Weekly Update March 1, 2019

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Weekly Update March 1, 2019

Weekly Update March 1, 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.


All Things Seuss: Exhibit 1 and 2:  If you want to catch a rare glimpse of some of Dr. Seuss’ work from pieces from a local private collector, you don’t want to miss “All Things Seuss: Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2.” The twin exhibits are set to open in March and feature 37 pieces from the collection. “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. The exhibits and reception are free and are sponsored by the Coronado Public Library and the Cultural Arts Commission. The reception will be held in the Nautilus Room from 6 to 8 p.m. The C3 Gallery exhibition will run through August 15. The private collection is owned by resident Louise Gens Wicarius, which will be displayed for the first time. For more information about the exhibition contact Coronado Art Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected].

Dr. Seuss Exhibits


New Sign Installed: A new sign is being installed at Spreckels Park. The sign features local churches as well as local groups such as the Chamber of Commerce, Paws of Coronado and Coronado MainStreet. The sign maintains the characteristics of the former sign with the wood frame but accommodates more names and blends well with its park surroundings.

New Sign Rendering

New Sign Names

Visible Flame Notice: The Navy has advised the City that Naval Base Coronado is removing an 18,000-gallon propane tank at Naval Air Station North Island. The removal requires burning any vapors remaining after the propane is removed. Burning will occur for 10 hours each day on Wednesday and Thursday, March 6-7. The top of the flame will reach approximately 22 feet, which includes the flame plus the stand height, and will be visible from a distance. Federal fire crews will be onsite for this activity. The flame may be visible to residents in Coronado.


New Signal Activation: The Navy has announced that it will activate a new traffic signal at the entrance to its Coastal Campus on Tuesday, March 5. The Navy has been working on the entrance to the Coastal Campus, a SEAL training complex that is being built along the ocean south of the Coronado Cays, since late 2017. The improvements to the entrance include the traffic signal, as well as turn lanes, gates and a pedestrian connection from the Bayshore Bikeway to the Coastal Campus on the ocean side of SR-75. Drivers in the area should be prepared to stop and watch for cross traffic beginning early next week. Signs in the area are being used to let drivers know of the change.

Coastal Campus Entrance 


Beach Mats Update: The City continues to work toward getting beach mats in Coronado for better accessibility to the sand for all. The material for the beach mats has been determined and the Parks and Recreation Commission will decide on the color of the mats at its regular meeting on March 11. Once a color choice is selected, Public Services will place the order.  As soon as Public Services has an anticipated delivery date, installation plans will be prepared.


Spreckels Center Flooring: A contractor will begin installing the permanent flooring in the John D. Spreckels Center on Saturday, March 16. The floor was damaged (see image below) from a Dec. 6 storm that caused flooding throughout the facility. The installation will be completed by Friday, March 22. During this time, the Center will be closed to allow the work to be done as quickly as possible, so it can reopen. Access to the Lawn Bowling Green will be maintained as will access to bathrooms for lawn bowlers. Classes are being rescheduled or relocated. The City thanks the community for its patience during the work.

Spreckels Flooding 



2019 Community Read Kick-off: The 2019 Coronado Community Read kicked off on Saturday, February 23, at the Coronado Library with a Hometown Jamboree. The event highlighted the era and activities from this year’s book “The Practice House” by local author Laura McNeal with a pie-baking contest, quilt and needlework displays and a barbershop quartet. The Jamboree begins 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. Next up:

  • A screening of “The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Library’s Winn Room. The film explores how more than 100,000 young women worked as waitresses along the railway, opening up the doors in the early 20th century of both the American West and the workplace to women.
  • A screening of “Surviving the Dust Bowl” at the Library’s Winn Room at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5. The film explores how the Dust Bowlers overcame almost a decade of unbelievable calamities and disasters, enduring drought, dust, disease, even death to preserve their way of life.
  • An evening with local author Laura McNeal at 7 p.m. at the Coronado Playhouse on Thursday, March 14. Dean Nelson, director of the Journalism Program at Point Loma Nazarene University, will lead a conversation with McNeal on her journey to write “The Practice House.” Cost is $10.

Listen to the Library’s latest podcast episode with author Laura McNeal here. Download a pdf of the brochure to see the full program.

Hometown Jamboree


Spreckels Park Shade Structures:  At its March 11 meeting, the Parks and Recreation Commission will consider the style, design and type of shade structures to be added to Spreckels Park. Concerns have been raised in the community that the playground apparatus is fully exposed to the sun with the recent removal of several large trees. The City removed the trees after its arborist said many of the nearby trees were at-risk to lose limbs or fail completely.

Shade Structure options


Arbor Day Tree Plantings:  On Saturday, February 23, the City supported Arbor Day activities with 35 tree plantings throughout the City, beginning in Spreckels Park. Led by the Street Tree Committee, City staff, volunteers from the community, local schools and the Navy participated in the festivities. About 100 people showed up at Spreckels Park, were assigned a tree and a location somewhere in Coronado and helped plant their trees. After the trees were planted, City staff staked-off and deep watered the trees. Arbor Day in California falls the week of March 7. Coronado plants early to take advantage of the rainy season.

Arbor Day 2019

Arbor Day2 2019 



Art Outside the Box: The City recently completed the second phase of “Art Outside the Box,” wrapping six California Department of Transportation signal boxes on the state Route 75 with graphic art film. The six boxes are located adjacent to the six traffic signals between Naval Amphibious Base and the entrance to the Coronado Cays. The boxes are wrapped in images of flora and fauna indigenous to the Silver Strand taken by local photographers. The project completes the public art wrapping project initiated in 2016 that included 14 Caltrans signal boxes on the Strand and in the village on SR 75. The program features local artists and required reviews and approvals from the Public Art Program and the Cultural Arts Commission, members of the Silver Strand Beautification Committee, Caltrans as well as the City Council. For more information about this program, contact Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633.

Art Outside Box 
Art Outside the Box2



Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project completed the installation of the dewatering system and continued the excavation and installation of the shoring. The sewer bypass plan is currently under review. It is anticipated that bypass operations will begin in the next two weeks.



Subsurface Void Repairs:  The contractor on the project to repair the subsurface void at Coronado Avenue and Eighth Street erected a temporary construction fence this week around the intersection to better secure the area. The dewatering wells were drilled on Thursday, February 28, and dewatering operations began on Friday, March 1. Once the groundwater table is lowered, the excavation can begin. It is expected that construction will take approximately six weeks. The intersection will continue to be closed until the repairs are completed.

Subsurface Void 


Library Director Update: The City held interviews this week with seven top candidates for the Library Director position. The candidates were interviewed by two panels comprised of a mix of library professionals and Coronado interest groups. Top candidates will continue forward in the process. Initial background checks are being conducted on the highest-level candidates. The new director is expected to be named in March.

Pet of the Week: Ranger, a loving and handsome 12-year-old poodle mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Ranger is looking for a second chance at a great life. He came in in pretty rough shape but he is all cleaned up, happy and healthy and looking for a home. He weighs 9 pounds and his adoption fee is $65. To set up a visit with Ranger, call PAWS, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Ranger POTW 


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Bicycle Advisory Committee: one member. Applications are being accepted for this open position. 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.




Adult Library Programs: The following items have been held at the Coronado Public Library. Events such as these are held often. Check the Library’s website for a list of upcoming programs. The Library hosted three technology programs this week: a WordPress Workshop on Tuesday, February 26, an Introduction to Microsoft Word Workshop on Wednesday, February 27, and a Digital Media Lab Graphic Tablets Workshop on February 28. On Saturday, April 2, the Anime Club met, and “Gintama the Movie” was screened.


Youth Programs: Youth Services led a 3D Printer Workshop on Monday, February 25. On Tuesday, February 26, Superhero Yourself was the Tinker Tuesday topic for curious young minds. Children’s Services hosted “Book Party!: Geronimo and Thea Stilton,” based on the popular chapter book on February 28 for school-age kids. The Teen Advisory Board met on February 26 and this week’s Teen Event was “Heat Sensitive Slime.”  For a look at what the Library plans for youth, visit its Children’s Services page.




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

  • After recent storms, Beach Division works hard to keep the beaches clean and smooth by sanitizing the sand. Crews collect about half a yard to two yards of trash and debris every time they sanitize, which occurs about 2 to 3 times a week.

    Beach Sanitizing
     Beach Sanitizing debris


  • Glorietta Bay Park and beach have lost about 75 to 100 cubic yards of sand due to recent storm activity. Much of the sand loss has resulted in erosion of park pathways. The Beach Division is bringing in sand to help alleviate loss of sand around the beach, pathways and the edge of the pathways. The City will receive 75 cubic yards of sand, which will be delivered and placed in needed areas on Wednesday, March 6, to help resolve the issue.

    Sand Loss images 

  • Facilities Divsion crews moved the portable restroom trailer back to Avenida del Sol after being relocated to Central Beach during the restroom closure there for waste water work a few weeks ago and after a thorough cleaning and servicing at the Public Services yard. It is open for use.



  • Facilities Division crews conducted some regular maintenance on the Lifeguard’s Beach Maintenance Facility in recent weeks. The roof had some leaks and the wood had water damage. The fascia had termite damage and was replaced. The entire exterior of the building was repainted a lighter color to help it blend in around the surroundings.

         Beach Facility



Out & About Milestone: The Coronado Seniors Out & About program has completed its second year of service. The program began providing rides on March 1, 2017, and recently hit a milestone of giving more than 3,700 rides to 225 Coronado residents ages 60-plus who have few or no transportation options. Each week, the program provides rides to up to 70 people, with nearly 80 percent going to medical appointments. With this demand, the City is looking for more volunteer drivers with their own vehicles. If you have a California driver’s license and are able to provide four rides a month, please consider helping. To apply as either a rider or a volunteer driver, call 619) 522-6302, or go online at www.coronado.ca.us/outandabout.

Out and About 

Babysitter Training: If your son or daughter wants to babysit for young children or they are often left alone with siblings, the Babysitter Training course is for them. In this class, 11- to 15-year-olds will learn emergency protocols, home safety, infant care, age-appropriate activities, and a babysitter’s overall responsibilities. The $130 registration fee includes all hands-on skills training, a Babysitting Safety Booklet, a certificate of completion and a starter first aid kit.  Babysitter Training is held at the Club Room from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Contact the Spreckels Center for more information. You can also stop by at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Spreckels. The Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.


Cooking Kiddos: Children ages 3-5 can get some hands-on cooking experience in our new classes such as Tiny Tasters and Crafters on Wednesdays and Book and Cook on Fridays. This week, children worked below on their juicing skills. Register now at www.Coronado.ca.us/recreation.

Cooking Kiddos


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.



Dr. Seuss Flier
Posted on 03/01/2019
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