Weekly Update February 10, 2017

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Weekly Update February 10, 2017


Weekly Update February 10, 2017

Get up to speed on what's going on in Coronado with the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update. Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us every Friday at noon.

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Traffic Signal WorkshopThe City will hold a community workshop to discuss a proposed traffic signal at the intersection of Fourth Street and Alameda Boulevard. Residents are invited to attend this workshop to learn more about the proposed signal and express their views. A traffic signal at Fourth and Alameda was recommended in the 2015 Third and Fourth Street Study by Fehr & Peers and endorsed by the Transportation Commission. At the City Council’s direction, an application has been submitted to the California Department of Transportation. Upon Caltrans' approval, the signal will be presented to the City Council for final approval Here are the meeting details:

Date:                Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time:                5 p.m.

Location:         Nautilus Room, Community Center, 1845 Strand Way

Fourth and Alameda

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Recreation staff members are preparing the facility for the many programs and classes that will be available once the facility is fully operational. The Spreckels Center will offer a wide variety of programs and services including health, fitness and wellness programs, such as cardio and meditation classes. There also will be volunteer and civic engagement opportunities, and educational and arts programs, such as painting and sketching classes. Some will be free and some will be fee-based. The building was designed to be a recreational and social hub for mature adults. However, this covers a wide range of abilities. Staff is anxiously awaiting its ability to announce its programs to the public.

Spreckels Center

Silver Strand Fencing Improvements:  The rain caused a slight delay in the schedule; however, the contractor completed the installation of all the new fence posts and will begin installing the new fence panels next week. 

Silver Strand Fence
Silver Strand Fence2 


Monthly Traffic Enforcement Activity:

  • The total number of citations issued in January by Coronado Police was 380. Of those, 224 were hazardous citations: 72 for speed, 94 for signals/signs, five for right-of-way violations, and 53 for other hazardous citations. There were 156 non-hazardous citations with 73 of those being due to license/registration violations and 83 other non-hazardous citations.
  • The Police Department held a Cite Day involving only Coronado officers on Tuesday, February 7, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Officers issued 33 California Vehicle Code cites, two of which were misdemeanors; and an additional 20 parking citations.

CPD in action

New Orange Avenue Median Trees:  This week, three new 36-inch-box Deodar Cedars are being planted in the Orange Avenue median. The Himalayas-native Deodar Cedars have been one of the principle trees along Orange. In recent years, as the mature trees have reached the end of their life, the Coronado Street Tree Committee and interested parties, reaffirmed their desire to replant this species of tree. They appreciated the cone shape and the lattice nature of the tree, which keeps it from being too “heavy” in the median. Although Deodar’s do grow in mild climates, they need some coldness to thrive. Recent warm winters have been tough on the trees. Over the last several years, replacement Deodars have died. It was discovered that these trees were sourced from northern California. The trees planted this week came from nurseries in Southern California and hopefully will be more acclimatized to our mild winter weather. The trees are being planted in phases over several years to maintain age diversity in the urban forest. Many trees in Coronado were planted at the same time and consequently are aging at the same time.   

Sewer Odor, Corrosion Control:  In response to odor complaints, the City has engaged a private firm to assist with odor control in the sewer system. For a variety of reasons, including long undisturbed lengths of sewer lines, Coronado’s sewer system has higher levels of hydrogen sulfide. This produces an offensive odor and corrodes the City’s sewer lines (see the following item on the B Avenue sewer line). The contractor will treat the effluent with non-toxic materials such as calcium nitrate beginning at the Coronado Cays Pump Station, which contains the initial head-waters of Coronado’s sewer system. To allow the chemicals to react with the effluent, the pump size at the Cays has been reduced. The air will be monitored at the Glorietta Bay Pump Station, the TransBay Pump Station and Seaport Village. And, yes, Coronado’s sewer system extends to Seaport Village.


B Avenue Sewer Issues:  A specialized contractor will conduct a video inspection of the 18-inch sewer main that runs under B Avenue near Second Street to assess the condition of the pipe which is causing sewage odors in the area. In December, sewage odors were reported and, upon inspection, two large holes were discovered in the top of the ductile iron main, which runs from the Glorietta Bay Pump Station to the Transbay Pump Station. Gas had collected at the top of the pipe and corroded the iron until it broke. Repairs were made. After those repairs, it appears the crown of the pipe has failed in another location. Upon review of the inspection results, the Public Services and Engineering Department will move quickly to develop and implement a plan to permanently repair or replace the ailing sewer line. (Photo below: Sewer main in December.)

B Avenue Sewer Issues

Glorietta Bay Pump Station RepairsConstruction activity on the Glorietta Bay Pump Station is project is substantially complete. The smelly above-ground connection has been removed and the “lid” is back on the station. The contractor has demobilized and left the site. Staff and the contractor are working to restore the park.


Glorietta Bay Pump Station Repairs 

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Repairs2 


Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp:  Demolition is nearly complete on all the docks at Dock C as part of the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project. However, work was halted this week to avoid conflicts with boaters using the boat ramp. Next week, starting on Monday, February 13, the ramp will be closed until the end of May to allow construction of the improvements to the boat launch ramp and its dock, as well as Dock C. Signs have been posted and the Port District has been alerted. There are three other boat ramps in the bay that boaters can use: Shelter Island, Chula Vista and National City.

Dock C Boat Launch Ramp 

Dock C Boat Launch Ramp2 


Spreckels Park Restroom:  The contractor on the Spreckels Park Restroom project is installing the foundation reinforcing and will pour the concrete slab once it is inspected and approved. The concrete will be allowed to cure for a week and then the block walls will follow. There will be two concrete pads for two portable restroom units for use during the busy summer and concert seasons. When empty, the pad nearest the playground has been designed to have a second life. The Parks and Recreation Commission approved a design that includes a foursquare court and two hopscotch games. Children using the park might have some fun with that. The portable restroom near the playground will have three restrooms, including one that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The other restroom, which is close to the permanent restroom facility, will be placed on pavers. It is larger and has more toilets.

Spreckels Park Restroom 

Foursquare Hopscotch 


Valentine’s Day 10K:  The seventh annual Coronado Valentine's Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Sunday, February 12. About 2,000 runners will take off from Tidelands Park and head along the Bayshore Bikeway under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to Glorietta Boulevard. They will run past the Coronado Yacht Club using both Strand Way and the Bayshore Bikeway. Participants will turn around at Glorietta Bay Park and head back to Tidelands. The event will take up the northbound half of Glorietta, allowing only for southbound vehicle traffic. A section of Pomona Avenue near Silver Strand Boulevard will be closed at 7 a.m. Roads should reopen before noon.

Valentine's Day Course

Public Workshop February 22Don’t miss a chance to provide your input on transportation in Coronado this month. On Wednesday, February 22, there will be a public workshop for the new Active Transportation Plan being prepared to address walking and bicycling issues in the community. The meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Center Nautilus Room. At this first of three public workshops you can learn about the plan process, meet the project team, and share your transportation concerns for Coronado. Stop by anytime, or arrive at 6 p.m. to see the introductory presentation. For more information, please visit our website at www.coronado.ca.us/activetransportationplan or call (619) 522-2423.

Workshop Flier


Pet of the Week:  Judd, a 9-year-old beagle and pug mix, or Puggle, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is a loving, social guy looking for a home. Judd weighs 26 pounds and has his shots and a microchip. His adoption fee is $125. If you would like to set up a visit with Judd, call (619) 522-7371.

Judd PAWS 


San Diego Waterfront Park Event:  The County of San Diego has notified the City of an annual music festival at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, on the weekend of March 4-5 from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 15,000 people. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (858) 337-8001 or [email protected].



Recreation ProgramsRecreation has some fun program coming your way and invites the community to “Put Some Play in Your Day!” For information on enrichment classes or to register, call (619) 522-7342 or visit us online at www.coronado.ca.us. For ongoing information on recreation programs like our Facebook page at City of Coronado Recreation Services or go to Instagram @Recreate_Coronado.

  • Coronado Recreation is offering two Spanish language enrichment classes during the Winter Spring 2017 Session. One, is the popular Hola Amigos class, which is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 with a desire to learn Spanish. Classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, beginning February 15; and second is Spanish FUNdamentals, which is a new class for first- through third-graders. This class will focus on key Spanish phrases, common greetings, and questions and answers, while engaging in fun activities like playing games, singing, crafting and cooking. The class meets from 2:20 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, beginning February 27.  

Spanish Games

  • Coronado Recreation is offering a series of Adult Cooking classes from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The next scheduled class is Wednesday, February 22, and will feature a Mardi Gras menu. Classes are held in the Boathouse and Club Room. Upcoming Adult Cooking classes include: Spanish Tapas on March 15; and Shellfish on May 17.

Adult Cooking Class

  • Arm Chair Travel goes to China on February 14. Join Elaine and Ron Chiu as they discuss their recent visit to his ancestral home in China. Arm Chair Travel meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month in the Nautilus Room. Contact (619) 522-7342 for more information. 

 Armchair Travel

  • Youth Basketball League held its annual awards banquet Friday, February 3, at the Nautilus Room in the Coronado Community Center to recognize outstanding players and volunteer coaches. The 13 coaches receiving plaques included: Peter Thoms; Bill Rogers; Dwight and Patrick Ritter; Kory Kavanewski; Josh Barbera; Mike Tonz; Tony Marine; Christina Klave; Luke Vasques; Kevin Ashley; Ken Fitzgerald; Ryan Sauter; and Sarah Lawrence.

Youth Basketball League
Youth Basketball League2

Youth Basketball League 3

New Pool Hours:  Beginning Monday, February 13, Aquatics Center swim hours will change due to annual training by Coronado High School on the diving boards on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Swim hours will return to regular hours following annual maintenance in May. The hours and additional information are outlined below. The Aquatics Division is also training and hiring lifeguards and swim instructors. See fliers below for more information.

New Pool Hours

Lifeguarding Item




Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has two vacancies on the Cultural Arts Commission. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these volunteers and values each one. If you have an interest in serving your community, call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 522-7320 for more information.



Design Review CommissionOn Wednesday, February 8, the Design Review Commission approved new signs and trim colors for the re-branding of the existing Valero gas station at 400 Orange Avenue to Sinclair. The Commission also approved the voluntary submittal of an exterior design for a new single family dwelling to have a roof deck and Floor Area Ratio points at 1502 Escondido Lane consistent with the new RSIP-3 zoning ordinance amendments.


1502 Escondido 




Upcoming, Recent Library Programs:  For more information on weekly and special Library programs, visit the Library webpage or call (619) 522-7390.

  • The Silverwood Quartet returns for a concert today, February 10, at 2 p.m. The concert features the music of romance through the centuries. Two Coronado Community Reads events will be held on Saturday, February 11. The Saturday Book Club will discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room, and a documentary screening of “The Way of All Flesh” will be held at 4 p.m. in the Winn Room.
  • The most recent Osher streaming lecture from the University of California, San Diego was held Monday, February 6. It featured Donald Dripps, J.D. speaking about “Race and the Criminal Justice System in the 21st Century.” A Coronado Community Read book discussion of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was held Tuesday, February 7. Also on Tuesday, “Facebook for Small Business” was presented by J.R. Mahon. On Thursday, February 9, “Social Security: Strategize to Maximize” by Charles Etzweiler, CFP, CIMA, MBA was offered.

Youth Programs:  The Teen Tech Team was available on Monday, February 6, to help patrons with their personal electronic devices. The Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, February 7, and had a great discussion about “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The Teen Event on Wednesday, February 8, was a craft where teens made “Shell Art.” The Kids’ Craft program was held on Tuesday, and the children made bubble paintings. Regular Story Time programs were held this morning and Tuesday, and the Spanish Song and Story Hour was held on Thursday morning, February 9. Check with the Library at (619) 522-7390 for all youth programs.

bubble paintings Craft 

bubble paintings Craft2

bubble paintings Craft3

bubble paintings Craft4




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

  • Facilities successfully installed a drainage system in the courtyard concrete of the Public Services building. The courtyard has been pooling water in the corner causing damage to the building. The drain line resolved the issue as there was no pooling of water following the most recent storm.

Drainage at Public Services


  • Late Friday, February 3, Facilities Division received a call that there was a blockage in one of the lines at the Bluewater Grill. Crews responded within minutes and made temporary repairs. A contractor will be selected to perform a permanent repair on the pipe this week. The parking lot entrance access could be affected during the work.


Bluewater Work

  • Facilities is overseeing a contractor applying a quartz-based epoxy flooring to the main Lifeguard Tower and nearby service building. The original flooring was flaking up and causing a trip hazard due to the high-water table below. The new flooring has a concrete sealer/primer to help keep the concrete from being saturated with salt water. Finally, a quartz coating with a urethane finish coat was added to provide a non-skid surface.

Lifeguard Tower

  • The Facilities Division has a contractor working at the Library after-hours performing duct cleaning throughout the entire heating and air-conditioning system. The work is being performed from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and supervised by a Facilities crew member for the duration of the project. It is expected to be completed early next week. The cleaning process includes removing dust from the registers and brushing the entire ducting system to the units on the roof. All dust and debris is collected in a large filtered vacuum.

Library Duct Work 

  • Streets Division repaired a meter pole that was struck by a car along Ninth Street and a pedestrian crossing sign that was damaged near Sharp Coronado Hospital. An extra “bumper” section of concrete was added to the medallions area at Third Street and Orange Avenue. About 35 feet of broken sidewalk was repaired in the 700 block of Jacinto Place.

Meter Pole 

Medallion Bumper 

Broken Sidewalk

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Fourth and Alameda
Posted on 02/10/2017
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