Weekly Update February 22, 2019

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Weekly Update February 22, 2019

Weekly Update February 22, 2019

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s video update 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.


2019 Coronado Community Read: The 2019 Coronado Community Read kicks off this Saturday, February 23, at the Coronado Library with a Hometown Jamboree. The event will highlight the era and activities from this year’s book “The Practice House” by local author Laura McNeal. The Jamboree will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Winn Room and the Library Lawn, 640 Orange Ave. The event will begin five weeks of lectures, films, kid’s programs, workshops and the opportunity to meet the author at an evening event at the Coronado Playhouse on March 14. The Recreation Department will host 1930’s games and activities at the Jamboree. There will be a pie-baking contest, and quilts and needlework will be on display. A barbershop quartet will perform. Download a pdf of the brochure to see the full program.

The Practice House


Arbor Day Tree Plantings: The City invites families, individuals and groups to its annual Arbor Day “Plant a Tree in Coronado” event on Saturday, February 23. The City will provide tools and instructions for the planting that will go on throughout town. Public Services staff and the Street Tree Committee, which sponsors the event, will work together to plant about 30 trees this year. To volunteer, arrive at Spreckels Park by 8:30 a.m. Bring gloves and tree planting shoes. This event will be held rain or shine.

ARbor Day


Scam Prevention PSA: The City of Coronado Police Department hosted a scam prevention public meeting this week and invites the community to attend another one planned for March 14 to learn how to recognize reported scams that are on the rise in Coronado. Be sure to check out the Scam Prevention Public Service Announcement below created by the Police Department to find out more about the scams. Join the Police Department at the March 14 meeting to learn how to protect yourself and your family. The meeting will be held at the Coronado Community Center at 6 p.m. Call (619) 522-6399 for more information.


Witnesses Sought:  On Saturday, February 16, Coronado Police officers responded to a vandalism call. As officers attempted to contact the man involved, a struggle ensued. During the altercation, officers used Tasers in efforts to control the man. The officers were eventually able to gain control and arrest the man, who was charged with several violations. Two officers were injured and received medical treatment as a result of the struggle. If anyone witnessed this incident, please call Det. Korvahn Vlach at (619) 522-6450.

Library Director Update: Next Tuesday, February 26, a select group of nine top candidates will be interviewed for the Library Director position. They will interview before two panels comprised of a mix of library professionals and Coronado interest groups. The new director is expected to be on board by the end of March.


Boathouse Restaurant Plan: The City Council took the first step on Tuesday, February 19, to develop a long-term stewardship plan for the City-owned building that houses the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill restaurant. The Boathouse Restaurant facility was built in 1887 and is located on City property. Although the building is more than 130 years old, a plan for its long-term stewardship has never before been developed. The Council authorized City staff to use a private firm to develop a long-term stewardship plan that will be a proactive guide to preservation and maintenance of this important landmark.

Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project continued to install the dewatering system and began pumping down the groundwater. Next week, crews will install the shoring and continue the excavation work.


Subsurface Void Repairs: Public Services staff continued to monitor the area at Eighth Street and Coronado Avenue where a subsurface void was found. It was found this week that the street surface continued to sink even though a temporary fix was completed last week. An emergency declaration was issued Wednesday, February 20, to allow the City to move forward with permanent repairs. A contractor was hired to make immediate repairs. It is anticipated that construction will take six weeks and will include dewatering, shoring, replacement of a storm-drain manhole and street repairs. The intersection will continue to be closed until the repairs are completed.

Void Work



All Things Seuss: Exhibit 1 and 2:  Famed children’s author Dr. Seuss would have been 115 on March 2. In honor of Dr. Seuss, the Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission announce the opening of a new exhibition, “All Things Seuss,” which opens in March. “Exhibit 1” is at the Library from March 1 through May 20 and “Exhibit 2” opens in the C3 Gallery in the Coronado Community Center with a reception on March 6 in the Nautilus Room from 6 to 8 p.m. The C3 Gallery exhibition will run through August 15. The exhibits and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibits feature the private collection of local resident Louise Gens Wicarius. Thirty-seven pieces will be displayed for the first time in Coronado. The Library exhibition will include other Seuss memorabilia. This joint-exhibit offers a rare glimpse into a beloved American artist. For more information about the exhibition contact Coronado Art Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.us.

Dr. Suess smaller

Coronado Celebrates Local Artists Banners: Fifteen Coronado artists were juried to participate in the “2019 Celebrating Coronado Artists” banner program. The Cultural Arts Commission received 122 images from 42 artist, all vying for 15 banner spots. The program, established in 2016, displays artwork of local artists on light poles along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas from April 1 through June 30. Since its inception, the program, funded by a grant from Discover Coronado, has featured 40 artists and 45 artwork images including photographs, mosaics, quilts, and oil and watercolor images. For more information on the program and biographies on the participating artists, visit CoronadoARTS.com or contact Coronado Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.us.

Local Artists


Florals by Locals Call to Artists: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is calling local artists to submit artwork with a floral theme for inclusion in an exhibition and sale of art in the 2019 Coronado Flower Show set for April 13-14. Back for the fifth year, the exhibition, Florals by Locals, will once again highlight the work of local artists at the annual community flower show.  Work must be a floral or have a floral theme. The Commission is also seeking artists to volunteer and perform art demonstrations in the Florals by Locals tents during the Flower Show. To sign up to demonstrate or volunteer, contact Mary Hale at (619) 347-1347 or halemary650@gmail.com or Kelly Purvis, Arts Administrator at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2633. To register visit the Florals by Locals Call to Artists on the CoronadoARTS.com website. The deadline for the application, which is available on the Opportunity drop-down menu, is 5 p.m. on April 1. The fee to enter is $30 to exhibit work only. The fee may be waived in exchange for volunteering work.

Florals by Locals
Florals Event

Pet of the Week: Momma Boots, along with her companions Baby Boots and Ricky, came in to PAWS when her family could not no longer take care of her. The three felines do not need to stick together, but if you are looking for a pair, Mama and Baby would be happy to stay together as they seem to be related. Momma Boots is 9 years old and her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Momma Boots and Baby Boot, call PAWS, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Momma Boots 



Council Appointment: On Tuesday, February 19, the Council nominated Mary Hale as the City’s representative to the Port of San Diego Arts, Culture and Design Committee.


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: Positions are open on the following board, commission or committees: Bicycle Advisory Committee (1) and Design Review 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 found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, February 20, the Historic Resource Commission approved Historic Alteration Permits for 731 C Ave., 941 G Ave. and 535 Ocean Blvd. The Commission also determined that 505 Orange Ave. does not meet the criteria for designation as a Historic Resource.


Design Review Committee: The Design Review Committee last week approved two separate single-family dwelling units, each requesting additional floor area ratio and a roof deck. One project is located at 140 F Ave. and the other at 550 Marina Ave. The Commission approved the exterior design of the proposed redevelopment of the Villa Capri into a four-story 40-room hotel with a rooftop bar/restaurant and underground parking. The project will also be heard by the Historic Resource and Planning Commissions as well as the City Council. The Commission also approved exterior design changes for the new restaurant, The Henry,” under construction at 1031 Orange Ave. Lastly, the Commission approved various exterior improvements at the Hotel del Coronado, including changes to Eno’s patio, the exterior of Babcock and Story, the sundeck and pool area, as well as the Cabana Room building.

 Villa Capri

The Henry

HDC Ext Improvements

HDC Ext Imrpovements2 
HDC Ext improvements3




Adult Library Programs: The final session of the six-part series Poetry for the People was held on Wednesday, February 20. The Library presented morning and evening programs on Thursday, February 21:  Art & Architecture of Northern Spain was presented by Amanda Schaffer; and “Fake News, Bots…Memes?” was presented by Wendy Bloom from the Newseum. A full listing of Library programs can be found online.


Youth Programs: Children from the Holly Drive Leadership Academy enjoyed a field trip to the Library. The group listened to stories, participated in songs focused on learning vocabulary and following directions, and the children applied for Library cards. On Tuesday, February 19, a LEGO building challenge was held. Children decorated Valentine’s Day Cookies on February 13. Teens enjoyed a screening of the movie “Incredibles 2” on Wednesday, February 20. Last week, teens played games at the Valentine’s vs. Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.

Holly Drive School Holly Drive Pic

Cookies 3 images

Valentine's Day event


Museum Month: February is San Diego Museum Month. The Coronado Public Library, along with other local libraries, is distributing Museum Passes offering residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy half-price admission at more than 40 San Diego museums during the month of February. The passes are available at the Children’s information desk.



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

  • The City hired a contractor to re-stripe fire lanes in alleys in the Village area. Striping will be completed from February 28 to March 1, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. No-parking signs will be placed on February 25. Closures for each alley will not exceed six hours, and trash service will not be affected. See map below.

Alley Restriping map




Tsunami Fitness Class Free Trial: Recreation Services will hold a free trial class called Tsunami Balance and Core Workout on Tuesday and Thursday, February 26 and 28, at 6 p.m. This special demonstration class is first-come first-served and there are only nine spots available. Patrons should wear swimsuits or workout gear that they are willing to get wet. Tsunami Fitness Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. starting March 5.

Tsunami Balance  


Gym Closed Friday: The Community Center Gymnasium is set to close Friday, February 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. for light maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience. For updates on recreation facilities, community members can register for notifications at www.rainedout.com, search for City of Coronado Recreation.


Winter Classes Begin: More than 430 children started new enrichment classes this week as Coronado Recreation and Golf Services’ winter classes began. Some tot and preschool classes are so popular they sold out. The most popular youth classes this season are Kids in the Kitchen, Rock Climbing, Skate Class, DIY Divas, Slime Science, Wall Crawlers and the H2A Dance Team. These classes continue for the next five weeks. Register for Session B classes beginning the week of April 1. Register for programs, classes and camps here or call the Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342.


Summer Jobs: The Recreation and Golf Services Department is currently accepting applications for summer staff to work at its day camps and other youth recreation programs. Although these positions start the end of May and continue through the end of August, anyone interested is encouraged to apply now before all the positions are filled. Working as a camp counselor, a preschool assistant, a rock wall overseer, skatepark mentor, sports coach or adventure guide are very rewarding as you learn, grow and influence the lives of young children. This is not your typical summer job. Apply for the Recreation Assistant 2019 Summer Day Camp Position at www.coronado.ca.us. Click on Job Opportunities. Questions? Call (619) 522-7300.

Summer Jobs

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Posted on 02/22/2019
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