Glorietta Bay Master
Plan Nears Completion
The City will embark on the last phase
of the Glorietta Bay Master Plan this fall
when construction starts on the roadway,
bike path and walking promenade
beginning at the Boathouse 1887
restaurant and extending past the Tennis
Center, all referred to as the Yacht Club
|Improvements along Strand Way will create new
recreational opportunities for residents.
The construction will necessitate that
a portion of Strand Way be closed for
extended periods during the construction.
Constructed at the same time will be the
new support building for the Glorietta Bay
Marina. Access to facilities along Strand
Way will be maintained at all times.
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| Public Safety and Community
Services Headline City Budget
The City of Coronado works
hard to maintain the same
high quality level of services
to the community every
year. To ensure these
services remain intact
while managing the
City’s resources in a
fiscally prudent manner, the City
Council adopts a budget before the
beginning of each fiscal year. In
June, the City Council adopted a
new two-year financial plan for
the Fiscal Years 2007-2008 and
The City of Coronado General Fund Budget
for the fiscal year 2007-08 – $37.5 Million.
“This budget allows the City
to continue to provide the high
level of municipal services that
this community deserves,” said City
Manager Mark Ochenduszko.
The main operating fund for the City of
Coronado is the General Fund, which for
Fiscal Year 2007-2008 is $37.5 million.
These resources are distributed among
six categories to fund basic City services
as well as some capital projects. The six
categories include public safety, or the
Police and Fire Departments (41 percent);
streets, parks, beach and public facility
maintenance (16 percent); library and
recreation services (15 percent); legislative
and general government (13 percent);
planning, building and engineering services
(5 percent); and community organization
funding (2 percent). Eight percent of this
year’s budget is set aside for capital projects.
The City operates with a balanced budget,
maintaining adequate reserves for
emergency response, operating during
economic downturn, and to fund future
projects. In addition to the operating
budget, the City also adopts an annual
capital improvement project budget for
projects such as sidewalk, street, curb, and
Although the City prepared the General
Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009 as
part of the two-year budget cycle, the City
only appropriates funds one year at a time.
In June 2008, the Council will revisit the
Fiscal Year 2008-2009 budget and make any
necessary adjustments. There are no major
changes planned for next year’s budget.
For more information on the City Budget,
contact the Administrative Services
Department at 619.522.7300.
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|Discover Coronado This Fall
|City Encourages Residents to
Access Public Information
When making decisions, City officials can benefit from public input to help understand how residents feel about particular issues. Since
the new City Hall was constructed, the City Council Chambers has been full of activity with public meetings. To better understand the
nature of some of the activities at City Hall and help residents stay informed, a few commonly asked questions and answers are below.
|Coronado residents discuss plans for new project
at a public information hearing in August.
||What is a public hearing?
What issues require public hearings?
||A public hearing is an opportunity for the City to obtain
public testimony or comment on issues being discussed by
the City Council. Any proposed changes to Coronado’s
Municipal Code – the rules residents live by – require a public
hearing. Public meetings are guided by the Ralph M. Brown
Act, California’s open meeting law.
The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of
each month at 3 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
Council meetings are also televised live on Channel 19
during the meeting and replayed on the Wednesday after
the meeting at 5 p.m. All Council meetings are open to the
||How can residents find out about public meetings?
||The City posts notices to inform residents about the details
of public meetings. Public meeting notices are always posted
at City Hall, the Library and on the City’s web site. Regular
meetings are posted a minimum of 72 hours prior to the
meeting, while special meetings are posted a minimum of 24
hours in advance.
A specific legal notice is required by law on some issues, such
as parcel map changes or the introduction or adoption of
any ordinance. In addition to individual posting or mailing
requirements, these legal notices are published in the local
The City also posts and mails a number of courtesy notices to
residents on issues that could engender a significant amount
of community interest. Generally, if more than 1,000
residents could be affected, the City publishes the public
meeting details in a newspaper display advertisement.
||What is a closed session?
Who authorizes closed sessions?
||A closed session is a City Council meeting that is not open
to the public. The reason for closed sessions is to provide
an opportunity for the City Council to discuss confidential
matters, such as City real estate acquisitions, lawsuits
(either for or against the City), labor negotiations, or other
items authorized by the California Government Code.
Closed sessions are used to protect taxpayer resources by
ensuring that the City’s legal or negotiating position is not
compromised by revealing confidential information in a
||What is an ordinance?
||An ordinance is a municipal regulation, or law, that cities
use to create or maintain a quality of life that is beneficial to
the majority of residents. The City of Coronado introduces
proposed ordinances at public meetings and, barring any
major objections, adopts them at the following City Council
meeting. After adoption of an ordinance, residents have a
specified period of time to file an appeal. If no appeal is filed
during that time period, the ordinance becomes law.
||How can residents stay informed about City
||City officials encourage residents to take
an active interest in their government. The City’s web site is regularly
updated to provide the community with an up-to-date schedule of commission
and committee meetings, in addition to City Council and other public meetings.
Using the City’s web site, residents can sign up for recurring e-mail
updates on City meetings in addition to updates on City projects or other
topics of interest. As always, the City is available by phone to answer
any resident’s questions regarding public meetings by contacting
the City Clerk’s Office at 619.522.7320.
|Coronado Golf Course’s Anniversary:
A Celebration 50 Years in the Making
|Golf has long been a part of what makes
Coronado a special place to live, work and
play. Over the past 50 years, the Coronado
Golf Course has played host to celebrities,
professional athletes and dignitaries,
including a few United States Presidents.
To celebrate this history, and the
contributions the course makes to
Coronado’s quality of life, the City invites
all residents to the official, day-long
event, “Celebrating 50 Years of Coronado
Golf,” on October 13 at the Coronado
Golf Course. (See box for complete list of
“This event was designed with something
for everyone to enjoy, from golf enthusiasts
to those who have yet to pick up a club,”
said Director of Golf Services Dave Jones.
“It is our hope that residents will continue
to take advantage of this jewel for decades
The Coronado Golf Course consistently
benefits the local community. For
example, the course’s affordable rates
provide an unparalleled recreational
opportunity for golfers of all levels of skill.
The course is also an important part of the
City’s tourism industry, helping to bring
travelers from around the country to stay
|Celebrating 50 Years of Coronado Golf
|Residents enjoy the recreational
opportunities offered at
the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.
City officials encourage residents to come and show their support for this long-standing institution of Coronado. There is something
for everyone, regardless of golfing abilities!
|Scheduled Events on October 13
- Six 9-hole shotgun golf tournaments to accommodate 432
players ($20/player, includes green fee and golf cart)*
- Putting competition ($1 per round, clubs available)
- Driving range events with demonstrations and clinics
from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Vintage golf equipment display all day
- Pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. ($4/person)
- All day 1950s style barbeque with $1 hot dogs and $.25 sodas
- Free balloons for kids
- Raffle drawing for a driver ($1/ticket)
- Special dedications throughout the day
- Golden Anniversary Flag Awards
- Special Golden Gala Awards Dinner with special guests
including PGA Pros Gene Littler and Don Collett – part of the
original foursome that played the course. Dinner begins at
6 p.m. ($40/person)
If you have questions about the events or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact the Pro Shop at 619.435.3121,
*Entry forms for the shotgun tournament and information flyers will be available at the Pro Shop beginning September 7, 2007. The
deadline to sign up for the shotgun tournament is September 29, 2007. Play is limited to the first 432 players to sign up. A waiting list
will be established.
|Local Tide Pools Bustle with Activity
Low tide is a busy time of day at the beach in Coronado. On the
beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado, tide pools bustle with
activity. Found in the rocky shores where the ocean meets the
beach, tide pools contain a number of sea creatures, including
starfish, mussels, anemones, limpets and moon snails.
|Volunteers from the Coronado Tide Pools Interpretative
Program teach visitors to observe the tide pools respectfully.
As interesting and inviting as tide pools can be for residents
and visitors, it is important to treat them with care so future
generations can enjoy them too. A few tips to consider when
admiring tide pools include: 1) walking on the sandy parts, rather
than the clustered rocks where anemones and barnacles tend to
live; 2) only using one finger to gently touch the creatures; and 3)
never taking the animals or any part of their natural environment
home as a souvenir.
In order to educate the public about valuable ocean wildlife,
the City has helped to form a Coronado Tide Pools Interpretive
Program. The group raises awareness about this special ecosystem
and teaches people about conservation through education.
“We want to share in the joy of discovery with beach visitors but at
the same time teach them about the fragility of the tide pools,” said
Coronado Lifeguard Captain Sean Carey.
The City has also formed a Tide Pool Volunteers team, with the
help of City Lifeguard Services. The mission of the team is to
interact with tide pool visitors to answer questions, provide names
for marine life they encounter and enhance the overall experience
and appreciation of the tide pool experience. The program was
started in spring 2007 after a group of residents wrote to the City
Council suggesting that a program would be beneficial to the local
community, visitors and tide pools. The Council offered to house
the program within the lifeguard services. Funding is provided by
various City departments. For more information about how to
volunteer, contact the Coronado Fire Department at 619.522.7374.
|Follow “Protect the Tide Pool” Rules!
|1. Leave all animals, shells
and rocks in the tide
|3. Walk gently, taking care
not to step on plants or
|2. Observe all animals
where they are . . . in their
|4. Leave all rocks where you
find them, unturned.
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||A Message from the Coronado
Community Emergency Response Team
The Coronado Community Emergency Response
Team (CERT) is a program that trains citizens
to prepare for – and respond safely to – disasters.
The goal is to better prepare the community for
disasters and to help serve neighborhoods when
emergency services are overwhelmed.
|Countywide CERT Drill with San Diego Fire Rescue’s COPTER 1.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency,
using the model created by the Los Angeles City
Fire Department in 1985, began promoting
nationwide use of the Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) concept in 1994. Since
then CERTs have been established in hundreds of
communities nationwide. Coronado CERT was
established in 1997, and more than 300 citizens have been trained.
CERT training promotes a partnering effort between emergency
services and the people that they serve.
If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s
professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying
the basic response and organizational skills they learned during
training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a
disaster. CERT skills also apply to daily emergencies.
|JOIN THE CORONADO COMMUNITY EMERGENCY
RESPONSE TEAM TODAY
AND BE PREPARED!!
|To register for these free classes, or for more information, please contact
the Coronado Fire Department at 619-522-7374. All modules start at 9 a.m.
and last about 4 hours.
|1. October 18
||An introduction to the CERT program
|2. October 25
||Disaster Fire Suppression
||Fire safety and extinguisher use
|3. November 1
||Disaster Medical Operations
||First aid, establishing treatment areas, treating airway obstruction,
bleeding and shock
|4. November 8
||Light Search & Rescue
||Planning, techniques and rescuer safety
|5. November 15
||Disaster Psychology, Terrorism & Team Organization
||Symptoms experienced by victims & rescuers.
CERT members participate in two countywide drills and two local drills yearly in the spring and fall to stay current.
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Parking Meters Go Digital
Parking meters in Coronado have looked
the same for almost 50 years. And while
they have served the community well,
it’s time for new and improved time
keepers. Reliability and maintenance
issues have finally caught up with the
New meters have been installed
around the City, replacing all of the
original 542 meters with POM Advanced
Parking Meters. POM is the leader in
parking meter innovation and was the
first company to install parking meters in
the U.S. in 1935 in Oklahoma City.
“The new parking meters will utilize
technology to help the City to keep more
accurate records,” said Chief of Police
The new meters are digital and battery operated. To ensure a long
life of the new meters in Coronado, components are made of zinc to
resist rusting. The new meters have the same look and familiarity
of the old meters and are just as easy to use. However, unlike
the old meters, there are no longer any external knobs to turn in
order to input money. And just like the old meters – the rate will
remain at 25 cents per hour.
Parking meters benefit the Coronado community by providing a
source of revenue to the City. In addition, the time limits on the
meters encourage parking space turnover, as opposed to long-term
parking, which benefits the local business community by providing
opportunities for new customers to patronize stores and restaurants
throughout the day.
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