Weekly Update May 25, 2018

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Weekly Update May 25, 2018

Weekly Update May 25, 2018

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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 


Summer Shuttles, Concerts Begin:  This long holiday weekend marks the beginning of two popular summer happenings: the Free Summer Shuttle program and the Promenade Concerts in the Park series. The shuttles start running on Friday, May 25. A kick-off event was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, the first day of shuttle service, to mark the beginning of the season. Four brightly wrapped buses will operate through Labor Day, September 3, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and one hour later Friday and Saturday. The service is designed to help keep people out of their vehicles during the City’s peak summer season to improve mobility. The service offers free rides to passengers from Coronado’s civic center down Orange Avenue and First Street to the Coronado Ferry Landing and Marriott Coronado Island Resort and back. Check the City’s Summer Shuttle webpage for the schedule, special Fourth of July service to the Cays, and more information. The first Promenade Concert is Sunday, May 27, at Spreckels Park. The concerts are held weekly on Sundays in Spreckels Park, through Sunday, September 2. Here’s a link to the concert schedule.

Summer Shuttle

Summer Shuttle Brochure

Sunset Park Reopens: Sunset Park, which overlooks North Beach, was officially reopened on Thursday, May 24, for public use. City staff and elected leaders attended an event on Thursday, May 25, commemorating the completion of improvements. A construction fence around the park, which had been up for about six weeks, was removed the day before. Community members were already using the park. While the sod was the most visible work at the park, the main improvement was the irrigation system upgrade. The old system caused substandard irrigation coverage and excessive watering. The improvements are expected to improve irrigation coverage, reduce water consumption by up to 20 percent. The project also installed a new sidewalk on the Ocean Drive perimeter of the park, and a new drinking fountain. The improvements help make the park safer for patrons by having healthier, stronger and more even turf.

Sunset Park



Council Presentation: The City Council held a public presentation on Thursday, May 24, to inform the public about the state of the City and plans for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. The one-hour event was held at the Coronado High School Performing Arts Center. The Council honored five citizens.

State of City


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. 


Historic Preservation Public Forums: A City Council subcommittee tasked with reviewing Coronado’s historic property designation process held the first of two public forums on Tuesday, May 22, seeking public input. Nearly 40 residents attended and about a dozen provided feedback. The Council appointed Council members Carrie Downey and Mike Donovan to the subcommittee to review the city’s Historic Preservation Program, including the application and appeal processes; criteria for historic designation; fees; demolition requests; and Mills Act procedure. Public input will be incorporated into City Council recommendations for potential improvements and the goal of involving more people in the program. The second forum is set for Wednesday, May 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m in the Coronado Public Library’s Winn. If you can't make it to the meeting, you may provide your comments online here through May 30.

Public Forums

Spreckels Center, Spreckels Park Restroom Honored:  The City of Coronado is the recipient of two American Public Works Association Projects of the Year awards for the John D. Spreckels Center and the Spreckels Park Restroom projects. The awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 24. City staff attended. This is the second award for the Spreckels Center, having earlier received the California Parks and Recreation Society award for buildings under $5 million. 

Storm Drain Inlet Improvements:  Construction activities on the Storm Drain Inlet Improvements project to replace existing storm drain inlets and pipes continued this week to other locations throughout the Village. The contractor is performing demolition activities on the grated inlet and alley apron at Eighth Street and F Avenue. Construction of pedestrian ramps, curb and gutter, and final asphalt coverage along Ocean Boulevard has been completed. Please use caution when driving through construction zones.

Storm Drain Work


Five Points Intersection Improvements: On Monday, May 21, the City hosted a public workshop to introduce conceptual designs for possible improvements to the “Five Points” intersection of Glorietta Boulevard, Pomona Avenue, and Tenth Street. The concepts along with a feedback form, which can be emailed to the City until May 31, are now available online

Five Points


Country Club Infiltration: 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 was onsite this week to begin televising the existing storm drain pipes. 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.


Special Events Security Bollards:  The City purchased steel security bollards that can be used to cordon off areas for special events such as the Fourth of July parade route. To facilitate the temporary installation of these bollards for special events, small base plates and foundations are being installed across numerous streets throughout the City. Please use caution when driving through the construction zones. All work is expected to be completed by mid-June. Security experts have recommended "hard" barricades as a best practice for large public gatherings. They are easily installed and removed. The Fourth of July parade route will not be altered. However, due to the base plate installations, several bus stops for the Free Summer Shuttle and the Metropolitan Transit System’s 901 bus will be temporarily relocated or closed during work hours.


Sit a Spell and Play a Tune: Public pianos are back. “Sit a Spell and Play a Tune” is an interactive artistic and musical public art program of the City’s Cultural Arts Commission that places three brightly wrapped pianos ready to be played at outdoor locations around Coronado. Now in its second year, the program has expanded to include three pianos, up from one, and actively involves the community. The pianos, donated by residents, are wrapped in artwork by local artists Jody Esquer, Tina Christiansen and Karrie Jackson. Businesses and organizations adjacent to the pianos volunteer to open and close the pianos daily. They can be played from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The pianos provide access to musical opportunity, foster creativity, and build a sense of community among the public and, in the process, raise awareness for public art and music initiatives. The final concert will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 2 to 4 p.m. at the Coronado Ferry Landing, B Avenue and First Street.


Pet of the Week: Rico, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Rico is bubbly and athletic but loves sitting in laps. He knows several commands and can learn more. He was transferred to Coronado from another shelter, where he came in as a stray. He wasn’t treated well in his past, particularly when it comes to being leashed. Rico needs a patient and committed guardian. His adoption includes a session with a trainer. To set up a visit with Rico, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Rico POW 


June 5 Conditional Voter Registration: The following information is provided by the Registrar of Voters.  If you missed the May 21 deadline to register to vote in the June 5 primary, it is not too late. A new law allows voters who missed that registration deadline to register on a later date and vote on that same day. However, San Diego County residents who want to take advantage of the Conditional Voter Registration law for the June 5 gubernatorial primary election must visit the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa. Conditional Voter Registration is available only during the 14 days prior to and including Election Day. Prospective voters will be able to register to vote, mark and cast their ballot provisionally on-site. The 2018 election cycle is the first time the new law is in effect for a statewide election. The Registrar of Voters office is located at 5600 Overland Ave, San Diego, 92123. It will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. For more information, call (858) 565-5800 or visit www.sdvote.com.


Campaign Sign Enforcement: The City regularly canvasses the City to check for campaign and other illegally posted signs. Public Services crews remove signs found in the public right of way. The signs owners, if known, are contacted and asked to pick up their signs at Public Services during regular business hours. With a primary election set for June 5, City staff have seen signs popping up all over town. It is illegal to place signs in the public right of way.



Fire Department Promotions: Fire Department personnel gathered on Thursday, May 24, to present newly promoted personnel with their badges. Chief Jim Lydon presented new badges to Battalion Chief Jayson Summers, Fire Capt. Brandon Ihde, and Fire Capt. Ted Porter at a ceremony at the Fire Department headquarters. Each will assume their positions this weekend. The Chief acknowledged the hard work of department personnel as it has undergone significant changes in personnel. In addition the those being promoted, Fire Department staff welcomed the arrival of five new Firefighter Paramedics since November. (Photo Bottom Right from left: Battalion Chief Summers, Capt. Porter and Capt. Ihde.)

FD Promotions 
FF Promos


Summer Festival Plans:  The Library has planned its 19th annual Summer Festival of cultural programs. It will begin Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. with a concert performed by the Coronado Big Band with a medley of swing music from the 1930s to the 1960s. The concert will be on the library lawn, and an ice cream social will be provided. The Summer Festival will include concerts, exhibits, movie screenings, lectures and demonstrations. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Hotel del Coronado.

Summer Festival 2018 
June 2 Concert

Library Programs:  “Join the Revolution in Hearing Better” was presented by Dr. David Ward of the Hearing Loss Association of America on Wednesday, May 23. As a result of the new “Over-The-Counter Act,” adults with hearing loss can now buy less-expensive hearing devices without seeing a doctor. Information on various alternatives was provided. On Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m., the “CoSA Senior Showcase ’18” will be presented. The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, May 21, and the Spoilers Book club will meet on Saturday, May 26, to screen and discuss the film “Terms of Endearment.” Two Digital Media Lab workshops were held this week. On Wednesday, May 23, participants were instructed on use of the poster printer, and on Thursday, May 24, the use of the Graphics Tablet for coloring and shading was discussed.


Teen Programs:  The Teen Tech Team was available to help the public from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21. On Wednesday, May 23, the Teen Create event had teens making mini succulent gardens.


Children’s Diorama:  The Teddy Bears on the Beach scene has been set up, just in time for summer and the Summer Reading Clubs.

Bear Diorama 



New Senior Volunteers:  The Police Department congratulates the recent graduates of the 19th Senior Volunteer Academy. Class 19 completed its training last week and will be hitting the streets with their new patrol partners soon. Welcome to the PD family Deborah Bruins, Jerry Calandro, Greg Robillard, Richard (Mel) West, and Wanda Zimmerman (not pictured).

PD Senior Vols

L to R:  Jerry Calandro, Deborah Bruins, Greg Robillard, and Richard (Mel) West.



Orange Avenue Street Repairs: Streets Division completed installing asphalt patches to some of the rough locations along Orange Avenue. Streets Division crews thank the community for its patience during this project. They tried to be as sensitive as possible to traffic delays and parking issues along the commercial corridor.

Summer Prep: Memorial Day weekend is here and Public Services crews are busy preparing for the upcoming summer season:

  • Facilities staff overhauled the portable restroom that sits at the beach end of Avenida del Sol. Two new pumps were installed, new isolation valves, and upsized piping on the discharge lines. The restroom was put in place on Thursday, May 24, and is ready for the Memorial Day weekend. Temporary toilets in place during the upgrades were picked up Friday, May 25.
  • The new beach sanitizer was put into action at Stingray Point. Beach Division crews have been thoroughly sanitizing the beaches for this Memorial Day weekend. Fire rings have been prepped and the surrounding area will be sanitized throughout the weekend. Beach goers are reminded not to use wood pallets.


Portable Restroom



Luxury Motor Coach Tour:  On Wednesday, June 13, the City’s John D. Spreckels Center will host a luxury motor coach tour to the historic Rancho Santa Margarita National Historic Site on Camp Pendleton. The docent-led tour of the Ranch House Complex will highlight the history of “Old California.” The docents will emphasize the strong connections between Coronado and Camp Pendleton as the tour group visits the home of the last governor of Alta California, Pio Pico, and the historic chapel and bunkhouse. Did you know that the former Mayor of Coronado has an entire military base named after him? Do you ever wonder what inspired the famous architect, Cliff May, to become known as the “Father of the California Ranch-Style House?” After the tour, the motor coach will stop at an Oceanside ‘cantina’ for lunch on your own. Luxury motor coach transportation with a restroom on board, parking, tour fees and gratuities are all included. Register now by calling (619) 522-7343; or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels to register online.  The cost is $80.00 for Coronado residents and $90.00 for nonresidents.

Luxury Bus Tour

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.


Sunset Park
Posted on 05/25/2018
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