Weekly Update February 1, 2019

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Weekly Update February 1, 2019

Weekly Update February 1, 2019

Weekly Update:  Check 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.



Affordable Housing Rehab Celebration: The City is pleased to celebrate the beginning of work to rehabilitate 35 City-owned affordable housing units at four facilities scattered throughout Coronado. A formal commemoration of the rehabilitation effort will be held on Thursday, February 7, at 2 p.m. in front of the units at 406-430 Orange Avenue. A goal of the City’s is to have its affordable housing units better blend with the attractive character of Coronado. The City Council entered into a long-term agreement with Interfaith Housing last year to renovate and manage the units as deed-restricted affordable housing. The units were purchased originally with tax increment funds. The state terminated this affordable housing program.

Affordable Housing plan

Storm Preparation/Response:  The first of three storms hit San Diego County on Thursday, January 31. Nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain fell during the first storm. A second more powerful storm is expected late Friday, February 1. The final storm may reach the area by Sunday. Residents and business owners should be prepared before, during and after a storm. In Coronado, sandbags are available for residents, while supplies last, at four locations: First Street and Alameda Boulevard; Fourth Street and Alameda; North Beach; and at the Cays near the Fire Station. The priority for Public Services crews, who are on call during the storms, will be on monitoring storm drains and cleaning fallen trees and debris. The City asks residents to avoid parking on the street if possible to allow rain water to flow unobstructed into the storm drains. Use the City’s “Ask Coronado” app to report minor damage. Call (619) 522-7380 to report trees down or other debris in the roadways, or major flooding, during business hours, but call the Police Department’s non-emergency line (619) 522-7350 over the weekend. If it is an actual emergency, call 911. A general water advisory was issued on Thursday, January 31, for all coastal waters. It is recommended to avoid water contact for 72 hours following rain.

Sand Bags

Relinquishment Study: An item of note on the upcoming February 5 City Council agenda is that the Council will be asked to consider analyzing a relinquishment study to take over ownership and maintenance of state Routes 75 (Orange Avenue and Silver Strand State Highway) and 282 (Third and Fourth streets), which are now owned by the California Department of Transportation.


Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update: The San Diego Regional Airport Authority has notified the City that they will prepare an Environmental Impact Report to examine the potential environmental effects associated with their upcoming Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan. The plan is required by state law and is a policy document that establishes standards for the compatibility of new land uses or redevelopment of property around airports. Per the California Environmental Quality Act, the Airport Authority will hold a public scoping meeting in Coronado, tentatively scheduled for March, to receive comments from residents on the potential environmental effects of the compatibility plan. The date, time, and location will be announced at a later date. Airport Authority staff anticipates the draft environmental report will be circulated for public review and comment this summer. The compatibility plan is expected to be considered for adoption by the Airport Land Use Commission in late 2019 or early 2020.

Navy Air Operations Meeting: The City and Naval Base Coronado held a public meeting on Thursday, January 31, to hear a presentation on air operations by Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Captain Timothy J. Slentz. The meeting was held at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Avenue, at 6 p.m. About 60 people attended and asked questions after the informative presentation.

Navy Air Ops

Library Director Recruitment Update:  The deadline for applications for the position of Library director was February 1.  To date, more than 50 applications have been received. The applications will be screened, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process.


Suicide Deterrent Spike Project: The California Department of Transportation began work last week to install 4-inch spikes on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The Suicide Deterrent Spike Project calls for the spikes to be installed along the side rails of the bridge as a temporary deterrent until a more permanent barrier can be found and installed. Crews will work overnight for about three weeks to complete the project. There will be no bridge closures related to the installation work. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can provide support for people in distress. Call (800) 273-8255 for help.



Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation:  The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project began crack repair operations in the dry well along the common wall between the wet and dry wells and an exterior wall. In addition, the contractor inspected a vault at the site at the Coronado Ferry Landing to determine where infiltration is entering the structure. The contractor will summarize its findings and submit a report and cost estimate to eliminate the areas of infiltration. 

Transbay Project 


B Avenue Valve Replacement: The contractor on the B Avenue Valve Replacement removed the shoring, back filled the trench, and paved the street this week, which completed the project. 

B Avenue Project 


Golf Course Clubhouse Construction: The Golf Course Clubhouse renovation is moving along. A new dining and bar area is being constructed with the reopening set for April 1. The Golf Pro Shop and Golf Course are open during construction.

Clubhouse Progress 

Clubhouse two images

Clubhouse rendering

Business Certificate Program: Those who conduct business in Coronado must register their businesses with the City every year. If you have not registered your business by now, you are required to pay a penalty. The City has reminded the community in recent weeks that it has suspended the business license tax and now has a low-cost Business Certificate program. The cost is $29. Registration is due every January 1. The penalty for those who do not renew their certificates within 30 days of the due date is $50 and escalates thereafter. Visit the City’s web page on the Business Certificate program for more information. 

Pet of the Week: Junior, a 39-pound 2-year-old mixed breed, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Junior came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray after being found wandering on C Avenue. He is very attentive when walked and is connected to his human friends. He’s smart and athletic. He would like a fun and sporty family. His adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Junior, call PAWS, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.




Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Bicycle Advisory Committee (1); Design Review Commission (1); and Representative on the Port of San Diego Arts, Culture & Design Committee (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 found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.



Adult Library Programs:  The third session of “Poetry for the People: Poets of the American West” was conducted by Charles Kamar on January 30. This weekly program held on Wednesdays runs through February 20 and is open for continuous or drop-in participation. On January 31, the Library held “Organizing Life and Legacy” a workshop exploring options beyond wills and trusts. A Digital Media Lab Workshop on Voice Recording & Podcasting was held on January 31. A piano concert featuring Judy Carmichael was held on Friday, February 1st. “Computer Skills 101: Document Management,” was held on Saturday, February 2. The Anime Club met on Saturday, February 2nd to view and discuss “Eden of the East: King of Eden.”

Community Read 2019:  Coronado’s 2019 Community Read is “The Practice House” by local author Laura McNeal. Copies of the book are available at the Library in print, eBook, and audio CD formats. Visit the Library to pick up a copy or reserve your copy by visiting the Coronado Public Library website. Join in discussions and enjoy programs related to “The Practice House” when the Coronado Community Read begins on February 22.

Practice House 



Youth Programs: On Tinker Tuesday, children constructed marshmallow catapults from ice pop sticks and rubber bands. They experimented to see how much force was needed to shoot objects, such as marshmallows, into the air and measured the distance traveled. This activity introduced participants to basic physics concepts related to energy transfer. Children’s weekly programming included Toddler Time, and Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays and Fridays. Kids enjoyed a LEGO Building Challenge on Tuesday, January 29. Spanish Storytime was held on Wednesday, January 30. The successful Winter Reading Challenge for kids ended on Thursday, January 31. The Teen Advisory Board met on January 29, and teens created and ate Bubble Pizza Cupcakes on Wednesday, January 30.

Tinker Tuesday all 



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

  • Waste Water crews worked to replace the Central Beach Restroom wet well pump system. The project was completed on Friday, February 1. Facilities Division crews set up the portable restroom trailer for the public and Lifeguards.

    PRT at beach


  • The week of February 11, West Coast Arborists, the City’s tree maintenance contractor, will remove and replant six Deodar cedar trees due to poor health. New, locally raised cedars will replace them. The trees are in the 300, 700, 800, and 1000 block of Orange Avenue. It is hoped that the local trees will better withstand the harsh coastal conditions found in Coronado for cedars.



  • Streets Division touched up the Community Center this week with new concrete at the loading gate and fresh paint all the way to the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp. The Avenida de las Arenas intersection received a fresh coat of thermoplastic and the parking stalls around City Hall were freshened up.

         Painting Work all



RainedOut App: Have you signed up for the RainedOut app? It is no longer just for our Aquatics Center. If you want to find out immediately about rained out events or classes, check out the RainedOut app. But you can also receive updates on hot water shut offs, gymnasium closures, parking area construction and more. Visit rainedout.com and search for City of Coronado Recreation to register your phone or email.

RainedOut app 


Spreckels Center Offerings: The Spreckels Center invites you to:

  • learn basic line steps and patterns at dance classes that begin February 5. The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Coronado resident Phyllis Maas will lead the class. Cost is $12 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. To sign up or receive additional information, visit the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels;
  • design and create a fresh seasonal floral piece at a class on Monday, February 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Maribel Herrera will lead the class. Materials and tools are provided. Classes are offered each month. Cost is $35 for residents, $45 for nonresidents. A $25 material fee is due to the instructor on the day of class. Must register by February 1;
  • hear a free February Lecture on Wednesday, February 6, at 2:30 p.m. The Spreckels Center will stream the UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s “Almost Human? What is a Corporation?”
  • hear another free lecture on Thursday, February 7, at 11 a.m. on “Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living.” In a collaboration between IBM Research and UC San Diego, the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center aims to improve the health and independence of older adults. Learn about the project, and discover the impact that daily habits, the environment, genetics, and the microbiome have on the cognition of seniors.

To sign up or receive additional information, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh Street, call 619-522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


Recreation Enrichment Programs:  The Recreation Department offers enrichment programs for children ages 6 months to 5 years. Your babies and toddlers can participate in classes that offer age-appropriate exposure to a variety of enrichment activities such as Kinderdance, Babies are Messy and Playmania. Check out the current brochure for specific classes, pricing and dates. Register for programs, classes and camps here or call the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.

Enrichment Courses


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.


Affordable Housing rendering
Posted on 02/01/2019
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