Weekly Update November 9, 2017

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Weekly Update November 9, 2017

Weekly Update November 9, 2017

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Turkey Poster Coloring Contest: The City Council presented pies and (very large) turkeys to the 2017 Coronado Recreation Services and Coronado Junior Woman’s Club Turkey Coloring Contest. Congratulations to all the winners and participants. 

Turkey Contest ​


Traffic Report, Accidents: Within 24 hours of the City Council reviewing and accepting the 2016 Traffic Report, as part of its annual reporting requirements, three injury-accidents occurred in Coronado, two on Orange Avenue in the Village, including one involving a school bus, and one involving motorcycles on the Silver Strand. Injuries were reported in all three. The school bus was carrying 59 middle school-aged children and was heading south on Orange at about 1:30 on Wednesday, November 8. One student was taken by ambulance to the hospital after complaining of pain. The other students were taken to nearby Spreckels Park and reunited with parents. On Tuesday, November 7, at about 9:15 p.m., the driver of a vehicle hit a utility pole at Coronado Rotary Plaza. The driver and a passenger were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was arrested for felony DUI. In the motorcycle versus vehicle Strand accident, the driver of one of three motorcycles traveling south collided for unknown reasons into a vehicle in the next lane and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The annual traffic report helps the city determine areas that need attention to reduce incidents such as those that occurred this week.

Bus Accident

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 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 City Amateur Golf Tournament at the Golf Course, 2000 Visalia Row, on Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12. Tee times for the open and senior championship tourney of local players as well as college golfers from Southern California will start between 7 and 9 a.m. both days. Expect extra traffic in the area both days.
  • The Navy is hosting “Naval Air Station North Island Centennial Celebration - Saluting a Century of Service” at the base on Saturday, November 11, Veterans Day. Residents near NASNI can expect traffic entering the base from 9 to 11 a.m. and leaving at about 4:30 p.m. An F-35 aircraft will conduct a flyby at 1,000 feet at 1:13 p.m. See route map.  
Flyover Map

Accessory Dwelling Units: To implement recent changes to state law, which facilitate the development of accessory dwelling units, commonly referred to as “in-law” units, the City Council continues to adopt amendments to the Municipal Code. Most recently, the Council introduced a second ordinance dealing with in-law units. This ordinance requires a recorded covenant to establish owner occupancy requirements, a covenant for transient rental limitations, and the fee, pursuant to the California Plumbing Code, to allow the connection of detached in-law units to the City’s sewer system. The Council is expected to continue to review accessory dwelling units and will more than likely adopt a third ordinance to implement state law.   

Silver Strand Fencing Improvements:  The City and California State Parks began the second phase of the Silver Strand Fence Replacement project to upgrade the fencing along Silver Strand State Park. Officials hope to complete construction before the nesting season, which begins February 15. State Parks will manage the project. It is currently being advertised. The City will contribute funds for a portion of the construction costs in addition to environmental project funds provided by Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa. A meeting will be held with potential bidders on November 30 and bids are due on December 13. The northern portion of the project was completed in February. The new fence is a visible improvement for the area but stands in stark contrast to the existing chain link fence to the south.

Strand Fencing

Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update: On November 2, the Airport Land Use Commission directed Airport Authority staff to finalize the draft Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan being prepared for Naval Air Station North Island and to begin on the next steps. Those steps involve finalizing the draft policies of the plan and conducting environmental analysis in preparation for public review. It is not known when the finalized draft policies or the environmental analysis document will be available, but it is anticipated to be within the first half of 2018. 

Silver Strand Smart Signals: Some residents with keen observation skills have noticed an antenna near the Bayshore Bikeway along the Silver Strand just south of the entrance to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The antenna is part of the smart traffic signal system installed to help move large volumes of traffic through four key intersections near NAB during morning commute hours. The new signal system facilitates progression of traffic as it “learns” how to maximize flow and share delays appropriately when traffic volumes exceed the intersections' capacity.

Smart Signals


Street Preventive Maintenance:  Slurry coating operations for this project were completed on Wednesday, November 8.  The project will continue with installation of raised pavement markers and traffic striping between November 14-21, and the project and should be completed before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Slurry Sealing

Cays Sewer Main Cleaning: Work continues on a project to clean the Cays Sewer Main of years of accumulated fat, oils, and grease, or FOG as it is known. The work is accomplished at night when the flows are low. The ports to access the sewer line are visible and above ground. Subsequent road repair, such as trench backfill and resurfacing, will be performed during regular working hours. Plans are being prepared to make the area safe for the Saturday, November 11, Pedal the Cause event.


Gateway Project Update: At its meeting Tuesday, November 7, the City Council removed an item from the agenda’s Consent Calendar to discuss public participation in the Gateway Improvements Project, which will improve the entrance to the City at the old toll plaza area including traffic calming and pedestrian amenities (see rendering below). The Council then agreed with staff’s recommendation to authorize a contract modification with Michael Baker International to develop a Project Engineering Evaluation Report and produce construction plans, specifications and cost estimate for the Gateway Improvements Project. The Council also agreed to authorize a work order modification with Placeworks to prepare a preliminary environmental analysis report. The project will return to the Council December 19 with an update on whether the California Department of Transportation has accepted the permit to allow the City to stay on schedule. 


Library Air Conditioning/Heating Controls Project: A pre-construction meeting was held at the Coronado Library to allow interested contractors on the air conditioning/heating controls project to do a walk-through and ask questions. The project will install new controls and a software system to better regulate the temperature throughout the Library. The existing controls are old and difficult to maintain; the new system will be part of the citywide system that can be monitored and controlled remotely.

Spreckels Park Playground Closure: The Spreckels Park playground will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16-17, due to tree trimming. Signs will be posted on two plastic barricades at the playground notifying residents on Monday, November 13, advising them to use the playground at Mathewson Park. A notification letter was sent to officials at Sacred Heart School.   


Cedar Removal/Replanting: The week of November 13, the City’s tree maintenance contractor will be removing and replanting four Deodar Cedar trees along Orange Avenue due to poor health. New locally raised cedars will replace them. The trees are in the 100, 400 and 700 blocks of Orange Avenue.


Pet of the Week: Linda, a 5-year-old Tortoiseshell/Torbie blend, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Linda is sweet and loving cat who greets everyone who visits with a gentle nuzzle. She is looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Linda, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Animal Care Facility on behalf of the City, at (619) 522-7371.


Dogs at City Parks: The City has been notified of an increase in the number of dog owners at Vetter Park with their dogs unleashed. Dogs are permitted at Vetter Park but they must be on a leash. Some residents have complained that groups are showing up at the park at prearranged meetings and allowing their dogs to run around without a leash. This activity violates the City’s Municipal Code. Dog leash laws are enforced in Coronado, mostly due to complaints. Owners may be cited. The City has areas where dogs are allowed off leash, including at Dog Beach and a designated area at Coronado Cays Park. Dogs are allowed on a leash only at Bayview Park, Centennial Park, the paved areas of Tidelands Park, Harborview Park and at Vetter Park.

Caltrans Bridge Open House:  The California Department of Transportation plans to hold a community meeting in Coronado on Tuesday, November 14, to discuss suicide prevention measures on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The meeting is set from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Community Center’s Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way. Caltrans, which manages and maintains the bridge, held two meetings in August in Coronado to provide the community with the agency’s current feasibility plan, deterrents used on other bridges, and to take public comment on the deterrents presented.


Spreckels Center:  The Spreckels Center has many upcoming programs and events coming up. For more information or to reserve a space, call (619) 522-7343. You can also visit us online or stop by for a tour Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

  • The Spreckels Center offers free informative and engaging Educational Programs to the 50-plus community on Wednesdays during the month of November, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. The lectures include: "Caregiving Through the Holidays" on November 15, and “Human Gene Editing: The Ethical Debate in Social Context” on November 29.
  • The Spreckels Center presents holiday programming and day trips for the winter session. A Fall Harvest Social will be held on Friday, November 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pumpkin or apple pie while enjoying friendly company. Cost is $5 resident/$7 nonresident. If you are ready for Christmas, sign-up for the Cider Celebration and Tree Decorating event on Tuesday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 resident/$4 nonresident.
  • Day trips with the Spreckels Center is a refreshing way to see San Diego. The Trails and Ales group will be hiking the Double Peak Challenge on Monday, November 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $45 resident/$55 nonresident. A trip to the San Diego Botanic Gardens is set for Monday, December 18, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $65 resident/$75 nonresident. Our featured day trip for the winter season is to Orfila Winery in the San Pasqual Valley on Wednesday, January 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes a private tasting, behind the scenes tour and a gourmet lunch. Cost is $130 resident/$155 nonresident.


Coronado Boathouse: The next Full Moon Group Paddle is on December 3. Check-in is at 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.     


Holiday Pool HoursPlease make note of the change in Thanksgiving hours and regular winter hours:

  • November 22 Adult Lap Swim: 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Family Swim: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 23 Closed for Thanksgiving
  • November 24 Adult Lap Swim: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Family Swim: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Recreation Programs: Session A of Fall Programs ended this week. Session B begins on November 27. There are still spaces available. Contact Recreation Services to register. 

  • DIY Divas: The DIY Divas wrapped up their class by hosting a party that featured all of the crafts they had made throughout the session.


  • Youth Basketball League staff held a basketball skills assessment in order to create teams for the basketball league. Games begin the week of November 27th and games begin on Saturday, December 2.



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.

  • 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


Recent Appointments:  At its November 7 meeting, the City Council made the following appointments:

  • Reappointed John Duncan and David Sweeney to the Bicycle Advisory Committee;
  • Nominated Patricia Cowett to be reappointed to the Port of San Diego Arts & Culture Advisory Committee;
  • Appointed Russell Boelhauf to the Bicycle Advisory Committee; and
  • Appointed Kevin Crikelair and Jane Simeral to the Street Tree Committee.


Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, November 8, the Design Review Commission approved an exterior remodel for the Panera Bread restaurant at 980 Orange Ave. and approved the exterior design for a new two-unit residential condominium at 751 Orange Ave.

Panera Bread at 980 Orange Ave.

Two-unit condo at 751 Orange Ave.



Author Visit:  Author Dan Moore talked about his new book, “Promise Lost: Stephen Joyner, the Marine Corps, and the Vietnam War.”  The program was held Tuesday night, November 7, in the Winn Room.

Friends of the Library:  The Friends Board met Monday afternoon, November 6, to discuss and act on a variety of business.  They are holding their annual Holiday Book Sale on Saturday, November 18, in the Winn Room, and the annual Night at the Library “Book Alive” event will be held on Friday, February 2.

Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, November 7, where children made “Sun-catcher Turkeys.” The Teen Tech Team helped patrons with their electronic devices on Monday, November 6, and the Teen Book Club met on Tuesday. The Teen event on Wednesday, November 8, was “Games & Grub.”



New Flags and Banners:  The Streets Division installed new flags along Orange Avenue, and Avenue of Heroes banners along Third and Fourth streets. They have been checking the holiday lights and electrical outlets in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.

flags banners

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Turkey Coloring Contest
Posted on 11/09/2017
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