Weekly Update January 5, 2018

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Weekly Update January 5, 2018


Weekly Update January 5, 2018

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.


Interim Director Named: Tina Christiansen has been appointed to the position of interim director of Community Development while a full recruitment is conducted. Christiansen, a registered architect with 27 years of experience in municipal government, is a former Community Development director for Solana Beach and Irvine. She served as a building inspection department director and chief building official for San Diego and Boulder, Colorado. She is also a well-regarded local artist. Christiansen will start Monday, January 8. Community Development provides administrative and technical support for Coronado’s planning and building needs through the City’s General Plan, Local Coastal Plan, zoning codes, and building inspection. The department also oversees the Successor Agency to the City’s former redevelopment agency, the City’s publicly owned affordable housing inventory, and Coronado’s Historic Preservation Program.   


Roundabout ConstructionRoad work at the Pomona Roundabout was completed over a three-day period last week to address two problems: the intentional use of the neighborhood access road on the east side of the roundabout by commuters to bypass traffic and the damage caused by truck drivers who run over the landscaping. Work began on Thursday, December 28, and was completed by Saturday, December 30. The contractor minimized traffic disruption and the work was completed quickly with some minor detours and delays. We want to remind the public that vehicles 40-feet or longer are not allowed through the roundabout.



Christmas Tree Burning, Disposal: Christmas trees may not be burned in the City’s fire pits. Materials used for fires on the public beach shall not exceed a height of 12 inches above the upper edge of the fire ring and shall be contained within the inside edge of the fire ring. Only clean wood, not garden waste, can be burned in the City’s fire rings. Christmas trees may be recycled by using either the green-waste curbside program or the drop-off program. Drop-off locations include the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp parking lot and the Cays Sports Park parking lot. Look for the large green dumpsters. Trees may be placed whole into these containers. No trash please. Residents can drop off their trees beginning Tuesday, December 26, through about mid-January. For the green waste curbside program, place four-foot sections of tree in your yard waste recycling containers, or bundle tree sections together with twine and place on the curb. 

Recycling Map

Active Transportation Master Plan Workshop:  The community is invited to provide comments on the proposed Active Transportation Master Plan at a town hall-style meeting on Wednesday, January 17, at 6 p.m., in the Library’s Winn Room. Active transportation refers to any human-powered transportation such as walking, bicycling or using a wheelchair. Developing active transportation helps ensure safe and convenient transportation opportunities for everyone. Please review the current listing of proposed projects and programs prior to attending the meeting. A public comment period will be open to those who would like to make their comments at the workshop after a brief presentation. Comment cards also will be available. For more information, visit the project website or contact Active Transportation Planner Allie Scrivener at (619) 522-2423 or [email protected]. Stay tuned for a community online questionnaire to be released shortly.

Ferry Landing Image 

Active Transportation Flier 

Fire Department Facebook Page: The Fire Department, under the direction of Fire Chief Jim Lydon, has begun a Facebook page and Twitter account to better connect with the community. Lydon hopes to create conversations with the public and share information as quickly as possible about emergencies that may affect residents. For example, one of the Department’s first posts was about fire crews that responded to a fire alarm that day at the El Encanto Tower at the Coronado Shores. A small kitchen fire on the third floor activated the fire sprinkler system. A Facebook post let the community know what happened and reminded residents of the importance of functional smoke alarms. The City of Coronado, the Coronado Police Department, the Coronado Public Library, City of Coronado Recreation Services and Coronado Teens have Facebook pages. The City also has a Twitter account as does the Library. Like and follow them to stay connected.

FD on Facebook

FD on Twitter 

Public Art Fix: “Transition” is a kinetic public art sculpture by artist Jon Koehler in front of the John D. Spreckels Center. The sculpture was commissioned by the City and dedicated in December. Kinetic art refers to three-dimensional sculptures and figures such as mobiles that move naturally by the wind or are machine-operated. “Transition” is dependent upon the wind for its movement. How the wind would eventually facilitate movement was dependent upon its installation at the site. Once installed, movement was not as anticipated. Working with the artist, the City tested temporary weights to adjust the balance of the sculpture and create appropriate movement in light winds. Over the holidays, Koehler welded permanent stainless steel weights into the kinetic ends of the sculpture, and cleaned and polished the sculpture. The statue is now moving appropriately in soft winds. Drop by and check it out. “Transition was featured in a video by KPBS filmmaker Noah Tafolla. Watch it here.

Transition Fixed


Coronado TV:  The City’s local government channel, Coronado TV on Spectrum Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99, continues to have technical difficulties. The picture quality has been bad and there has been no sound for several months. After weeks of troubleshooting by the City and technicians from Spectrum, Spectrum has confirmed that it will transition the existing infrastructure to an Ethernet private line. The City has requested that Spectrum complete the transition before the January 16 City Council meeting. However, Coronado TV is broadcast live around the clock online. To see live meetings and other programming, click here to find the live stream or go to the City’s website, go to “I Want To,” then “View” then “Public Meeting Videos – Live” to find the live stream. The City thanks the community for its patience.

Live TV Image 


Call to Artists: The City’s Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites local Coronado artists to submit images of original artwork for the “Celebrate Local Artists” banners series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in Coronado from April through June. Images should be suitable for viewing via a banner format along the Orange Avenue Corridor. The Commission is seeking submissions from a broad range of media, styles and genres of local artists. All artwork selected will be juried and 15 artists who are selected will be notified in March. Artists who participated previously may not apply this year. For details, contact Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633. The Commission recently approved the next series of banners, which will be installed next week. The banners celebrate John D. Spreckels, one of Coronado’s most generous and influential citizens. The banners will remain up through March.

Banners on Orange

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: The City of Coronado will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 15, 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 Jr. Holiday 


Navy Training Alert:  The Navy will conduct dive operations training near Glorietta Bay from January 30 to February 21.


Pet of the Week: Butter, a sweet golden brown tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Butter is a one-year-old female who is fun and affectionate. She is very interactive and loves attention. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Butter, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Butter Pet of the Week 



Winter/Spring Brochure:  The Winter Spring 2018 Recreation and Golf Services brochure is now available online. The printed version will begin arriving in mailboxes this week.  Registration begins January 2 for Coronado residents and January 9 for nonresidents.



Spreckels CenterSpreckels Center day trips are a great way to see San Diego. The featured day trip for the winter season is to Orfila Winery in the San Pasqual Valley on Wednesday, January 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a private tasting, a behind the scenes tour and gourmet lunch. Cost is $130 for resident and $155 for nonresidents. For more information or to reserve a space, call (619) 522-7343.

Orfila Tour 





Commission Vacancies:  The City has one vacancy on the Transportation Commission and one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission. See flier below.



Youth Programs:  Children’s and Teen programs continue, following the retirement of Head of Children’s Services Ellenjoy Weber, with Teen Librarian Jacqueline Luna taking over Preschool Story Hour and Children’s programs, and Jean Stewart continuing with the Toddler Story Time. The Teen event on Wednesday, January 3, was Games & Grub, and the Junior Volunteers met on Thursday, January 4.


Library Programs:  A “Meet the Author” program will be held this Saturday, January 6 at 1 p.m. featuring Robert Kittle. He will be talking his book, “Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventurers Charted the West.” Later in the day at 3 p.m., Joyce Chapman will be presenting “Journaling for Joy” and discussing the personal benefits of keeping a journal.

Kittle Event 

Journaling Event   

Rose Pruning:  The Library’s Harlow Rose Garden will be the site of tutorial on rose pruning this Saturday, January 6, at 9:30 a.m.  Rosarian Rita Perwich will guide students and volunteers as they prune the rose bushes of the Harlow Rose Garden in front of the library. All are welcome. Please bring gloves and pruners.

Rose Pruning 


New Year’s Day Injury Accident:  On Monday, January 1, just before 6 p.m., the Coronado Police Department received multiple 911 calls regarding a roll-over accident near state Route 75 and Loews Coronado Bay Road. Two vehicles were involved. The driver of the car that overturned, a Coronado resident, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury after it was determined she hit the second vehicle, forcing it into a fence on the side of the highway. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle complained of pain. Both southbound lanes were closed for approximately one hour as officers investigated the collision. 



Hazardous Waste Disposal Reopens:  The Coronado Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Ave. will reopen on Saturday, January 6, after a two-week holiday break. The program is available to Coronado residents only. No business or contractor waste is permitted.  View flier for more information and a list of items you may bring. Call Public Services for more information at (619) 522-7380 or (619) 756-4464 on Saturdays. Click here for more information about Coronado’s Household Hazardous Waste program, as well as other waste disposal services.


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

  • The Streets Division repaired an area of asphalt at 1137 Alameda Blvd. and began installing eight more news racks along Orange Avenue and a stop sign was installed at B Avenue and Ynez Place. The Streets Division will also be removing the holiday lights along Orange Avenue soon.

Public Services Work


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.


Roundabout Work
Posted on 01/05/2018
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