Weekly Update May 19, 2017

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Weekly Update May 19, 2017


Weekly Update May 19, 2017

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video 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 City Manager’s Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.


Bicycle Friendly Business Designation The City of Coronado was officially recognized this week by the League of American Bicyclists as a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business. The City is part of a list of 1,343 local businesses and government agencies across the country working to make employees safer, happier and healthier. Locally, the City joins the San Diego Association  of Governments as the only agencies in San Diego County at the silver level. Coronado was honored for providing resources, amenities and encouragement to its employees to make cycling and other active transportation modes an easier choice. Moving forward, the City will have access to tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle friendly, so stay tuned. In 2013, the league recognized the city as a Bicycle Friendly community, also at the silver level.  
Bicycle Friendly Business

May is Bike Month: City of Coronado employees participated yesterday, May 18, in Bike to Work Day. Thousands of riders across San Diego County took part in activities at more than 100 pit stops including four in Coronado. Tonight is the “Coronado Bikes to the Movies” event and tomorrow, May 20, is the “Coronado Mayor’s Ride,” both part of Bike Month activities the City is hosting. Grab a blanket, chairs, picnic and bike to Tidelands Park. Pre-movie fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film begins at 8. The Mayor’s Ride begins at 12:30 p.m. at Spreckels Park. Every May, Coronado and the community celebrate National Bike Month by bicycling to work or school. The City encourages residents to participate in Bike to Work Day, which was held Thursday, May 18. Visit the City’s Active Transportation page on the City’s website page to find out how you can get in on the fun. 

Bike to the Movies 

Bike to Work Day participants

Fact or Fiction: The City has responded in recent days to a few topics that have been widely discussed in the community on its Fact or Fiction: Answers to Rumors and Questions page. Please be sure to check in from time to time to see what has been addressed. 

Fact or Fiction 


Glorietta Bay Inn Donation: The John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green now has a billiards table in its lounge thanks to a generous donation from the Glorietta Bay Inn. The City Council accepted the donation last month and the billiards table was unveiled May 11. Claudia Ludlow, general manager of the Glorietta Bay Inn, said the hotel’s previous owner donated sitting chairs as a gift to the center and that the owners wanted to continue the tradition. Spreckels Center staff thought the billiards table would bring fun and many years of enjoyment to many people. The City and staff thank the Glorietta Bay Inn for the gift.

Billiards Glorietta Bay Inn 
From left: Recreation & Golf Services Director Roger Miller, Glorietta Bay Inn General Manager Claudia Ludlow and City Manager Blair King.


Portable Restroom Trailer Open: The portable restroom has reopened for the summer at the end of the Avenida del Sol cul de sac at South Beach. Over the winter, it received a much-needed major overhaul due to heavy use. Sewer connections have been made and the facility will remain in place through summer.

Portable Restroom Trailer

Coronado Currents Vol. 42:  The latest edition of Coronado Currents, the City's 6-page full-color newsletter, should soon be arriving in City mailboxes. The newsletter's cover story is about the Spreckels Center. There are stories on the Free Summer Shuttle, set to begin later this month; new features on the City’s website; Bike Month events; art and culture in Coronado; and project updates all over town. The newsletter is available online. Click on the image below to read Coronado Currents Vol. 42. 

Coronado Currents Vol. 42 


Upcoming Events:

  • Coronado will experience some delays on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge on Sunday, May 21, due to the Navy’s 31st annual Bay Bridge Run/Walk. The 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

  • Next Sunday, May 28, marks the beginning of the Promenade Concerts in the Park summer concert series. Organized by Coronado Promenade Concerts Inc., concerts are held weekly on Sundays in Spreckels Park, through Sunday, September 3. Here’s a link to the concert schedule. To help ease traffic congestion and ensure the safety of concert-goers, the City encourages use of three curbside loading zones around Spreckels Park to safely drop off people and picnic gear. Vehicles are expected to vacate the zone in 3 minutes or less. Most concerts begin at 6 p.m. For earlier concerts, loading zone hours will also be earlier. As in 2016, there will be no fires, such as barbecues, allowed due to new insurance requirements for the organizing group. Remember, no “staking out” of spots prior to 3 p.m., no dogs in Spreckels Park, and no leafletting.

Spreckels Park Restroom
:  Plastering is to be completed this week. The site was graded and the installation of the pavers is to start today. The finish plumbing fixtures will be installed early next week. The restroom is on schedule to be operational for the first summer concert on Sunday, May 28, however, there will be a few construction activities remaining that should be completed the following week.

Spreckels Park Restroom


Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The top of the pavement surface of Strand Way was ground out and the new pavement wearing course is scheduled to be installed next week. The roadway will be closed during the final paving, which is set for Thursday, May 25. The contractor will be forming the new concrete curb and basin for the boat launch ramp this week. The City plans for the boat launch ramp to be reopened by the Memorial Day weekend; however, there is a possibility that it will not. Boaters are advised to plan accordingly.


Boat Launch Ramp 


Pet of the Week:  Carlie, a nearly 2-year-old Dachshund-Terrier mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She weighs 11 pounds and was brought into the Animal Care Facility as a stray. Carlie would love a permanent home. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Carlie, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.



Aquatics Center Closure:  The entire Aquatics Center will be closed on Wednesday, May 24, and on Saturday, June 10, for annual maintenance in preparation for the summer season.

Aquatics Center 


Memorial Day Holiday:  The City of Coronado will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29, and reminds residents that some municipal facilities will remain open. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holiday.  Public Services crews will be on call over the long weekend to respond to emergencies. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Memorial Day. Here is the schedule:

Memorial Day Sked 


Navy Noise and Training Alerts: The Navy is conducting marine mammal and small boat operations training exercises near Naval Base Point Loma shoreline, Naval Air Station North Island, and San Diego Harbor areas through Saturday, May 20, from 7 a.m. to midnight daily. Additionally, the Navy will conduct jump operations near Silver Strand Training Center and San Diego Harbor areas today, May 19, until 2 p.m.


Recreation Programs and NewsTo find out about any class or program and how to register online for any programs at the Community Center, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

  • The Summer 2017 Brochure is now available and registration is open to all. The City of Coronado Recreation Services Department offers recreation programs that include preschool classes for the very young, youth classes, sports, teen events, fitness, gymnastic and dance classes, camps, skate park and special events.

    Rec Program Page 1 


  • The John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and is closed on Sundays.  If you would like to learn about programming and special events at the John D. Spreckels Center, join the Spreckels Center interest list by calling (619) 522-7343 or emailing [email protected].


  • Fifth Graders had the opportunity to preview Friday Night on the Town this week at the popular 5th Grade Preview Night. More than 90 youth enjoyed beach games, smores and a bonfire.  Skate Escape will take youth, ages 11-18, to Pala and Valley Center Skateparks on Saturday, May 27.  The Full Moon Group Paddle enjoyed a night in Glorietta Bay.  After paddling, participants returned to the Club Room and Boathouse for a bonfire on the beach. The next Full Moon Group Paddle is scheduled for June 9. Spots are still available for the June 2017 Lifeguard Training Summer Classes.

    Recreation Fun 

Skate Escape
Lifeguard Training



Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on each of the following commissions: Cultural Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and Transportation Commission. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these volunteers and values each one. If you have an interest in serving your community, call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 522-7320 for more information.



Historic Resource CommissionAt its meeting on Wednesday, May 17, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the property at 540 Orange Ave. is not a Historic Resource in association with a Determination of Historic Significance (Notice of Intent to Demolish) review.

540 A


Mother-Daughter Tea:  The Library’s annual Mother-Daughter Silver Tea Party will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room. The tea service for mothers, grandmothers, and daughters will feature tea, a hat contest, and entertainment by the Junior Volunteers. Tickets are free but must be picked up at the Children’s Library.


Library Programs:  A PBS documentary screening was held Tuesday, May 16, in the Winn Room. “The World Before Her” contrasts the lives of two young women in India. An E-book workshop was held on Thursday, May 18. A Twitter Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m., in the Conference Room. Sign up to learn how to use this social media platform.

Twitter Workshop

Library Book Club:  The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, May 15, to discuss “Maigret’s First Case” by George Simenon.


Youth Programs:  A Kids Movie was held on Tuesday, May 16, and “Moana” was shown. The Teen Wednesday program, on May 17, was a movie screening of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”



Arrest: On Wednesday, May 17, the Police Department’s remotely monitored bicycle was stolen overnight. Officers arrested a man on grand theft charges. Since obtaining the remotely monitored bicycles, bicycle larceny has dropped significantly in Coronado.

G.R.E.A.T. Program:   The Police Department presented the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program to the fourth- and sixth-grade students at the public and private schools. The program provides life skills training and gives students a positive police role model. This year, 149 sixth graders and 265 fourth graders participated in the program. The program began in Coronado in 2014 and has been well received by students, parents and teachers.


National Peace Officers Memorial Day:  Coronado Police Sgt. Dave Craig participated in the 2017 Police Unity Tour, cycling 250 miles from Somerset, New Jersey, to Philadelphia and then on to Baltimore where the ride ended at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. More than 400 peace officers from around the country participated in the three-day memorial ride. The tour concluded with a candlelight vigil on Saturday, May 15. The annual event honors those peace officers who have lost their lives while serving their communities. Flags around Coronado were flown at half-staff on Monday, May 15, for Peace Officers Memorial Day. The City remembers in memoriam Coronado Lt. Frank Greene who was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in 1954.

Frank Greene

Law Enforcement Memorial




Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on several projects around the City. Here are the most recent:

  • The Streets Division replaced the Avenue of Heroes banners along Third and Fourth Streets, and all of the American flags along Orange Avenue. The Streets Division also repaired a section of alley at 464 D Ave. and painted “Keep Clear” wording in front of the Police Department’s garage. The crew also patched many holes and cracks around town that needed immediate attention. The patchwork and sidewalk replacements will continue throughout the year with the worse locations getting attention first.

    Public Services jobs 


  • The refurbishment of playground equipment at South Cays Park is complete and the playground is open to the public.  The playground at North Cays Park is closed temporarily for repairs and is set to be open by mid-week next week.  

          South Cays Park

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.


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Posted on 05/19/2017
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