Weekly Update April 5, 2019

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Weekly Update April 5, 2019


Weekly Update April 5, 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.

Undergrounding Open House: On Thursday, April 4, the City hosted 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, made a presentation and answered 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. A second meeting is being planned.


New Library Director: The City’s new library director, Shaun Briley, starts his new job with the city on Monday, April 8. Briley was most recently the branch manager for the La Jolla Library. He also was named the San Diego Public Library Employee of the Year for 2018. 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 ready to make the Library more modern and inviting and an even stronger resource for all.

 Shaun Briley

Wireless Facilities Notifications: Over the past year, the City has received an influx of applications from wireless communication companies to construct and operate new cell site facilities in Coronado. Wireless communication providers have also indicated that they will require dozens of new facilities over the next several years to meet expected demand for new 5G technology. In response, the City Council recently adopted an ordinance to ensure that any new facilities are appropriately sited and designed to minimize visual and community character impacts. The new ordinance requires residents within 300 feet of a proposed facility to be notified in advance of a permit being issued to provide an opportunity for residents to request a public hearing before a permit is issued. Under existing federal law, cities are limited in preventing these new facilities. They cannot prevent wireless carriers from constructing and operating them, nor are they allowed to consider potential health effects. These restrictions are frustrating for elected officials, staff and residents alike. The City will continue to exercise its limited authority wherever possible. Residents are encouraged to share their concerns directly with wireless carriers.

Off – Leash Dog Park Public Workshops Next Week: The City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services and Community Development departments are hosting two public workshops regarding off-leash dog parks. The first will be held on Monday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. The second is set for Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center.  Everyone is encouraged to attend one of the April workshops to participate in exercises to gather public input concerning the site selection and design amenities of a potential off-leash dog park. The exercises will include a survey, a mapping exercise identifying potential sites and conversations with City staff. For more information, visit www.Coronado.ca.us/RecreationNews.




New Recreation Registration Program: The Recreation and Golf Services Department introduced community members this week to PerfectMind, Recreation’s new registration software. All Recreation Department patrons are required to create a new account in PerfectMind by completing the New Account Request form. Coronado residents also will need to provide current proof of Coronado residency or current proof of age for minor children, if applicable. For more information, and to download the New Account Request Form, visit www.Coronado.ca.us/Register. Print, complete, and submit the form and proof of residency via email to [email protected], or bring to the Coronado Community Center or John D. Spreckels Center to submit in person.

PerfectMind software 


Sidewalk Preservation: The Public Services team takes great pride in maintaining the City’s sidewalks to the highest quality and safety standards in the region. Within the past three years, every public right of way sidewalk in the City has been evaluated, rated and scheduled, where necessary, for maintenance and repairs. Preserving the City’s historic character is an important part of the City’s strategy. When sidewalks need to be repaired or replaced, which most commonly occurs when there are upheavals or cracking due to tree root system growth and intrusion, Public Services replaces the section of sidewalk to match the sidewalk design that was removed. If a sidewalk had a decorative scoring pattern before repair, the same pattern is built into the replacement sidewalk. Not all of the City’s sidewalks were originally installed with the ‘historic’ scoring design. Where possible, historic contractor stamps, typically located near intersections, are preserved when sidewalks are replaced. One exception is when there are various designs within one City block. In those cases, the replacement sidewalk section is finished in a design pattern that matches the majority of the block’s sidewalk design.


Second and Orange Parklets: Construction will begin on Monday, April 8, on the Second and Orange Parklets project. The work at each corner of the intersection is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. The project includes new bus stop seating, raised planters to give the space a more three-dimensional feel, tables and chairs to expand the dining experience, and decorative medallions of stamped and colored concrete. The project is designed to provide pedestrians a park-like experience in the business district. Traffic will be open in both directions during construction with some lane closures as needed. All lanes will be open before 7 a.m. and after 2:30 p.m. Pedestrian traffic flow will be rerouted on sidewalks, and all sections will be accessible.

Second and Orange Parklets 


Feast and Fareway: Feast and Fareway, the new operator of the Golf Course Clubhouse, is taking shape. Finish work has begun on the interior, including paint on the walls, tile on the new bar and new appliance installation in the kitchen. The shade structure supports on the south and east patios are being finished as the welders secure them to the building. The Golf Course, the driving range and Pro Shop are open, with food and beverages available on the North patio.

Feast and Fareway 


Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance: The contractor on the Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance project restored the sidewalk and planter boxes last week and the safety fence has been taken down. Crack repairs on the seawalls will resume this week and will continue into next week.

Cays Causeway 


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: The contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project completed the reliability testing of the bypass system and the station is now offline. Crews have completed the wet well cleaning and are now removing the existing liner, which is expected to be completed next week. The contractor is working on installing the new light fixtures and are continuing to excavate where the new vault structures will be located.


Subsurface Void at Eighth Street and Coronado Avenue:  The contractor on the subsurface void repair project at Coronado Avenue and Eighth Street poured the new storm water clean-out structure and applied exterior waterproofing to provide additional protection against groundwater. The contractor will back-fill around the new structure and then will excavate around the existing sewer manhole that will be replaced; the replacement of this structure is anticipated to the completed next week. Staff televised the 27-inch storm drain pipe that enters the new clean-out and found the existing liner failed approximately 25 feet from the new clean out; this is where the roadway depression was the most significant. The contractor will replace approximately 30 feet of this pipe to repair the failure. Work is expected to be completed in four weeks.

Subsurface Void 


2019 Community Read Final Event: This year’s Coronado Community Read book, “The Practice House,” was set in the early 1930s. Programming for the Community Read has centered on that era in examining migration from Kansas to Southern California, the troubles of the Dust Bowl and tuberculosis, homemaking and handicrafts, and films depicting the times. In keeping with the theme, the final event will be a concert and dance performance featuring the music and dance of the 1930s in Spreckels Park, Friday, April 5, at 5:30 with swing lessons. The live music will run from 6 to 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The Coronado Big Band, a 17-piece jazz orchestra, will play tunes such as “All of Me” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Dance instruction will be provided by Firehouse Swing Dance.

Community Big Band


Celebrating Coronado Artists Banners: Flowers are everywhere, including on nearly a third of the “Celebrating Coronado Artists” banners in the newly installed series on Orange Avenue. From early April through the end of June, 30 light-pole banners will feature 30 Coronado artists along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The Orange Avenue Banner Program, funded through a grant from Discover Coronado, is in its third year and seeks to encourage the use of public spaces for public art and the promotion of art and cultural events.

Artists Banners 



Florals by Locals: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring the fifth annual “Florals by Locals” exhibition and sale of floral-themed art by local artists. The two-day exhibition will be held during the annual Coronado Flower Show in Spreckels Park on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. Local artists will demonstrate painting and commission volunteers will answer questions about the exhibition and the Cultural Arts Commission. Artwork will be available to purchase directly through the represented artists. Participate in a community “tile painting” lesson for a minimum donation of $5 for materials. Participants will have the opportunity to make a set of four painted tile coasters with instruction from local artists.  

Florals by Locals


Pet of the Week:  Ava, a fun and athletic 1-year-old Shepherd mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Ava came to PAWS after she was found as a stray wandering along Tenth Street. She is sweet and sporty and looking for a family. She loves belly rubs and being with her human pals. Ava weighs 38 pounds and her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Ava, call PAWS, which runs the City's Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Ava Pet of the Week 



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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Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, April 3, the Historic Resource Commission designated 500 Palm Ave. and 654 J Ave. as historic resources. The Commission also recommended approval of a Mills Act Agreement at 1231 Alameda Blvd. and recommended denial of a Historic Alteration Permit at 848 Glorietta Blvd.


Design Review Commission: On March 27, the Design Review Commission held a public hearing and approved a request for an exterior design change for Charleston Shoe Company, a tenant in an at 1009A Orange Ave. The design includes a new sign and awning, as shown in the rendering. The Commission also approved a roof deck for a house under construction at 1040 Pine St.

Design Review


Lifeguard Training Camps: The Coronado Lifeguards will host the second of 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 final camp is set for April 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. For additional information, email Capt. Sean Carey at [email protected].

Lifeguard Training Camps




Adult Library Programs: The week began with Library App and Mobile Assistance Device workshops on Monday, April 1. The Library held a free screening of the Academy Award winning film, “Cabaret!”, followed by a discussion with the cast of the Coronado Playhouse production, on Wednesday, April 3. The Library’s Visiting Author Series presented Ernest Snowden, author of “Winged Brothers: Naval Aviation as Lived by Ernest and Macon Snowden” on Thursday, April 4. A book sale and discussion followed the presentation. Coronado’s 2019 Community Read wrapped up its successful season at the Library with the last scheduled book discussion on Thursday, April 4. The Library held a pie-baking workshop March 23 related to the 2019 Coronado Community Read.


Special Event: A continental breakfast discussion: Media Bias and Information Consumption, will be presented by Steve Miska, executive director of First Amendment Voice on Saturday, April 6. Other Library programs on April 6 include the Saturday Book Club meeting to discuss “The Monk of Mokha” by Dave Eggers, a document management workshop in the Conference Room, and a Haiku Writing Class.


New York Times Online: The Coronado Public Library is pleased to announce free access to the New York Times online is now available. Visit the Library website here to read the New York Times by redeeming the daily code displayed each visit. This special service is provided by the California State Library.


National Library Week: Celebrate National Library Week from April 7 to 13. Visit the Coronado Public Library and take advantage of free print and e-books, magazines, DVDs, streaming films using Kanopy, online resources, programs and services. To learn more about Coronado Public Library’s abundance of services, visit the Coronado Public Library website.


Youth Programs: On April 2, the Tinker Tuesday’s Smell Experiments theme focused on how what we see affects our sense of smell. This scientific program supports and encourages STEM learning. Science Preschool Storytime on Thursday, April 4, focused on the human body and how it works. Coming up, a Dragons Love Tacos Book Party will be held on Monday, April 8. More information about Children’s Library programs and services can be found here. On Monday, April 1, the Teen Tech Team provided mobile device help on a drop-in basis to those who need it. On Tuesday, April 2, the Teen Book Club met and discussed “Dear Martin” by Nick Stone. Games and Grub, a favorite after-school event was held on Wednesday, April 3, where teens played board and video games. The Junior Volunteers team met on Thursday, April 4. Visit the Teen Library page to discover more great programs and resources just for Teens. The Library held a Dust Bowl craft on March 27 related to the 2019 Coronado Community Read.

Dust Bowl Craft

Friends of the Library Book Sale: The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14, at Spreckels Park in conjunction with the Flower Show. On Friday, April 12, the book sale will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. for members only, with a hosted reception and annual membership meeting to follow. Book Sale admission is free on Saturday and Sunday, and credit and debit cards are now accepted at the sale.



DUI Arrest: On Saturday, March 30, at 8:30 a.m., dispatchers received several calls of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on Sixth Street. The driver hit several parked cars before crossing the sidewalk and crashing into a tree in the 500 block of J Avenue. A 49-year-old woman was taken to a San Diego area hospital where she was treated and arrested for DUI. An open bottle of vodka was found inside her car.


San Diego County Law Enforcement Wellness Group: The Police Department hosted law enforcement wellness groups from around San Diego County on Wednesday, April 3, to discuss preserving and promoting officers’ physical and emotional health. The group supports the Peer Support Program, Police Chaplain Program, Alcohol/Substance Abuse Program, and psychological services. These programs and services are available to all sworn and civilian employees, as well as their family members.


Law Enforcement Night at Petco Park:  The Police Department participated in law enforcement appreciation night at Petco Park on Friday, March 29. Officers were invited on to the field and recognized by the Padres before the game.

Law Enforcement Night 

(Officers Samantha Gearlds, Grace DelBagno and Meghan Nankivel) (Chief Kaye, Officers Gearlds, Nankivel, DelBagno and Engelke)



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

  • The restroom trailers are back at Spreckels Park. They are hooked up and will be available for use on Friday, April 5, for a community concert. They also will be in use for next weekend’s Coronado Flower Show, as well as for the summer concert series in the park. The trailers will remain locked during the week and only be open for City events.

Spreckels Restroom Trailers



Spring Recess Holiday Camp: About 40 kindergarteners through fifth graders joined in games, crafts, and other activities during Spring Recess Holiday and Xtreme Dodgeball Camps. The next camp offered is Camp Coronado during summer. Registration for summer activities starts May 7.


Golf Course Aerification: On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2 and 3, the Golf Course underwent spring aerification. The course closed the front nine on April 2 and the back nine on April 3. The green has topdressing sand on the surface that lasts for a few days. However, the course is very playable throughout this process. Golf Course fees are $25 walk, $40 ride, during the week and $32 walk, $50 ride on weekends until April 13.



Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Recreation has 350 spaces open for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. For this event, choose an 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. mealtime that features hot pancakes, steaming sausages, fruit, juice and coffee. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance for that perfect Easter photo with the bunny. The breakfast event includes holiday crafts, a prize wheel to spin and a special Easter egg hunt just for breakfast attendees. Advanced tickets are required and cost $12 for adults and $10 for each child. Call (619) 522-7342 to purchase your tickets.

Easter Breakfast 
EAster Breakfast2


Second Slime Time WorkshopThe second Slime Time Workshop is being held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. Kids in grades one through five will create stretchy, gooey and squishy slime in the Boathouse Club Room. Register children for this program and others like it here.

Slime Time 


Red Cross Lifeguard Certification: American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification courses took place last weekend. The next session of certification courses is May 31 to June 2 and is the last one before the start of Summer 2019. Be a lifeguard with us this summer.

Hiring Aquatics 



Learn to Swim: The second session of weekday swim lessons begin April 15 and second session of weekend lessons is April 13. And diving boards will open up on Saturdays, starting April 13 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Find out more about Aquatics swim lessons here.
Boy in Pool

Free Spreckels Center Presentation: April is Cancer Awareness month. Join staff from Sharp Coronado on Wednesday, April 10, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at the City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center for a National Cancer Control Month free presentation. Get helpful cancer prevention tips, and information about screenings that can be the best line of defense against a disease that will claim the lives of half a million Americans this year. To register or to receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh S. or the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, call (619) 522-7343, or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

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 04/05/2019
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