Weekly Update June 8, 2018

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Weekly Update June 8, 2018

Weekly Update June 8, 2018

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video for a quick look at what's going on in town. If you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Hazardous Materials Cleanup:  A garage fire at a Coronado home on Monday, June 4, resulted in a hazardous materials cleanup involving local and federal health officials after firefighters discovered mercury in the debris. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assumed clean-up efforts on Tuesday, June 5, at the City’s request. EPA officials found more than 50 pounds of mercury. One fluid ounce of mercury weighs about one pound. The garage fire started at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday in an alley behind the 400 block of Orange Avenue and was put out within about 10 minutes. After discovering the mercury, Fire officials first called county health officials, which sent Hazardous Materials crews to assess the situation. Fire Chief Jim Lydon said there is no reason for concern for neighbors. The mercury did not escape the site and the removal of the garage, including the concrete slab, if necessary, will remove any possible threat. Debris will be hauled to a certified hazardous waste materials site. The work is expected to wrap up early next week. It is unclear why that amount of mercury was being stored in the garage.

Fire EPA


Storefront Etiquette: Every year before summer gets fully underway, the City asks shop owners for help in maintaining basic “storefront etiquette” when trying to attract customers. The City often receives complaints about poorly displayed items and large items, such as tables and merchandise displays, blocking the sidewalk particularly during the typically crowded summer months. The City has joined with the Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet to help educate shop owners about providing safe and clear access to their businesses and the public sidewalk. See the flier below for details. However, in general, items such as signs, chairs and signs can be tastefully displayed to entice shoppers into stores and create a lively environment, but they may not intrude into the walking path of pedestrians. A good rule of thumb is to keep these items at no greater than five feet from your building. Please help the City keep the public sidewalks inviting, attractive and safe.

Storefront Etiquette 


Short Term Rental Compliance:  The City recently signed an agreement with a company, Host Compliance, to provide data on short term rental listings. This service will provide up to date information on short term rental listings on the internet. This will help the City enforce its short-term rental ordinance, which prohibits residential property owners from renting their properties for less than 26 days at a time.  Over the last several years, the City has taken several property owners to court for violating the City’s municipal code with short-term rentals. Previously, the city used the services of a temporary part-time employee to monitor the listings. The contractor will have better resources and the work will be more consistent. If you have a concern of short-term rental activity, email the City at rentalviolations@coronado.ca.us or call the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7335 and City staff will respond.



Bike Path Seal Pup Birth: A seal pup was born on the Bayshore Bikeway early on Wednesday, June 6. Coronado Police received a call at about 4:30 a.m. and responded. Officers stayed with mom and pup until they were relocated by SeaWorld San Diego. They were doing well.

Seal Pup 


Active Transportation Plan: After extensive research, development, and community input, Coronado’s draft Active Transportation Plan is now posted online for community review and comment. The strategic document includes a Pedestrian Master Plan, a Safe Routes to School Plan, and a Bicycle Master Plan. Infrastructure projects and education, encouragement, and monitoring programs are recommended for further development over the upcoming years at Council's discretion. The draft Active Transportation Plan will be reviewed by City Council at its Tuesday, June 19, meeting. To submit comments or questions, contact Allie Scrivener at ascrivener@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2423.

Active Transportation Plan


Storm Drain Inlet Improvements:  Construction to replace existing storm drain inlets and pipes is continuing at various locations throughout the Village. Efforts on the Storm Drain Inlet Improvements project are currently focused on the removal and replacement of inlets in the alleys between F and G avenues at both Eighth and Tenth streets and Seventh Street and G Avenue. Please use caution when driving through construction zones.

Storm Drain Work 

Country Club Infiltration:  The contractor has completed the cleaning operations and televising of the existing storm drain pipes on the Country Club Infiltration project. The video footage will be reviewed by both the contractor and staff to verify that the pipes are still in a condition to be lined. The contractor anticipates being back on site the week of June 18 to begin repairs to the pipe system prior to lining activities.


Special Events Security Bollards:  The contractor on the project to install security bollards around Coronado completed installing the base plates and foundations for the Fourth of July parade route. Cleaning operations, including removal of the utility mark-out paint, will be completed next week.


Library HVAC Improvements:  Construction began on last week on a project that will make improvements to the library’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system controls and monitoring software. Much of the work is being conducted at night to avoid any impacts on the Library’s daily operations. The project is anticipated to be completed before the end of June.


C3 Gallery Summer Exhibition: Join the City for the opening reception of the 2018 summer exhibition at the C3 Gallery at the Community Center. The exhibition, “Picture This … Imagine That,” features Coronado photographers and authors and runs from June 12 to September 15. The reception is June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Center’s Nautilus Room. The event is free and open to the public. Exhibiting authors and photographers will be on hand. There will be live music and refreshments.  For more information, call Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633.

C3 Exhibition 

C3 Image

Arts & Culture Partnership Meetings: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission will host two Community Partnership meetings on Wednesday, June 13, one in the morning and one in the evening, to discuss Coronado Creates, a strategic plan for arts and culture. Community input is requested on what is desired in terms of arts and culture in Coronado over the next 10 years. The first meeting will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.; the second from 6 to 8 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Coronado Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Ave. A third meeting for local business leaders will be held at noon at the John D. Spreckels Center on Wednesday, June 13. All input will help formulate the City’s first Arts and Culture Strategic Plan to guide Coronado in selecting priorities for investment.

Arts Meetings 


Fourth of July Holiday: The City of Coronado will observe the Fourth of July holiday on Wednesday, July 4, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection; there will be a one-day delay in trash pick-up. Here is the schedule:

Fourth of July

Pet of the Week: Amie, a 7-year-old Eskimo dog-Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Amie came to PAWS of Coronado from another shelter and is working to overcome her initial shy behavior. She is looking for a home. She knows lots of tricks, including sit, shake, jump and spin, and is great on walks. She weighs 14 pounds and her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Amie, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Amie POW 



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, June 5, the Historic Resource Commission designated 1030 Glorietta Blvd. (pictured below) as a Historic Resource in association with a Nomination for Historic Designation. The Commission also determined that 640 J Ave. does not meet the criteria to be designated as a Historic Resource in association with a Notice of Intent to Demolish Review.

1030 Glorietta



High Surf Developing: The National Weather Service warns that a dangerous surf zone is developing and is expected to last through Tuesday, June 12. Strong rip currents are forecast. Coronado expects large crowds this weekend due to warm temperatures. Lifeguards remind beach patrons to always swim near a Lifeguard or tower and to be aware of ocean conditions. Please remember to check conditions at a Lifeguard tower and keep an eye on children.

High Surf


Summer Festival:  Last Saturday’s Summer Festival kick-off concert by the Coronado Big Band was attended by more than 200 people. This evening and as part of the Summer Festival, the “History of Blues in America” will feature a blues concert at 6 p.m. in the Winn Room. On Saturday, June 9, Dr. Sandra Bonura and Library Director Christian Esquevin will present a talk and slide show on John D. Spreckels, his background, legacy, and the early history of Coronado.  The program will begin at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room.

Summer Festival 2018 


Youth Services:  The Library has been awarded a $5,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant for the purchase of children’s bilingual/foreign language books. New and replacement books will be selected before the deadline of July 31. Books written for children ages pre-K through sixth grade qualify.

Library Programs:  On Monday, June 4, a Library App workshop was held, and the Teen Tech Team offered its digital device help to those with questions. A Digital Media Lab workshop on “Organizing Your Digital Collection” was presented Wednesday, June 6. On Saturday, June 9, the Anime Club will meet in the Ruby Room at 2 p.m. to view and discuss “Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milos.”


Badge Pinning Ceremony: The Police Department held ceremonial badge-pinning ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, at the John D. Spreckels Center to introduce new employees and acknowledge those who have been recently promoted.  New employees introduced at the event were Police Services Officers Miguel Varquezbelin, Jose Sandoval, and Rocky Rhys; Dispatcher Rachel Billeter; and Officer Steven Snodgrass. Newly promoted employees who had their new badges pinned were Corporals Aaron Mansker and Sam Sellers, and Sergeants Angel Cedeno and Ralphy Garcia.


Special Olympics Torch Run:  During May and June, hundreds of police officers from local, county, state, federal, and military agencies ran the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics Southern California. They carried the “Flame of Hope” 1,500 miles through 200 Southern California communities. The final leg of the run will end at the 2018 Summer Games Opening Ceremony, where the torch will light the cauldron to symbolize the start of the games held this weekend in Long Beach. On May 29, Coronado Police Department Cpl. Sam Sellers, and officers Grace Del Bagno and Ryan Brennan helped carry the torch from Harbor Drive and 32nd Street to San Diego Police Department headquarters where they released it to other officers who continued to carry the torch north.

Special Olympics
L to R:  Officer Grace del Bagno, Cpl. Sam Sellers, Officer Ryan Brennan.


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

  • Streets Division tested a new device this week that allows crews to reuse the same concrete slab while removing damaging roots underneath. Crews used the device to repair two sections of sidewalk, one at 1000 Pine St. and the other at 451 H Ave. The device eliminates the need to form and pour concrete the next day. The device “lifts” the concrete straight up in one piece, helping to prevent any damage to flora or brickwork.

     Cement Lifter

    Cement Lifter


  • Streets crews repainted two alleys on Fifth and Sixth streets between D and E avenues and on Fifth and Sixth between E and F avenues.

    1030 Glorietta Blvd. 



Spreckels Center Activities: The John D. Spreckels Center is offering art and enrichment activities during June. Visit the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St. or call (619) 522-7343 for more information. Check out these upcoming events:

  • Spanish Conversation for Beginners; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., June 5-28.Students will improve their listening and speaking skills through activities in pairs and small groups. $60 for residents, $70 for nonresidents.
  • Reading Poetry Aloud; Thursdays, June 7-July 5 from 11 to noon. Students will discuss the tone, pitch, pace and emphasis in the reading of each poem as well as varying interpretations. Very small group; must pre-register. $10 for residents, $12 for nonresidents.
  • On Monday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., Trails and Ales adventures returns to Torrey Pines by popular demand. This medium 3-mile hike will take about 1 to 1.5 hours. Lunch at Draft Republic in La Jolla. $50 for residents, $60 for nonresidents.
  • On Wednesday, June 13, the Spreckels Center will host a luxury motor coach tour to the historic Rancho Santa Margarita National Historic Site on Camp Pendleton. The docent-led tour of the Ranch House Complex will highlight the history of “Old California.” The motor coach will stop at a Carlsbad ‘cantina’ for lunch on your own. Parking, tour fees and gratuities are all included. Restroom on board. Cost is $80 for residents, $90 for nonresidents.

Spreckels Fliers 


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Fire Scene
Posted on 06/08/2018
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