Weekly Update July 14, 2017

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Weekly Update July 14, 2017


Weekly Update July 14, 2017


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 City Manager’s Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.


Golf Pro Qualifies for PGA Pro Championship: Coronado’s own Golf Pro Brian Smock has qualified for next month’s PGA Pro Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, after placing ninth out of 320 club professionals at the Pro Club Championship in Bend, Oregon. Smock shot a 288 during four days of play. The top 20 finishers head to Quail Hollow to compete. He said he is excited to be playing against the best players in the world at his first major, the “pinnacle” of his career so far. Smock is proud to be representing not only the PGA of America but Coronado as well. Smock’s success is good news for the Coronado Golf Course and its reputation. Play is held August 7 to 13.

Brian Smock

Inflatable Fun for Parties:  The Aquatics Center now offers giant pool inflatables for rent. The City rolled out party packages in recent weeks as a test to see how they were received. They have been a success. A smaller inflatable goes into the Recreational Pool and is best for ages 3-8. A larger pool inflatable with a challenging obstacle course and slide for either pool is recommended for ages 8 and up. The party packages range from $130 for small personal inflatables and games to $425 for two hours of inflatable fun, pizza, drinks and party decorations. An even larger inflatable, a plan for which is being developed, can be used only in Glorietta Bay. It is recommended for ages 8 and up. It has hurdles to test strength and peg features to test balance. Stay tuned for details that will be released soon. There is an application that must be filled out and rules that must be followed for rental. A preset number of lifeguards come with the package. However, if your groups are larger than the package outlines, additional lifeguards may be hired. All children will be swim-tested. If they do not pass, they must wear a lifejacket. If you are interested in the inflatables, call (619) 522-2464.

Inflatable Girl Sliding 

Kids on Small Inflatable 

Inflatable Group 


Spreckels Center Art Dedication, Citizen Recognition: More than 175 people attended an event on Tuesday, July 12, hosted by the City at the new John D. Spreckels Center & Bowling Green. “Tea Garden – 1904,” the newest addition to Coronado’s growing public art collection, was unveiled and two long-time Coronado citizens – Francette Roeder and Bill Hiscock – were recognized for their vision and volunteerism in support of building the new facility and the lawn bowling green.

Hiscock Roeder King 

Roeder Plaque only 

Plaque Group

The art unveiled at the event is titled “Tea Garden - 1904” and was inspired by the facility namesake John D. Spreckels who created and maintained authentic tea gardens in Coronado, as well as by the beautiful tree on the front lawn of the center. Coronado commissioned San Diego artist Bronle Crosby to create the four-panel art piece for the Grand Room. 

Tea Garden 


Spreckels Park Restroom and Public Art Dedication: The community is invited to the dedication ceremony for the rebuilt Spreckels Park Restroom and for the new public art mosaics by artist Kirstin Green on Thursday, July 20. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Sixth Street between Orange and C avenues. To RSVP, go to coronadoarts.com or call (619) 522-2633.
Spreckels Restroom

Fire Chief Interviews:  Interviews for the Fire Chief position are being held today, July 14. Fire Chief Mike Blood has announced his retirement effective October 2. Nine candidates from the state of California have been invited to interview from a pool of 48 qualified applicants. Candidates will be tested by three different oral interview panels, after which the field will be reduced to no more than three final candidates. Background checks will be conducted on the final candidates. The announcement of a new Fire Chief is expected as early as late August. The Fire Department provides all hazard emergency response from two fire stations, emergency and disaster preparedness, and includes the Beach Lifeguard Division. The annual budget is $8.2 million with 40.5 full-time positions supplemented by part-time seasonal personnel.   

Parker Pump Station Maintenance: Cracks have been identified in the City’s storm drain wet well at the Parker Pump Station on Coronado Avenue and Eighth Street. To identify the cracks and repair with sealant, water levels in the wet well have been drawn down. Adjustments are being made to the wet well’s leveling system to maintain a balance between the interior and exterior wet well walls. The station houses pumps that service both sanitary sewer and storm drain systems. Due to the high water tables in the area of the historic Spanish Bight, ground water regularly enters storm drain pipes which is diverted to the Sanitary Sewer system during dry weather periods.   

Boat Launch Ramp, Dock C:  The Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp parking lot was striped with lanes and stalls earlier this week, and the monument sign has been installed. There are still minor items to be completed on the Dock C and Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp project but both are open. The project called for the complete removal and replacement of the Boat Launch Ramp and its dock, as well as Dock C. The launching ramp portion involves rebuilding the loading dock, including the piles, resurfacing of the boat ramp with new concrete, installation of a new gangway, and a new boat wash-off area. 

Boat Launch Ramp 

Boat Launch sign 


South Coronado Navy Activities: Naval Base Coronado is supporting the Big Logistics Over-the-Shore West exercise on the Silver Strand. You may have noticed the exercise, which began in late June with the construction of the existing tent camp that can be seen on the Silver Strand. It will grow to a maximum of 400 service members next week. Navy units from the Naval Amphibious Base are supporting the Army Reserves out of Camp Pendleton in an annual exercise designed to hone their logistic operations skills and expertise. Next week, a floating causeway will be built to unload Army vehicles and trailers. The Army vehicles will stage on the beach and convoy in small groups to Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach, then to back to the appropriate Army installations. Movement of vehicles will be restricted to outside peak traffic hours. The exercise runs through Monday, July 24, 2017, and during this time, motorists may notice vehicles entering state Route 75 from the ocean side of the Silver Strand near Fiddler's Cove Marina.

Navy Tent Encampment 


Spreckels Park Sod Improvements:  The Parks Division will address the distressed sod in the center/east of Spreckels Park on Tuesday, July 18, by placing 2,000 square feet of sod in the most damaged areas. Look for these areas to be cordoned-off starting Tuesday. They will be reopened for public use on Sunday, July 23, prior to the Concert in the Park set-up. The area has particularly heavy usage. In addition to Concert in the Park crowds, local summer camps and athletic activities are held in the area.

Sod Work

Pet of the Week: Pretzel, a loving and social cocker spaniel, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Pretzel is eight years old, weighs 19 pounds and is enrolled in PAWS’ Lifetime Care Program because she has an inoperable tumor. PAWS will pay for her medical care. She has an estimated two-year life expectancy but shows no signs of being ill and does not require any special treatment. Her adoption fee is $65 but will be waived. She needs a loving home. To set up a visit with Pretzel, call PAWS at the Animal Care Facility at  (619) 522-7371.



Recreation Programs and NewsTo find out about any class or program and how to register online for any programs at the Community Center, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

  • Don’t miss the Free Summer Entertainment on Wednesdays at noon at the Coronado Community Center. This flier contains a listing of the upcoming programs. Don’t forget that the Coronado Pool has recreation swim starting at 12:30 p.m. (admission required).  

         Summer Rec Programs

  • Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center in the Nautilus Room.  Refreshments are served from 6 to 6:45 p.m., when the speaker begins their presentation.  A $5 admission fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center. The next event will feature Jeff and Candy Tyler who will share their travels from their 2016 Alaska winter journey.  
  • As part of the Movies on the Bay Series, on Friday, July 28, kids are invited to watch Disney’s film “Moana” on the big screen in Coronado Tidelands Park. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tidelands Park with pre-screen activities including crafts, games and contests.  The movie begins at 8. Bring a blanket or beach chair and a jacket. Also, families can bring a picnic to enjoy before or during the movie.  For additional information, call the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.
  • Check out all the classes offered this summer at the Coronado Boathouse: Youth SUP camp, Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Kayak Adventure and Teen Learn-to-Row, among others. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655. 

        Paddle Events

        More Paddle Events



Commission VacanciesThe City will have two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees as of August 31. Applications for these vacancies must be received in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 24. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of its 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.



Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, July 12, the Design Review Commission approved a new sign for Spectrum to replace the former Time Warner sign at 1110 Orange Ave. The Commission also approved a temporary sign for Maretalia Ristorante which has replaced the former Vigilucci’s restaurant at 1300 Orange Ave.

Design Review items 



Firefighter AcademyOver the past four weeks, Coronado’s three newest Firefighters, Colin McKay, Michael Murray and Robert Phelps completed a 16-day in-house fire academy to indoctrinate them into Coronado’s practices and procedures. All of the new firefighters, who have previous experience,  received comprehensive training on fire suppression techniques, rope rescue operations, ventilation tactics, as well as a course on firefighter survival among numerous other topics. The academy was held at both Coronado fire stations as well as North Island’s fire training facility and the City of San Diego’s fire training facility in Point Loma. The academy was instructed by various current Coronado Fire Department captains, engineers and firefighter paramedics. This is the first phase in the new probationary firefighter training. Over the next year, they will continue to receive the necessary training and will have to complete several exams to successfully pass the one-year probationary period.

Fire Class 


Hazardous Surf:  The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement this week stating that strong rip currents and breaking waves will continue through Saturday, July 15. There will be elevated surf, strong rip currents and longshore currents making swimming conditions hazardous. Lifeguards recommend checking with them before entering in the water and to always swim near a lifeguard and never alone. During the most hazardous conditions, Lifeguards will have  Rescue Water Craft on patrol to assist with rescues. The most active rip currents right now  are at North Beach. A reminder from Lifeguards to shuffle your feet to avoid being stung by sting rays.



Lifeguard Competition: This week, Lifeguards hosted the Cal State Games Jr. Lifeguard Competition at Central Beach. Around 400 kids participated and the overall winning team was California State Parks North Sector Jr. Lifeguards. The Jr. Lifeguards competed in events such as the swim relay, paddle board relay, distance run, rescue race and beach flags (see photo below). Congratulations to Coronado Jr. Lifeguard “Grant” for winning the gold medal in the A division beach flags event.

Lifeguard Event 



Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its regular meeting Tuesday, July 11, chaired by Executive Secretary Rita Alipour. The Board reviewed a variety of subjects, including adding open hours, options for credit and debit cards for fine and fee payments, and a review of shrinking Library bequests, among other business.


Youth Services:  Families enjoyed the Family Folksong Sing-A-Long in the Winn Room on July 6. The Children’s Library’s annual “Bubble Day” was held on Tuesday, July 11.  Bubble-blowing and hula-hoop bubble making was enjoyed by the children before bubbly root beer floats were made.  As part of the Teen Summer Reading Program, the movie “Transformers” was shown in the Winn Room on Wednesday, July 12.  On Thursday, July 13, a Family Picnic Movie was shown in the Winn Room.  Families were invited to bring a picnic dinner and watch “Despicable Me.”

Library Events
Bubble Day 


Summer Festival:  A cooking demonstration was held on Thursday, July 13, by Ruben Maldonado of Smoke ‘N Aces. Maldonado demonstrated how to make four kinds of canapés, a party favorite, plus margarita chicken. Samples were tasted. Tomorrow, July 15, at 11 a.m., Library Director Christian Esquevin will give a talk and visual presentation on the Alfredo Ramos Martinez murals at the Library on their creation, move, restoration and installation.

Library Summer Festival 


Accident at Fourth Street and B Avenue:  On Thursday, July 14, a red Toyota Prius traveling southbound on B Avenue at Fourth Street was struck by a black Volvo traveling eastbound in the No. 3 lane of Fourth causing the Toyota to roll over and land on its roof. The cause of the accident is believed to be failure to yield after stopping. The Police Department would like to remind motorists to drive defensively by doing the following:

  • Plan ahead for the unexpected;
  • Control your speed;
  • Be prepared to react to other drivers;
  • Do not expect the other driver to do what you think he or she should do;
  • Respect other users of the roadway;
  • Be aware of driving in special road and weather conditions; and
  • Be alert and avoid distractions, e.g. cell phone use, eating.



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

  • The Facilities Division installed a new redwood kiosk at the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp. The new kiosk is larger than the previous one, so more information can be displayed. The new kiosk was sealed with marine grade clear coat to protect it from the weather. solar lighting will be added.


  • The Facilities department installed dedication plaques at the John D. Spreckels Center. The rock on the wall facing the bowling green was cut and chipped to inset the plaque in the stone work. The bench in the entrance garden was routed-out for a flush finish of the plaque. See photos above.

  • The Facilities Department is painting the interior of the Police Department which coincides with the carpet replacement. Crews are working after regular business hours to accommodate the furniture moving and carpet replacement.

         PD Painting

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Bay Inflatable
Posted on 07/14/2017
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