Weekly Update December 21, 2018

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Weekly Update December 21, 2018

Weekly Update December 21, 2018

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Skatepark Grand Reopening: A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 19, to reopen the Coronado Skatepark. It was closed to make the park more inclusive to scooters. City Council members, City staff, scooter and skateboard riders, and parents were on hand for the festivities. The facility has several new features for scooters, including a “pump bump” as well as three new rail features.

Skatepark Reopening

Council Reorganization:  Coronado welcomed on Tuesday, December 18, reelected Councilman Bill Sandke and newly elected Councilman Marvin Heinze. Both were sworn in following the regularly scheduled meeting. The City, and local and regional leaders also acknowledged outgoing Councilwoman Carrie Downey for her combined 12 years of service during two stints as a Council member.

New Council 


Preliminary Storm Assessment Issued: The City has issued a preliminary report assessing the citywide damage and needed repairs from a powerful Dec. 6 storm. The storm dropped a substantial amount of rain, up to 4 inches by some estimates in a short period of time, causing major widespread flooding and damage to nearly a dozen public facilities. The City continues to assess the damage and affix costs to repairs and equipment replacement at City facilities. The preliminary damage report was presented to the City Council at its December 18 meeting. The Spreckels Center, which appeared to take on the brunt of the damage, remains closed until further notice due to water damage. Many of the center’s programs will continue and have been relocated to the Coronado Community Center facility. Call (619) 522-7342 for more information. The Spreckels Center is a new building and was designed with the best intentions of keeping storm water runoff on-site. The city will be looking at a redesign of the building’s storm drains to better accommodate the amount of rainwater that hit the City. A copy of the preliminary report can be found here.

Spreckels Center Water 


Business License Certificate Deadline: Beginning January 1, the City of Coronado will no longer have a Business Licenses Tax. A minimal-cost Business Certificate is taking its place. The cost will be reduced to a $25 per year flat fee, plus a $4 state fee. The certificate and fees are required to be renewed by January 1 of each year. There is a penalty of $50 imposed for those who do not apply for and receive their business certificates. About 500 businesses already have their certificates, however, approximately 1,700 businesses have not yet applied for the business certificate. Avoid the penalty. A full copy of Title 13 of the City’s Municipal Code is available on the City of Coronado website.

Interim Librarian Named: The City has appointed Cynthia Smith as interim director of Library services during the recruitment period for the position. Library Director Christian Esquevin retires at the end the year. Smith, who will begin on January 2, has more than 30 years of management experience including 11 as Escondido’s assistant library director. Currently, Smith is a part-time project consultant for the Pacific Library Partnership providing technical support and serving as the point of contact to Library grant applications approved by the California State Library. Smith has the knowledge and experience to serve as the interim Library director.


Minimum Wage Increase: California’s minimum wage will increase in January. As of Jan. 1, the minimum wage in California is $11 an hour for businesses with 25 employees or less, and $12 an hour for employers with 26 employees or more. The City’s minimum wage will be $12 per hour. As a result, the City will consider fee adjustments to some Recreation programs that are staffed with seasonal workers to reflect the increase.


Ride the Lights: More than 500 people were estimated to have attended the Ride the Lights event on Sunday, December 16. The route was longer than last year, as requested by the Bicycle Advisory Committee. The route went from 2.4 to 2.9 miles. This year’s ride was held on the third Sunday of December instead of the second as in previous years to allow more time for residents along the route to decorate their houses. For many, the Ride the Lights participants with their decorated bikes are the show. After the ride, participants enjoyed cookies, cocoa and other holiday festivities.

Ride the Lights



2018-19 Holiday Schedule: The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1. All non-public-safety facilities are closed both days. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's Day; as a result, there will be a one-day residential delay in service. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk on New Year’s Day. Certain City departments and services will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Sked 


Broadcast Equipment Upgrade: The City has begun an upgrade of the City Council Chamber cameras and broadcast room equipment, which were initially 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. 

Council Upgrade


Cays Causeway Rehabilitation: The contractor continues grouting operations along Grande Caribe Causeway on the Cays Causeway Rehabilitation project and will continue injecting grout to fill voids behind the causeway walls next week. Once grouting operations are complete, the contractor will begin seawall crack repairs and sidewalk replacement at selected sites. Provided the contractor is not delayed by weather, this work should be completed by the second week of January.


Country Club Infiltration: The contractor on the Country Club Infiltration project experienced delays in obtaining equipment for grouting the two locations in a 36-inch pipe in the 900-800 blocks of Coronado Avenue. The work was originally scheduled for last week but was rescheduled for this week. The contractor was successful in stopping the infiltration and lined the last pipe segment on Friday, December 21.  Staff will review the post-lining videos and create a punch list of remaining work for the contractor.


B Avenue Valve Replacement:  Work will soon begin on the B Avenue Valve Replacement project to replace two valves on the sewer force main in the 100 block of B Avenue. This work will begin on Wednesday, December 26, and is expected to be completed on January 8. The work includes excavating, replacing the valves, backfilling and repaving. The actual replacement of the valves will occur at night during a pump station shut down. It is anticipated that the replacement will be accomplished in one night and all other work will be during normal working hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

High-Risk Trees: The City has removed three of four high-risk trees this week at Spreckels Park. The trees had been deemed at a high-risk for failure, particularly the very largest and oldest, following the recent total failure of a large tree in the middle of the park. The final tree will be removed next week. The playground will be open this weekend.

Tree Removal 


Notice of Upcoming Construction: A contractor will soon begin making improvements to the Transbay Pump Station at the Ferry Landing Marketplace, 1275 First St. The project includes the replacement of existing pump station components, pipes within and around the station, and relining of the storage area used to hold sewage before it is pumped across San Diego Bay. The contractor is scheduled to mark out the utilities next week at the pump station and will begin onsite work on January 2. The first week of work will include installing storm water best management practices and erecting an 8-foot construction fence around the site with a sound curtain to lessen the noise impacts. 


Special Joint-Meeting:  The City Council and the Cultural Arts Commission will hold a special joint meeting January 8, to review the “State of the Arts” in Coronado. The meeting will be held at the Coronado Nautilus Room and is open to the public. The review will include an overview of Coronado’s thriving arts and culture and Coronado CREATES: A Strategic Plan for Arts and Culture. The plan is the product of a year’s worth of work by the Commission, with guidance from Arts Consultant Louise Stevens of ArtsMarket. This is an informational meeting only and starts at 5 p.m. However, the Commission will sponsor a social hour from 4-5 p.m. to highlight local artists and authors. Join us in support of the arts and culture organizations and creatives that make our community so special.

Special Art/Council Meeting


Pet of the Week:  Becky, a 66-pound, 9-month-old black mouth cur mix who was found as a stray, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Becky is a fun female who loves hugs. She would love to be in her new home for the holidays. Becky is naturally smart and good-natured. Her adoption fee $175. To set up a visit with Becky, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371. The City would like to remind dog owners that as a courtesy to your neighbors please pick up after your pets. Dog. The City’s Municipal Code requires caretakers of dogs to pick up after them to help keep the City’s sidewalks and parks clean. Please be a good neighbor.

Pet of the WEek



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Transportation 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:  The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, December 17 to discuss “The Mistletoe Murders and Other Stories” by P.D. James. On Thursday, December 20, Handbell Carolers entertained an audience on the Library Plaza. They rang in the season with Christmas Carols. Also on Thursday, December 20, a graphics tablet workshop was held in the Digital Media Lab.


Youth and Teen Programs:  The Teen Movie this month was “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”  Story times were held on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and Spanish Story Hour was held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Last week, the Junior Volunteers presented the play, “Hansel & Gretel and the Creepy Woods.” The teens helped make their own costumes and painted the stage backdrops. Teens rehearsed the play once a week from September to December, practiced their verbal and nonverbal communication skills. They performed the play twice to large audiences of children and adults.

Junior Volunteers 






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

  • Streets crews relocated the speed survey signs along Third and Fourth streets and Alameda Boulevard.

         Speed Signs         



Breakfast with Santa Recap:  Another Breakfast with Santa is in the books. The event was sold out with 175 people having pancakes with Santa on Saturday, December 15. Jim Obrien, a Recreation team member, flipped more than 400 pancakes during his 20th year cooking at this event. Children had several activities in which to participate including face painting, a snowman door-hanger craft and the prize wheel contest. Thank you to the H2A dancers who performed a Christmas themed dance.

Breakfast with Santa 


Upcoming Holiday Camps:  Holiday Camps at the Community Center are coming up. Plan ahead and get registered. Participants need to bring a lunch, beverage, extra snacks, and a jacket to each holiday camp. Holiday Camps that do not meet the minimum registration one week in advance will be canceled. Christmas and New Year Holiday Camps will take place on Thursday, December 27; Friday, December 28; Wednesday, January 2; Thursday, January 3; and Friday, January 4. Cost is $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.

Holiday Camps

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Ribbon Cutting Skatepark
Posted on 12/21/2018
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