Weekly Update March 8, 2019

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Weekly Update March 8, 2019

Weekly Update March 8, 2019

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Community Center Improvements: Here are two recent additions to the Community Center that improve the look of and offer another opportunity to promote events in the facility:

  • The City installed a new “Community Matters” board last week in the east hallway near the front counter. The board is a place for local organizations to display fliers for arts and cultural events in City facilities. The Cultural Arts Commission developed the board design, which is similar to a community board at the Spreckels Center. Both facilities have adopted policies and procedures for the board. For more information about posting a flier, contact the Coronado Community Center at (619) 522-7342.

Community board

  • A community art project sponsored by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission during the 92118 Day Celebration is now on display at the Community Center. “92118 -- Art by the Numbers” was completed with the help of Coronado High School Visual Arts Department student artists led by teacher Karrie Jackson. They designed a five‐panel art piece to mark the celebration of the celebration of the 92118 zip code. Each panel represents a number from Coronado’s zip code and creates the look of a vintage postcard. The panels were offered to the community in a paint-by-numbers format, which they painted during the festivities.

92118 Day Art 

Border Environmental Meetings in Washington, D.C.: This past week, the Mayor, the City Manager, along with Coronado’s Washington, D.C. lobbyists, made office visits seeking funding and a solution to the Tijuana River Valley border sewage issues. Meetings were held with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; the Environmental Protection Agency; the State Department, and legislators. Much of the discussion focused on the U.S.-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program that provides funding for the 62 miles north and south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Projects funded by the program must address existing conditions that will have a positive effect on health and environment in the United States. Along with the program is the Border Environmental Infrastructure Fund which works with the North American Development Bank to administer grants provided by EPA for the implementation of high-priority municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects in the border region. Over the past several years, the program has not been funded at traditional levels. The City is asking that it be funded at past historic levels. Solutions are being sought that have bipartisan support and are consistent with the anti-earmark rules of the federal budget.


City, Navy to Honor Vietnam Veterans: In recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the City of Coronado and Naval Base Coronado are honoring local Coronado Vietnam veterans with a free base tour and lunch on Thursday, March 28. Interested Vietnam veterans should call the City at (619) 522-7300 to be placed on the reservation list as space is limited. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every March 29.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last four hours with lunch on the Navy Base. The bus tour will be narrated and hosted by Navy personnel with visits to Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.

Vietnam Vets Day

New Council Policy for Retail Establishments: The City Council this week adopted an administrative policy to eliminate or reduce off-street parking requirements for retail and personal service establishments with adjunct counter-oriented eating and drinking services. The policy allows these types of retail establishments with up to 250 square feet of customer area to operate without providing off-street parking. Those with more than 250 square feet of customer area are required to provide off-street parking at a ratio of one space per 100 square feet. The viability of traditional brick and mortar retail uses has significantly declined with the popularity of online shopping. It is now common for drug stores, beauty salons, liquor stores, and book stores to sell prepared sandwiches and beverages in addition to their customary wares to remain competitive. The new policy recognizes the expanding gray area between full-service, counter-oriented, and hybrid eating and drinking establishments and the challenges of enforcing a one-size-fits-all parking requirement.



Spreckels Center Closure: The Spreckels Center will be closed from March 16-22 to have permanent flooring installed. The flooring was damaged from a destructive December storm. Access to the Lawn Bowling Green will be maintained as will access to bathrooms for lawn bowlers. Most classes will be moved, and some may be canceled. Any affected participants will be notified by the Spreckels Center team. Call the Spreckels Center at (619) 522-7343 for details.

Spreckels Center image 

Scam Prevention Public Meeting:  The Police Department will be hosting a second scam prevention public meeting at the Community Center on Thursday, March 14, at 6 p.m.  Scams are on the rise here. Come attend this informational meeting where you will learn to recognize different types of scams and find out how to protect yourself and your family.

Scam Alert



All Things Seuss: Exhibit 1 and 2: Twin exhibits featuring a rare glimpse of some of Dr. Seuss’ work from pieces from a local private collector are now on display. “All Things Seuss: Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2” opened this month and feature 37 pieces from the collection. “Exhibit 1” is at the Library from March 1 through May 20 and “Exhibit 2” is in the C3 Gallery in the Coronado Community Center through August 15. A reception was held in the C3 Gallery on Wednesday, March 6. The exhibits are sponsored by the Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission. The private collection is owned by resident Louise Gens Wicarius, which will be displayed for the first time. For more information about the exhibition contact Coronado Art Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].

Seuss 3 images


New Sign Installation: A new community sign was installed last week at Spreckels Park. The sign features local churches as well as local civic organizations and other local groups. The sign maintains the characteristics of the former sign with the wood frame but accommodates more names and blends well with its park surroundings.

Sign at Spreckels 

Navy Noise Advisory: The Navy has advised the City that during the weeks of March 4 and March 11, Naval Base Coronado is hosting student pilot training. Residents may experience additional or different-sounding aircraft noise during this time and see different aircraft than they are used to seeing in the vicinity.


Pet of the Week: Samantha, a 1-year-old brown tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Samantha has had a rough start to life, being abandoned in Coronado. She was shut down and very wary of humans. With lots of love and TLC from her friends at PAWS, Samantha has learned to trust and love her human pals. She is ready for a forever family. Samantha would prefer a quiet household with no other cats. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Samantha, call PAWS, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Samantha POTW 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Bicycle Advisory Committee: one member. Applications are being accepted for this open position. 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.




Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, March 6, the Historic Resource Commission recommended to the City Council approval of a Historic Alteration Permit, with zoning exceptions related to height, setbacks, Floor Area Ratio, and Structural Coverage, for 548 Marina Ave.



Adult Library Programs: On Monday, March 4, the Library conducted two technology programs: A Library App Workshop and a Mobile Device Assistance Workshop, provided by our Teen Tech Team. This week’s Community Read programs included a film screening of “Surviving the Dust Bowl” on Tuesday, March 5, and book discussions of the Practice House on Thursday, March 7, and March 9 at the Saturday Book Club meeting. The calendar for all programs at the Library can be found here.


Women’s History Month: The Library celebrates Women’s History Month with a Visiting Author Series this weekend. Angelica Shirley Carpenter presents her book, “Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist” in an after-hours speaking and book-signing event on Friday, March 8. On Saturday, March 9, author and senior adviser to the Water Foundation, Rita Sudman, will hold a lecture on her book, “Water, More or Less.” A book signing will follow the lecture.


Youth Programs: “Make Dirt Cups” was the Tinker Tuesday activity on March 5 related to the book “Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl.” The book was selected as the 2019 Kids’ Community Read. Last week, Children’s Services hosted “Book Party!: Geronimo and Thea Stilton,” based on the popular chapter book for school-age kids.  More information about the Children’s Library can be found here. Teen Book Club members discussed “The Practice House” on Tuesday, March 5. Teen gaming enthusiasts participated in Games & Grub on Wednesday, March 6. The Library’s team of Junior Volunteers met on Thursday, March 7. Last week, the Teen Event was “Heat Sensitive Slime” and members of the Teens gathered at the monthly Teen Advisory Board meeting. They use the opportunity to share what they love about the Teen Library, and their ideas for it. Visit the Teen Library page to discover great programs and resources for Teens.

Book Party two images Book Party kids

Slime at Library

TAB Meeting 



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

  • Streets Division replaced a 45-foot section of sidewalk at 370 C Ave. due to damage caused by heavy roots.

    370 C 

  • Streets Division recently replaced an alley section between Third and Fourth streets and between Orange and D avenues. More than 20 alleys had their fire lanes touched up in recent weeks and Streets crews repaired more than 30 potholes around town. Additionally, Streets crews removed old parking permit sign poles.

Alley Striping

        Alley Concrete


  • Beach Division last week brought in 75 cubic yards of sand to help alleviate the large loss of sand from recent heavy storms and make the transitions between walkways and beach much smoother. The image below is the “after” picture for the sand replenishment at the beach.

Sand Replenishment






Soccer Clinic for College-Bound Players: The Coronado Youth Soccer League will host a two-day college identification clinic for elite- and academy-level soccer players ages 13 to 19 that are looking to play college level soccer. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, at the Coronado Cays Fields. For information, call Dave Oden at (808) 646-0833 or Manny Neves at (619) 985-3019.

Slime Time: Kids in first through fifth grades enjoyed attending the most recent Slime Time class and mixing the secret ingredients to create the gooey stuff. The next Slime Time event is Tuesday, March 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Each workshop is $22 for residents and $32 for nonresidents. Call (619) 522-7371 for more information.

Slime Time all

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92118 Day image
Posted on 03/08/2019
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