Weekly Update October 19, 2018

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Weekly Update October 19, 2018

Weekly Update October 19, 2018

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video 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.

Silver Strand Fencing Project:  Construction continued this week to replace the existing dilapidated fence along the beach side of state Route 75 from the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit to the Navy’s Coastal Campus. Construction on the Silver Strand Fencing project is anticipated to be completed the week of October 29. The City and California State Parks began the second phase of the project last month. State Parks is managing the project. Phase I of the project was completed earlier this year and included removing the existing unsightly chain link fence along the beach side of SR-75 from Coronado Cays Boulevard to the northern end of the Silver Strand State Park and installing new round wood fence posts and fencing panels that matched the height of the existing fence. The new fence on State Parks property is a long-needed visual improvement to the area.

Silver Strand fencing


New Police Chief: Charles “Chuck” Kaye, former San Diego assistant police chief, is set to begin work as Coronado’s new police chief on Monday, October 22. Kaye worked for the San Diego Police Department from 1990 to his retirement in 2017. He was appointed San Diego’s assistant chief in 2016. Kaye decided to join San Diego State University’s Police Department last year. He was hired as the department’s captain. Kaye’s extensive law enforcement career with the City of San Diego, matched with his management style, made him the top candidate because he understands the different policing style required for Coronado. 

Chuck Kaye 


Orange Avenue Pavement RepairWork to rehabilitate sections of Orange Avenue between Sixth and Adella Avenue has been delayed. The California Department of Transportation, which is handling the project, does not have an exact start date at this time. The City has been invited to attend the pre-construction meeting with the Caltrans’ contractor to discuss the project. Since the project did not commence as originally scheduled, the City is concerned that the work may impact events such as the Coronado Island Film Festival, the Thanksgiving holiday and the Holiday Parade & Open House. These concerns have been expressed to Caltrans and will be brought up again at the pre-construction meeting. Once started, work will take approximately four weeks to complete and go from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday evening and ending Friday morning. Saturday closures will be from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and Sunday closures will be from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Noise and normal construction activity impacts should be anticipated. Caltrans and the City will work to minimize any inconveniences.

Orange Avenue Repair


PAWS of Coronado Update: The Coronado Animal Care Facility is operated on a contractual basis by PAWS of Coronado, a private nonprofit group. The facility provides shelter and care for impounded, stray and relinquished animals, and provides lost and found assistance, licensing, microchipping and adoption services. The City and PAWS entered into a unique agreement in 2014 that gives the day to day operations of the Animal Care Facility to PAWS. Previously, operations were handled by the Coronado Police Department. The public-private animal care contract was one of the first in San Diego County. The Police Department still provides for public safety through its in-field enforcement of our community’s animal regulations but operating the facility is left to PAWS. Each year, more than 500 animals are processed by the Coronado police and PAWS. PAWS also provides a yearly rabies vaccination clinic and organizing a dedicated group of PAWS of Coronado volunteers, who provide endless hours of service to help calm animals and find them homes.  To view animals available for adoption, visit the facility during its regular business hours, or check out the PAWS of Coronado website at www.pawsofcoronado.org. For adoption procedures and inquiries, you can email or call PAWS at  [email protected] or (619) 435-8247. (Photo: 2013).

PAWS Facility Walkers


Indie Author Day:  Coronado’s first annual “Indie Author Day” celebration is in the books, so to speak. Last Saturday, at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room and adjacent grounds the Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission sponsored a day-long program of events for aspiring writers and a showcase of Coronado’s local authors. Events included a presentation/demonstration on self-publishing and book marketing by Principal Librarian Franklin Escobedo and local author George Galdorisi, the best-selling author of the “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center” series. Three 30-minute panels on genre-specific writing were well attended. The Winn Room and adjacent park hosted a showcase of 24 Coronado authors discussing and reading from their work, with table sales and book signings. The Friends of the Library’s book shop Second Hand Prose offered a selection of used books for sale. It was a full day of books, authors, writing and publishing tips, and food. The events were free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Cultural Arts Commission and the Friends of the Coronado Public Library.

Indie Author Day images


Tree Replaced in the Cays: A Japanese Black pine tree at Cays Park near the dog run died recently due to salt burn from the constant wind coming off the ocean. The tree was removed. Cays residents expressed a strong desire to replace the tree with the same type of tree. The City has agreed to replace the tree. Parks crews found another Japanese Black pine and planted it in the same general area of Cays Park this week. The Japanese Black pine was recently added by the Street Tree Committee to the City’s approved Street Tree List. The tree cost $270.

Japanese Black pine 

Maximum Enforcement DayOn Tuesday, October 10, the Traffic Division held a maximum enforcement day resulting in 41 citations, 98 parking citations, four misdemeanor arrests, two vehicles towed, three reports, and one field interview. 

Pd Maximum Enforcement 


Business Certificate Programs:  The City reminds the community that it will initiate a new streamlined business certificate registration program to replace the former business license tax beginning January 1. All those conducting business in Coronado will be required to register their business with the city and pay a $26 annual fee. Affected businesses include home-based occupations, solicitors, contractors, professions and trades. Nonprofit organizations must obtain a certificate but do not have to pay the fee. Those who conduct business in Coronado but are located outside city limits must also obtain a business certificate. Businesses will be notified to renew annually. A business certificate may be obtained online or by visiting City Hall at 1825 Strand Way.


Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project:  Pipe lining operations continued this week in the Country Club area.  Pipe lining is accomplished by inserting a liner into the storm drain via a manhole and inflating it so it conforms to the interior of the pipe. The resin liner is then steam cured to form a structural watertight seal around the existing leaking pipe. Nearby residents may notice an odor associated with the curing process. The styrene levels within the steam are well below what is considered hazardous. The levels will be monitored throughout the project. Work on Sixth Street at Coronado Avenue is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, to avoid impacts to the area when school is in session.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Social Media for #Creatives: Interested in using social media to further your artistic ambition? The City’s Cultural Arts Commission is presenting a class to help “creatives” understand the best social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) to meet their needs, whether a hobbyist or a full-time business. This is the first in a series to better understand how social media can better connect the artistic community. The free class is open to the public on Monday, October 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Public Library Conference Room, 640 Orange Ave. The class is limited to 12 students. To RSVP, contact Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or call (619) 522-2633.

Social Media for Creatives


Veterans Day Holiday:  The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 12, and reminds residents and businesses that certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. A reminder that Public Services will not sweep streets Friday. EDCO will have regular service that week. Click here for the full holiday schedule.

Veterans Day Sked 


Silver Strand Half Marathon:  The Silver Strand Half Marathon is set for 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, with the 5K. The half-marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. Residents may see notification signs in the areas impacted by the event in the days leading up to the race. Event organizers are expecting approximately 3,000 participants. Runners will leave Sunset Park and travel south on Ocean Boulevard to state Route 75, into Imperial Beach, where the race ends. To facilitate the portion of the run on SR 75, Coronado Police will shut down the southbound lanes. Traffic diversion will go into effect at approximately 6:30 a.m. Both northbound and southbound traffic will share the northbound lanes of SR 75 with a single lane for each direction delineated by traffic cones. A temporary reduced speed limit of 45 mph will also be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate slight delays. Traffic is expected to return to its normal configuration by noon and all equipment will be removed by 12:30 p.m. Notices will be mailed to impacted residents and agencies.

Half Course Map

Pet of the Week: Mako, an 11-year-old Poodle mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Mako had a make-over after coming to PAWS of Coronado as a stray. Under his heavily matted coat was a handsome and healthy guy. He enjoys walks and meeting new people. He’s friendly with dogs but can entertain himself with toys. He still has a lot of life left in him. To set up a visit with Mako, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week 



Deadlines for Nov. 6 Election: The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election is coming up. If you have moved or changed your name, a new registration form is required. Check your status online at sdvote.com. Dates to remember:

  • Monday, October 22 – Deadline to register. You can register at sdvote.com. Forms are available at the Registrar of Voters office, U.S. Postal Office, City Clerk, public libraries and Department of Motor Vehicles. All forms must be postmarked/delivered to the Registrar of Voters by October 22. If you miss the deadline, you may still conditionally register and vote provisionally only at the Registrar’s office through Election Day.
  • Tuesday, October 30 – Deadline to apply for a mail ballot. You can apply at sdvote.com or use the application on the back of your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet. You can request a mail ballot by letter to the Registrar of Voters with your name, registered address, the election name and date, address where the ballot is to be mailed and your signature. Send forms to Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123, email [email protected] or fax (858) 694-2955. As a third option, you can request a mail ballot by phone at (858) 565-5800.

         Register and Vote 


Council Appointments:  At its October 16 meeting, the City Council:

  • Reappointed Alison Lancaster and Christopher Toogood to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
  • Reappointed Maryellen McMahon and William Lowman to the Cultural Arts Commission.


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The resignation of a Transportation Commission commissioner has opened an immediate vacancy for a position to be filled by a resident from the Village. The term will expire February 28, 2020. Openings will occur on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Historic Resource Commission, and Planning Commission between the end of November and the end of the year. 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



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, October 17, the Historic Resource Commission recommended approval of a Historic Alteration Permit at 532 Marina Ave. to City Council. The Commission also recommended approval of Mills Act agreements for 532 Marina Ave. and 1115 Loma Ave.


Design Review Commission Update: At the Wednesday, October 10, Design Review Commission hearing, two projects along Orange Avenue were approved. One included exterior changes to an existing commercial building located at 957 Orange Ave. The proposal included a new awning, new window trim paint, and new logo on both the awning and windows for Sweet Soles, a new shoe store. The Commission voted to approve the proposal for the exterior changes with the condition that only one “Sweet Soles” logo would be allowed on the door and none on the windows. The Commission also approved a new wall sign for the existing Verizon store at 953 Orange Ave.

Design Review  




Library Programs: “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” was presented by lecturer Mark Carlson on Tuesday, October 16, in the Winn Room. The classic marvels such as the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temples of Zeus, and the Great Pyramid (the only survivor) were discussed.  Tasha Donahue, author of “Towards the Sun,” spoke Thursday, October 18, on how to write a book. She also autographed copies of her current book. The Autumn Piano Concert on Friday, October 16, features Jeeyoon Kim. On Saturday, October 20, at 10:30 a.m., Marina Khudobina will demonstrate Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.



Youth and Teen Programs: On Monday, October 15, kids rolled into the Winn Room for a Drive-in Movie. First, they built their cars, then climbed in to watch Rugrats Halloween episodes. At the Lego Building Challenge on Tuesday, October 16, kids created creepy crawly LEGO creations. They were given an hour to build. All designs can be found in the glass display case in the Children’s Room on display until the next LEGO event on November 20. The Halloween Stories and Art Project event will be held Saturday, October 20, at 2 p.m. in the Ruby Room. Families will listen to spooky stories and then rotate through art stations. The Teen activity featured a screening of “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children” on Wednesday, October 17.

Drive-in and Lego 





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

  • Streets Division responded to the impacts of heavy rain this past weekend, shutting down First Street from B Avenue to A Avenue because of flooding. Crews also painted three alley fire lanes from Seventh to Ninth streets between A and B avenues and from Third to Fourth streets between B and C avenues. Crews also added pavements markings on Adella Avenue and Maria Place.

         Rain and flooding

Ally striping

Street Markings




Youth Basketball Coaches Needed: The City of Coronado Recreation & Golf Services is searching for volunteers to teach groups of kids in grades 3-6 the basketball basics. The season begins on November 26 and ends February 2. Practices are only once a week and games are on Saturdays. Join in and help mold the next LeBron James. Interested adults contact Ely McMahon at [email protected].

Bball vols needed 

Trails and Ales:  Get ready to explore San Diego’s natural beauty followed by a delicious meal and brew on October 22 with the Spreckels Center working with the Recreation Department. Staff will transport you at 8 a.m. to the trails of Balboa Park, where you will begin the 3.5-mile hike through its gardens and groves. Dress in hiking-appropriate, breathable clothing with comfortable closed-toed hiking shoes. Transportation and admission are included in the cost of $55 resident and $65 non-resident. Lunch and beverages is not included. To register, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.
Trails and Ales flier

Coronado Teens: On Saturday, October 13, Coronado Teens members haunted the trails at Oakoasis County Preserve. Then, on Tuesday, October 16, they helped little Coronadans pick and paint pumpkins at the Ferry Landing Farmer’s Market Annual Pumpkin Painting event. These events were volunteer opportunities. The teens were able to get community service hours and have fun. There are more volunteer opportunities for Coronado Teens through our Recreation Programs. Check out the brochure online here or call (619) 522-7342 to secure a spot.

Coronado Teens in action
Coronado Teens Halloween


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.


Silver Strand Fencing project
Posted on 10/19/2018
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