Weekly Update May 3, 2019

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Weekly Update May 3, 2019


Weekly Update May 3, 2019

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Beach Mats Ribbon-cutting Event: The City invites the community to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coronado’s new beach accessibility mats next Thursday, May 9, at Central Beach. The event will be held at 2 p.m. near the main Lifeguard Tower. The City will install mats at Central, North Beach, Dog Beach and Glorietta Bay Park beach to make traversing even the City’s widest beaches easier for those with mobility issues. Central Beach is first. Following the ceremony, mats will be installed at Glorietta Bay Park, then on May 10, mats will be installed at North Beach and Dog Beach. The City encourages people of all abilities, wheelchair users, and pedestrians with strollers and beach wagons to check out the beach mats.

Beach Mats images three views

Bridge Lighting Study: The Port of San Diego has informed the City that is conducting an engineering lighting study on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge that started Tuesday, April 30, and ends late Friday, May 4. The Port is testing LED lights that may be used to illuminate the columns of the bridge. The test is over land on two columns at a Barrio Logan shipyard. The study will allow the Port to observe, evaluate and collect data related to the output and performance of the lights. The lighting will not represent any particular design project.

Bridge Lit up for Lighting Study

Assistant City Manager to Retire: After a 32-year career in local government, Coronado Assistant City Manager Tom Ritter has announced his retirement effective July 12. Ritter joined the City of Coronado in 2009 after serving as the assistant City manager of Imperial Beach for six years. He also held positions in the cities of Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Long Beach. He began his career in public administration in Manhattan Beach in 1984. During his tenure, Ritter helped revitalize the Glorietta Bay Marina’s Dock C and public dock, worked on the initiation of the City’s Free Summer Shuttle service, implemented the City’s wayfinding signage program, oversaw the formation of the City’s Transportation Commission, administered the enforcement of Coronado’s short-term rental ordinance, managed the City’s participation in a national citizen satisfaction survey, and began the City’s Avenue of Heroes recognition program. He has been a dedicated public servant and will be missed.

Tom Ritter, Assistant City Manager


Celebrating Military Spouses: To celebrate the Coronado homefront, the City of Coronado and Naval Base Coronado are honoring local military spouses of active duty and veterans with a free base tour and lunch on Friday, May 10. Interested military spouses should call the City at (619) 522-7300 to be placed on the reservation list as space is limited. The City and Navy held a similar event in late March to honor Coronado Vietnam Veterans in recognition of National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The event will begin in Spreckels Park in Coronado at 10 a.m. and last approximately four hours with lunch on the Navy Base. The tour will require light walking and a few steps to enter and exit the bus. The bus tour will be narrated and hosted by Navy personnel with visits tentatively planned for several Coronado military installations.

Vietnam Vets Base Tour and Lunch 


May is Bike Month: May is National Bike Month. Coronado will celebrate National Bike Month by encouraging the community to bike to work or school, and to log miles with the San Diego Association of Government’s iCommute program. Bike month activities in May include:

  • Bike to School Day: The City encourages students to ride their bikes to school on Thursday, May 9.
  • Mayor’s Ride: This event is set for Saturday, May 11. Meet at Spreckels Park at the corner of Orange Avenue and Second Street at 12:30 p.m. The Mayor will lead the ride around Coronado.
  • Bike to Work Day: Thursday, May 16. Join thousands of commuters in San Diego region who will bike to work. If you register, you can get a free T-shirt at the pit stops, including one in Coronado near the Community Center. For more information, call 511 and say “iCommute,” or check out the full Weekly Update for links.
  • Coronado Bikes to the Movies: Families are invited to ride their bikes to Tidelands Park on Friday, May 17, to see a free showing of “Mary Poppins Returns.” The City will have free pre-screen bike activities starting at 6:30 p.m., including a mini-bicycle rodeo, walk-up bike mechanics and a Bike to Spin Prize Wheel. The movie begins at 8 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs and jackets or blankets. Coronado Bikes to the Movies is sponsored by the City of Coronado, the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego Bicycle Coalition and Holland’s Bicycles. As part of the Coronado Movies on the Bay series, this outdoor movie is sponsored by the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.

          Coronado Bikes to the Movies 

Cays Causeway Bulkhead Maintenance:  The contractor on the Cays Causeway Bulkhead maintenance project continues work on the seawall crack and spall repairs. These repairs should be completed by Friday, May 3.


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: The subcontractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project completed lining operations this week. The contractor continued working on the installation of the new vault structures.


Subsurface Void Repairs:  The contractor on the project to fill a subsurface void at the corner of Coronado Avenue and Eighth Street completed the repairs this week. The work included the final paving and coating of the new storm drain cleanout structure. The intersection has been reopened to traffic.



Second and Orange Streetscape Project:  The contractor on the Second and Orange Streetscape project completed the base concrete and rebar work on all four corners and is awaiting delivery of the medallions which are expected to arrive next week. The next steps will be to stain, then wash, and then seal the medallions. Furniture, planters and trash cans will be installed after the medallion installation.

Second and Orange Streetscape Project 



Community Center Roof Repair:  Construction started this week at the Community Center to repair all five copper Bermuda style roofs. The contractor was delayed due to rain earlier this week. Work began on demolition Wednesday, May 1. Five parking spaces in front to the Community Center will be used to store and stage materials for the project.  The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof Work 


Public Art Pianos are Back: The “Sit A Spell and Play A Tune” interactive piano art program is back for its third year. The City’s Cultural Arts Commission places three brightly wrapped pianos at outdoor locations around Coronado and is preparing for kick-off concerts. The first is planned for Saturday, May 4, and will be a Star Wars-themed event at the Coronado Ferry Landing piano from 2 to 4 p.m. The other concerts are planned on Saturday, May 11, at Coronado Rotary Plaza at 2 p.m. and on Saturday, May 18, at Adella Plaza, at 2 p.m. 

Sit a Spell and Play a Tune Pianos 


Pet of the Week: Peaches, a 10-year-old Tortoiseshell cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Peaches came to PAWS when her family could no longer care for her. She is a sweet and mellow female who in undemanding. She is declawed. Her adoption fee is $35. To set up a visit with Peaches, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Peaches Pet of the Week 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Bicycle Advisory Committee (one vacancy) and Discover Coronado (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for these 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.

Display Ad Vacancies 


New-ish Lifeguard Trucks:  Lifeguards have three new trucks. The first Chevrolet Colorado was put in service Wednesday, May 1. Public Services Fleet Division crews hope to get the second in service by the end of May and the third by mid-June. The vehicles are not exactly new. They are former Public Services vehicles that have been repurposed to have a second life on the beach. They are an improvement over the previous Lifeguard vehicles. They have a full four-door room for patient transport and have 40-inch LED front lights and side-mounted lights that provide full directional movement for night rescues, aluminum surf board rescue equipment racks and cargo box that will not rust due to the beach environment; and a full Code-3 lighting and PA system.

New Lifeguard Truck in Service


Adult Library Programs: At a Floral Cupcake Craft on Wednesday, May 1, florist Merry Street demonstrated how to make a cupcake-shaped arrangement with fresh, seasonal flowers. The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease were outlined by the Alzheimer’s Association on Thursday, May 2. Presenters discussed myths, commonly held fears, and what can be done to help with symptoms. A virtuoso quartet comprised of flute, viola, cello, and piano performed at the Winn Room on Friday, May 3. The musical group Camarada played the works of several composers including Chopin, Debussy, and Telemann. The Saturday Book Club will meet to discuss “A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich” by Lucas Delattre at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the Conference Room.


Youth Programs: Children experimented with non-Newtonian fluids in the Touch Science program for Tinker Tuesday on April 30. Participants learned about different phases of matter -- solid, liquid and gas. They mixed corn starch and water to make a substance that is a liquid but turns into a solid when touched. Teens enjoyed snacks while playing board and video games at Games & Grub at the Library on Wednesday, May 1. This fun event brings teens into the library to enjoy a safe space to socialize and enjoy snacks after school. The Candyland Tea Party will take place on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the Winn Room. The room will be decorated like a game board, complete with life-sized foam lollipops. Participants will be able to enjoy tea, punch, sandwiches and cookies. Tickets are available in the Children’s Library.

Tinker Tuesday-Touch Science program 





Law Enforcement Memorial: The annual San Diego County Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony was held Wednesday, May 1, at the San Diego County Administration building. The event honored those deputies and officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Their names have been engraved in the memorial wall that sits permanently on the lawn. The ceremony remembers the sacrifices made by officers while on the job. Coronado remembers Lt. Frank S. Greene, who was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in 1954. Greene's great-nieces attended with Coronado officers. The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, aerial flyover, taps and retiring of colors.
Law Enforcement Memorial event - 2 images

Detective Honored: On Friday, April 26, Det. Kovahn Vlach was honored at the San Diego Police Officers Association “Officer of the Year” awards banquet.  Kovahn was recognized for helping save a teenager’s life after she stopped breathing while at the Police Explorer Academy last year. Coronado Officer Grace Del Bagno sang the National Anthem at the event and Officer Joey Tanglao participated in the Honor Guard ceremony.  

Vlach Award Officer of the Year


Prescriptions Drug Take Back Day: On Saturday, April 27, the Coronado Police Department hosted a Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event allows citizens to get rid of unused or unwanted prescription drugs with no questions asked. A total of 53 pounds of prescription drugs was turned in. The Police Department has a bin to collect prescription drugs in its lobby for year-round drop-off.

Prescription Drug Take Back bin 





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

  • Streets Division replaced 30 downed or faded signs around town and replaced fading bike bollards on Tenth Street at Orange Avenue.

Downed or Faded Signs REplaced

Replaced Bollards in Bike Corrals


  • Facilities Division performed power washing of the exterior entries at the Library and Public Services administration building this week.

Power Washing by Public Services 






Summer Registration: Summer program online registration opens at midnight on Tuesday, May 7, for Coronado residents. Registration opens to everyone on May 14. Visit the registration page at www.Coronado.ca.us/register to view the summer brochure.

Summer Recreation Registration Begins 


A-Team Activities: The A-Team enjoyed an afternoon playing mini-golf at Boomers last 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. Call Recreation for more information at (619) 522-7342.

A-Team at Boomers outing

Ping Pong at the Tennis Center:  The Tennis Center has a Ping Pong (paddles and ball included) table that is free for anyone to use during the Tennis Centers business hours. Call the Tennis Center for more information at (619) 522-2650.

Tennis Center Ping Pong Table

Dr. Byeng Yuen Choi and Laura Moon enjoy their weekly Ping Pong game.

Photography at Spreckels Center: Learn the ins and outs of capturing beautiful images on your smartphone's camera in a Smartphone Photography workshop at the Spreckels Center. Photographer and City of Coronado employee Felix Mayorca explores how to get the most out of your phone's camera while teaching the basics of photography. Bring your phone and some comfortable walking shoes. The workshop is Tuesday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Arm Chair Travel: On Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. join your neighbors at the Spreckels Center as Coronado residents Bob and Berie Grobe discuss their 4,000-mile adventure from the top of North Island New Zealand at Cape Reinga to the southern tip of South Island at Stirling Point in Bluff. This is a new location for Armchair Travel. Light refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the speaker’s presentation. Cost is $5. To register, call the Spreckels Center at (619) 522-7343 or come by. The Spreckels Center is at 1019 Seventh St.


Co-ed Softball Summer League: The Adult Co-ed Softball League will kick off the summer season on June 1 and run through August 24. Games are played on Saturdays in Tidelands Park. Teams must have a minimum of 5 men and 3 women, or vice versa, to compete every week. Must be 18 years or older to play. Please register as a team. No games June 8, July 27 or August 3. Fee is $350 per team plus officials’ fees. For additional information, contact Sam Sonne at [email protected] or call (619) 522-2459.

Co-ed Softball Summer League image

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Beach Mats Ribbon-cutting Ceremony Location
Posted on 05/03/2019
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