Weekly Update May 11, 2018

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Weekly Update May 11, 2018

Weekly Update May 11, 2018

Weekly Update
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Budget Workshop Highlights: The City Council held a workshop May 8 to discuss the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget and Financial Plan. The budget contains the proposed financial plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. The Council gave direction to staff. Those changes will be reflected in an updated draft budget, which will be on the agenda for adoption on June 5. Here is a summary of the budget highlights:

  • General Fund Revenues of $56,421,000 will exceed 12-month General Fund Expenditures of $56.084,000 by $337,000 -- budget is balanced without a draw on reserves

  • Significant growth in tax base (property assessment up 55% over 10 years)

  • $4 million reserve set aside for a future Capital Improvement Project to begin undergrounding overhead utilities within a decade

  • Financial plan emphasizes long-term sustainability -- new Capital Expenditures Accounts $4,176,000 (less than $1 million in General Fund); transfer of $2.7 million to the Equipment & Facilities Replacement Fund for FY 18-19

  • Place an additional $2.15 million towards pension stabilization

  • $1 million for Community Grants

Avenue of Heroes Ceremony:  The City of Coronado invites the public to attend an Avenue of Heroes Dedication Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Coronado High School on Saturday, May 12, where 17 military Home Town Heroes will be honored. The City, VFW Post 2422, the Third and Fourth Streets Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado who have honorably served their country. The City’s website has more information on the Hometown Hero Banner program. The City is actively accepting applications for future banner candidates living or dead, active duty or retired, who live or have lived in Coronado and have honorably served in any branch of the military. The event is free and open to the public.

  Avenue of Heroes 

May is Bike Month: This Saturday, May 12, join the Mayor’s Ride to celebrate Bike Month.  Every May, Coronado and the community celebrate National Bike Month by bicycling to work or school, and logging miles with the San Diego Association of Government’s iCommute program. Participants also can attend one of the bicycling events planned for Bike Month in Coronado. Join the City or just ride your bike. Visit the City’s Active Transportation page on the City’s website to find out how you can get in on the fun. Coronado is proud to have been designated as both a Bicycle Friendly Community and a Bicycle Friendly Business (City Hall) at the silver level by the League of American Bicyclists. Bike month activities include:

  • Mayor’s Ride: Saturday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. Meet at Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue near Seventh Street to tour the City on two wheels.
  • Bike to Work Day: Thursday, May 17
  • Coronado Bikes to the Movies: Friday, May 18. Join Dorothy and Toto in Tidelands Park for the second annual bike-in movie. The City, with support from SANDAG, will provide bike festivities, a bicycle skills clinic, and fun prizes at 6:30 p.m., with “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen at 8 p.m.

     Bike Month Images


Counterfeit Money:  The Coronado Police Department asks the local business community to call and a file a report if they received counterfeit money over this past weekend. Producing or using counterfeit money is a form of fraud. The number is (619) 522-7350. Coronado Police received several reports of counterfeit $100 bills being passed at local businesses. Detectives are working with the Secret Service on these cases. Businesses are encouraged to check all $100 bills for authenticity prior to accepting them. If you have a fake bill, call us, and get a description of the suspect. In this crime series, the suspect has been purchasing inexpensive items, paying with the fraudulent bills, then receiving legitimate change back. The business is then out the money, and the purchased item. For more information on how to detect a fake note visit: https://www.uscurrency.gov/



Historic Preservation Public Forums: A City Council subcommittee tasked with reviewing Coronado’s historic property designation process is asking the community for input at two planned public forums, May 22 and May 30. The Council appointed Council members Carrie Downey and Mike Donovan in April to a subcommittee to review the city’s Historic Preservation Program. The subcommittee will review the application and appeal processes; criteria for historic designation; fees; demolition requests; and Mills Act procedure. The public input will be incorporated into City Council recommendations for potential improvements and the goal of involving more people in the program. The forums will be held in the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room Tuesday, May 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  Historic Plaque  

Storm Drain Inlet Improvement Project
  Construction activities are continuing at Ocean Boulevard and Loma Avenue to replace existing storm drain inlets and pipes. Demolition operations on the northwest corner of the intersection have been completed, construction of the new inlet is well underway, and installation of the pipe between the northern two corners of the intersection is beginning. Once the work at Ocean and Loma is completed, the contractor will move to the cul de sac at the west end of Ocean to complete similar construction activities. Work is anticipated to be completed before Memorial Day weekend at which point the contractor will continue making storm drain improvements at other locations throughout the village and farther away from the high-traffic area adjacent to the beach. Please use caution when driving through construction zones.

   Storm Drain images


Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off Event:  The City is kicking off the official start to the 2018 Free Summer Shuttle season at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at Coronado Rotary Plaza. The City Council funds the popular service, which keeps residents and visitors out of their cars during Coronado’s busiest season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Four brightly wrapped buses will be in service. Buses will run from May 25-September 3 from 8:58 a.m. to 9:43 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and one hour later Friday and Saturday. Special free Fourth of July bus service will be available for Cays residents from 7:40 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the Cays Fire Station to the Community Center. Village shuttle hours will be extended one hour on each end, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the Fourth of July.

Sit a Spell and Play a Tune: Public pianos are returning to Coronado on May 22 thanks to the “Sit A Spell and Play a Tune” program, which was recently approved by the City Council. Managed by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission, the program provides access to musical opportunity while fostering creativity and building a sense of community. The original piano will return to Coronado Rotary Plaza. Look for new pianos at Adella Plaza near the El Cordova Hotel and the Coronado Ferry Landing. The pianos are wrapped with artwork by local artists Jody Esquer, Karrie Jackson and Tina Christiansen. See flier at right. The final concert will be in conjunction with the Coronado Community Band. For more information, contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633.

   Sit a spell

Arts Coffee and Conversation: The City’s Cultural Arts Commission needs your help to ensure the development of an effective plan for the future of arts and culture in Coronado. An emerging theme is the preservation and promotion of Coronado’s unique cultural heritage and exploration of the role of the City and the Cultural Arts Commission in this endeavor. Please join Louise Stevens from ArtsMarkets and members of the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission as they explore this topic at a Coffee & Conversation event on Tuesday, May 15, at the Coronado Historical Association Lecture Hall from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (619) 522-2633.

 Coffee and conversation

Five Points Intersection Improvements:  The City Council directed staff, with the help of consultants, to come up with possible ways to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection of Glorietta Boulevard, Pomona Avenue, and Tenth Street, known as the “Five Points” intersection. On Monday, May 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the City will host a public workshop in the Triton Room at the Community Center to introduce conceptual designs, obtain community feedback, and determine whether or not Coronado residents feel any of the concepts are worth pursuing. The workshop will begin with a short presentation, but the remaining time will be available for residents to review designs, ask questions, and provide feedback. Please feel free to stop by any time during the event.

Five Points Intersection Improvements Workshop

Monday, May 21, 2018

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Triton Room at the Community Center

(1845 Strand Way)


Country Club Infiltration Project:  Staff continues to discharge groundwater 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 continued to furnish submittals for the project, and is expected to mobilize equipment and start construction in mid- to late-May 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.

Coastal CampusThe Navy has informed the City that work on the new entrance to the Coastal Campus is continuing on schedule and that it has planned weekend work coming up on Saturday, May 12, and Saturday, May 19. Please obey the posted speed limits and use caution when driving through the construction zone.


Upcoming Event – Navy’s Bay Bridge Run:  Coronado will experience some delays on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge on Sunday, May 20, due to the Navy’s 31st annual Bay Bridge Run/Walk. The 4-mile event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Coronado officers, along with other local and federal law enforcement, will provide security for the event. Around 11,000 people are set to participate. The run/walk begins in San Diego at the Convention Center and makes its way across the bridge and ends in Tidelands Park (see route map). The bridge will remain open throughout the event with one lane open for travel in each direction.

    Bay Bridge Map

Memorial Day Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 28, and reminds residents that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Memorial Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the Memorial Day schedule:

    Memorial Day      

Area Code Changes: The California Public Utilities Commission will require San Diego County residents to push more buttons when making calls in the 619 and 858 area codes starting next weekend. The change will prevent the area from running out of phone numbers by combining the area codes into one region. Instead of creating a new area code, this changes allows more numbers to be given out in the same region. Beginning May 19, making a call in the 619 and 858 area codes from within the two area codes will required callers to dial a 1 plus the area code plus the phone number. You can begin using the new dialing rules. It also is suggested you program your cell and home phones with the new extra digit.


Pet of the Week:  Nigel, a sweet 9-year-old Chihuahua, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray. Nigel is a little shy but after he gets to know you, he loves attention and affection. He weighs 7 pounds and is up to date on his shots. Nigel’s adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Nigel, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

         Nigel PAWS 


San Diego County Election NewsPlease see this news release from the County of San Diego Registrar of Voters concerning early voting for the upcoming June 5 gubernatorial primary election. 

    Election Info.



Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 8. The Board reviewed the status of the new open schedule, electronic access by patrons, and Summer Festival plans.

Library Programs:  A Library App workshop was offered on Monday morning, May 7.  A PBS POV film and discussion was held on Tuesday evening, May 8. “Almost Sunrise” was screened.  A Digital Media Workshop on photo scanning was offered on Wednesday, May 9. On Thursday, May 10, a workshop was presented on how to get the best results when using the Coronado Digital Newspaper Collection. Today, From Beethoven to Broadway: A French Horn and Piano Concert by Bruce Dorcy and Beverly Reese Dorcy was presented in the Winn Room. On Saturday, May 12, the Anime Club will present “Princess Mononoke” at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room.


Youth Programs:  A Mother’s Day Craft was held on Tuesday, May 8, and at the Teen Create event on Wednesday, May 9, the teens made bows and arrows. The Teen Tech Team was open for business at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7, ready to help anyone with issues with their phones, tablets, or e-readers. 

   Kids crafts


Alice’s Tea PartyParents, grandparents, friends, and children attended Alice’s Tea Party on Saturday, May 5 in the Winn Room.  Tea and tea sandwiches, punch, and cookies were served.  Literature Comes to Life provided the entertainment, with a staged version of Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza in which the children in attendance acted out the roles.

    Tea Party



Boathouse Open HouseAn Open House will be held at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse on May 19, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to show the community all the facility has to offer. There will be a raffle, board demonstrations, a PaddleFit fitness class demonstration, and safety and educational materials from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. See flier below for more details.

       Boathouse Open House


Fifth Grade Preview - Superhero Night: Calling all fifth-graders. This Friday, May 11, join your friends for Fifth Grade Preview Night where Recreation staff will host Superhero Night at the Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way. This event is held to show new middle school students what the Recreation Department’s Friday Night Teen Nights are all about. Pre-register by calling (619) 522-7342 or just show up the night of the event. Questions? Call (619) 522-246. Don't forget to dress up as your favorite superhero (optional).

              Superhero night

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.


Bike Month images
Posted on 05/11/2018
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