Weekly Update October 5, 2018

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Weekly Update October 5, 2018

Weekly Update October 5, 2018

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New Police Chief Named: Former San Diego Assistant Police Chief Charles “Chuck” Kaye has been selected as Coronado’s new police chief. Kaye worked for the San Diego Police Department from 1990 to his retirement in 2017. He was appointed San Diego’s assistant chief in 2016. In 2017, he was named captain of the San Diego State University Police Department. Kaye, who has spent his entire career in San Diego County, was chosen from a list of eight top candidates narrowed down from a field of 63 strong, qualified candidates. Kaye’s extensive law enforcement career with the City of San Diego, matched with his management style, made him the top candidate. He understands the different policing style required for Coronado. Interim Police Chief Ed Aceves will continue until Kaye is on the job.

Chuck Kaye


Tree Vandalized: Coronado Police are investigating an incident that happened late Saturday, September 29, involving a mature tree in the public right of way that was destroyed using an ax. It appears that the vandal or vandals wanted to chop down the tree in the 1000 block of Isabella Avenue but failed. The Chinese Flame tree is not currently in danger of falling, however, it likely will not survive the damage, which included large gashes and sections of bark chopped off. It will be removed. The value of the mature tree is estimated at more than $10,000. Officers are taking a report and looking for video evidence of the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Coronado Police non-emergency line at (619) 522-7350.

Tree Destroyed 


Golf Course Clubhouse:  Although there is an extensive remodel of the Golf Course Clubhouse planned in early 2019, the new Clubhouse concessionaire is open for business, serving food all day. Some in the community may not know that full service has resumed due to a closure in August of the restaurant from unexpected repairs in the kitchen from a water leak in the wall. That has been repaired and Feast and Fareway is fully operational.


Public Safety Open House:  Have you ever wanted to see a fire engine close up or a police vehicle’s computer? How about a tour of the Police Department? The City welcomes the community on Sunday, October 7, to its 26th annual Public Safety Open House. Coronado Firefighters and Coronado Police Officers will close off the streets around the main fire house and Police Department for the daylong event. Parking in the area will be impacted. There will be Fire, Lifeguard and Police displays, games, music and food. Other local, state and federal public safety agencies will be on hand to provide information on the services they provide. For information, call (619) 522-7374.

Open House Flier 


Pink Public Safety Badges: In October, the men and women of the Coronado Police and Fire departments will join more than 170 law enforcement and fire agencies around the country in the Pink Patch Project. Participating agencies will wear specially designed pink patches to encourage breast cancer awareness. (Photo below: School Resource Officer Grace del Bagno.)

Pink Badges 


Columbus Day Holiday: The City will observe the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 8, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services will not sweep streets Monday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection. Check the City’s website for the full schedule. Here is the holiday schedule:

Columbus Day 


Tap Water Issue: The City has heard from residents that the water from their taps tastes different. California American Water sent this notice on Thursday, October 4:

“Customers in the Coronado District service area may be experiencing an earthy/musty taste or odor issues with their drinking water. Neither issue poses a health concern. Changes in water source used by our purchased water supplier, the City of San Diego, is the cause of this issue. The City of San Diego has removed this source to correct this. Please be assured that we are continuously monitoring your drinking water supply to ensure we meet EPA water quality guidelines. The source adjustments made by the City of San Diego could take two to three days to take full effect and resolve these issues. We appreciate your patience as we work to correct this.”

New Streamlined Business Certificate Process:  Beginning January 1, the City will initiate a new streamlined business certificate registration program to replace the former business license tax. All those conducting business in Coronado will be required to register their business with the city and pay a $26 annual fee. Affected businesses include home-based occupations, solicitors, contractors, professions and trades. Nonprofit organizations must obtain a certificate but do not have to pay the fee. Those who conduct business in Coronado but are located outside city limits must also obtain a business certificate. Businesses will be notified to renew annually. A business certificate may be obtained online or by visiting City Hall at 1825 Strand Way.


Beach Accessibility Mats: The Council agreed this week to purchase and install beach accessibility mats at Central, North Beach and Dog Beach. The Council tasked the Parks and Recreation Commission to evaluate beach accessibility mats, which will make traversing even the city’s widest beaches easier for those with mobility issues. The Commission heartily endorsed the mats as a way to provide access to all. Look for the mats as early as spring 2019. (Photo: Example of an accessibility mat.)

Beach Mat sample 


Silver Strand Fencing Project Phase II:  Construction continued this week to replace the existing fence along the beach side of state Route 75 as part of the second phase of the Silver Strand Fencing project. The Phase II section will be installed from the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit of SR 75 south to the Navy’s Coastal Campus. A trial section was installed and reviewed by City staff, State Parks staff and the designer. A few comments were provided to the contractor and construction is moving forward. The contractor anticipates the project will be completed by the end of October, assuming there are no weather delays.

Silver Strand fencing 


Country Club Infiltration Project:  The contractor, Nu-Line Technologies, was back on site this week to begin the last phase of this project, the lining operations.  Pipe lining is accomplished by inserting the liner into the storm drain via a manhole and inflating it so it conforms to the interior of the pipe.  The resin liner is then steam cured to form a structural watertight seal around the existing leaking pipe.  Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. 


Pet of the Week: Dexter, a sweet 6-year-old Border Collie mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Dexter came to PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, after he was found wandering at Tenth Street and B Avenue. This handsome athletic gentleman is looking for a home. His adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Dexter, call PAWS at (619) 522-7371.




Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The resignation of a Transportation Commission commissioner has opened an immediate vacancy for a position to be filled by a resident from the Village. The term will expire February 28, 2020. Openings will occur on the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Historic Resource Commission, and Planning Commission between the end of November and the end of the year. Applications are being accepted for all open positions.  Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be seen here



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, October 3, the Historic Resource Commission approved a historic alteration permit at 1030 Glorietta Blvd., recommended approval of Mills Act Agreements at 511-515 Palm Ave. and 1030-32 Olive Ave. and determined that 503 Ninth St. and 140 F Ave. do not meet the criteria to be designated as historic resources.



Youth Programs: This is a busy week for youth programs.  In addition to the regular story hours, the week started out with “Explodapalooza” on Tuesday, October 2, a craft program to experiment with simple chemical reactions, color changes and eruptions. Children were asked to make collages expressing what explosion looks like to them, experimented with baking soda and vinegar to make volcanoes in water bottles, and made Alka-Seltzer rockets. (See photos below).  Children’s stuffed animals were dropped off on Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, to participate in a “Night at the Library” and “Stuffed Animal Sleepover.” At story time on Friday, October 5, a video of their stay over was shown. This week’s Teen program featured Games & Grub and the Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, October 2, to discuss “Caraval” by Stephanie Garber. 


Library Programs: Tony Perri’s documentary film, “Peace Rising” was screened Wednesday, “October 3, in the Winn Room, along with a discussion with the filmmaker. Popular author and broadcaster Richard Lederer is returning to the Library to present, “Joy of Names” on Saturday, October 6, at 10 p.m. in the Winn Room. The author will talk about the meaning and history of first, nicknames and family names. 

Lederer Flier 



Piano Concerts: The Autumn Piano Concert series continues at the Library. On Friday, October 5, at 1 p.m., pianist Tom Barabas accompanied by Phil Tauber on trumpet gave a concert in the Winn Room, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

Piano Concert flier 



RobocallsIf you get a robocall, the Police Department advises you to simply hang up the phone. Do not press 1 to speak to a live operator or press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably lead to more robocalls. Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xPDqQ

FTC image


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

  • Parks is overseeing the City’s annual palm-pruning program. The City’s contractor will begin pruning palms in parkways and parks throughout Coronado in two weeks. Palm fruiting and hanging fronds are a common concern for residents. Both can occur simultaneously throughout town so the City must be diligent and coordinated in its work to remove both fruit and fronds. The contractor will begin work in the Cays and work will towards the east side of Orange Avenue. From there, the contractor will start work on the west side Orange and expects to finish palm pruning by the end of December. No parking signs may appear on short notice when the contractor has been able to get ahead of schedule.

    Tree Trimming map 





Halloween Happening: On Friday, October 26, the Coronado Recreation Department is hosting the annual Halloween Happening from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Coronado Community Center for all ages. Mons-terrifc Crafts, Carnival Games, Jumpers, Gruesome Grub and a Tot Lot will highlight the Halloween Happening activities. Enjoy pizza, hot dogs, nachos and drinks at the gruesome grub refreshment stand. The H2A Dance Teams entertain costumed crowds with performances of hip-hop dances to Halloween tunes. Come for the spooktacular cake walk and the ghostly cookie decorating which are always popular in the banquet room. Wear your Halloween costume. Tickets will be available for purchase at the event. For information, call (619) 522-7342 or online. (Photos below from 2017 event.)

Halloween 2017 



Turkey Coloring Contest: Bring your completed turkeys to the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, before October 23 for a chance to earn a prize. Embellishments like glitter, feathers or sequins are not allowed. To find the turkey to color online go to www.coronado.ca.us/recreation. For questions regarding the Turkey Coloring Contest, please contact the Coronado Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342. 


John D. Spreckels Center: There are a few fun events coming up at the Spreckels Center. To register or receive additional information about Spreckels Center activities 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 Spreckels Center annual Wellness Fair scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Spreckels Center along with several nonprofit organizations will conduct free health screenings, provide resources, and share the latest research and information on ways to stay healthy. Sharp Coronado Hospital will provide numerous free health screenings including blood glucose screening, cholesterol screening, body composition screening, blood pressure screening, chair massage, ear acupressure and nutritional guidance. Alzheimer’s San Diego, ElderHelp, SD County HHSA/AIS, California Access Public Telephone, Skinny Gene Project, Braille Institute, Sharp Hospice Care and CalAm Water also are participating.
  • The Trails and Ales event this month includes a visit to Balboa Park to hike about 3-4 miles through spectacular tree groves, cacti and rose gardens. The trails are a mix of paved and dirt with stairs. Afterward, we will enjoy the Corner Draft House. Please dress in hiking-appropriate, breathable clothing, with comfortable closed-toed hiking shoes. Transportation and admission included; the cost of lunch and beverages is on your own. The event is set for Monday, October 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $55 for residents, $65 for nonresidents. You must preregister.


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.




Chuck Kaye
Posted on 10/05/2018
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