Weekly Update Nov. 15, 2019

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Weekly Update Nov. 15, 2019


Weekly Update November 15, 2019


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.


Hotel del Coronado Main Entrance Relocation: A new phase of construction at the Hotel del Coronado is expected to begin on Monday, Nov. 18. As part of the 131-year-old hotel’s Master Plan to expand and redevelop the property, the hotel will open a new three-level, 729-spot parking garage and implement the temporary relocation of the main entry to R.H. Dana Place near Orange Avenue. The relocation is necessary while the hotel works on reorienting its main entrance to a permanent driveway off Avenida del Sol. The work may take up to two years to complete and impact traffic in the area, particularly on R.H. Dana. State Route 75 at Avenida del Sol will become a signalized intersection.

New Entrance Rendering

Hotel del Work on RH Dana 

Animal Care Facility Celebration: The City celebrated its special partnership with PAWS of Coronado this week at the Animal Care Facility with residents, their pets, tours, cookies, and pet portraits. Five years ago, PAWS began operating the facility on behalf of the City. It has been a successful public-private partnership. The City and PAWS wanted to honor their relationship with a gathering to reflect on the past five years. Coronado is obligated to take care of and respond to animal issues, such as loose or nuisance dogs, hurt animals, and barking complaints. But cities have come a long way from the dog pounds of years’ past. Caring for the animals once they are in Coronado’s supervision is the main reason the City partnered with PAWS. The community-based nonprofit provides the volunteers who help care for and prepare animals for adoption. The City has created the best possible outcome in its partnership with PAWS. With the City’s focus on public safety paired with the PAWS’ mission to save animals, we all win with reduced animal care costs and increased care and community support. Be sure to check out images from the celebration on the City’s photo gallery online.

PAWS Celebration images

PAWS Celebration two images 


Coronado Image Gallery:  The City began adding photos last week to its Coronado Image Gallery online. Images from City events and activities will be added to share with our community. The gallery contains photos from events such as the San Diego-Coronado Bridge 50th Celebration, the Coronado Cays 50th Celebration and the recent Avenue of Heroes Hometown Banner Celebration. Please check in often to see new images.

Coronado Image Gallery 

Music Festival Across the Bay: The Port of San Diego has notified the City of a three-day music and arts event that is set at various locations along San Diego Bay from Friday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 24. More than 80 acts are set to play on seven main stages and at smaller venues at the Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival. Organizers expect 35,000 people each day. The event’s hours are 3:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 11:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. However, the Broadway Port Pier will remain open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. The City has reached out to the Port regarding concerns about noise impacts from the event and to ask for a contact number for complaints. Port officials say the organizers are finalizing that information. The City will distribute the information when provided.

SR 75 Medians Project:  The state Route 75 Medians Project will reconstruct the existing medians along the state route between Pomona Avenue and R. H. Dana Place as landscaped medians. The City also is negotiating with the contractor to add the existing median on Pomona Avenue at SR 75 and reconstruct it as a landscaped median as well. At this time, construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, December 2. The work is required by the California Department of Transportation, which manages the state highway, to be conducted at night. The City will work to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible; we currently estimate construction will be completed in early January.

SR 75 Medians Project 

Remotely Monitored Bike Arrest: The Coronado Police Department’s remotely monitored bike was once again stolen this week, bringing the total number of arrests related to the bike to 94. On Monday, Nov. 11, officers were notified that the bike was taken. An officer found a vehicle traveling on Orange Avenue that contained the bicycle and attempted to make a stop. The driver continued but ultimately stopped. He was arrested at about midnight on charges of grand theft and possession of stolen property.


Coronado Aquatics Center: Work on the Aquatics Center pool and equipment and the Community Center’s south hallway floors continues. The hallway floors were sanded down to remove the top coat of the old flooring. Concrete was poured and leveled over any holes left by the removed flooring as well as the entire hallway. The family restrooms were added to the scope of work. The Aquatics Center pools were drained over the weekend. The pool repairs are needed due to the concrete cracking. On Monday, Nov. 11, crews began replacing the 36 underwater lights. Simultaneously, heaters were removed in preparation for new heaters. The new heaters are more energy efficient and lower maintenance than the original ones. Natural gas consumption will be reduced using modulating burner technology and the heaters have an external titanium heat exchanger allowing a much longer life span than traditional heat exchangers. The hallway and locker rooms are expected to be open on Nov. 22. There is no change to the pools’ expected open date of December 2. For more information, call (619) 522-7342. 

South Hallway Work
Pool Emptying images
Empty Pool images
Pool Heater Work 

Major Special Event – Pedal the Cause: The San Diego Padres’ event Pedal the Cause will pass through Coronado on Saturday, Nov. 16, but will begin and end at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. About 2,500 participants will ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, reconfigured to accommodate bicyclists and vehicles, then take Glorietta Boulevard to the bike path and proceed to Imperial Beach. Riders will come in stages with the first group starting at 6 a.m. in San Diego. The bridge reconfiguration will begin at 5:45 a.m. and be clear of riders by 9:30 a.m.

Pedal the Cause route map

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule: The City will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 28, and on Friday, November 29, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Certain City departments and services are open both days, some with varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the Library will close at 6 p.m., the Spreckels Center at 12:30 p.m. and the Community Center at 5 p.m. Here is the holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Coronado Cays Park Master Plan: Two public workshops were held recently to help identify desired improvements for Coronado Cays Park. The presentation made at these workshops is available online; more importantly, you can still participate in this effort by completing online surveys available on the Public Services & Engineering “Public Projects” webpage,  the Recreation & Golf Services web page, or using the links below. The surveys will be available through Friday, November 15. For more information, please contact Jim Newton, Principal Engineer, at 619-522-7313 or [email protected].


Pet of the Week: July, a beautiful gray 5-month old kitten, is this week’s Pet of the Week. July is a typical kitten, fun and frisky with green eyes. She was found as a tiny kitten abandoned in a box. Kittens do well with other cats so PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Animal Care Facility, is encouraging to adopt her with another cat or kitten or to have one already at home. Her adoption fee is $50 or $75 for two. To set up a visit with July, call PAWS at (619) 522-7371.

July Pet of the Week 


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission (two vacancies), Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy), Historic Resource Commission (one vacancy) and Mobility Commission (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for these positions. 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.

Vacancies Boards Commissions 


Events Held at the Library:

  • Kids flexed their engineering skills on November 5 when they built Dinosaur Launchers in the Ruby Room and took them out for a test flight on the Children’s Patio.

Dinosaur Laucnhers 3 images 

  • Kids combined the ingredients for Fizzy Sherbet at Tinker Tuesday on Nov. 12 and tasted the results.

Fizzy Sherbet two images

  • The Junior Volunteers presented Book Jeopardy on Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Winn Room.

Book Jeopardy two images

  • Teens used discarded books to create at “Zentangle Poetry” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Ruby Room.

Zentangle 3 images


  • Families started getting ready for Thanksgiving and made pinecone turkeys on Nov. 7.

Pinecone turkeys two images

Events Coming up at the Library:

  • Coding Workshop: The University of California San Diego’s Computer Science and Engineering Society will provide a free introductory lesson in coding to middle and high school students at the Library from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. A complimentary lunch is included for registered attendees. Call (619) 522-7390 to register.
  • Thermo-chromatic Slime: Create slime that is heat sensitive and changes color when it warms up. Participants will learn how it works and can take home their slime after the Library event at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
  • Instant Pot 101: Get that pressure cooker or slow cooker out for holiday leftovers and quick dinners during the busy holiday period. Local Instant Pot queen Maria Nagy will demonstrate tips, tricks and recipes at the Library at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.
  • Let’s Taco-bout It: Civic Engagement for Teens: Learn about voter pre-registration, volunteering and other ways teens can get involved in our political process even before they turn 18. Presented by the San Diego Registrar of Voters at the Library at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.
  • Graphic Tablet Workshop: Do you love to draw? Learn how to create digital art using a graphics tablet and Clip Paint Pro software.All skill levels are welcome in the Library’s Digital Media Lab at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
  • Eggstreme Mechanical Engineering for Kids: Kids will design and then test an egg transporter to see how well it withstands a drop from a height and then a crushing blow from above. This program is hosted by San Diego Engineering for Kids. The Eggstreme Defense Challenge is intended for grades 2 through 5 at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21.


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

  • Parks Division will replace about 4,000 square feet of sod around the Spreckels Park playground, and another 2,800 square feet of sod in other areas of the park primarily along the Sixth Street side and center of the park starting Monday, Nov. 18. At the same time, about 1,500 square feet of sod at Glorietta Bay Park will be replaced.

Spreckels Playground Sod
Glorietta Bay Park Sod 



Turkey Coloring Contest: Entries for the turkey coloring contest have been submitted and are on display in the Coronado Community Center and on the Recreation and Golf Services Facebook page. Judging has begun and the winners will be announced at the Nov. 19 City Council meeting. Here are some of this year’s entries, including a few submissions that are ineligible due to age. For instance, the first image below was colored by the 95-year-old mother of a Recreation supervisor. The images were pulled at random as winners have not yet been announced. 

Turkey Coloring Entries 


Spreckels Center November Offerings: Sip coffee, enjoy a slice of pie and challenge your mind with a bit of trivia at the Spreckels Center’s annual Fall Harvest Social on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so be sure to register in advance. Cost is $4 for Coronado residents, and $6 for nonresidents. To register or to receive additional information, visit the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St. You may also call (619) 522-7343 or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.  


Holiday Camp Thanksgiving: Send your little turkeys to Recreation’s Thanksgiving Holiday Camp. During the Thanksgiving school break, the Community Center will host games, crafts, sports, cooking and more. Kids in kindergarten through seventh grade are welcome to join in the autumn fun. Register at www.coronado.ca.us/register.

  • Monday, Nov. 25 | 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. | $50 for Coronado residents and $60 for nonresidents
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26 | 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. | $50 for Coronado residents and $60 for nonresidents

Holiday Camp Thanksgiving

Recreation Professionals: Recreation and Golf Services hosted the California Parks and Recreation Society for its annual training workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 13. This year the workshop focus was on continuing education and professional development. About 200 parks and recreation professionals, including 10 City employees, from all over California attended the training at the Coronado Community Center. Workshops were held throughout the facility, including a panel presentation on the patio thanks to Coronado's warm fall weather.

CPRS Group at Rec Center

Stay Informed CoronadoDo 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.




PAWS Celebration image
Posted on 11/15/2019
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