Weekly Update October 4, 2019

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Weekly Update October 4, 2019


Weekly Update October 4, 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.


Sixth Free Ferry Kick-off Event: The City thanks all the ferry commuters who helped Coronado celebrate on Tuesday, October 1, the addition of a new free round trip between San Diego and Coronado. A sixth new free commuter round trip was implemented October 1 following a survey of commuters who said they wanted an additional round trip and better transit connections. The City and Flagship offered a raffle of a number of prizes, including a Trek bicycle generously donated by Holland’s Bicycles and Harbor Tours, and comment cards for commuters. Coronado supports alternative transportation, including the very "island" way of commuting. Coronado is the only City in San Diego County that offers free commuter ferry service. The commuter ferry reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of an 8-acre forest every year.

Ferry boat Images 3 



Cays 50th Anniversary Celebration: The City celebrated the 50th birthday of the Coronado Cays on Saturday, September 28, at Coronado Cays Park. More than 1,500 people attended the daylong event, which helped build community. Activities included bounce houses, vendor and food booths, a dunk tank, live music and a family friendly outdoor movie. The City thanks its partners, the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association and volunteer residents, who helped make the event a success. An aerial photo capturing the residents spelling out “50” was taken by drone to memorialize the day.

Cays 50th Event images 6

Cays 50th spelled out 


Aquatics Pool Rate: Recreation and Golf Services conducted a recent extensive review of the pool rate schedule, last adjusted eight years ago. As part of the review, daily fees, monthly and annual pool pass fees, and lap lane rental fees were analyzed. The City Council approved the pool rate schedule at its October 1 meeting as proposed and asked for an analysis of how the adjusted rates affect usage. The new rates lower the cost of monthly and annual pool passes, create a family summer pass and increase other pool fees. The new rates will go into effect in January.


Fire Safety Classification Rating: The City has great news for residents. Coronado’s fire insurance rating has improved. The Insurance Services Office, or ISO, is an insurance advisory organization that provides statistical and actuarial information to communities. The ratings are used by all insurance companies across the country to set the rates for various communities. The City’s rating will be reduced from a four to a three. The lower the number the better. Insurance premiums are determined by several things, including actual loss, a lower ISO score often translates to lower fire insurance premiums. An ISO fire insurance rating is a score from 1 to 10 that indicates how well-protected your community is from the risk of fire.


Public Safety Open House: Have you ever wanted to see a fire engine close up or a police vehicle’s computer? How about a tour of the Police Department? The City welcomes the community from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, to its 27th annual Public Safety Open House. Coronado Firefighters, Lifeguards and Coronado Police Officers will close off the streets around the main fire house and Police Department for the event. Parking in the area will be impacted. There will be Fire, Lifeguard and Police displays, games, music and food. Other local, state and federal public safety agencies will be on hand to provide information on the services they provide. For information, call (619) 522-7374.

Public Safety Open House flier 


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda: The contractor on a project to install a new traffic signal at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street erected the signal poles, installed signal heads, and pulled in all wiring this week. SDG&E needs to energize the electrical system and the signal will be functional.  


Animal Care Facility Holding Room: The contractor working to build a holding room at the City’s Animal Care Facility started mechanical and electrical work and completed texturing the drywall. The new door and frame, louver, flooring, and paint is scheduled to be installed later this week and early next. Once the project is completed, a holding space that separates healthy pets already under the care of PAWS of Coronado, which runs the facility, from incoming and potentially ill animals will be available.

Animal Care Facility Holding Space 


Coronado Cays Park Master Plan: The City invites the community to participate in two planned public workshops, October 16 and 19, to help identify desired improvements for Coronado Cays Park. This is the beginning of a process to see what the public wants, find out what works and establish an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by all its users. The City would like to clarify that there are no pre-determined plans for any changes other than the need to replace the aging irrigation system. The City is hosting the workshops, with more to come, to hear from the community, including how to deal with the difficulty with growing trees in that coastal location, underused areas, parking and the orientation of facilities, such as the restroom. A landscape architect has been hired to help answer some of the questions. To encourage the community’s participation, the workshops are being offered on two different locations. See flier below. For more information contact Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or [email protected].

Cays Park Master Plan flier


Annual Palm Pruning:  As part of an annual palm-pruning program, the City’s contractor is pruning palms in parkways and parks throughout Coronado. Palm fruiting and hanging fronds are a common concern for residents. Both can occur simultaneously throughout town so the City must be diligent and coordinated in its work to remove both fruit and fronds. The contractor will begin work on Monday, October 7, in the Cays and work toward the east side of Orange Avenue. From there, the contractor will start work on the west side Orange and expects to finish palm pruning by the end of January. Public Services appreciates the patience of residents as the contractor works on a street by street basis. Diverting from this plan can cause palms to get missed. No parking signs may appear on short notice when the contractor has been able to get ahead of schedule. When this happens, the City appreciates residents’ quick response in moving vehicles out of the contractor’s path so the work can be completed. The contractor has two crews of up to three people each with one supervisor. They work in white and yellow trucks. Queen palms take longer to prune than most other palms.

Palm Pruning Map

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 logo


Pet of the Week:  Cheyenne, a 3-year-old Tortoiseshell female cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Cheyenne has a quiet demeanor and cool calm vibe. She came to PAWS of Coronado from the San Diego Humane Society through a partnership program. Her owner could no longer care for her. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Cheyenne, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Cheyenne Pet of the Week 

Council Appointments:  The City Council at its Tuesday, October 1, meeting took the following actions: 1) Reappointed incumbent Mariah Gillespie to a first, three-year-term on the Cultural Arts Commission.  The term will expire December 31, 2022. 2) Reappointed incumbent Alexander Yakutis to a second three-year term on the Planning Commission. The term expires December 31, 2022.


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


Children’s Events Held at the Library: After Baby Storytime on Monday, September 30, caregivers made “A is for Apple” footprint art. Kids of all ages made prints after experimenting with using dish soap to separate the fat and water in milk at Tinker Tuesday on October 1.

Library Storytime craft

Tinker Tuesday 2 images 


Children’s Events: There are many activities for children at the Coronado Library. Check the Library’s web page for more information. Here are a few upcoming events:

  • Award-winning artist Joe Nyiri, the subject of a documentary on KPBS, is starting a free art class for kids one Saturday a month at the Library. The class is geared for all developmental ages and will teach different styles and use different media. The first class will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 5, in the Ruby Room. This month, Nyiri will focus on paper sculpture with the upcoming holiday of Halloween as inspiration.
  • Children from preschool to fifth grade will be introduced to structural and demolition engineering on at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, at the Library. Participants will be challenged with designing a machine to knock over paper cups using the supplies provided.
  • Scientists from the San Diego State University Brain Development Imaging Labs will perform a brain dissection and give teens a hands-on experience they are unlikely to forget. Attendees will get a chance to touch and hold a sheep brain at this educational event at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. Register by calling the Library at (619) 522-7390 or sign up at the Youth Services Desk.


Piano Concert: Paul Kenyon will play a program of Beethoven and Debussy at 1 p.m. on Friday October 11, as part of the Autumn Piano Concert Series in the Library's Winn Room.


Pink Patch Project: In October, the men and women of the Coronado Police Department will join more than 170 law enforcement and fire department agencies around the country in the Pink Patch Project. Participating agencies will wear specially designed pink patches to encourage breast cancer awareness.  The Coronado Police Officer’s Association is participating in the Pink Patch Project this year by selling pink police patches and coins to help support breast cancer awareness for the month of October.  Proceeds will be donated to City of Hope.  If you are interested in a patch, coin, or both, please contact Amy Beebe at [email protected]Patches are $10 each and coins are $15. 

Pink Patch example 

PD Pink Coins

Stolen Bike Recovered: On August 20, 2019, a bicycle that was locked to a fence near the Windsor Cottage of the Hotel Del Coronado was stolen by an unknown person. The bicycle was registered on a website called bikeindex.org  and valued at $6,000.On September 29, the owner of the stolen bicycle received a message from someone who said he saw the bicycle at a swap meet in Tijuana. After checking bikeindex.org, the man found it was stolen and the victim’s contact information. The victim then called Police. Det. Amy Beebe reached out to the San Diego Police Department's International Liaison Detective who coordinated with Tijuana Police to locate and recover the stolen bicycle from the swap meet. Det. Beebe, Sergeant Shawn O'Neill and the San Diego detective drove to the border where Tijuana Police delivered the recovered stolen bicycle.


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

  • Facilities crews conducted some preventative maintenance on the Ferry Ticket Booth at Centennial Park. There was some sanding, patching, caulking, and repainting needed.

Ticket Booth refurbishment

Happy Hour Social: About 45 community members joined in the end of summer festivities at the Spreckels Center last week. Folks enjoyed live music from local artist, Jerry DeMink. Jerry’s music inspired lots of dancing. Feast & Fareway catered the event and provided prize giveaways including a $25 gift card to the new restaurant. Other giveaways tickets to visit the USS Midway and a home décor item.

Happy Hour Social 5 images 

Swim Lessons: The next session of swim lessons is October 7-28. These instructor led youth group lessons for children ages 6 months to 12 years old are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Specific class times vary depending on the class chosen. The cost for these lessons are $55 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Private swim lessons are also available. Register for aquatics and all Recreation programs at www.coronado.ca.us/register. 


Full Moon Paddle Event: On October 13, join in the night group paddle out onto Glorietta Bay, then 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

Coronado Teens: Recreation and Golf Services still needs registered volunteers for some upcoming Halloween events and be sure to check out all the opportunities for teens in grades 6-8 and in high school. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/register to sign up.

Halloween Teen events

Inaugural Event of the Spreckels Music Series: The John D. Spreckels Center is pleased to announce the inaugural event in the Spreckels Music Series. On Thursday, October 10, 6 to 8:15 p.m., 35 members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus performs at John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. The cost for the performance is $30 for Coronado residents and $37 for nonresidents and includes a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. with light refreshments and beverages provided. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information and to purchase your ticket visit www.coronado.ca.us/recreationnews. There are still tickets available. Please call the Spreckels Center with questions at (619) 522-7343. 

Gay Men's Chorus image

Trails and Ales: On Monday, October 21, hit the trails at Lake Calavera in the Carlsbad Highlands. This approximately 3.5-mile trail is suitable for all hiking levels. A visit and respite post hike at Barrel Republic will provide opportunity for participants to purchase lunch and brews. This trip departs at 8 a.m. and returns at approximately 2:45 p.m. The cost is $55 for residents and $59 for nonresidents. To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels 

Trails and Ales image


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.


Cabrillo Ferry Boat at dawn
Posted on 10/04/2019
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