Weekly Update June 22, 2018

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Weekly Update June 22, 2018

Weekly Update June 22, 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.


Get Answers - Report an Issue, Concern: Have you ever driven over a pothole or noticed a missing or defaced street sign? Have a question or concern and don’t know what City department to contact? With the City’s “Ask Coronado” app, residents can report damage or ask questions either online or with their smart phones. The app gives residents, businesses and visitors enhanced customer access to a number of government-provided services 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Just include the details of the request or concern, and attach a photo as applicable. You can then track progress on resolving your issue or concern with the assigned tracking number and you will receive an email when updates become available. It’s already helping improve our neighborhoods by letting City staff know immediately about damaged sidewalks, litter and graffiti. Most requests are resolved within a week to 10 days. Higher priority items such as graffiti, spills and potholes are typically completed within 48 hours. The app can be used from the City’s website or downloaded as an Android or Apple smart phone app.  Find it in the Apple Store or in the Google Play Store.

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Fourth of July Preparations:  Coronado’s Fourth of July celebration is a day filled with activities for the entire family. As the City prepares for all the festivities, including a popular parade and a fireworks show, it wants the community to be ready for the City’s largest celebration. Visitors are advised to arrive early to find the best parking particularly for the 10 a.m. parade, which draws the most spectators of any of the events. Locals are encouraged to take alternative transportation, such as the Free Summer Shuttle and bicycles. Big crowds are expected throughout the day and into the evening. Activities include a bike ride, a run/walk, rough water swim, a new Fun Run, a parade, a concert and art display at Spreckels Park, all topped off with a fireworks show. For the holiday, Public Services crews will not sweep streets and EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection; there will be a one-day delay in trash pick-up. Please be sure to read an informational list of frequently asked questions the City puts together for all your Fourth of July inquiries. It can be found by clicking hereThe City would like to thank the Fourth of July Committee for its all the work is does to make this special day happen and the San Diego Unified Port District for its financial support of the City's Fourth of July events at $25,000. 

Fourth of July image

Fourth Skeds 

Decal Parking Update: The City Council reinstated on a continual trial basis the decal parking permit zone for the area bounded by First to Sixth streets and Alameda Boulevard to H Avenue. The Council voted in October to suspend the City’s decal parking permit zone, which is the neighborhoods closest to Naval Air Station North Island, for a one-year trial period. Signs that state the parking permit requirement were removed. They will be reinstalled in the coming weeks in the reinstated areas.

Former Redevelopment Agency Bonds:  The City continues to work with the Coronado Unified School District to structure the obligations of the City’s former redevelopment agency in such a way as to allow the School District to achieve the financially preferred “basic aid” status. The Coronado community and its school district benefited from redevelopment agency law, which allowed most Coronado school facilities to be rebuilt. The district hopes to remove itself from the California School Funding formula. However, all of the obligations of the former redevelopment agency must be first extinguished. The City hopes to pay off its obligations sooner than what is set forth in the current debt repayment schedule to allow that payoff about seven years sooner. 

E-cigarettes: The City Council introduced an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday, June 19, to regulate the use of electronic smoking devices in Coronado. In 2014, the City adopted regulations prohibiting outdoor smoking on all outdoor public property, excluding the Golf Course, but the prohibition did not include e-cigarettes. The battery-powered products deliver flavored nicotine. The long-term health effects of the devices are unknown. However, several studies have shown significant health concerns related to using the devices to inhale nicotine, also known as vaping. If approved on a second reading at the July 17 meeting, the ordinance will become effective August 16. New signs will be installed informing the public of the updated City law.



Silver Strand Beach Closure: County health officials closed Silver Strand State Beach late Thursday, June 21, due to a diesel fuel spill of unknown volume and origin. The Coronado Fire Department was dispatched to Silver Strand State Beach to respond to a report of an odor. The Fire Department contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which evaluated the scene and determined it was fuel from an unknown source centered around State Beach. The Coast Guard continued to evaluate the scene. Meanwhile, San Diego County hazardous materials crews closed State Beach to about a half mile north. Coronado Municipal Beach has not been affected and Coronado Lifeguards can monitor the “sheen” from the tower. State Beach lifeguards are monitoring their beach. The County issued a press release on the closure at about 10:30 p.m. Signs warning of contaminated water will remain in place until the water has tested clean for recreational use

Sea Lion Pup:  The Police Department’s communications center has been receiving calls regarding the welfare of the baby sea lion pup that was born two weeks ago on the Bayshore Bikeway. Here’s an update: It is natural for mom to disappear for hours at a time to look for food. SeaWorld's Rescue Team has visited and found both mom and pup to be healthy and doing well. The team will continue to monitor the situation. We all agree baby sea lions are cute but did you know it is illegal to approach, touch or harass them in any way? The more attention they receive from the public, the more likely the mom will get spooked and abandon the baby. Please refrain from sharing photos of their location as this seems to bring more onlookers. Several residents have reported the animals being touched, selfies taken with them and just general harassment. If you see this occurring, please call the Police Department at (619) 522-7350.  Let's work as a team Coronado and help keep this pair safe and healthy by keeping our distance. 

Mobile Command Center: The City recently deployed its new Mobile Command Center, which will be used by the Police Department as a movable base of operations for critical incidents, natural disasters, special events and other public safety needs. It replaces the previous mobile command center, a converted 1996 motorhome retired in November of 2016. The new vehicle is built on a Sprinter van platform, and is smaller and easier to operate. The vehicle can be used for traffic collision investigations, missing persons, fire and natural disasters, and other City events. It will provide added functionality to Police Department operations, and can serve as a back-up dispatch center and mobile operations center. The vehicle will provide incident support to the Fire Department, as well as other City departments engaged in planned or unplanned events for an extended period of time. It contains computers and communications equipment, has a generator, a lighting system and a high definition camera mounted on a retractable roof mast.

Mobile Command outside

Mobile Command 


Seasonal Kelp Clean-up: The City thanks the community for its patience as crews deal with high amounts of kelp washing ashore. This naturally occurring phenomena happens during the summer months along Coronado’s beaches. When ocean kelp die-offs are high, kelp can cover almost all of Coronado’s three public beaches. The Beach Crew works hard to rake, pile and bury the kelp. Crews expect to continue dealing with this issue as ocean water temperatures are expected to rise over the next three weeks; which will cause more kelp to die and float ashore. The City performs kelp clearing operations six days per week. If the kelp condition worsens, the City will rent a second front-end loader and increase clearing operations to seven days per week. (Photo: Image from 2015)


Public Piano Repairs: On Monday, June 18, the City received a report of potential vandalism to the public art piano in Coronado Rotary Plaza. Several keys were inoperable, and a black key was cracked. The Cultural Arts Commission, which manages the public art piece, contacted its piano repairman to assess the damage. Although it looked suspicious, it was not vandalism. The cloth bushings in each key had significant moisture damage and were sticking. The piano was repaired and is back in working order.  The piano repairman also re-glued the top of the single black key that had split. It possibly broke due to playing hard due to the sticking keys. For the remainder of June, the piano will be locked up earlier in the evening. The public piano is popular in Coronado and the City is happy to report it was not the target of vandalism. There will be a Fourth of July pop-up concert with patriotic music at 9 a.m. Look for details on CoronadoArts.com in next few days.

Piano Repaired 

Storm Drain Inlet Improvements:  Construction continued at several locations throughout the Village on the Storm Drain Inlet Improvements project. The north ends of the F and G avenues alley at Eighth and Tenth streets were both reconstructed this week. In addition, construction of new storm drain inlets on Soledad Place at Second Street continued and will likely be completed next week. Please use caution around each of the active work zones.

Storm Drain Work 


Country Club Infiltration:  An onsite meeting with the contractor and City staff was held on Tuesday, June 19, to discuss details of the dewatering operations for the open trench repairs on Coronado Avenue and Sixth Street on the Country Club Infiltration project. The contractor submitted his dewatering plan and will begin operations on Sixth Street between Coronado and Balboa avenues next week.  Door hanger notifications, which provided information on the project and a point of contact for the contractor, were distributed to residents in the vicinity of the work.


San Diego Convention Center Event: The San Diego Convention Center has notified its neighbors, including Coronado, that it is exploring ways to host consumer events that vary from the traditional trade show or conference. To that end, the Convention Center will host a music festival at its Sails Pavilion and adjacent Terrace, from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. This is similar to the CRSSD Festival that is held twice yearly at the San Diego County Waterfront Park. After reaching out the the Convention Center, the City has been assured that the outdoor music will end at 11 p.m. and that attendees will be moved inside. Officials will be taking decibel readings through the event. Questions or concerns during the event can be directed to the Convention Center at (619) 525-5000. A dedicated staff member will answer all calls. The Convention Center said it strives to minimize impacts to adjacent neighbors but recognizes the possibility of increased noise levels at times.


Pet of the Week: Puggle, an energetic Pug/Beagle mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray and is sweet and friendly. He loves to cuddle and enjoys a good walk. At, 9 years old, Puggle is a great age for a new family. His adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Puggle, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Control Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week



Commission Vacancies:  There will be two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees as of August 31.  Information concerning the responsibilities, qualifications, terms, and process for applying can be found here.



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, June 20, the Historic Resource Commission determined that 532 Marina Ave. is a Historic Resource in association with a Nomination for Historic Designation.

532 Marina 





Children’s Summer Reading Program:  The Summer Reading Program began this week with a Kick-off Party featuring Cirque Quirk and its juggling show held on Tuesday, June 19, on the Library Lawn. The “Reading Takes You Everywhere” program runs through August 1. Visit the Library for more details.

Summer Reading Program Juggler


Teen Summer Reading Program:  The Teen Summer Reading Program began this week. The Kick-off Party and Artists Reception was held in the Winn Room on Wednesday, June 20. Students entering grades 6-12 are invited to participate by reading books, eBooks, magazines and graphic novels. The Teen Summer Visual Art Show is installed in the Teen Library and will remain in place through August 17.
Summer Reading Program


Library Programs:  A Library App Workshop was held on Monday, June 18, and a Digital Media Workshop on “Making a Web Icon” was held on Thursday, June 21. The Mystery Book Club met Monday, June 18, to discuss “Moving Target” by Ross MacDonald, and the Spoilers Book Club will meet on Saturday, June 23, to watch and discuss “The Disaster Artist.”  The Summer Festival Programs continue next week.  See fliers for more information.  

Summer Festival 


Parks Division Updates:  The Parks Division started replacing outdated irrigation controllers along Orange Avenue. The new controllers were installed on the 200, 400, 500, 600, and 1100 blocks of Orange Avenue in the center medians. The work consisted of removing the old enclosure and concrete base, pouring a new concrete footing and installing the new enclosure and controllers, which offer the ability to remotely access, program, troubleshoot, and use a mobile device to perform irrigation checks.



Bluewater Boathouse Repairs: During a routine inspection, Public Services staff found rust developing on the fire service piping under the Bluewater Boathouse catwalk and above the building’s second story. Staff contracted with the City’s fire service contractor to replace the piping. While the scaffolding is in place, staff is taking the opportunity to perform painting and other maintenance. All work should be completed by the end of the business day Friday, June 22.

Boathouse Repairs 


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 through July 5 from 11 a.m. 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.

Spreckels Fliers


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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Posted on 06/22/2018
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