Weekly Update July 20 2018

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Weekly Update July 20 .2018

Weekly Update July 20, 2018

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Citizen Satisfaction Survey: The City has once again reached out to residents to assess their satisfaction with the City’s performance using a comprehensive, scientifically valid survey sent out earlier this year. Those who took part in the National Citizen Survey rated the coastal community a highly desirable and safe place to live, raise children and retire. In addition to a performance assessment, the survey also polled residents with several policy-oriented questions. The City plans to use the results to help guide policy decisions, for example, to maintain what residents enjoy about Coronado and to improve those areas residents say are lacking. Coronado commissioned the survey in 2011, 2014 and this year. Coronado’s ratings have remained stable over time. However, the City will pore over the results looking for meaningful differences between surveys to identify strengths and weaknesses. The takeaways from the survey are that Coronado remains a highly desirable place to live. Community engagement is a top priority. Mobility is a potential area for improvement. Finally, residents for the most part support the status quo, in areas such as the City’s short-term rental policy and Library hours. The survey had a margin of error of 5 percentage points. The 2018 Coronado Citizen Survey reports are on the Coronado website.

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Quality of LIfe 


Scooters Allowed at Skatepark: Following City Council approval, Recreation Services opened Coronado's Skatepark on Friday, July 20, to scooter use. The City invites riders of non-motorized scooters to begin using the facility immediately. The City Council agreed to amend the Municipal Code in April to permit scooters. Scooters and other wheeled devices, such as bicycles, have not been permitted due to the original intent of the facility’s design, and the potential damage and liability from the use of other equipment. With recent state legislation that expanded the “release of liability skateboarding law” to include all wheeled, non-motorized devices, including scooters, and the consent of the park’s architect, modifications will be made in the coming months. Public Services and Engineering met with a contractor who will make modifications to the facility. The work is estimated to take about four weeks, including “cure” time for the concrete work. Summer is the busiest time of year at the Skatepark so the work will take place once the park use begins to wane near the fall months. The retrofit will cost about $30,000. Bicycles remain an unpermitted use at Skatepark.

Scooter in the Skatepark


Electronic Smoking: The City Council adopted an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, July 17, to regulate the use of electronic smoking devices in Coronado. In 2014, the City adopted regulations prohibiting outdoor smoking on all outdoor public property, excluding the Golf Course, but the prohibition did not include e-cigarettes. The battery-powered products deliver flavored nicotine. The long-term health effects of the devices are unknown. However, several studies have shown significant health concerns related to using the devices to inhale nicotine, also known as vaping. The ordinance will become effective August 16. New signs will be installed informing the public of the updated City law.


Public Art Piano Bench Destroyed: The public art piano bench at Coronado Rotary Plaza was vandalized and destroyed on Monday, July 16, sometime between 4 and 8:30 p.m. The piano was locked and covered until the new bench arrived. The Cultural Arts Commission organized the “Sit a Spell and Play a Tune” public art piano program and is paying for a replacement bench. Coronado is generally a very safe place and this is the first time one of the piano program’s property was damaged. The City asks anyone with any information about this incident to call the Coronado Police Department. A police report was filed. The program debuted in May of 2017 at the Coronado Rotary Plaza site. Subsequently, the City Council approved two more pianos for 2018. They are at Adella Plaza at the intersection of Adella and Orange avenues and at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The pianos are locked daily.

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Beach Accessibility Mats: The Council agreed to move forward with an evaluation by the Parks and Recreation Commission of beach accessibility mats in Coronado. The beach mats will make traversing even the City’s widest beaches easier for everyone. The evaluation will include the following criteria for improvement of beach accessibility with portable beach accessibility mats: Types of mats available; size; cost; location; appearance; and how to transport and store them when not in use.


Transbay Pump Station Project:  The contractor continued night work within the Transbay Pump Station this week, replacing valves and piping on the discharge side of the pumps at the Ferry Landing Marketplace. Work on the project to upgrade the station is taking place at night during pump station shut downs, which also minimizes inconvenience to nearby businesses. Staff is coordinating this work with the Navy as it is required to perform a sewage hold to allow the system to be shut down. All work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

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New Cell Pole at Fire HQ:  A new modernized AT&T pole will be replacing the existing pole at the Coronado Fire Department headquarters on Sixth Street, between D and Orange Avenues. The work is set to be completed August 20. The work will upgrade the structural integrity of the pole support to meet building code requirements and will eliminate the nuisance buzzing currently caused by the existing pole. The new pole also will support the Fire Department’s latest, critical communication equipment. Below left is a rendering of what the new pole will look like and the image below right is what exists.

Fire HQ Cell Tower


Golf Receive New Cell Tower:  A Verizon cell tower is being installed near the Golf Course maintenance shop. It will be disguised as a tree. The maintenance shop is located on Glorietta Boulevard between San Luis Rey Avenue and Sixth Street.

Golf Tower


Pet of the Week: Mimi, a 1-year-old Tortoiseshell cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray and settled right in at the Coronado Animal Care Facility. Mimi is affectionate, is friendly with other cats, and is looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Mimi, call (619) 522-7371.

Mimi Pet of the Week 



Commission Vacancies:  There will be two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees as of August 31.  Information concerning the responsibilities, qualifications, terms, and process for applying can be found here.



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, July 18, the Historic Resource Commission determined that both 918 Pomona Ave. and 844 Orange Ave., the former A&P Food Store/Cora-Mart building, do not meet the criteria to be designated as Historic Resources. The Commission also recommended to the City Council approval of two Historic Alteration Permits, which include exceptions to zoning regulations at 855 Alameda Blvd. and 535 Ocean Blvd.



Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser: The Coronado Fire Department’s 2018 annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute is set for Sunday, July 22. Spaghetti will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. If you would like any other information, call (619) 522-7374.

Spaghetti Dinner 


Summer Festival:  The Monday Movie Matinee on July 16 featured “The Sands of Iwo Jima” starring John Wayne. Much of the movie was filmed at Camp Pendleton in 1950. The movie complements the program held on Thursday, July 19, an author talk and reception for Clay Bonnyman Evans and his book, “The Bones of My Grandfather.” The book describes Evans’ search for his Marine grandfather’s remains on Tarawa. The next Monday Movie Matinee will be held on July 23 and feature “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” a film based on interview of Alfred HItchock by the director Francois Truffaut in 1962.  The week finishes with a jazz concert by the Chris Vitas Quartet at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.
Summer Festival


Library Activities:  A Library App Workshop was held Monday, July 16, and the Mystery Book Club also met Monday to discuss “Let Me Die in His Footsteps” by Lori Roy. The Spoilers Book Club met on Friday, July 19, to discuss “Stories of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang, and to screen “Arrival.”


Youth Programs:  An art program was held Tuesday, July 17, with an “Out of this World Spin Art” project. On Wednesday, July 18, the “KIDS! San Diego Poetry Workshop” was held in the Ruby Room, and on Thursday, July 19, children participated in a “Lego Bridge Building Challenge.” Legos were provided and the winning bridge was put on display. A Saturday Storytime will be held on July 20 at 2 p.m. in the Ruby Room. The Teen Tech Team provided public assistance on Monday, July 16, in the Conference Room, and the Teen Event was a “Taste Test Challenge” on Wednesday, July 18.

Out of This World Craft 


Don’t Fall Victim To The Grandparents Scam:  A telephone scam is once again making the rounds in Coronado, this one targeting concerned grandparents. Just last week, a couple was scammed out of $12,000 and another resident almost fell victim until she realized that the call was bogus. The scammers tell the victims their grandchildren are in jail and try to get them to hand over gift card numbers to release them. How can this happen? In both of these cases, the suspects had the names of their grandchildren and other personal information that was pretty convincing. The suspects instructed the victims to purchase eBay gift cards and to then call them back with the card numbers. Typically, law enforcement agencies here and abroad with work with local police departments if this type of situation occurs. The Police Department asks the community to help spread the word about this so no one else is scammed, and to call (619) 522-7350 if they receive any such calls.


Frank Greene Golf Tournament:  The fourth annual Lt. Frank Greene Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 28. The foundation’s cause is to raise funds for personnel who are experiencing financial hardship due to catastrophic circumstances, provide scholarships, and support the Police Explorer Program.

Frank Greene Golf 





Cays Restroom Offline:  A waterline break on Tuesday, July 17, required repairs to the line that supplies water for the irrigation at the Cays. The water meter, which also provides water to the restrooms next to the Cays Fire Station, was turned off and the restrooms closed. Repairs were made the same day but required no running water overnight. The restrooms were reopened on Wednesday, July 18.



Golf Course Score Cards: The Coronado Golf Course made some minor changes to its Gold Tees Course Rating on scorecards. The changes have delayed printing of the usual order. For the next week or so, the Golf Course will use temporary scorecards until the order arrives. This will not have a negative impact on the Coronado golfing experience. 

Golf Scorecard 

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Fitness Center Equipment:  One of the stationary bikes at the Community Center Fitness Room is offline. The maintenance company will be out with parts for repairs next week, and staff hopes is up and running as early as next week. Recreation staff thanks users for their patience.

Recreation ProgramsHere are some upcoming fun events put on by the Recreation Department:

  • The City of Coronado and the San Diego Unified Port District, through the Tidelands Activation Program, presents Movies on the Bay 2018. The community is invited to join in this free family-friendly showing of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” on Friday, July 27, at Tidelands Park. Pre-screening activities begin at 6:30 p.m. The movie begins at 8. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.
  • Camps continue through summer. Here is a recap of some of the fun the campers have had:
    • The Top Chef’s Camp visited the Coronado Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, July 17. Market manager, Mary Hillebrecht, taught the campers about growing fruits and vegetables. Campers will use the produce to create a feast for their parents to sample the end of the week.
    • Thirteen 5- to 7-year-olds baked campfire pizzas, created leaf prints and went on scavenger hunts this week in Glorietta Bay, then wrapped it up with a campfire party.
    • Ten middle schoolers took on Babysitter Training Class at the Police Department Community Room, where they learned infant care, CPR, feeding, diapering and child safety.
    • Thirteen 10- to 15-year-olds played laser tag and mini golf, watched IMAX movies, jumped on trampolines, climbed challenge course as much as 45 feet off the ground and then visited Disneyland in Action Adventure Camp this week.

Camps continue through the summer. Registration for programs, classes and camps can be found here.

Top Chef Camp


John D. Spreckels Center: The Spreckels Center has a lot going on this summer. Here are a few of the offerings:

  • Beat the heat with an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Staff will be serving up ice cream sundaes with all your favorite toppings. After ice cream, join new and old friends for some carnival games.
  • The next Seasonal Floral Design class is set for Monday, August 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $45 or $35 for residents, plus a $20 materials fee due to the instructor on the day of class.In the most recent class, participants created a beachy, fresh floral arrangement that included bells of Ireland, irises, Snapdragons and seashells.

Free Presentations at the Spreckels Center continue through August featuring:

  • Cardiovascular Health Lecture on Thursday, July 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees can learn what to do and what not to do to prevent heart disease.
  • Preventing Diabetes on Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn what factors increase your risk and what small steps can have a big impact on your health and quality of life.
  • Caring for Adults with PTSD on Thursday, August 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn how to manage some of the behaviors and care for someone with PTSD.


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.


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Posted on 07/20/2018
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