Weekly Update September 23, 2016

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Weekly Update September 23, 2016


Weekly Update September 23, 2016


Get up to speed on what's going on in Coronado with the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update. Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us every Friday at noon.

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New Stop Signs at Seventh Street, Orange Avenue:   New stop signs have been installed in the median on Seventh Street at Orange Avenue. Those traveling east or west on Seventh across Orange will encounter them. The California Department of Transportation installed the signs within the past few days. The City was not aware that the signs were going to be installed. The City was aware of Caltrans’ concerns with the accident history at that site. Most accidents are low-speed rear-end accidents. The intersection has a vehicle collision rate higher than the state average. As a result, Caltrans evaluated the intersection and considered possible actions including changing yield signs to stop signs, installing a traffic signal or closing the intersection to cross traffic. The City asked Caltrans for the least disruptive course of action. This area is a Caltrans right of way and the agency has no obligation to inform the City of any work it conducts. The City will continue to work with Caltrans to better coordinate these types of changes to traffic patterns.

Stop Sign  New Stop Sign

Coronado Currents Vol. 41:  The latest edition of Coronado Currents, the City's newsletter, should be arriving in City mailboxes. The newsletter's cover story is about the preparation for the Underwater Demolition Team statue at Glorietta Bay Park. There are stories on the City’s new citizen reporting app; new Head Golf Pro Brian Smock; back to school events; Pokémon and fall banners on Orange Avenue; Public Safety Open House; the new fire dispatch contract; art and culture in Coronado; and construction updates all over town. The newsletter is available online or click on the image below to read Coronado Currents Vol. 41. You may also pick up a copy from most City facilities, including City Hall, the Library, the Community Center, and the Fire and Police departments.


Shuttles End Service Sunday:  The final day of service for both the Free Summer Shuttle and Silver Strand Shuttle is Sunday, September 25. Ridership was up over last year. The City offers the free service to get people out of their cars during the busy Coronado summer.

Shuttle Bus Silver Shuttle Bus Summer

Cite DayThe Police Department held another citywide cite day on Tuesday, September 20.  Officers issued a total of 49 citations, five written warnings, and towed one vehicle while two Police Services Officers issued a total of 43 parking citations.

International Walk to School Day:   The City Council proclaimed October 5 International Walk to School Day this week. Students are encouraged to walk to school (and biking is cool, too) on Wednesday, October 5. The effort is to show students, families and the community that walking (or biking) to school is fun and feasible. There will be special events and giveaways. Students will be notified with fliers distributed at schools.

Walk to School Day

Pet of the Week:  This week’s Pet of the Week is Lauren, a social and friendly 1-year-old cat looking for a family that appreciates her interactive nature. She loves toys and zooming around the cat community, but she also likes to snuggle. Lauren is friendly with people and likes most cats. She will be a good second cat companion with the right feline. She is black, has her shots, has been spayed and her fee is $50. 

Lauren Pet of WEek

Sharp Hospital Improvements:  The City issued a right of way permit authorizing Sharp Hospital to proceed with street improvements along both Prospect Place and Soledad Place. Although the construction schedule is still being finalized, work is currently anticipated to begin Monday, September 26. Prospect will be closed during construction operations, however, Soledad will remain open. The bus stop on Prospect will be temporarily relocated to Second Street during construction. The improvements will ultimately include a new roadway, landscaping, and other decorative features on Prospect that will help to increase the use of the free valet parking and relieve parking demand in the neighborhood, and a new passenger loading zone pull-out along Soledad.

Sharp Hospital 

Sharp Hospital2 


John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The City Council approved this week new use fees for the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. The Activity Room, Multi-Purpose Room and the kitchen are now available to be rented for reasonable fees. The Spreckels Center is primarily a social center for residents 50 and over. During off hours, it will be available for rental as a community service and to help offset the costs of the center. The City recently formed the Spreckels Center Advisory Committee. The members are: Roger Miller, Director of Recreation and Golf Services; Wendi Garrison, Recreation Supervisor; Orlando Vales, Operations Supervisor;  Berie Grobe, Coronado Lawn Bowling Club Representative; Cindi Sanders, Coronado Senior Association Representative; Rob Crenshaw, City Manager Appointee; and Francette Roeder, City Manager Appointee.

Spreckels Center

Employee of the Quarter:  In recognition of the outstanding contributions of City employees, Rosendo Gonzalez, a Golf Course Maintenance Worker III, has been selected as the City Manager’s Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2016. Gonzalez has worked for Coronado for 15 years and was recognized for his unwavering dedication to the profession and the City, as well as his commitment to honesty, sincerity and caring for his fellow man. His can-do spirit and compassionate demeanor are all attributes that are conveyed to those that know him.  Gonzalez was honored on Tuesday, September 20.

Rosendo Gonzalez


UDT Commemorative Statue:  A donated bronze statue of an Underwater Demolition Teams swimmer was delivered to the Public Services Yard from its casting yard in Texas. It will be stored there until the pedestal base has been cast and approved. The contractor prepared the soil for the statue footing and will be building forms for the concrete pedestal next week at the Glorietta Bay site. The statue, titled “Naked Warrior” by sculptor J. Seward Johnson Jr., depicts a Navy combat swimmer wearing shorts, fins and a face mask. The piece, which is a gift to the city from the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, pays homage to all maritime commando units but especially those early swimmers who had minimal equipment and weapons.

UDT Commemorative Statue Site


Utility Relocations at First Street & I Avenue Intersection: The contractor working on the SDG&E utility relocation has been welding the new pipe material at the laydown area by Tulagi Road and Silver Strand Boulevard. That is why no work has been observed at the intersection by Bay View Park, where a series of steel plates cover the deep excavation. Parking on top of the steel plates is prohibited as it is a red curb zone as well as a safety hazard. Work is expected to resume on Friday, September 30, at the intersection.

SDG&E utility relocation  

Writers Workshop:  Registration is open for the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission’s third annual Coronado Writers Workshop, set for October 15 at Coronado High School, 650 D Ave.  The full-day event features Robert Masello, author of “101 Rules of Writing” and “Writer Tells All – Insider Secrets to Getting Your Book Published” as the keynote speaker. Sessions on memoirs, promoting your book on social media, developing characters in your book, inside publishing tips and much more will inspire your writing efforts. For information, visit www.coronadoarts.com.

Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog TriathlonThe annual Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog triathlon will be held on Sunday, September 25. The event involves a swim, run and bike race. The bike and run portions will take place in Imperial Beach this year. The bike course, however, is a four loop course that includes Silver Strand State Highway with a turnaround at Fiddler’s Cove. During the event, all vehicle traffic traveling between Coronado and Imperial Beach will be rerouted to the northbound lanes of state Route 75 and will be divided so traffic can flow in both directions using the northbound lanes. Beginning at 6 a.m., traffic will be diverted and is expected to be restored to its normal route at around 1:30 p.m. Drivers should expect traffic to be slower than usual in the area and are asked to watch for pedestrians. Temporary posted speed limit will be 45 mph. 


Pet Parade, Chili Cook-off:  The City and PAWS of Coronado invites the community to the fifth annual Coronado Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off Contest on Sunday, September 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Promenade Park, 1845 Strand Way. Proceeds benefit PAWS of Coronado. See flier below for details.

Pet Parade flier 

Save the DateThe City will welcome the community on Sunday, October 9, to its 24th annual Public Safety Open House. Coronado Firefighters and Coronado Police Officers will close off the streets around the main fire house and Police Department for the daylong event. Parking in the area will be impacted. There will be Fire, Lifeguard and Police displays, and Police Department tours. 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. Click here to see a larger image of the flier.

Public Safety Open House flier 

Fall Banners Installed:  The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission’s fall banners have been installed along Orange Avenue, as part of the City’s street pole banner program. The “Fall for Coronado” series features images of some of the City’s many attributes. The Commission and volunteer members of a number of community groups worked on an annual schedule, design standards and artwork for the banner, which are cycled every six weeks. Banners brighten up the Orange Avenue commercial corridor, demonstrate pride in the community, and invite residents and visitors to participate in local activities and events.

Fall Banners

Upcoming Noise Alerts:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks show on Monday, September 26, at 9 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel. The Navy will fire a 40mm gun salute during a Navy Region Southwest change of command on Friday, September 30. The gun salute will be held at Naval Air Station North Island at 1 p.m. but there will be test fires on Thursday, September 29. Residents of Coronado and beyond can expect to hear the gun salute.


San Diego Waterfront Park Event:  The County of San Diego has notified the City of an annual music festival at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, on the weekend of October 1-2 from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 15,000 people. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (619) 356-0478 or [email protected].


‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this short “3 on Thursday” list of three featured events happening in Coronado this weekend, as well as show times at the Vintage Village Theatre. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 on Thursday


Pool Tarps:  New pool tarps have arrived and are back in use at the Competition Pool. The tarps help to reduce heat, chemical and water loss overnight. The previous tarps were 11 years old, worn and not able to adequately do the job. The tarps are placed by Aquatics staff nightly unless there are high winds.

Pool Tarps 

Morning Paddle and Pancakes: The Coronado Boathouse will hold a Pancake Paddler’s Club on Saturday, September 24, from 8 to 10 a.m. The club will meet the last Saturday of the month, starting this week. Boathouse staff will provide pancakes and coffee after an hour of paddling around the bay. The cost is $30 with a rental, or $10 for those who have their own equipment. Call (619) 522-7342 or (619) 522-2655 for more information.

Paddles and Pancakes

Recreation Event UpdatesRecreation Classes began this week at the Community Center. Some favorites like Parent and Tot Tumble Time included new age-appropriate obstacles, games and songs for 1- and 2-year-olds and their parents. The H2A Dancers are already in rehearsals for one of their first community performances at the popular Halloween Happening in October. The dance routine is titled Zombies and Monsters. One, Two, Three...For You and Me is a new preschool class to build an academic foundation for the future in a fun and engaging way. Preschoolers learn about counting, shapes, measurements through art, games, movement, stories and songs.

H2A Dancers
H2A Dancers above.

One, Two, Three…For You and Me

Above and below:  One, Two, Three…For You and Me class. 

One, Two, Three…For You and Me 2

Tumble Time

Parent and Tot Tumble Time above.


Tennis Tournament:  The Coronado Tennis Center is hosting the third annual Nick Shultz USTA Junior Open Tournament this weekend, September 23-25. The Tennis Center has an unprecedented amount of entries this year so matches will occupy all City courts, including all the Coronado Tennis Center, Coronado High School, the Library and the Cays, starting at 2 p.m. on Friday until 10 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, all City courts including will be used all day, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. There may be a few matches at the high school on Sunday. This tournament is for high level juniors.

TEnnis Court



Commission VacancyThere are currently three vacancies, one on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, one on the Transportation Commission, and one on the Cultural Arts Commission. The City has many volunteer opportunities for residents interested in serving on any of its boards, commission and committees. See notice below for details.





Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, September 21, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the properties at 510 Ninth St. and 1433 Seventh St. do not meet the criteria to be designated as Historic Resources, in association with Notice of Intent to Demolish (Determination of Historic Significance) reviews. The Commission also recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement for the property at 917 A Ave.


NASNI Airport Plan Meeting:  The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will host a community meeting as it prepares its Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island. The community meeting is set for Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. The meeting will focus on the airspace compatibility factor. The plan will have wide-ranging effects on property from the Coronado Shores along Ocean Drive to the proposed “Runway Clear Zone” in the Ocean Drive/Sunset Park area.

ALUCP Meeting


Library Programs:  A showing of “The Kingdom of Shadows,” a PBS Point of View documentary film about the US-Mexico drug war, was held Tuesday, September 20. A “Poetry Jam Open Mic Night” was held Wednesday, September 21, in the Winn Room in cooperation with the Coronado Scribes.

Mary Beth and Lindsey Dodson 
Mary Beth Dodson, a Coronado Scribe, and her granddaughter, Lindsey. Both read their own poetry.

Author Talk:  Author Anne A. Wilson spoke in the Winn Room Thursday, September 22, about her book, “Clear to Lift.” The novel is based on her experiences as a search and rescue Navy helicopter pilot. The program was held in cooperation with Coronado Bay Books.


Youth Programs:  A “Kids Craft” was held on Tuesday, September 20, where “Apple Stamping” was done. The Teen Tech Team was open for service on Monday, September 19, in the afternoon and a Teen Movie screening of “Ghostbusters” was held on Wednesday, September 21.



Piano Concert:  The “Brown Bag Piano Concert” is set for today, September 23, at 12:30 p.m., featuring Marilyn Rees on piano and Julie Taylor providing vocals for a concert of Broadway show tunes. The concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.    

Brown Bag 


Pancake Breakfast:  The Police Department would like to thank the community at the Coronado Retirement Village for hosting a delicious pancake breakfast Monday, September 19, in honor of first responders. Police officers and firefighters were able to eat breakfast and share a few stories with the residents.

Pancake Breakfast



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

·         Public Services Staff is working to fabricate stainless steel floor vent grates to replace the wooden vent grates by the emergency exit doors on the Community Center basketball court. The wooden grates fabricated and installed last year during the floor moisture repair project were too easily broken. The new grates should stand up to even extreme conditions.

Gym Floor Grates 

·         Facilities Staff installed a new LED solar light at the Coronado monument sign just past the toll booths. The old lighting has been removed.

Coronado monument sign  

Coronado monument sign 2  

·         The Facilities team changed out eight hard to reach bulbs at the Coronado Public Library to LED lighting. The old bulbs were prone to failure and are in a tall ceiling. The old bulbs consumed 70 watts per bulb in comparison to 12 watts per LED bulb with the equivalent output of light. That is a savings of 464 watts in eight bulbs.  

Library LEDs

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.


Posted on 09/23/2016
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