Weekly Update August 24, 2018

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Weekly Update August 24, 2018

Weekly Update August 24, 2018

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Bridge Lanes Reconfigured: You may have noticed that the concrete traffic barrier used to configure lanes on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge was arranged this past weekend the same way it is arranged during the week. The City has requested that the weekday configuration be continued on weekends to help ease traffic congestion in town. The California Department of Transportation confirmed that it has begun moving the barrier on Saturdays and Sundays for a period of up to three months while its engineers evaluate traffic before making a final decision on whether or not to continue this arrangement. The barrier will be moved at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Due to overnight work on the bridge, which will close the left two northbound state Route 75 lanes (into San Diego) will be closed on four consecutive nights (instead of just Thursday night) from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting Monday, August 27, and ending Friday morning, August 31. There is one change to the schedule for the next few days. The concrete barrier will be moved at 4:30 a.m. instead of 7 p.m. for the morning commute. The new weekend configuration will allow three lanes into Coronado in the morning, and then switch to three lanes out of Coronado in the afternoon. A similar test was conducted last year in July after the City requested the change based on traffic observations that demonstrated the need.

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North Beach Water Advisory:  County health officials lifted an advisory for North Beach at about 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, one day after it had issued the warning against water contact. The County Department of Environmental Health issued the advisory at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, after City staff forwarded early results from North Beach samples taken on Monday indicating bacteria (enterococcus) counts above public notification thresholds. The City took the samples as part of a regularly scheduled, ocean water sampling program at North Beach. The results of follow-up samples, taken at North Beach on Wednesday, August 22, were non-detect for enterococcus bacteria.  It is the City’s practice to continue to test samples until the waters are safe for recreational use. Additional, non-scheduled ocean water samples were retrieved on Tuesday, August 21, at two locations at Central Beach. Prior to Monday’s North Beach result, these sample results were all negative.

Back to School:  Coronado students were back to school this week. The Police Department welcomed the children and gave away stickers and gift cards to kids who followed the rules such as wearing their helmets properly and riding their bicycles and scooters safely. Drivers should be aware of children both before and after school. Parents are asked to remind their young bicyclists to obey traffic and right of way laws, wear their helmets properly fastened, take Safe Routes to School (those roadways with bike lanes), and mind the crossing guards.

Back to School

Bike the Bay Event: Drivers, bicyclists, runners and walkers are reminded that the Bike the Bay event is set for Sunday, August 26. The ride begins in San Diego at 7 a.m. Participants will cross the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and use Glorietta Boulevard then the bike path along Strand Way to get to the Bayshore Bikeway. Regular Sunday morning users of the bike path along the Silver Strand are warned that it will be heavily used as a large group of riders heads toward Imperial Beach before continuing around San Diego Bay. Signs have been posted to alert the community about the upcoming event. The ride is sponsored by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition. The bridge will remain open with one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction using westbound lanes. State Route 75 will remain open in both directions. All restrictions will be removed at approximately 10 a.m. Please plan accordingly.

Bike the Bay 

Golf Course Clubhouse:  The former Golf Course Clubhouse concessionaire ceased food and beverage operations this week. Due to unexpected repairs in the kitchen from a water leak related to dish-washing equipment, Clubhouse service will not immediately be available. Service is estimated to resume under new management within a few weeks. Feast and Fareway, the new concessionaire, may begin limited service in carts Friday, August 24. This will include water, soda and some snacks. The Clubhouse bar will open September 1 or sooner once the liquor license is successfully transferred. The City Council selected Feast and Fareway as the City’s Golf Course concessionaire in February. More extensive planned remodel for the kitchen and Clubhouse is planned for early 2019.

Golf Course Entrance

Hotel del Coronado Construction: The City of Coronado approved a master plan, a long-term expansion, for the Hotel del Coronado in 2003. The plan, which was modified in 2010, includes an underground parking structure on the north side of the property, as well as an under underground parking structure, 144 guestrooms, and a 20,000-square-foot conference center on the south parking lot. Work has been contemplated for many years. Construction fencing has been installed on hotel property and the community will begin to see evidence of the work soon. As expected, there will be construction impacts around the property for some time.

Hotel del Coronado fencing 


Silver Strand Fencing Improvements II:  California State Parks began the long-awaited second phase of the Silver Strand Fence Replacement project to upgrade the fencing along Silver Strand State Park. Crews will begin work on Monday, September 24, and should wrap up work by early November. They will begin at the State Beach entrance and move south toward the Navy’s Coastal Campus. State Parks will manage this phase. Following the bidding process earlier this month, a contractor was selected. The City managed the first phase. The northern portion of the project was completed in February 2017. The new fence is a visible improvement for the area. It will replace an existing, dilapidated chain link fence. A 30-foot trial fence will be installed and reviewed by State Parks, Schmidt Design Group and the City to ensure the appearance is as expected.

Silver Strand fencing

Lighting, Street Improvements/Avenue of Heroes Project:  The Design Review Commission held a public hearing on Wednesday, August 22, to discuss the Lighting and Street Improvements/Avenue of Heroes project, which will add decorative lighting, enhanced landscaping, and street furnishings along a two-block trial model section of Fourth Street closest to Naval Station North Island. The plan is to include these improvements to the entire length of the Avenue of Heroes.

Avenue of Heroes Project 


Pomona Avenue Water Main Break: On Tuesday, August 21, a water line was broken during construction operations at the intersection of Pomona Avenue and Sixth Street at about 2:50 p.m. Water service was disrupted in the immediate area for about a dozen homes from about 3:30 until very early Wednesday, August 22, when California-American Water completed repairs to the broken line. Additional repairs to the street and surrounding area are required and began on Friday, August 24. They are expected to take less than a week to complete. Pomona and Sixth are closed to through traffic between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sixth will remain closed during after-hours to allow the concrete time to cure. Crew members are out at the roundabout to help with residential access in the 600 block of Pomona. Traffic in the area is being detoured. Here is the schedule for repairs:

  • Friday, August 24: Demo, excavate, backfill and recompact.
  • Saturday, August 25: Form and pour concrete for cross gutter and pedestrian ramp.
  • Sunday, August 26: No work.
  • Monday, August 27: Repave and cool down. Remove all barricades (if adequate).
  • Tuesday, August 28: Remove all barricades early in the morning (if necessary).


Water Main Break


Labor Day Schedule 2018The City will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 3. Here’s a list of those City facilities that will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Labor Day. As a result, service will be delayed one day. Here is the Labor Day schedule:

Labor Day Sked 


Pet of the Week: Roxy, a sweet 8-year-old grey and white Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Roxy came to PAWS of Coronado with her feline companion Chloe when their owner moved and could not take them with him. Roxy was a little confused at first but has since come out of her shell with the help of volunteer friends. Roxy loves human and feline companionship. Roxy’s adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Roxy, calls PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371. 

Roxy Pet of the Week




Library Exhibit:  The new Library exhibit titled, “Made in America,” features original photographs, books, posters, and objects depicting workers and factories producing steel and a variety of products in the United States. The photos were taken in the 1920s through the 1970s during industrialization and the heyday of American factories. Drop by for a visit.


New Furniture:  New chairs have arrived for the Spreckels Reading Room. The Eustis made “Charleston” arm chairs are made of solid beech with a 2-year warranty. The cherry finish matches the Agati tables with “wire-management” systems that allow patrons to use side-of-table outlets that plug directly into the floor outlets.


Library Programs:  This Saturday, August 25, “Memoir 101: Write Your Life” will be presented by Marni Freedman at 10 a.m. in the Winn Room. Freedman will discuss structure for memoir, journaling, writing for friends and family, accessing memory, and other topics.

Memoir Writing



SDG&E Scam:  Recently scammers have been posing as SDG&E customer service professionals and calling local businesses demanding payment for a past due bill. Even if you have a past-due balance that needs to be paid, remember:

  • SDG&E will always provide past-due notices in writing before shutting off the service.
  • SDG&E will never proactively contact customers to get your credit card, banking or other financial information over the phone.
  • SDG&E will never ask for payment in gift cards such as iTunes, eBay, or Target.
  • Never provide financial information by telephone unless you initiated the call.
  • Contact SDG&E directly at (800) 411-7343 if you have any questions about your bill.

Scam Alert 

Explorer Academy Graduation: Last week, more than 200 police Explorers from throughout California attended a live-in, intensive Explorer Academy in San Diego. They received classroom training on several law enforcement subjects and participated in grueling physical training as well. Police Services congratulates Coronado Explorer Nickolis Flores for graduating from the week-long academy. Do you have a teen between the ages of 14-21? Being an Explorer is an excellent way to build self-confidence, character, and leadership and social skills. It also offers an opportunity to serve your community. For more information, contact Det. Anthony Flores at (619) 522-2649 or explorers@coronado.ca.us.


Top photo:  Coronado Police Chief Ed Aceves, with Explorer graduate Nickolis Flores and Chula Police Vista Agent and Academy Director Pricilla Graton.  Bottom Left: Drill Instructor Coronado Police Officer Joshua Strange with Explorers. Bottom Right (l to r): Aceves, Strange, Nikolis Flores, detectives and Explorer Advisors Kovahn Vlach and Anthony Flores.



Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent:

  • Streets Division touched up the “stop” and “yield” signs around the schools and around the Village area prior to the beginning of the school year.
  • Streets crews painted Adella Lane fire lanes.
  • Streets also installed new “no tangle” brackets on the flag poles along state Route 75 near City Hall.
  • Facilities crews replaced the Golf Course Pro Shop air conditioning unit, which was old and had major cracks in the evaporator pan. A crane was used to install the new one. It is fully operational.
  • Facilities crews also worked on the air conditioning unit at the Tennis Center, replacing non-operating equipment in-house, which saved the City a few thousand dollars. The system is fully operational.

Stop Sign 

Red Lanes and Flags Golf and Tennis Center work



Recreation ProgramsRegistration for Fall/Winter programs is available now for residents and nonresidents. Register for programs, classes and camps here.

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Color Run: Camp Coronado’s annual Color Run concluded the summer season. Here are some images of the fun.

Explorers Competition 

John D. Spreckels Center: The John D. Spreckels Center programs continue to offer a diverse schedule of events and programs as we enter into the fall season. To register, call (619) 522-7343, visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels, or visit the City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St.


Coronado Seniors Out & About Program Needs Volunteers: The Coronado Seniors Out & About is a volunteer driver program that provides scheduled rides for a nominal fee of $1 to $4 depending on the distance traveled to residents 60 and older. Volunteers are needed to drive. Rides are provided to medical/health related offices, grocery stores, banks, events, activity centers, barber/beauty shops and more.  Rides are provided both locally and into the San Diego region, up to 25 miles. Click here to view our ride map. Register to be a driver or rider today. Call the Coronado Seniors Out & About ride scheduling line at (619) 522-6302. Check out this promo video: https://vimeo.com/246679629.

Out and About

Spreckels Center Trails and Ales Day Trips:  On Monday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Spreckels Center Trails and Ales group will head to Cabrillo National Monument. This medium difficulty hike is approximately two miles and can take up to 1.5 hours. For lunch, there is a stop at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern for some local brews and American classics. First-aid and CPR-trained staff takes care of the driving and all the planning. Transportation, parking, and admission included; the cost of lunch and beverages is not. Cost is $60 for residents and $70 for nonresidents. Join us Wednesday, September 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. for a luxury trip (parking, tour gratuities and admission fees included) to the renowned site of the historic Huntington Library in Pasadena. Explore botanical gardens, historic documents and art and antiquities. Pay when registering. Cost is $125 for residents and $150 for nonresidents. Must register by September 7.

Aquatics New Hours: There are new pool hours for fall that began this week. Check out the new schedule.

Aquatics Center Hours


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 08/24/2018
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