Weekly Update January 27, 2017

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Weekly Update January 27, 2017


Weekly Update January 27, 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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Silver Strand Fencing Improvements The northern Silver Strand Fence Replacement Project is about to get underway. The project will remove the existing unsightly chain link fence along the beach side of state Route 75 from Coronado Cays Boulevard to the northern end of the Silver Strand State Park, where the RV park is located. The contractor has set up a temporary staging area in Lot 1 of the State Parks parking lot and delivered the materials for the project. On Monday, January 30, crews will begin installing the new round wood fence posts and hanging the new fencing panels at the northern end of the project and work their way south toward Coronado Cays Boulevard. The new fence will match the height of the existing fence but the openings will be six inches by six inches. The project is expected to be complete by mid-March. The City, San Diego County and State Parks, with assistance of Loews Coronado Bay Resort, funded the project to improve the appearance of the Silver Strand. Agreement has yet to be reached on how to improve the southern reach of the chain link fencing. It will remain in its current condition for now.

Strand Fencing Current

Strand Fencing 

Strand Fencing2        


Storm Impacts:  The City was impacted by storms that began late last week and lasted through early this week. Responding to the storm required a significant team effort. City crews were out in force all over the City. Costs continue to be assessed. Below is a summary of the impacts:

  • Flooding at First Street and A Avenue; Orange Avenue and Seventh Street; Five Points; and state Route 75 Cays exit.
  • Ten trees throughout the Village area fell but no major damage was reported. One large and one small tree came down at the Golf Course, the larger of which ruptured an irrigation water main.
  • Due to water volume, high water alarms were activated at the Transbay pump station with all four pumps operating at full capacity. Storm drain outfall channels on the beach were cleared multiple times, as were the drains at the Avenida del Sol cul de sac.
  • Golf crews were called in Friday to help with clean-up of debris along Glorietta Boulevard.
  • Programs and classes were canceled at the Community Center due to high winds and the inability to keep the pool warm.
  • At the Cays Fire Station, a patio cover broke loose and a Verizon box cover blew off.
  • Multiple Caltrans signs came down on SR 75. The Cays Boulevard sign and an “Adopt a Highway" sign at the Shores were blown off their posts.
  • The Community Center kitchen gate was ripped off its hinges and the pump room door received minor damage when it was banged around in the wind.
  • Several U.S. and Coronado Flags as well as new median banners flying above the Orange Avenue were blown away or tattered.
  • Police responded to a frightened woman who said she felt trapped in a vehicle at First Street and A Avenue. The water was half way up the doors. A tow truck pulled the vehicle out.


Cite Day:  The Police Department had a Cite Day throughout Coronado on Tuesday, January 24, with a focus on Third and Fourth streets and the Five Points intersection. The initiative resulted in 59 citations and one tow.


Dock C, Boat Launch Ramp Project:  Crews will begin the demolition of Dock C on Monday, January 30, beginning work on the Dock C and Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp Project. The project consists of the complete removal and replacement of Dock C, including dock, piles and gangway. The Boat Launch Ramp portion will involve demolition of the existing loading dock, including the piles, resurfacing of the boat ramp with new concrete, installation of a new gangway, and new boat wash-off. Boaters can expect periodic delays at the ramp as crews use it to remove the demolished materials. It is estimated that by mid-February, the ramp will be closed for several months to allow crews to refurbish the ramp and loading dock. The project will be completed by Memorial Day, May 29.

Dock C 

Boat Launch Ramp 


Village Theatre Terrazzo:  Work to repair the terrazzo in front of the Village Theatre is tentatively scheduled to begin February 6. The work will take about 3 weeks and be split between street side and business side.  The work will begin on the street side and the contractor, along with City personnel, will work with the management of the theatre and the other adjacent businesses to accomplish the work with minimal interruption to their patrons. Once the work is finished street side, the work will begin on the other side. The contractor will clean the cracked areas, remove any loose material, fill with new material, grind flat, fill any granular areas or areas with air pockets, regrind, and polish to finish. The color and grain of the repair will show due to the color fading of the old material. Repairing this terrazzo was chosen over the replacement of the flatwork improvements to preserve the historical nature of this improvement. This will be a short-term repair that will likely repeat in time due to instability of the substrate. 

Terrazzo at Village Theatre

Golf Pro Shop TransitionBeginning February 1, Brian Smock Golf Inc., will assume the Pro Shop operations for the City of Coronado. During the transition, there will be minor interruptions to customers. Some important information during this transition:

  • Renovation of the Pro Shop will begin February 1. The estimated construction time is two weeks. There will be limited merchandise available and ease of flow through the Pro Shop will be interrupted at times.
  • Fore Reservations, the Golf Course’s booking software, is being updated. There may be some inconsistencies during this process.
  • New EZGO Textron golf carts have been ordered. The GPS equipped carts are expected to be delivered in March. Until then, EZGO will supply loaner carts.

Please contact Brian Smock Golf Inc., with any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming evolution. Again, we thank you for your patience and look forward to providing a most extraordinary experience at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course and the new Coronado Golf Shop.

Golf Course


Artificial Turf in the Public Right of Way:  The City has sent letters to about 60 property owners whose homes have unpermitted artificial turf installed in a public right of way. The letter informs them that an encroachment permit is required for such an installation and to explain the need to protect City trees. Since Coronado is in a drought-impacted area, the permit fee currently is waived. However, a permit is still required. An encroachment permit must be recorded to run with the property. The County of San Diego charges a recordation fee. The City wants to ensure that a clearance of 24 inches is maintained around the base of trees in the public parkway or frontage strip and that low-pressure irrigation bubblers are in place to keep a level of air and moisture access for tree roots. For more information, call the Engineering Department at (619) 522-7384.

Turf Incorrectly Installed
Turf incorrectly installed (above) and correctly installed (below).

Turf Correctly Installed 

Encroachment Permit Sample 
Encroachment Permit Sample2

Design Review CommissionOn Wednesday, January 25, the Design Review Commission approved the design for an exterior mural at the rear of the apartment complex at 157 D Ave. The mural will depict the battleship USS California in honor of the US Navy. The mural will only be visible from the alley. Commissioners also approved a request to repaint the exterior of the residential condominium complex at 835 D Ave.

Mural on Apartment 
Mural south view.

835 D 


SDG&E Gas Leak, Repair:  San Diego Gas & Electric is working to isolate a known gas leak, which is one not requiring immediate repair, near the intersection of Glorietta Boulevard and Jacinto Place. SDG&E personnel are hoping to locate the leak with minimal disruption of the street asphalt. The work began today, January 27.

SDG&E Map 


Coronado Plaza Fumigation: The City received a permit application to occupy the public right of way at the 1300 block of Orange Avenue to provide fumigation service, with tenting, to the commercial center of Coronado Plaza. Pedestrian access and most metered parking is scheduled to be unavailable from Monday, January 30, to Saturday, February 4. Pedestrian access along Orange Avenue will be reduced but maintained during the fumigation.

Plaza Fumigation

Coronado TV, Other Ways to Stay Informed:  Do you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? Coronado has many ways for you to get news and stay updated. The City records eight live meetings each month on Coronado TV. That includes the twice monthly City Council and Planning Commission meetings and the monthly Naval Complexes meetings. Currently, only the City Council and Planning Commission meetings are also broadcast live online here. The City is working to broadcast all eight monthly meetings live online and to have a place for residents to find archived meetings online. Other ways to stay up to speed are with the City’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the 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. You can use eNotification to sign up to receive an email that this Weekly Update document has been 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.

Pet of the Week:  Domino, a 5-month-old Tuxedo domestic short hair kitten, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Domino is a spunky boy that loves to play and is very social. He would love a family who has a lot of time to spend with him.  He has all his shots and has been neutered. His adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Domino, call PAWS of Coronado, which manages the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Domino Pet of the Week 


Gym Closure:  The Coronado Community Center Gymnasium and Dance Room will be closed for annual maintenance Monday through Sunday, February 6-12. The planned maintenance includes duties such as cleaning the floors and changing light bulbs. The gymnasium is in use year-round but has a lower use during this part of the year. We thank the community for its patience.

Gym  Closure 


Morning Paddle and Pancakes: The Coronado Boathouse will hold its next Pancake Paddlers Club on Saturday, January 28, from 7 to 9 a.m. The club will meet every month: on February 25; March 25; April 22; and May 27. Boathouse staff will provide pancakes and coffee at 9 a.m., after a paddle around the bay. The cost is $30 with a rental, or $10 for those who have their own equipment. The event is for paddlers 13 years old and older. Call (619) 522-7342 or (619) 522-2655 for more information.

Pancakes and Paddles 


Recreation ProgramsCoronado Teens are busy. Friday Night on the Town, gives sixth, seventh and eighth graders an opportunity to explore areas outside of Coronado and have some fun with their friends. The night includes going out to dinner and laser tag. Community Teens put together bags for the homeless this week. For Teen Programs, contact Recreation Specialist Ashley German at (619) 522-7342 or [email protected] Also, watch the student-produced KCMS news cast at Coronado Middle School, live feed at 7:58 a.m. every Monday through Friday on Coronado Times at www.coronadotimes.com and catch Ashley give biweekly updates on Recreation opportunities. Extreme Sports Camp wrapped up the Fall/Winter session with roller skating and disc golf at Colina Park. While Extreme Sports Camp is ending, Outdoor Bound classes begin for third- through fifth-graders on Thursday, February 16. Youth can try fishing, kayaking and rock climbing, and learn survival skills and environmental stewardship. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.  

Friday STrand 
Above and below: Friday Night on the Town and Community Teens.

Friday Strand2 

Above and below: Kids working on the student-produced news cast at KCMS.


Extreme Sports Camp     
Above and below: Extreme Sports Camp.

Extreme Sports Camp2 

Extreme Sports Camp3 

Pool News: The Aquatics Center has a new weekly newsletter called “The Water Log.” Look for tips on improving your stroke, aquatic events and information on classes and maintaining your health. The newsletter is available at the Community and Aquatic Center. Lifeguard and Title 22 certification classes will be held at the Community Center. See flier below for details. Filming by and for the Swim Club took place at the pool this week. Camera crews took video of swimmers demonstrating various strokes and styles to use as tutorials for swimmers on its website. 

Waterlog News     

Waterlog News2

Waterlog News3 

 Filming at Pool      

Above and below: Swim Club filming at the pool.

Filming at Pool2


Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has three vacancies, two on the Cultural Arts Commission and one on the Transportation 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.



New Exhibit:  The Library’s newest exhibit commemorates 100 years of Girl Scouts in Coronado, which is celebrated as the Girl Scouts of San Diego County’s centennial. The Girl Scouts of Coronado began as Troop No. 1, the first troop west of the Rocky Mountains. The exhibit includes vintage uniforms, historic photos, artifacts and memorabilia. Many of these items are on loan from Girl Scout Headquarters in San Diego. The exhibit will be on view through March 5.

Library’s newest exhibit

Library’s newest exhibit 2 

Library’s newest exhibit 3


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft program was held on Tuesday, January 24, and the children made “fire-breathing dragons.” The Teen Event on Wednesday, January 25, featured a cooking challenge. The teens made English muffin pizzas.  The Teen Tech Team was available on Monday afternoon, January 23, to assist patrons with their handheld electronic devices. These youth programs are held regularly at the Coronado Library. Check with the Library at (619) 522-7390 for all youth programs.

Dragon Craft 
Above and two below: Children enjoying the Library’s craft program.

Dragon Craft2 

Dragon Craft3   

Dragon Craft4 

Library Programs: “The Art of Chinese Writing,” a workshop on Chinese calligraphy was offered Wednesday morning, January 25. Thursday evening, January 26, “In Conversation with Author Cheryl Sherman” was held in the Winn Room. She discussed her young adult fiction series “Ocean Depths.”  Tomorrow, January 28, the Library is offering a 3-D Printer Workshop at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room. A 3-D printer will be available in the Digital Media Lab when it opens mid-February. For more information on Library programs, visit the Library webpage on the City’s website or call (619) 522-7390.



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

  • Facilities Division crews re-plumbed the corroded hot water heater plumbing at the Public Services offices to prevent a future water leak in the building.

Plumbing Issue

  • Facilities crews, in conjunction with the Waste Water Division, cleared a plaguing main line blockage after hours last week. Several attempts were made to clear the line during business hours but it kept backing up repeatedly. With the use of a drain camera it was discovered that a large rigid blockage was caught in a bend in the pipe. The Waste Water crew did a confined space entry in the pump area to attempt to free the blockage while the Facilities crew worked on it from the building side. The line was eventually cleared and the obstruction was verified with the camera as removed.

Clubhouse Blockage

  • Streets Division started to install the City’s new news racks this week along Orange Avenue and along First Street.

News Rack1

News Rack

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.


Boat Launch Ramp
Posted on 01/27/2017
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