Weekly Update May 31, 2019

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Weekly Update May 31, 2019



Weekly Update May 31, 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.


Ferry Survey: Do you ride the ferry for fun or to get to work? The 15-minute excursion between San Diego and Coronado operates year-round and includes free City-sponsored, early-morning commuter ferry service. The City of Coronado is conducting an informal survey to learn more about the habits of ferry riders and to be more responsive to their commuter needs. Please consider taking the survey.

Ferry Service image


New Flag Retirement Service:  A new collection service for retired American flags will launch on Flag Day, June 14, at the Coronado Library. Coronado residents who wish to dispose of their American flags will be able to place them in a new collection box in the Library’s lobby. The box will supplement an existing service offered by the Coronado VFW, also on Orange Avenue. In honor of Flag Day and to launch the new collection box, the Library is holding a concert of patriotic music performed by the Left Coast Quintet on the library lawn at 1 p.m. The box is being provided by San Diego County and will initially be serviced by the Boy Scouts, with the VFW as back up. Just as there are traditions regarding the dignified display and use of the flag, there are also customs for its disposal when it has become worn, tattered or faded. Flags that are no longer fit for service are usually burned, a community service traditionally overseen in Coronado by the VFW.

Flag Disposal Box

Caltrans Road Work: The California Department of Transportation began work on two projects this week that delayed traffic and caused some inconveniences to residents. Concrete repair work that was scheduled to be performed Wednesday, May 29, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. ended up taking longer than expected because the contractor removed more concrete than crews could replace. The additional work required the lane be closed until 11 a.m. Caltrans was contacted and has assured the City that any future work will be wrapped up by 5 a.m. Caltrans also worked overnight earlier this week to seal some patch work the agency recently completed on Orange Avenue and state Route 282. Crews worked Tuesday, May 28, to grind off pavement stripes and remove markers in preparation for sealing, or microsurfacing. The work was completed on Wednesday and Thursday, May 29-30. Caltrans is tentatively scheduled to restripe and replace the pavement markers next week. The same work will be done on state Route 75 and a couple of intersections at SR 282 in the near future. Work will be done from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The City was not notified of the work, which is not a requirement but appreciated.

Caltrans roadwork on Third Street 

Cross-border Sewage Meeting: Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency, Customs and Border Protection, and the International Boundary and Water Commission have scheduled a federal stakeholder meeting at the invitation of Coronado to continue its discussion on ways to address contamination in the Tijuana River Valley that is forcing beach closures in San Diego County. Officials will be addressing coordination between federal agencies to solve the pollution problem. The meeting will be held at the Community Center from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 5.


Sign Enforcement: City crews will be canvassing the Village and Cays to check for real estate, campaign and other signs that violate the Coronado Municipal Code. They will remove those signs found in the public right of way. Confiscated signs are held for 30 days. If not claimed, they are discarded. Over the past two weekends, City staff noticed an abundance of signs placed where they are not allowed. This includes the Orange Avenue medians and all city parkways, the strip of land between the curb and the sidewalk.

2020 Coronado Community Read: Today, Friday, May 31, is the final day to submit nominations for the 2020 Coronado Community Read. 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  fescobedo@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2470.

2020 Community Read logo 

Defibrillator Update:  Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are devices used when a person goes into suspected cardiac arrest. It is placed on the chest and gives resuscitation instructions and instant analysis of the patient’s heart rhythm. They are easy to use with the help of images and verbal commands. The Fire Department manages the AED program in conjunction with Project Heartbeat. The City has 35 AEDs in facilities all over town, as well as in Police and Lifeguard vehicles. The devices can give instructions in English and Spanish and have a CPR feedback device that will advise if chest compressions are being performed effectively. The City regularly maintains the devices and offers training to staff. In conjunction with the upcoming CPR/AED Awareness Week, the City is providing training to staff by representatives from Project Heartbeat. AEDs are valuable tools that have saved numerous lives in Coronado thanks to the swift and competent action of City employees from various departments. If you would like to learn how to use an AED or properly perform CPR, classes are available through the Fire Department and can be scheduled by calling (619) 522-7374. 

AED at City Hall

Coverboards at Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  Medium density polyethylene coverboards were replaced around the perimeter of the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp dock last Friday, May 24.  The new boards are thicker and more durable. They also are taller so the gap from the bottom of the board to the top of the water is substantially reduced. This will minimize small watercraft from getting stuck beneath the board.

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp 

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp2



Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation: This week, the contractor on the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project backfilled the areas adjacent to the new vault structures, installed new drain lines and sump pumps in the vaults, and new suction piping in the wet well. In addition, the dewatering system was removed from the site. A final walk-through of the wet well improvements is scheduled for next week. Once the work is accepted, the station can be put back into use and the bypass system can be removed. Site restoration, which consists of installing new drivable grass, repairs to the odor control bed, and installation of sod will begin next week.

Transbay Project Update 



Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements:  The contractor on the Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements project was delayed due to the rains last week and resumed work this week. Crews started to sandblast the street names using letters and Morse code into the concrete rings which will eventually be stained black. The medallion grouting, staining, and sealing will follow. Soil and plant installation is in progress; 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 and Orange Parklet Project



Community Center Roof Repair: The full-size hip roof mock-up options on the Community Center Roof Repair project were recently completed to establish acceptable aesthetics and ensure waterproof construction. The lobby’s copper gutter construction was completed last week so the area’s stepped-copper PVC roofing will start this week. The gym’s stepped-copper roof installation continues to progress. The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof project 


ADOPTED -- Pet of the Week: Great news about Lola, a small and sweet mixed-breed dog, who was this week’s Pet of the Week. Lola was adopted. She was up for adoption after arriving at the Animal Care Facility as a stray.  The City, PAWS of Coronado and Lola are happy she has found a home. Visit the City’s Animal Care Facility or call PAWS at (619) 522-7371 to find out about all the animals up for adoption.

Lola Pet of the Week 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Bicycle Advisory Committee (one vacancy), Discover Coronado (one vacancy is expected to be filled Tuesday, June 4, application deadline has passed) 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 




Adult Library Programs: The Library holds workshops to help the community learn new skills. A recent Google Drive Basics workshop was held Tuesday, May 28, to show people how to use and get the most out of free cloud storage services. An all-day Mental Health Resource Fair is set for Saturday, June 1. Planned segments include witnessing suicide, responding to dementia-related behavior, and strategies to help children cope with divorce or parental loss. Other programs deal with stress reduction and suicide prevention training. Participants can receive a Mental Health First Aid certification. The fair is possible through California State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, which included funds to purchase related books now part of the Library’s collection. The Saturday Book Club meets generally at 1 p.m. This week’s meeting will be held to discuss “Annapurna: First Conquest of an 8000-Meter Peak” by Maurice Herzog.


Youth Programs: Teens are getting involved in an important community project that will report on the state of our local environment. From June 1 to 16, members of the Teen Advisory Board will be taking part in the Snapshot Cal Coast project, an annual effort to make and share observations of plants, animals, and seaweed along the California coast using the free iNaturalist app. The information gathered will help scientists create a snapshot in time of the state of health of our coastal environment. Teens were introduced to the project on Tuesday, May 28, at the Teen Advisory Board meeting, which is a regular informal forum where any teens can voice their opinions about what they want to see at the Library. The 75th anniversary of D-Day is commemorated in a display case in the exhibit gallery. The photos and items on display are on loan from The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park.

D Day Exhibit small



Special Olympics Torch Run: On Tuesday, May 29, members of the Coronado Police Department participated in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The run started at the Chula Vista Police Department, where Officer Grace DelBagno sang the National Anthem and worked its way through San Diego County. The torch run increases awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics.

Special Olympics Torch Run 



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

  • Facilities Division performed preventative maintenance on benches at Centennial Park. The wood on the benches were dry from the coastal elements and routinely require an occasional application of teak oil as a protective coating. Crews received much appreciation while conducting the work. All of the park’s benches will be completed by Friday, May 31.

Centennial Park Benches 3 images

  • A section of roofing of a bus stop along Silver Strand State Highway came loose and was torn off during a storm due to strong winds. Facilities Division was able to locate the section of copper sheeting and reattach it to the structure with all new hardware.

Silver Strand Bus Stop



Drowning Prevention Awareness Month: May is Drowning Prevention Awareness Month and Recreation and Golf Services Aquatics Division would like to remind the community of a few ways you can be safer and more responsible around the water, such as getting swimming lessons for your children, always wearing a life jacket and swimming near a lifeguard. Follow us on Facebook (@putsomeplayinyourday) and Instagram (@recreate_coronado) for more safety tips this summer.

Drowning Prevention Tips

Tennis Tournaments: This weekend, June 1, the USTA Coronado Tennis Association Tournament will take place at the Tennis Center facility. Contact the Tennis Center for court availability. This tournament will only take place at the Tennis Center courts. Other Coronado courts will be available for regular play.

Tennis Tournament 

Pool Closed: Mark your calendars. The Aquatics Center will be closed on Sunday, June 9, for specialized lifeguard training and pool maintenance.

Pool Closed Flier 

Spreckels Center: Celebrate Summer by creating a floral arrangement in the Seasonal Floral Design class on Monday, June 3, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Award-winning floral designer Maribel Herrera will teach you how to create a live arrangement for you to take home or give as a gift. Register now. Cost is $35 for residents; $45 for nonresidents. There is an additional $25 materials fee payable to the instructor on the day of class. Plan ahead for future Seasonal Floral Design classes that will be held July 8 and August 5. The June/August Spreckels Center Newsletter is now available here. To register or receive additional information, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343 or visit us on the web at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels. 

Spreckels Center Newsletter

Stay Informed Coronado:  
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Posted on 05/31/2019
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