Weekly Update February 9, 2018

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Weekly Update February 9, 2018

Weekly Update February 9, 2018


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92118 DayThe City Council received a request in October from Coronado resident Steve Johnson to hold a Major Special Event on September 21, 2018, to celebrate Coronado. The date was chosen because it matches the City’s zip code -- 92118. The Council approved the date of the event and asked Johnson to return with a budget and proposal at a future Council meeting. Event organizers have been working to develop a proposal for a community event to honor the City and community that will take place around Central Beach and on nearby streets involving food vendors, live music, a beer garden, and beach activities such as volleyball and sandcastle building. Johnson said organizers have contacted residents in the vicinity to gauge support and hear concerns. The Council will review the proposal at a future meeting. Those interested in finding out more about the event, its organizers and a tentative schedule can visit www.92118day.com.


Community Development Director Recruitment:  The deadline to apply for the position of Director of Community Development was last Friday, February 2.  A total of 75 applications were received, 28 met the minimum qualifications.  Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be screened, and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to interview before several panels.  It is expected that the review, interview, and background check process will take 45 to 60 days.  The Community Development Department is one of the City’s smallest departments, but is responsible for important functions such as building inspections, implementation planning, long range planning, and historic resources along with other topics.  

Coronado Wins Award for the John D. Spreckels Center:  The California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) is honoring the City of Coronado with its 2017 Facility Design Award for the John D. Spreckels Center.  CPRS annually recognizes communities for excellence in community centers and facilities.  Some examples are performing arts centers, gymnasiums, libraries, and senior centers.  Last year’s honorees were the cities of Anaheim, Fresno, and Huntington Beach.  The criteria for recognition include challenges, resourcefulness, execution, and accomplishment.   The award will be presented in Long Beach on March 16.

Grand Caribe Island Sidewalk Repairs:  The San Diego Unified Port District is working to make sidewalk repairs on Grand Caribe Island after it was discovered that the concrete adjacent to the park area is separating from the curb due to shifting soils. Port engineers are looking to hire a geotechnical consultant to determine the cause of the soils movement. Knowing the cause will determine the appropriate repairs. A geotechnical report from boring tests will take about six weeks and a work plan will be developed. The earliest date for the completion of the work is late summer.

Grand Caribe Sidewalks

Active Transportation Plan Public Workshop #3:  The third and final public workshop for the Active Transportation Plan was held on Wednesday, February 7, at the Winn Room, to provide information about proposed projects and programs and to receive input from the community prior to finalization of the draft Plan. Materials presented at the workshop will be uploaded to the City’s Active Transportation Plan webpage. Please contact Allie Scrivener at ascrivener@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2423 for more information.

ATP Meeting 

Navy Water Main Break Update: The Navy hired a contractor to perform an emergency repair and replacement of 500 feet of pipe in the 100 block of B Avenue following a water main break that caused flooding and a mid-block sinkhole. The Navy and its contractor repaired the 80-year-old water main and repaved the entire roadway between First and Second Streets. The existing cast iron pipe that failed was replaced with a highly durable plastic material was successfully installed and pressure tested to ensure no leaks. The area will be cleaned of mud, paved on Wednesday, February 7, and reopened Thursday, February 8. The roadway will be closed in about one week for striping.

 Navy Water Break


Sunset Park Improvements: The contractor removed turf this week throughout the park, started grading operations, and began construction of the new pedestrian ramp and sidewalk along Ocean Drive. Pedestrians are urged to use caution when walking near the construction site and strongly encouraged to use the sidewalks across the street from the park rather than walk along the construction fencing. Sunset Park will be closed for public use during construction and a short time thereafter for the new sod to take root, but is expected to reopen by the end of April.


Vietnam War Proclamation
  At its meeting earlier this week, the City Council presented a proclamation to honor Vietnam veterans and their families. The Council proclaimed February 6 through November 11, 2025, as the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The commemoration takes place over a long period of time, as expressed in a presidential proclamation on May 25, 2012, to thank all those who served and sacrificed during that long period of time. On hand were Sue Gillingham, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce; local Vietnam War veteran Greg McPartlin; Robin MacCartee, Executive Director of the Coronado Historical Association; and Captain Scott T. Mulvehill, commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado Community organizations such as the Chamber and Coronado Historical Association plan special Vietnam War events and exhibits.


Call to Artists: The deadline to submit images of original artwork for the second annual “Celebrating Local Artists” banner series is Thursday, February 15. The City of Coronado and its Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invite local Coronado artists to enter art for the banners, which will be displayed on Orange Avenue in Coronado from April through June. 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 kpurvis@coronado.ca.us 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.

Artist Call 

Community Read Kick-off
: The 2018 Coronado Community Read selection is “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. The Community READ program, which launches February 22, includes six weeks of lectures, activities, films and book discussions focusing on the shared reading. Most of the events are free and open to the public. The first event is “Press Rewind: A 1980’s concert featuring Betamaxx.” Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the Coronado Library Circulation Desk. For more information call Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633. Other Community Read activities include a series of film screenings, and lectures on virtual reality, the genre of science fiction, and the future of robotics. There is a Teen Sci-Fi writing contest, a community-wide scavenger hunt and a “Ready Player One” edition of PopQuiz! Trivia Night hosted by former Mayor Casey Tanaka. The book was an international best seller and is major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg debuting March 29. Be sure to pick up the Community Read brochure at the Library or online at CoronadoARTS.com.

Community Read 

Community Read 1 


Upcoming Event - Valentine’s Day 10K:  The eighth annual Coronado Valentine's Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Sunday, February 11. The race begins and ends at Tidelands Park. Approximately 2,000 runners will take the Bayshore Bikeway under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to Glorietta Boulevard. The event will take up the northbound half of Glorietta, allowing only for southbound vehicle traffic. Runners pass the Coronado Yacht Club using both Strand Way and the Bayshore Bikeway. Participants then head to Glorietta Bay Park, where they turn around and return to Tidelands Park. A section of Pomona Avenue near Silver Strand Boulevard will be closed at 7 a.m. Area residents and businesses will be notified. The Yacht Club, Bluewater Boathouse, Seaforth Marina and the Coronado Tennis Center and Golf Course will be affected and therefore notified before the event. The roadways should be reopened shortly after 9 a.m.

 Valentine 10k

Police Building Addition
:  A contractor on a project to add an IT room at the Police Department building has begun to install the walls and started mechanical, electrical, and fire sprinkler work. IT equipment is currently housed in an unsecured area, which has led to concerns over security and possible damage to the equipment. The new room will be larger and dedicated strictly to IT equipment. Work is anticipated to be completed in two weeks.


Pet of the Week:  Angelica, a 9-year-old Chihuahua mix who came in with a fractured jaw, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Angelica is still looking for a new home. She came to PAWS of Coronado needing surgery but she has healed up quickly. Her crooked smile is endearing. She is affectionate and is house- and leash-trained. Her adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Angelica, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

 Angelica PAWS


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


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a firework display on Monday, February 19, at 6 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.


San Diego Waterfront Park Event:  The County of San Diego has notified the City of the twice-a-year music festival at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 3-4; from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 16,500 people. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (858) 337-8001 or christian@CRSSDfest.com.



Spreckels Center Events:  There are many classes and events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, 1019 Seventh St. For more information or to register, call (619) 522-7343, drop by the Center, or visit our website at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

  • A Valentine Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13. Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $12 per resident or $15 for non-residents.
  • Themed Bunco Party: Love is in The Air.Wear your most festive holiday attire for each themed event, which will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on February 15. Bring a pre-packed, sealed food item or drink to share. Cost: $5 per event.
  • Learn all about the free services offered through Elderhelp, a local non-profit organization that supports seniors and their independence. This is a free and informative presentation. Date: February 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • On Monday, February 26, the Spreckels Center Day Trip Trails & Ales is headed to explore Harper Creek Falls, located in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.Transportation, staffing, parking, and admission included; the cost of lunch/beverage is your own. Cost: $45 for residents and $55 for non-residents.
  • UC San Diego's Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning free streaming lecture series will be held at the John D. Spreckels Center the first Thursday of the month, ending on May 3. The events are free but pre-registration is required. 



Commission Vacancies and Appointments:  The City has vacancies on the Transportation Commission. See flier below for the details.  At its February 6 meeting, the City Council reappointed Timothy Chelling to the Transportation Commission.



Library Programs: “Poetry for the People” continued with its third session on Wednesday, February 7, and on Thursday, February 8, “Talk and Tasting: Chocolate and Why We Love It So” was presented in the Winn Room. Today, February 9, at 2 p.m., Juanita and Luis Gallardo will present a program of Flamenco music and dance.  On Saturday, February 10, you can learn how to “Watercolor Your Own Valentine Cards” at 10 a.m.  Registration is required.


Youth Programs:  A Mitten Craft for children was held Tuesday, February 6. The Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, and its book for March is the Coronado Community Read, “Ready Player One.”  “Games and Grub” was held for Teens on Wednesday, February 7.

Kids Craft all


Books Alive: The Library held its “Night at the Library” event on Friday, February 2, to raise money for programs and activities at the Library. The work of local artists was featured and there was food, drinks and a silent auction. Many of the art pieces themed with literature will be on display at the library through February.



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

  • The Streets Division replaced all the no-parking signs and repainted all the pavement markings at the Bird Observation lot on the Strand. The parking stall for the disabled was repainted behind the Police Department, and a new street light was installed at Coronado Rotary Plaza. A large portion of sidewalk was replaced at 716 Seventh St. due to heavy root damage. Public Srvcs


  • The Fleet Division performed repairs to the front steering and air brake systems on the Fire Department’s tiller ladder truck. Due to the stress caused by its sheer size and mass during its routine daily use, the tiller ladder truck requires specialized care. Two Fleet crew members who work on the City’s fire apparatus and ambulances attend annual training for a week in Sacramento every year just to meet the qualifications standard set by the state to work on this equipment. Staff is waiting on the delivery of parts from the manufacturer to finish the repairs. If all goes as planned, the truck should be back in service this weekend.


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Posted on 02/09/2018
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