Weekly Update September 27, 2019

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Weekly Update September 27, 2019


Weekly Update September 27, 2019


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Cays 50th Anniversary Celebration: The City will celebrate the 50th birthday of the Coronado Cays on Saturday, September 28, at Coronado Cays Park. The City is partnering with the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association and volunteer residents to host the daylong celebration, which is free and open to the public. The community party will officially begin with a 3 p.m. program and conclude with a 7 p.m. family friendly outdoor movie. The event will run from 2 to 9:30 p.m. An aerial photo capturing the residents spelling out “50” will be taken by drone to memorialize this day at about 3:25 p.m. Bands play at 3:30 and 5 p.m. The movie, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is the film.

Cays Poster for 50th Event and Map 


All Aboard: Sixth New Ferry Round Trip: Commuters use a variety of ways to get to work in San Diego County including by bus, trolley or bike. Those who live or work in Coronado have a very “island” way of commuting – via ferry boat. Coronado and Flagship Cruises & Events invite locals, military and the commuting public to get on board Tuesday, October 1, to learn more about free commuter ferry service and an additional, recently approved, new free round trip between Coronado and San Diego. The community can help mark the occasion by coming aboard October 1 for doughnuts, coffee and fun giveaways, such as helmets, shirts, locks and transit passes. Morning commuters are encouraged to check out how the City and Flagship worked to create a schedule that better aligns with connections to other forms of transit in downtown San Diego and points north. Commuter ferry service between Coronado and San Diego will include one more commuter round trip for a total of six from 4:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. weekday mornings.

Flagship Flier


Affordable Housing Celebration: This week, the City celebrated the completion of a project to rehabilitate 35 deed-restricted affordable housing units scattered throughout Coronado. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 24, at 406-430 Orange Ave., where a majority of the work was performed. Interfaith Housing officials, those involved with the construction and lending, and City leaders discussed the project and took tours of some of the units, which blend in well with the Coronado community. The City has an inventory of 171 deed-restricted units, which may only be used as affordable housing for those who qualify. The City has a long-term agreement with Interfaith Housing to renovate and manage a majority of the City’s affordable housing units. The agreement ends in 65 years, when the property will revert back to the City.

Affordable Housing Event two images Affordable Housing image stairs


Short-term Rental Lawsuit: The City has initiated legal action against a property owner to enforce its short-term rental ordinance after ignoring multiple requests to comply with Coronado’s local codes. The rental of properties for 25 consecutive days or less is prohibited, per Code Section 86.78.060. The City hopes to send a clear message that it has and will continue to prosecute those who violate the ordinance. This is Coronado’s fifth civil prosecution of short-term rental violations in recent years. The City has successfully prosecuted four property owners who failed to comply with Coronado’s short-term rental ordinances. Property owners can incur fines, civil penalties, court costs and attorney fees. Violations have occurred at two properties, one near H Avenue and Fourth Street and one near Olive Avenue and Tenth Street. Neighbors have complained of various groups of people in some of the units over a one-week period, loud parties and broken glass. The City found the owner had been renting the home out for short-term stays using VRBO.com and HomeAway.com. Despite repeated notices, the property continued to be advertised for rent for less than 26 days.

Currents Newsletter: The latest edition of the City’s newsletter Currents is now in mailboxes throughout Coronado.  It’s also available on the City’s website and you can also access it here on Flipsnack.com. Here are some highlights of what you will find in the newest volume:

  • Cays Celebrates 50th anniversary
  • Spreckels Park Improvements
  • Boathouse Masterplan
  • Overwatering Concerns
  • Important Reminders
  • Arts & Culture in Coronado
  • Affordable Housing Makeover
  • What’s Going On Around Coronado?
  • Bridge 50th Celebrated

Currents Page 1 Vol 47 


Aquatics: Recreation and Golf Services conducted a recent extensive review of the pool rate schedule. Pool rates were 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 pool rate schedule will be considered by the City Council on October 1. The review showed that the annual monthly rates were higher than the market average, and the daily rates were lower than the market average. The cost of monthly and annual pool passes are recommended to be lowered to encourage more participation. In addition to lowering the monthly and annual pool pass costs, the City is recommending the creation of a family summer pass and that other pool fees be increased. The City continues to pursue cost-effective solutions to control expenses while maintaining the City’s assets at a high level. Please direct any questions or comments via email to [email protected] or call Rebecca Jackman at (619) 522-2465.

Pool Image 

2020 Community Read Selection: The Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission have announced the 2020 Coronado Community Read selection: “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. In 1986, in the middle of an ordinary April morning, a disastrous fire struck the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire reached 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and burned for more than seven hours. By the time the fire was out, it had destroyed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? Next year marks Coronado’s fourth Community Read, a Library program designed to bring the community together through the shared reading and discussion of one book. Join us from February 21 through April 3, for community book discussions, film screenings, workshops, music and other programs.

The Library Book image 

Vietnam POW Wives Events: The Coronado Historical Association will present an exhibit, “The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates,” which opens at its museum on Saturday, October 5. It is free and open to the public. The exhibit tells the story of the military wives who founded what would become the National League of POW/MIA Families. The Coronado Historical Association, in collaboration with the Coronado Arts Commission and the Coronado Public Library, will host the book’s author Heath Hardage Lee at an evening event at the Performing Arts Center at Coronado High School. Lee curated the exhibit based on her book “The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home.” “An Evening with Heath Lee” will be hosted by Dean Nelson who will discuss the book with the author and her nationally-traveling museum exhibition. Tickets are available for purchase here at a cost of $10 for CHA Members and $15 for nonmembers. A limited number of free tickets are available for active military and veterans through a donation from Gail and Robert Bardin. Veterans, active duty, and family members can register online or call (619) 522-7330.

League of Wives poster 

Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda: The contractor finished construction of the new pedestrian ramps last week at the Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street and will begin erecting the signal poles, installing signal heads, and pulling in all wiring next week.  


Street, Curb and Gutter Work: The contractor finished the asphalt overlay work this week on the Street, Curb and Gutter work going around town and will perform clean-up work in the areas of the concrete construction. City staff will schedule a walk-through of the job sites with the contractor to ensure all improvements are satisfactory.

Street Curb Gutter work image 


Animal Care Facility Holding Room: The contractor started framing for the new Animal Care Facility holding room this week. The holding space is necessary to separate healthy pets already under the care of PAWS of Coronado, which manages the City’s Animal Care Facility, from incoming animals with potential infectious diseases that have not yet received veterinary clearance.

Animal Care Facility holding space 


AT&T Equipment Installation: New equipment used as the primary solid communication network for Police, Fire and Public Services in the event of a regional emergency has been installed. A microwave dish was mounted to the AT&T cell tower at the Coronado Fire Station on Wednesday, September 25. The dish will provide a direct microwave/airwave radio communication link between the City and the rest of San Diego County.  It replaces the outdated and potentially unreliable T1 fiber cables. The final antenna alignment will be completed next week.

Antenna Installed two images 

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 will towards 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

C3 Gallery Artists Reception, Exhibition Opening: A new exhibition, “50 Years Ago … Inspired by the Events of 1969,” opened this week in the C3 Gallery. Artists and supporters gathered on Wednesday, September 25, to view the exhibit featuring 13 artist and more than 40 pieces of artwork. Coronado Art Academy provided live music from the 1960s. This show will run through February 5 and may be viewed during the Community Center’s regular hours. This is the 14th exhibition for the C3 Gallery. For more information about the exhibition, contact Coronado Art Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].


San Diego Waterfront Park Event: The County of San Diego has notified the City of the twice-a-year music festival, CRSSD Fest, at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 16,500 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 (858) 337-8001 or [email protected].


Pet of the Week:  Tito, a fun and active 5-year-old Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Tito was found as a stray on Second Street and never claimed. Tito walks great on a leash, and loves to walk, run and hike. He has a lot of energy and love. At 19 pounds, he is a great size for any living situation. Tito’s adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Tito, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week 



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 


Tinker Tuesday: Kids will use chemistry to turn ordinary milk into a rainbow of crazy colors at the “Magic Milk” science program at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, in the Ruby Room. Supplies found in a regular kitchen will be used to explore how dish soap causes the fat and the water in milk to separate and spread apart. Adding food coloring will create an amazing visual effect on the surface of the milk. Kids of all ages enjoyed the Homemade Ice Cream Party at Tinker Tuesday on September 24.

Tinker Tuesday ice cream 


Camp Half Blood: Teens at the Library have designed a program based on the popular book series “Percy Jackson” by Rick Riordan. The Junior Volunteers will present “Camp Half Blood” to kids of all ages at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3. The event will offer each would-be demigod a chance to participate in activities to create Iris-inspired rainbows, fish in Poseidon’s ocean, wield Zeus’s thunderbolts and decorate an Athena-like shield.


Menu Exhibit and Talk: A menu from the Hotel del Coronado signed by Marylin Monroe and Tony Curtis is among the memorable historic menus from Coronado restaurants on display at the Library from now until October 20.  Author and San Diego food blogger Martin Lindsay will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, about how restaurants contribute to cultural history. As a tie in to our local menu exhibit, Lindsay will discuss food trends and share information about some of Coronado's past restaurants.


Cuba: Architecture, History and Food: Archaeologist and geologist Henry George will present a lunchtime lecture at 11 a.m. on October 3. The recent softening of US-Cuba relations has led to greater knowledge about the pre-Columbian and Neolithic archaeology of the island as well as more modern periods. The lecture will present an interesting view of a most unusual culture.

Cuba Event Poster 


Autumn Piano Concert: Glenn Kramer and Marie-Agathe Charpagne’s program will include gems from around the world including works by Liszt and Ravel at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 4.

Kids Events Held at the Library:

  • Junior Volunteers took part in Coastal Clean Up Day at Central Beach on Saturday, September 19. 
  • Teens enjoyed playing Human Foosball in the Winn Room on Wednesday, September 25.
  • Pirates of all ages enjoyed games and music at the annual Pirate Party on the Library Lawn on Wednesday, September 25.

Coastal Cleanup and Foosball events

Pirate Party two images 



Motorcycle Competition: Motorcycle officers competed in the 18th annual Terry Bennett Memorial Police Motorcycle Competition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 21. Officer Pat O’Malley took second place in the four rider event and Officer Danny Aguirre placed third in the BMW class. Law enforcement agencies from around California and Arizona competed in the annual event.

Motorcycle competition


Coffee with a Cop: The Police Department would like to invite the community to Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, October 2, at Starbucks from 3 pm to 4 pm. No agenda or speeches, just casual conversation.

Coffee with a Cop flier 



Youth Basketball: The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department needs youth basketball volunteer coaches. Adults with basic to advanced basketball skills are welcome. This community program is hosted in the Coronado Community Center’s Gymnasium. The youth basketball commitment is for eight weeks of play and includes once a week practices for one-hour on a week day afternoon of your choosing and one hour games on Saturday afternoons. The season is December 2 to February 8 with breaks for holidays. Contact League Coordinator, Ely McMahon by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 522-2459 for more information. Skills assessment day for boys and girls is November 6.

Basketball image 


Coronado Teens: Check out the City’s Recreation opportunities for teens in grades 6-8 and for those in high school. Check out the Fall-Winter brochure and be sure to register using the City’s new registration software. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/register to sign up.


Babysitter Training Class: Teens interested in Babysitter Training Class can attend the program on Saturday, October 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. This class is open to teens ages 11-15. Upon completion of this course, participants receive a Babysitter Certificate along with a safety booklet and a starter first aid kit. The fee for this course is $130 for Coronado residents and $140 for nonresidents.

Babysitting Class image 


Monsters Needed: Teens in grades 6-8 can sign up to be a ghost or goblin on the Haunted Trail Hike at Oakoasis County Park on Saturday, October 12, from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Transportation and supervision is included and provided by Recreation Staff.

Haunted Trails event flier 


Spreckels Music Series: The John D. Spreckels Center is hosting the inaugural event in its new Spreckels Music Series. On Thursday, October 10, from 6 to 8:15 p.m., the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform at the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. The cost 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. We expect this event to sell out quickly. Get your tickets early. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/recreationnews for more information.


Spreckels Center Adult Programs:  Unleash your creative genius, enjoy an Oktoberfest Brewery Hop, get back on the trails and more this fall season.

  • Flower Design: On Monday, October 5, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., students will learn how to transform a pumpkin into a beautiful base for roses, marigolds, mums, coffee berry, amaranths and sword fern adorned with Halloween accessories, or an autumn-inspired ribbon. The class costs $35 for Coronado residents and $45 for nonresidents, plus a $25 materials fee payable to the instructor on the day of class. Next classes are November 4 and December 16.
  • Creative Writing Class: “Everybody Has a Story” creative writing class will be held on Wednesdays, from October 2-30, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Learn how to turn your memories into tender and tantalizing tales. Cost is $48 for residents/$60 for nonresidents.
  • Calligraphy: Enjoy a two-hour calligraphy class on Mondays, October 7-28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. No prior experience is necessary. Cost: $45 for residents/ $56 for nonresidents and includes some supplies.
  • Brewery Tour: Saturday, October 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. join in the Oktoberfest Brewery Hop to get behind-the-scenes tours of how beer is brewed at the Ballast Point and Duck Foot breweries in Miramar. Participants will get six, four ounce tastings and a Ballast Point Brewery commemorative tasting glass. The cost is $50 for Coronado residents and $63 for nonresidents. Transportation provided by the Spreckels Center Staff. Lunch is not included. Limited seats available. Sign up today.
  • Trails and Ales: 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. Cost is only $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.


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.


Cays Image by Daron Case
Posted on 09/28/2019
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