Weekly Update October 27, 2017

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Weekly Update October 27, 2017

Weekly Update October
27, 2017

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Halloween EventsHere are a few spooky events coming up:

  • The Coronado Recreation Department is hosting its annual Halloween Happening today, October 27, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. There will be crafts, games, food and a tot lot. Be sure to catch the H2A Dance teams as they perform hip-hop dances to popular Halloween tunes. Don’t forget the Tricks and Treats Room for a sensory experience. Wear a costume to get in the spirit.
  • The annual Halloween Party at the Library is tonight, October 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a costume contest, games and prizes, and a magic show with the Amazing Dana.
  • Downtown Goes Ghostly is set for Halloween, Tuesday, October 31. Merchants in central downtown will welcome trick or treaters with treats. Bring the family. Coronado MainStreet sponsors the event and will set up a cauldron at Coronado Rotary Park to collect entry coupons for a drawing for Coronado Currency for purchases in town.


Halloween Party


Retreat from the Heat:  After hearing about the minimum days planned for Coronado schools, City staff went into action over the weekend, unexpectedly planning on a Sunday afternoon for “Retreat from the Heat” days at the Community Center. More than 600 parents and children participated in fun activities from Monday through Wednesday, October 23-25, as the Coronado Unified School District declared “Heat Days” due to the high heat index. Recreation staff put together free activities inside the air-conditioned Community Center, including Dodgeball and basketball, and dance and cooking classes. Kids strung beaded necklaces, climbed the rock wall, sang, built with Legos, did scratch art, and colored for the turkey coloring contest.


Arrests Made This Week:  Three people were arrested and charged in connection with a stabbing that occurred in August in the 300 block of G Avenue. Arrest warrants were issued last week for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and being an accessory after the fact. One person went directly to the jail and was released on Monday, October 23. The two others, facing more serious charges, were arrested and taken to San Diego Central Jail, also on Monday, October 23. This is an ongoing investigation. There were several people in the area when the crime occurred. The Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the stabbing to call Det. Amy Beebe at (619) 522-7356.


Spreckels Park Restroom Vandalism:  The sink in the east-facing accessible bathroom unit at the new Spreckels Park restroom facility was vandalized sometime Friday, October 20. It was smashed apart and torn from the wall, rendering the unit unusable. The restroom will remain locked until a new sink is ordered and installed. The City asks the community for help in observing parks and public restrooms and reporting any of the kind of senseless vandalism seen in the image below to Public Services crews. Please report any damage to Coronado Police at (619) 522-7350.

Damaged SInk

Street Preventive Maintenance:  The Street Preventive Maintenance project continues to move forward with crack sealing and pavement marking removal this week. Contractors and utility companies working on private residential projects have focused on completing street repairs for underground utilities prior to the slurry sealing dates. Contractors and residents with trash or storage containers in the public right of way were notified to remove any containers before their respective slurry dates. Residents should notice “No Parking” signs being set up seven days in advance of the slurry dates and prepare to make the necessary arrangements for parking, accessing, and leaving their homes. Full and partial road closures are to be expected between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Slurry operations are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 1.

Street Maintenance


Street, Curb and Gutter ProjectPaving operations were completed last week on the Street, Curb and Gutter project despite a water main break on Port Royale Road that occurred mid-week. Additional work was required to remove the saturated subgrade and bring in dry material to pave and open the street up to traffic. In addition, two areas were identified as needing repairs:  the first on St. Kitt’s Way and the other along Port Royale Road. The subgrade at these locations became saturated when heavy compaction equipment was used; these areas were mapped out for additional inspection to ensure the paving operations were not adversely affected by the poor subgrade. The areas were inspected afterward and it was determined that the asphalt is unsatisfactory and needs to be replaced; the contractor will be placing a geotextile fabric at these locations to strengthen the structural section. 


FEMA Flood Maps:  The Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted proposed flood hazard determinations to its website after receiving public input. The maps were initially released in February for comment and now also contain areas near the Coronado Shores. The revised maps, if finalized, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures that Coronado must adopt, or show evidence of having in effect, to qualify for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Before this happens, FEMA must provide the community and City officials with a 90-day period to appeal the proposed flood hazard information. Anyone who believes his or her property rights will be adversely affected may appeal. FEMA is required to publicly notify the community with a notice in the local newspaper. If you have any questions, FEMA directs property owners to call (877) FEMA-MAP (336-2627 or email FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.


Palm Pruning:  The City’s contract arborist will start trimming the 350 palms on Orange Avenue on Saturday, October 28. A crew of about four tree trimmers will be working northbound on the sidewalk side, starting with the business district. They will begin at 7 a.m. and plan to be finished by about 4:30 p.m.

Pruning Map

Coronado TV:  The City’s local government channel, Coronado TV on Channel 19, on Spectrum Cable has been having technical difficulties in the past few weeks. If you have been watching, you may have noticed no sound and a bad picture quality, or nothing on the screen at all. The City is working with Spectrum officials to figure out a fix. A part was replaced this week but did not fix the issue. The City thanks the community for its patience.


Artists Reception: The Cultural Arts Commission invites the community to attend an Artist Reception & Art Sale on Wednesday, November 1, in the C3 Gallery in the Coronado Community Center. The reception is free and runs from 6 to 8 p.m. “Portraits, Places & Things” is the final exhibition of the year and features the artwork of 33 local artists selected through a juried process. This collection of original artwork, ceramics and pottery will be on display through February 15.



Community Band 20th Anniverary: The Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to be a sponsor of the Coronado Community Band’s 20th anniversary concert series. The first concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 2, at 7 p.m. in the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 640 D Ave. The event is free open to the public. The Coronado Community Band, founded in 1997, provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages to come together, exchange ideas, develop skills, and have fun while performing quality music for the entertainment of the greater community. This concert program is “Hollywood and Broadway Blockbusters,” featuring an evening of tunes from theatre and film. Three more concerts are scheduled for December 12, February 15 and March 22. For more information on the series, visit CoronadoARTS.com.



Full Slate of Veterans Day Weekend Activities:  It’s going to be a busy Veterans Day weekend in Coronado with several special events scheduled. Residents should expect an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic over the three-day holiday weekend. Here’s a rundown of each event and what to expect:

  • The Coronado Island Film Festival has events scheduled from November 9-12 throughout town. Organizers have contracted with Old Town Trolley to shuttle participants between venues. Shuttle stops will be marked with a sidewalk decal. On Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the event will have a helicopter displayed on a flatbed truck outside of Coronado High School parked on the curb. It should not impact traffic.
  • On Saturday, November 11, the inaugural 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 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 bridge is anticipated to be clear of riders before 9 a.m.
  • On Sunday, November 12, the 18th annual Silver Strand Half Marathon with an expected 3,000 runners will begin at 7 a.m. at Sunset Park. Notification signs will be posted in areas impacted by the event, and residents will receive notification letters. Runners will leave Sunset Park and travel south on Ocean Boulevard to state Route 75, into Imperial Beach, where the race ends. Coronado Police will shut down the southbound lanes of SR-75 at 6:30 a.m. and temporarily reduce the speed limit. Traffic is expected to return to its normal configuration and all equipment will be removed by 12:30 p.m.
  • The City is co-hosting the Wounded Warrior Reception on Sunday November 12, at 3 p.m., at Maretalia Ristorante, 1300 Orange Ave. Iraq War triple amputee Bryan Anderson will speak and be presented a key to the City of Coronado. To attend the reception, register here.


Coronado Veterans Day 2017: The City will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, November 10. Some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services will not sweep streets on Friday, November 10. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day


ADOPTED Pet of the Week: Licorice, a male black domestic short hair cat, was this week’s Pet of the Week. He found a home and the Animal Care Facility loves that news. There are many other cats and kittens, and dogs available through PAWS of Coronado. To set up a visit with the available animals, call (619) 522-7371.



Draft Navy Study on High Seas Training Impacts: The Navy has released a draft environmental impact statement now available for public comment on the environmental impacts associated with ongoing military training activities conducted on the high seas between Hawaii and Southern California, including the use of active sonar and explosives. One of five public meetings will be held in San Diego on Monday, November 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. to allow those interested to provide written or oral comments. To review the document, visit www.hstteis.com or visit the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave.



Gymnastics Open Gym: Along with instructional gymnastics classes, the Community Center is hosting an Open Gym gymnastics session weekly for gymnasts ages 8-17. Whether your child concentrates on the balance beam, uneven bars, tumbling or the vault, the weekly Open Gym gymnastics session on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:40 p.m. will give them a chance to perfect fitness and skills. The new session is a drop-in program. Recreation and Golf Services offers gymnastics and tumbling classes for tots through teen ages. 

Spreckels Center:  The John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green has a variety of classes and activities including Tai chi, Fit & Flexible, Cardio Dance, Beginning Yoga, Sketching & Watercolor, Seasonal Floral Design, Passport to Cooking classes, meditation, Technology Tutoring, trips and tours, Osher lectures, and hikes. For information on all the offerings, call (619) 522-7343, visit us online, or stop by for a tour Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 



Coronado Boathouse: Earlier this month, Boathouse staff led participants on a full moon group paddle, the first October Harvest Moon since 2009. Upcoming Full Moon Group Paddles are the November 4 Beaver Moon and December 3 Cold Moon paddles. Check-in is 6:45 p.m. at the Coronado Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, plus the cost of the vessel. Check out other classes offered this fall at the Coronado Boathouse: Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Full Moon Group Paddles, rowing classes and outrigger paddle classes among them. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655.     


Recreation Programs:  Here are some pictures from last week’s Recreation Programs.

 Two above:  Coronado Explorers at the new Children's Museum.



Commission Vacancies:  The City has one immediate vacancy on the Transportation Commission and Discover Coronado, and the below vacancies will occur by or before the end of 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.

  • One vacancy on the Civil Service Commission; applications are due on November 13
  • One vacancy on the Planning Commission; applications are due on November 13




Library Programs:  An author program was held Tuesday, October 24, featuring retired Navy Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione. Giorgione spoke about his book “Inside Camp David.”  Books were available for purchase and signing, through a partnership with Bay Books. On Thursday, October 26, “Tuscan Holiday Entertaining” was presented by Roberta Korte of Coronado Taste of Oils.

Library Workshops:  An eBook workshop was offered on Monday, October 23, at 11 a.m., and the first of a series of Digital Media Workshops focused on using the Graphics Tablet for Manga and Comic Book creation was held on Thursday, October 26.

Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, October 25, and children made “Rice Krispy Ghosts.” On Wednesday, October 25, in response to the minimum day due to excessive heat, the Teen Create program became an all ages program. The movie “The Book of Life” was shown, and Dia de Los Muertos masks and other crafts were made. Snacks were provided.

Kids Craft

Kids Craft fixed

Autumn Piano Concert:  Pianist Danny Green is set to give a performance of jazz music today, October 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room.


Halloween Party:  The Library’s annual Halloween Party will be held tonight, October 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The library has been hosting Halloween parties for children since 1981. A costume contest, carnival games, and a magic show are all part of the fun.


Police Department Supports Special Olympics:  Members of the Police Department participated in a Tip-a-Cop event at Red Robin at the Plaza Bonita Mall on October 19.  They partnered with members of the National City Police Department to take orders and serve food and donate tips to the Special Olympics. They raised $1,400 for Special Olympics. Last weekend, Coronado Police also participated at the San Diego County Regional Bowling Tournament on Saturday, October 21, and awarded medals to the Special Olympics athletes.

Above left: Det. Sam Sellers awarded medals to Special Olympics athletes at the San Diego County Regional Bowling Tournament October 21.

National Red Ribbon Campaign:  The week of October 23-31, is National Red Ribbon Week.  The Coronado Police Department has placed red ribbons on all police vehicles in support of and in conjunction with the Coronado Middle School where students will also be wearing red ribbons.  The red ribbons are worn to raise awareness of the harm drugs can cause.


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Posted on 10/27/2017
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