate the recovery of costs if funds are made available, and to cover actions related to the suspension of the Municipal Code in response to the emergency. 

Storm Photos

Beach Clean-up

CoraMart Public Art:  If you haven’t seen the old CoraMart building this week, check it out. The façade of the former CoraMart on Orange Avenue next to Vons got a public art makeover that will temporarily hide the faded entryway. The temporary public art mural featuring a Volkswagen bus and the colorful words “Coronado” is the result of a public-private partnership between the City and the property owners. The Coronado surf-themed mural was installed this week. The design uses a photograph by local photographer and gallery owner Dan McGeorge and the graphic talents of local graphic designer Jody Esquer. The City thanks the property owners for working with the Cultural Arts Commission on the project.


Election Results/Council Reorganization: The Registrar’s Office has released the official results of the November 6 General Election. Incumbent Councilman Bill Sandke and Marvin Heinze will fill the two open seats on the City Council. As the official results were not known before the City’s regularly scheduled December 4 meeting, the City will hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials at the regularly scheduled December 18 meeting.

Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday events season Friday, November 7, with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza 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 St. Snow Mountain activities are provided free thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program and the support of the Coronado Ferry Landing and Coronado Chamber of Commerce.
  • Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m.
  • The Coronado Rotary Plaza public art piano will host a holiday music sing-along under the Christmas Tree at Rotary Park. The concert will begin at 5 p.m.
  • The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • The parade begins at 6 p.m.
  • The Tree/Menorah Lighting is at 7 p.m.
  • The Coronado Community Band Concert begins at 7:15 p.m.

All events are free. The holiday lights will remain on through December at the plaza at Orange and Isabella avenues near Tenth Street. For more information on Snow Mountain call (619) 522-7342.

Snow Mountain


Parking Meter Holidays:  It's that time of year when parking is free in the City’s commercial corridor. “Parking Meter Holidays” runs through January 1, 2019. Parking in the business district will be free for up to 2 hours to promote local holiday shopping. Please note that most of the meters in the business district have 2-hour limits, however, some are 12 minutes, and a select few have 4 and 8-hour time limits. Time limits will be enforced. Make sure to read your meter and follow the free posted limit. The free parking was approved at the annual request of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce by the City Council. (Photo below right: Police Services Officer Jacob Koenig)

Parking Meter Holiday 


Ride the Lights: Ride the Lights is set for Sunday, December 16. Meet at Spreckels Park at 4:45 p.m. Make sure you have night lights, and helmets, Enjoy cookies, cocoa and other holiday festivities after the ride. Brought to you by Coronado's Bicycle Advisory Committee. Don't forget to decorate your bike.

Ride the Lights 


2018-19 Holiday Schedule: The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1. All non-public-safety facilities are closed both days. 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 Day; as a result there will be a one-day residential delay in service. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Day. Certain City departments and services will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Here is that schedule:

Holiday Sked 

Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament: Residents around Sunset Park, Tidelands Park, Coronado Cays Park, the Coronado Middle School and Strand Elementary will see high use of the park fields and extra traffic for an annual soccer tournament. Staff inspected the parks following Thursday’s storm and determined that Cays Park is playable but only half of Sunset Park is playable. Modifications will be made so the turf can be protected. The Coronado Youth Soccer League is hosting its annual Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament for competitive teams with players ages 6 to 13, boys and girls. The tournament will run over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, and December 15 and 16. The hours of the tournament will be approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The tournament will be held at Sunset Park (Dec 8 and 9), Tidelands Park, Coronado Cays, Coronado High School, Coronado Middle School, and the Strand Elementary on both weekends. Elite Security will manage and control park areas as needed as to not disturb neighbors both weekends, with the dog run sectioned off and parking patrol to ensure spaces are available for locals using the dog run area. Should any issues arise, please contact Manny Neves at (619) 985 3019 or Anthony Farace (619) 250-7962.

Holiday Cup

Cays Causeway Rehabilitation: The contractor on the Cays Causeway Rehabilitation project began grouting operations last week at Admiralty Cross and will continue injecting the grout to fill voids behind the causeway walls next week. Once grouting operations are complete, crews will begin seawall crack repairs and sidewalk replacement at selected sites. Provided the contractor is not delayed by weather, this work should be completed by the second week of January.


High-Risk Trees: After the September 16 failure of a large Italian Stone pine tree at Spreckels park, the City reevaluated all the trees in the park. There are currently 95 trees, including palms, in Spreckels Park. There have been four tree failures since 2014. The latest evaluation placed five Sugar Gum Eucalyptus trees in the moderate-to-high-risk category. A high-risk Sugar Gum tree at the corner of C Avenue and Sixth Street was removed on November 13. The remaining four high-risk trees will be removed the week of December 17. Spreckels Park playground, curbside parking, and various locations within the park will be closed for safety reasons.

Tree Map


Boats Washed Ashore:  Three unattended vessels washed ashore last weekend at Central Beach, in the area behind the Hotel Del Coronado, and at the Coronado Shores. It is believed the vessels were brought to shore because of last week’s storm. The vessels sustained major damage and were removed from the shoreline by Public Services to be properly disposed of later. The City appreciates the grant funding it receives from the California Department of Boating and Waterways which helps cover the City’s costs to remove vessels within the state’s jurisdiction.

Boats Ashore


Pet of the Week: Kobe, a fun and handsome Shepherd mix pup who came to PAWS as a stray, was this week’s Pet of the Week. Kobe, who was found wandering on Alameda Boulevard, has been adopted. We are happy to report this adoption and want to let the community know that there are many other dogs and cats available for adoption. Drop by or call (619) 522-7371 for more information.

Pet of the Week 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Transportation Commission (1) and Parks and Recreation Commission (1). Applications are being accepted for all open positions.  Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be seen here.



Design Review:  On Wednesday, November 28, the Design Review Commission approved four commercial projects and three residential projects.

  • The design of the Logos Youth Center at the corner of Tenth Street and C Avenue was approved. The project includes one level of underground parking, a middle school and high school room, as well as a half-court indoor basketball court. The project will need to go before the Planning Commission as well as the City Council for approval of a use permit and parking plan.

    Logos Design 


  • The Shops at Coronado, the block bound by Orange Avenue, Tenth Street and C Avenue, received design approval for the exterior remodel of the old El Cordova parking garage, as well as improvements to the interior of the block including additional parking. This project will go before the Planning Commission and City Council for approval of a parking plan.  

     Shops at Coronado


  • The Hotel del Coronado had two items that were approved by the Design Review Commission, including a remodel to the existing 1500 Ocean Restaurant and the south entry restoration. The South Entry restoration project is intended to recreate the historic front entry of the Hotel del and includes restoration of the historic front porch veranda.

    Hotel del Coronado 

  • The Design Review Commission also approved a new single-family house at 311 First St. and 742 Jacinto Place, as well as a roof deck for a new single-family house at 1110 Pine St.  



Library Programs:  An author talk was held on Wednesday, December 5. Judge Charles Schudson discussed his book “Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions.” On Saturday, December 8, at 10 a.m., an adult craft will be held. Attendees will create succulent wreaths. Pre-registration is required for this craft. Later on Saturday, December 8, the annual Holiday Sing-Along will be held at 3 p.m. The program of carols and hot chocolate will be led by pianist Marilyn Rees.


Youth and Teen Programs:  A watercolor painting program was held for children on Tuesday, December 4. Crayons and watercolor paints were used to create works of art. On Friday, December 7, the Hanukkah Story Hour featured Literature Comes to Life presenting “The Runaway Latke.”  The Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, December 4, to discuss “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau. The Teen event on Wednesday, December 5, was “Games & Grub.”

Watercolor Pics 

Watercolor Pics2
Watercolor Pics3


Shop With A Cop: Officers from the Coronado Police Department spent Saturday, December 1, with deserving kids for the annual Shop With A Cop event that begins with breakfast at Sea World followed by a shopping trip at Target.

Shop with a Cop 


Teddy Bear Drive:  On Tuesday, December 4, Chief Chuck Kaye and School Resource Officer Grace Del Bagno represented the Coronado Police Department at the Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive at Rady Children’s Hospital. Former Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy, who started what is now a countywide event, was on hand.  

Teddy Bear Drive 

Photo top right shows School Resource Officer Grace Del Bagno and Coronado Police Chief Chuck Kaye with now retired Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy who founded the Teddy Bear Drive decades ago.

Bike Theft Arrest
: A San Diego man was arrested on Tuesday, December 4, on charges of stealing the Police Department’s remotely monitored bicycle. Officers contacted the man near Seventh Street and Pomona Avenue as he was placing the bike in the back of his SUV. Officers also found a second stolen bicycle and packages taken from homes near the 700 block of Orange Avenue near C Avenue in the back of his car. The man was charged with grand theft and receiving stolen property. He was booked in to San Diego County Jail with bail set at $20,000.

Food Drive:  The Coronado Police Department is proud to support Coronado Girl Scout Daisy Troop 6561 as it hosts the community food drive this month to benefit the San Diego Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at the Police Department until January 1, 2019. The most needed food items include canned meats and tuna, peanut butter and other nut butters, spaghetti, cereal, canned soups, rice, canned fruits and vegetables and beans. Glass jars, perishable or homemade food cannot be accepted. The red food bin is located inside the Police Department lobby.

Daisy Troop

Photo: School Resource Officer Grace Del Bagno with girls of Coronado Girl Scout Daisy Troop 6561.


Youth Basketball League: The Youth Basketball League is officially underway. Games are held on Saturdays at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Stop by the Coronado Community Center to cheer on your favorite players.

Youth Basketball 


Lawn Bowling Green Sweeper:  Recreation and Golf Services has purchased a new lawn bowling green sweeper. The new sweeper is electric, powered by battery. This week, Lawn Bowling Club leaders as well as City staff received training on how to operate the new machinery.

Lawn Bowling  


Spreckels Center Holiday Event: The Spreckels Center staff hosted the Cider Sipping and Tree Trimming event on Tuesday, December 4. Participants decorated the tree, painted ornaments and wrapped faux gifts to place under the tree.

Cider Sipping Cider Sipping

Spreckels Center Floral Design Class: The Spreckels Center will host a December holiday themed floral design class on Monday, December 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.. Learn to design and create a fresh, seasonal floral piece, specially tailored for the holiday, with the talented and award-winning Maribel Herrera. Materials and tools are provided. A $30 material fee is due to the instructor on the day of class. Must register by December 14. To sign up or receive additional information, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Spreckels. The Spreckels Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Upcoming Holiday Camps:  Holiday Camps at the Community Center are coming up. Plan ahead and get registered. Participants need to bring a lunch, beverage, extra snacks, and a jacket to each holiday camp. Holiday Camps that do not meet the minimum registration one week in advance will be canceled. Christmas and New Year Holiday Camps will take place on Thursday, December 27; Friday, December 28; Wednesday, January 2; Thursday, January 3; and Friday, January 4. Cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.


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CoraMart Art
Posted on 12/07/2018
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