Weekly Update March 22, 2019

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Weekly Update March 22, 2019

Weekly Update March 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.

New Library Director: Shaun Briley, the San Diego Public Library employee of the year and former branch manager for the La Jolla-Riford Library, is the City’s new Library Director.  He starts April 8. Briley stood out from among a strong pool of candidates for the vision he has of the role of the library in the community. He is excited to make the Library more modern and inviting and an even stronger resource for all. He has a master’s degree in library sciences and began working at the San Diego Public Library in 2007. In 2016, Briley was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, the library world’s equivalent of “person of the year” for his innovations. Last year, he was named 2018 Employee of the Year by the City of San Diego Public Library. Read the full press release online.

Shaun Briley 

Undergrounding Open House: On Thursday, April 4, the City will host an open-house forum to present information and seek community input on the City’s Utility Undergrounding program. City staff and the City’s consultant, Harris & Associates, will make a presentation and be available to answer questions. The City is looking for input from residents about options that could maximize or stretch the General Fund resources set aside for placing utilities underground. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way.


Recreation Pool is Open: The heater in the Aquatics Center Recreation Pool is repaired, and the temperature is back at safe swimming levels. Normal pool hours and classes resumed on Wednesday, March 20, more than one week after a pool heater unexpectedly shut down due to an inoperable fan that then activated the heater’s protection system. The City’s pool maintenance contractor found the issue and made repairs.

Pool Image 


Orange Avenue Palm Pruning: The City’s contract arborist will trim 350 palm trees within the Orange Avenue medians on two consecutive Saturdays, March 23 and 30. On March 23, a crew of four tree trimmers will work on the northbound side of Orange beginning at R.H. Dana Place and head north to First Street, closing the lane closest to the median as they go. On March 30, they will then head southbound from First to R.H. Dana. They will begin at about 7 a.m. and finish up at about 4:30 p.m. or sooner. Please note the no-parking signs in the work area.

Palm Trees on Orange 

Palm Tree Maps



City, Navy to Honor Vietnam Veterans: The City Council on Tuesday, March 19, presented a proclamation in honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day to Vietnam War veteran Lee Fulmer, CWO4 retired. In recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the City 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.

Vietnam Veterans Day

Caltrans Road Repairs: On Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19, crews with the California Department of Transportation worked overnight, cutting and removing large sections of asphalt on Third and Fourth streets between the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and Naval Air Station, North Island. They then repaved the areas as a permanent repair. The work was conducted in areas where City forces had temporarily patched potholes that formed following recent heavy storms. Caltrans scheduled this work as an ‘emergency project’ in response to the City’s request for them to address areas of the heavily trafficked couplet that were showing signs of extreme distress. These permanent fixes are similar to the work completed by Caltrans in October on Orange between Adella Avenue and Sixth Street.

Caltrans roadwork

Active Shooter Training: A multi-jurisdictional active shooter training exercise will be hosted by Coronado Police and Fire personnel on Thursday, March 28, at Coronado High School. The training exercises are designed to test and enhance the cooperation and readiness of our first-responders during an active shooter incident. Public safety officials are informing the community in case you see a large amount of patrol and fire vehicles at the school. The training is being held during spring break, so normal classroom instruction is not interrupted. (Photo from 2018).

Active Shooter Training 2018

Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance: The contractor on the Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance project finished grouting the seawall joints at Green Turtle and will restore the sidewalk and planter boxes early next week. Crack and spall repairs on the seawalls resumed this week and will continue into next week.

Cays Causeway 


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project continued with preparations 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. Night work occurred on Wednesday, March 20, to install a temporary electrical connection to power the bypass system. On Thursday, March 21, the bypass system was tested and put into operation. The bypass system will be in operation for a five-day reliability test to verify all components are working correctly before taking the pump station out of service.

Transbay Work

Subsurface Void Repairs:  The contractor on the subsurface void repair project began excavation operations this week and discovered that the existing sewer main and sewer manhole in the nearby vicinity were undermined due to the soil loss. The contractor set up a bypass operation to take the existing pipe out of service to reconstruct it. It is anticipated that the sewer manhole can be preserved as the soil loss was minimal under the structure. The work should be finished up in April.

Subsurface Void Repairs


Spreckels Center Closure: Crews completed the installation of the flooring at the Spreckels Center, which was closed this week during the work. The flooring was damaged in December. The contractor worked quickly to complete the project in a timely manner and the flooring looks great.

Spreckels Flooring


Florals by Locals Call to ArtistsThe deadline to submit your floral-themed artwork for inclusion in an exhibition and sale of local art in the 2019 Coronado Flower Show is April 1. The Florals by Locals exhibition will be art of the Flower Show, set for April 13-14. The Cultural Arts Commission is also seeking artists to volunteer and perform art demonstrations in the Florals by Locals tents. 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. The fee to enter is $30 to exhibit work only.
Florals by Locals


Pets of the Week: Momma Boots and Baby Boots came in to PAWS when their family could no longer take care of them. If you are looking for a sweet pair of cats, these two would be so happy to stay together as they seem to be related. Momma Boots is 9 years old and her adoption fee is $50. Baby Boots is 5 and has a $50 adoption fee. 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 and Baby Boots 



Council Appointment: The Council appointed Dave Gillingham to a vacancy on the Design Review Commission at its meeting Tuesday, March 19. He will serve out the remainder of the current term which expires July 31, 2020.


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.

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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 Monday, March 18, the Library conducted a Library App Workshop in the morning and a Mobile Device App Workshop in the afternoon. These popular workshops help patrons become familiar with smart devices and applications at their fingertips. The Mystery Book Club also met on Monday to discuss “A is for Alibi” by Sue Grafton. The 1942 classic film, “The Harvey Girls,” starring Judy Garland, was screened on Tuesday, March 19, as a Coronado Community Read event. On Wednesday, March 20, “Creating Music Scores” was held as a Digital Media Lab Workshop. “Eyewitness to History: A Personal Account,” was presented by World War II and Korean War veteran Lou de Beer on Wednesday, March 20. De Beer is honored on the Coronado Avenue of Heroes with a banner. On March 21, “Spring Craft for Adults: Make a Succulent Wreath” was taught. A Coronado Community Read book discussion on “The Practice House” by Laura McNeal was held on Thursday, March 21.


Youth Programs: LEGO Building Challenge was the Tinker Tuesday theme on March 19. Spring Stories & Art Projects is the featured Saturday morning program on March 23. More information about Children’s Library programs and services can be found here. Teens enjoyed “Ant Man & the Wasp” on Wednesday, March 20. Junior Volunteers met on Thursday, March 21. Visit the Teen Library page to discover more great programs and resources just for Teens.

LEGO Challenge 



Auto Theft Award: On Wednesday, March 20, Officer Charles Alejandrino was recognized for his accomplishments in auto theft recoveries. He was presented with an award at an annual award ceremony that was held in Balboa Park.

Auto Theft Award 







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

  • Fleet Division has been working over the past month and a half arranging for an upgrade of two Lifeguard towers. Lifeguard Tower 6C needed many repairs. Crews removed it from its platform, transported it to the contractor, who repaired the fiberglass and painted it. The tower was returned and reassembled by City staff. The life expectancy of the tower is another 5 to 7 years. Tower 3C also is getting repairs and will be back soon.

Lifeguard Tower 6C



Egg-Stravaganza: On Saturday, April 20, the Recreation Department will host its Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunts. There are two breakfast seatings at 8 and 10 a.m. The menu features pancakes, sausages, fruit, juice and coffee. Breakfast includes opportunities for photos with the Easter Bunny. The breakfast event includes holiday crafts, a prize wheel to spin and a personalized, intimate Easter egg hunt. Advanced tickets are required to attend Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Adults are $12 and children are $10. The Easter Egg hunts are held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There are age-appropriate egg hunt areas just for toddlers and one just for preschoolers. Bring your basket. The egg hunts are free and there are tickets available for purchase for other carnival activities. To purchase advance tickets for the Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, call Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342.

 Easter Activities


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.

Spring Recess


Babies are Messy: The babies got messy celebrating spring this week. The group of toddlers and parents spent time outside planting flowers and vegetables. Session B of Babies are Messy begins the week of April 1. Classes are Fridays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for children 12 months (walking) to 30 months and their favorite adult partner. The fees for this class are $75 for residents and $85 for nonresidents. Register at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation.

Babies are Messy


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.


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Posted on 03/22/2019
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