Weekly Update September 7, 2018

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Weekly Update September 7, 2018

Weekly Update September 7, 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.

Proactive Planning for Undergrounding Begins: The City Council has begun work on an aggressive plan to bury overhead utilities throughout Coronado. At its meeting on Tuesday, September 4, the Council received and accepted an analysis and program prioritization plan developed by Harris & Associates for the Coronado Utility Undergrounding Master Plan. The Council then directed staff to reevaluate the Silver Strand area using the criteria the Harris analysis laid out. The Council also directed staff to hold one or more public workshops and to return with an implementation plan focused on undergrounding the highest ranked areas based on the Harris Plan and community feedback for future Council consideration. An initial cost estimate for undergrounding the entire City was $170 million. While that figure is high, the City’s past approach to undergrounding would have taken 100s of years to complete. The Council plans a more proactive approach. Undergrounding utilities improves safety, reliability and property values.

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Active Transportation Plan:  The City Council adopted an Active Transportation Plan, which addresses non-mechanized transportation, such as walking, bicycling, or the use of equipment such as wheelchairs. In an of itself, the plan will not produce any new capital projects. The Active Transportation Plan is a roadmap to improve mobility in Coronado. Any roadway improvements in the plan must be reviewed and approved by the City Council at a public meeting.

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Hotel del Coronado Master Plan: Construction fencing is up and the Hotel del Coronado this week received a permit to restripe the south parking lot as it readies to begin work on its long-term expansion master plan. The work to site more cars in the south lot will allow construction of the north parking lot with two levels of underground parking and a surface lot with some 730 spaces. This work should take about one year. Once complete, construction crews will switch the guest entrance of the hotel to the north side to begin construction on the south lot to include 144 guestrooms and a 20,000-square-foot conference center, as well as an underground parking garage. This will also shift the main hotel vehicle entrance to off of Avenida del Sol, which as part of the plan will be raised to address existing flooding issues. A new traffic light and pedestrian crossing at Avenida del Sol and state Route 75 will be added. The south portion of the development should take about two years. Once that is complete, the main guest entrance to the hotel will be shifted back to the south side. There also are plans to remodel the interior and exterior of the Oxford Building and the Laundry Building, both of which went to Design Review earlier this year. Crews will demolish some of the less aesthetically pleasing buildings in this ‘industrial area’ of the hotel property. As expected, there will be construction impacts around the property for some time.

Hotel del fencing


Major Special Event - 92118 Day: An upcoming major special event will impact residents and roadways. The event, a community celebration for Coronado, is set for September 21, 2018, hence 92118 Day after the City’s ZIP code. Several roadways will be closed as the event, a community celebration of Coronado, is held. The event will take place on parts of Ocean Boulevard, and Isabella and Loma avenues. Residents should note that streets will be closed and not reopened until late in the day. The event will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. “No parking notices" will be placed on event area sidewalks by Tuesday, September 18, to notify residents to move their vehicles prior to September 21. Here is a link to the schedule of events. Below is a map of the event location and layout. The red lines indicate the no-parking areas. Towing will begin at 6 a.m. Isabella will be closed from Tolita Avenue to Ocean starting at 7 a.m. and Ocean will close from Flora Avenue to Alameda Boulevard starting at 8:30 am. Loma between Star Park Circle and Ocean will also close at 8:30 am. The only other closure is F Avenue at Ocean.

92118 Day map


Cays ‘No Jumping/Diving’ Signs Installed: Public Services crews installed “no jumping/diving” signs in the Coronado Cays amid concerns from residents that people might get hurt when mounting the railings over the causeways and jumping into the canals. The railings were not designed for this purpose and it is very dangerous as people can slip especially if they are wet. The City asks that people not use the railing as a jumping or diving platform and that if anyone sees this happening to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (619) 522-7350.

No diving/jumping signs

Golf Course Clubhouse Construction: Construction to repair a damaged wall in the Golf Course Clubhouse kitchen caused by a leak from poorly designed plumbing has begun. It will take up to 3 weeks to complete. The work area is contained and construction will be performed at night. Meanwhile, the City’s new concessionaire, Feast and Fareway, opened its restaurant and is serving food, including its own special coffee blend. The operator has provided the community with the timeline of future construction below. 

Golf Course Clubhouse work

John D. Spreckels Center:  The John D. Spreckels Center has a new “Community Matters” information board installed in the lounge. The Spreckels Center Advisory Board and the Cultural Arts Commission worked to design and produce a magnetic board to display, on a rotating basis, fliers for arts and culture events occurring in the community. The center has adopted a policy for displaying fliers. All postings must be standard letter size and cater to the 50-plus Coronado community. City sponsored events and notifications may also be included. No items for sale, requiring a fee, business cards, political or religious postings are permitted. Volunteers will review the board weekly and remove postings that have expired, not been approved, been up for 30 days, or if board is full, been up for a week.

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Community Board  


Country Club Infiltration Project:  The contractor continued to grout the existing pipes and structures this week to eliminate groundwater from infiltrating the storm drain system prior to lining operations.  All work is expected to be completed in October.


Vote for Community Read 2019: Voting ends next week for the third annual Coronado Community Read, and there are five finalists. The selected book for the Coronado Community Read 2019 will be announced in September at 92118 Day. Stop by the Coronado Public Library booth for a chance to win a copy of the 2019 book. Voting ends September 14. Vote in person at the Library or online at: https://goo.gl/a1qY9y. The Coronado Community Read brings the community closer together with the shared reading of one book. Activities and programs themed around the selected book will take place in February 2019. The nominated titles are:

  • “Manhattan Beach: A Novel” by Jennifer Egan
  • “News of the World: A Novel” by Paulette Jiles
  • “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson
  • “The Practice House: A Novel” by Laura McNeal
  • “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore

Community REad



Upcoming Events Across the Bay: Here are two events coming up that are not in Coronado but may affect the community in terms of possible noise and visible acrobatic skydiving.

  • The Port of San Diego has advised the City of an event coming up that will involve people jumping out of two helicopters about 5,000 feet above San Diego Bay and competing in a freestyle skydiving championship before landing on a floating platform in the water area of the Fifth Avenue Landing. The “2018 Swoop Freestyle” is a two-day event is set for Friday, September 14, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. The primary viewing areas will be at the District’s Embarcadero Marina Parks North and South (with South being the main event area), Fifth Avenue Landing Park, and San Diego Bayfront Park adjacent to the Hilton Hotel. The event is free and can possibly be seen from various areas in Coronado. Organizers expect several hundred or more people to attend.

  • The County of San Diego has notified the City of the twice-a-year CRSSD Music Festival, at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. Organizers expect 16,500 people. Volume will be monitored by an independent sound engineer throughout the event. 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.


Pets of the Week: Kurt and Jimmy, two 5-month-old sibling kittens found in the 500 block of F Avenue, are this week’s Pets of the Week. A good Samaritan brought the litter to PAWS of Coronado and they have bonded. PAWS prefers they go home together. After being initially cautious, they are now fun and playful and enjoy interacting with their human pals. They are brown Tabby Torbies and their adoption fees are $50 each. To set up a visit with Kurt and Jimmy, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Kurt and Jimmy 



Board Appointments: At its September 4 meeting, the City Council appointed Karen Strouse and Frederick Zarndt to the Library Board of Trustees.


Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, September 5, the Historic Resource Commission designated 511-515 Palm Ave. as a Historic Resource in association with a nomination for Historic Designation. The Commission determined that 1018 Adella Ave. does not meet the designation criteria, in association with a Notice of Intent to Demolish review; and, it approved a Historic Alteration Permit for 550 A Avenue, for a remodel and construction of a carriage house.


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Photo of 511-515 Palm Ave.



New Fire Equipment: Crews were out Tuesday, September 4, training with new equipment that is deployed during confined space rescues. Confined spaces include storm drains, underground utility vaults, and sewer pumps stations. This type of rescue work is highly regulated due to the hazards associated with confined spaces. It requires special training and equipment to comply with the regulations. The City is committed to ensuring its firefighters have the training and equipment necessary to allow them to safely perform this specialized rescue service in our community.

Firefighter Equipment 



Autumn Piano Concerts: The fall brings a new series of mid-day Friday piano concerts at the Coronado Public Library. Starting Friday, September 7, at 1 p.m. with a concert by John Gutheil, weekly concerts will be held in the Winn Room through November 2. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Piano Concert Series 


Youth Programs: At this week’s “Tinker Tuesday,” children, ages preschool to upper elementary, used critical thinking skills to build “Spaghetti Noodle Structures” and experiment with spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. They built houses, people, and moving swings. Some children developed stories to go along with their creations. The Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, September 4, to discuss “My Sister Rosa” by Justine Larbalestier; and “Games & Grub” was held on Wednesday, September 5.




Saturday Book Club:  The Saturday Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, to discuss David McCullough’s “Brave Companions: Portraits in History.”






Recreation Programs Classes and programs of all types are offered for the fall/winter season at the Coronado Community Center and at other City facilities. Call (619) 522-7342 for more information.

  • After-school activities for grades kindergarten through fifth grade start the week of September 17. Register soon. Children can learn how to cook in our Kids in the Kitchen Class on Mondays. They can increase their strength at rock climbing in our Wall Crawlers Class on Fridays. While the weather is still warm, children can try out a variety of outdoor adventure activities ranging from swimming to stand up paddle boarding with the Adventure Club Outdoors on Wednesdays and the Super Soakers and Beach Party Classes on Tuesdays. All classes pick participants up at Village Elementary after school ends. If your child attends another school, many of these classes have transportation options. Call (619) 522-7342 for details.

     After-school Activities


  • There are many enrichment classes offered at the Coronado Community Center for elementary school age children. Rock Climbing Class on Fridays at 4:45 p.m. (ages 6-12 years), Basketball Class on Mondays at 4 p.m. (third-fifth graders) and Let’s Talk Science (kindergarten-second grade) on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., Tae Kwon Do on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Jump Rope on Mondays at 6 p.m., Gymnastics on Tuesdays at 3:30 and 4:15 p.m., Hip Hop on Mondays at 4:15 p.m. and Jazz Funk on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Register for programs, classes and camps here or call the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.


  • There are skate classes at the Skatepark for 6-10-year-olds on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 3:30 p.m.

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  • Babies and toddlers can participate in classes that offer age-appropriate exposure to a variety of enrichment activities for ages 6 months to 3 years. Many of the fall/winter programs begin the week of September 17. Register for programs, classes and camps here or call the Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342.



Reader’s Theatre Showcase: The Reader’s Theatre Showcase was held last weekend at the John D. Spreckels Center. Gwen Hovland facilitated the group, whose participants learned voice projecting, read scripts, improved oral fluency and how to perform creatively.

REaders Theatre
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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 09/07/2018
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