Weekly Update January 11, 2019

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Weekly Update January 11, 2019

Weekly Update January 11, 2019

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video 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.

Business Certificate Deadline Nears:  Those who conduct business in Coronado, whether located in town or not, must register their businesses with the City. The City has done away with the old business license tax and now has a low-cost Business Certificate program. The cost is $25 plus a $4 state fee. The penalty for those who do not renew their certificates within 30 days of the due date is $50 and escalates thereafter. Don’t pay the penalty. Get your Business Certificate now. Don’t wait. See the flier below for more information. 



Special Joint-Meeting: The City Council and the Cultural Arts Commission held a joint meeting in Coronado on Tuesday, January 8. The event was held in the Community Center’s Nautilus Room and began with a social hour at 4 p.m. with displays highlighting local authors, artists and arts organizations. The informational meeting convened at 5 p.m. with more than 225 people. The evening included a highlight video on the “State of the Arts” and a presentation on “Coronado CREATES: A Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture.” Both the movie and the draft plan are available online at CoronadoARTS.com under the menu tab “Cultural Planning.”

Coronado Creates


Golf Course Renovations: The Coronado Golf Course Clubhouse renovation has begun. Fencing was installed around the construction areas and demolition commenced this week. A snack bar has been installed on the Pro Shop side of the outdoor patio for the convenience of Golf patrons. Work is progressing smoothly. The grand opening of Feast and Fareway is slated for April of 2019.

Feast & Fareway 


Hotel del Coronado Tent: Some in the community have noticed a large tent that has gone up on the southern part of the Hotel del Coronado property. The City granted a 60-day permit for the tent, which will be used to accommodate conference groups who were supposed to use Grande Hall. The hall received a lot of water damage during the Dec. 6 storm that hit Coronado unusually hard. The roof in Grande Hall had leaks which damaged carpets, wall coverings, the ceiling and some mechanical equipment, according to hotel officials. The hotel will need the tent for the 60 days while repairs are being made. The work and tent are unrelated to the current construction on the master plan.

Hotel del Tent 

Broadcast Equipment Upgrade: The City has completed an upgrade of the City Council Chamber cameras and broadcast room equipment, which were about 15 years old. The City converted to high-definition broadcast equipment and improved audio and control systems. Most of the work was completed over the 2018 holiday season. Although the local cable company only provides a standard definition signal for the City’s Government channel, replacing the three existing standard definition cameras with high definition cameras and associated equipment has dramatically improved the quality of the City’s live broadcasts due to advances in camera technology. In addition, those live-streaming or streaming a prerecorded version of the broadcast will be able to view the video in high definition here. The public will not see much difference in the appearance of the Council Chamber as most of the upgrades are behind the dais and in the broadcast control room. However, there are new wide screen monitors, HD cameras and state of the art audio equipment in the Chambers.

Council Chambers Upgrade 


Police Department Arrests:  Police made two noteworthy arrests this past week.

  • At 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, January 6, Coronado Police received a call from a resident stating that they saw a man checking vehicle door handles in the 400 block of I Avenue. When officers arrived, they observed the man walking in the 300 block of I Avenue, checking door handles, then watched him open a door to a Jeep SUV and sit in the driver’s seat. The 24-year-old man was arrested on charges of tampering with a vehicle and providing false information to a police officer.
  • The second arrest was made on Friday, January 4. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a man on a motorcycle. The motorcyclist failed to comply and evaded officers. While evading officers, the motorcyclist crashed and required medical attention. It was later discovered the motorcycle was stolen and the suspect has been charged with vehicle theft and driving with willful disregard for safety.


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: Onsite work began this week on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project with the contractor installing a temporary construction fence around the site at the Coronado Ferry Landing and the laydown area along the 100 block of A Avenue. The project includes the replacement of existing pump station components, pipes within and around the station, and relining of the storage area used to hold sewage before it is pumped across San Diego Bay.

Transbay Pump Station Transbay Work Map



B Avenue Valve Replacement: Work on the B Avenue Valve Replacement project continues. Additional excavation and materials were needed when it was discovered that the existing valves are flanged connections rather than mechanically restrained connections. The contractor completed the additional excavation work this week and is waiting for delivery of the new materials. The actual replacement of the valves will occur at night during a pump station shut-down; it is anticipated that the replacement will be accomplished in two nights and all other work will be during normal working hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Once the night work is scheduled, a notification will be sent to residents and businesses within 300 feet of the work zone.

B AVenue Valve 


Cays Causeway Rehabilitation: The contractor continues grouting operations along Grande Caribe Causeway on the Cays Causeway Rehabilitation project and will complete this work by the end of 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 within the next two months.


Country Club Infiltration:  The contractor lined the final pipe segment on the Country Club Infiltration project on December 21 and the work is substantially complete. Staff is in negotiations with the contractor to perform additional grouting of the manhole structures; once this work is complete, a final walk through will be scheduled to develop a punch list for any remaining work.


Local Artists Banners: The deadline is approaching for local Coronado artists to submit images of original artwork for jury consideration for the “Celebrate Local Artists” banners series. Artwork must be submitted by February 1. Selected art will be featured on banners in color along Orange Avenue in April, May and June. Fifteen new artists will be selected. Artists must be 18 years or older and must meet the Cultural Arts Commission definition of a local Coronado artist. For more information on the Orange Avenue Corridor Banner Program, contact the City of Coronado Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633. To apply, download the application on CoronadoARTS.com under Opportunities or pick up a hard copy at City Hall at 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118.

Local Artists Banners


CoroMart Refresh: The CoraMart temporary mural is complete with the final component of the project -- a fresh coat of paint on the original building applied at the end of the year. The City, in partnership with the building owners, worked to install this temporary art project to reflect the community’s desire to create a welcoming downtown. The mural engages pedestrians, freshens the once-drab façade and reflects Coronado’s pride of place. The Cultural Arts Commission worked on behalf of the City and completed the project, including the painting, under budget.



Spreckels Art Unveiled: The John D. Spreckels Center has a new art addition with the unveiling of the public art piece – a portrait of John D. Spreckels by Coronado artist Philip C. Martin. The unveiling was held on Saturday, January 5. Donors Perry and Judith Mansfield were thanked for their generous contribution that enabled the portrait to be purchased for the City’s collection. The John D. Spreckels’ great, great, great, granddaughter of John D. Spreckels, Laurie Guidry, participated in the festivities and the official unveiling. The painting is now at home in its permanent spot, the facility that bears his name on the land that he donated to the City more than 100 years ago.  

Spreckels Center Art 

Pets of the Week: Efy and her sister Rusty were relinquished to PAWS as a pair of bonded cats. After settling in, their fun and friendly personalities have been shining through. They would love to be adopted together. They love to play and snuggle. They are 10 years old. Their adoption fees are $35 each. To set up a visit with Efy and Rusty, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Efy and Rusty 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Transportation Commission (2) 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 seen here.




Design Review Commission  On Wednesday, January 9, the Design Review Commission unanimously approved the design of the Hotel del Coronado South Beach Guestrooms and Conference centers. The three-story structure would include 142 guestrooms and approximately 18,000 square feet of conference center space above a 280-space underground parking garage. The project follows the previously approved Hotel del Coronado Master Plan. It is anticipated that construction on this portion of the property would begin by the end of this year and take approximately 24 months to complete.

Hotel del rendering 


Adult Library Programs:  On Saturday, January 5, the Library held a rose pruning workshop in the Library’s Harlow Rose Garden conducted by master gardener, Rita Perwich. The Anime Club watched “Fooly Cooly” on January 5. A Library app workshop was held on Monday, January. A PBS Point of View Film & Discussion meeting, a monthly program held in partnership with PBS, was held on Tuesday, January 8, to view “The Apology.” On Friday, January 1, Peter Bolland will present a lecture on “The Clash of Fundamentalism and Spirituality” at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. On Saturday, January 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kern Beare will present a workshop on “Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Living Together.” The Saturday Book Club meets on January 12 at 1 p.m. to discuss “Where the Water Goes” by David Owen. The Mystery Book Club will meet on January 14 to discuss “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson.


Youth Services Programs:  Coronado Public Library is participating in the 2019 Winter Reading Challenge for children and teens. This national reading program runs from January 1-31. Children and teens are challenged to read 600 minutes during the month, at least 20 minutes a day. Register now through the Library’s website and track your progress. Read for incentives and a free book. On Tuesday, January 8, the Library hosted Tinker Tuesday. More than 60 kids and adults made their own band instruments. Children practiced fine motor skills by making kazoos from rubber bands and popsicle sticks and used creative skills to design shakers using paper plates, tissue paper and colored rice. They formed a band and performed. The Teen Tech Team assisted library patrons with their smart devices on Monday, January 7. Teens participated in Games & Grub on Wednesday, January 9, and the Junior Volunteers meet on Thursday, January 10. Next week, on Tuesday, January 15, free tutoring for teens will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Conference Room and an Ice Cream Dance Party will be held for children at 3:15 p.m. in the Ruby Room.

Tinker Tuesday



Winter/Spring Registration: Registration is now open for both residents and non-residents for classes in the Recreation & Golf Services Winter/Spring brochure. The latest brochure is available to view online and has a new online look.

Rec Brochure


Cook with Chef Cyndi Burgunder: Starting Wednesday, January 16, the Spreckels Center will host Chef Cyndi Burgunder’s cooking workshop monthly. In the January workshop, participants will create some of Julia Child’s famous dishes such as eggplant-walnut dip, spiced lamb meatballs with yogurt dressing, and Indian pumpkin pudding with cinnamon whipped cream. Register today for a spot in this course promoting healthy culinary options, ways to improve kitchen skills, and reducing prep time. Each class is $59 for Coronado residents and $70 for non-residents. The classes are held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Future classes are March 27, April 24, and May 29. Register today to secure a spot.


Arm Chair Travel: On Tuesday, January 15, the Armchair Travel Program launches its highly anticipated 2019 season with the “Adventures of a Pyongyang Marathon Runner.” Coronado’s own Gloria McCoy will share her thrilling and inspiring experience as a visitor to elusive North Korea as a participant in the 2016 Pyongyang Marathon at the age of 73. This event is held at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Cost is $5, payable at the Community Center.


Pool News:  The Competition Pool will close at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 18, and all day on Saturday, January 19, for the AFC Women’s Water Polo Tournament.  The Recreational pool will open at their regular times and will have extended hours on Friday, January 18. With the New Year comes new Aquatics Center hours. The new hours are effective now through June 14.

Aquatic Swim Hours

2019 Aquatic Swim Hours

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.


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Posted on 01/11/2019
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