Weekly Update January 6, 2017

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Weekly Update January 6, 2017



Weekly Update January 6, 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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Christmas Tree Recycling:  Residents are taking advantage of Coronado's Christmas tree recycling program. Although the bins are getting filled fast, those dropping off trees are asked to place them inside or as close to the EDCO bins as possible. Residents can recycle by using either the green-waste curbside program or the drop-off program. For the curbside program, place four-foot sections of tree in your yard waste recycling containers, or bundle tree sections together with twine (maximum four feet in length and 18 inches in diameter) and place on the curb. The other option is to bring your tree to the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp parking lot or the Cays Sports Park parking lot through January 15.

Xmas Tree Recycling

January Naval Complexes Meeting:  Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Mulvehill will address the topic of Naval Air Station North Island flight patterns and general air operations during the January Naval Complexes meeting. The community is encouraged to attend. The meeting is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, January 23, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.

Cays Structure Fire:  Firefighters from Coronado, Imperial Beach, San Diego and Chula Vista responded to a structure fire about mid-day Wednesday, January 4, near Port Royale Road and Aruba Bend. Crews extinguished the fire that started as a result of unattended food in the kitchen. Damage was contained to the kitchen and upstairs bedroom. SDG&E secured utilities and Red Cross provided assistance to two occupants of the house. No injuries were reported.


Portable Restroom:  The City's portable restroom has been moved from its Avenida del Sol beach location to the Public Services yard for the remainder of the winter season. It will be moved back in the spring. Crews will perform a much-needed major overhaul due to heavy use. A conservative estimate of daily uses per day during the summer exceeds 260. The interior stainless steel fixtures will be cleaned and polished. Facilities will fabricate a sand trap system in the grey water lines to catch the sand from the sinks that destroys the grey water pumps monthly. The work should take about 80 man hours to complete and cost about $8,000. The goal is to minimize downtime and repair time. The facility receives much more use than it was built to withstand and the harsh conditions near the ocean compound its repairs.

Restroom Trailer 

Portable Restroom  


Spreckels Park Restroom:  The contractor on the Spreckels Park Restroom project completed the demolition. The mosaic artwork has been preserved and is protected in place as the work continues. The pieces will be incorporated into the new design. The restroom project includes an expandable capability, with portable restroom trailers ready to be set up on site, if needed. The portable restrooms will have a wrapped design, which is being conceived now with input from the Cultural Arts Commission.

Spreckels Park Restroom 

Minimum Wage Law:  The California minimum wage increase will affect Coronado. Beginning January 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased to $10.50 from $10 per hour. On January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase another 50 cents to $11. Beginning January 1, 2019, and through January 1, 2022, the minimum wage will increase by $1 per year. The City has about 100 positions, mostly in Recreation Services, that will see an increase in pay. Adjustments have been made in payroll, particularly in Recreation Services where there are many fee-driven programs.


Active Transportation Master Plan:  The City continues to develop a thoughtful plan for the future of walking and biking in Coronado. The third meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a group of residents who are acting as a temporary sounding board for City staff, is set for January 19. The group is providing input for the Active Transportation Master Plan, a comprehensive identification and prioritization of non-automobile transportation issues affecting Coronado. The first public workshop will follow the stakeholder meeting on February 22. For more information, visit the City’s website to read about the plan, find out how you can get involved, or sign up for email updates on the project.


Pets of the Week:  Bonded brothers Freckles and Pongo are this week’s Pets of the Week. These two male white and brown tabbies are very close and PAWS of Coronado hopes to adopt them together. They are sweet and still kittens so very playful. They are four months old and have all their shots. The adoption fee is $75 for both, or $50 for one. To set up a visit, call (619) 522-7371.

Freckles and Pongo  

Navy Updates:  From Monday, January 9, through Friday, January 17, large trucks will haul sand across state Route 75 near Fiddler’s Cove Marina from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sand will be transported 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. Naval Air Station North Island will have planned runway closures and increased military aircraft operations to Runway 29 from 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, through 6:30 a.m. on Monday, February 13. Coronado residents may see an increase in fixed-wing operations to Runway 11/29. Concerns or comments may be submitted by an electronic feedback form at: http://bit.ly/2iiaAn7.


‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this handy “3 on Thursday” list of arts-related events happening in Coronado this weekend. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.



Recreation Programs:  The Recreation Department has a lot of exciting programs coming up. Find out all about them in the Spring 2017 brochure now online. Resident registration starts on January 17 and non-resident registration begins on January 24. Call Recreation at (619) 522-7342 for more information.
Rec Spring Brochure

Teen Programs:  Coming up next Friday, January 13, is Friday Night on the Town. Teens will head to Ultrazone in Point Loma for laser tag, followed by burgers and shakes at In-N-Out. Space is limited. This program is open to all sixth- through eighth-graders. Participants get dropped off at home at the end of the event. Register today by calling (619) 522-7342. Any questions regarding this event, please call (619) 522-2461.

Aquatics:  While the air temperature is chilly, the water is a warm 80 degrees at the Aquatics Center. The Aquatics Center hours are listed below, through February 19, 2017.

Pool Hours


Pool Shots     Pool Shots2 

Mini Gymnastics:  Camp resumed this week after the holiday break. Participants, ages 3-5, were eager to continue their skill- and strength-building in this fun, active class that develops gross motor skills and explores the world and spatial awareness. This class is open and taking new campers. Call (619) 522-7342 for more information.
Mini Gymnastics

Mini Gymnastics2




Commission Vacancies:  There are currently four vacancies, two on the Cultural Arts Commission, one on the Parks and Recreation Commission and one on the Transportation Commission. The City has many volunteer opportunities for residents interested in serving on any of its boards, commission and committees. See notice below for details.




New Golf Pro:  Brian Smock will take over as the new Head Golf Professional at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course on February 1. Smock is committed to enhancing the experience for golfers in Coronado with a new teaching program for adults and juniors, a new selection of merchandise at the Pro Shop, new golf carts, new golf balls and ball dispenser, and new staff, including many PGA pros. The City looks forward to a fresh new start with Smock, and will launch a new logo for a new beginning. Smock is a local with a professional career that spans 18 years of play around the world and on the National Tour, where he achieved a career high world ranking of 251. Smock is known to have shot the lowest round ever carded in Coronado, a record setting 60. 
Golf Pro



Fire Department Training: Firefighters from several San Diego County departments are participating in annual emergency vehicle driver training at Silver Strand State Beach this month. The annual training includes both classroom and hands-on driver training of emergency vehicles. Firefighters from Coronado, Chula Vista, National City, Bonita and Imperial Beach are participating. The training will be taking place during the first two weeks of January.

Fire Training 

Fire Training

Fire Training3


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, January 3, where children got to make penguins. The Teen Book Club also met on Tuesday, and the Teen activity on Wednesday, January 4, was “Games & Grub.”

Penguin Craft   
Above and below:  Children enjoying the Library’s New Year party and penguin craft project.

Penguin Craft2 

Penguin Craft3    

Penguin Craft4 


Rose Pruning:  Volunteer and rosarian Rita Perwich will teach a group of rose gardeners how to best prune roses at a Rose Pruning Workshop on Saturday, January 7. The demonstration will take place in the Library’s Harlow Rose Garden rose bushes. By this method, the Library roses all get pruned. The workshop takes place at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Library. All are welcome and are encouraged to bring their own gloves and shears.

Rose Bushes Library 


New DMV Laws:  A few of the pertinent DMV laws that went into effect on January 1, 2017, are:

  • Use of Electronic Wireless Devices: Driving a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or a wireless electronic communications device is prohibited, unless the device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield or is mounted/affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road. The driver’s hand may only be used to activate or deactivate a feature or function on the device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger, but not while holding it. The law does not apply to manufacturer-installed systems that are embedded in a vehicle; and   
  • Child Safety Seats: This law requires a parent, legal guardian, or the driver of a motor vehicle to properly secure a child who is younger than 2 years of age in an appropriate rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches in height (3 feet, 3 inches).



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

  • Streets Division has been busy from the past few storms setting up sandbags, signs and blocking alleys. A sinkhole opened up in the alley between Fourth and Fifth streets and Glorietta Boulevard. The sinkhole has been repaired and is awaiting concrete. Crews patched five large holes at the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp and filled nine potholes that surfaced along Orange Avenue after the rain. Streets also is taking down Christmas lights along Orange.

Sinkhole Repaired

Potholes Repaired 

  • Facilities Division repaired and upgraded all of the exterior lights to LED lighting at Vernetti Stadium, also known as the Little League Field.

Vernetti Field 

  • Facilities crews sealed the natural stone flooring at the Coronado Golf Course. When stone flooring is sealed, it is much more resistant to staining, easier to clean and extends the life of the flooring.

Golf Course Flooring 


  • Facilities Division had an HVAC contractor replace the A/C system in its building’s computer equipment room. Due to the age of the unit, replacement parts were no longer available. The new A/C units require less energy to run, cool the server room more efficiently and use a newer refrigerant that is more environmentally friendly.
A/C Replacement

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.



Christmas Tree bins
Posted on 01/06/2017
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