Weekly Update November 8, 2019

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Weekly Update November 8, 2019


Weekly Update November 8, 2019


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Animal Care Facility Celebration: The City invites residents and their well-behaved, four-legged friends on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to help celebrate its successful public-private partnership with PAWS of Coronado. To mark the 5-year anniversary of this unique relationship, the City will host an open house at the Animal Care Facility that includes raffle prizes, holiday pet portraits, giveaways, facility tours, musical entertainment and light refreshments from 4 to 5:30 at 1395 First St. The City contracted with PAWS, a community-based nonprofit organization, in 2014 to manage and operate the City-owned Animal Care Facility, a task previously assigned to the Police Department.

PAWS City Anniversary Event 


City Joins Coalition Against Wireless Petition: The City has joined a coalition of local governments and agencies in opposing the wireless industry’s attempts to take away local control. The Wireless Industry Association recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for a declaratory ruling that would erode local government authority related to expansions to existing wireless facilities. The industry views local government as an impediment to the roll-out of 5G services. In the petition, the Association asks the FCC to mandate a shorter approval process; allow applicants to undo concealment efforts; and make it more difficult for local governments to exercise their powers to protect public health, safety and welfare. Coronado was one of the first cities to adopt rules to ensure that any wireless facilities installed in the City are sensitively designed and sited. The rules include providing advance notification of pending applications to residents who may request a public hearing. Other coalition members include San Diego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, La Mesa, the League of California Cities, as well as cities in Washington, Oregon and Colorado.


Hotel del Coronado Main Entrance Relocation:  As part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan to expand and redevelop the 131-year-old hotel, a new three-level, 729-spot parking garage is set to open on Monday, Nov. 18. The garage opening will coincide with the temporary relocation of the main entry 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 Place. The hotel’s main entrance will be moved to R.H. Dana near Orange Avenue during the work. The intersection of Orange Avenue and Avenida del Sol will become a signalized intersection. Hotel and City officials are working to get the word out about the construction and traffic impacts.

New Entrance Rendering



Hometown Heroes Banner Ceremony: Nearly 400 people gathered in Coronado on Saturday, Nov. 2, to celebrate the City’s 10th class of Hometown Heroes. This year’s celebration honored 15 local heroes. Five members of the current class were in attendance and every hero had representatives from their families and friends. The current series honors 14 Navy and one Army veteran but the program recognizes all branches of military service. The program was launched in May 2015 with 18 banners. Ceremonies are held twice yearly. To date, 162 heroes have been recognized. Honorees who have received a banner on the corridor include America’s first aviator James Doolittle, President George H.W. Bush, several POWs along with many well-known local honorees who grew up and attended Coronado schools. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. For more information, contact (619) 522-7335 or visit coronado.ca.us and search for Hometown Hero. Find photos from the event on the City’s Coronado Image Gallery.

Avenue of Heroes images 


Council Actions: The City Council took the following actions on Tuesday, Nov. 5:

  • Adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use of leaf blowers to address concerns about noise and air pollution. The Council agreed to delay the implementation of the ordinance until January 1, 2021.
  • Agreed to prepare a Mitigated Negative Declaration as the level of environmental review required in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act for the Coronado Golf Course Modernization Project. A Mitigated Negative Declaration is prepared for a project when the initial study has identified potentially significant effects on the environment, but (1) revisions would avoid the effects or mitigate the effects to a point where clearly no significant effect on the environment would occur, and (2) there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, may have a significant effect on the environment. When the project’s Mitigated Negative Declaration is prepared, it will be circulated for public review.
  • Approved modifications to the Five Points Intersection and agreed to further study traffic devices near the north end of the intersection of Glorietta Boulevard and Pomona Avenue.
  • Awarded a contract for Street Preventive Maintenance work and agreed to add the pieces of the Active Transportation Plan including most prominently “sharrows” on Tenth Street between Orange and C avenues and between Glorietta Boulevard and Adella, and a Class II bike lane on Tenth between C and Adella. The work also includes Antigua Court in the Coronado Cays.



Emergency Operations Center Exercise: On Wednesday, November 6, the City participated, along with agencies from across the region, in a Full-Scale Disaster exercise. City staff members with designated roles in the Emergency Operations Center attended. The City’s Fire and Police departments have identified the need to develop some depth in the City to ensure the effective operation of the Center in case a situation arises here. Wednesday’s exercise had local agencies, including Coronado, responding in the field to scenario-based events throughout the region. The City activated its Emergency Operations Center, participated in a regional conference call during the exercise, and used the time to guide discussions and decision-making exercises, including public notification methods. Emergency drills allow participants to become familiar with duties not typically conducted on a day-to-day basis. These exercises, as well as the City’s ongoing active shooter drills, help Coronado prepare for and manage emergencies.

EOC Exercise image

Exercise in the Field two images 


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 


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 


John D. Spreckels Senior Center Waterflow: In response to the unprecedented rain event that occurred on Dec. 6, 2018, various measures to redirect extreme water volume away from this Spreckels Center building were completed last week. The work included new area and trench drains, site re-grading, and a new diverter valve with associated electrical power. Final testing occurred on Nov. 4.

Spreckels Center drainage work 

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. The City received a 10% discount off the standard rates. 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 Closure Flier



Cays Park Master Plan Project: Next Friday, Nov. 15, is the final day to take the survey to help identify desired improvements for Coronado Cays Park. A presentation made at two previous workshops is available online. The online surveys are available on the Public Services & Engineering “Public Projects” web page, the Recreation & Golf Services web page or using the links below. For more information, call Jim Newton, Principal Engineer, at (619) 522-7313 or [email protected].


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 organizers are working on finalizing contact information for complaints and concerns and the City will provide the information once it is received.


Pet of the Week: Ryder, a sweet, 56-pound, 2-year-old mixed breed dog, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Ryder is a handsome guy who was found wandering around the beach. He loves walks, playing fetch and is house trained. He’s over the puppy phase and still has lots of life and love for a new family. To set up a visit with Ryder, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Control Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

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

  • ACT/SAT Tutoring: Students are invited to drop in between 3 and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for free subject and ACT/SAT assistance from Coronado-based High Performance Tutoring.
  • Tinker Tuesday: Fizzy Sherbet! Discover the delicious side of science and learn why eating sherbet creates a fizzy feeling on your tongue at the next Tinker Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
  • “Grit” documentary: A multinational natural gas drilling company is believed to be responsible for an environmental disaster that displaced of 60,000 people in an East Java village. The screening of the documentary “Grit” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS.
  • Zentangle Poetry for Teens: Teens will be making poetry using discarded books at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13. Participants will cut out patterns in the book pages according to their own design, creating a free form poem out of the remaining words. The method, known as Zentangle poetry, can create a literary collage with surprising results.
  • Teen STEAM Saturday: Come to the library and create heat-sensitive and coloring-changing slime! Teens will learn the science behind this chemical reaction and make slime to take home after the event at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16.


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. Crews will work to minimize impacts to the residents by securing sections around the playground with orange fencing. The work is set to begin on Monday, Nov. 18. At the same time, about 1,500 square feet of sod at Glorietta Bay Park will be replaced.

Spreckels Park Sod Replacement images 

Gloriietta Bay Park Sod work 


Coronado Aquatics Center: Work on the Aquatics Center and the Community Center’s south hallway began Monday, Nov. 4. Access to the hallway, locker rooms and Aquatics center is restricted while contractors work on the floors. The pool lifeguards and maintenance crews are working on cleaning the grates and gutters as well as other pool and deck maintenance.

Pool and Community Center Work 

Coronado Youth Basketball League:  Coronado Youth Basketball League players were assessed on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Interested players came to the Coronado Community Center to dribble, pass and shoot their way onto a team. The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services and Master Sports will assign players to a team. Once assigned to a team, coaches will notify their players of practice days. This non-competitive league play begins Dec. 7 and runs through Feb. 8. League registration is $165 for Coronado residents and $175 for nonresidents. Registration for the eight-game program includes a full basketball uniform, referees and an awards banquet. To register, visit www.coronado.ca.us/register or call (619) 522-7342. 

Coronado Golf Course Survey:  The Coronado Golf Course in conjunction with the National Golf Foundation is currently conducting a survey to gauge golfer opinions at the City’s golf course. If you have played at Coronado Golf Course within the last 12 months, please click on the link below and fill out the survey. The survey is short and we encourage you to be candid with your feedback. Thank you for your help and we look forward to seeing you soon.  Click here to take the survey.


November Spreckels Center Offerings: Here are few of the programs that are coming up at the John D. Spreckels Center. To register or receive more information about any of our activities, call us at (619) 522-7343, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, or visit us online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

  • Making the Most of Your Leftovers: Learn how to cook with leftovers in the Cooking with Cyndi class on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 2 to4:30 p.m. Cost is $49 for residents /$60 for nonresidents. 
  • Trails and Ales takes the group to the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve on Monday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Cost is $40 for residents /$50 for nonresidents.
  • Fall Harvest Social: Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., participants can grab a slice of pie, sip your coffee, compete with fun trivia, and get into the spirit of Thanksgiving. Cost is $4 residents/$6 nonresidents.
  • Mindful Eating During the Holidays: On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., learn how to eat mindfully at this free class.                                                                    
  • Take a Rejuvenating Yoga class on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., shake it up in Line Dancing every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., and improve focus, balance and health in a Tai Chi class on Wednesdays at 9:10 a.m.

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