Weekly Update September 21, 2018

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Weekly Update September 21, 2018

Weekly Update September 21, 2018

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Large Tree Down at Spreckels Park: A large Italian stone pine tree in Spreckels Park between the gazebo and Orange Avenue fell without warning on Wednesday, September 19, at about 4:45 p.m. The City’s first responders were immediately on the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured. The tree’s root system failed. However. the specific reason behind the root failure is being investigated by a certified arborist and the City expects conclusive answers within two weeks. The trees in the City’s parks are regularly inspected by the City’s arborist; this tree was deemed healthy. The general age of the tree is a concern. City staff is in a constant state of balancing the preservation of its mature trees, which contribute greatly to the City’s urban forest, and the risk these older trees present to the public. As these trees age, they become weaker and more susceptible to disease and structural decline; both above and below the ground’s surface. In light of this tree’s failure, all large and mature trees in the City’s parks will be reevaluated.

Tree Cleanup

Tree Down 


Coronado Participates in Veterans Program: Coronado announces its participation in a program that allows transitioning service members to get hands-on experience in local government. The Veterans Local Government Management Fellowship Program is designed for service members who are within 180 days of separation from the military. The program helps transitioning service members prepare for a new career in local government. The City welcomes its first fellow, Marine Corps Col. Allen Broughton, who will participate in a six-month fellowship. Broughton, a Coronado resident, signed up for the program, which is modeled after a well-established veterans fellowship program and sponsored by the International City/County Management Association. There is no cost to Coronado for the program. 

Allen Broughton


92118 Day: 92118 Day, an upcoming major special event celebrating Coronado, is set for 3 to 8 p.m. on September 21, 2018. The event includes festivities, including a beer garden, on the beach and on parts of Ocean Boulevard, and Isabella and Loma avenues, which will be closed to traffic. The roadways will reopen late that day. “No parking notices" will be placed on event area sidewalks by Tuesday, September 18. Here is a link to the schedule of events. Below is a map of the event location and layout. The Library and the Cultural Arts Commission will have booths at the event. Recreation Services will help with beach events. Bus passes were made available to Coronado Cays residents through the 92118 Committee. Stay tuned at 4:55 p.m. for the announcement of the 2019 Coronado Community Read selection from the stage.

92118 Day map 


Street Light Work:  The City received many complaints about street lights not working in the 400 and 500 blocks of Orange Avenue. The lights are owned by SDG&E, which has been working for several months to get the work scheduled. Most recently, SDG&E cited interagency permitting and approvals as the cause for their delays. The City was able to remedy this obstacle by directing the work be completed under the permissions of the City’s recently adopted, Delegated Maintenance Agreement with California Department of Transportation. The street light work has been scheduled for Thursday, September 27.

Street Work: A plan to rehabilitate sections of Orange Avenue between Sixth Street and Adella Avenue will begin on Monday, October 1. The California Department of Transportation, which manages the state highway, has awarded the contract to a contractor who has done street work for the City. The work will take approximately four weeks to complete, and will be conducted in the evenings, Sunday through Thursday and Saturday mornings. The work was postponed until the end of the tourist season to ensure the work is completed before the beginning of the holiday season. Noise and normal construction activity impacts should be anticipated. Caltrans and the City will work to minimize any inconveniences.


Hotel del Coronado Construction Timeline: The Hotel del Coronado has begun construction of its Master Plan buildout that will include a new underground parking structure in the north parking lot, 144 new guestrooms and a 20,000-square-foot conference center with underground parking in the south parking lot, and various other improvements throughout the property. Currently, both the north and south parking lots will see work in preparation for future construction, including relocating utilities, demolition of some unsightly buildings in the hotel’s industrial area adjacent to Orange Avenue, and restriping the south parking lot to accommodate more vehicles while the north lot is under construction. The property will also be re-roofed throughout the duration of construction as the existing shingles are worn. By the end of the year, construction on the north parking lot should commence and be completed by September 2019. At the end of 2019, the main guest entrance to the hotel will be shifted to the north side of the property and construction will begin on the south lot for the new guestrooms and conference center. All guests will enter the property from R.H. Dana Place during construction on what is currently the north parking lot. Remodeling of the cabana building, pool and sundeck, and various interior upgrades to the hotel will also begin at the end of 2019. At the beginning of 2020, reconstruction of Avenida del Sol will begin to raise the street end to address existing flooding issues, add angled parking on the hotel side of the street, create a new entry drive to the hotel property from Avenida del Sol, and a new traffic signal at Avenida del Sol and state Route 75/Orange Avenue. As the construction of the guestrooms and conference center winds down around the end of 2021 into the beginning of 2022, various Orange Avenue improvements will begin, including closing the median and providing sidewalk and landscape improvements. All construction is proposed to be completed by the end of March 2022.

Hotel del Coronado map


Annual Auditors: It’s that time of year when the annual auditors are at City Hall, perusing the City’s financial documents. The City contracts annually to have an independent audit of its financial statements by a certified public accountancy firm. This is commonly called an independent annual audit. The auditors test on-site the authenticity of financial transactions, confirm general ledger book balances, and perform other procedures to ensure that the City’s financial statements are reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.    



Emergency Alerts: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, has scheduled a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts on October 3. The first test is set for 11:18 a.m. and the second at 11:20 a.m. Each will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed. These emergency-notification systems are not the City’s primary means of mass emergency notification. The City uses San Diego County’s Alert San Diego, which provides the best way to reach the community quickly with information as to the specific emergency and what protective action is expected. It is one of many tools that will be used during a major emergency. Information also will be provided through local broadcast media, social media, messages on the City’s website, and in some cases neighborhood canvassing by police or fire personnel. Sign up your mobile phone to receive alerts at http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/.

Alert San Diego logo


Country Club Infiltration Project:  The contractor on the Country Club Infiltration Project completed the grouting operations to plug holes in the storm drain system. Crews are expected to begin lining operations in two to four weeks once their large boiler, used during the pipe-lining process to steam cure the liners, is repaired.  The remaining work is expected to take approximately three weeks to be completed once the contractor is back on site.


C3 Gallery Call to Artists: The deadline for applications to the “In Defense of Art” exhibition in the C3 Gallery for the fall of 2018 has been extended to September 28. The exhibition will open November 7 and run through February 15, 2019. The exhibition will feature the work of local artists who are active military, veterans and or their immediate family members. For more information about the gallery or the Call to Artists, including an application visit CoronadoARTS.com or contact Kelly Purvis, Contract Arts Administrator at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.us.

Call to Artists Defense

Call to Artists Coronado Animal Care Facility: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams to apply for one or a combination of public art projects to be installed at the Coronado Animal Care Facility located at 1395 First St. There are three projects slated for installation in early 2019. The first is a sculpture with a cat theme to be installed over the decorative overhang on the front west-side façade of the facility. The second is a two-part project which is a base and sculpture project with a dog/canine theme. For more details on these projects and the application please download the Call Packet at CoronadoARTS.com. The documents may be found on the drop down menu under Opportunities. You may also contact Kelly Purvis, Contract Arts Administrator at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.

Call to Artists ACF 

MTS Free Ride Day October 2:  The Metropolitan Transit System is offering free rides on its entire system on all buses and trolleys on Monday, October 2. Coronado residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The 901 route goes through Coronado and the 904 bus serves the Village area of the City. 

Free Ride Day 


Pet of the Week: Sunny, a 1.5-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Sunny was relinquished to PAWS when his owner could no longer care for him. He is friendly, fun, and looking for an active forever family. He’s good on a leash and is dog-friendly. Sunny weighs 53 pounds and his adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Sunny, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Sunny Pet of the Week 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The recent resignation of a Transportation Commission commissioner opens 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



Two-card Ballot for November Election: Due to the large number of contests in the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election, San Diego County registered voters will get a two-card ballot. Contests will be listed on the front and back of each page. Considering the length of the ballot, the Registrar of Voters is urging voters to plan ahead and save time at the polls. Voters may vote by mail or at the polls. Sign up to be a permanent mail ballot voter at sdvote.com. More than 1.1 million mail ballots will go out to homes starting Monday, Oct.8. The two-card ballot does weigh a bit more, so you’ll need 71 cents in postage. Voters interested in casting their ballots at their assigned poll on Election Day are encouraged to mark their selections on their sample ballot pamphlet before going to the poll. The polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The location is listed on the back of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet sent to your home or you can use the polling place locator online. For more information, call (858) 565-5800 or visit sdvote.com.

Ballots image 




Library Programs:  On Sunday, September 16, Lisa Langstone, a holistic esthetician, presented “Skin Care: The Top 15 Misconceptions.” The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, September 17, to discuss “Evans Above” by Rhys Bowen. The 40th anniversary of the crash of PSA Flight 182 was commemorated with a talk on Tuesday, September 18, titled “The Crash of Flight 182 & Its Aftermath.” On Friday, September 21, the next installment in the Autumn Piano Concert Series will feature a performance by Naku Tirubiluamala at 1 p.m. in the Winn Room.


Library Workshops:  The Library App Workshop was held in the Conference Room on Monday, September 17. These workshops are held on a regular basis and are an opportunity to learn about the many apps that can be used to access library services and materials. A Digital Media Lab workshop on Thursday, September 19, taught participants how to design a business card.


Youth ProgramsOn Monday, September 17, a 3D Printer Workshop was held in the Ruby Room.  Children, ages 6 -12, learned about how the Library 3D printer works. They practiced using the 3D digital design tool Tinkercad to create keychains with their names on them. The workshop was an introduction to 21st century computer job skills. (See photos immediately below.) A LEGO Building Challenge to create “Amazing Mazes” was held on Thursday, September 20. (See photos below.) Children worked together to engineer mazes and build creations while practicing fine motor skills. All creations are on display in the Children’s Area of the Library. 

3D workshop

Lego Craft Images

Teen Programs: The Teen Tech Team was available on Monday, September 17, to help people learn how to use their mobile devices.  On Wednesday, September 19, the Teen Movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was shown.



Motor Competition:   Last Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, Coronado and other motorcycle officers competed in the annual Terry Bennett Memorial Police Motorcycle Competition at Silver Strand State Beach. Motorcycle officers traveled from as far away as Nevada and Mexico to show off their technical riding skills. The family-friendly event ran from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Coronado Police officers Sgt. Mark Harris and officers Jonathan Tippin and Danny Aguirre competed in the event.

Motorcycle Challenge imagesPhoto left: Coronado Police Officer Jonathan Tippin. Photos right: officers participating in the competition.



Coffee With A Cop:  The Coronado Police Department hosted Coffee With A Cop at Café 1134 on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  There was no agenda or speech, just casual conversation between the public and Interim Chief Ed Aceves, along with Command Staff and a few patrol officers, to exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee. (Photo: Bryn Butolph with Sgt. Ralphy Garcia.)

Coffee with a Cop 





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

  • Streets Division recently replaced 100 feet of sidewalk in the 1300 block of B Avenue.

PS Work sidewalk 





Water Polo Tournament: The Aquatics Center is hosting the annual men’s AFC Water Polo Tournament Friday and Saturday, September 21-22. The Competition Pool will be closed beginning 11 a.m. on Friday and all day Saturday. There will be no lap swimming Friday after 11 a.m. or all day Saturday. The pool will be open for programs and family swim but parking will be limited. Normal hours will resume on Sunday, September 23.

Pool image


AquaticsThe Aquatics Center is looking for lifeguards and aquatics instructors for its pools. Visit the City’s website for details.

Lifeguard poster 


Recreation Programs: There are so many awesome programs taking place this season! There is something for every interest and any age. From tots to seniors, and every age in between, we have programs available. Check out the recreation brochure for information on all the fabulous recreation happenings. Register for programs, classes and camps here or call the Recreation Department at 619-522-7342.


Turkey Coloring Contest: It’s that time of year when students begin coloring their turkeys for the annual Turkey Coloring Contest. The fun begins October 2. The City with the support of the Coronado Junior Women’s Club hosts the coloring contest every year. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade, who live in Coronado or attend school in Coronado, are eligible to enter.  Using crayons, markers or colored pencils, junior artists are encouraged to color the outlined turkey in the most creative way that they can. Prizes will be awarded by the mayor and city council to the top entries in each division (K-1st Graders, 2nd-3nd Graders and 4-5th Graders) at the City Council Meeting on November 6. The deadline is October 23. To find the turkey to color online go to www.coronado.ca.us/recreation. For questions regarding the Turkey Coloring Contest, please contact the Coronado Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342. 

Turkey Coloring Contest

John D. Spreckels Center: Here are a few of the upcoming events at the Spreckels Center:

  • Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living The Spreckels Center will host this free event with UCSD’s Dr. Tajana Rosing. IBM Research and UC San Diego have announced a multiyear commitment to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center. Pre-registration required due to limited seating. September 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Osher lecture streaming at JDSC On Wednesday, October 3, at 2:30 p.m., the Spreckels Center will be streaming the Osher lecture on, “The Constitution and Presidential Removal: What’s Clear and What’s Not,” featuring Glenn Smith, a Professor of Law at California Western School of Law.
  • Art and Design Classes The Spreckels Center is offering a variety of art and design activities during October. Learn the art of calligraphy on Mondays, October 1-29 (no class October 8), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants must pre-register; spots are limited. The class is $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Awaken your inner artist by learning watercolor and acrylic mediums from the former art director of design at DC Comics, Ed Roeder. Fridays, October 5-26, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class is $80 for residents, $90 for non-residents. You can also take his Acrylic Painting classes on Wednesdays, October 3-31, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $100 for residents, $115 for non-residents. Please contact the Spreckels Center for a supply list.


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Tree Down
Posted on 09/21/2018
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