Weekly Update Feb. 21, 2020

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Weekly Update Feb. 21, 2020

Weekly Update February 21, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s video update 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.


Arbor Day Tree Plantings: The City invites residents as well as local groups to its annual Arbor Day “Plant a Tree in Coronado” event on Saturday, Feb. 29. The City will provide tools and instructions for the planting that will go on throughout town. Public Services staff and the Street Tree Committee, which sponsors the event, will work together to plant about 30 trees this year. To volunteer, arrive at Spreckels Park by 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves and tree planting shoes. This event will be held rain or shine.

Arbor Day Flier


Mid-year Budget Approval: The City Council made mid-year adjustments this week to the Fiscal Year 19-20 budget. Council members traditionally review budget assumptions during the fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, and make changes in response to changed conditions. The Council reduced general revenue projections by $576,000 to reflect declines mostly in Transient Occupancy Tax, or motel tax. Personnel expenditures were decreased by $600,000, but additional operating expenditures increased General Fund expenditures overall by $384,509. The good news is the General Fund had $2.1 million in revenues over expenses at the end of FY 2018-19, which allowed the City Council to increase overall expenditures by just under $1 million and still reserve an additional $1.1 million. As part of the mid-year adjustments, the Council provided extra funds for the Library’s Winn Room renovation, new money for median improvements in front of the Coronado Shores condominiums, funds to improve the Performing Arts Center, and a set aside funds for improvements to Orange Avenue.


Coronado Community Read 2020: The Coronado Community Read for 2020 is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. Today marks the kick-off of a series of activities and events related to the book. All the events are listed in a brochure that can be found online and at the Library. The first event, “Wine and Cheese with Richard Lederer: A Celebration of Books and Libraries,” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Coronado Library. Lederer, the language columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, will share heartwarming stories about how libraries change and enhance our lives. The event is free and open to the public. There are events for all ages -- including film screenings, discussions on becoming a firefighter, preserving VHS tapes and slides, and a trivia night -- and at various locations around the City.  The highlight of this year’s program is a discussion with the author on March 13. Tickets are on sale here for the March 13 event. Click on the images below to open each page of the full brochure of events.

Community Read 2020 Brochure

Community Read Inside Brochure 

Coronado Sand Dredging Project Completed: The Army Corps of Engineers’ maintenance dredging to re-establish authorized channel depths at the southern end of San Diego Bay began last week. Coronado’s portion was completed this week. About 240,000 cubic yards of sediment is being suctioned from the bottom of the bay next to the National City Marine Terminal and Sweetwater Channel. About 175,000 cubic yards is going to a site six nautical miles southwest of the entrance of San Diego Bay. The remaining 65,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand was placed offshore of Coronado to nourish Silver Strand State Beach. Special boats filled with dredge material placed the sand off Coronado every four hours using special boats until it was complete. The sand likely will remain offshore until storms bring it onshore. There is no cost to the City.


Recycling Changes Ahead: Beginning early next year, EDCO, the City’s franchise waste disposal provider, will begin collecting organic and landscape waste mixed together in the green organic waste container. Organic waste includes food scraps such as fruit, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, eggshells and prepared food. Mandatory recycling of residential and commercial organic waste is the next step to achieving California’s Zero Waste goals. EDCO is building the first advanced technology Anaerobic Digestion Facility in San Diego County, which will produce renewable natural gas from the waste. Anaerobic Digestion helps capture and reduce the amount of methane released into the atmosphere. It works using microorganisms that break down organic materials into biogas, from which CO2 and gases can be removed, leaving the primary component of natural gas. Learn more by watching a video on the facility. Click here then go to Recycling Videos.

EDCO Recycling Changes 


Coronavirus Preparation: The City wants to reassure the community that Public Safety officials are prepared in case of an outbreak of the coronavirus and communicate daily with the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services. The County shares the latest informational materials and the City provides it to staff to guide paramedics, police and other personnel in the proper procedures for minimizing the potential number of personnel exposed, and for using personal protective equipment and the ventilation system in ambulances. For more on the coronavirus, how it spreads and symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Here is a Q&A on the World Health Organization website. The County declared a local health emergency and a local emergency. The decision was made to reassure the public that the County is working to stay ahead of any challenges that may arise. The County has two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.


Library Mail Ballot Drop-off Location: The Coronado Public Library is an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the March 3 primary election. San Diego County Registrar of Voters staff will be on site during normal Library hours from Monday, Feb. 24, through Monday, March 2.  On Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, Registrar staff will be at the Library from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All mail ballot voters may drop off their ballot not just those from Coronado. The Coronado Public Library is a non-polling location and, as such, will not serve as a polling place on Election Day. Please do not drop ballots into the book return container.

Library Mail Ballot Drop off 




Coastal Campus Sewer Main: The contractor on the Coastal Campus Sewer Main project continued to install manholes and associated valves and air vacuum assemblies along the length of the sewer main. Work also was initiated on the bypass system that will allow work to be done on the Cays Pump Station without shutting down pumps at the Navy’s Coastal Campus. The aeration pipe also was installed for the odor control filter bed at the Cays Pump Station.  (Photo: Cays Pump Station Bypass Line)

Coastal Campus Sewer  




Hotel Dewatering Activity: The Hotel del Coronado has begun the next phase of temporary groundwater dewatering activity related to construction of an underground parking garage. The activity will remove groundwater during excavation operations on the south end of the property and discharge that water into Glorietta Bay, just north of the City’s boathouse restaurant property. The equipment being used includes sediment tanks and filters to remove sand from the groundwater prior to its discharge. The work began this week. The hotel is operating under a City permit and a permit issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the work. The hotel will be required to monitor and test the water being discharged. Once the operation is underway, the hotel will have a better idea of how long the project will continue but it is likely to continue for several weeks.

Spreckels Gallery Exhibition: A new exhibition in the Spreckels Gallery opens next week featuring four local artists. An artist reception at the John D. Spreckels Center will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. It is free and includes live music, appetizers and a no host bar. The featured artists -- Susan Bartsch, Doris Besikof, Philip Martin and Carol Young -- will attend. The exhibition runs through Sept. 1. The Spreckels Gallery is one of two City-owned and Cultural Arts Commission-operated galleries dedicated to featuring local artists. For more information, visit CoronadoARTS.com or contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected].

spreckels Gallery Opening 




Council Appointment: On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the City Council nominated Dale W. Russell to the Civil Service Commission to serve the remainder of the current term, to expire Dec. 31, 2020.


Planning Commission:  On Tuesday, February 11, the Planning Commission took the following actions:

  • Approved a minor special use permit to allow a formula fast food restaurant to lease the tenant space at 1360 Orange Ave. The proposal includes a walk-up window for mobile orders. The Design Review Committee previously approved the exterior changes, including new signs and outdoor furniture.

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  • Recommended that the City Council adopt a mitigated negative declaration and approve a minor special use permit, parking plan and coastal permit to construct a four-story 40-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant/bar and underground parking at 1417 Orange Ave. The proposed hotel would re-use the iconic Villa Capri neon signs.

         Villa Capri image

Cays Park Dog Run: Maintenance on the Cays Park Dog Run is in progress. To allow for rest and recovery of the grass, some sections of the dog run are closed. City staff will inspect the area regularly and reopen when the terrain recovers. For more information, contact Recreation and Golf Services via email at [email protected] or call (619) 522-7342.


Spreckels Center Smart Driver Course: On Thursdays, March 5 and 12, from noon to 4 p.m., the AARP Smart Driver course will be held at the John D. Spreckels Center. This course teaches evidence-based strategies and proven driving techniques to keep drivers safe behind the wheel. The course is specifically designed for drivers age 50 and older and is recognized as an approved Mature Driver Improvement Course for an automobile insurance premium reduction by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Drivers age 55 and older may be eligible for an appropriate reduction in automobile insurance premium charges after completing this course. Attendance at both sessions is required. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers, payable the first day of class. Call now to reserve your seat. Stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St., call us (619) 522-7343, or visit us online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels for more information.

Stay Informed CoronadoDo 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.


Arbor Day Flier
Posted on 02/21/2020
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