Weekly Update November 18, 2016

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Weekly Update November 18, 2016


Weekly Update November 18, 2016

Get up to speed on what's going on in Coronado with the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update. Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us every Friday at noon.

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John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Plans are underway for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green on Thursday, December 8. The ceremony is set for 3 p.m. at the site, 1019 Seventh St. The City is working to ensure the facility is in shape for the event. All of the window frames have been installed and glass installation continues. The floors have been prepped for the flooring material and the cabinets have arrived and are being installed. The kitchen equipment arrived and has begun installation. Site work includes installation of west planter walls, emergency generator connection, fire line, curb, gutter and sidewalk, and patio base. The local and state Freemasons held a traditional cornerstone ceremony earlier this week for the site.

Spreckels Center 


“First Ashore” Dedication Ceremony:  The “First Ashore” art installation, dedication ceremony and statue unveiling of the “Naked Warrior” was held on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The statue can be found at Glorietta Bay Park just south of the Community Center. The bronze “Naked Warrior” represents frogmen who were outfitted with minimal clothing and equipment when carrying out their missions during World War II. This is the first statue in the City commemorating the City’s and Navy’s long and unique relationship. Don't miss the "First Ashore" exhibit at the Coronado Public Library featuring the Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and SEAL Teams on display now. (Photos: Kel Casey)

First Ashore 

First Ashore2

First Ashore3


Little Free Libraries:  City staff is currently working with the Friends of Library to install Little Free Libraries at several locations around the City. Little Free Libraries are approximately 2-by-2-foot small models of a one-room library or schoolhouse sitting atop a wooden post. They serve as a depository and exchange for free books to be provided to the general public for their leisure reading. It is anticipated that the construction and finishing of the Little Free Libraries will be done as Eagle Scout projects. Little Free Libraries will be placed at the following locations:

  • First Street adjacent to the Ferry Landing;
  • Coronado Cays at South Cays Park across from the Fire Station;
  • Near the entrance to the Community Center; and
  • On R.H. Dana Place near the Paseo del Mar to the Hotel del Coronado.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library2 

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:  The City of Coronado will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 24, and on Friday, November 25. Certain departments and services are open both days, some with varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Library also will close early on Wednesday, November 23, at 6 p.m. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will NOT perform regular residential trash collection and as a result there will be a one-day residential delay in service. Here is the holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving Schedule

Coronado Community Read:  The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission are proud to announce the 2017 Coronado Community read, a program that aims to bring the entire community together with the shared read of one book. The first book is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. This nonfiction work instantly hit the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in February 2010 and remained there for more than four years. In January and February 2017, book discussions and programs will be held throughout the community to bring the community closer together. At the conclusion of these events, the Community Read Committee will begin soliciting recommendations for the 2018 Coronado Community Read.

Immortal Life 


Temporary Telephone Poles:  In case residents were wondering about the utility poles that have gone up on a road inside the as-yet-built Coastal Campus at the Navy’s Silver Strand Training Complex South, they are temporary. The overhead communication and electrical utility lines are being installed for the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus. The Navy says the lines will be relocated underground and the poles will be demolished during the second phase of Coastal Campus utilities construction, which is planned to be complete in fall 2018.

Utility Poles 


Ambulance Cracks:  One of the City’s ambulances has suffered serious cracking in the structure frame of the vehicle between the cab and the ambulance box. The damage was serious enough to remove the ambulance from service. Ford Motor Co. has offered to enter into settlement discussions with the City. The first conference is set to occur in the next several weeks. The City hopes to work out a deal to replace the structure and get the ambulance back in service.


Employee of the Quarter:  Terrance Reed, an IT Network Administrator II in the Administrative Services Department, has been selected as the recipient of the City’s Employee of the Quarter award for July to September 2016. Reed, who has worked for the City for nine years, was nominated for the reliable, courteous and positive manner in which he performs his duties.  He demonstrates a great deal of flexibility when faced with urgent issues while maintaining his workload. A few years ago, Reed was assigned to work with the Police Department. He quickly became proficient with many law enforcement-specific software programs and is called upon day and night to ensure Coronado’s high-tech-reliant Police Department maintains its 24-hour, 365-day service.

Terrance Reed 


Pet of the Week:  Jasmine, a 7-year-old female domestic short hair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She is the ultimate companion who will fit in seamlessly into a new home. She won’t require much training. She’s sweet and has a beautiful short coast of white hair with gray accents. She is spayed, has her shots and her front paws are declawed. Her adoption fee is $50. For more information or to set up a visit, call PAWS of Coronado at the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Jasmine PAWS 


SDG&E Utility Relocation at First Street & I Avenue: The SDG&E utility relocation at this site was completed last month. The contractor returned yesterday, November 17, and today, November 18, to restore the asphalt roadway with a grind and overlay operation to leave a smooth transition along the edge of the repair patch. Traffic control operations will consist of a lane closure with flaggers controlling the flow of traffic at the intersection.


Safe Routes to School Workshops and RodeosThe City of Coronado, Circulate San Diego, and San Diego Bicycle Coalition are holding workshops for students at Coronado Middle School, Coronado High School, Strand Elementary and Village Elementary. Workshops and rodeos cover bicycle safety best practices, rules of the road, safety maneuvers, and skill-building exercises. The next workshops are scheduled for November 30 at Village Elementary and December 8 at Coronado High School. Call (619) 522-2423 for more information.

Safe Routes

Turkey Trot Impacts:  The third annual 5K Turkey Trot is set for 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at Tidelands Park. Residents can expect some traffic impacts in the area. Several hundred participants will depart from Tidelands, head under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge underpass up to Glorietta Boulevard and circle back, running along the bay to Centennial Park. There, they will turn around and run back to Tidelands Park to end the race. Here’s the route map:

Turkey Trot Map 


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks show Wednesday, November 30, at 6:45 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.

 ‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this handy “3 on Thursday” list of arts-related events happening in Coronado this weekend. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 on Thursday



Coronado Youth Soccer LeagueThe Youth Soccer League will be hosting the San Diego Developmental Academy showcase Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cays Soccer Fields. The showcase is an end of season display of talent for all youth soccer players participating in the academy. The showcase is a gaming league for youth soccer, and more than 50 competitive club organizations compete in this league. The regular season runs from September through mid-November each year. When the regular season has concluded, players use this showcase to continue to master their skills in two additional post-season games.

Retreat from the Heat:  The Coronado Unified School District designated Thursday, November 10, a “Heat Day” and dismissed students at 12:30 p.m. The City’s Recreation Services offered a free afternoon at the Community Center for children to "Retreat from the Heat." Children with their parents were able to swim, cook, climb the rock wall, and participate in arts and crafts in the air conditioning. 

Retreat Heat

Turkey Coloring Contest Winners:  This year’s Turkey Coloring Contest winners were awarded at the November 15 Coronado City Council meeting. They are listed below.








K & 1st


Sacred Heart



K & 1st





K & 1st





2nd & 3rd





2nd & 3rd





2nd & 3rd





4th & 5th





4th & 5th





4th & 5th



Turkey Coloring Contest
Left to right: Sadie Lis, Paulina Sanchez, Lucy Pierre, Annika Ickes, Gabrielle Canada, Shenan Lewis, Charlotte d’Arabian, Connor Arlt, Ethan Stewart; Sarah Stillman, Coronado Jr. Woman’s Club President (back row).

Recreation Classes:  Session A classes came to an end this week. Session B classes begin the week of November 28, and end January 28, 2017. Check out all the fun class offerings online in the Recreation Brochure at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation.

123 You and Me
Above and two below:  In “123 For You and Me” class, kids made colored foam.

123 You and Me2

123 You and Me3

Kids in the Kitchen

Above and below: Kids in the Kitchen participants visited a grocery store and picked their own ingredients to make trail mix.

Kids in the Kitchen2

Breakfast with Santa:  Tickets for the ever-popular Breakfast with Santa event went on sale this week. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 10, with only one seating this year, at 8 a.m. in the Coronado Community Center Banquet Room. Tickets are $11 for adults 16 and older and $9 for children under 16. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and fruit. Sign up as this event has sold out in the past. Call (619) 522-7342 to sign up.

Last year’s Breakfast with Santa event.


Commission VacanciesThere are currently three vacancies, one on the Transportation Commission and two on the Cultural Arts Commission. The City has many volunteer opportunities for residents interested in serving on any of its boards, commission and committees. See notice below for details.




Historic Resource Center:  At its meeting on Wednesday, November 16, the Historic Resource Commission designated 211 Alameda Blvd. as a Historic Resource in association with a Nomination for Historic Designation. The Commission also recommended approval of a Mills Act agreement for 825 Alameda Blvd.

211 Alameda
Historic Resource Commission deemed 211 Alameda Blvd. a Historic Resource.

825 Alameda
Historic Resource Commission recommended approval for 825 Alameda Blvd. for a Mills Act agreement.


NASNI Airport Plan Meeting:  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will host a community meeting as it prepares its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island. The community meeting is set for Wednesday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. The meeting will focus on policies, procedures and outstanding items. The plan will have wide-ranging effects on property from the Coronado Shores along Ocean Drive to the proposed “Runway Clear Zone” in the Ocean Drive/Sunset Park area.

ACLUP Meeting


Library Programs:  For National Alzheimer’s Disease Month, the Library presented two documentaries on Tuesday, November 15.  The first was “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t” about Lee Gorowitz, and her life in a care facility. The second was a POV documentary, “The Genius of Marian,” a portrait of filmmaker Banker White’s 61-year-old mother in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.


Friends of the Library:  The Board of the Friends of the Library met Monday afternoon, November 14. The Friends’ will be holding a pre-holiday book sale this Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Winn Room. The Friends’ Board reviewed the smooth-working plans for four “Little Free Libraries” to be installed. They are also reviewing plans for the Coronado Community Read, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”


Piano Concert:  The final “Brown Bag” piano concert is today at 12:30 p.m. Pianist Jeeyoon Kim will perform.  The series, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, has been very popular and will return next year.


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft, “Choose Your Own Turkey,” was held in the Ruby Room on Tuesday, November 15. The Teen Wednesday program, on November 16, featured a movie showing of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.”

Turkey Craft 
Above and below: Kids Craft Program at the Library.

Turkey Craft2 

Turkey Craft3
Turkey Craft4




Teddy Bear Drive:  The 26th annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive is rapidly approaching. This year, the City of Carlsbad Police Department will be hosting the event with the Coronado Police Department acting as co-host. The community has always responded for this call to help local law enforcement agencies collect teddy bears for the children at Rady Children’s Hospital. New teddy bears with tags attached or other new stuffed toys with tags attached can be dropped off at the Coronado Police Department. Other drop-off locations are the Chamber of Commerce, Coronado Bliss Salon, Glorietta Bay Inn, CMG Mortgage, Coronado Hardware, Coronado Eagle & Journal, Coronado Visitors’ Center, and City Hall. Some participating businesses are offering incentives. See flier below. The deadline is December 5 to ensure the teddy bears are part of the 2016 Teddy Bear Drive. 

Teddy Bear Drive
Det. Sam Sellers with Sue Gillingham from the Coronado Chamber of Commerce.

Teddy Bear Drive2


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

  • This week, the Streets Division started inspecting all of the holiday lights that will hang along Orange Avenue this season. The Streets Division has a new red curb painting schedule and is currently working on the red shaded area, which is depicted in the map below for the months of November through February.

Red Curb Schedule
Red curb schedule.

Sign Making
Signs being made by the Streets Division (above); and boxes of holiday lights awaiting inspection (below).

Holiday Lights in boxes

  • The Facilities Division installed the metal floor grates in the Community Center gym to replace the wood grates that were not holding up due to high use of the gymnasium. The grates were fabricated by the Fleet Division.



  • The Facilities Division completed a plumbing and tile project for the main Fire Department station on Sixth Street. The Fire Department installed new equipment for cleaning fire gear, which required the relocation of the washing machine. The plumbing was not up to the task of handling the washing machine discharge. It is a potential slip hazard if water leaked onto the floor. Facilities repaired the plumbing and installed a new wash sink, as well as reinstalled floor and wall tile.




  • The Fleet Division performed the following repairs last week, a holiday week: 13 planned maintenance services and 3 special equipment repairs; 6 planned maintenance services and 5 vehicle repairs; 6 safety inspections; and 2 fabrication job.

Fleet Div.

Fleet Div.2 

  • The Facilities team gave the Cays Park restroom an exterior facelift. The exterior stucco received a new coat of paint and the gates were painted.

Cays Park

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Spreckels Center site
Posted on 11/18/2016
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