Weekly Update March 6, 2020

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Weekly Update March 6, 2020

Weekly Update March 6, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s video update 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.


Housing Numbers Appeal Hearing: The City will attend a public hearing at the March 27 San Diego Association of Governments meeting where its board will consider four appeals of its Regional Housing Needs Assessment. The City is one of the cities appealing its proposed allocation. SANDAG developed the methodology to create the assessment, which assigns housing units based on the amount of jobs in each jurisdiction. It included active duty military jobs that have government-provided housing or housing allowances. This was not previously the case. SANDAG also failed to account for Coronado’s unique constraints to development. More than 70% of the City’s total land area falls under the jurisdiction of agencies who have exclusive land use authority. Only about 1 square mile is available in Coronado to accommodate the new housing units and it is all 100% within the coastal zone. The appeal letter has been posted to the City’s website. The draft regional housing need allocation, appeals, comments on appeals, and Regional Housing Needs Assessment appeals hearing procedures are available online at www.sandag.org/rhna. The City has supported affordable housing in the past and continues to do so. Coronado has an inventory of 171 deed-restricted affordable housing units.

Silver Strand Traffic Signals: Traffic signals in front of Naval Amphibious Base Coronado have been experiencing communication problems, causing some backup on northbound Silver Strand State Highway. The signals are designed to adapt and adjust to the changing traffic conditions; however, the communications problems are not permitting the signals to work as designed. The firm that designed and installed the adaptive software is investigating the failure and hopes to have it resolved as soon as possible. Until this issue is resolved, motorists are asked to obey all traffic laws and allow additional time for their trip.


Cal-Am Water Main Leak: The City was informed late Wednesday, March 4, by California American Water that there was another leak along its 16-inch water main on state Route 75, between Fiddlers Cover and Naval Amphibious Base. The next day, crews found an abandoned pipe tapped into the water main that had the break, turned off the water and removed a section to stop the leak. System pressure was re-established, and service was back to normal. Water remained on at Fiddlers Cove Marina during the work. Crews had to temporarily shut down the Bayshore Bikeway. Riders were required to detour around the construction and repair areas. Signs directed bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. A break on the 16-inch water main closed the bike path in early February in the same general area until repairs were complete.

Cal Am Water Main Break


Arbor Day Tree Plantings: The City planted 38 trees this year at its annual Arbor Day “Plant a Tree in Coronado” event on Saturday, Feb. 29. Community members and groups showed up ready to plant the trees throughout town. Public Services and the Street Tree Committee hosted the event, which attracted more than 100 people. The City plants trees annually to increase the age diversity of its urban forest so that trees mature at varying times.

Arbor Day Group
ARbor Day volunteers

Ballot Drop Off Location: The unofficial tally for the number of ballots collected by the San Diego County Registrar’s Office at the Coronado Public Library is 1,706. The Library served once again as a Mail Ballot Drop Off location for the March 3 Primary Election.


Coastal Campus Sewer Main: The contractor continues to work on manholes and air vacuum assemblies along state Route 75 between the Bayshore Bikeway and the Coronado Cays block wall. Crews also are working on the connection to the Cays Main Pump Station and associated filter bed. The new connection will require the Cays Main Pump Station to be bypassed to allow work inside the wet well. The contractor also is connecting the southern end of the sewer main to Pump Station No. 1 within the Navy’s Coastal Campus. (Photo: Air vacuum assembly work.)

Air Vacuum Assembly Coastal Campus 

City Facilities Featured in Open House Event: Three civic buildings will be featured as part of OH! San Diego, a region-wide open house highlighting local architecture. Coronado is participating for the first time. The open house is March 7-8. The buildings are the Coronado Public Library, the John D. Spreckels Center and the Coronado Boathouse and Club Room. Seven other Coronado properties or tours are also included. The program offers participants an opportunity to learn about innovative architecture, urban planning and design. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to see other venues in Coronado visit their website.

OH San Diego Coronado facilities 


San Diego Waterfront Park Event: The County of San Diego has notified the City of the twice-a-year multi-stage music festival, CRSSD Fest, at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 15,000 people per day. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (858) 337-8001 or [email protected]. The City is notified but not consulted about the event. The approving authority is the County. The City intends to ask the County for sound-monitoring equipment.


Pet of the Week: Lightning, a 4-year-old Tuxedo cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Lightning is a sweet and social cat who came from the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility via the San Diego Welfare Coalition and was transferred to Coronado to ease overcrowding. She is playful and striking with the tuxedo markings on her glossy short coat. She only has one eye, but it hasn’t slowed her down. Her adoption fee is $50. to set up a visit with Lightning, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Lightning Pet of the Week 

Library’s New Catalog: Finding things in the Coronado Public Library should be much easier with a new catalog that will increase customer satisfaction and save time. In February, customers had a month to try out the new catalog while still having access to the old one. Starting March 1, the Library is only using its new service. The new catalog uses a relevance ranking algorithm and has a much more advanced and forgiving search engine that allows less accurate searches to still produce useful results. For instance, if you don’t find a specific title, it will suggest other similar books that the Library has. Customers also will be able to easily search new titles, bestsellers and award winners. The catalog has many other enhanced features such as a way to save lists of what you have read or would like to read. This improved Library service is mobile friendly and can be accessed from your phone or tablet.

Library New Catalog 


Community  Read Program -- Careers  in Fire Service: A fire at the Los Angeles Central Library is the topic of this year’s Community Read book. As part of activities related to the Community Read, four Coronado firefighters will share their experiences on Thursday, March 12. The Library panel will answer questions about education and training, what skills are required, and the unique camaraderie that exists within Fire Services. High school students who are considering a career in fire services or those who would like to learn more about our firefighters are invited to this free event which will be held in the Winn Room at 6:30 p.m. The Library panel includes Battalion Chief Jayson Summers, Fire Capt. Darren Hall and Firefighter/Paramedics John Feliciano and Robert Phelps. For information, call the Library at (619) 522-7390.

Careers in Fire Service 

Police Activity: If people noticed police activity on Orange Avenue near Chase Bank on Wednesday, March 5,  it was due to a man who made threatening comments in the bank. Coronado police responded and took the man into custody. He was later placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

Sidewalk/Bike Path Work: Public Services Streets Division replaced a sidewalk at 925 Tenth St. and at 712 H Ave., both of which had heavy root lifting. The bike path had a 12-foot section replaced that had shifted causing separation.

Sidewalk Work Bike Path Work 


Cays Wall Renovation: The Cays Block Wall Renovation Project will begin Thursday, March 12, and last about two months. The contractor for Public Services will be replacing cracked blocks, replacing rusted rebar and replacing the entire top mortar cap with a water resistant mortar. The scope of work will include the wall from the Cays main entrance south to Mardi Gras. This project will be low impact to the public and the sports groups that use the park.

Cays Wall small



Spreckels Park Tree Gets Trimmed: A large Brown Iron Bark eucalyptus tree in Spreckels Park got a 20% crown reduction on Friday, March 6. The tree is the tallest in Spreckels Park. This work was performed in an effort to lower the risk of limb failure and ensure the health of the tree. 

Tree Trimmed

Holiday Camps: Spring Break: Recreation’s Spring Break holiday camps are a great way for kids to spend their time off. Camp is offered daily during spring break from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for kids in kindergarten through 7th grade. Cost is $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents per day. For more information visit www.coronado.ca.us/register or call (619) 522-7342. Additionally, Recreation also will offer two specialty camps during Coronado's spring break, Xtreme Dodgeball Mini Camp and Spring Break Kayak Camp.

Holiday Camps


Hiring Summer Staff: The City is accepting applications for positions at Camp Coronado, the Skatepark or as a lifeguard at the Aquatics Center pool. To find out about the positions and submit applications, visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/coronado or call (619) 522-7300.

Rec Recruitment 


March Armchair Travel: The City of Coronado’s Armchair Travel celebrates all things Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, at the Spreckels Center. Hear stories of Ireland’s history, culture, and the personal experiences of storyteller and museum educator Tyler Hackworth as he guides you on a journey across the Emerald Isle. Social hour beings at 5:30 p.m. with beer and wine available for purchase. The speaker’s presentation beings promptly at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the program is $6 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343, or go online at www.coronado.ca.us/register to register.


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Posted on 03/06/2020
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