Weekly Update June 1, 2018

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Weekly Update June 1, 2018

Weekly Update June 1, 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.

Summer Shuttle Kick-off Event: City leaders, supporters and sponsors of the Coronado Free Summer Shuttle gathered on Friday, May 25, to kick off the Summer Shuttle program’s sixth season. The shuttles offer courtesy rides to residents and visitors to help keep them out of their cars during the City’s busiest season. The community was inted to Coronado Rotary Plaza to take a free ride. Here’s a video recap of the event. Four brightly wrapped buses will run in 15-minute intervals from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The Free Summer Shuttle program is in its sixth season. For more details, visit the City’s Summer Shuttle web page.

Shuttle Kick-off


Coronado Earns Spot on Top 10 Beach List:  Coronado has once again made Dr. Beach's list of the best beaches in the country for 2018. The list is put together by coastal expert and Florida International University professor Stephen P. Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach. He uses 50 physical factors to make his decision, including beach width and condition, sand softness, water temperature and number of sunny days. Said Dr. Beach: “Coronado Beach is the toast of Southern California; it is a veritable oasis by the sea, measuring hundreds of yards wide. With its lush subtropical vegetation, unique Mediterranean climate, and fine sparkling sand, beach-goers flock to this beach for great ship-watching and the summer’s warm and mild surf.”

Beach Image

Memorial Day Celebrations: Members of the Coronado community gathered on Memorial Day morning to honor fallen veterans at an event that has grown to become a city tradition. All branches of the military attend. Earlier in the day, the Rotary Club of Coronado posted flags along Orange Avenue to commemorate Memorial Day. (Photo: Todd Little)

Rotary Flags

Beach Security: In preparation for the busy summer ahead and in its ongoing commitment to maintaining the City’s public beach, the City has once again contracted with a security firm to begin daily fire ring patrols. The City reminds the community and visitors that burning wood from pallets is prohibited at the beach. City staff including beach lifeguards and police department personnel also patrol the beaches as part of their general duties. When they witness beachgoers with pallets or engaging in other violations of beach rules, they approach and educate to correct future behaviors. Signs at the main entrances to the fire ring area inform the public of the rules. Security guards patrol the fire ring area in the evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This has proved successful in preventing violations at the fire rings by more quickly addressing those violating the City’s beach rules.

Beach Sign


June 5 City Council Meeting Highlights: Some items scheduled for the June 5 City Council meeting which may be of interest to the public:

  • The Council will consider adopting the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget with supporting resolutions.
  • Approving a new 15-year food and beverage concession agreement with Feast & Fareway LLC for services at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.
  • Authorization for a short-term improvement project, the “Coronado Signage and Maintenance Project,” for the Coronado Toll Plaza.
  • Direction sought on whether to prepare an ordinance to prohibit vaping and electronic smoking devices on public property.
  • Direction sought on whether Coronado should ask the San Diego Association of Governments reprogram $25 million of TransNet funds, which had been specifically designated for construction of a tunnel, to a more general purpose of constructing safety and congestion improvements along arterial highways and roadways within Coronado.  

Storm Drain Inlet Improvements:  Construction to replace existing storm drain inlets and pipes is continuing at various locations throughout the Village area on the Storm Drain Inlet Improvements project. Efforts are currently focused on the removal and replacement of storm drain inlets for the alley between F and G avenues at both Eighth and Tenth streets. Please use caution when driving through construction zones.

Drain Work


Country Club Infiltration:  Groundwater continues to be discharged to the North Beach outfall to prepare for construction on the Country Club Infiltration Project to rehabilitate the storm drain system in the area to eliminate infiltration from groundwater. The contractor was onsite this week to continue televising and cleaning the existing storm drain pipes. The groundwater that is entering the system must be diverted to the outfall as the volume of water would exceed the capacity in the sewer system and the storm drain system must remain dry for the repairs to be made. Signs are posted informing people of the project and reminding them that the water is tested regularly to ensure it complies with the discharge permit issued by the local water quality board.

Special Events Security Bollards:  The installation of small base plates and foundations for temporary bollards continued this week. The City purchased steel security bollards that can be used to cordon off areas for special events such as the Fourth of July parade route. Security experts have recommended “hard” barricades as a best practice for large public gatherings. The bollards are easily installed and removed. The Fourth of July parade route will not be altered. However, due to the base plate installations, several bus stops for the Free Summer Shuttle and the Metropolitan Transit System’s 901 bus will be temporarily relocated or closed during work hours. All work for the Fourth of July parade route will be completed by mid-June. Installation for other special events may continue into July. Please use caution when driving through the construction zones. 



Library HVAC Improvements:  Construction began this week on improvements to the Library’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system controls and monitoring software. The majority of the work is being conducted at night to avoid any impacts on the library’s daily operations. The project is anticipated to be completed before the end of June.


C3 Gallery Summer Exhibition: The 2018 summer exhibition at the City’s C3 Gallery, “Picture This … Imagine That,” will feature Coronado photographers and authors and run from June 12 to September 15. The gallery is in the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Whether capturing the scene with an image or setting the scene in words, selected local artists provide inspiring views and interesting reads. A free opening reception is set for Tuesday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633.

C3 Gallery 


Arts & Culture Partnership Meetings: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission will host two Community Partnership meetings on Wednesday, June 13, one in the morning and one in the evening, to discuss Coronado Creates, a strategic plan for arts and culture. Community input is requested on what is desired in terms of arts and culture in Coronado over the next 10 years. The first meeting will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.; the second from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Coronado Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. A third meeting for local business leaders will be held at noon at the John D. Spreckels Center on Wednesday, June 13. All input will help formulate the City’s first Arts and Culture Strategic Plan to guide Coronado in selecting priorities for investment.

Arts Meetings 


USS Midway Flyby Planned: As part of a USS Midway event, three Navy F/A-18s will conduct a flyby of the aircraft carrier in San Diego at an altitude of 1,000 feet at about 7:05 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. The route will take the aircraft near the Naval Amphibious Base, into the San Diego Bay, over the Midway, then out San Diego Bay. See map below. For noise concerns or comments about the event, please contact the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office at (858) 502-9882.

Flyby Map 

Pet of the Week: Katana, a 5-year-old Tuxedo cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Katana was relinquished to PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, when her owners divorced. She is exceptionally sweet, social and affectionate. The patterns on her tuxedo coat are so unique, they look like marble. She is looking for a home. To set up a visit with Katana, call (619) 522-7371.




Mail Ballot Drop-off Location:  The Library is serving as a Mail Ballot Drop-off site for the June 5 Primary Election. Registrar of Voters workers are in the lobby and can accept mail ballots. Ballots can be dropped off during the Library’s open hours now through Monday, June 4. On Tuesday, June 5, Election Day, workers will set up on the plaza outside the Library at 7:30 a.m., will move inside at 9:30 a.m. when the library opens, and will remain on site until 8 p.m., when the polls close.


Teen Programs:  The Teen Advisory Board met Tuesday, May 29, and the Teen Event on Wednesday, May 30, was Bingo.


Film Screening:  A Foreign Film screening of the “Insult” was held Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. Set in Beirut, the film explores an insult blown out of proportion between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee.


Summer Festival:  The Library’s 19th annual Summer Festival, titled “In Words, Music and Pictures,” begins on Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. with a concert given by the Coronado Big Band as well as an ice cream social. The band will play a medley of classic swing music from the 1930s through the 1960s. The first Library exhibit of the Summer Festival will go back in history, exploring the California Gold Rush of 1849. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Library. Below is the June schedule.

Summer Festival 2018 





MADD Awards:  Officer Joshua Strange was the Coronado Police Department’s top DUI enforcer for 2017. He was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving at its annual awards event May 25 in Balboa Park. He was honored for his commitment and dedication to removing impaired drivers from our roadways.

Madd Honors
L to R:  Capt. Laszlo Waczek, Officer Joshua Strange, Sgt. Angel Cedeno.


Lock Vehicles and Take Valuables: Summer is near and now is a good time to remind residents of the need to take actions to stop enticing thieves looking to steal items from your car and ruin your day. Coronado Police recommend that when leaving your vehicle parked, whether at home or out in the community, don’t leave items of value in plain view and ensure you lock your car, even when you will only be away for a brief time. If you don’t take it, they will.

Break-in image 



Luxury Motor Coach Tour:  On Wednesday, June 13, the City’s John D. Spreckels Center will host a luxury motor coach tour to the historic Rancho Santa Margarita National Historic Site on Camp Pendleton. The docent-led tour of the Ranch House Complex will highlight the history of “Old California.” The docents will emphasize the strong connections between Coronado and Camp Pendleton as the tour group visits the home of the last governor of Alta California, Pio Pico, and the historic chapel and bunkhouse. Did you know that the former Mayor of Coronado has an entire military base named after him? Do you ever wonder what inspired the famous architect, Cliff May, to become known as the “Father of the California Ranch-Style House?” After the tour, the motor coach will stop at an Oceanside ‘cantina’ for lunch on your own. Luxury motor coach transportation with a restroom on board, parking, tour fees and gratuities are all included. Register now by calling (619) 522-7343; or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels to register online. The cost is $80 for Coronado residents and $90 for nonresidents.

Luxury Bus Tour

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Shuttle Bus
Posted on 06/01/2018
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