Weekly Update November 16, 2018

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Weekly Update November 16, 2018

Weekly Update November 16, 2018

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Silver Strand Fence Celebration Event: The City celebrated the completion of the Silver Strand Fence Project at a simple ceremony on Thursday, November 15, to mark the end of a project decades in the making. Those who were involved in the project were on hand to see the fence up close and mark the moment with a few photos. Among those in attendance were San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox, Loews Coronado Bay Resort Managing Director Sean Clancy, California State Parks Sector Superintendent Rich Dennison, as well as members of the Coronado City Council, Silver Strand Beautification Committee and Imperial Beach officials. The Committee was represented by Phil Monroe and Liza Butler, who have helped support many projects that have helped keep state Route 75 in its southern stretches north and south of Silver Strand State Beach clean and attractive. Other projects include the Nature’s Bridge to Discovery sculptures and interpretive panels along a path on the bay side of the Silver Strand, a project to underground overhead wires, planting and care of area medians, and development of the Grand Caribe Shoreline Park. The Silver Strand Fence Project included $230,000 from the City; $100,000 from a combined effort by State Parks and Loews officials; and $50,000 from the County. The old cyclone fence was at least 30 years old and in bad shape. The project to replace two miles of dilapidated fence was first proposed in 1994 but lack of funds put it on hold. The City Council approved the project in 2015. It was completed in two phases. The second phase was recently completed. The first phase was completed early last year.

Silver Strand Fence pic
Silver Strand Celebration
Silver Strand fencing old



Mutual Aid Assignment: Early on Friday, November 9, Coronado Fire Engine 36 with four personnel aboard responded as a part of a strike team to the Hill Fire in Ventura County. During their deployment, they have been engaged in active firefighting activities in various communities, which occurred with little rest for the first couple of days. Their tasks have included an attack on new a new fire in the area. They also have worked to control fires in various structures at the Woolsey Fire. They have had numerous opportunities to assist the public in recovering some of their belongings. It is not known yet when they will be released from duty. As the Fire Department provides this critical support elsewhere, it is also maintaining normal daily staffing to provide emergency services in Coronado. The City participates with all other fire departments in the California Mutual Aid system, which provides additional resources to agencies throughout the state during disastrous events. Under this system our resources may be assigned to such incidents for up to 14 days. The City's costs will be reimbursed by the state. The firefighters were released Friday, November 16, and arrived home safely later that day.

Engine 36

Engine 36 near flames 

Upcoming City Council Items:  Two items on the upcoming City Council agenda may draw interest from the community. Council members will discuss what they should consider when selecting potential off-leash dog park sites in the City. Staff will recommend the Council consider the proposed warrant system, including site selection criteria and design amenities, based on industry best practices in dog park design. The selection criteria has been developed without targeting any specific, existing Coronado park. Another item on the agenda that may be of interest to many in Coronado is the awarding of contracts for the design and fabrication/installation of a replacement community directory sign at Spreckels Park. The public is welcome to provide input. The Council meets at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, on Tuesday, November 20.

Thanksgiving Holiday schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22, and on Friday, November 23, and reminds residents and businesses that certain departments and services are open both days, some with varying hours of operation. On Wednesday, November 21, the John D. Spreckels Center will close at noon; the Community Center at 5 p.m.; and the Library at 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving Sked 2018

Skatepark Improvements:  The contractor has mobilized to the site and began construction of the new skatepark features this week. The new features are designed for scooters which are now allowed in the facility.  The work is anticipated to be complete in three to four weeks.

Skatepark Image 

Third Annual Coronado Island Film Festival: The third annual Coronado Island Film Festival is a wrap and the event was well-attended and a success by all accounts. Coronado has a special relationship with the movies and that continues with the film festival which featured four days of movies screenings, panel discussion, live performances, workshops and fabulous parties. The festival sold out of the Crown City VIP passes and saw nearly 1,000 participants during the weekend events. Festival activities and events were held at the Coronado Community Center’s Nautilus Room, Village Theatre, Coronado Public Library and Spreckels Center.

Film Festival

Film Festival2 

Dangerous Tree Removal:  A large Sugar Gum Eucalyptus tree was removed Tuesday, November 13, after a recent review found it at high- risk of falling. After the recent failure of a more than 100-year-old, large Italian Stone Pine tree at Spreckels Park, the City hired a third-party arborist to evaluate all the trees at the park. The arborist found most of the Sugar Gum Eucalyptus trees to be at risk. The Sugar Gum at the corner of C Avenue and Sixth Street was given the high-risk rating. This has prompted the City, with reaffirmation from the City Council on Tuesday, November 6, to remove the tree as soon as possible.

Sugar gum removal 


Pursuit and Arrest:  Monday, November 12, at 9:24 a.m., a 37-year-old man took the police department’s remotely monitored bicycle and led officers in a pursuit into Lemon Grove where he fled on foot and was later apprehended in a nearby apartment complex. He was booked into jail and charged with grand theft, possession of stolen property, and felony evading officers. His bail was set at $50,000. This is the 85th arrest since the remotely monitored bicycle program started four years ago.

PD Image


Community Center Roofing: Public Services & Engineering evaluated multiple roof system options to replace the leaking copper, Bermuda style, roof system on the Community Center complex. Long term durability, warranty, maintaining the same stepped copper aesthetic, ease of repair, construction methodology to minimize disruption to occupants during its build, and cost effectiveness were key factors considered during the evaluation process. One product was found to best meet these objectives. Copper is an ingredient in its composition and will patina over time, just like the existing copper panels. The system has minimal joints unlike the existing Bermuda system, which will reduce potential sources of water intrusion. A mockup will be set up outside the Council Chambers on November 20 for review. Staff feels it is an attractive-looking roof. Please come by to see for yourself.  City Hall has the same copper Bermuda roof system, which may also need to be replaced in the future.

Copper Roof

Pedestrian Ramps: The contractor on a project to upgrade the existing pedestrian ramps on B and C avenues from Sixth Street to Ynez Place continued this week. Work is being done to bring the ramps up to current Americans With Disabilities Act requirements. Work this week includes demolition and concrete finishing. This is a 30-working day contract and construction is anticipated to be complete by December 20.

Ped Ramps


Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project:  The contractor was back on site this week on the Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project. Crews lined approximately 350 lineal feet of a 48-inch storm drain pipe along Eighth Street between Balboa Avenue and Coronado Avenue. The project is nearly complete with one pipe segment remaining in the 800 and 900 blocks of Coronado Avenue. The contractor is researching a feasible repair method to eliminate two areas of infiltration in the middle of the pipe segment which needs to occur prior to lining. Once this is determined, the repair work and lining will be scheduled.

Major Special Event – Pedal the Cause: The San Diego Padres’ event Pedal the Cause will pass through Coronado on Saturday, November 17, 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 


Shelter Island Boat Launch Update: For the past 4 or 5 months, the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp has been shouldering its fair share of extra boaters due to the closure of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility, which is undergoing major improvements. The Port of San Diego has just informed the public that the project is now entering its final week and anticipates that public access to the boat ramp will be restored next month. An announcement will be made once the ramp is safe for use. The Port of San Diego and the City appreciate the public’s patience during the work.


Pet of the Week: Milo, a 3-year-old terrier mix who loves walks, is this week’s Pet of the Week.  Milo was relinquished to PAWS when his family could no longer care for him. He is sweet and smart, and ready for his new home. He may be shy when he meets new people but quickly warms up and is ready for attention. He loves walks. Nothing fazes him when he’s on his leash. Milo weighs 30 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Milo, call at (619) 522-7371.

Milo Pet of the Week 


Election Results/Council Reorganization: The Registrar’s Office will release updated election results daily through November 16 and as needed until the final certified results are posted on December 6. As the official results will not be in before the City’s regularly scheduled December 4 meeting, the City will not hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials until the regularly scheduled December 18 meeting. Here is a link that will take you to the most up-to-date election results.


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Transportation Commission (1); Bicycle Advisory Committee (1); Historic Resource Commission (2); Planning Commission (1); and Parks and Recreation Commission (1). Applications are being accepted for all open positions.  Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be seen here




Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, November 7, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration permit for window replacement at the historic convent building at Sacred Heart Church at 655 C Ave. The Commission also determined that 811 Fourth St. does not meet the criteria to be designated as a Historic Resource; and, determined that 520 J St. meets the criteria to be designated as a Historic Resource.

520 J.

520 J Ave.


Library Board:  The Library Board of Trustees held its regular meeting Tuesday, November 13, chaired by President Brenda Jo Robyn. The Board reviewed extended library hours, new lounge chairs, and holiday schedules.


Spreckels Room:  The Spreckels Reading Room received a fresh coat of paint this week. Furniture was moved, art was removed from the walls, and sculptures were covered during the job.


Youth and Teen Programs:  The “Star Wars Wookie Life Celebration” was held in the Ruby Room on Tuesday, November 13. In celebration of all things Star Wars, participants created Star Wars puppets. Children used the puppets to put on performances for the rest of the crowd enhancing their verbal and nonverbal communication skills and strengthening their creative problem-solving and decision-making skills. Participants ate Wookie Cookies and Hoth Chocolate while watching Star Wars shows. The “Thanksgiving Feast Stories & Art Project” will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, in the Ruby Room. The Teen event this week was Games & Grub on Wednesday, November 14.

Star Wars Craft 


Library Programs:  A PBS POV film and discussion featuring “Whose Streets?” was held Tuesday, November 13, and a Digital Media Lab Workshop on videocassette conversion was held Wednesday, November 14.



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

  • The 3-inch hot water heating supply pipe from the Community Center boiler to City Hall has a leak. Staff hired a contractor to identify the leak and propose repairs. The City has decided to perform the work on Tuesday, November 20. The excavation will be in the sidewalk adjacent to the Coronado Playhouse/kitchen gate at the Community Center. Pedestrian access will be restricted in this area but will not affect the Community Center doors. Parking will be restricted in two spots north of the red zone. The area should be restored to normal conditions within 2 weeks.


  • Streets Division recently checked and strung Christmas lights. They will go on after Thanksgiving, along with the installation of new holiday banners. Pomona Avenue received a fresh coat of paint, as well as a few disabled person parking stalls at the Community Center.

Holiday LIghts

Street Painting 


Thanksgiving Week Activities:  The City’s Recreation and Golf Services will host its annual Thanksgiving Break Holiday Camp next week. Sign your children up for some fun and educational activities. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to attend camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday, November 19, and Tuesday, November 20, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. Registration is $50 a day for non-residents and $40 for residents, Wednesday is $45 non-residents and $35 for residents. Holiday Camps at the Community Center are also coming up. Plan ahead and get registered. Participants need to bring a lunch, beverage, extra snacks, and a jacket to each holiday camp. Holiday Camps that do not meet the minimum registration one week in advance will be canceled.

Thanksgiving Camps 


Health Screenings: The City will hold Life Line screenings in Community Center on Monday, November 19, which will offer five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. Appointments are limited, so sign up now by calling (800) 640-6307 or text the word circle to 797979 or visit Life Line Screening’s website at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.

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Silver Strand Celebration
Posted on 11/16/2018
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