Weekly Update March 23, 2018

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Weekly Update March 23, 2018

Weekly Update March 23, 2018


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March 20 City Council Meeting Recap: On Tuesday, March 20, the City Council issued proclamations to retiring 34-year City employee Sandy Downes and to the Coronado Historical Association in honor of Rosie the Riveter Day. The Council’s agenda covered topics including a report on the multi-year financial forecast through fiscal year 2023; approval of a Special City Council Budget Workshop on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 4 p.m., in the City Council Chambers; and approval of the Council’s policy on Community Grants. A review of the City’s Historic Designation Process was continued to the next regular meeting on April 3, 2018.

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Enforcement of Dockless Bicycles:  Last December, the City Council considered a request from LimeBike for a Business Operations Permit to use public property and public rights-of-way to operate a dockless bicycle share business.  The Council did not grant LimeBike’s request.  Representatives from two other bike sharing companies, Ofo and Urban Cycle, also requested that they  be allowed to operate.  Consequently, LimeBike and all other dockless bike share companies do not have permission to operate in Coronado.  Subsequently, and despite the denial, dockless bicycles have appeared in all parts of Coronado.  To address this scofflaw type of behavior,  the Police Department has been tasked with posting the bikes that are left on public property or rights-of-way.  Bicycles that remain unclaimed are picked-up the next day by the Public Services Department and stored until they are retrieved by the owners.  Coronado is home to 11 bicycle rental companies and is designated a silver-level Bicycle-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.


Community Development Director Update:  This past week, the city manager interviewed top finalists for the vacant Community Development Director position.  Reference and background checks are underway.  An announcement is anticipated within two weeks.  Previously, seven candidates were interviewed by three interview panels, comprised of representatives from the community, professional peers, and City staff.  The top candidates from these interviews have now been interviewed by the City Manager.  Of the seven candidates interviewed, all are currently working as either Planning Directors, Senior Planners, or executive-level planners.  Three of the candidates are women and four are men.  Former Community Development Director Rachel Hurst retied on December 31, 2017.  Tina Christiansen is now serving as the Interim Community Development Director.  The Community Development Department consists of nine full-time employees responsible for all planning, building, housing, and historic resource functions. 


Arbor Day:  On Saturday, March 17, the City supported Arbor Day activities with tree plantings throughout the City, beginning in Spreckels Park.  Led by the Street Tree Committee, volunteers from the community, local schools and the Navy, all participated in the festivities. The rain held off just in time for volunteers to plant trees throughout Coronado.  More than 50 people helped to plant 33 trees. After the trees were planted, City staff staked-off and deep watered the trees.


Requesting Funds for San Diego-Coronado Bridge:  Following a letter signed by Mayor Bailey and endorsed by the City Council, Councilmember Sandke and the City Manager attended the California Transportation Commission meeting in Orange, California on Thursday, March 22, to request California State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP) funds for the bridge.  The goal of SHOPP funds are to reduce collisions, improve operations and mobility, and to provide for bridge preservation.   SHOPP funds are appropriated on a rolling, two-year cycle.  The hope is that future funds will be made available for the bridge.

Pet of the Week: This week’s Pet of the Week is Javier. He came to PAWS from an unfortunate animal-hoarding situation in San Diego County. After weeks of TLC, Javier is healthy, affectionate and happy, and ready for his forever home. Well-behaved Javier walks nicely on-leash, rides well in the car, and even likes cats. Javier’s Stats: Chihuahua mix, male, DOB February 2015, eight pounds, shots up-to-date, neutered, microchipped, and adoption fee $125. To setup a visit with Javier, call PAWS, the operator of the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

 Javier Pet of the Week


Florals by Locals - Call to Artists:  The Cultural Arts Commission is calling local artists to submit artwork with a floral theme to be included in an exhibition and sale in the 2018 Flower Show, on April 21-22.  For the fourth year, the Commission will mount an exhibit Florals by Locals to highlight the work of local artists at the annual community event.  To participate, artists must be 18 or older and qualify as one of the following: 1) a Coronado resident; 2) an employee, teacher or property owner in Coronado; or 3) operator of a gallery in Coronado.  All artwork must be the original work of the registered applicant.  Work must be floral or floral-themed and not exceed 24” x 36” in size (including frame).  To register, visit www.coronadoARTS.com and use the Opportunity drop-down menu.  The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on April 10.  Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information, contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633.

Florals by locals

Upcoming Boat Launch Ramp ClosureIn mid-April, the Glorietta Bay Marina Boat Launching Ramp Facility will be temporarily closed in order to repaint stripes in the parking lot area.  The reinstallation of the paint will take approximately two days.  The City will provide more details once the closure dates are determined.  Notification signs will also be posted.  For alternative boat launch ramps in San Diego, visit the Port of San Diego’s website at  the following link:  www.portofsandiego.org/harbor-police/get-boating-info/269-boat-launching-ramps.html


Commission Vacancies: The City has vacancies on the Transportation Commission. See flier below for the details.



Historic Resource CommissionAt its meeting on Wednesday, March 21, the Historic Resource Commission determined that 1405 Tenth Street meets the criteria to be designated as a Historic Resource in association with a Notice of Intent to Demolish (Determination of Historic Significance) review.  The Commission also approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 904 Fifth Street.