Weekly Update November 30, 2018

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Weekly Update November 30, 2018


Weekly Update November 30, 2018

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High-Risk Trees: After the September 16 failure of a large Italian Stone pine tree at Spreckels park, the City reevaluated all the trees in the park. There are currently 95 trees, including palms, in Spreckels Park. There have been four tree failures since 2014. The latest evaluation placed five Sugar Gum Eucalyptus trees in the moderate-to-high-risk category. A high-risk Sugar Gum tree at the corner of C Avenue and Sixth Street was removed on November 13. The remaining four high-risk trees will be removed the week of December 17. Spreckels Park playground, curbside parking, and various locations within the park will be closed for safety reasons.

Sugar Gum Removals


Storm Update: A Pacific storm hit San Diego County on Thursday, November 29, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall, high surf and gusty winds. The City provides sandbags for residents in need, while supplies last, at four locations: First Street and Alameda Boulevard; Fourth Street and Alameda; North Beach; and at the Cays near the Fire Station. Public Services crews monitored storm drains, staffed the Parker Pump Station to ensure continued operations of this important city facility, and cleaned up trees branches and debris. City staff also monitored areas prone to flooding including the Cays Boulevard exit off the Silver Strand State Highway, the Five Points intersection and the Country Club area. More rain is possible this weekend. A general water advisory was issued for all coastal waters of San Diego County due to contamination by urban runoff following rain. Beachgoers are warned that bacteria levels can rise significantly in ocean water, especially near the City’s storm drains.

Storm Images 

Currents Newsletter: The latest edition of the City’s newsletter “Currents is in mailboxes. It’s also available on the City’s website and at many City facilities. Please note that dates for Library events were incorrect. Here are the corrected dates: Hanukkah Storytime with Literature Come to Life is set for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, in the Winn Room; an all-ages Holiday Sing-along will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Winn Room; Santa Claus will visit children during Storytime at 10:10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Winn Room; the Kids Graham Cracker House Craft will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Ruby Room; a Christmas Stories & Art Project is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Ruby Room; and Hand-bell Carolers will perform at noon for all ages on Thursday, December 20, in the Library Plaza. The online version has been updated. Here are some highlights of what you will find in the newest Currents volume:

  • Coronado Leaf Blowers All Electric
  • Underground Utilities Plan
  • Upcoming Holidays Events
  • Arts & Culture in Coronado
  • Hometown Heroes
  • Sign up for Alert San Diego


Sea Level Rise Plan: At its November 20 meeting, the City Council authorized the City Manager to apply for funding through the California Department of Transportation Adaptation Planning Grant Program and to issue a request for qualifications for a consultant to prepare a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. Over the past decade, the City has received a significant amount of guidance and direction from regional planning and policy organizations. Some of the notable documents include a 2009 state report called California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy; Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay; and the California Coastal Commission Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance. A library of these documents can be found under the Community Development Department, Planning and Zoning or by clicking here. The City has recently received written support from the San Diego Unified Port District for its application for the grant and called for a coordinated approach to planning for sea level rise along San Diego Bay. The plan will serve as a mutually beneficial resource for local agencies.


Restriping Work Street Closure: The contractor that performed asphalt repairs on Orange Avenue between Sixth Street and Adella Avenue for the California Department of Transportation is scheduled to reinstall the striping that was damaged or removed during their work. The striping work is scheduled for Sunday, December 2, starting at 9 p.m. The work will require the contractor to shut down one of the two travel lanes to allow the striping to be installed; all lanes will be open by 5 a.m. on Monday, December 3.


Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday events season with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza on Friday, December 7, in conjunction with the annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Open House. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Coronado’s annual Snow Mountain at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First St., where Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m. Snow Mountain activities are provided free thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program and the support of the Coronado Ferry Landing and Coronado Chamber of Commerce. The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m., the parade begins at 6 p.m. and the Tree Lighting and Community Concert begin at 7 p.m. The Coronado Community Band Concert begins at 7:15 p.m. All events are free. The holiday lights will remain on through December at the plaza at Orange and Isabella avenues near Tenth Street. For more information on Snow Mountain call (619) 522-7342.

Snow Mountain 

Shop Local Shuttles: Discover Coronado is funding the Shop Local Shuttles for residents and visitors. It is being offered from November 23 through December 31. The complimentary shuttles will loop the Village area during the busy holiday season to keep people out of their vehicles. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week on the Metropolitan Transit System’s 904 route. Click here for more information: ShopLocalShuttles.com.

Shop Local Shuttle


Body Discovered: On Monday, November 26, at 1:30 p.m., Coronado Police responded to 7700 Silver Strand Boulevard to investigate a found body. A deceased male, believed to be an Imperial Beach resident, was found near the bike path and had trauma to his upper torso. An autopsy has been performed and the next of kin have been notified. There is no indication of foul play, but the investigation is continuing.

Maximum Enforcement Day:  On Wednesday, November 28, traffic officers from around San Diego County conducted enhanced traffic enforcement throughout the City of Coronado. Officers assisted the Coronado Police Department for the day writing citations to those observed violating the law to help reduce traffic incidents, violations and collisions. Law enforcement officials wrote 250 traffic citations, 4 misdemeanor citations, 58 parking citations, and towed three vehicles.

PD Motorcycle

Ride the Lights: Ride the Lights is set for Sunday, December 16. Meet at Spreckels Park at 4:45 p.m. Make sure you have night lights, and helmets, Enjoy cookies, cocoa and other holiday festivities after the ride. Brought to you by Coronado's Bicycle Advisory Committee. Don't forget to decorate your bike.

Ride the Lights 


2018-19 Holiday Schedule: The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1. All non-public-safety facilities are closed both days. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's Day; as a result there will be a one-day residential delay in service. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Day. Certain City departments and services will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Here is that schedule:

Holiday Sked


Call to Local ArtistsThe City’s Cultural Arts Commission invites local Coronado artists to submit images of original artwork for the “Celebrate Local Artists” banners series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue from April through June 2019. The Commission is seeking submissions from a broad range of media, styles and genres of local artists. The deadline is February 1, 2019. All artwork selected will be juried and artists who are selected will be notified by early March 2019. Fifteen new artists will be selected to participate in the display. Artists who participated in the 2018 display will not be eligible to apply this year. Artists must be 18 or older. For more information, contact Coronado’s Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522‐2633. To apply, download the application on CoronadoARTS.com under Opportunities or pick up a hardcopy at City Hall at 1825 Strand Way.

Call to Artists 


‘Sit a Spell’ Pianos: The “Sit a Spell and Play a Tune” public art pianos are heading into storage on Saturday, December 8, but before they go there will be a final performance. On Friday, December 7, the Coronado Rotary Plaza piano will host a holiday music sing-a-long under the Christmas Tree at Rotary Park. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. just prior to the annual Holiday Parade. The program expanded in this, its second year to include three pianos. The pianos, donated by residents, are wrapped in artwork by local artists Jody Esquer, Tina Christiansen and Karrie Jackson. The City would like to thank the following businesses for assisting in the caretaking of the pianos this year: Coronado Historical Association, the Coronado Ferry Landing, High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen and the El Cordova Hotel.

Public Pianos 


Storm Drain Cleaning After Damage: A storm drain cleaning operation was completed this week along Sixth Street between Pomona Avenue and Glorietta Boulevard. California American Water hired a contractor to clean the storm water pipe along that stretch of road to remove sediments that infiltrated during a water main break when a contractor working for Cox Communications accidentally hit it during a boring operation in late August.


Pedestrian Ramps:  Construction of all 27 pedestrian ramps has been completed and staff is creating a punch list of items for the contractor to complete prior to final acceptance of the project.


Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project:  A meeting was held this week to discuss possible repair options on the Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project to eliminate two areas of infiltration in a 36-inch storm drain pipe on Coronado Avenue. It is necessary to seal the two areas prior to lining the pipe. These repairs and lining are expected to occur within the next three weeks.


Upcoming City Council Items:  Several items on the upcoming December 4 City Council agenda may draw interest from the community. Council members will consider endorsing the preparation of an updated operations plan for the Coronado Aquatics Center at a cost of $23,750 after the City hired a consultant to analyze the current operations. The Council will receive a video inspection of the Parker Pump Station, which is on Coronado Avenue and Eighth Street. The station houses pumps that service both sanitary sewer and storm drain systems. The Council will consider appropriating funds to a significant project to rehabilitate the station. At a public hearing, the Council will consider amending portions of the municipal code based on the recommendations of a Council subcommittee tasked with reviewing the application and appeal processes of the historic preservation program; the criteria for historic designation; the fees; demolition requests; and the City’s Mills Act procedure.

Pet of the Week: Nala, a 9-year-old brown and orange Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Nala is an engaging feline who came to PAWS when her previous caretakers developed allergies to her. She is interactive, loves pets and affection, and is playful. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Nala, call at (619) 522-7371.

Nala Pet of the Week



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




Technology Programs:  A Library App Workshop was held Monday, November 19, in the Conference Room.  The workshop is a drop-in event held three times a month An Introduction to WordPress workshop was held on Tuesday, November 27, an Introduction to Microsoft Word workshop was held on Wednesday, November 28, and a Digital Media Lab Workshop on creating comic book panels was held Thursday, November 29. These workshops are limited in size and require advance sign-up. Call (619) 522-7390 for information.


Teen Tech Help: The Teen Tech Team meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at 4 p.m. If you need help with your smart devices, they can help. It is free and open to the public. The City also encourages residents to ask about San Diego County’s Alert San Diego, which is the City’s primary method of mass notification in case of an emergency. It provides the best way to reach the community quickly with information as to the specific emergency and what protective action is expected. You can sign up your mobile phone to receive alerts at http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/

Youth and Teen Programs:  Children stopped by the Library during their Thanksgiving break to build with LEGOs on Tuesday, November 20.  The theme of the build was Table of Plenty. Many participants made tables filled with food fit for superheroes such as the Hulk and Batman. Some children broke into teams to create masterpieces together. All LEGO creations are on display in the Children’s Room at the Library. On Tuesday, November 27, families were tasked with building ornaments out of popsicle sticks, one to take home and one to hang on the Christmas tree in the Children’s Room. The Christmas tree in the Children’s Room is decorated with the ornaments, as well as ornaments made from years past. The Teen Advisory Board met on Tuesday, November 27, and the Teen event on Wednesday, November 28, was Teen Create: Cork Christmas Trees.

Library LEGO event 

Library Programs:  The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, November 19. to discuss “Drowned Hopes” by Donald E. Westlake, and the Spoiler’s Book Club met on Saturday, November 24 to discuss “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, and view “The Ides of March.” Hanukkah Concert at the Library is Saturday, December 1, in the Winn Room at 1 p.m. featuring Fred Benedetti on guitar, Elizabeth Schwartz on vocals and baritone ukulele and Yale Strom on violin. An Essential Oil Workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Learn the ins and outs of essential oils and make some gifts. Sign up at the reference desk ahead of time or call (619) 522-7390. Author Sam Kleiner will visit the Library on Saturday, December 1, at 3 p.m. to discuss his book “The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged  a Secret War Against Japan.” Bay Books will have a pop-up shop and Kleiner will sign copies a reception. The programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Coronado Library.

Library Event fliers 




Upcoming Holiday Camps:  Holiday Camps at the Community Center are 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. Christmas and New Year Holiday Camps will take place on Thursday, December 27; Friday, December 28; Wednesday, January 2; Thursday, January 3; and Friday, January 4. Cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.


Gym Closure: Community Center gym patrons please note that the gym will be closed fro 6 a.m. to noon on Monday, December 3, for maintenance. Regular Jazzercise classes will be held. Thank you for your patience.



Community Center Boiler Repairs: Crews continue with work on the hot water heating supply pipe from the Community Center boiler to City Hall. The excavation has taken place. Pedestrian access is restricted in the area and parking is restricted in two spots north of the red zone.

Boiler Work 


Tennis Court Update: Rain has delayed the resurfacing of the Library Tennis Court. Crews expect to reopen tentatively on Monday, December 3, weather permitting. The City thanks the tennis community for its patience.


The A-Team Fun: The A-Team (Always Together Experiencing Amazing Moments) teens and adults went to Seaport Village on Monday, November 26. Call Recreation Services at (619) 522-7342 for more information. This group has a lot more outings planned, including: 

  • Dec. 3 – Winter Arts & Crafts
  • Dec. 10 – Holiday Party
  • Dec. 17– Liberty Station
  • Dec. 24 – NO CLASS
  • Dec. 31 – NO CLASS
  • Jan. 7 – Nature Walk @ Balboa Park
  • Jan. 14 – Dinner & Movie @ Clubroom


Fall/Winter Session II: The Fall/Winter Recreation Classes are underway. Classes such as Hip Hop Dance began on Monday, November 26. In this six-week class, participants learn basic moves to popular songs. The Kids in the Kitchen after-school cooking class returned for the second session as well. Participants made meals and dessert. For more information on all the new classes in the second session, call (619) 522-7342.

Fall Winter Session II



‘Inside Camp David’ Talk: The John D. Spreckels Center in Coronado presents “Inside Camp David” with local Coronado Resident retired Navy Rear Adm. Michael Giorgione. On Wednesday, December 19, at 2:30 p.m., Giorgione, commander at Camp David from 1999 to 2001, will give a live lecture, sharing his inside views and lessons from living at the mountaintop retreat with his young family, as neighbors to the presidents.. Giorgione also weaves in the insightful and poignant stories of 15 other commanders, covering the 75-year history of the camp. The program will take place at the Spreckels Center and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Visit the Center, call (619) 522-7343 or register on line at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament: The Coronado Youth Soccer League is hosting its annual Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament for competitive teams with players ages 6 to 13, boys and girls. The tournament will run over two weekends, Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, and December 15 and 16. The hours of the tournament will be approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The tournament will be held at Sunset Park (Dec 8 and 9), Tidelands Park, Coronado Cays, Coronado High School, Coronado Middle School, and the Strand Elementary on both weekends. Elite Security will manage and control park areas as needed as to not disturb neighbors both weekends, with the dog run sectioned off and parking patrol to ensure spaces are available for locals using the dog run area. Should any issues arise, please call (619) 985-3019 or (619) 250-7962.


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Sugar Gum Removals
Posted on 11/30/2018
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