Weekly Update January 19, 2018

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Weekly Update January 19, 2018


Weekly Update January 19, 2018

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Driving Range Tee RenovationThe Coronado Golf Course is one of the busiest in the area, which means that the greens must stand up to intense vehicle and foot traffic. Golf Services recently completed a renovation to the driving range tee, the most trafficked part of the Golf Course. Most golfers use the tee to warm up, practice or take lessons from the professional staff. Over the years, the soil structure has broken down from the traffic, making it very difficult to maintain healthy turf. A machine called a Blecavator was used to till the soil six inches deep and materials were added to the soil to improve its appearance and wear. The area was then graded and rolled for smoothness. Movable fencing was installed to enable staff to change entry points weekly and scatter wear patterns. A stand of over-seeded hybrid Bermuda grass also was sodded onto the surface. Bermuda is the most wear tolerant turf species available for golf course use.

Driving Range Work

Boat Wash Repair, Storm Water Improvements: Work to complete repairs at the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp will begin next week. The boat wash-off area will be closed from Monday, January 22, through February 2 to make necessary storm water and concrete curb improvements. Please note that the boat launch ramp and parking lot will remain open during these improvements. The project will remove the concrete curb adjacent to Strand Way with a new ramp to lessen the grade change between the boat wash and street. Work crews also will make storm water improvements to prevent rainwater from entering the sewer system.

Boat Wash Area 

Business License Update: To streamline the business certificate, business occupation and home occupation processes, the City Council agreed this week to suspend the business license tax and replace it with a new regulatory mechanism called the business certificate registration system. The ordinance will become effective January 1, 2019. The business license tax requires those conducting business or owning a business in Coronado to obtain a business license and pay a business license tax, among other fees. The business certificate will cost $25 annually, which will allow the City to recoup the actual and reasonable costs of the program. The fee shall be adjusted for inflation.

Undergrounding Plan Update: The City Council authorized a contract with a consultant to develop a citywide utility undergrounding master plan. Coronado, like many older communities, has an abundance of overhead utility lines including electrical power, cable television, and telephone service. Undergrounding eliminates the skyline cluster, improves the aesthetics of neighborhoods, as well as the safety and reliability of utility services; and increases property values. Moving forward with a citywide effort is ambitious and should be a carefully developed plan. A Utility Undergrounding Master Plan would serve as a planning tool for decision makers to support the community’s vision of a city without overhead utilities and associated poles and equipment. There is a strong community desire to accelerate the undergrounding of all the existing overhead utilities. The master plan could be completed within six months of work beginning on the project.

Underground Image

Accessory Dwelling Units: In the City’s ongoing efforts to implement recent changes to state law, which facilitate the development of accessory dwelling units, the City Council held a public hearing this week to introduce an ordinance to address transient rental limitations. The Council agreed to limit the rental of accessory dwelling units to a minimum of six months. A second reading and adoption is set for February 6. 


Active Transportation Plan Update:  A community town hall style workshop was held on Thursday, January 18, to review proposed projects and programs and to receive input from the community for the Active Transportation Plan. The meeting was held in the Library’s Winn Room, with approximately 28 residents in attendance. Thirteen verbal comments and eight letters and three written comments were received. City staff and project consultants are currently reviewing comments and will be making updates to the proposed transportation improvements as needed. Comments are still being accepted. Please contact Allie Scrivener at [email protected] or (619) 522-2423 if you would like to make a comment or have any questions. If you missed the workshop or would like to provide additional feedback, please take a moment to fill out the online questionnaire here.

Active Transportation Meeting 
Active Transportation Flier


For Curious Minds -- How would the Navy notify Coronado of a radiological event? From time to time, curious citizens wonder how the Navy would notify Coronado of a nuclear event. Is there a plan in place? Are there protocols for when and how? The answer to these questions is yes. The Navy has developed an extensive protocol for communicating with the City if there is ever an occurrence that might cause public concern due to an unlikely radiological event. This protocol was recently reinforced via letters and office calls within the past month. In brief, notifications related to radiological events are the responsibility of Submarine Squadron 11.  Based upon the incident, either the City of Coronado or the City of San Diego will be contacted first, then the other city, the County of San Diego third, and the State of California fourth. The Navy has been supplied with work hour phone numbers and off-duty phone numbers for key staff members. These phone numbers and calls are drilled on a regular basis. Coronado has an “All-hazards” Emergency Response Plan that serves as a guideline to direct the City’s response to a wide variety of emergency scenarios. Depending upon the type of incident, Coronado will respond in accordance with its Emergency Management Plan.   


UPDATE: Due to the government shut down, the Navy Public Meeting has been canceled. No new date has been announced.

Navy Public Meeting
: The Navy is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, January 23, to discuss the impacts associated with the transition from the C-2A Greyhound aircraft to the new Navy V-22 Osprey aircraft at Naval Air Station North Island. The Navy will provide information on an Environmental Assessment which analyzes the environmental impacts. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Center’s Nautilus Room. The City appreciates that the Navy is holding this meeting and providing the community an important and possibly the only opportunity to directly ask Navy representatives questions and speak publicly on the matter.


Silver Strand State Beach Reopens: The County of San Diego lifted a water contact closure it had extended to include Silver Strand State Beach on January 13 after tests confirmed the water was safe for swimming. Sewage-contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River moved north with ocean currents following last weekend’s rain. A general rain advisory is usually issued for local coastal waters due to contamination by urban runoff following rain. The City encourages residents, especially during and after rain events, to check the County’s Beach and Bay Water Quality Program page for the latest information. Last year, Coronado created a Water Quality Monitoring page on the City’s website as an informational page and to publish the results of the water quality tests the City performs. The web page is updated within 48 hours after receiving test results. The page does not contain updates from other agencies, for example, the County of San Diego. The City provides a prominent link to the County’s water quality page.

Water Quality page 


Council Proclamations: The City Council made two proclamations this week, one for the Coronado High School Varsity Boys Water Polo Team for its first CIF-Open Division Championship this year and one for Rachel Hurst, who recently retired, for her service as Coronado’s director of Community Development. The City proclaimed January 16, 2018, as Coronado High School Varsity Boys Water Polo Team Day as well as Rachel Hurst Day.


Coronado TV Live Stream: Coronado TV on Spectrum Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99 has been offline for several weeks due to technical difficulties. A plan is being developed for the repair work. The City reminds residents interested in watching the channel for City Council or any other live meeting or rebroadcast or for general viewing that Coronado TV is broadcast live online. To see live meetings and other programming, click here to see the live stream. The City thanks the community for its patience.


Sunset Park Improvements: Construction fencing and staging for improvements to Sunset Park will begin Tuesday, January 23, about a week earlier than expected. The project will remove and replace the sod across the entire park, remove and replace the aging irrigation system, and install a sidewalk on Ocean Drive. The park will be closed until all construction is complete and the new sod has had an opportunity to take root. It is estimated the park will remain closed through April. City crews will be in the park in advance of the fence installation to remove old bark and roots that have damaged the playground area. This should take no more than two days. The final day for public use will be Friday, January 19.

Sunset Park Work 


Call to Artists: The City of Coronado and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invite local Coronado artists to submit images of original artwork for the second annual “Celebrating Local Artists” banners series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in Coronado April through June this year. The Commission is seeking submissions from a broad range of media, styles and genres of local artists. For more information on the Orange Avenue Corridor Banner Program, contact the City of Coronado Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633. To apply, download the application on CoronadoARTS.com under Opportunities or pick up a hardcopy at City Hall at 1825 Strand Way.

Call to Artists


Pet of the Week: Regina, a loving 5-year-old orange and white cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Regina loves people and even the resident PAWS of Coronado dogs. She is vocal, intelligent and social. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Regina, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7173.


Navy Training Alert:  The Navy will conduct dive operations training near Glorietta Bay from January 30 to February 21.



Osher Institute Streaming Lectures:  UC San Diego's Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning free streaming lecture series will be held at the John D Spreckels Center & Bowling Green the first Thursday of the month, beginning February 1 and ending May 3. The first lecture is set for February 1 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. “Musical History of Latin America: Brazil: Professor Walter A. Clark” by Walter Aaron Clark. The lecture discusses the impacts the Afro-Brazilian presence has had on Brazil’s music and dance. Clark is a Distinguished Professor of Musicology at UC Riverside, where he is founder/director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Check the flier below for all the programs in the series. To register, visit the Spreckels Center, call (619) 522-7343 or register online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

Osher Programs


Planned Gym Closure: The gymnasium at the Coronado Community Center will be closed for planned maintenance and repair work from February 5-11. The Community Center will remain open. The City thanks the community for its patience.

Gym Closure



Spreckels CenterSpreckels Center day trips are a great way to see San Diego.  The Trails and Ales group will be venturing to Mission Trails and exploring on January 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to reserve a space, call (619) 522-7343.  On January 31, learn about Alzheimer’s Disease.  Memory Loss 101 is a comprehensive overview for anyone who would like to learn about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias. San Diego Alzheimer’s Association will provide information about risk factors, signs and symptoms, and how to get a diagnosis will be presented at 10 a.m.

Spreckels Center Programs 




Commission Vacancies:  The City has one vacancy on the Transportation Commission. See flier below for the details.



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, January 17, the Historic Resource Commission approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 740 J Ave., and received the results of the annual Mills Act Application prioritization for the applications received in 2017.




Library Programs: “Poetry for the People,” a six-part program on Pulitzer Prize-winning poets, began on Wednesday, January 17, in the Winn Room. A Digital Media Lab workshop also was held on Wednesday focusing on converting cassettes to CDs. A Library App Workshop was held on Thursday, January 18. On Saturday, January 20, at 2 p.m., the Spoilers Book Club will meet to discuss “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron, and to watch the movie based on his book.


Youth Programs:  A “Kids Movie” screening of “March of the Penguins” was shown on Tuesday, January 16.  On Wednesday, January 17, the Teen Movie was “Maze Runners: The Scorch Trials.”



Water Diverter Stations: Wastewater/Storm Water crews conducted four confined-space entries this week, completing various repairs to four storm water diverter stations. Designed to capture and redirect dry-weather nuisance flow to the sanitary sewer system instead of to the ocean and bay outfalls, these stations are strategically located mainly along First Street, Ocean Boulevard and Glorietta Boulevard. Ensuring compliance with storm water permit requirements, all stations are inspected twice monthly, cleaned no less than once monthly and maintained in a manner that prevents non-storm discharges to water ways.

Water Diverter Stations 


Portable Restroom Trailer UpdateThe portable restroom trailer at the end of Avenida de la Sol malfunctioned last week and Public Services staff worked on a problematic motor. Mechanics removed the motor and rebuilt it in-house. It was installed and resolved the issue. The portable restroom was reopened to the public this week.

Portable Restroom

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Driving Range Work
Posted on 01/19/2018
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