Weekly Update September 2, 2016

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Weekly Update September 2, 2016


Weekly Update September 2, 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.

Weekly Update Video Preview:  Check out the new expanded version of the City Manager’s Weekly Update for a quick look at what's going on in town. Then, check out the Weekly Update, which is published every Friday at noon at www.coronado.ca.us. You can find the latest video here.

Speed Signs Installed:  Six new electronic speed advisory signs have been added to the City’s inventory of traffic tools. A total of eight speed advisory signs, which have proved effective at reducing speeding, are in place. However, only six can and will be rotated to different locations along Third and Fourth streets, and Alameda Boulevard, to maintain their effectiveness. Motorists reduce speeds but over time, reduction can be lost as drivers grow accustomed to seeing the signs. As a result, the signs will be rotated in an effort to maintain their effectiveness about every three to four months. The general zones are on:
  • Third Street, between D and E avenues; approaching F Avenue; and between H and I avenues
  • Fourth Street, between D and E; between F and G avenues; and between I and J avenues
  • Alameda Boulevard (southbound), approaching Eighth Street; approaching Country Club Lane; and between Olive and Marina avenues
  • Alameda Boulevard (northbound), approaching J; and approaching Eighth.

Speed Signs Installed

Labor Day Schedule 2016:  The City will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 5. Here’s a list of those City facilities that will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Labor Day. As a result, service will be delayed one day. Here is the Labor Day schedule:

City Facility

Labor Day Hours

Aquatics Center

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Hall


Club Room and Boathouse

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Community Center

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Golf Course





10 a.m. to dusk

Tennis Center

6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Planning Documents Online:  Recent interest in the City’s efforts on sea level rise planning led to the creation of a web page that contains the City’s library of planning documents. Over the past decade, the City of Coronado has received a significant amount of guidance and direction from regional planning and policy organizations. Some of the notable documents include a 2009 state report called California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy; Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay; and the California Coastal Commission Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance. The page can be found under the community development department, planning and zoning or by clicking here. The matter of sea level rise is on the City Council agenda for the September 6 meeting.

Sea Level Rise Docs

Special Events:  Coronado will end the 2016 summer with a flurry of special events. Traffic may be impacted around the following events:

  • Tomorrow morning, September 3, the Optimist Club of Coronado is sponsoring the 45th annual Sports Fiesta, which includes a triathlon, prone paddleboarding, a 5K run, one-mile ocean swim and basketball. Event participants will be gathering in Sunset Park. The event begins at 7 a.m. The run, swim, and paddleboarding activities will take place at North Beach. Ocean Boulevard, immediately adjacent to Sunset Park and Naval Air Station North Island Gate No. 5 will be closed until approximately 11 a.m.  The entire event will conclude and all parking restrictions are expected to be lifted by noon.

         Sports Fiesta

  • The Hotel del Coronado will Beach Polo Cup by Polo America, two days of polo matches and other events. Beach polo was first brought to Coronado in 1906 by owner John D. Spreckels with matches between international teams and a local team comprised mostly of Navy officers until World War I. All events will be held on hotel property. Organizers expect more than 300 people so parking and traffic in the vicinity may be impacted. The site has been delineated to ensure it does not encroach into the public beach. On Monday, September 5, event organizers will remove all tents and materials.
  • Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, the Coronado Art Walk takes place, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Expect large crowds as thousands of people are expected to see the works of more than 100 artists. The event also features art activities for all ages and live entertainment both days. Admission is free.

           Coronado Art Walk

  • Next Saturday, September 10, from noon to 2 p.m., Fleet Week San Diego is conducting its Sea and Air Parade in San Diego Bay. You can visit the Fleet Week website for more information on the event.

          Fleet Week


Median Gatherings:  People gathering on the Orange Avenue medians near Ninth Street have been complying with the City’s ordinances, which were temporarily posted in recent weeks. Crowds have thinned a bit and generally have been leaving by the curfew at 11 p.m. rules.

Median Gathering

Fourth of July Costs:  All of the costs related to the City’s support of the 2016 Fourth of July Celebration have been calculated. All told, Coronado spent $120,440 in direct costs. These costs included a $27,500 grant to the Fourth of July Committee, costs for contract services such as the rental of portable toilets, grandstands, and extra help with security and traffic control. Also included in the total is $28,200 in extra personnel costs. The City Council is proud to support Coronado’s traditional Independence Day Celebration. A review of the 2016 Fourth of July event is included on the agenda of the Council’s September 6 meeting.

Fourth of July

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Plans are underway for the early December ribbon cutting and open house event for the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. Most of the lower roof framing has been completed. The plumbing, electrical and mechanical trades have started their initial rough-in work. The contractor has installed the utilities in Seventh Street and is working through the alley to the point of connection in the Police building.Construction cost is $5.1 million.

Spreckels Center

Coronado Cays Entrance:  The contractor on the Coronado Cays Entrance Project began framing the new kiosk, installing the drip irrigation, and trenching the electrical conduit for the exterior lighting and the lighting for the kiosk. In addition, final grading for the roundabout and the process for the soil amendments began as well. The contractor is projecting three weeks to complete the project.

Cays Entrance 

Cays Entrance2

Glorietta Bay Pump Station; Bay Closure:  A portion of Glorietta Bay remained closed Friday, September 2, following a spill caused by the contractor working on the Glorietta Bay Pump Station project. The delay in reopening one section of the bay was suspected to be caused by the release of the contents of one or more boats' dark water tanks near the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp. Test results from the City's marina area have indicated the water was clean and those closure signs were removed. Meanwhile, the contractor completed the surface preparation of the wet well interior surfaces and plans to erect scaffolding next week to begin the structural concrete repairs.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station

Traffic Volumes in Coronado:  The California Department of Transportation provides traffic volume information to the City from two permanent count stations located west of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and near the Naval Amphibious Base along the Silver Strand. The hour-by-hour counts are used by the City to determine peak hour volumes, average daily traffic for both weekdays and weekends, trends and anomalies. The following graphs represent the traffic volumes into and out of Coronado via the bridge and the Silver Strand for June and July 2016.

Bridge Image

Bridge (June)

Bridge June

Strand (June)
Strand June

Strand Image

Bridge (July)
Bridge July

Strand (July)
Strand July

SDG&E Utility Relocations at First Street and I Avenue: SDG&E has come to a temporary halt in the work progress due to groundwater encountered in the excavation. Work may not be observed during the next couple of days, but SDG&E will continue to work on welding in their laydown area by Tulagi Road and put together a plan to clear the water. The purpose of this operation is to clear the way for a 48" reinforced concrete pipe storm drain that will run from Fourth Street to Bay View Park along I Avenue. Working hours are limited to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking on top of the steel plates is not recommended.

SDG&E Work

Library’s High-speed Internet:  The City reminds the community about the Coronado Public Library’s high-speed internet, which rolled out late last year. The new broadband is 10 times faster than what existed and will result in a 300 percent cost savings for the city. At 1 gigabit per second, Library patrons have the highest speed broadband in Coronado. The City was accepted into a program last year of the California State Library to bring high-speed broadband to all of the state’s public libraries. Through the nonprofit Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, or CENIC, the Library is connected to the super computer at the University of California, San Diego, and a high-capacity, 3,800-mile fiber optic network. Coronado was one of the first to offer this 21st century digital resource to its community.

Coronado Library 

Pet of the Week:  This week’s Pet of the Week is Skye. She’s a sweet and striking Staffordshire terrier who came to the Animal Care Facility as a stray. Paws of Coronado, which operates the facility on behalf of the City, does not usually handle large breeds but the staff was committed to Skye. She needs ample space due to her size and plenty of exercise. Those interested in finding out more about Skye, can call the animal care facility at (619) 522-7371 to set up a visit.

Skye Pet of the Week 

UDT Statue Donation:  The contractor on the project to install a statue of an Underwater Demolition Team, or UDT, swimmer has relocated the palms that were within the site to a new location adjacent to the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp. Crews also began initial grading of the site and soon will be excavating for the electrical work and irrigation. There may be some open trenches in the park for the underground electrical work that the contractor will surround with temporary fencing to prevent possible pedestrian injury. A dedication ceremony is planned for Veterans Day, November 11.

UDT Statue


Active Transportation Master PlanThe City of Coronado held its first Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, August 25, for development of the Active Transportation Master Plan. The City received valuable input from Coronado attendees and stakeholders, and will be working to incorporate those comments. Interviews will be scheduled with community members in September and October. Contact the City’s Active Transportation Planner Allie Scrivener at [email protected] to participate. The first of three public meetings is scheduled for early December and a committee meeting in January. Click here to view the documents discussed at the meeting, which are available on the City’s Public Services and Engineering web page.  

Active Transportation Plan

Upcoming Noise Alerts:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested permits for two upcoming fireworks shows, one that will be held tonight at 9:20 p.m., and one on September 10 at 8:50 p.m. The displays will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.

‘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


Middle School Lunch Program:  The Recreation Department and Coronado Middle School are in their 17th year of working together to provide students with the CMS Lunch Program. Every day during the school year, Recreation staff leads activities during lunch period. Recreation staff also work with the CMS Associated Student Body board to co-host homeroom competitions and “Fun Friday” events.   

CMS Lunch Program

CMS Lunch Program2

CMS Lunch Program3

CMS Lunch Program4

Dodgeball Family Fun Night:  On Friday, September 9, the Coronado Recreation Department is hosting a dodgeball family night. The cost is $5 per person and no advance registration is needed. See flier below for more information, or call the Coronado Community Center at (619) 522-7342.

Dodgeball Flier

Adult Cooking Classes:  Join up with other adults to learn a new skill or enhance your cooking skills in the Recreation Department’s new Adult Cooking Class series. See flier for details. Call (619) 522-7342 for more information.

Adult Cooking Class 


Commission Vacancy:  There is currently one vacancy on the Bicycle Advisory Committee.  See notice below for details.

BAC Opening 



Summer Festival:  The final Monday MGM Movie showing and final Summer Festival event was held on Monday, August 29, with the screening of “Gigi.” The popular classic was the last of the great MGM musicals, complementing the current Library exhibit on the MGM Studio backlot. The exhibit will remain in place until a new exhibit is installed next month commemorating the UDT/SEAL Teams in conjunction with the unveiling of the donated sculpture.


Youth Programs:  Tuesday’s Story Hour, on August 30, was a special “Symphony Story Time” featuring members of the San Diego Symphony. Tricia Skye played the French horn and Susan Wulff played the bass to accompany author Marcie Wessels while she read her book “Pirate’s Lullaby.” On Wednesday, August 31, the Teen Programs resumed with “Games & Grub” in the Winn Room.

Symphony Story Hour

Symphony Story Hour.

California Book Collection:  In May, the Library received a sizable collection of limited edition and notable books on California history. The collection was donated by CeeCee Bassett Barrios in memory of her parents, Capt. Leonard Bassett and Catherine Crellin Bassett. Also commemorated is her great-aunt Anita Crellin, a former librarian at the University of California Berkeley, who formed the collection. These rare books have been catalogued and are available for use in the Library only, with proper ID.

California Book Collection

California Book Collection2


Drawing Winners:  Cpl. Angel Cedeño pulled this week’s winning tickets for the two bicycle U-lock and helmet winners at Sunday’s Concert in the Park.

Drawing Winners


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

  • Public Services staff was notified that a gate in the Cays south of the dog run and at the south end of Cays South Park was in poor repair. Staff found the steel fencing to be severely rusted and will arrange for the replacement of the fence and gat. A temporary repair was made to discourage pedestrian access.

         Cays Gate

  • Public Services Streets crews started installing mile markers along the Bayshore Bikeway this week. The markers should be completed by Monday, September 5. The bike path recently received new asphalt and the old markers were covered up.

    Bayshore Bikeway markers 

  • Street crews added a crosswalk at Prospect Place and Second Street; repaired two large broken sections of sidewalk at 704 First St. and 940 Glorietta Blvd.; and painted some alleys between Ninth and Tenth streets from D to G avenues. Bike station signs also were added.

         Striping added

Sidewalk Repairs

Sidewalk Repairs

Alley Striping
Bike Repair Signs

Household Hazardous Waste Program:  The Household Hazardous Waste Program helps residents most every Saturday year-round get rid of toxic waste quickly and easily. Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, this Saturday’s event has been canceled. The program resumes Saturday, September 10. Dispose of your residential hazardous waste in an environmentally responsible way. All electronic devices, paints, cleaning chemicals, aerosol cans, oils, fluorescent lamps, batteries, and syringes, for example. The program keeps toxic chemicals and harmful substances from being buried in the land or poured into the sewer system. The program is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Services Maintenance Yard, 101 B Ave. Enter the Yard through gate on First St.

Household Waste


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 09/02/2016
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