Weekly Update September 14, 2018

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Weekly Update September 14, 2018

Weekly Update September 14, 2018


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9/11 Events: Tuesday, September 11, marked the 17th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

  • Members of the Coronado Fire Department and Coronado Police Department gathered at Fire Station 36 for a memorial ceremony, along with members of the community, to mark the attacks on September 11, 2001. The ceremony provided an opportunity to reflect on the events of that day and to remember the loss of life that occurred. We especially remember all of the emergency responders and military personnel that lost their lives during their dedicated service to others because of the attacks on that day.

    9/11 Ceremony 

  • On Saturday, several Coronado police officers and firefighters participated in the annual San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. They climbed 110 flights of stairs, the same number as in the twin towers, wearing the name of a fallen emergency responder whose life was lost on that day

                  9/11 Stair Climb


Emergency Notification System: The City Council agreed earlier this month to expand the use of Alert San Diego, an emergency-notification system for community or regional disasters. Staff was tasked earlier this summer to recommend alternatives to a siren-based emergency alerting system. Staff evaluated what other communities are using in Southern California and the system currently available in San Diego County and determined that the county’s Alert San Diego can provide the best way to reach the community quickly, with information as to the specific emergency and what protective action is expected. Alert San Diego is just one of the many tools that will be used during a major emergency. The City will remain reliant on resources such as the news media, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Nixle), the City’s website and, in some cases, police and fire personnel going through the neighborhoods. The City already has access to the use of Alert San Diego, through its participation as a member agency of the Unified Disaster Council. Initiation of a campaign to encourage increased participation in the Alert San Diego system will begin this month to coincide with National Preparedness Month. Sign up your mobile phone to receive alerts at http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/. You can download the app in the App Store and on Google play. Information will be available at the Public Safety Open House set for October 7.

Alert San Diego


Gas Tool Conversion Update:  The City Council on Tuesday, September 18, will hear an update on the replacement of the City’s gas-powered leaf blowers and string trimmers to battery-powered alternatives. Last September, the Council directed staff to convert all City gas-powered leaf blowers and string trimmers, and those used by its contractors, except the Golf Course, to zero-emission (electric) tools no later than December 31, 2018. The move was made to limit emissions and to reduce noise levels from the equipment. The City maintains 21 public parks. More than 23,042 linear feet of turf grass edge requires weekly edging and blowing; 12 medians are maintained on Orange Avenue with an estimated 2.6 miles of turf edges. Blowers are also used to remove sand from sidewalks on and around Coronado’s beaches. As of August, about 75 percent of the Public Services’ hand-held landscape equipment and 90 percent of Golf’s had been replaced. The new equipment is expected to be as durable as the gas version with less mechanical down time. Golf was going to transition after Public Services, however, given the high quality battery-powered equipment, it was able to make the transition sooner. The City’s primary landscape contractor has converted its leaf blowers to battery powered and staff will work with them to ensure their string trimmers are converted by the end of 2018.

Gas Conversion Gas Conversion2          


New Ladder Truck: The City Council approved the replacement of the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck last year. The new single chassis truck will replace the current Ladder Truck, known as a Tractor Drawn Aerial. The replacement truck also is known as a Quint. This terminology is used in the fire service to indicate a type of apparatus that has multiple capabilities. In addition to the aerial ladder, the truck also has a fire pump, a water tank, fire hose, and ground ladders. It also has a slightly larger water tank and is equipped with the necessary equipment for Firefighters/Paramedics assigned to the truck to provide Advanced Life Support medical treatment prior to the arrival of an ambulance. The community may notice that there won’t be “driver” on the back of the new truck due to its maneuverability. Department personnel have been working with the manufacturer since March on the details and engineering. The manufacturing process will begin in late October or early November. The department anticipates delivery of the new truck shortly after the first of the year.
Fire Truck

Successor Agency Refunding Bonds: The City notified the community via the August 31 City Manager’s Weekly Update of recent action taken by the Successor Agency to the former Coronado Development Agency to refinance its outstanding debt. This refinancing is being undertaken by the Successor Agency, an entity separate from the City of Coronado, however City staff is being asked by Coronado residents how they can purchase these bonds. For those interested in purchasing the
successor Agency  Refinancing Bonds, contact Pat Toutant at Piper Jaffray at (612) 303-5537. This is not a solicitation. Residents interested in purchasing the refinancing bonds, should 
read the most recent News Center item on the City’s website for more information. 


City to be Honored for Commute Programs: The City of Coronado will be recognized at this year's iCommute Diamond Awards reception as a bronze-level recipient. The iCommute Diamond Awards program, put on by San Diego Association of Governments, recognizes employers in the San Diego region that have made strides to develop and implement commuter programs that encourage alternative commute choices. The Diamond Awards Reception will be held on Friday, September 28, in downtown San Diego.

Awards logo


Orange Avenue Banners: The City of Coronado has installed new banners on Orange Avenue celebrating the Coronado Island Film Festival set for November 9-12. The Orange Avenue Banner Program was approved by the City to activate our main thoroughfare and engage residents and visitors. The banners are funded through a community improvement grant from Discover Coronado. Opportunities for local nonprofits to display banners along Orange Avenue are available through an application available on CoronadoArts.com. To learn more about the program you may download the program and application or contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca or (619) 522-2633.



Boathouse Restaurant Pipe Break: On Friday, September 7, a kitchen drain line broke under the Boathouse Restaurant, which is operated by the City’s concessionaire Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill. The line has since been repaired, but kitchen-related grease was released into the waters of Glorietta Bay. The City contracted with a company specializing in environmental clean-up, which used absorbent booms to capture the approximate 150 gallons of greasy water that was released into the surrounding bay waters. The City immediately contacted San Diego County health officials, who advised the City that posting signs near the leak was not necessary because it was not sewage-related. The problem initially appeared to have been a result of a clog in an internal drain line. The City and a plumbing contractor are still investigating. The cleanup lasted several days but the spill was contained quickly. The restaurant remained open.



SuperFrog TriathlonThe annual Ironman 70.3 SuperFrog triathlon will be held on Sunday, September 16. The event involves a swim, run and bike race. The bike course is the only part of the race that will take place in Coronado. The bike’s four-loop course includes Silver Strand State Highway with a turnaround north of Fiddler’s Cove. During the event, all vehicle traffic traveling between Coronado and Imperial Beach will be rerouted to the northbound lanes of state Route 75 and will be divided so traffic can flow in both directions using the northbound lanes. Beginning at 6 a.m., traffic will be diverted and is expected to be restored at around 1:30 p.m. Drivers should expect slow traffic and are asked to watch for pedestrians. A temporary posted speed limit of 45 mph will be in effect during the event.

Superfrog Map 


Major Special Event - 92118 Day: 92118 Day, an upcoming major special event, is set for 3 to 8 p.m. on September 21, 2018. The event includes festivities, including a beer garden, on the beach and on parts of Ocean Boulevard, and Isabella and Loma avenues, which will be closed to traffic. The roadways will reopen late that day. “No parking notices" will be placed on event area sidewalks by Tuesday, September 18. 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 


Pool Speakers Installed:  The speakers at the Coronado Aquatics Center have been installed. The speakers, which are used for water aerobics and other classes, were emitting significant amounts of static and needed to be replaced. Staff solicited bids and selected a regional contractor. There are more than a dozen speakers, which had to be specially ordered. The new speakers are smaller than the old ones, requiring Public Services crews to fabricate new stainless-steel mounts and install them. The speakers are operational.



Event Across the Bay: 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 near the Fifth Avenue Landing. The “2018 Swoop Freestyle” 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 in San Diego. The event is free. Organizers expect several hundred or more people to attend.


Pet of the Week: Patty, a sweet, 4-year-old brown Tabby with orange coloring, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Patty was found as a stray on Naval Air Station North Island. She was found wearing a collar that was too tight, indicating that she had once been with someone but had been on her own for quite a while. When Patty first came to PAWS of Coronado, she seemed traumatized and unsure of people. With a little TLC and some treats, she has opened up and become a loving companion. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Patty, call PAWS at (619) 522-7371.

Patty POW



Autumn Piano Concerts: The fall brings a new series of midday Friday piano concerts at the Coronado Public Library. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is held on Fridays at 1 p.m. now through November 2 in the Library’s Winn Room.


Pearl Harbor Presentation: The Library will host a presentation by Thomas K. Kimmel on Friday, September 14, at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room on “The Story Within the Pearl Harbor Story.” The talk will discuss important intelligence withheld and why the attack was successful. The event is free and open to the Public.

Kimmel Talk 


Tinker Tuesday Craft: On Tuesday, September 11, children were challenged with painting on foil for Tinker Tuesday. Smaller children practiced their fine motor skills while navigating using the paint brush, and older kids experimented with different approaches, such as using more paint to work on the foil, a nonabsorbent surface as a unique backdrop for creating art.

Foil Craft

Foil Craft2 


Coffee with a Cop: The Coronado Police Department invited the community to join them for a cup of coffee at Café 1134 on Tuesday, September 18. Drop by anytime from 8 to 9:30 a.m. There is no agenda or speech, just casual conversation so we can get to know one another. Interim Police Chief Ed Aceves and a few patrol officers will be on hand, to exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee. (Photo: Officer Sherri Mannello)

Coffee with a Cop




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

  • Streets Division recently installed a new type of Walk Your Wheels logo at Orange Avenue and Tenth Street. This new thermoplastic design uses heat and preformed plastic to “melt” the design onto the sidewalk. These new logos will last much longer and are a more permanent solution.

    Walk Your Wheels 

  • Streets Division installed some new signs for the dog run at the Cays, which were developed through the Parks and Recreation Commission; finished painting around local schools; and replaced a sidewalk at 777 B Ave.

         PS Work

PS Work2

Cays Fire Station Work: The Facilities Division and Fire Services staff supervised the work of an outside contractor to install a system to more safely extract the hazardous diesel exhaust emissions when fire vehicles are started. The installation took about two weeks to complete.

Cays Fire Station Work


AquaticsYou may have noticed there was no hot water in the Community Center showers earlier this week. This was due to repairs being completed that unexpectedly required the hot water be turned off. Recreation staff thanks you for your patience during the repair. Be “in the know” to receive real-time updates about your aquatics classes and late-breaking news about recreation facilities. We are now using “RainedOut” to notify community members of just such events. Click here to subscribe.

Rained Out Program



Golf Services New sod has been added behind the tees at the driving range.

Golf Course sod 



Upcoming Events at the Spreckels Center:

  • The September Happy Hour Social is set for Wednesday, September 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Spreckels Center, in partnership with the Coronado Lawn Bowling Club, will be hosting a Happy Hour Social. Relax on the patio with live music, complementary non-alcoholic drinks and hor d’oeurves. This event will sell out. Cost is $9 for residents and $11 for nonresidents. To sign up or receive additional information, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Spreckels. The Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.


  • The Spreckels Center is proud to host a free presentation, “Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living,” with UCSD’s Dr. Tajana Rosing. IBM Research and UC San Diego have announced a multiyear commitment to enhance quality of life and independence for aging populations through the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center. This project will study the impact that daily habits, the environment, genetics and the microbiome have on the cognition of older adults. The goal is to enable older adults to live independently longer and have a higher quality of life. Pre-registration required due to limited seating. September 27, 10-11:30 a.m.


  • Strength, Balance and Flexibility fitness class is offered at the Spreckels Center on Mondays, September 17 and 24, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. This is a full body workout that can be done almost entirely in a chair. Cost is $10 for residents, $15 for nonresidents. Check out classes for yoga, Tai Chi and Zumba. Call (619) 522-7343 for more information. 


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.



9/11 Remembrance
Posted on 09/14/2018
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