Weekly Update May 24, 2019

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Weekly Update May 24, 2019


Weekly Update May 24, 2019

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Summer Shuttle 2019 Kicks Off: City leaders, local hoteliers and members of the community attended a kick-off event on Friday, May 24, for Coronado’s Free Summer Shuttle program. The event was held on the first day of service at 10 a.m. at Coronado Rotary Plaza. Four brightly wrapped buses will be in service from the Memorial Day holiday weekend through Labor Day. After the kick-off ceremony, the community was invited to take a ride. Discover Coronado again paid to wrap the four buses, which are larger this year. The City will contract with MTS to provide special free bus service on the Fourth of July for Cays residents as well as extended service in the Village, and free bus rides are available to Cays residents for use throughout the summer. Free Compass Cards can be picked up at the Cays Homeowners Association office during business hours.

Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off Event


Memorial Day Holiday: The City of Coronado will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27, and reminds residents that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Memorial Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here’s the full schedule:

Memorial Day 2019 Holiday Schedule 


Memorial Day Service: Memorial Day Service, sponsored by the Coronado VFW Post 2422, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at Star Park. The annual service honors fallen military with guest speakers, taps and the singing of the National Anthem. Those with mobility issues are advised to arrive early to find parking and have enough time to make it to the event. Following the service, the community is invited to the VFW, 557 Orange Ave. Naval Base Coronado has informed the City that it will conduct a 21-gun salute in honor of Memorial Day at noon.


Summer Concerts Begin:  This holiday weekend marks the beginning of not only the Free Summer Shuttle program but the Coronado Summer Concert Series as well. The first concert is a double-header on Sunday, May 26, at Spreckels Park. The first concert begins at 4:30 and the second is at 6:15 p.m. The concerts are held weekly on Sundays in Spreckels Park, through Sunday, September 1. Here’s a link to the  concert schedule. Organizers ask concert goers to be considerate when setting up. No smoking in the park and dogs are not allowed in Spreckels Park. There is no staking out spots prior to 3 p.m. Please use the designated loading zones.

Coronado Summer Concert Series



Hometown Banner Event: Sixteen veterans who live or have lived in Coronado were honored with a Hometown Banner on Saturday, May 18, at Coronado High School. The event featured the Coronado High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem by sophomore Jean Younce. Each honoree’s biography was read aloud, and a quarter-sized duplicate of the banner that will be displayed along the Avenue of Heroes, Third and Fourth streets, was presented to the honoree or their family. Nominations are accepted on a continuous basis. Any active duty or retired service members, from enlisted personnel to officers, living or deceased, are eligible. Additional information on the Hometown Banner program can be found by searching “Hometown Banner” on the City’s website. All costs of The Hometown Banner – Honoring Coronado Veterans Program is underwritten by the City. Officials with the City, VFW Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to provide the program, which honors men and women from Coronado who have honorably served their country.

Hometown Banner Event two images

Hometown Banner Full Shot of auditorium 



Signal Installation at Fourth/Alameda: Construction will begin soon at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street to install new signal lights as approved by the City Council. A contract was awarded in March 2018. The signals were carefully scrutinized by the California Department of Transportation and delayed due to material delivery issues. The signals are designed to improve safety along the Fourth Street Corridor by encouraging the platooning of vehicles. The signal hardware will be more decorative than typical signals as the city enhances the appearance of the Third and Fourth Street Corridors.

Fourth and Alameda intersection


Commuter Ferry Survey: Over the next several weeks, City staff will be interviewing commuter ferry riders to help us evaluate the service. Currently, the City-sponsored Free Commuter Ferry Service provides five trips every morning Monday through Friday between the Ferry Landing to the Broadway pier in San Diego. Staff is exploring the benefits of adding a sixth trip. The hope is to increase ridership and convenience for the current regular users. About 80,000 free ferry commuter rides were provided last year.     


Cays Off-ramp Flooding Fix: The California Department of Transportation and its contractor have begun overnight work on a project to fix the drainage at the bottom of the state Route 75//Cays Boulevard off-ramp. The area tends to flood when it rains. The contractor started work last week and should wrap up construction within a few weeks. Caltrans has stated that construction hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please note that the area is closed to southbound through-traffic only during construction hours. Those planning to drive south on SR 75 from the Cays or enter the Cays from southbound SR 75 will be diverted to either the Coastal Campus entrance at Old Fort Emery Boulevard or Coronado Bay Road during construction hours.

SR 75 at Cays Blvd. Construction 


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: This week, the contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project installed the mechanical items in the new vault structures, demolished the existing hatch, and removed the line stop, which placed some of the new piping and valves in use.  Next week, the new 90-degree pipe elbows will be installed in the wet well and site restoration will begin.

Transbay Work Map 


Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements: The decorative concrete medallions at the Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements project will be grouted in place this week. The contractor plans to sandblast the street names using letters and Morse code into the concrete rings this week, weather permitting. The Metropolitan Transit System swivel seating was anchored, and irrigation was installed inside the planters last week. Soil and plant installation will follow. The tables and chairs are scheduled for delivery at the end of May. Once the tables and chairs are anchored, the design for the parklet experience will be completed.

Second Street Streetscape 


Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp Closure: The Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp will be closed Friday, May 24, while work is conducted to repair rub rails that help absorb the impact of close encounters with dock pilings. The work should last one day.

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp

Community Center Roof Repair:  The contractor completed work on the gym’s copper gutters this week and installed two courses of copper-infused PVC-stepped roofing over the weekend. The lobby copper gutter construction is planned to begin this week. There have been no leaks in the gym as a result of the recent rains since the waterproofing layer has already been installed. The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof work



2020 Coronado Community Read: This is the last week to submit nominations for the 2020 Coronado Community Read. The Coronado Public Library and Cultural Arts Commission are accepting nominations until May 31. You may nominate a book at the Coronado Public Library or online or at the Library. The program is made possible through funding from the Friends of the Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. For more information contact Franklin Escobedo, Principal Librarian, Coronado Public Library at  [email protected] or (619) 522-2470.

2020 Community Read logo 


All Things Seuss: The never-before-exhibited private collection “All Things Seuss: Exhibit 1” closes next week and if you have not seen it, get over the Coronado Public Library before Tuesday, May 28. “All Things Seuss: Exhibit 2” in the C3 Gallery in the Coronado Community Center Gallery will continue through August 15.  Both exhibits are FREE and open to the public. The exhibits feature the collection of local resident Louise Gens Wicarius. Thirty-seven pieces are being seen on public display for the first time in Coronado. Wicarius began collecting the pieces in the early 2000. The Library exhibition includes other Seuss memorabilia including first edition Seuss children’s books from a private collector and the Hotel del Coronado has loaned their serigraph of the sold out “I Dreamed I was a Doorman at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Dr. Seuss Exhibits 1 & 2 


Pet of the Week: Nora, a 1-year-old cat Tabby who became a young mother shortly after arriving at PAWS of Coronado, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Sweet and petite Nora came to PAWS after she and another female cat were found in a box. It was soon discovered that Nora was pregnant. She had her kittens, and has been a very good mom, but now she needs to find a home. She is petite with unique markings. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Nora, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Nora Pet of the Week




Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Bicycle Advisory Committee (one vacancy), Discover Coronado (one vacancy) and Design Review Commission (two vacancies). 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 



Design Review Commission: The Design Review Commission this week denied a request for an exterior design approval for the expansion of Vons Grocery store into the adjacent commercial tenant space located at 844 Orange Ave. The denial is based on the Commission not being able to make findings 5.b., 5.c., and 5.d of CMC Section 80.00.075. The Commission held a public hearing and approved a request for a minor exterior design approval for a delineated outdoor seating area at the Bistro d’Asia restaurant located at 1301 Orange Ave., as shown in the plans below. Commissioners held a public hearing and approved a request for an exterior design approval for a multi-family condominium complex located at 434 Orange Ave., as shown in the rendering below. The Commission approved a remodel to an existing apartment complex at 810 G Ave. (rendering shown below with Moderna on the side.)

Vons rendering

Bistro dAsia rendering

434 Orange Avenue rendering

810 G AVenue rendering

Historic Preservation Symposium: The Coronado Historical Association will host a free Historic Preservation Symposium on Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Coronado Historical Association, 1100 Orange Ave. Architect Ione Stiegler will give a presentation titled “Reconstructing the Past: Peeling Back Layers on the Sikes Adobe Farmstead, Warner's Ranch, and Many More Historic Sites.” Coronado Associate Planner Tricia Olsen will describe the City’s Historic Resource Ordinance and the process to apply for Historic Designation and Mills Act tax incentives.


Happy Preservation Month Symposium Flier



Adult Library Programs: Young musicians from the Coronado School of the Arts demonstrated their talents at their annual senior recital, a community concert held at the library on Wednesday, May 22. Workshops this week at the library included the use of images in Microsoft Word on Wednesday, May 22, and, on Thursday, May 23, patrons learned how to animate characters using the Graphic Tablet in the library’s Digital Media Lab. On Saturday, May 25, the Spoiler’s Book Club will watch and then discuss Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” at 2:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. An Edgar Allan Poe impersonator was the special guest at this years’ Literary Tea in the Winn Room on Saturday, May 18.

Literary Tea Edgar Allan Poe 


Youth Programs: Teens created air plant terrariums to take home on Wednesday, May 22. They learned about air plant care and collaborated with peers to design and create their own terrariums.

Teen Terrarium Craft 



Robbery Update: The Coronado Police Department has two people in custody in connection with a Saturday, May 4, armed robbery in the 1700 block of Silver Strand Boulevard. The crime involved three suspects who held two victims at gunpoint in their car while they were robbed. A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested late last week and charged with robbery, conspiracy, terrorist threats, kidnapping, and reckless evading. The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call (619) 522-7350. Some of the victim’s property was recovered. 

PD Updates: This weekend, the Police Department’s summer staffing begins. The Police Department will have additional officers on hand during the evening on weekends. Next week, the Police Department will be conducting regular patrols with an emphasis on bicycle safety.  


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

  • Facilities Division built a step or riser at the two entry doors of the portable restroom facility on Seventh Street in Spreckels Park. The stop allows easier access into the restrooms in preparation for Concerts in the Park.

Portable Restroom Trailer





Stand Up Paddle Camp: Register for Youth Stand Up Paddleboard Camp today. The first week of this specialty aquatics camp is June 11. Register in person at the Coronado Community Center, over the phone at (619) 522-7342 or online at www.Coronado.ca.us/Register.

Youth SUP Camp Flier 




Tennis Tournament: There will be a USTA Junior Tournament for ages 10-18 at the Coronado Tennis Center May 25-27.  Local Players will be competing against players from all over San Diego County starting at 8 a.m. each day. The Tennis Center Courts will be fully booked for the tournament. The Cays, Library and Robin Adair Courts will not be used for tournament play. 


Trails and Ales: On Monday, June 10, the Spreckels Center will hold its next Trails and Ales event along the coast from Pacific Beach to Mission Beach. This will be an easy, 3-mile trek along a flat surface. Following the hike, participants will go to lunch at Attitude Burgers & Beers in Barrio Logan, which offers Peruvian tortillas and beers brewed on-site. The outing will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents. To register or to receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343, or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


Bike to the Movies: The annual Coronado Bikes to the Movies event was on Friday, May 17. About 75 community members joined in the festivities and rode their bikes over to Tidelands Park. Holland’s Bicycles generously donated their time in support of the event and provided a safety check station on-site during the pre-screen activities. They also provided bike helmets as prizes for the raffle. The free event was sponsored by the City, the San Diego Association of Governments, the San Diego Bicycle Coalition, and Holland’s Bicycle. The movie was sponsored by the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program.

Coronado Bikes to the Movies pics 



Junior Lifeguard Testing: There is an error in the printed Recreation and Golf Services brochure. The Junior Lifeguard test date listed in the brochure as May 17 should be May 25, followed by one more date on June 8.

Junior LIfegaurd Corrected Schedule 


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Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off
Posted on 05/24/2019
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