Weekly Update October 20, 2017

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Weekly Update October 20, 2017

Weekly Update October 20, 2017

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Fire Chief Oath of Office Ceremony: The community welcomed Jim Lydon as Coronado’s newest fire chief after taking the oath of office at this week’s City Council meeting. Lydon was selected from among 48 qualified candidates. Finalists were interviewed by three panels made up of fire service professionals, community members and finally by the City Manager. Lydon has 40 years of firefighting experience; a bachelor’s and a master’s degree; an active paramedic license; and multiple emergency response and incident management certifications. He has extensive knowledge in how municipal corporations operate, having served as acting city manager in Benicia while the job was being filled. Coronado’s Fire Department is an “all hazards” department with an $8.1 million budget and about 40 full-time employees. The Chief’s granddaughter performed the badge-pinning and his children pinned on his collar brass.


Lydon Family  


Silver Strand Traffic:  Traffic volumes have been exceptionally heavy along the Silver Strand this week. On Wednesday, there were several accidents but, for the most part, traffic is heavy on both Interstates 5 and 805, which causes some people to cut through Coronado. The City recently took control of four intersections along state Route 75 from Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and City Hall from the California Department of Transportation with the goal of installing smart traffic signals to improve traffic flow. The signals at the intersections work together to ensure better syncing. The signals are installed and working. Traffic has improved. In fact, while there was a long back up south of Leyte Road, the Tarawa Road signals were functioning well and traffic was flowing in front of the naval base (see images below). Staff continues to regularly monitor the intersections but asks that residents be aware of morning conditions that affect traffic, such as signing up for a Coronado Police Department Nixle account and planning their trips accordingly.

Traffic Impacts 


Restroom Closed at Cays Park South:  The Cays South Park public restroom is closed until Monday, October 23, due to a ruptured two-inch water supply line in the park.  The line has been repaired but a concrete thrust block needs to be poured and set, and the hole backfilled before the line can be pressurized.  Chemical toilets and hand washing stations will be delivered today for patron use this weekend.

Police Activity:
  At 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, Coronado Police Department with the assistance of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Detail served a search warrant at 307 G Ave. concerning an ongoing investigation related to an assault with a deadly weapon case that took place in August. The Sheriff’s Department deployed a flash grenade to get into the home. No weapons were fired. There is no one in custody and this time, and the investigation is ongoing.


Street, Curb, Gutter Project Hits Slight Snag:  A water line break occurred around noon on Wednesday, October 18, on Port Royale Road in the Coronado Cays due to paving operations as part of the annual Street, Curb and Gutter project. Water was immediately turned off and residents along Port Royale remained without water service until about 6 p.m. California American Water found the cause of the break and made repairs. Staff monitored the situation and updated the community via social media. The contractor was on track to complete all but about 40 yards of one half of the road Wednesday before the break. To allow the remaining 40 yards of roadway’s base material to dry, work on that section was delayed to today, October 20. Work on the project is largely complete.

Street Maintenance

Street Work 

Street Preventive Maintenance Project:  This year’s Street Preventive Maintenance project, which is not the same as the Street, Curb and Gutter Project, started on Monday, October 16, with weed abatement, pavement marking and striping removals, and full-depth dig-out repairs. The contractor hand-delivered advance construction notices last week to provide residents with enough time to make necessary accommodations for the day they will be impacted by the slurry operation. The work is set to take place from November 1-8 on all City streets in the Coronado Cays area except for Antigua Court. The contractor is expected to mobilize into its designated laydown area in the Coronado Cays Park parking lot next week when one of its crews will be in the area for crack sealing. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution through the work areas. Full project completion is expected November 21, before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Slurry Work PrepSlurry Seal Sked 

Currents Volume 43 Online:  The latest edition of Coronado Currents, the City's 6-page full-color newsletter, has hit mailboxes. The newsletter's cover story is about the grand opening of the new Dock C and Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp project. There are stories on the interactive signals on state Route 75 between Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and City Hall; art and culture updates; and the Coronado Island Film Festival. Find Currents Volume 43 online.



Village Theatre Celebrates 70 YearsThe community is invited to celebrate the Village Theatre's 70th anniversary on October 25 at 5 p.m. The Coronado Island Film Festival’s Classic Movie Series will present a special screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Back to the Future.” Marty McFly, the17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. Tickets are on sale at the theatre box office for $5.

Back to the Future 


Halloween EventsHere are a few spooky events coming up:

  • Next Friday, October 27, the Coronado Recreation Department is hosting its annual Halloween Happening from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. There will be crafts, games, food and a tot lot. Be sure to catch the H2A Dance teams as they perform hip-hop dances to popular Halloween tunes. Don’t forget the Tricks and Treats Room for a sensory experience. Wear a costume to get in the spirit.
  • The annual Halloween Party at the Library is Friday, October 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a costume contest, games and prizes, and a Magic Show with the Amazing Dana.
  • Downtown Goes Ghostly is set for Halloween, October 31. That’s a Tuesday. Merchants in the central downtown will be prepared to welcome trick or treaters with treats at participating shops and restaurants. Bring the family. Coronado MainStreet sponsors the event and will set up a cauldron at Coronado Rotary Park to collect entry coupons for a drawing for Coronado Currency for purchases in town.

Halloween Events 

Volunteer Drivers Honored: The San Diego Coalition of Volunteer Drivers held its annual Volunteer Drivers Appreciation Luncheon event at the Spreckels Center. Coronado's own volunteer driver program, Coronado Seniors Out and About, recognized volunteer drivers right here in Coronado. The Out and About program provides mobility options for those without cars and gives both volunteers and participants a way to meet others in the community. More than 100 volunteers attended the lunch.

Volunteer Drivers 

Volunteer Drivers


Golf Course Food, Beverage Concessionaire: The City seeks a new Golf Course food and beverage concessionaire. The current contract ends in August 2018 and the City has decided against extending the agreement this time, which has been under operations since 1998. The process to select a food and beverage concessionaire will take approximately six months to complete.


Full Slate of Veterans Day Weekend Activities:  It’s going to be a busy Veterans Day weekend in Coronado with several special events scheduled. Residents should expect an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic over the three-day holiday weekend. Here’s a rundown of each event and what to expect:

  • The Coronado Island Film Festival has events scheduled from November 9-12 throughout town. Organizers have contracted with Old Town Trolley to shuttle participants between venues. Shuttle stops will be marked with a sidewalk decal. On Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the event will have a helicopter displayed on a flatbed truck outside of Coronado High School parked on the curb. It should not impact traffic. 
  • On Saturday, November 11, the inaugural Pedal the Cause event will pass through Coronado but will begin and end at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The bicycle event is put on by the San Diego Padres and expects about 2,500 participants. Participants will ride over on the bridge, reconfigured to accommodate bicyclists and vehicles, then take Glorietta Boulevard to the bike path and proceed to Imperial Beach, around the bay, ending at Petco Park. The bridge is anticipated to be clear of riders before 9 a.m. 
  • On Sunday, November 12, the 18th annual Silver Strand Half Marathon with an expected 3,000 runners will begin at 7 a.m. at Sunset Park. Notification signs will be posted in areas impacted by the event, and residents will receive notification letters. Runners will leave Sunset Park and travel south on Ocean Boulevard to state Route 75, into Imperial Beach, where the race ends. Coronado Police will shut down the southbound lanes of SR-75 at 6:30 a.m. and temporarily reduce the speed limit. Traffic is expected to return to its normal configuration and all equipment will be removed by 12:30 p.m.
  • The City is co-hosting the Wounded Warrior Reception on Sunday November 12, at 3 p.m., at Maretalia Ristorante, 1300 Orange Ave. Iraq War triple amputee Bryan Anderson will speak and be presented a key to the City of Coronado. To attend the reception, register here.


Coronado Veterans Day 2017: The City will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, November 10. Some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services will not sweep streets on Friday, November 10. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day Sked


Pet of the Week: Rosemary, a sweet and playful Tortoiseshell/Torbie blend, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She is petite and loving and is looking for a home. She has all her shots and her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Rosemary, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.



Parking Meter HolidaysThe City Council approved free but limited-time parking in all commercial zones from Monday, December 4, through Monday, December 25, 2017. The free parking, which has been approved annually by the City Council, provides visitors and residents with two hours of free parking to encourage local holiday shopping. Take care in reading the parking restrictions as time limits will apply and be enforced. The City’s new parking meters will be programmed to allow free parking but will indicate a violation when the time allocated for free parking had expired. The meters will not be covered this year.



Spreckels Center: The upcoming trip set for October 23, called Trails and Ales, still has open spaces. The Center also offers free informative and engaging educational programs to the 50-plus community on Wednesdays during the months of October and November, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required and seating is limited. “The Aging Process: What is Normal and What is Not” is the next Wednesday program, set for October 25, and “AIS Community Programs and Resources/Project CARE” will be presented on November 1. Ever want to learn how to sketch or try working with watercolors? Sign up for some upcoming classes that will run through January. Contact the Spreckels Center at (619) 522-7343 for information.

Sketching Watercolor


Coronado Boathouse: Earlier this month, Boathouse staff led participants on a full moon group paddle, the first October Harvest Moon since 2009. Upcoming Full Moon Group Paddles are the November 4 Beaver Moon and December 3 Cold Moon paddles. Check-in is 6:45 p.m. at the Coronado Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way. The fee is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents, plus the cost of the vessel. Check out other classes offered this fall at the Coronado Boathouse: Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Full Moon Group Paddles, rowing classes and outrigger paddle classes among them. Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655.     

Full Moon Paddle

Turkey Coloring Contest 2017:  The final date to submit entries for the annual Turkey Coloring Contest is Tuesday, October 24. Winners will receive their awards at the November 7 City Council meeting. Turkey coloring sheets will be available online at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or for pick-up at the Community Center. Contact (619) 522-7342 for more information.

Turkey Trot 


Armchair Travel: Will take a hiatus over the months of November and December, due to its proximity to the upcoming holidays. Armchair Travel will resume in January 2018.                              

Gymnastics Open Gym: Along with the ongoing instructional gymnastics classes, the Community Center is hosting an Open Gym gymnastics session weekly for gymnasts ages 8-17. Whether your child concentrates on the balance beam, uneven bars, tumbling or the vault, the weekly Open Gym gymnastics session on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:40 p.m. will give them a chance to perfect fitness and skills. The new session is a drop-in program. Recreation and Golf Services offers gymnastics and tumbling classes for tots through teen ages. 


Recreation Programs:

  • Kinder Explorers Explored Cabrillo State Park in Point Loma this week.

     Kinder Explorers


  • Youth in sixth through 10th grades joined Recreation and Golf Services staff for an afternoon of Pumpkin Painting at the Coronado Ferry Landing farmers market helping young children paint pumpkins.

    pumpkin making


  • The Spreckels Center hosted a three-hour cooking class Passport to Cooking with a New Orleans, Cajun Creole Menu. The next class is Monday, November 13, with a Cuban cooking theme for participants.

         Cooking Class




Commission Vacancies:  The City has one immediate vacancy on the Transportation Commission and Discover Coronado, and the below vacancies will occur by or before the end of 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.

  • Two vacancies on the Street Tree Committee; applications are due on October 23
  • One vacancy on the Bicycle Advisory Committee; applications are due on October 23
  • One vacancy on the Civil Service Commission; applications are due on November 13
  • One vacancy on the Planning Commission; applications are due on November 13



Commission AppointmentsAt its October 17 meeting, the City Council appointed Mariah Gillespie to the Cultural Arts Commission.



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, October 18, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the property at 936 Adella Ave. is a historic resource in association with a nomination for historic designation. The Commission also recommended to City Council approval of historic alteration permits with associated requests for exceptions to zoning standards for 1127 F Ave. and for the Sacred Heart Church at 655 C Ave. The Commission determined that 368 I and 945 I avenues do not meet the criteria do be designated as historic resources in association with Notice of Intent to Demolish (Determination of Historic Significance) reviews.

HRC Homes 




Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday, October 17.  The Board is now chaired by President Rita Alipour, with Doug Siegfried serving as executive secretary. Trustees Brenda Jo Robyn and Rainier Trinidad also attended. Among the topics the Board discussed were position recruitment and Film Festival events in the Winn Room.


Library Programs:  Author David Clary spoke about his new book, “Gangsters to Governors,” in the Winn Room on Thursday, October 19. Clary is a news editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Autumn Piano Concert series continues today with Toni James playing classical music.

Youth Programs:  A Kids Craft was held on Tuesday, October 17, and “Pumpkin Silhouettes” were made. The Teen Wednesday program, on October 18, featured a screening of “Hocus Pocus.” 

Kids Craft 

Kids Craft


Other Activities: The Teen Tech Team was open on Monday, October 16, to help people use smart phones, tablets, and other personal devices. The Mystery Book Club also met on Monday to discuss Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”


Public Services Work UpdatesCity crews worked on several projects around the City. Here are the most recent:

  • The Streets Division repaired one of the speed survey signs on Third Street this week and replaced a badly lifted driveway skirt that was damaged by a City tree. Streets repaired a large section of alleyway on Escondido Lane that was broken and lifted.

     Public Services Work


  • The Facilities Division has been working to repair damaged block due to corrosion at the beach maintenance shed. The work entailed removing loose, damaged block and rusting rebar.  New rebar and dowels were placed with epoxy.  A new concrete column was poured to add strength to the damaged area.

             Beach Shed

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Youth Programs:  A Kids Craft was held on Tuesday, October 17, and “Pumpkin Silhouettes” were made. The Teen Wednesday program, on October 18, featured a screening of “Hocus Pocus.”
Currents Vol. 43
Posted on 10/20/2017
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