Weekly Update January 18, 2019

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Weekly Update January 18, 2019

Weekly Update January 18, 2019


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El Cordova Hotel Fire:  Coronado Fire crews, backed by mutual aid from various surrounding agencies, responded to a fire at the El Cordova Hotel in the 1300 block of Orange Avenue. The fire started at 11:27 p.m. on Monday, January 14. The fire spread from the kitchen area of Miguel’s restaurant to the area between the ceiling of the restaurant and the floor of the hotel rooms directly above. The fire also reached the attic through the walls. Nine rooms were evacuated and two minor injuries reported. One Coronado crew stayed at the scene after the two-alarm fire was extinguished at 1:15 a.m. to monitor the building. The fire caused significant charring in the attic as well as within the floor area between the Miguel’s kitchen and the hotel rooms. The kitchen area of Miguel’s will also need repairs completed prior to returning to full operation. The City will work with the owners to evaluate the damage to re-open the burned area as soon as it is permissible.

El Cordova Fire


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.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The City will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 21, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

MLK Holiday 

Golf Course Renovations: The City has installed renderings for the new Golf Course Clubhouse, operated by Feast and Fareway, at City Hall and the Golf Course Pro Shop. Stop by and check out what the new Clubhouse operators have planned. Also, check out the seating plans below for the dining area and the breakfast/event areas. The site is currently under construction. Fencing was installed around the construction areas and demolition commenced last week. A snack bar has been installed on the Pro Shop side of the outdoor patio. Work is progressing smoothly. The grand opening is slated for April of 2019.

Feast and Fareway renderings Feast and Fareway work

Diniing Area

Breakfast Area


Police Department Arrests:  Police made several arrests this week, including one following the discovery of a parked stolen vehicle which had stolen items in it. Investigative work led the officers to the suspect, who was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and a controlled substance. Officers are working to get property back to victims. If you recognize any of the items in the photos below, call Det. Amy Beebe at (619) 522-7356.

Stolen Items 


Cays Causeway Rehabilitation: Grouting operations continue on the Grande Caribe Causeway Rehabilitation project. The seawall concrete repairs at the south end of Grande Caribe have begun. The grouting along Grande Caribe Causeway has required much more grout than originally anticipated and the inspector will continue to monitor work to ensure the area is stabilized before moving to the next location.


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation:  The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project excavated around the existing force main pipe to verify the diameter prior to ordering materials for the bypass operation. In addition, the contractor potholed for utilities within the site. The project, at the Coronado Ferry Landing on the 100 block of A Avenue, 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 Work

Transbay Work Map 


B Avenue Valve Replacement:  Materials were received this week and night work on the B Avenue Valve Replacement project is scheduled for January 22 and 23.  Nighttime working hours will be from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and it is anticipated that the replacement will be accomplished in two nights. A notification to residents and businesses within 300 feet of the work zone was mailed this week.

Navy Sand Movement: From Saturday, January 19, through Monday, January 21, the Navy will haul sand across state Route 75 near Fiddler’s Cove Marina, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This project consists of moving approximately 5,000 cubic yards of sand using large trucks from the beaches on the ocean side of the Naval Amphibious Base to the beaches on the bay side and is intended to enhance Least Tern nesting areas and combat beach erosion. Those driving along the highway or using the Bayshore Bikeway, may see large trucks crossing. “Trucks Crossing Ahead” signs will be place on the shoulders of the highway to provide notification of the activity.

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


Pet of the Week: Nicholas, a sweet, 1 ½-year-old Shepherd mix found as a stray on Palm Avenue, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is a fun and spunky guy who is ready for an active forever family. He is energetic and athletic and will make a great running, walking or hiking buddy. He’s smart and eager to continue his training. Nicholas’ adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Nicholas, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.




Council Appointments: At its January 15 meeting, the City Council made the following appointments:

  • Frank King to the Bicycle Advisory Committee;
  • David Sweeney and John Turpit to the Historic Resource Commission;
  • Susan Shelkun to the Parks and Recreation Commission; and
  • Jon Ryan and Ed Weisbrod to the Planning Commission.


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.



Adult Library Programs: The Spoilers Book Club meets on Saturday, January 19, to discuss “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. The classic film, The Maltese Falcon, will also be shown. A lecture, “The Clash of Fundamentalism & Spirituality,” was presented by Peter Bolland on Friday, January 11, with more than 90 attendees. On Saturday, January 12, 60 community members attended “Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Living Together.” On Monday, January 14, the Mystery Book Club met and discussed “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson. A new series, “Poetry for the People: Poets from the American West,” began on Wednesday, January 16. This is a series of hour-long discussions on the works of selected poets every Wednesday through February 20. The public is invited to all sessions. An App Workshop was held on Thursday, January 17. At the January 15 Council meeting, Library and Cultural Arts Commission representatives spoke about Coronado’s Community Read program, which begins February 22. This year’s selection is “The Practice House: A Novel” by local author Laura McNeal.


Youth Services Programs:  On Thursday, January 10, the Library hosted the first Preschool Science Storytime, a series developed to introduce young ones to the scientific method. Families listened to the tale of “The Little Pigs” and the children retold the story using a felt board, discussing the science behind why the houses fell. This activity introduced story sequencing along with hypothesizing about the actions of the story. Children and caregivers worked at three stations making houses out of straws, popsicle sticks and Duplo LEGOs. This week’s Tinker Tuesday program was an “Ice Cream Dance Party!” A teen program, Birdseed Bells, was held on Wednesday, January 16. The Winter Reading Challenge for babies to teens continues through January 31.

Science Reading Time

Birdseed Bell Craft


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

  • Streets Division will touch up the line striping at the Avenida de las Arenas intersection January 28-29 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This is overnight work so lanes will be shut down. However, one lane will always remain open. The crosswalk has faded, and the City is switching to thermoplastic instead of paint because it lasts longer.

  • The second of five phases to re-stripe fire lanes in alleys in the Village area will be done from February 4-18, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. per the map below. No-parking signs will be set up on February 4 with work beginning on February 7. The striping will be done on “off” days for trash pick-up.

Painting Fire Lanes





San Diego Botanic Gardens Tour: On Monday, January 28, the John D. Spreckels Center will offer its latest Trails and Ales event, a docent-led tour of the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Featuring more than 20 gardens, from bamboo to subtropical fruit, it will be informative and fun. After the tour, the group will head to Union Kitchen and Tap in Encinitas. The tour goes from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Transportation and admission included; the cost of lunch and beverages is on your own. Bring water, wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing and light snacks. $70 for residents and $80 for nonresidents. To register or receive additional information, visit the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Spreckels. Photos below are from past events.

Trails and Ales 

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 its regular times and will have extended hours on Friday, January 18

Aquatic Swim Hours

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El Cordova Fire
Posted on 01/18/2019
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