Weekly Update November 2, 2018

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Weekly Update November 2, 2018

Weekly Update November 2, 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.


Halloween Activities:  Halloween is a special holiday in Coronado. Downtown Goes Ghostly, sponsored by Coronado MainStreet, always draws masses of costumed trick-or-treaters to shops along Orange Avenue where many merchants get into the spirit. The Police Department sets up a table and greets families in front of the station. Recreation Services and the Library also go big with Halloween parties for the whole family. Due to large numbers of pedestrians on Margarita Avenue, the City installed security bollards, just like the ones installed along the Fourth of July Parade route, to keep vehicles from driving on the roadway.

Downtown Goes Ghostly Halloween Events 2018

Avenue of Heroes Event:  The public is invited to attend the next Avenue of Heroes ceremony set for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, honoring another 13 Hometown Heroes. The program is open to any and all active duty or retired service members, from enlisted personnel to officers who live or have lived in Coronado. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado is hardly lacking in potential candidates. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Coronado High School Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave., to recognize the most recent honorees with the reading of their biographies and a presentation of a framed picture of the banner to be displayed along the Avenue of Heroes. The program is sponsored by the City with oversight by volunteers from VFW Post 2422, the Coronado Historical Association, and the Third and Fourth Streets Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association. If you know of a veteran or active duty service man or woman, please consider nominating them by downloading an application from the City’s website.

Scannell Avenue of Heroes


2018 Badge-pinning Ceremony: On Tuesday, October 30, the Fire Department hosted a badge-pinning ceremony to recognize all members receiving promotions or being hired over the past 12 months. The department celebrated four promotions and six new hires. Fire Chief Jim Lydon acknowledged the support provided to each of these members by family and friends. It was one of the largest groups in recent memory to be recognized.

Badge Pinning

(Promotions include Jayson Summers from fire captain to battalion chief; Brandon Ihde from firefighter/paramedic to fire captain; Ted Porter firefighter/paramedic to fire captain; and Allen Nicholson from firefighter/paramedic to fire engineer. New hires include Firefighter-Paramedic Nate Diaz, Firefighter-Paramedic Mike Ettenberg, Firefighter-Paramedic Craig Haukom, Firefighter-Paramedic Ian Moore, Firefighter-Paramedic Trevor Morris, and Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Phan.)


San Diego Crime Commission Awards Banquet:  The San Diego Crime Commission held its annual Blue Knight Awards ceremony on Friday, October 26. Coronado Police Det. Jordan Good was recognized for his work last summer on a burglary where jewelry and firearms were stolen.  His investigation included the discovery that that one of the stolen firearms had been used in other crimes in the county. The suspect was ultimately arrested. 



Out & About Drivers Honored: Coronado Seniors Out & About program drivers were honored at the San Diego County Volunteer Driver Coalition Appreciation Event’s appreciation event in La Jolla last week. Four of the City’s 26 volunteer drivers were able to attend the event on Friday, October 19, when volunteer drivers from the entire county were honored at the La Jolla Braille Institute. The City plans to continue the popular program, which provides low-cost rides via volunteer drivers to residents 60-plus. Since its launch in July 2016, more than 2,900 rides have been provided for a nominal fee of $1 to $4 to various locations including medical appointments, grocery stores and social events.

Out & about


Orange Avenue Pavement Repair Work to rehabilitate sections of Orange Avenue will soon begin. Paving will be done on southbound Orange from Sixth to Eighth streets, and in both directions from Tenth Street to Adella Avenue. One lane will be closed at a time. The work will include dig-out repairs of pavement that has failed and been previously patched. The work had been delayed by the California Department of Transportation, which manages the roadway, and is set to begin on a Thursday, November 15. The new start date avoids construction during the Coronado Film Festival (November 9-12) while giving the contractor time to complete the most disruptive work prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The contractor plans to complete the repair work in up to four consecutive nights with minor striping and pavement markings to follow. Construction will be done at night due to the volume of traffic on Orange during the normal work day. Work hours will be 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Adjacent businesses and residents will be notified, and signs will be staged near the work area.


Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project:  Pipe lining operations continued this week on the Country Club Storm Drain Infiltration Project. Pipe lining is accomplished by inserting a liner into the storm drain via a manhole and inflating it to conform to the interior of the pipe. The resin liner is then steam cured to form a structural watertight seal around the existing leaking pipe. Nearby residents may notice an odor associated with the curing process; the steam contains small amounts of styrene, a chemical compound used in making plastic. The styrene levels within the steam are well below what is considered hazardous and will be monitored throughout the project. Though the project was expected to be completed this week, there were delays in obtaining the liner material for the remaining pipe segments. The project will be completed by mid-November.  


Veterans Day Holiday 2018:  The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 12, and reminds residents and businesses that certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. A reminder that Public Services will not sweep streets Friday. EDCO will have regular service that week. Click here for the full holiday schedule.

Veterans Day Sked 

Veterans Day/November Major Special Events:  It’s always the beginning of a busy events season around Veterans Day weekend and beyond. For this month, Coronado has several special events scheduled. Residents should expect an increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic over the three-day holiday weekend. Here’s a rundown of each event and what to expect:

  • The Coronado Island Film Festival has events scheduled from November 9-12 throughout town. This year’s festival includes more than 100 movies, panels, parties, and live performances. The official 2018 Festival Schedule is available online now at https://coronadoislandfilmfestival.com/festival-schedule/. City venues include the Community Center Nautilus Room, the Winn Room and the Spreckels Center. A week before the festival look for a “Coronado Walk of Fame” along Orange Avenue with 100 “star” pavement decals commemorating film and entertainment celebrities who have a connection to Coronado. Passes for this year’s festival are still available for purchase online at www.coronadoislandfilmfestival.com.

         CIFF Logo

  • On Sunday, November 11, the annual Silver Strand Half Marathon is set for 7 a.m. with the 5K. The half-marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. Residents may see notification signs in the areas impacted by the event in the days leading up to the race. Event organizers are expecting approximately 3,000 participants. Half-marathon runners will leave Sunset Park and travel south on Ocean Boulevard to state Route 75, into Imperial Beach, where the race ends. Coronado Police will shut down the southbound SR-75 lanes. Traffic diversion will go into effect at approximately 6:30 a.m. Motorists should anticipate slight delays. Traffic is expected to return to normal by 12:30 p.m.

         Silver Strand Half map

  • The following weekend, on Saturday, November 17, the San Diego Padres Pedal the Cause event will pass through Coronado but will begin and end at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. The bicycle event expects about 2,500 participants who will ride over on the San Diego Coronado Bridge, reconfigured to accommodate bicyclists and vehicles, then take Glorietta Boulevard to the bike path and proceed to Imperial Beach, around the bay, ending at Petco Park. The riders will come in stages with the first group starting at 6 a.m. in San Diego. The bridge reconfiguration will begin at 5:45 a.m. and be clear of riders by 9:30 a.m.

         Pedal the Cause map

2018 C3 Gallery Fall Exhibition:  The final 2018 exhibition in the C3 Gallery will be on display in the Coronado Community Center beginning Wednesday, November 7. “In Defense of Art” features the work of 22 artists who are active military, veterans or members of a military family. This exhibition is free and open to the public. A reception is scheduled November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nautilus Room. Artists will be on hand and refreshments and entertainment are included. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.us.

Defense of Art 


Call to Local Artists: The City’s Cultural Arts Commission invites local Coronado artists to submit images of original artwork for the “Celebrate Local Artists” banners series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue from April through June 2019. The Commission is seeking submissions from a broad range of media, styles and genres of local artists. All artwork selected will be juried and artists who are selected will be notified by early March 2019. Fifteen new artists will be selected to participate in the display. Artists who participated in the 2018 display will not be eligible to apply this year. Artists must be 18 or older. For more information, contact Coronado’s Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522‐2633. To apply, download the application on CoronadoARTS.com under Opportunities or pick up a hardcopy at City Hall at 1825 Strand Way.

Local Artist Banners


Pet of the Week: Phoebe, a sweet senior English Cocker Spaniel mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Phoebe came to PAWS as a stray and was then relinquished by her owner. Despite her age, she has a youthful spirit and is looking for a fun and active family who will appreciate her zest for life and her affectionate ways. She enjoys daily walks and is friendly with everyone she meets. She is 10 years old and her adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Phoebe, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Phoebe Pet of the Week 



Library Mail Ballot Drop-off Location: The Coronado Public Library is an official Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the November 6 Gubernatorial Election. San Diego County Registrar of Voters staff will be onsite during normal Library hours through November 5. On Election Day, November 6, Registrar staff will be at the Library from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All mail ballot voters may drop off their ballot not just those from Coronado. The Coronado Public Library is a non-polling location and, as such, will not serve as a polling place on Election Day.

Library Mail Ballot


Election Results/Council Reorganization: The Registrar’s Office reminds voters that while the first election results will come in shortly after 8 p.m. on November 6, up to 45 percent of the total votes cast are not included in Election night results. The Registrar explains that many of the 1.2 million ballots mailed out this election will not be received in time to verify and process them by 8 p.m. Mail ballots can be accepted up to three days after Election Day if postmarked on or before November 6. It could take up to two weeks to count all mail ballots. Additionally, the Registrar must account for provisional ballots, touchscreen ballots and damaged ballots. Write-in candidates also take time to review and tally. Updated results will be released by the Registrar daily through November 16 and as needed until the final certified results are posted on December 6. As the official results will not be in before the City’s regularly scheduled December 4 meeting, the City will not hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials until the regularly scheduled December 18 meeting.


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Transportation Commission (1); Bicycle Advisory Committee (1); Historic Resource Commission (2); Planning Commission (1); and Parks and Recreation Commission (1). 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





Youth Programs: A Kids’ Craft program was held on Tuesday, October 30, featuring “Candy Experiments.” A Teen Event Halloween Party was held on Wednesday, October 31.


Library Programs: An author talk by Doug Norton was presented Thursday, November 1, in the Winn Room. The book featured was “American Presidents, North Korean Dictators, and the Elephants in the Room.”  This Friday, November 2, a piano concert will feature Mariah Gillespie at 1 p.m. in the Winn Room. The Saturday Book Club will meet Saturday, November 3, at 1 p.m. to discuss “Agent Zigzag.” A lecture will be presented on “Difficult Conversations: The Art and Science of Living Together” at 1:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. Sign-up is required.

Library Programs


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

  • Streets Division installed new yellow crosswalk bars in front of Crown Preschool. Crews repaired a crumbling curb on First Street and replaced some sidewalk at 746 C Ave. Streets hung new Avenue of Heroes banners along Third and Fourth streets.

Crosswalk images

PS Work


  • The Facilities crew painted the halls of the Community Center this week and will be painting some areas in the Nautilus room also. Facilities located a water leak this week for the heating hot water system shared by both the Community Center and City Hall. The City's heating ventilation and air conditioning contractor will excavate the underground heating pipe between the buildings to identify the heating ventilation and air conditioning system issue and make the necessary repairs. The leak was identified to be in the sidewalk outside the backstage of the Coronado Playhouse. Facilities staff was notified of another leak in the domestic water pipe over the concession area in the playhouse.Staff repaired the copper pipe pin-hole leak and contracted water remediation and is soliciting a bid for repairs to the ceiling, walls and floor.

Facilities Work 



Teens Learn to Row: The Boathouse will host “Teen Learn to Row Weekends” in November. Teens 13-18 can sign up to learn more about the sport of rowing on two consecutive weekends, November 10-11 and 17-18. The classes are $50 for residents and $10 for nonresidents and be held at the Coronado Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way. For information, call the Boathouse at (619) 522-7342.

Learn to Row 


Early-School-Dismissal Activities: This week, Coronado Unified School District elementary schools hosted parent-teacher conferences, which meant early dismissal for students. To accommodate students, Recreation services met after-school class participants at school early and treated them to special activities for their extended day including: Kids in the Kitchen, DIY Divas, & Wall Crawlers.

Rec Center Fun


Spreckels Center Programs: The John D. Spreckels Center has many new offerings in terms of programs, including calligraphy classes, bereavement support groups, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures, and technology tutoring. The programs are available from November through January. Check out the latest newsletter here or call (619) 522-7343.

Spreckels Center brochure 


Trails & Ales: The next Trails & Ales event through the Spreckels Center is set for Monday, November 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This adventure features a day trip to Piedras Pintadas Trail for a 4-mile hike. The Painted Rocks Trail is located on the outskirts of Escondido and is a natural refuge for native and migratory animals. It is part of the Kumeyaay Indian culture and circles Lake Hodges. Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch is on the agenda following the hike. Cost is $55 for residents and $65 for nonresidents. Transportation, parking and admission fees, as well as a guided hike provided by first aid and CPR trained staff are included. Lunch is on your own. Pre-registration is required. 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.

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Downtown Goes Ghostly
Posted on 11/02/2018
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