Weekly Update November 17, 2017

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Weekly Update November 17, 2017

Weekly Update November 17, 2017

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Coronado Island Film Festival: The second annual Coronado Island Film Festival did not disappoint. The Veterans Day weekend festival featured more than 120 films from 24 countries and included parties, panels and premieres that were standing room only. The event used several city facilities for the festival, including the Nautilus Room at the Community Center, the Winn Room at the Library and the new John D. Spreckels Center. Old Town Trolley was used to shuttle attendees around town. The festival opening film on Thursday, November 9, at the Village Theater was the premier of “Darkest Hour” starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Lisa Bruce, who grew up in Coronado and was nominated for an Academy Award for the “The Theory of Everything,” produced the film. Honorary host and president of the film jury Leonard Maltin welcomed celebrities and locals to festival events, including a performance of “Gene Kelly: The Legacy,” by the star’s widow Patricia Ward Kelly and an intimate serenade by Grammy-award winner Stephen Bishop. Eighty percent of the festival’s audience comes from Coronado, and more than 200 volunteers, many residents, helped run the event. The consistent feedback received all weekend was that events were uniquely gracious, friendly and convenient. For more information visit www.coronadoislandfilmfestival.com





Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule 2017: The City of Coronado will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23, and on Friday, November 24. Some municipal facilities, however, will remain open. Additionally, the Library will close early on Wednesday, November 22, at 6 p.m. and the Aquatics Center at 4 p.m. Streets will not be swept. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection and as a result there will be a one-day residential delay in service.  Here is the holiday schedule:

thanksgiving schedule

Turkey Trot ImpactsThe annual 5K Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, at Tidelands Park. Residents can expect traffic and parking impacts in and around Tidelands Park. The event will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. The route includes the area between Centennial Park and just south of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge along the Bayshore Bikeway. Here’s the route map:



Avenue of Heroes Ceremony: Twice a year, the Avenue of Heroes banners along Third and Fourth Streets are changed to display new honorees. The military service recognition program is paid for by the City and is a collaborative effort with Coronado VFW Post 2422, Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association and Coronado Historical Association. The sixth round of new banners were recently hung and, at a ceremony held on Saturday, November 4 at Coronado High School, 17 new honorees were recognized. A biography of each honoree was read and the honorees or their families were presented with a framed picture of their banner. The Hometown Hero Banners remain in place for six months, changing out the week before Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year. Here is a link to the City of Coronado Avenue of Heroes Program web page and application form if you would like to nominate a Hometown Hero for a banner. As the City fully funds this program, there is no cost to apply.   

Avenue of Heroes

27th Annual Teddy Bear Drive: City of Coronado Police Department is partnering with the Coronado Chamber of Commerce on the 27th annual San Diego Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive. This is now a countywide effort but it began in Coronado in 1990. New stuffed animals are being collected for delivery on December 5 to Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. Collection bins can be found in City facilities, and with the help of the Chamber, in local businesses as well. The effort was founded in 1990 by now-retired Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy who wanted to do something for kids at Rady Children’s over the holidays. It has grown to include more than just stuffed animals. In September, organizers realized an idea to transport kids from pre-op to surgery in fun, electric vehicles instead of gurneys, and last year, gaming carts equipped with electronic gaming consoles were added. Other efforts include Night-Night carts with lip balm, ear plugs, coffee and tea for the families, some books to read and coloring books for the kids, and bereavement memory boxes and weighted bears, similar in weight to that of a child, to assist in the grieving process. For more information about the San Diego Regional Teddy Bear Drive, please contact Chief Jon Froomin at (619) 522-7355 or jfroomin@coronado.ca.us

Teddy Bear Drive Teddy Bear Drive2

Active Transportation Master Plan Meeting:  The City of Coronado held a Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 14, for its continued efforts to help develop an Active Transportation Master Plan. The committee is nearing the end of its work and is creating an online questionnaire and materials for public review. A third public workshop is planned for January of 2018. A date will be announced. Contact the City’s Active Transportation Planner Allie Scrivener at ascrivener@coronado.ca.us to participate. Click here for updates on the process, which are available on the City’s Public Services and Engineering web page.

Active Transportation

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Caltrans Bridge Meeting: The California Department of Transportation, the agency in charge of managing and maintaining the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, held one of two open house meetings in Coronado this week to provide an update on the feasibility study on potential suicide deterrents on the bridge and to take public comment. Coronado’s meeting was held Tuesday, November 15, at the Community Center. The second meeting was held the next evening in Barrio Logan. Caltrans officials had representatives available to discuss deterrents used on other bridges and to hear concerns. Caltrans is seeking input from a variety of citizens on both sides of the bridge, including the City of San Diego, San Diego Fire and U.S. Coast Guard. 



Wounded Warriors:  The City of Coronado and the Hotel del Coronado co-hosted an event organized on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, by a group of retired naval officers called the Navy Old Goats for wounded service members. The event provided an opportunity for five service members who are being treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego and their families to visit and enjoy the City. The reception also allows the community to show its appreciation for their sacrifices. Iraq War triple amputee Bryan Anderson (pictured below) spoke and was presented a key to the City of Coronado. This year’s reception was held at Maretalia Restaurant. Prior to the event, the City welcomed some of the service members for tours of the Police and Fire departments.

Wounded Warrior

Palm Pruning:  The City’s contract arborist will start trimming palm trees within the Orange Avenue medians on Saturday, November 18. Crews will work on both sides of Orange beginning at R.H. Dana Place and heading north to First Street, closing the lane closest to the median as they go. They will then head southbound from First to R.H. Dana. They will begin at about 7 a.m. and finish up at about 3 p.m.

Street Preventive Maintenance:  Slurry coating operations for the Street Preventive Maintenance project were completed on Wednesday, November 8.  The project will continue with installation of raised pavement markers and traffic striping between November 15-21 and the project and should be completed before the Thanksgiving holiday.



Cays Sewer Main Cleaning:  The contractor began night work for second phase of the Cays Sewer Main Cleaning project this past week and was scheduled to finish the night work on Thursday, November 16. Unfortunately, a delay in getting pipe repair parts will push back work to November 27-30. The contractor will excavate the Cays sewer main in Strand Way just south of the entrance to the Naval Amphibious Base at Guadalcanal Road. The initial work will occur during the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. but subsequent road repair, including trench back-fill and resurfacing, will be performed during regular working hours.  


Pet of the Week:  Camella, a two-year-old Treeing Tennessee Brindle mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray and is fun, energetic and affectionate. She is looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Camella, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371. 


Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday events season with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza on Friday, December 1, in conjunction with the annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Open House. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Coronado’s annual Snow Mountain at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street, where Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m. Snow Mountain activities are provided free of charge thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program. The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m., the parade begins at 6 p.m. and the Tree Lighting and Community Concert begin at 7 p.m. People of all ages are expected to attend this yearly event. The holiday lights will remain on through December at the plaza at Orange and Isabella avenues near Tenth Street. The event is free and open to the public. 



Ride the LightsThe annual Ride the Lights event is set for Sunday, December 10. Residents are invited to decorate their bikes and meet in Spreckels Park at about 4:45 p.m. Participants will take a ride on a prescribed route and take in the holiday decorations, holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies. This event, hosted by the Bicycle Advisory Committee, was made possible in part by the City of Coronado.

Ride the Lights 2016

Parking Meter HolidaysThe City would like residents to enjoy the “Parking Meter Holiday” in all commercial zones from Monday, December 4, through Monday, December 25. The free parking, 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.

Holiday Events for ChildrenLetters to Santa will be accepted from December 1-14. Children can bring letters to Santa Claus to the Coronado Community Center and deposit them in the “North Pole Express Mailbox.” All letters deposited through December 14 will receive a response from Santa before Christmas. Be sure to address the envelopes to Santa Claus, North Pole Express Mail. Don’t forget to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The popular Breakfast with Santa event is set for Saturday, December 9. There is one seating at 8 a.m. Get your tickets soon. A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and fruit will be served in the Coronado Community Center Banquet Room. Tickets are $11 for adults 16 and older and $9 for children under 16. Christmas and New Year Holiday Camps will be held when school lets out, December 18-22 and December 27-29. Cost is $40 per child, $50 for nonresidents. Extreme Dodgeball Mini Camp will be held December 18-22 and December 27-29. The cost for the five-day camp is $175. The three-day camp is $130. Call (619) 522-7342 to sign up. See fliers below for details.




Coronado Boathouse: The next Full Moon Group Paddle is on December 3. 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.  


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

Coronado Youth Soccer League Tournament: Below is a schedule of upcoming Coronado Youth Soccer League tournaments that will be played at the Coronado Cays soccer fields. Due to the fields receiving a high volume of player and spectator traffic, signs will be placed along Coronado Cays Boulevard to reserve five parking spaces for people who are using the dog run. Coronado Youth Soccer League will send an email prior to each tournament reminding soccer patrons that the spots are for dog run users. They also will have a staff person present to inform the soccer patrons of the dog run parking spaces. Please direct any questions or concerns to Elizabeth McMahon, recreation coordinator, at EMcMahon@coronado.ca.us. Coronado Youth Soccer League Main Tournaments:

  • SDDA Showcase   Cays Fields Only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov.  18-19
  • Presidio Cup          Cays Fields Only, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 2-3
  • Holiday Cup          Cays Fields and Sunset Park, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Dec. 9-10

Spreckels CenterThe Spreckels Center has many upcoming events and programming 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. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. “Human Gene Editing: The Ethical Debate in Social Context” will be held on November 29. 
  • The Spreckels Center will present holiday programming and day trips for the winter session. A Fall Harvest Social will be held today from noon to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pumpkin or apple pie while enjoying friendly company. Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. Sign-up for the Cider Celebration and Tree Decorating event on Tuesday, December 5, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cost is $2 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.
  • Spreckels Center day trips are a great 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 for residents and $55 for nonresidents. 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 for residents and $75 for nonresidents. 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 for resident and $155 for nonresidents.   

            Fall Harvest 


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



Commission Vacancies:  The City has one vacancy on the Transportation Commission, one vacancy on the Discover Coronado Board, and one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.




Defibrillators Being Replaced:  An automatic external defibrillator, or AED, is a device used when a person goes into suspected cardiac arrest. It is placed on the chest and gives resuscitation instructions and instant analysis of the patient’s heart rhythm. They are easy to use with the help of images and verbal commands. The City has 35 AEDs in facilities all over town, as well as in Police and Lifeguard vehicles. Over the next three years, each unit will be replaced with the most current, state of the art defibrillator. The new devices are smaller but can now give instructions in English and Spanish and have a CPR feedback device that will advise if chest compressions are being performed effectively. Residents may see both units through the transition. Both operate in a very similar fashion. The old units will be repurposed through the manufacturer, Cardiac Science. If you would like to learn how to use an AED or properly perform CPR, classes are available through the Fire Department and can be scheduled by calling (619) 522-7374. 


Former Cable Studio Videos: The Library has acquired a collection of videocassettes, many of them in 3/4-inch format, formerly belonging to the old Televents and Time-Warner Cable Studio. The donation came through the intermediaries of Bill Putnam and Mark Blumenthal. Blumenthal discovered the videos were going to be destroyed. Putman had produced many of the videos containing local content such as: Fourth of July and Christmas parades; CSF Telethons; Stanley Siegal interviews; the Kim Tolles Show; Coronado Flower Shows; Navy SEAL demonstrations for the Fourth of July; short features on local business and civic entities; and others. The goal is to transform the videocassettes into accessible digital formats.

Library Board of Trustees:   The Library Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 14, chaired by Doug Siegfried. The Board approved the acceptance of a bequest by the Everett and Imogene Ross Trust. This approval will be forwarded to the City Council.

Library Programs: A PBS POV Film & Discussion was held Tuesday, November 14, featuring “The Island and the Whales.” On Wednesday, November 15, Phil Garn spoke and gave a visual presentation on his late grandfather, Alexander Golitzen, a multiple Oscar-winning art director for Universal Studios. Also on Wednesday, a Digital Media Lab workshop on “Converting VHS to DVD” was held. “Orchestral Music for the Movies” was presented on Thursday, November 16.  Musician Chris Burns featured the music of notable composers in this workshop on music created for the movies.

Youth Programs:  “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was screened in the Ruby Room on Tuesday, November 14.  The Teen Movie on Wednesday, November 15, was “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.”


Streets Division Work Updates: Streets Division continued to hang Christmas lights along Orange Avenue and has started to remove “Permit Parking” signs. New holiday banners will be going up and lights will be turned on after the Thanksgiving holiday.




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Posted on 11/17/2017
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