Weekly Update November 1, 2019

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Weekly Update November 1, 2019


Weekly Update November 1, 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.


Hometown Heroes Banner Ceremony: The City invites the public to attend the next Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony at Coronado High School on Saturday, November 2. Fifteen military Hometown Heroes will be recognized and honored. Officials with the City, VFW Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Hometown Banner Committee and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program, which honors men and women who live or have lived in Coronado and honorably served our country and community. Each honoree’s biography will be read, and Coronado’s mayor will present them with a miniature banner, a copy of the one that are now displayed along the Avenue of Heroes (Third and Fourth streets). The ceremony will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the High School Auditorium, 650 D Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m. The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. We know there are many out there who have honorably served in all branches of the military who are deserving of recognition.

Avenue of Heroes images 


Firefighter Strike Team: A crew of four Coronado Firefighters and a Coronado Fire engine are returning from a deployment to Sonoma County, part of a regional strike team helping with the Kincade Fire. The firefighters arrived on Sunday, October 26, and were released from duty four days later. Fire Chief Jim Lydon said the crew is prepared to be diverted on the way back to one of the newer fires in Southern California.

Kincade Fire two images


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda:  The new traffic signal at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street was energized on Wednesday, October 30, and is now operational. City staff, as well as the California Department of Transportation, will monitor it to optimize its performance.

New Traffic Signal


Halloween Happening: The Recreation and Golf Services Department thanks all those who attended the Halloween Happening 2019. Guests enjoyed cupcakes, cookie decorating, slime making, dance performances and costumes. Check out some photos from this year’s event. Rec staff also participated in Downtown Goes Ghostly along Orange Avenue.

Halloween Happenings image

Halloween Staff images

Downtown Goes Ghostly 2019


Library Halloween Party: The Library held a Halloween Party on Friday, October 25.

Halloween Party Library images 



Aquatics Center Alternative: The Aquatics Center will be closed for maintenance and repairs for most of November. ​The City has worked out a plan for regular Aquatics Center users to swim at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex at the High School. Lanes will be available for our swimmers at no cost during the closure November 4 through November 27, excluding holidays. Users may swim Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. Since no water aerobics or arthritis classes will be held, patrons may use the shallow pool at the complex for water exercises. No afternoon swim time is available due to high school and other team practices. Call (619) 522-7342 for more information.

Aquatics Center Flier


Cays Park Master Plan Project: Two public workshops were recently held 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 pageor using the links below. The surveys will be available through November 15. For more information, call Jim Newton, Principal Engineer, at (619) 522-7313 or [email protected].


Bridge Lane Configuration: The California Department of Transportation has notified the City that it will not move the barrier on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to accommodate three lanes of inbound traffic on November 11, Veterans Day; November 28, Thanksgiving Day; and November 29, the day after Thanksgiving. This is good news for the City as there will be three lanes heading out of Coronado on those holidays.



Historic Context and Survey Project: The City is changing the way it determines historic resources and is currently engaged in a process to look at all unaltered structures in Coronado 50 years or older to help us make informed planning and zoning decisions.  The Historic Context Statement and Survey Project kicked off in September. In addition, the City will work to identify historic events and people to help better define Coronado’s cultural resources. The Community Development Department and a consulting firm will be working on the project for up to 18 months. Click here for more information and regular updates on the progress and click here to find a handout of frequently asked questions.

Coronado Island Film Festival: The fourth annual Coronado Film Festival opens Friday, November 8, and runs through Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. Filmmakers and film lovers gather in Coronado for four days of films, panels, workshops, parties and special presentations. Coronado has a rich historic tradition with filmmaking going back more than a century. Volunteers will be installing “Stars on the Avenue” – vinyl star decals placed on our downtown sidewalks featuring celebrities who have frequented Coronado. The City is a founding sponsor. Coronado awarded a Community Grant to the film festival and partners with the festival to have events at city-owned facilities including the Community Center, the Coronado Public Library and the John D. Spreckels. Center.

CIFF Program image 

Hubbell Fountain Repair Update: “Sea Passage,” the fountain located outside the west entrance of the Community Center is being repaired and deep-cleaned. Created by San Diego artist James Hubbell, the fountain was dedicated in 2005. It is owned by the Port of San Diego, which has contracted Brennan Hubbell to oversee the current repairs. Work includes replacing missing tiles, the repair of a large crack that has developed over time, a mild acid wash and re-grouting as necessary. 

Hubbell Image being repaired 



Daylight Saving Time:  It’s time to set your clocks back. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3, at 2 a.m. “Fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour to “regain” one hour and to get back on Standard Time. It’s a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


Veterans Day: The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 11, and reminds residents and businesses that some City facilities will be open. Public Services will not sweep streets on the holiday but EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day Sked 


Pet of the Week: Rya, an easygoing 2-year-old Tortoiseshell, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Rya is independent and loves soaking up the sun by herself or keeping you company. She still is a little kitty frisky though. She’s ready for a new home. Rya’s adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Rya, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Control Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Rya 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 



Boat Fire: Coronado Firefighters received a dispatch at 5:34 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, and both the engine and battalion chief arrived within four minutes. They located a small electric boat at the dock to the rear of the property that was on fire. The boat appears to be a total loss. The fire was extinguished and overhauled by a Coronado engine crew with the assistance of one unit from San Diego. No one was injured and no other boats were damaged. Harbor Police arranged for the removal of the boat.

Boat Fire 


Events Planned at the Library: Here is a sampling of events planned for the community.

  • Robert Alley from San Diego’s Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program office will present “Medicare Made Easy” at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 4.
  • Kids will experience the engineering design process with Dinosaur Launchers at the next Tinker Tuesday event at 3:30 p.m. on November 5 in the Ruby Room.
  • The controversial subject of vaccines and their possible side effects will be the topic of a discussion sponsored by the National Library of Medicine at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at the library. The books and discussion packet were given to the Coronado Public Library as part of a grant.
  • In honor of Veterans Day, the Library will screen the 2018 documentary film, “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which features restored archival footage from World War I at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, in the Winn Room.
  • Open public readings of Shakespeare’s work will take place at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The readings are guided by experts from the San Diego Shakespeare Society, and will start with “The Winter’s Tale,” Part I on Tuesday, November 5. The audience is invited to read and can either take part or listen and enjoy.

Shakespeare Open Reading 


Prescription Drug Take Back Day: The Coronado Police Department participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to collect expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs with no questions asked. A total of 52 pounds of drugs was collected. A Prescription Drug Box is in the lobby of the Police Department for drop-offs all year during business hours.


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

  • Streets Division had numerous large projects completed this past week. The public parking lot at the end of Avenida de Lunar was completely repainted and the old crumbling concrete bumpers were removed. Sidewalks with heavy root damage were repaired at 726 I Ave., 851 Cabrillo Ave. and 555 D Ave. An alley section also was replaced in the 800 block of Sixth Street. Ocean Boulevard had a few fading road markings repainted.

    PS Work three images 

    PS Work group of six images 


Spreckels Center November Art Offerings:

  • Watercolor Painting class on Fridays, November 1-22, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $80 for residents and $100 for nonresidents. Sketching class is every Wednesday, November 6-20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $60 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. In both classes, participants will learn how to use geometric shapes, volume and lighting to create your masterpiece.
  • “Everybody Has a Story” writing class on Wednesdays, November 6 to December 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Seasoned writers and novice level writers are welcome. Cost is $50 for residents and $62 for nonresidents.
  • In the hands-on Floral Design class on Monday, November 25, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., make a Thanksgiving centerpiece in autumn tones featuring sunflowers, mums, roses, and accenting greenery. Cost is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents, plus a $25 materials fee.

To register or to receive additional information, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


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Posted on 11/01/2019
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