Weekly Update June 21, 2019

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Weekly Update June 21, 2019


Weekly Update June 21, 2019


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Clubhouse Feast & Fareway Restaurant:  The newly remodeled Feast & Fareway restaurant located in the City’s Golf Course Clubhouse has opened for breakfast and lunch. Feast & Fareway owners rehabilitated the old Clubhouse bar and constructed a new bar to take advantage of the view of Glorietta Bay and the 18th hole. The interior has been completely remodeled. One side of the restaurant space will be used for breakfast and lunch and the other side for dinner. For now, the breakfast and lunch space will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work on the other side is still underway but should open soon. The snack bar will stay open later.

Feast and Fareway Opening 


Fourth of July: Coronado’s Fourth of July celebration is only two weeks away. It will be a day filled with activities for the entire family. As we prepare for all the festivities, including a popular parade and a fireworks show, the City wants the community to be ready for its largest celebration. Remember, parking is at a premium starting hours before the 10 a.m. parade, which draws many people from all over the region. Locals are asked to take alternative transportation, such as the Free Summer Shuttle and bicycles.

  • Activities include a 12K run, 5K run/walk, rough water swim, a 1-mile run, a parade, a concert and art display at Spreckels Park, all topped off with a fireworks show, which is sponsored by the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program. The run will head down Orange Avenue at approximately 9:15 a.m. shortly after Orange is closed in preparation for the parade. Runners will sprint from Fourth Street to Star Park Circle.
  • Pay attention to parking restrictions, road closures and safety zones. The Coronado Police Department will create a safety zone around the parade route to ensure event security and to provide a safe area for emergency vehicles. The steel bollards will be in place once again as a barricade around Orange Avenue. Once the 300-plus bollards are in place, those access points to Orange will be closed for the duration of the parade. However, alleys will remain open.
  • The City has created a list of frequently asked questions including when the medians open, road closures towed vehicles and bus service. 

Fourth of July Parade image

Hotel del Coronado New Entrance: As part of ongoing construction related to the Hotel Del Coronado’s Master Plan, the main entrance will be moved to Avenida del Sol, a cul de sac on the southern border of the hotel property. The existing Orange Avenue entrance will be closed. As part of the construction, a new traffic signal will be installed on Orange Avenue at Avenida del Sol. An application has been submitted to the California Department of Transportation, which is requirement before work can begin. The design of the new signalized intersection will include a southbound right turn lane that will allow traffic to pass by as well as queue before entering the hotel. Two lanes will exit Avenida del Sol. One left-turn lane and a shared right-left turn lane. Northbound traffic will now be able to turn left onto Avenida del Sol. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020. The design is being revised following receipt of the first comments on the application to add lighting, irrigation, landscaping and maintenance obligations. The signal will be synched with the Pomona Avenue signal, per Caltrans standards. The work is part of the 2008-2010 approved addition to the Hotel del Coronado, which includes 142 new rooms and a conference room, among other amenities.

Hotel del Coronado map and rendering


EDCO Rate Increase: At a public hearing earlier this week, the City Council approved an EDCO rate increase. The most recent increase was implemented in July 2017. The rates increase single-family residential solid waste costs by $1.74 per month for a total cost of $21.45 per month, and multi-family curbside service by $0.49 per month to $9.51 per month. Commercial three-cubic-yard bin services will increase by $6.58 per month for a total cost of $115.67 per month. At the proposed rate, single-family residential ratepayers will continue to rank among the lowest of comparable San Diego County cities. All ratepayers were notified of a proposed rate increase to allow for any protest. More than 7,200 notices were mailed. One property owner registered a protest.


Undergrounding Master PlanThe City Council agreed this week to move forward with the implementation of the Utility Undergrounding Master Plan by using $33 million in one-time funds to make a meaningful impact within Coronado and by helping residents place overhead utilities underground. At a meeting this week, the Council agreed to accept, for the next six months, non-binding petitions from at least 60 percent of participants from a minimum of 65 contiguous parcels. This would express an interest on behalf of a group of property owners interested in participating in a localized plan to underground their utilities. Any petitions will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. If formed, the City would cover a designated part of the Assessment Districts’ costs until the funds are exhausted. The Council agreed to wait six months and consider any petitions of interest to form an Assessment District, which are a financing mechanism to develop or make improvements within the specific areas. After any Assessment Districts are approved, then the Council would commence forming City-initiated underground district boundaries pursuant to the 2018 Utility Undergrounding Master Plan. Finally, the Council directed the City Manager to initiate the design and detailed cost estimates to underground the Silver Strand Highway Overhead Utilities within the timeline prescribed by San Diego Gas & Electric. The City is working on a package that will be available to all property owners that contain the information needed, including sample petitions and other details.

New Flag Retirement Service:  A new collection service for retired American flags was launched last week at the Coronado Library. Coronado residents who wish to dispose of their American flags can now place them in a new collection box in the Library’s lobby. The box will supplement an existing service offered by the Coronado VFW. In honor of Flag Day and the new service, the Library held a concert of patriotic music on the Library lawn. The box is being provided by San Diego County and will initially be serviced by the Boy Scouts, with the VFW as back up. As of this week, more than 30 flags have been dropped off at the Library.

Flag Disposal Box 

Flag Day Concert at the Library



Wireless Test: On June 27 at about 11 a.m., San Diego County will conduct a regional test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System. The County’s Office of Emergency Services is partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey and the state Office of Emergency Services to test the earthquake early warning system. The test will be used to gather data and assess the latency in the Wireless Emergency Alert System as it relates to earthquake warnings. However, there will be valuable information learned about the system that will be informative for other emergencies. The text of the test message that will appear on mobile devices will read: “TEST of the CA Earthquake Warning System. No action required. THIS IS A TEST.” More information can be found here.


Caltrans Work at the Toll Plaza: The California Department of Transportation is installing irrigation and landscaping and making some minor reconfigurations to enhance the Toll Plaza area prior to the 50th anniversary of the opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The work includes new turf, plants and fencing to screen the Caltrans storage yard in the median to the west of the Toll Plaza. K-rail along the outbound lane is being replaced with traditional curb and gutter and the unsightly orange construction barrels have been removed and replaced with smaller yellow delineator poles. The City requested that in lieu of the yellow delineator poles, traffic be separated from the non-traffic lanes by more attractive pavement texturing. This request was not accommodated; however, the City is working on the Gateway project which proposes pavement texturing or something similar to improve the aesthetics of the area.


Visiting Japanese Dignitaries: On Monday, June 17, the City of Coronado, with assistance from Navy Base Coronado Commanding Officer Capt. Tim Slentz, hosted a delegation of Japanese dignitaries. The international visitors are traveling under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. They are traveling to learn from U.S, cities that host military bases. A brief history of Coronado and an introduction to Navy Base Coronado was provided. Questions and answers ranged from environmental stewardship to security to emergency preparedness.

Japanese Delegation Event two images 


Caltrans Road Work: California Department of Transportation crews have completed the restriping work on various sections of state Route 75 following the installation of a protective sealant on top of recent roadway repairs.

Third Street Restriping 

Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: A final walk-through was held this week on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project, which is now substantially complete with the exception of a few minor items.

Transbay Work image 


Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements:  The Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements project, which was designed to enhance the pedestrian spaces at all four corners of the Second Street and Orange Avenue intersection, is complete except for a few minor punch list items. The contractor has completed the sandblasting of street names using letters and Morse Code into the concrete rings. The Metropolitan Transit System swivel seating is in place and irrigation was installed in the large, protective and decorative planters. The planters were planted and are complete. The tables and chairs at each intersection were recently installed and are being used.

Second and Orange Parklet images 


Community Center Roof Repair: The copper gutters for the pool utility building were completed in the Community Center Roof Repair project and the PVC work has begun on its roof. Both the pool and gym roofs are scheduled to be complete by the end of this month. The first crew to finish will move back to the lobby roof. The great room demolition is planned to start next week. The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof project 


Low Tide Ride & Stride Event:  Coronado Rotary Club's Low Tide Ride & Stride will be held Saturday, June 22, along a 5-mile beach course from Silver Strand State Beach to Coronado’s Sunset Park. Please note that the race this year is shorter than last year’s 8.5-mile route and the start has been changed to the State Beach. Coronado Police Officers and Senior Volunteers will assist with the event at the beach and at Sunset Park. The race starts at 8 a.m. and should end by about noon. Area residents were notified earlier this month. Ocean Boulevard, immediately adjacent to Sunset Park and Naval Air Station North Island Gate No. 5, will be closed during the event. Parking restrictions are expected to be lifted by no later than 1 p.m.

2019 Low Tide map 


PAWS Management Agreement: The City Council this week authorized a third amendment to the management services agreement with Paws of Coronado to operate the Animal Care Facility. PAWS has managed the facility since November 1, 2014, a job that was previously the responsibility of the Police Department. PAWS manages the operations and provides for the care, feeding, record keeping, veterinary care, and adoptions. The management of the Animal Care Facility by PAWS has resulted in generous contributions from the public, which allows it to continue its no-kill policy. It does not matter if the animal is old, lame or in poor health. PAWS has provided loving homes to animals, so they are not euthanized. This third amendment increases PAWS compensation by three percent for Fiscal Year 2019-20.


Pet of the Week: Lola, a small and sweet mixed-breed dog, who was a featured Pet of the Week is once again up for adoption. She arrived at the Animal Care Facility as a stray, was adopted but returned when she didn’t get along well with another dog in the home. She is people-oriented and is active. She’s great on a leash and loves to go out for walks. To set up a visit with Lola, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Lola Pet of the Week 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission (two vacancies) and Library Board of Trustees (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for these positions. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Vacancies Boards Commissions 



Adult Programs:

  • The 20th annual Summer Festival continues with an outdoor concert on the Library Lawn. San Diego Music Award winners Berkley Hart will perform country music at 3 p.m. on Saturday June 22. Seating is limited, so bring lawn chairs and have a picnic. All of the Summer Festival Events can be found in the brochure.   

         Berkley Hart Concert

  • On June 22, the Spoilers Book Club will meet in the Ruby Room at 2:30 p.m. to discuss “True Grit” by Charles Portis, and screen excerpts from both the 1969 and 2010 film versions on two screens.

         True Grit Spoilers Book Club Flier


  • The library continues to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with a screening the film “Hidden Figures” on Monday, June 24, at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room.
  • Flamenco Gallardo returns to the Winn Room on Thursday, June 27, at 1 p.m. to demonstrate the rich history of the dance.


Kids/Teens Programs:

  • Kids are invited to practice their cooking skills and learn how to make easy snacks at the Great Coronado Bake Off events over the summer. On Tuesday, June 25, at 3 p.m. in the Ruby Room. kids will make snacks in the shapes of bugs. Please call the Library at (619) 522-7390 48 hours before the program for allergy concerns.
  • Come discover the world of sharks at “Sharks! Myths & Mysteries Revealed” with Dr. Laura K. Jordan-Smith, Ph.D. This event on Wednesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. is for all ages and for everyone interested in sharks and their role in ocean health.
  • On June 26, teens are invited to attend “Hands-on Henna” at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room and learn the basic history of henna design and its uses. Supplies will be provided for teens to create their own henna designs. The henna will last up to two weeks if properly cared for.
  • On June 26 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a computer workshop on “Intro to PowerPoint.”Attendees will learn the basics and simple tips on how to create a top-notch presentation. Space is limited, sign-up required.
  • Practice your swing in a storybook mini putt-putt golf course in the Children’s Area on Thursday, June 27, at 3 p.m. Make your way through the different collections to discover fairytale-themed holes such as Alice in Wonderland and Pete the Cat. Before teeing off, stop in the Ruby Room to make a visor to keep the sun out of your eyes.



Hoax Call: At 9:13 p.m. on Thursday, June13, the Police Department Communications Center received a call from a male subject stating that there was a shooting inside his home located in the 700 block of Balboa Avenue. Officers arrived and, with the assistance of the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, quickly established a perimeter. Officers made public address announcements into the residence and attempted to call inside the home. A short time later, a female exited the residence and officers were able to search the property and determine that the call was a hoax. The hoax is called swatting because the caller is attempting to get specialized police and equipment as a joke or retaliation. The caller typically calls from out of the area and from a telephone number that is difficult to trace. Detectives continue to investigate.



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

  • Streets Division touched up areas around town with fresh paint in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Graffiti patrols were increased, due to an uptick in the amount of tagging around town. New American and Coronado flags were installed along Orange Avenue and Silver Strand State Highway. New banners for the summer should be installed next week.

Facilities Work Around Town six images

  • Facilities staff performed a hydro-jet cleaning of the Glorietta Park Restroom Sewer Lateral. Facilities performs an annual maintenance of the sewer line in preparation of the Fourth of July and busy summer months. The exterior shower drain was plugged with sand and debris before the work was performed. Once completed, the shower and all other drains were in good working order.

Sewer Lateral Cleaning Glorietta Park

  • Facilities Division crews placed a stucco patch on the exterior of the Coronado Cays restroom and repainted the building. The paint used is a heavy-duty type that is designed to withstand the coastal elements. The interior of the restrooms have been prepped for priming and repainting starting Monday, June 24. The restrooms will be closed for 2-3 days for crews to perform the work. Portable toilets will be ordered and installed on site while the work is being done.

Cays Restroom Rehab
Cays Restroom Rehab one image 

  • Facilities staff completed a stucco wall patch repair at the Police Department. Due to water intrusion from the irrigation, the stucco was deteriorating and crumbling. Facilities crews removed all the affected stucco and installed new wire mesh and new stucco. The wall be painted on Monday, June 24.

PD Wall Work




Youth Summer Camps:  The City’s staple recreation summer program, Camp Coronado, began this week along with all of Recreation’s specialty camps. Campers are based in Glorietta Bay Park. The last day of camp is August 16. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Camps offer nine, one-week sessions for ages 6 to 12. Most weeks are $175 for residents and $185 for nonresidents. Call (619) 522-7342 or visit www.Coronado.ca.us/Register for more information and to register.


Free Summer Entertainment Series: Head to the Coronado Community Center for the first installment of this year's Free Summer Entertainment Series. On Wednesday, June 26 at noon, Jr. Crew from Rubio’s Dance Studio will perform in the group’s unique drum style using buckets and barrels. The Free Summer Entertainment Series continues throughout the season:

  • Wednesday, July 17 - Tri Cities Steel Drum Band
  • Wednesday, July 24 - USA Jumpstars
  • Wednesday, July 31 - Wild Wonders
  • Wednesday, August 7 - The John Abrams Animal Magic Show
  • Wednesday, August 14 - Mad Science

For more information on any of these events, contact Coronado Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Recreation.


Free Presentation – Inside Camp David: Go “Inside Camp David” on Thursday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Michael Giorgione, who served as the commander of Camp David from 1999 to 2001 under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In this free presentation, Giorgione will share inside views from living at this private mountaintop retreat with his young family, as neighbors to presidents and First Families. He will also weave in the stories of 15 other commanders, covering the 77-year history of the camp. Register now to guarantee a seat. Contact the Spreckels Center at (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Spreckels.



Junior Golf Camps in Full Swing: Children between the ages of 6 to 14, can join in Golf camps from Tuesdays through Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per student per week. Attendees will receive professional instruction to help develop driving, chipping and putting skills. Summer Junior Golf Camp dates: July 9-11; July 16-18; July 23-25; July 30-August 1; August 6-8; and August 13-15. To register for our Summer Junior Golf Camp, please contact the Golf Pro Shop at (619) 522-6590.

Junior Golf Camps 


New Summer Sports Camps: This summer, Recreation and Golf Services has a new partner in the National Academy of Athletics. The Academy will be leading three new sports camps at the Coronado Middle School’s Cutler Field: volleyball, rugby and flag football. Players ages 7 to 13 can develop and improve their skills with experienced coaches. Camps begin in July but spots are filling quickly. Register today at www.coronado.ca.us/Register or call (619) 522- 7342.


Armchair Travel: The June Armchair Travel event earlier this week featured world traveler Matt Allison, a local who has visited 170 countries and every continent, living with remote tribes and exploring caves, jungles, mountains and deserts. Dozens of people attended to learn something about his recent journey to Myanmar and Afghanistan without having travel. Armchair Travel is a popular evening at the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. Consider attending the July event, which is now being planned. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the speaker’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for residents, $6 for nonresidents. To register, call (619) 522-7343, visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels, or come by the Spreckels Center.

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.


Feast and Fareway Opening
Posted on 06/21/2019
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