Weekly Update December 8, 2017

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Weekly Update December 8, 2017

Weekly Update December 8, 2017

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Ride the Lights The 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 4:30 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.



Street Preventive Maintenance:  The Street Preventive Maintenance project completion date was extended to mid-December. Slurry application on Coronado Cays Boulevard was impacted by a brief and unexpected rain event on November 7 that caused enough damage to require a re-coat on half of the roadway. The contractor re-coated Coronado Cays Boulevard on Monday, December 4. and striping will take place after a seven-day drying period suitable for paint application.


Cays Sewer Main Cleaning: The contractor on the Cays Sewer Main Cleaning project completed cleaning tasks Thursday, November 30, and has backfilled and leveled all access locations. The project is now substantially complete. This week, the contractor is demobilizing the laydown site and staff will conduct a field walk of the project sites to confirm they have been restored to the pre-project condition.

Dockless Bicycle Sharing: The Council declined to vote on a request by LimeBike to operate a dockless bicycle-sharing program in Coronado. Bicycle sharing is a business model that provides bikes that can be picked up and dropped off anywhere with the help of an app. Several other companies offering the same service also have asked to operate in Coronado. No applications will be considered at this time. 

Trash Bins: The City will soon have new trash bins in the Business District after the Council approved a new design that satisfied the City’s operational needs, the community’s aesthetic standards and business owners’ concerns. One model bin, from a list of 11 potential receptacles, was selected by the team and purchased for demonstration. The trial receptacles were placed at Orange Avenue and Tenth Street in August and community feedback was sought. The Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet support the new design, which they say is durable, easy to empty, covered and stylish. The City will buy 100 bins, 80 for waste and 20 for recyclables, to meet the needs of the area. The bins should be in place before summer.


Community GrantsThe City Council elected a two-member ad-hoc subcommittee to develop a draft comprehensive policy and implementation plan for Coronado’s Community Grant Program. The Council awarded nearly $1 million this fiscal year for community grants to 14 organizations. The current program has no formal procedures or guidelines. The subcommittee will return with its initial report at the first Council meeting in February.  


Basement Construction Rules: At its Tuesday, December 5, meeting, the City Council reviewed the existing regulations and requirements for basement construction in Coronado to determine if changes are warranted to address issues, such as zoning, building, and groundwater and dewatering. About a dozen buildings in recent years have added basements for parking and livable space. Construction has cause disruption and inconvenience to neighbors and is often prolonged due to excavation. New regulations would address these issues. The Council directed staff to identify recommendations to prohibit, restrict or mitigate basement construction in Coronado. Recommendations would be vetted by the Planning Commission and the community before coming back to the Council for consideration.


Sunset Park Improvements: The City Council on Tuesday, December 5, awarded a contract for a $538,766 capital project to make improvements to Sunset Park. The project was initiated in the 2016-17 Capital Improvement Plan to ensure that the park remains a safe, attractive and functional asset in the City’s parks system As part of the project, irrigation boxes will be relocated to the perimeter of the park to improve safety and the irrigation system. The park now has significantly high and lows spots and many blends of grasses. It will be regraded and re-sodded to improve the aesthetics and safety of the park. Finally, a sidewalk will be added along Ocean Drive so people can walk safely in the park instead of in the street. Look for work to begin early next year. The park is set to be closed from February 1 through March 30, and possibly later if the grass hasn’t taken root.



Accessory Dwelling Units: The City Council is working to adopt amendments to the Municipal Code as it continues to implement changes to state law to facilitate the development of accessory dwelling units. The Council on Tuesday, December 5, adopted a second ordinance dealing with in-law units, as they are also known, that requires: a recorded covenant to establish owner occupancy requirements; a covenant for transient rental limitations; and a fee, pursuant to the California Plumbing Code, to allow the connection of detached in-law units to the City’s sewer system. The Council will continue to review accessory dwelling units and will more than likely adopt a third ordinance to adapt the state law to local standards.  


Stop Controls at Ynez and B:  The City Council has agreed to designate a stop-controlled intersection at Ynez Place and B Avenue after a request from a Coronado resident. The request cited safety concerns about close calls observed by the resident at the currently uncontrolled intersection. The Traffic Operations Committee recommended the stop sign to the City Council. by installing a stop sign on Ynez Place, the minor street just before the existing crosswalk. No red curbs will be added because the criteria to require them are not met. The intersection is a T-intersection but not in the traditional 90-degree sense. The area sees heavy pedestrian use.


Village Theatre Terrazzo Work: A contractor working to split the former UPS store in the 800 block of Orange Avenue, near the Village Theatre, into two spaces is adding a new glass front door for one of two shops. The work, which has all necessary design and building permits, was on private property. There has been no damage to the public portion of the terrazzo. The contractor was asked to reduce the work area last week due to the busy holiday season. In January, the City hired a contractor to repair cracks to the terrazzo hardscape, which was installed when the Village Theatre was built in 1947. The terrazzo has been repaired multiple times due to its age. The City provided redevelopment funds that restored the movie theatre in 2011. A decision was made to restore instead of replacing the old terrazzo, which will continue to be impacted by age, weather and the soil underground.


Library Bequest:  The City Council accepted a bequest from Everett and Imogene Ross, whose family trust provided $622,297 to the Coronado Public Library. The Rosses were patrons and the bequest will supplement regular budgeted funds. The donors’ goals included support for childhood reading, as well as activities and acquisition of materials related to American history and the U.S. Constitution. The Library board accepted the bequest in November. Specific use of the funds will be determined through the ongoing budgeting process. The City and Library take pride in personal donations from residents and will do its best to honor the wishes of the trust.

Pet of the Week: Teo, a Colourpoint male cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Teo is social, smart and sweet. He is looking for a home where he can get lots of love and attention. Teo is a 1-year-old shorthair whose adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Teo, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the Animal Care Facility on behalf of the City, at (619) 522-7371.


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 is an annual gift from the City Council and provides visitors and residents with limited parking, up to two hours in most locations, to encourage local holiday shopping. Take care in reading the parking restrictions as time limits apply and will 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 has expired. The meters will not be covered this year. The solar panels on the meters need to be exposed.

Holiday Events for Children:  Letters 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 next 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.



Street Closure - Country Club Lane:   After receiving a request from the neighborhood, the City agreed to help close the 500 block of Country Club Lane on Sunday, December 10, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. During the Christmas holiday, residents have a decades-long tradition of putting up extensive holiday decorations for the community to enjoy and renaming their street Candy Cane Lane. To make it safer for those who attend the planned open house this Sunday, City staff will assist the neighborhood in temporarily closing the roadway to all vehicle traffic by posting a notification sign beginning today, December 8, at Sixth Street and Country Club Lane. However, the closure will not be staffed by City personnel. Last year, the City allowed the neighborhood to close the street for the first time during the open house.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: Holiday lights will be on display during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights on two consecutive Sundays, December 10 and 17. The Port of San Diego event features 80 vessels festively lit for the holiday season. The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. at Shelter Island. The route proceeds to Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero area, Seaport Village, Cesar Chavez Park and then turns south to the Ferry Landing on Coronado. The entire procession takes about two hours, typically ending around 7 p.m. Tidelands Park is a good spot in Coronado to view the parade. Visitors are requested to please respect private parking and property.

December Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Monday, December 25, and Monday, January 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, City facilities will be closed. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holidays. Public Services will be on call to respond to emergencies. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Here is that schedule:



Spreckels Center:  On Wednesday, December 13, the Spreckels Center will offer its FREE Educational Program UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Pre-Registration is required and seating is limited.  Other upcoming activities, programs and day trips include:

  • December 11: Join our resident chef Amy in cooking amazing dishes from around the world. She will teach you tips and techniques and a bit of cooking history along the way.Passport to Cooking will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and there is one spot left!
  • December 21:Wear your most fun holiday sweater to the Themed Bunco Party!This is a fun, fast-paced dice game and no experience or skill is required.Bring a pre-packaged, sealed food item to share with your fellow players.Program is held from 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Spreckels Center day trips are a great way to see San Diego. 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. The 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. 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.



Coronado Youth Soccer League Tournament: A Coronado Youth Soccer League tournament is scheduled for December 9 and 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will take place at most fields in Coronado, including Cays, Sunset Park, Greenfield, Coronado High and Middle schools, and Tidelands Park. During these events, the Cays fields receive a high volume of players/spectators which has made it hard for people to access the dog run. As such, parking signs will be placed along Coronado Cays Blvd. 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 informing soccer patrons that the spots are only for dog run users.  They will also 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.


Holiday EventsBelow are photos from some of Recreation’s recent holiday events.




Commission Vacancies and Appointments:  The City has one vacancy on the Transportation Commission and one vacancy on the Civil Service Commission.  Applications are due to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline day.  See flier below.  At its December 5 meeting, the City Council made the following appointments:

  • Reappointed Doug Metz, Sherril Altstadt, and Lei Udell to the Cultural Arts Commission
  • Reappointed Myra Durbin and Marsi Ann Steirer to the Civil Service Commission
  • Appointed Jori Fentiman to the Discover Coronado (formerly CTID) Board
  • Appointed Peter Jensen to the Planning Commission





Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, December 6, the Historic Resource Commission designated 548 Marina Ave. as a historic resource, in association with a nomination for historic designation. The Commission determined that 1132 Glorietta Blvd. is not a historic resource, in association with a Notice of Intent to Demolish review. Finally, the Commission recommended to City Council approval of a Historic Alteration Permit for 1127 F Ave.

HRC 2 homes


Youth Programs:  Junior Volunteers’ play “Cinderella” was performed twice on Thursday, December 7.  The production was Ellenjoy Weber’s last as director, having staged some 50 plays over the years. She retires this year. At the Kids Craft on Tuesday, December 5, kids made peppermint pretzels. The Teen Book Club also met on Tuesday, and at the Teen Create program on Wednesday, December 6, teens made candy cane wreaths. 



Library Programs:  A Holiday Piano Concert was presented Friday afternoon, featuring Naomi Okumura Hobbs and Yumika Oya, with percussionist Ephraim Reitman.  The Anime Club will meet Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room to screen and discuss“Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion.”


New Exhibit:  The new gallery exhibit features “The Art of N.C. Wyeth.” Wyeth illustrated magazines, books and advertisements in the first half of the 20th century. He was the father of painter Jamie Wyeth. The exhibit features posters and such book classics as “Robin Hood,” “The Boy’s King Arthur,” “Treasure Island,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” among many others.



Teddy Bear Drive: The Coronado Police Department, along with San Diego County law enforcement agencies, delivered Teddy Bears to Rady Children’s Hospital on Tuesday, December 5. Thank you to everyone who donated new stuffed animals to this drive, which helps comfort sick and injured children.

Teddy Bear Drive Santa 
Teddy Bear Drive


Shop with a Cop:  Shop with a Cop is a San Diego County regional event. More than 300 children from throughout the county, including from Coronado, are treated to breakfast and a show at Sea World and then shopping with a law enforcement official at Target, where they are given a $150 gift card. Police Department personnel assisted with traffic control and four officers each escorted a Coronado youth through the event. 

Shop With a Cop 



Pest Control:  A City contractor will conduct semi-annual pest-control spraying in sewer manholes in the Village area. Each year, either the Cays or the Village area receives treatment. A technician will open sewer lids and spray. Traffic may be temporarily impacted due to spraying, which will last fewer than 10 minutes per location.

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.


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