Weekly Update September 9 2016

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Weekly Update September 9, 2016



Weekly Update September 9, 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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Brian Smock Golf:  The City Council approved an agreement this week for Brian Smock to serve as the new Head Golf Professional at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. His contract begins February 1, 2017. The Coronado native and 1991 Coronado High graduate’s professional career spans 18 years of play around the world and on the National Tour for the past 10 years. The City is excited to have Smock whose proposal was thorough, complete, well-thought out, and reflected a full understanding of the Coronado Municipal Golf course and its potential.  The key components of the agreement include the rehabilitation of the pro shop; all new golf cars with GPS; improving the overall golf experience; great commitment to the teaching program, including reduced costs for the junior program; and enhanced public service. For more information, please see the City’s full press release.

Brian Smock

Sea Level Rise Studies/Documents:  At its September 6 meeting, the City Council addressed the issue of sea level rise. Council members reviewed literature, reports and regional strategies. 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. The page can be found under the community development department, planning and zoning or by clicking here.

Newsrack Ordinance Updated:  In an effort to clean up the mismatched accumulation of newsracks along Orange Avenue and make sidewalks safer, the City Council adopted new rules this week to create a more uniform and cleaner look. The City updated its newsrack ordinance to standardize the locations and appearance of all newsracks in the City, as well as improving their aesthetics and safety. The cleanliness and beauty of the City’s commercial corridor is vital to Coronado’s village atmosphere and a point of community pride. Existing newsracks already permitted by the City will be allowed to relocate to a City-provided newsrack shell. Newsracks not in compliance with the new ordinance will be removed from public property.

Newsrack Sample

Banners on Orange:   The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission’s fall banners have been approved by the City Council and will be installed mid-month. The street pole banner program consists of six different banner cycles, each on display along the Orange Avenue Corridor for a minimum of six weeks. Volunteer members from the Commission, the Tourism Improvement District, MainStreet and the Chamber of Commerce worked on designs for the banners along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The first series was installed in July with the “Star-Spangled Summer” series. This series, “Fall for Coronado,” will feature images of all the award-winning attributes of the city. The street pole banner program is separate and distinct from the Avenue of Heroes Banner Program.

Fall Banner

Pet of the Week:  This week’s Pet of the Week is Greyson, a 3-year-old male domestic cat, a somber gentleman who came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray. He is looking for a quiet, loving home with people who appreciate his understated demeanor. He loves to be petted after he warms up and is affectionate. He has a grey coat and green eyes. His shots are up to date and he has been neutered. The adoption fee is $50. Those interested in finding out more about this week’s Pet of the Week, can call the animal care facility at (619) 522-7371 to set up a visit.

Greyson Pet of the Week

Bus Shelter Refurbishment:  All five bus shelter structures along Silver Strand State Highway, removed for refurbishment, have been delivered. The roofs are being installed this week and the art work will be installed by the end of next week, according to the contractor. All of the rusted areas, including some legs, were replaced with new steel. Crews sand blasted the shelters, then applied marine grade primer and paint. The bus shelters sit in a salty atmosphere. That combined with the normal morning moisture in the area create a highly corrosive environment for this type of material. The City has used this process before with good results on other equipment in use at the beach. The bus shelters are part of an art project installed in 1999 to beautify the Scenic Highway. They include images of sea birds and sunsets.

Bus Shelter 

Bus Shelter2 

Bus Shelter4

Bus Shelter4

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling GreenThe city has beefed up the electrical system at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green to incorporate the use of a portable back-up generator into the facility. Other cities have learned the value of their public facilities during emergencies or adverse weather. The generator is powerful enough to operate all of the electrical functions, including lighting, air conditioning and heating. In case of an emergency, the powerful generator will be used to make another facility available as a shelter, cool zone or emergency center. Meanwhile, framing continues at the Spreckels Center with shear wall nailing and delivery of the wood for the high roof. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing subcontractors continue to install the rough-ins. The electrical contractor is connecting the fiber optics and Cox Cable security camera from the police facility. Work will begin on the patio walls this week.

John D. Spreckels Center

John D. Spreckels Center 2

Coronado Cays Entrance:  Work this week on the Coronado Cays Entrance was primarily focused on the continued construction of the new guard kiosk. Additional work was done in preparation for installation of the new irrigation system.

Cays Entrance 

Motorcycle Noise Enforcement:  The City understands community concerns that motorcycles can be loud, especially during the early morning rush hour. The City is frustrated by the enforcement obstacles in its way. The California Vehicle Code regulates motorcycle noise using decibel levels based on the year the motorcycle was manufactured. The levels are only used in regulating the sale and registration of motorcycles (VC 27200-27202). These are administrative, rather than enforcement sections. VC 27202.1 provides an enforcement capability but only for the absence of an EPA label on motorcycles or motorcycle exhaust systems manufactured after January 2013. The Vehicle Code prohibits an officer from stopping a motorcycle for the purpose of inspection for this label. The vehicle code requires every motor vehicle to have an adequate muffler and not emit excessive or unusual noise. Although a citation may be issued when the vehicle is in motion, at the time it is signed off, the correction is typically assessed when the vehicle is at idle. This violation is correctable but the process does not require the violator to show proof the problem has been corrected. Additional obstacles faced by officers include motorcycles legally registered in another state not required to meet California equipment requirements. Furthermore, many of the motorcycles being heard by residents are not at idle, but rather being operated at high RPM, which increases the noise emitted by the vehicle. The state prohibits local jurisdictions from enacting ordinances that regulate the same or similar conduct as is provided for in the California Vehicle Code; therefore, the City is prohibited from enacting or enforcing a local regulation regarding vehicle noise.  


Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural Repairs:  The contractor on the Glorietta Bay Pump Station project began erecting the scaffolding within the wet well this week in anticipation of beginning the concrete repairs. That work is scheduled to begin next week.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station 

Utility Relocations at First Street, I Avenue:  SDG&E continues its work on the welding portion of the work in their laydown area by Tulagi Road, so no work is apparent at the street intersection of First Street and I Avenue. The purpose of this operation is to clear the way for a 48-inch 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., times when First Street will be reduced to a single lane with flagmen controlling the flow of traffic in all three directions approaching the intersection. Although the work site is flanked by a red curb zone, parking on top of the steel plates is not recommended. The work is expected to be completed by October 1.

SDG&E Work 

Special Events:  Coronado will end the 2016 summer with a number of events that will impact traffic. The events include:
  • This 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.

         Coronado Art Walk

  • Tomorrow, 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

  • The last summer Coronado Promenade Concert in Spreckels Park will be held on Sunday, September 11, at 5 p.m., and is a tribute to the 15th anniversary of September 11.

         Concerts logo

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].

Upcoming Noise/Special Activity Alerts:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested permits for two upcoming fireworks shows, one that will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 10, at 8:50 p.m. and one on Monday, September 26, at 9 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. Local military installations will conduct multiple flybys in San Diego as part of San Diego Fleet Week activities. The flybys will happen on Saturday, September 10, and involve multiple fixed and rotary wing aircraft operating from Naval Air Station North Island. The aircraft are anticipated to overfly San Diego Bay from about noon to 2 p.m. Locals can anticipate seeing multiple military aircraft at low altitudes during that time period.

Save the DateThe City will welcome the community on Sunday, October 9, to its 24th annual Open House. Coronado Firefighters and Coronado Police Officers will close off the streets around Coronado’s main fire house on Sixth Street near D Avenue as well as Seventh Street and D near Coronado’s 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 flier. This is a good opportunity to meet with Fire and Police personnel, ask questions and get answers.

Public Safety Open House flier

‘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


Dodgeball Family Fun Night:  Tonight, 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

Fall Youth Classes:  The Coronado Recreation Department is currently accepting registration for its Fall Youth Programs, including 20 classes for children in first through fifth grades. The Recreation Department also offers classes designed for infants, tots, preschoolers, school age children, preteens, teens and adults. Most of these fall classes start the week of September 19. Information for some of these classes is listed below and can also be found online at www.coronado.ca.us. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.

  • Starting with adventure activities, Rock Climbing classes on the amazing rock wall are held on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Kayaking, rock climbing and stand-up paddleboarding are features of the Thursday Taste of Adventure Class (third to fifth grade).
  • Heading out for disc golfing, lawn bowling, ice skating and archery is on the itinerary for the new Xtreme Sports class on Tuesdays.
  • At the Coronado Skatepark, there are Skateboarding classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Explore an animal shelter, museums and other operations in San Diego with the afterschool Coronado Explorers class on Tuesdays.
  • Tuesdays also feature Kids in the Kitchen, where children can learn how to cook like a chef. 
  • Budding performers (third to eighth grade) have an opportunity to act and sing in a full production of Disney’s “Cinderella” with our Musical Theater Program that rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays. 
  • Younger actors (transitional kindergarten to second grade) can participate in the Jr Musical Theater Class on Wednesdays.
  • For martial arts fans there is a Tae Kwon Do class on Mondays and Wednesday evenings.  
  • GymnasticsHip Hop and Dance classes on Tuesdays will keep your child moving the whole afternoon. 
  • Finally, to keep your child’s heart pumping all week, sign-up for the Jump Rope or Cheer classes on Monday evenings.

         Kids in the Kitchen
Above and below:  Kids in the Kitchen and Babies and Toddlers are Messy.

         Babies are Messy

         Jump Rope Class

             Jump Rope Class.


Birthday Party Packages:  This past weekend, the Community Center hosted a flamingo, island-themed birthday party for an eight-year-old girl. A Birthday Party Planner can assist in planning birthday parties for youth and teens at the Community Center. Contact (619) 522-7342 for more information about how to plan your party at the Community Center.

Birthday Party    
Above and below: Birthday festivities at the Coronado Community Center.

Birthday Party2

Birthday Party3 

Birthday Party4


Commission Vacancy:  There are currently two vacancies, one on the Bicycle Advisory Committee and one on the Transportation Commission. See notice below for details.

Board Vacancies



Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, September 7, the Historic Resource Commission recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement for 624 First St. The Commission also determined that the properties at 446-450 G Ave., 554-556 G Ave., and 949 D Ave. are not historically significant.

624 First 

Photo of 624 First St.



Brown Bag Piano Concerts:  The popular fall series of mid-day Library concerts called the “Brown Bag Piano Concerts” is returning. Starting Friday, September 9, and running through November 4, a free piano concert will be held every Friday at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room.  Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Tables will be provided. The concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Brown Bag 


Summer Festival:  The Library’s Summer Festival concluded at the end of August. Some 22 events were held, including lectures, documentary and feature film showings, and concerts with 1,037 people attending. The programs were sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Library.


Library Programs:  On Thursday afternoon, September 8, Brigadier General R. G. Head gave a talk in the Winn Room about his new book, “Oscar Boelcke: Germany’s First Fighter Ace and Father of Air Combat.” The talk was followed by a reception and book signing.


Youth Programs:  With school back in session, the programming for Children and Teens is back in full swing. On Tuesday afternoon, September 6, the Kids’ Craft was a “Catch-It-Cone.” On Wednesday, September 7, the Teen event was the ever-popular “Games & Grub.” The first Junior Volunteers meeting was held Thursday, September 8. To join the Junior Volunteers, students must have completed the fifth grade. Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk.

Seussical the Musical 

Cast members from “Seussical: The Musical” at the Coronado Playhouse performed in between Story Hours at the Library on Tuesday.


Cite DayThe Police Department Traffic Unit held a citywide cite day on Wednesday, September 7. Four Traffic Officers issued 51 citations and two written warnings, made two misdemeanor arrests, and towed two vehicles while three Police Services Officers issued a total of 31 parking citations.

Cite Day


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

  • Streets Division repaired 30 feet of sidewalk on Alder Street (pictured below). Crews also finished up the mile markers on the bike path and repaired trip hazards around the tree grates on Orange Avenue and Second Street.

         Alder Sidewalk

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.



Brian Smock
Posted on 09/09/2016
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