Weekly Update March 15, 2019

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Weekly Update March 15, 2019

Weekly Update March 15, 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.


Beach Accessibility Mats:  The City expects to have beach accessibility mats in place by the end of April. The City Council agreed to purchase and install mats at Central, North Beach and Dog Beach to make traversing even the City’s widest beaches easier for those with mobility issues. The Parks and Recreation Commission endorsed the project and Public Services staff members are making some last-minute adjustments to the designs for each location. Once finalized, the project will go out for bid in as soon as a few weeks. The photos below show demonstration mats.

Beach Mats 



Emergency Alerts: Everyone with an address in Coronado should be getting a postcard in the mail from the Coronado Fire Department, encouraging them to sign up for emergency alerts through San Diego County’s Alert San Diego system. It provides the best way to reach those who live, work or go to school in Coronado quickly with information as to a specific emergency and what protective action is expected. It is one of many tools that will be used during a major emergency. Sign up your mobile phone to receive alerts at http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/. The Fire Department is working to get as many people as it can to enroll in the system.

Alert San Diego 


Pool Heater Malfunction: The Aquatics Center Recreation Pool heater unexpectedly shut down earlier this week, but the Competition Pool remains open for lap swimming. The City has contacted users to let them know about the pool closure and class cancellations. The City’s pool maintenance contractor is working to resolve the problem quickly. The Aquatics Center has three large heaters with an average cost in excess of $100,000 each. This not your average home hot water heater. Ironically, the newest of the pool’s three heaters failed due to an inoperable fan that then activated the heater’s protection system.


Pothole Complaints: City Hall continues to receive concerns and complaints about potholes, specifically with the number of potholes on the right of way on Third Street between the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and E Avenue. The roadway is owned and managed by the California Department of Transportation. City crews have been placing cold patch, meaning cold asphalt, into the holes. Unfortunately, this section of the roadway needs more extensive repairs. The City has been communication with Caltrans, which has committed to an emergency repair project. The timing for the project is not known.



City, Navy to Honor Vietnam Veterans: In recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the City of Coronado and Naval Base Coronado are honoring local Coronado Vietnam veterans with a free base tour and lunch on Thursday, March 28. Interested Vietnam veterans should call the City at (619) 522-7300 to be placed on the reservation list as space is limited. National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every March 29. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and last four hours with lunch on the Navy Base. The bus tour will be narrated and hosted by Navy personnel with visits to Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado.


Special Event: The City reminds the community that the annual SuperSEAL Triathlon will be taking place on Sunday, March 17. The event is expected to start at 6:45 a.m. and end around 11:30 a.m. Motorists should expect delays on the Silver Strand during the event.


Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance: The contractor on the Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance project is working to fix the sinkhole that has developed on the north side of the Green Turtle causeway. This work should be completed by the end of the week. Crack and spall repairs on the seawalls will resume this week and will continue into the following week.

Cays Causeway 


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation:  The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project continued to prepare for the bypass pumping system that will be used to divert sewage around the station’s wet well, allowing the contractor to repair and replace the station’s protective liner. This week, the contractor installed two connections to the existing force main and continued to fuse the bypass pipe segments. Next week, the contractor will install a temporary electrical connection to power the bypass system. The work will occur during the pump station shutdown the night of Wednesday, March 20. No noise impacts are anticipated for this work.


Subsurface Void Repairs: The contractor working on the subsurface void at Coronado Avenue and Eighth Street, continued to monitor the dewatering system and once the groundwater table has been lowered, the excavation operations will begin. The work is expected to take about six weeks to complete.


Spreckels Center Closure: The Spreckels Center will be closed from March 16-22 to have permanent flooring installed. The flooring was damaged from a destructive December storm. Access to the Lawn Bowling Green will be maintained as will access to bathrooms for lawn bowlers. Most classes will be moved, and some may be canceled. Any affected participants will be notified by the Spreckels Center team. Call the Spreckels Center at (619) 522-7343 for details.


Pet of the Week: Ranger, a two-time Pet of the Week, is once again this week’s Pet of the Week. Ranger, a loving and handsome 12-year-old poodle mix, 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.



Coronado Junior Lifeguards, Surf AwarenessThe testing and programs for the popular Coronado Junior Lifeguard and Surf Awareness programs will soon begin for children ages 6 to 17, who will learn all about ocean safety. Children ages 9 to 17 will enjoy games, competition and many water activities in the Junior Lifeguard Program. Instructors are experienced beach lifeguards with backgrounds in teaching and coaching. The program is physically challenging, mentally stimulating and gives participants an idea of what it is to be a lifeguard. For the 6- to 8-year-old crowd, Surf Awareness classes are designed to teach environmental awareness, water safety, and an introduction to lifeguarding skills in an exciting and interesting environment. All participants will be tested before being invited into the program. For more information about getting involved in this summer’s program, call (619) 522-2629.

Junior Lifeguards 

Lifeguard Training Camps: The Coronado Lifeguards will host two free Beach Lifeguard Training Camps to help further develop potential lifeguards' abilities to prepare for the San Diego Regional Lifeguard Academy and a possible future with Coronado. Coronado Lifeguards will help participants develop skills such as swimming, running and paddling. The camps are set for March 23 and April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. For additional information, email Capt. Sean Carey at scarey@coronado.ca.us.

Lifeguard Training Camps 


Adult Library Programs: On Sunday, March 10, local author retired Navy Capt. Donald Auten presented his book, “Alika: Odyssey of a Navy Dolphin.” A book signing followed the presentation. The signature event of the 2019 Coronado Community Read program, “An Evening with Laura McNeal,” was held at the Coronado Playhouse on Thursday, March 14. A Coronado Community Read lecture, “The White Plague: Tuberculosis Yesterday and Today,” will be presented by Marti Brentnall, TB Outreach and Education Coordinator for San Diego County Public Health Services. The lecture will be on Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. in the Sharp Coronado Hospital Auditorium. Coronado Community Read programs and activities will continue through April 5 and more information can be found here. A Library App Workshop was held on Thursday, March 14. The Library celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 15, with the Raggle Taggle Irish Band concert and championship dancer Monique Campbell.

Youth Programs: Gravity Painting, a STEM activity, was the Tinker Tuesday theme on March 12. A “Kids Hands-on History” program was held on Saturday, March 16. More information about the Children’s Library can be found here. Free Tutoring for Teens was offered on Tuesday, March 12. The weekly teen event was Water Bottle Wind Spirals on Wednesday, March 13. Junior Volunteers met on Thursday, March 14. Visit the Teen Library page to discover more great programs and resources for Teens. Games and Grub was held on Wednesday, March 6.

Tinker Tuesday

Tinker Tuesday2 
Games and Grub



Holocaust Presentation: Holocaust survivor Mike Resmo, who is 90, addressed the students of Coronado High School on Wednesday, March 13, describing his experiences with the Nazi regime as a lesson in, as he said, “what bullying, bigotry, and intolerance can lead to.” Coronado Officers Grace Del Bagno and Megan Nankivel as well as Capt. Laszlo Waczek attended the emotional and informative presentation.

PD image 



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

  • Beach Division is preparing the sand near fire rings and other areas with heavy sanitizing. With sunny weather in our forecast, Beach crews are expecting many visitors.

    Beach Preparation 

    Beach Preparation2 


  • Streets Division replaced a poor section of alley between D and Orange avenues and Third and Fourth streets. Two sections of sidewalk on G Avenue were replaced due to heavy roots. First Street received new “Walk Your Wheels” logos at B, C and Orange avenues.

Sidewalk Work

Tree Roots

Walk Wheels

             Alley work



Spreckels Center Spring Trips: Here are some upcoming trips the community might want to know about. To sign up, stop by the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, 1019 Seventh St., or the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, call (619) 522-7343 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

  • On Monday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Spreckels Center has organized a vineyard and wine tour. For $99 (residents) or $115 (nonresidents), guests will enjoy luxury motor coach transportation, guided tours, wine-tastings, and a pizza lunch including gratuities. Participants will take a guided tour of the Altipiano Vineyard & Winery in Escondido and Rashelica Winery and Art Garden in Ramona. Registration in advance is required. 

  • The next Trails and Ales event is set for Monday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will head to the Manzanita & Hollywood canyons. On this 3-mile hike, participants will visit new trails that have been created to join existing paths in four city-owned canyons. The group will wind down with a visit to Stone Brewery at Liberty Station. Transportation is included in the price of $40 for residents and $50 for nonresidents. Registration in advance is required. 

  • Not exactly an actual trip, but a trip nonetheless and from the comforts of the Coronado Community Center. On Tuesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. the Armchair Travel program takes a tour of “The Alps,” the highest mountain range in Europe. Coronado’s Irwin Karp will present his story of hiking in the Alps in Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Switzerland (Bern, Murren and Gruyeres), and Italy (Cogne in the Valle d’Aosta and Lake Orta). Cost is $5.

Cooking Classes: This week, the “Adult and Child Cooking Class” focused on springtime treats. The group of parents, aunts, nannies, grandpas and kids cooked up spring veggie and cheddar biscuits, strawberry cheesecake bites and chocolate chip flowerpot cupcakes. Participants learned to measure, make, bake and decorate. The “Kids in the Kitchen” class created St. Patrick’s Day essentials on Monday, March 11. They cooked corned beef and cabbage, mashed potatoes and rainbow cupcakes. Register for the next session of Recreation Programs here. Most classes begin the week of April 1.

Cooking Classes 


Spring Recess Holiday Camp: Register your child for games, crafts, sports, cooking, singing, contests and more when you register them for Spring Recess Holiday Camp. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are welcome to join in from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, March 25, to Friday, March 29. The daily rate of this camp is $40 for residents, $50 for nonresidents. Visit Coronado.ca.us/recreation to register your child now. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.


A-Team Activities: The A-Team journeyed out to Cabrillo National Monument this week. The A-Team is a group of 16-year-olds and older who meet on Thursdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to explore all San Diego and Coronado have to offer. Join in Session B, beginning April 4. Cost for six sessions is $95 for residents, $105 for nonresidents.


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.


Beach Accessibility Mats
Posted on 03/15/2019
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