Weekly Update November 9, 2018

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Weekly Update November 9, 2018

Weekly Update November 9, 2018


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2018 Turkey Coloring Contest: The winning entries for the Recreation Department’s annual Turkey Coloring Contest were announced at the Tuesday, November 6, City Council meeting. There were 138 kindergarten through fifth grade students from Coronado elementary schools who participated. Students used markers, colored pencils and crayons to create their drawings. All second- and third-place winners were awarded a holiday from Mama’s Kitchen and first-place winners received a frozen turkey to cook for Thanksgiving. This annual event is sponsored by the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club. Entries are on display in the Coronado Community Center.

Council Turkeys

Turkey List

Turkey Winners 

Ceremonial Swearing in of Chief Kaye:   On Tuesday, November 6, the City’s new Police Chief, Chuck Kaye, was ceremonially sworn in by City Clerk Mary Clifford before the City Council, his family and friends, City staff, and those in attendance. The City officially welcomes Chief Kaye.

Chief Kaye Swearing-in 


Library Director to Retire: After 30 years with the Coronado Library, Christian Esquevin has announced his retirement as director effective December 31. Esquevin oversees a department of 11 full-time employees, as well as a team of part-time employees and volunteers who help create and manage programs, and maintain the Library’s extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers, videos and special collections. Esquevin was hired in 1988 as director and helped usher an expansion and remodel of the current 40,000 square foot facility that created a more functional and aesthetically pleasing Library. During the renovation, Esquevin worked to add two murals by Mexican muralist Alfredo Ramos Martinez to the Library’s art collection. The monumental fresco murals, including one over the counter in the main lobby, took one year to acquire, restore and install. The murals add to the beauty of the facility. Click here to read the full press release.



Mutual Aid Assignment: Coronado Engine 36 with four personnel aboard responded on Friday, November 9, as a part of a strike team to the Hill Fire in Ventura County. As crews provide this critical support to the communities in Ventura, the Fire Department will maintain normal daily staffing to provide emergency services in Coronado. The City will join other fire departments in the California Mutual Aid system, which provides additional resources to agencies throughout the state during disastrous events. Under this system our resources may be assigned to such incidents for up to 14 days.

Hill Fire

Avenue of Heroes: On Saturday, November 3, the City honored another 13 members of the armed services with a banner on the Avenue of Heroes. Their banners are now on display on Third and Fourth streets between Orange Avenue and Naval Air Station North Island, which is known as the Avenue of Heroes. Since the City introduced the program in 2014, 120 Hometown Heroes have been honored with a banner. At Saturday’s ceremony at Coronado High School’s Performing Arts Center, the biography for each honoree was read and a framed picture of their banner in recognition of their service was presented. If you know of an active or retired service member who lives or has lived in Coronado, please download an application from the City web site by typing “hero” in the search function. There is no cost to apply. Here is a link to video recording of the event.    

Avenue of Heroes images  


Silver Strand Fence Celebration Event: The City is pleased to celebrate the completion of the Silver Strand Fence Project and invites those interested in checking out the new fencing to attend a simple ceremony at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 15. The fence project, which revitalized state Route 75 in its southern stretches north and south of Silver Strand State Beach, was completed in two phases. The second phase was recently completed. The first phase was completed earlier this year. The community is invited to attend the celebration event at the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit off SR-75 near the entrance to the State Beach kiosk.



Dangerous Tree Removal:  Due to the recent failure of a 100-plus-year-old, large Italian Stone Pine at Spreckels Park, the City hired a third-party arborist to evaluate all the trees at the park. The arborist found most of the Sugar Gum Eucalyptus trees to be a risk, with one designated as being in imminent danger of failing. The Sugar Gum at the corner of C Avenue and Sixth Street was given the high-risk rating. This has prompted the City, with reaffirmation from the City Council on Tuesday, November 6, to remove the tree as soon as possible. It will be removed on Tuesday, November 13. The City has placed a barrier around the tree.

Tree Removal


Orange Avenue Pavement Repair The California Department of Transportation will begin work to rehabilitate sections of Orange Avenue on Tuesday, November 13. 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 construction schedule avoids work during the Coronado Film Festival, which is this weekend, while giving the contractor time to complete the most disruptive work prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Caltrans’ 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 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.


2018 C3 Gallery Fall ExhibitionThe final 2018 exhibition in the C3 Gallery, “In Defense of Art,” opened Tuesday, November 7, and runs through February 15, 2019. It features the work of 22 artists who are active military, veterans or military dependents. It is a collection of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, photographs, ceramics, painted porcelain and woven baskets. Several of the pieces are patriotic in theme. A large art quilt by local fiber artist Kathleen McCabe fashioned from a photograph of her husband’s father in his military uniform, which has shown in a national quilt show is prominently featured in the exhibition. This show tapped a new demographics of local artists. The gallery has featured the work of more than 175 local artists and 1,000 pieces of artwork. For more information, visit CoronadoARTS.com.

Defense of Art event 


Community Center Renovation: The City will soon start a renovation of the Coronado Community Center offices. Staff will remove equipment systematically to replace the carpet, paint the walls, relocate the copier, and add additional work stations. Recreation staff, in conjunction with Public Services and Engineering will use a storage pod placed at the Glorietta Boat Launch Ramp parking lot to hold equipment during the work. A construction schedule is being completed. The City does not anticipate any impacts to the boat launch area at this time of year. 


Pedestrian Ramps: The contractor on a project to upgrade pedestrian ramps in Coronado will begin work this week. Work will include the existing pedestrian ramps on B and C Avenues from Sixth Street to Ynez Place. Work this week, being done to bring the ramps up to current Americans With Disabilities Act requirements, includes saw cutting and demolition. This is a 30-working day contract and construction is anticipated to be complete by December 20.


Skatepark Improvements: Work will begin this week on the Coronado Skatepark to make the facility more conducive to scooter use. The City Council agreed earlier this year to allow scooters in the park. This week, the contractor on the project mobilized to the site and began work on the new skatepark features. The work is anticipated to be completed in three to four weeks.


Broadcast Equipment Upgrade: The City will soon undergo an upgrade of the City Council Chamber cameras and broadcast room equipment, which were installed when City Hall was completed in 2005. The City will be converting to high-definition broadcast equipment and improved audio and control systems. Most of the work is planned to be completed over the upcoming holiday season, from December 19 to January 13, 2019. However, a contingency plan is being developed in case the work extends beyond the work dates. Although the local cable company only provides a standard definition signal for the City’s Government channel, replacing the three existing standard definition cameras with high definition cameras and associated equipment will dramatically improve the quality of the City’s live broadcasts due to advances in camera technology. In addition, those live streaming or streaming a pre-recorded version of the broadcast will be able to view the video in high definition. 


UPS Storage Pod: The City recently approved a short-term license agreement with UPS for the placement of a portable storage container in the parking lot of the Coronado Cays Park. The UPS pod improves holiday delivery service to the residents of the Cays by allowing UPS to bring packages to a central location for delivery by a seasonal UPS driver. The pod also holds a golf cart to be deployed for local deliveries and reduces the need for larger trucks to travel through neighborhoods. The golf cart will be more environmentally clean than the regular UPS trucks.


Parking Meter Holidays:  The City Council has approved free two-hour parking in all commercial zones from December 1 through January 1, 2019. The free parking is being provided following a request from the Coronado Chamber of Commerce. It is intended for visitors and residents, up to two hours in most locations, to encourage local holiday shopping. Take care in reading the parking restrictions as time limits apply and will be enforced. Parking meters will be programmed to allow free parking but will indicate a violation when the time allocated for free parking has expired.


Verizon Golf Course Work: Residents near the Coronado Golf Course maintenance yard might have noticed some ongoing construction. As a condition of a project to install a new faux eucalyptus cellular tower, Verizon is in the process of placing the utilities underground across Glorietta Bay Boulevard. The project is currently experiencing some delays while Verizon and SDG&E resolve unexpected equipment compliance issues. The City has been continuing to follow up with Verizon and will provide updated information on the new timeline for the undergrounding when available.

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, including more than 100 movies, panels, parties, and live performances. The “Coronado Walk of Fame” is in place along Orange Avenue with 100 “star” pavement decals commemorating film and entertainment celebrities who have a connection to Coronado. The 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.

  • On Sunday, November 11, residents may feel some traffic and parking impacts from the annual Silver Strand Half Marathon. A 5K race begins at 7 a.m. and the half-marathon at 7:30. 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, 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. About 2,500 participants will ride over the San Diego Coronado Bridge, reconfigured to accommodate bicyclists and vehicles, then take Glorietta Boulevard to the bike path and proceed to Imperial Beach. 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.


Pet of the Week: Bodie, a 10-year-old domestic medium hair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Bodie was relinquished to PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, with a feline companion who has been adopted. Bodie is a people cat and would love a family who appreciates his sweet and interactive nature. He loves to be petted and to snuggle. Her adoption fee is $35. To set up a visit with Bodie, call at (619) 522-7371.

Bodie image 



Election Results/Council Reorganization: The Registrar’s Office will release updated election results 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. Here is a link that will take you to the most up-to-date election results.


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





Library Programs: “Music from the Movies: A Four-Hand Piano Concert” was held on Tuesday, November 6. A medley of movie musical compositions was performed in a four-hand concert by Naomi Hobbs and Yumiko Oya. A Library App Workshop was held Monday, November 5: and Digital Media Lab Workshop on Adobe Illustrator was held Thursday, November 8.


Youth and Teen Programs: The Tinker Tuesday event held November 6 was “Magnet Painting.”  Kids painted using magnets, paint and metal objects.  Art and science were blended in this process art activity.  Some participants blended colors while others discovered the different textures in the paint left by nails, paper clips and screws.  The Teen Tech Team helped people with their personal electronic devices on Monday, November 5; and the Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, November 6.  At the “Teens Create” activity on Wednesday, November 7, teens made “stress balls;” and free tutoring for teens was offered on Thursday, November 8 in the Conference Room.

Tinker Tuesday


Library Film Festival Events:  Several Coronado Island Film Festival events and film screenings take place in the Winn Room over the next several days.  Two performances of the play, “In Conversation with Edith Head” starring Susan Claassen were held Thursday afternoon and Friday morning for film festival pass holders.  The performances were complemented by the exhibition of original Edith Head costume design illustrations in the Library’s exhibit gallery.



Tennis Court Closure: The Library Tennis Court No. 1 will be closed for maintenance from Tuesday, November 13, to Friday, November 23. The court will be resurfaced. (Photo below: Previously resurfaced court.)

Tennis Court 


Seasonal Floral Design Class:  The Spreckels Center will offer a Seasonal Floral Design class from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19. Maribel Herrera will teach students how to craft a beautiful, live floral arrangement for your Thanksgiving table. Learn modern arranging and design techniques and leave with your own centerpiece. Register by Friday, November 16. Cost is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents. A $30 flower and materials fee are also due to the instructor on the day of class. 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.

Floral Arranging

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.


Turkey Coloring Contest Winners
Posted on 11/09/2018
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