Weekly Update October 11, 2019

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Weekly Update October 11, 2019


Weekly Update October 11, 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.


Cays Park Master Plan Project: Coronado Cays Park is the City’s largest park and home to highly used joint-use sports fields. The irrigation system for the park is old, inefficient and wastes a lot of water. It needs to be replaced. This work will disrupt the entire park. The City Council agreed in July to retain a landscape architect to help assess the park, hold multiple public meetings and create designs for possible improvements based on public input. The first two public workshops are set for next week, October 16 and 19. Two more public workshops will be held to present schematic designs for the park and obtain public comments and opinion on each. There is some misinformation being widely disseminated and the City has placed some information on the Fact or Fiction page on the City’s website to clarify that there are no pre-determined plans other than the need to replace the irrigation system. The City wants to keep the focus on ways to improve the park without putting forth any specific plans. For more information, contact Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to [email protected].

Cays Park Master Plan flier

Gas-powered Leaf Blowers: The City Council next week will consider prohibiting the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in Coronado to address concerns about noise and air pollution. The City completed a conversion of all of its leaf blower and string trimmers and those used by its contractors to zero-emission tools last year. An ordinance to ask the same of residents and landscapers in town will be introduced on October 15. If introduced, a second reading is set for November 5 with the ordinance going into effect, if approved, on January 1, 2020.

 Gas-blower Agenda Item Notice

New City Clerk: Jennifer Ekblad, a certified municipal clerk, has been selected as Coronado’s new City Clerk. Her first day is October 15. Most recently, Ekblad served as assistant city clerk in Escondido. She has a master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. Ekblad is a member of the City Clerk’s Association of America, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and San Diego County Deputy Clerks Association. She is a notary public.

New City Clerk Jennifer Ekblad

Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda: The City is waiting for SDG&E to energize the electrical system for the new traffic signal installed at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street, near Naval Air Station North Island. When this occurs, the signal will be functional. The City has received some positive feedback on the signal design and may incorporate a similar look along Third and Fourth streets, the Avenue of Heroes, on pedestrian lighting and poles to improve the aesthetics and safety of the corridor.

Traffic Signal Alameda and Fourth 


Columbus Day Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 14, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services will not sweep streets Monday and EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection. See schedule below.

Columbus Day 2019



Animal Care Facility Holding Room: Work at the Animal Care Facility Holding Room is nearing completion. The walls and ceiling have been painted; door, hardware, lights, and fire alarm strobes are installed. The floor preparation, which requires grinding the existing floor flat and removing the existing sealer, is underway. Installing the epoxy floor, base, and garage flood barrier threshold is scheduled for next week. Once the project is complete, a holding space to treat and evaluate the condition of stray animals will be available before placing them into the healthy PAWS of Coronado care population.

Animal Care Facility two images 


John D. Spreckels Senior Center Water Drainage:  In response to an unprecedented rainstorm in December 2018 that caused a section of the building to flood, construction work is underway to regrade water away from the building; this includes adding additional drains and a water diverter valve to the site. Patrons are being redirected to another entrance while the trench drain across the main entry is being installed.

Spreckels Center Water Drainage work 


Indie Author Day: Join the Coronado Public Library on Saturday, October 12, for a day of workshops, expert panels, local authors, book signings and networking at Indie Author Day. Aspiring authors and established authors can meet and share their knowledge and insights into the publishing world. This is a great chance for book lovers to meet San Diego and Coronado authors and discover new books. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Library, 640 Orange Ave.

Indie Author Day



Pet of the Week:  Ralphie, a 2-year-old Miniature Pinscher-Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Ralphie was a stray found roaming on Ocean Boulevard. He is affectionate and great on a leash. He loves playing with toys and walking adventures. He weighs 12 pounds and is ready to meet you. His adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Ralphie, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Ralphie Pet of the Week 


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission (one vacancy), Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy) and Historic Resource 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 

Public Safety Open House: The Police Department and the Fire Department and its Lifeguards welcomed the community on Sunday, October 6, to the annual Public Safety Open House. Locals got to meet the City’s public safety officials. Firefighters showed off their life-saving devices and had live demonstrations and the Police Department opened its doors to allow the community to check out its facility and vehicles. The streets were closed off around the main fire house and Police Department for the event. Other local, state and federal public safety agencies were on hand to provide information on the services they provide. City employees attended to talk about household hazardous waste and storm water quality.

Public Safety Open House four images



Children’s Events Held at the Library: Tinker Tuesday on October 8 focused on an engineering challenge. Given the provided supplies and limitless imagination, kids designed machines to knock over paper cups. The Junior Volunteers designed and ran “Camp Half Blood” on Thursday, October 10. Based on the “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” book series by Rick Riordan, kids of all ages completed tasks at four stations in the Winn Room.

Tinker Tuesday 2 images

Half-Blood Camp two images

Library Teen Movie: The Addams Family: To get in the mood for Halloween, a special screening of the 1991 movie “The Addams Family” will serve up plenty of creepy laughs for teens at the Library at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 16.


Library Autumn Piano Concert: Pianist Bryan Vyore will present a wide mix of piano music including classical, jazz, and musical theater selections at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 18 in the Library’s Winn Room.


Craft Workshops at the Library: Here are a few upcoming craft workshops.

  • A workshop on the mechanics and techniques of floral design will be held at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15. Local instructor and floriculture expert Betty Patterson-del Sol will show how to move a design from concept to reality. The free “Demystifying Design” workshop is presented in partnership with the Coronado Floral Association and is suitable for both beginners and experts.
  • Library patrons will learn how to create a fun pumpkin succulent decoration at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16. Merry Street will demonstrate how easy it is to create a beautiful fall decoration. Sign up at the Library or by calling (619) 522-2484 for this event.

Floral Design Workshop flier 


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

  • Facilities crews will move the City’s portable restroom trailer, which is typically deployed at the end of Avenue del Sol in South Beach, to the Public Services yard on Tuesday, October 15. While at the Public Services yard, crews will conduct maintenance work on the unit, including replacing pumps. The City hopes to return the restroom trailer to the beach location after the work is completed at the end of October.

Portable Restroom Trailer image 



Full Moon Paddle Event: On Sunday, October 13, Recreation invites the community to paddle-out onto Glorietta Bay with neighbors and other paddlers. After the paddle-out, return to the Coronado Boathouse to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Check in at the Club Room and Boathouse at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. The cost of vessel rental is not included.

Full Moon Paddle flier 




Turkey Coloring Contest 2019: Recreation and Golf Services and the Coronado Junior Women's Club Turkey Coloring Contest 2019 officially began Tuesday, October 8. The deadline to enter for exciting prizes is November 5. Prizes are awarded to Coronado residents/students in kindergarten through fifth graders at the November 19 City Council meeting. One entry submitted per child, colored by the child. Students may not use embellishments such as glitter and sequins. Past winners are not eligible. To enter the contest, Coronado students must:

  1. Color the turkey using only crayons, markers or colored pencils;
  2. Print entrant’s name, school, grade and contact information in the space provided;
  3. Submit your turkey on or before Friday, November 5, 2019 in one of these ways: bring it to the Coronado Community Center, email it to [email protected], or have a parent or legal guardian post to Facebook (using hashtag #putsomeplayinyourday). For more information visit the Recreation News page.

Turkey Coloring image


Halloween Happening: October means costumes, candy, pumpkin everything and, of course, the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Halloween Happening. On Friday, October 25, Recreation and Golf Services is hosting the City’s annual Halloween Happening. Join in the frightful fun from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. Mons-terrific crafts, carnival games, a bouncy house, gruesome grub and a tot lot are just some of the highlights planned for the event. Purchase tickets for the activities and food at the event. Tickets are $1 each or 25 tickets for $25.  For additional details on the Halloween Happening, call (619) 522-7342 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/recreation for event updates.

Halloween Happening 2019 flier


Stay Informed Coronado: Do you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.



Cays Park Master Plan workshop flier
Posted on 10/11/2019
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