Weekly Update June 15, 2018

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Weekly Update June 15, 2018

Weekly Update June 15, 2018

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Security Bollards: In response to recent world events where common vehicles have been used as weapons at large public gatherings, the City has taken steps to improve safety and provide a more secure perimeter for City events. Crews have installed  anchors for steel bollards along Orange Avenue, around the Fourth of July parade route. The bollards will be installed on July 4, starting at 8 a.m. A demonstration bollard (see photo right) was placed on First Street. The bollards will be installed where police barricades and vehicles had previously been positioned during the parade. The exception is the side streets, where in the past, one full block on either side of Orange was closed. With the bollards, those streets will be closed from Orange to the alley entrances. The alleys paralleling Orange Avenue will remain open during the event. Once the approximately 300 bollards are in place, those access points to Orange Avenue will be closed for the duration of the parade. The bollards will be removed following the conclusion of the parade by the Public Services cleanup crew as they work to restore Orange Avenue to its pre-parade condition, starting at First Street.

Demo Bollard 
Demonstration Bollard installed on First Street.

Bollards on FifthBollards installed in support of a hazardous materials cleanup on Fifth Street near Orange Avenue.

Interim Police Chief Named: Edward Aceves has been named interim director of Police Services while a full recruitment is conducted. Aceves, who has a 30-year career in law enforcement, served as the La Mesa police chief from 2011 until his retirement in 2015. Following his retirement, he worked as a police consultant for several police agencies in San Diego County and currently works part-time as a consultant for Major League Baseball. He temporarily replaces Jon Froomin, who is retiring July 9. Aceves will assume the Police Chief position on July 10. Recruitment is now underway for a permanent replacement for the position. The City has retained the services of Avery Associates to conduct recruitments. Applications can be submitted to the Avery Associates Career Portal until the closing date of July 31.

Edward Aceves


Pedestrian Fatality: Early Friday morning, June 15, Coronado Police received a 911 call about a pedestrian having been struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of state Route 75. The call came in at 12:30 a.m. Witnesses said that a car traveling north on the roadway pulled over near the bike path and a woman got out and walked across northbound lanes, the center median and into southbound traffic where she was hit by a pickup truck just north of the Tarawa Road intersection. The 29-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Both lanes of traffic were closed for about five hours during an investigation.

Cite Day:  On Tuesday, June 12, six officers and two police services officers from the Police Department’s Traffic and Patrol divisions held a cite day, focusing on education and enforcement.  Officers issued 61 traffic citations, six verbal warnings, had three vehicles towed, and made one arrest for drunken driving and three misdemeanor arrests.

PD Vehicle


Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp ImpactedThe Glorietta Bay Boat Launching Facility has seen an increase in the number of boaters in recent weeks due to the planned, long-term closure of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility. The facility is receiving a $9.6 million makeover. Its boat launch ramp is closed and is not expected to reopen until late this year. The City warns boaters who typically use Glorietta Bay to plan ahead. The boat launch ramp near Glorietta Bay Park will see larger crowds and fewer available parking spaces. Click here for information on alternative boat launch ramps in San Diego via the Port’s website.

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp


Hazardous Materials Cleanup:  Cleanup efforts following a June 4 garage fire that involved hazardous materials wrapped up on Saturday, June 9. Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assumed oversight of the cleanup on June 5 at the City’s request. EPA crews were able to retrieve more than 50 pounds of mercury discovered in the garage in an alley behind a home in the 400 block of Orange Avenue. The garage fire started at about 2:30 p.m. on June 4 and was put out within about 10 minutes. Fire Chief Jim Lydon said the entire garage, a section of the alley roadway, and all the debris from the fire were removed by an environmental cleanup contractor and taken to a certified hazardous materials waste site. The EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division is aware of the release. The EPA can’t speculate as to an individual’s motives for having mercury or devices containing mercury.

Garage Fire 


C3 Gallery Opening: The C3 Gallery’s summer exhibition, “Picture This … Imagine That,” opened this week, featuring 12 local photographers and eight local published authors. A crowd of more than 125 people gathered in the Nautilus Room on Tuesday, June 12, where exhibiting artists were introduced, and the public took in the show. The exhibition will run through September 15. The Coronado Community Center Art, or C3, Gallery was created during Coronado’s 125th Celebration. This is the 11th exhibition featured in this public gallery space since opening in 2015. For more information on this exhibition, call Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis 619.522.2633 or [email protected]

C3 Gallery Reception


Fourth of July Holiday: The City is planning and preparing for its biggest holiday of the year – the Fourth of July. Coronado will observe the holiday on Wednesday, July 4, with an array of events, including a bike ride, a run/walk, rough water swim, a new Fun Run, a parade, a concert and art display at Spreckels Park and topped off with a fireworks show  (see schedule below).  The new Fun Run hosted by the Islander Sports Foundation will head down Orange Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. After  Orange  is  closed  in preparation for the parade, runners will sprint from Fourth Street to Star Park Circle. This pre-parade run will last about fifteen minutes. Run volunteers will be positioned along the route to  keep  the  area  clear for  runners. Please be sure to use caution during the Fun Run as runners will be sprinting down Orange Avenue.  The City reminds the community that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection; there will be a one-day delay in trash pick-up. Please be sure to read an informational list of frequently asked questions the City puts together for all your Fourth of July questions. It can be found by clicking here.

Fourth Decor

Fourth Sked of Events

Fourth of July sked

Storm Drain Inlet Improvements:  Construction to replace existing storm drain inlets and pipes is continuing at various locations throughout the Village. Efforts are currently focused on the removal and replacement of the inlets at Seventh Street and G Avenue and at Second Street and Soledad Place. The area around Seventh and G has been backfilled and compacted and the area around Soledad has been demolished and is under construction. Please use caution when driving through construction zones.

Storm Drain Work

Country Club Infiltration:  The contractor on the Country Club Infiltration project was originally scheduled to be back on site next week to begin repairs to the storm drain system, however, they require additional time to prepare the dewatering plan for the two open trench repairs. Crews will be on site Monday, June 25, to begin the open trench repair in the 800 to 900 blocks of Coronado Avenue. Notifications have been mailed to the residents adjacent to this work and the contractor will be delivering door hangers next week that will provide additional information.


Library HVAC Improvements:  The walk-through on the halfway mark on the Library’s Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Improvements project was completed this week with the contractor and consultant on site. Construction continues to make progress and a pre-final walk-through is tentatively scheduled for late June to reach completion by the end of this month.


Pets of the Week:  Calvin and Hobbs, two male Tabby kittens who were found together in Coronado, are this week’s Pets of the Week. They have been together through thick and thin in their short little lives and would love to find a forever home together. They are playful and inquisitive. Their adoption fees are $50 each. To set up a visit with the pair, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week 



Friends of the Library:  The Friends of the Library Board met Monday, June 11.  President Marsi Steirer, Vice President Robin Frank, Treasurer Kathy Blitt, Secretary Kathy Flynn were elected as Board officers. The Friends Board also approved the annual financial support for the Library.


Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, June 12. The Board reviewed the capabilities, as well as the pros and cons, of allowing direct intersection between library patrons and the integrated library database regarding library cards, checkouts, fines, etc. The board also approved adding a credit card payment option for fines and fees.


Summer Festival:  The first of the Monday Movie Matinees was held on Monday, June 11, with a screening of “Westward the Women,” a 1952 movie about a covered wagon caravan of 140 pioneer women heading to California form the Midwest. The film complements the Library’s “The California Gold Rush and the Immigrant Trail” exhibit. On Tuesday, June 12, a screening and discussion of “Miss Sharon Jones!” a documentary about the soul queen, was held.  On Saturday, June 16, a Hawaiian Music Concert will be held on the Library Lawn at 3 p.m.

Summer Festival 



EV Charging Station Repairs: The electric vehicle charging station at City Hall will have scheduled maintenance performed on Monday, June 18. It will be closed during the maintenance. The closure may last a few hours or days, depending on the repairs. This should not affect any other facilities in the area. In addition to the City Hall location, there are public charging stations at the Coronado Golf Course and in the parking lot of Cays Park, across from the Fire Department.

EV Charging Station


Pickleball Event:  The Coronado Tennis Center held a pickleball demonstration on June 2 featuring Pat Carroll, a pickleball pro who wrote the book, “Pickleball – Less is More.” Carroll, a tennis player formerly ranked No. 25 in the country, travels the country giving demonstrations. She plays in pickleball tournaments and has won many titles. More than 60 players attended the demonstration.

Pickleball Event 

Spreckels Center Activities: The John D. Spreckels Center is offering art and enrichment activities during June. Visit the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St. or call (619) 522-7343 for more information. Check out these upcoming events:

  • Spanish Conversation for Beginners; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 5-28. Students will improve their listening and speaking skills through activities in pairs and small groups. $60 for residents, $70 for nonresidents.
  • Reading Poetry Aloud; Thursdays through July 5 from 11 a.m. to noon. Students will discuss the tone, pitch, pace and emphasis in the reading of each poem as well as varying interpretations. Very small group; must pre-register. $10 for residents, $12 for nonresidents.

Spanish Convo Flier

Poetry Flier


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Posted on 06/15/2018
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