Weekly Update October 6, 2017

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Weekly Update October 6, 2017

Weekly Update October 6, 2017

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2018 Coronado Community Read Announced: The Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission are proud to announce the 2018 Coronado Community Read. Working with a team of volunteer readers, commissioners narrowed down nominations to six books. After a public vote, the 2018 Coronado Community Read is “Ready Player One,” a bestselling, science fiction novel by Ernest Cline. It’s being made into a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. The program’s goal is to bring Coronado together with the shared reading of one book, enhanced by discussions and programs. A list of activities will be released in January. The Community Read is sponsored, in part, by the Friends of the Coronado Library. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2633.

Ready Player One Community Read


Columbus Day Holiday: The City will observe the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 9, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Police, Fire and Lifeguard safety personnel will be on duty. Public Services will be on call over to respond to emergencies but will not sweep streets Monday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection. Here is the holiday schedule:


Decal Parking Permit ZoneThe City Council has directed staff to suspend the City’s Decal Parking Permit Zone for a trial period. The zone was established in 1991 to protect the residential character of the neighborhood near Naval Air Station North Island. At the time, Navy personnel parking off base significantly impacted the area. The initial parking boundaries were expanded in 1996, 2001 and 2005. The Council action, taken Tuesday, October 3, revokes permits and calls for the removal of street signs for a one-year trial period. A letter is being drafted to inform area residents about the trial period. It will be posted online.  Since 2005, the Navy has made significant changes to the NASNI entrance, including adding 205 additional parking spaces and has in recent years eliminated a vehicle sticker program. Both minimized the impacts on the local neighborhoods. The Council directed staff in August to place the matter on a future agenda. The discussion was held on Tuesday, October 3.

Parking Boundary Map

Accessory Dwelling Units:  The City Council is amending its Municipal Code to comply with the state mandate for accessory dwelling units, attached or detached residences that provide complete independent living for tenants on the same single-family property. Previously, these units were not considered when calculating the City’s residential housing density and parking impacts. The City’s first step in the amendment process is an ordinance to blend the accessory dwelling units into the community’s residential fabric. At its meeting Tuesday, October 3, the City adopted the first of what may be several ordinances that addresses some local regulations of the state mandate, including maximum square footage (800) and parking requirements for the main unit. The City will continue to work out the details for accessory dwelling units in Coronado.

Cays Sewer Main Cleaning:  The contractor began to clean the Cays Force Main this week at locations exposed last week. Cleaning operations are taking place at night when sewer flows are at their lowest. Please be aware that safety fencing has been erected. The contractor has been instructed to place equipment off the bike path, however, due to the lack of working space, some fencing and equipment may encroach upon the adjacent Bayshore Bikeway path. We ask that all pedestrians and cyclists use caution when passing by these work sites.


Residential Development Standards: The City adopted an ordinance this week to clean up its adopted residential development standards. The work was part of the Residential Standards Improvement Program, which was last updated one year ago. After City officials identified some unintended consequences, they proposed to make changes. Those changes include: the definition of a panhandle lot; the height measurement of fences, walls or hedges; the location of mechanical equipment; and the placing of utilities underground.


Marijuana Ordinance Introduction:  The City Council introduced an ordinance this week to regulate commercial recreational marijuana activity in Coronado. The ordinance also matches state law, which allows recreational use in private and the personal cultivation. If not for the City Council acting on the matter and based on previous Council action, commercial medical marijuana would be prohibited in Coronado, and the commercial cultivation, processing, and sale of recreational marijuana allowed. The ordinance amends the City’s Municipal Code, following the passage of Proposition 64 by California voters last year, as follows:

  • Coronado Municipal Code Chapter 36.20 is being revised to clearly state that the City’s regulations apply to all commercial marijuana activities, and
  • Coronado Municipal Code Chapter 86.80 is being added to expressly prohibit the establishment and operation of all commercial marijuana activities, including cultivation, processing, delivery and dispensary activities.

The smoking of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana plants inside private residences are permitted, according to state law. Coronado’s ordinance allows for the delivery of medical marijuana to qualified patients.


Mills Act:  The City Council approved Mills Act agreements for seven homes: 1202 Glorietta Blvd., 738 B Ave., 1212 Sixth St., 200 Palm Ave., 1003 Alameda Blvd., 819 First St., and 1045 Loma Ave. The City has previously authorized Mills Act agreements for 95 properties, resulting in an estimated cumulative property tax revenue decrease of $2.8 million since the program was implemented in 2001. Property owners in the program receive reduced property taxes in return for agreeing to preserve and restore their homes.


Bradley Field/Vernetti Stadium Shade Structure:  The contractor completed installing the stadium shade structure. It provides protection from the sun as well as from errant foul balls. During the off season the shade material can be retracted and stored to protect it from the elements, thus extending its lifespan.

Bradley Field

City Opposes Senate Bill 649Senate Bill 649 Wireless telecommunication facilities (Hueso, D-San Diego) is currently on the Governor’s desk for approval. The legislation gives for-profit telecommunications corporations the right to install wireless technology virtually anywhere in the City, eliminating all incentives for the telecommunication industry to protect views or the aesthetic quality of our community. The implementation of SB 649 has the potential to not only negatively impact our economy but our quality of life as well. The City recently submitted a letter to Governor Brown formally requesting that he veto SB 649 and encourages residents and business owners to write their own protest letters. Find a template to work from here

Cultural Arts Strategic Plan: The City Council agreed to hire a consultant to produce an Arts and Culture Strategic Plan for Coronado. The process will include analyzing the City’s art and culture priorities and creating strategies for using its public and private art and cultural resources to achieve the goals of the Cultural Arts Commission in the future. The process scheduled to launch in the spring will engage residents, artists, arts organizations, local businesses. The principal consultant on the project has more than 35 years of experience and has completed hundreds of arts and culture plans and projects. For more information, contact Coronado’s Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.us.

C-3 Gallery Student Exhibition: The City of Coronado and the Cultural Arts Commission hosted an artists’ reception for the newest exhibition “Head to Toes (and everything in between),” Wednesday, October 4, in the C3 Gallery. The gallery is in the Coronado Community Center adjacent to the Nautilus Room. The exhibition was curated by the Coronado High School art department and features the work of more than 30 students. The exhibition will run through October 25. The next exhibition, “Portraits, Places and Things” will feature juried artwork of local artists and is scheduled to open with an artists’ reception on November 1. For more information, visit CoronadoARTS.com or call (619) 522-2633.

C3 Gallery

Rideshare Week:  Coronado proclaimed October 2-6 Rideshare Week and invited SANDAG iCommute Associate Marketing Analyst Deborah Jones to accept the proclamation. In support of Rideshare Week 2017, the City is encouraging its employees to carpool, walk, bike, or take transit to work, and providing incentives, prizes, tips, and guidance for those who do. Visit the iCommute Rideshare webpage to learn more or to find out if your employer is participating.

Rideshare Week

Cays Street, Curb and Gutter Work:  Construction will begin next week on the annual Street, Curb and Gutter project. This year’s project will take place in the Coronado Cays and includes Port Royale Road, St. Kitt’s Way, and portions of Bridgetown Bend. The contractor will be onsite the week of Tuesday, October 10, and will remove and replace cross gutters and pedestrian ramps in the area. Paving operations will commence the following week.


Street Preventive Maintenance:  The Street Preventive Maintenance project will apply a slurry seal to nearly all streets within the Coronado Cays. Work is anticipated to begin the week of October 16 with crack sealing and other minor road repairs. The application of the slurry seal is likely to begin on or around November 1 and be completed within approximately one week.

Street Maintenance

Navy News:  Here are some upcoming Navy events that may affect traffic or otherwise impact the community:

  • The USS Theodore Roosevelt will depart for deployment today, October 6. The Carrier Air Wing and other embarking staff started arriving earlier this week, which may have increased traffic.
  • Monday, October 9, is a federal holiday. Naval Air Station North Island gates on First Street and Ocean Boulevard will be closed. The main gate on Stockdale (Third Street) will remain open, as will the Naval Amphibious Base main gate.


Spreckels Center: The Spreckels Center offers free informative and engaging educational programs to the 50-plus community on Wednesdays during the month of October, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required and seating is limited. The lectures include: “The Electoral College: Boon or Bane” on October 11, and “The Aging Process: What is Normal and What is Not” on October 25.


Coronado Boathouse: Check out all the exciting classes offered this fall at the Coronado Boathouse. Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Full Moon Group Paddles, rowing classes and outrigger paddle classes plus so much more. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655. 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 $15 for non-residents and $10 for residents, plus the cost of the vessel.        


Pool News: The Aquatics Center annual maintenance and equipment repairs continues through this week. New pool pumps and timers will replace older outdated equipment. The pool will be closed through Sunday, October 15. The new pool schedule for the fall, through February 18, is available online. 


Armchair Travel:  The next Armchair Travel presentation is Tuesday, October 17, when David and Lei Udell will share their recent visit to New Zealand. Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center in the Nautilus Room. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:45 p.m. A $5 fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center. 


Turkey Coloring Contest 2017:  The annual contest began on October 3. The final date to submit entries is October 24. Winners will receive their awards at the November 7 City Council meeting. Turkey coloring sheets will be available online at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or for pick-up at the Community Center. Contact (619) 522-7342 for more information.
Turkey Trot

Babysitter Training:  A Babysitter Training class will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Cost is $140, or $130 for residents. Learn about responsibilities, infant care, safety and an introduction to First Aid. Click here or call (619) 522-7342 for more information and to register.



Recreation Programs: Programs and classes are back in session and there are recreating opportunities for all ages. Call (619) 522-7342 to learn more.

  • First through fifth graders in the Coronado Explorers Class got to spend an afternoon in the Navy when they visited the USS Midway Museum. Do you know an explorer? The next session of Coronado Explorers begins on November 27. 


  • The Spreckels Center hosted a Floral Arranging class where participants learned to design and create a fresh floral piece from the award winning and Coronado Flower Show Main Showcase designer, Maribel Herrera. The next classes are: November 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; December 4; and January 8. The fee is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents. An additional $20 material fee is due the day of class. 


  • On Friday, October 27, the Coronado Recreation Department is hosting its annual Halloween Happening from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. “Mons-terrific” crafts, carnival games, jump houses, gruesome grub and a tot lot will highlight the Halloween Happening activities. Everyone will be entertained by the H2A Dance Teams as they perform hip-hop dances to popular Halloween tunes. Even the youngest trick-or-treaters can run, tumble and spin in the dance studio tot lot. There will be the popular spooktacular cake walk and ghostly cookie decorating, which are held in the banquet room. Returning this year is the Tricks and Treats Room for a sensory experience. Wear a costume to get in the spirit.


Gymnastics Open Gym: Along with the ongoing instructional gymnastics classes, the Community Center is hosting an Open Gym gymnastics session each week so that gymnasts ages 8-17 can perfect their skills. Whether your child concentrates on the balance beam, uneven bars, tumbling or the vault, the weekly Open Gym gymnastics session on Tuesday, from 5 to 5:40 p.m., will give them a chance to perfect fitness and skills. The beauty of the new session is that it is a drop-in program so neither preregistration nor participation in other gymnastics classes is required to attend. Recreation and Golf Services offers gymnastics and tumbling classes for tots through teen ages. 



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.

  • Two vacancies on the Street Tree Committee; applications are due on October 23
  • One vacancy on the Bicycle Advisory Committee; applications are due on October 23
  • 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




Recent Appointments:  The City Council recently appointed or reappointed the following community members to a Council board, commission or committee:

  • Anne David, Street Tree Committee (October 3, 2017)
  • Michele Stiny, Street Tree Committee (October 3, 2017)


Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, October 4, the Historic Resource Commission designated the property at 732 J Ave. as a Historic Resource, in association with a nomination for historic designation. The Commission also recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement for 1110 Loma Ave.



Library Programs:  On Saturday, October 7, the Saturday Book Club will meet to discuss “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. An Open Mic Poetry Night is set for Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. Another Digital Media Lab Workshop was held on Wednesday, October 4.  “Designing, Printing & Publishing” was presented to showcase the lab’s computer software and printing hardware to facilitate designing, writing and publishing; and the printing functions available.

Open mic

Autumn Piano Concerts:  This week’s piano concert, to be held today, October 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room, features Glenn Kramer performing “Classics to Contemporary.” The Autumn Piano Concerts are held Fridays at 12:30 p.m. and are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, October 3, and the children made “Five Little Pumpkins” art. The Teen Tech Team was open to help community members with their smart devices on Monday, October 2, and on Wednesday, October 4, the Teen Event was Games & Grub. The Toddler Story Hour had a special visitor last Friday -- Miss Jean and Mr. Mike’s puppy, Lily.
Kids Craft

Story Hour


Teddy Bear Drive Kickoff:  The San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive kicked off Tuesday, October 3, at Chick-fil-A on Sports Arena Boulevard. Those who arrived with a new teddy bear donation received a free meal. The host of this year’s Teddy Bear Drive is the District Attorney’s Office.


Left to right:  Officers Sam Sellers, Meghan Kirk, and Kevin Engelke

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.



Ready Player One
Posted on 10/06/2017
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