Weekly Update October 26, 2018

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Weekly Update October 26, 2018

Weekly Update October 26, 2018

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Orange Avenue Pavement Repair Work to rehabilitate sections of Orange Avenue between Sixth and Adella Avenue and from Tenth Street to Adella will soon begin. The work, which will include dig-out repairs of pavement that has failed and been previously patched, will begin November 13. The work had been delayed by the California Department of Transportation, which manages the roadway, from the original start date but is now back on track. The new start date  avoids construction during the Coronado Film Festival (November 9-12) while giving the contractor time to complete the most disruptive work prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The contractor plans to complete the repair work in three consecutive nights with minor striping and pavement markings to follow. Construction will be done at night due to the volume of traffic on Orange during the normal work day. Work hours will be 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Adjacent businesses and residents will be notified and signs will be staged near the work area.

Orange Avenue Repair

Coastal Campus Lighting: After several Coronado Cays residents complained at the last Naval Complexes meeting about the lighting at the north Entry Control Point, or gate, at the Navy’s Coastal Campus being on 24/7, the Navy decided to turn off the temporary security lights when the gate is not open, which is the case during most of the hours of darkness. The Navy told the City that there were a few construction activities during the night over the past couple of weeks where temporary lighting was used. After looking into the matter, it was discovered that the night lighting was turned on all night, over the past two weeks. The lights are now off and will remain off until the entry control point construction is completed in December. The permanent security lights for the Entry Control Point are specifically designed to illuminate only the areas where light is required, and include graduated lighting intensity, where it is higher at the gate facility and lowers for the lights further from the gate. The light fixtures are also shielded to direct artificial light to only where it is required.


Avenue of Heroes Event:  The public is invited to attend the next Avenue of Heroes ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, honoring another 13 Hometown Heroes. The program is open to any and all active duty or retired service members, from enlisted personnel to officers who live or have lived in Coronado. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado is hardly lacking in potential candidates. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Coronado High School Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave., to recognize the most recent honorees with the reading of their biographies and a presentation of a framed picture of the banner to be displayed along the Avenue of Heroes. The program is sponsored by the City with oversight by volunteers from VFW Post 2422, the Coronado Historical Association, and the Third and Fourth Streets Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association. The program recognizes men and women who have honorably served in the armed services. If you know of a veteran or active duty service man or woman, please consider nominating them by downloading an application from the City’s website. Search for “Avenue of Heroes” on the City’s homepage. There is no charge to apply and all costs for the program are paid for by the City of Coronado.

Avenue of Heroes event 

Maximum Enforcement Day:  On Tuesday, October 23, Traffic and Patrol officers held a maximum enforcement day that resulted in a total of 74 cites, 2 of which were misdemeanor citations and 32 parking citations.

Employee of the Quarter:  Joe Romero, Community Development Building Inspection Supervisor, has been selected as the recipient of the City Manager’s Employee of the Quarter award for July through September 2018. Romero, who has worked for the Building Division for nearly 5 years, was nominated by 14 co-workers. He leads a team of building inspectors and technicians that are both competent and service-oriented. Joe is known to be accommodating with those with tight schedules or unique circumstances, once working late into the night the week before the Fourth of July to help homeowners trying to complete their project before the holiday.

Joe Romero


National Prescription Take Back Day:  The Police Department will hold a prescription drug take-back day on Saturday, October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in honor of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Officers will be on the sidewalk at the Police Department at 700 Orange Avenue to assist those turning in unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This event, held around the country, is designed to prevent the abuse and theft of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs by removing the drugs from homes. Medicine that languishes in home cabinets is highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, abuse and accidental poisoning. Flushing prescription drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards. The Police Department has a collection box in the front lobby available for drop offs during regular business hours.

Got Drugs?  Drug take back bin


Brian Smock Honored: Coronado’s Head Golf Pro Brian Smock has been named Callaway Golf’s 2018 Staff Player of the Year. This is the second year in a row Smock has been so honored.  Smock played professionally for more than a decade, competing in dozens of Web.com events throughout the 2000s, with multiple Top 10 finishes and five runner-up finishes. For the last two years, Smock has finished in the Top 10 in the PGA Professional Championship and qualified for the PGA Championship. Smock is a Coronado native and holds seven course records in the area. Callaway officials said Smock was selected for his appearance in the PGA Championship and his work at the Coronado Golf Course.

Brian Smock


Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project:  Pipe lining operations continued this week on the Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration project 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 and 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 next week.

Silver Strand Fencing Project:  The replacement of the existing fence along the beach side of state Route 75 from the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit to the Navy’s Coastal Campus was completed this week. A final walk through on the Silver Strand Fencing project was held on Monday, October 22, and the contractor addressed the minor items on the punch list this week.

Silver Strand fencing 

2018 C3 Gallery Fall Exhibition:  The final 2018 exhibition in the C3 Gallery will be on display in the Coronado Community Center beginning Wednesday, November 7. “In Defense of Art” features the work of 22 artists who are active military, veterans or members of a military family. This exhibition is free and open to the public. A reception is scheduled November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nautilus Room. Artists will be on hand and refreshments and entertainment are included. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected]

Defense of Art 


Coronado Island Film Festival: The third annual Coronado Island Film Festival returns to Coronado Friday through Monday, November 9-12. This year’s festival includes more than 100 movies, panels, parties, and live performances. The official 2018 Festival Schedule is available online now at https://coronadoislandfilmfestival.com/festival-schedule/. City venues include the Community Center Nautilus Room, the Winn Room and the Spreckels Center. A week before the festival look for a “Coronado Walk of Fame” along Orange Avenue between the Library and the Hotel del Coronado with 100 “star” pavement decals installed on our sidewalks commemorating film and entertainment celebrities who have a connection to Coronado. This year the festival will be celebrating the 130th anniversary of the Hotel del Coronado and the 60th anniversary of the comedy classic, “Some Like it Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. Passes for this year’s festival are still available for purchase online at www.coronadoislandfilmfestival.com

CIFF Logo 

Veterans Day Holiday 2018:  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.

Silver Strand Half map


Pedal the Cause: On Saturday, November 17, the San Diego Padres Pedal the Cause event will pass through Coronado but will begin and end at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The bicycle event is put on by the San Diego Padres and expects about 2,500 participants. Participants will ride over on the San Diego Coronado Bridge, reconfigured to accommodate bicyclists and vehicles, then take Glorietta Boulevard to the bike path and proceed to Imperial Beach, around the bay, ending at Petco Park. The riders will come in stages with the first group starting at 6 a.m. in San Diego. The bridge reconfiguration will begin at 5:45 a.m. and be clear of riders by 9:30 a.m. Below is a map of the final stage, which begins at 9 a.m.

Pedal the Cause map 

Pet of the Week: Felix, a handsome 8-month-old Tuxedo feline, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Felix is full of personality and likes to have fun. He loves people and other cats. He would do best in a home with a feline friend. He’s ready for a loving home. To set up a visit with Felix, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Felix Pet of the Week 



Library Mail Ballot Drop-off Location: The Coronado Public Library will once again be an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the November 6 Gubernatorial Election. San Diego County Registrar of Voters staff will be onsite during normal Library hours from October 29 through November 5. On Election Day, November 6, Registrar staff will be at the Library from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All mail ballot voters may drop off their ballot not just those from Coronado. The Coronado Public Library is a non-polling location and, as such, will not serve as a polling place on Election Day.

Library Mail Ballot 



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




Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, October 24, the Design Review Commission approved a design for the new underground parking structure in the Hotel del Coronado North parking lot. The commissioners’ review consisted of a series of two new elevators from the underground parking garage, arbors along a walkway, and various elements to welcome guests to the hotel on the north side of the property. The parking structure will include two levels of underground parking, as well as a surface parking lot that will accommodate up to 782 cars. The Commission also approved a removable Open House sign for the Coronado Cays adjacent to the security kiosk. A rendering of how the sign design will appear is shown here. The sign will only be displayed on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Finally, commissioners approved a duplex at 949 D Ave. with a roof deck.

Hotel del Coronado rendering

Open House sign plus deck 




Library Programs: Several technology-education programs were offered this week.  A 3D printer workshop for children was offered on Monday, October 22, in the Ruby Room. Children ages 6-12 learned the tools of Tinkercad, a design software for creating 3D objects. They designed a keychain with their name on it, which will be printed over the next week so they will be able to keep their creation. An “Introduction to Email and Internet Searches” was offered Tuesday, October 23, using the new mobile laptop computer lab. A “WordPress Workshop” was presented Tuesday in the Conference Room. WordPress is used for blogging and other web content. On Thursday, October 25, a Digital Media Lab workshop gave instruction on “Drawing Using Vector Layers.”

3D Class 

Youth and Teen Programs: A “Sand Art” craft was held on Tuesday, October 23, featuring Rangoli, an art form originating in India and neighboring countries. The designs are meant to bring good luck and are passed down by generation. Children filled premade designs using different colors of dry rice. Some decided to create their own designs. The annual “Halloween Party” will be held Friday, October 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Children’s Library, featuring games such as the Monster Bean Bag Toss and the Witch Hat Ring Toss. Spooky medals will be awarded to costume contest winners, and the Raggle Taggle Band will lead everyone in “The Monster Mash” and other fun songs. The Teen Create program on Wednesday, October 24, featured “Book Page Pumpkins.”

Rice Art 

Library Events:  A screening of “The Bleeding Edge,” a documentary about the medical device industry, was held on Wednesday, October 24. On Thursday, October 25, the annual “Open Mic Poetry Night” with the Coronado Scribes was held in the Winn Room. Adam Hostomsky performs at the Autumn Piano Concert on Friday, October 26, at 1 p.m. On Saturday, November 3, a free workshop on “Difficult Conversations: The art and science of living together” will be held at the Library from 1:30 to 6 p.m. To RSVP, email [email protected].

Piano Concerts

Difficult Conversations 



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

  • Early next month, Public Services will oversee a crew of six from Urban Corps as it conducts trimming and weed removal along the Bayshore Bikeway. The work will start at the south end and head north to Fiddlers Cove. Crews will begin Monday, November 5, and work through Friday, November 9. They will be trimming back the native plants and removing any weeds that are within 2-3 feet of the edge of the path. Below is a map of the maintenance area.   

             Bike Path weeding map

  • Facilities Division has closed off a section of playground equipment at Spreckels Park due to a damaged piece that children use to crawl through. The parts have been ordered but will take 3-4 weeks to arrive. Please use caution if your children play at the park and do not cross the caution tape.

         Spreckels Playground piece

         Spreckels Park Playground



New Paint:  The Community Center interior halls have received a new coat of paint. The work, which will continue next week, may cause hallway closures. We apologize for any inconvenience this maintenance may cause.

New Paint 



Spreckels Center Wellness FairThe Spreckels Center held a Wellness Fair this week and the event drew nearly 150 people from the community who visited with vendors and organizations who set up booths or stations. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offered free health screenings by several non-profit organizations, who also shared resources and provided information on the latest research to stay healthy. Sharp Coronado Hospital provided blood glucose screening, cholesterol screening, body composition screening, blood pressure screening, and nutritional information. Alzheimer’s San Diego, ElderHelp, San Diego County’s Health and Human Services and Aging and Independent Services, California Access Public Telephone, Braille Institute, Sharp Hospice Care, California American Water, and various City departments, including Recreation, Police and Fire also attended. Organizers are considering making it an annual event.

Wellness Fair Wellness Fair2



Register for Bunco: On Tuesday, November 6, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., the fast-paced party game Bunco will be holiday-themed: “Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!” Come dressed in your most festive attire and bring a snack to share. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you. Must pre-register by November 2. Cost is $5 for residents and $7 nonresidents.



Fall Harvest Social:  The annual Fall Harvest Social is just a couple weeks away. On Thursday, November 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the Spreckels Center will host its annual fall gathering. Relax and enjoy a slice a pie, a cup of coffee and friendly conversation and games. Seating is limited so please pre-register. Cost is $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. Contact the Spreckels Center for more information. Stop by the facility at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Spreckels. The Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fall Harvest


Kinder Explorers: The Recreation Department’s Kinder Explorers visited the Pumpkin Patch this week. They picked pumpkins and explored the patch on the hay ride.

Kinder Explorers 


Session B to Begin: The Recreation Department’s fall programs begin soon. Register now to secure your spots. Recreation hosts a variety of classes. From science to sports, we have every age and interest covered. The new session of classes begins November 26.  Check out our offerings at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation.

Fall Harvest


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.


Orange Avenue Work
Posted on 10/26/2018
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