Weekly Update January 26, 2018

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Weekly Update January 26, 2018

Weekly Update January 26, 2018

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Spreckels Center Receives Excellence Award: The John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green’s Architect Robert Coffee was awarded a 2017 California Park & Recreation Society Facility Design Award of Excellence. The statewide nonprofit organization representing park and recreation agencies in California hosts the awards program to recognize outstanding achievement in areas such as facility design. The award will be formally presented at the group’s annual conference in March in Long Beach. The City thanks Robert Coffee for working with Coronado to create an award-winning design for this important public facility.

Spreckels Center Award

Rescheduled Navy Public Meeting: The Navy has rescheduled a public meeting to discuss the impacts associated with the transition from the C-2A Greyhound aircraft to the new Navy V-22 Osprey aircraft at Naval Air Station North Island after it was canceled unexpectedly last week. A new date of Wednesday, February 7, has been set. The Navy will provide information on an Environmental Assessment which analyzes the environmental impacts of the transition, including issues related to noise impacts. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Center’s Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way. The City encourages the community to attend to find out more about the possible impacts.



Pedestrian Crossing Sign Installed:  Public Services’ Streets Division has installed a new pedestrian crossing sign at Prospect Place and Second Street, with lights to illuminate the crosswalk and blinking LEDs in an effort to improve pedestrian safety. The crossing sign was prompted in response to community concerns over the high levels of commuter traffic in the mornings in the area.

Ped Crossing 

Sales Tax Third Quarter Report:  The City has received a report on its sales tax receipts for its third quarter sales, from July to September 2017. The numbers are flat. Receipts were 2.9 percent below the same period in 2016. However, the major factor in the decline was a one-time tax allocation posted in the prior comparison year for a large general consumer goods purchase. Excluding that aberration, actual sales were down .4 percent. The report is produced by HDL Companies, which tracks sales and makes sure the numbers are correctly reported. The company also produces a quarterly report. Restaurants and hotels remain Coronado’s biggest sales tax generators.  San Diego County as a whole saw an increase of 2.1 percent over the same time last year. The City receives one cent on the dollar in sales tax, contributing to the City’s General Fund revenue. 

Sales Tax

Community Read Program: Get ready, Coronado. “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline is the 2018 Coronado Community Read. This year’s Community Read program runs from February 20 through March 31. A 1980s concert featuring BetaMaxx at the John D. Spreckels Center is set for February 22. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $25 per person. To make a reservation, call (619) 522-2633. The program ends with the release of the film based on the book directed by Steven Spielberg. Community Read programs run for approximately six weeks. Events include lectures, book discussions, films, workshops and other activities related to the book’s themes and ideas. The program goals are to promote literacy and a vibrant literary culture in the community, introduce and draw people to the library, and bring residents together. Check the CoronadoArts.com website for the 2018 Coronado Community Read brochure, which will be published soon. Copies also will be available at the Library, the Coronado Visitor’s Center or City Hall.

Blair Ready Player One

Sunset Park Improvements: Construction to improve Sunset Park began this week. Operations began with the set-up of screened fencing and other measures to prevent construction dirt and debris from leaving the area. Contractors also started the turf abatement process to allow for the removal of the existing grass from the site over the next two weeks. Work also will include the installation of a new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps along Ocean Drive. Sunset Park will be closed for public use during and after construction for a short period of time so that the new sod can take root. The park is expected to reopen by the end of April.

Sunset Park


Glorietta Bay Boat LaunchWork to improve the slope of the Boat Wash area at the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp has started. The changes will result in an easier transition for vehicles entering the wash and exiting to the street. During dry weather, boat wash water drains into the sanitary sewer. Specialized valves also are being added to the drains to prevent storm water from storms from entering the sanitary sewer system. The Boat Launch Ramp is open during construction and the wash area is expected to reopen within two to three weeks.

Boat Launch Ramp

Active Transportation Plan: There is still time to participate in the online questionnaire for the Active Transportation Plan proposing programs and projects to improve walking and bicycling in Coronado. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TV83N3Q to take the questionnaire. On Wednesday, February 7, drop by the Winn Room between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to review the proposed projects and programs for the Plan.


Pet of the
Week:  Emily, a 9-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Emily was a stray who came with fun and affectionate personality. She is friendly with other dogs and loves people. She is blind in one eye but it doesn’t hinder her at all. Her adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Emily, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Animal Control Facility on behalf of the City at (619) 522-7371.


Navy Training Alert:  The Navy will conduct dive operations training near Glorietta Bay from January 30 to February 21. Speaking of the Navy alerts, from time to time, residents comment that more advance notice should be given when the Navy conducts drills involving explosions and weapon noise. Noise from gunfire is not uncommon from Coronado’s military base. Often times, the Navy alerts City Hall when a planned event involving gunfire is going to occur. However, at times, some training, that produces noise is so inherent that an alert is not provided. When the City is advised of noise, an alert is provided to the public via the Weekly Update. If more information is sought, check the Naval Base Coronado Facebook page, where the Navy posts many of its alerts.


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks display on Monday, February 19, at 6 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.


Planned Gym Closure: The gymnasium at the Coronado Community Center will be closed for planned maintenance from February 5-11. The Community Center will remain open. The City thanks the community for its patience.

Gym Closure

Osher Institute Streaming Lectures:  UC San Diego's Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning free streaming lecture series will be held at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green the first Thursday of the month, beginning February 1 and ending May 3. The first lecture, “Musical History of Latin America: Brazil” presented by Walter Aaron Clark, is set for February 1 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. The lecture discusses the impacts the Afro-Brazilian presence has had on Brazil’s music and dance. Clark is a Distinguished Professor of Musicology at UC Riverside, where he is founder/director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Check the flier for all of the programs in the series. To register, visit the Spreckels Center, call (619) 522-7343 or register online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


Spreckels CenterOn Wednesday, January 31, at 10 a.m., the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association will present “Memory Loss 101”, an overview of memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias. Learn about risk factors, signs and symptoms, and how to get a diagnosis. To register, visit the Spreckels Center, call (619) 522-7343 or register online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

Memory Loss 

Spreckels Center February Classes: Find something you will fall in love with at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, 1019 Seventh St.  For more information or to register, call (619) 522-7343, drop by the Center, or visit our website at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels

  • Seasonal Floral Design Are you ready to find a hidden talent and create a beautiful seasonal floral arrangement to take home? Seasonal Floral Design, taught by Coronado Flower Show Main case designer Maribel Herrera is being held on Monday, February 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Only 6 spaces remain. Cost: $35 per class plus a $20 materials fee is due to the instructor on the day of class.
  • Valentine Luncheon Whether you are looking for new friends, want to celebrate with a loved one, or would love to learn some new dance moves, join the City of Coronado’s Spreckels Center staff for our inaugural Valentine’s Luncheon.  A delicious gourmet lunch and a sweet dessert will be followed by games and a line-dancing lesson. Reserve your seat early as this event is filling up fast. Date: Tuesday, February 13. Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $12 per resident or $15 for non-residents.
  • Themed Bunco Party: Love is in The Air Bunco is an easy social dice game involving 100 percent luck and no skill, scoring and a simple set of rules. No prior experience required. This fast paced game is a great way to spend time with friends and make new ones in the process.  Wear your most festive holiday attire for each themed event. The fun begins Febuary 15. Bring a pre-packed, sealed food item or drink to share. Cost: $5 per event.
  • Elderhelp Presentation Learn all about the free services offered through Elderhelp, a local non-profit organization that supports seniors and their independence. This free and informative presentation will include tips about home safety, questions to ask your doctor, and local resources available. Elderhelp will also discuss the benefits of staying active and included in your community. Date: February 21. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Trails and Ales: Harper Creek Falls On Monday, February 26, Trails & Ales is headed to explore Harper Creek  Falls, located in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. This mildly shady trail is approximately 3.3 miles with fairly wide paths. Bring shoes or clothes that can get wet as you hike along the trail near the waterfall. Afterward, you will quench your thirst at URBN Coal Fired Pizza in El Cajon, a favorite for local draught beers, craft cocktails and New Haven-style pizzas with both typical and gourmet toppings. Only 8 seats left. Transportation, staffing, parking, gratuities and admission included; the cost of lunch and beverage is on your own. Cost: $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents.



Commission Vacancies:  The City has vacancies on the Transportation Commission. See flier below for the details.




Library Programs:  An eBook/Library App workshop was held on Monday, January 22, and the Mystery Book Club met later that day to discuss “Iron Lake” by William Kent Krueger. On Thursday, January 25, a Digital Media Lab workshop was held, with instruction on how to draw manga and comic book characters using 3D models. On Saturday, January 27, at 10:30 a.m., a genealogy class focusing on family history will be offered. The class will be presented by Delbert Ritchart, and held in the Winn Room.

 Family History

Youth Programs:  The Teen Tech Team was available on Monday, January 22, to help all comers with their personal electronic devices. The Tech Team meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, January 23, a Kids Craft was held and the kids made pies for National Pie Day. The Teen Event on Wednesday, January 24, was “Disney Trivia.”

Kids craft

Kids craft2


Streets Division UpdatesThe Streets Division worked quickly to remove roots from the playground at Sunset Park to prepare for the arrival of new sod. Crews are working on a new sign for the Observation Deck on the Silver Strand, as the old sign was faded and vandalized. The Streets Division also installed a new pedestrian crossing sign at Prospect Place and Second Street, with lights to illuminate the crosswalk and blinking LEDs in an effort to improve pedestrian safety.


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Spreckels Center
Posted on 01/26/2018
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