Weekly Update June 7, 2019

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Weekly Update June 7, 2019


Weekly Update June 7, 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.


Cross-border Sewage Meeting: Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Customs and Border Protection, the International Boundary and Water Commission, and the North American Development Bank met in Coronado this week to address contamination in the Tijuana River Valley. Officials discussed coordination between federal agencies to solve the pollution problem. Elected officials expressed optimism that there is a real plan to solve the cross-border contamination issue. Since 2018, the City of Coronado has lobbied federal lawmakers and agency leaders to fund sustainable solutions to stop the flow of sewage. The coalition-based approach has resulted in appropriations of funding to initiate solutions. Follow the latest news on the City’s website.

EPA Meeting in Coronado 


FY 2019-20 Budget Adopted: Earlier this week, the Council adopted the City’s Financial Plan and Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 with supporting resolutions. The budget is balanced without a draw from the City’s reserves. General Fund revenues are estimated to be $61.1 million and expenses are projected at $61 million. Considering all funds, expenditures are projected at $91.7 million. The economic outlook for Coronado remains positive with continued growth. The General Fund continues to be healthy. Property Tax, the General Fund’s largest source of revenue, continues to see growth in excess of five percent per year. Transient Occupancy Tax, the General Fund’s second largest revenue source, is expected to see year-to-year growth just under four and one-half percent. The City created a budget video that takes a look at the 2019-20 spending plan. It can be found online.


Boathouse Masterplan Approved: The City-owned Boathouse Restaurant property is a key feature of the Glorietta Bay Marina landscape. The 132-year-old Boathouse was constructed in 1887 on pilings over Glorietta Bay across from the Hotel del Coronado and mirrors many of its architectural features. The Boathouse began operating as a restaurant in 1968 as the Charthouse and now is the Bluewater Grill. The 6,637-square-foot building serves a dual role of generating revenue as a commercially viable restaurant and as a valued historic community asset. The City Council in February agreed to create the Boathouse Stewardship Masterplan to recommend short- and long-term repairs and improvements to the property. The Council adopted the plan on Tuesday, June 4, to ensure the Boathouse is not only appropriately preserved, but also remains functional and economically viable for the community to enjoy. The masterplan documents some of the property’s history, including the Boathouse’s role as the template for the laborers who would later construct the Hotel del Coronado and the first home of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Boathouse Property image 


‘Penelope’ Installation: The Port of San Diego is planning an eighth public art installation in Coronado. “Penelope” is a hand-fabricated bronze sculpture, representing the wife of Odysseus in the ancient epic “The Odyssey.” It is set to be installed in the next few weeks in Tidelands Park. The City Council received an update on the installation at its meeting earlier this week. The artwork was created by regional artist Michael Stutz and commissioned by the Port. It previously resided on the Port’s Embarcadero. The pedestal features an inscription that reads: “Weaving by day, Penelope would be forced to choose a new husband when her tapestry was complete. But all the while she waited, unraveling her work by night, steadfastly sure of Odysseus’ return.” The proposed Coronado site is at the juncture of the Bayshore Bikeway and the Pedestrian Path in Tidelands Park. The sculpture will be oriented toward the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The site is on the water side of the sidewalk and the Port will construct an accessible, concrete footing at the site. The Port will also refurbish the sculpture, transport and install it. All associated costs of the project, acquisition, installation and maintenance, are the responsibility of the Port.

Penelope image outdoors 

Penelope Art Location Map


New Flag Retirement Service:  A new collection service for retired American flags will launch on Flag Day, Friday, 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. 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 community is invited. 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.

New Flag disposal Box


Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation:  A walk-through of the improvements in the sewage wet well at the Transbay Pump Station Rehabilitation project was completed on Monday, June 3, with only minor comments. The pump station was successfully brought back into service the next day and the bypass system was disassembled and removed from the site. The contractor hauled off the dewatering equipment, made repairs to the irrigation system, finished backfilling around the new vaults, and began placing sod. Most of the work is expected to be completed by next week.

Transbay Work Update two images 


Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements:  The planter irrigation and most of the plants at the Second and Orange Streetscape Improvements project were installed last week. The remaining plants are scheduled to be set by Friday, June 7. Sandblasting the street names and Morse code designs into the sidewalk has been delayed as a result of the time required to switch to a subcontractor who will improve the quality of the sandblasted edges. The medallion grouting, staining and sealing is thereby pushed to next week to avoid damage from the sandblasting. Tables and chairs are scheduled to arrive Friday, June 7, and be set by Monday, June 10. 

Second and Orange Parklet Work 


Community Center Roof Repair:  The gym and lobby copper PVC stepped roofing construction continues to progress at the Community Center. The pool utility building roof demolition started on Monday, June 3. The goal is to complete the section of roof facing the pool before the start of summer activities in mid-June. The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof Repair 


Ferry Survey: 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.


C3 Gallery 2019 Fall Exhibition: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is calling local artists to submit artwork inspired by the year 1969 for a new exhibition in the Coronado Community C3 Gallery. In addition to the national events in 1969, including a man on the moon and Woodstock, the San Diego Padres played their inaugural season and Coronado changed forever with the opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and the Coronado Cays. To participate, artists must be 18 or older, a resident of Coronado or work, teach or own property in Coronado. This show will also be open to alumni of all Coronado schools. All artwork must be original and the work of the registered applicant. For information, contact Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or at (619) 522-2633.

50 Years Ago 2019 Fall C3 Gallery

Cultural Arts Commission Volunteer Recognition: The Cultural Arts Commission is hosting a volunteer recognition brunch on Friday, June 21, in the Coronado Public Library Winn Room at 11 a.m. The event will recognize and thank the many volunteers, art partners, artists, authors, donors, sponsors and businesses that support Coronado’s vibrant arts and culture scene. If you have volunteered for the arts in Coronado please plan on attending this event. For more information about the event or to RSVP, contact Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2633. The Commission would not be possible without volunteers.

Cultural Arts Commission Brunch Volunteer Flier 

Pet of the Week: Hela, a 1-year-old Tortoiseshell female cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Hela came to PAWS of Coronado when she was found on a sailboat in Fiddler’s Cove, having recently given birth to two kittens. Now that her kittens are grown, Hela is ready to be in a home. She is petite and sassy. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Hela, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

HELA Pet of the Week 


Board Appointment: The City Council appointed David Spatafore to fill an at-large vacancy on the Discover Coronado (CTID) Board. He will to serve a three-year term, which will expire June 15, 2022.

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

Vacancies Boards Commissions 



Adult Library Programs:

  • The 20th anniversary of the Library’s popular Summer Festival kicks off on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. on the Library Lawn with a concert and gelato social. The Coronado Big Band will play music from the 1930s and 1940s. Free gelato from Nado Gelato, made possible by the Friends of the Coronado Library, will be served while supplies last. There will be entertainment at the Library all summer. Visit coronadosummerfest.org for details. Click here to view the Summer Festival guide.

    Summer Festival at the Library Flier 

  • For the first time this year, the Library is offering incentives to visit Coronado landmarks such as C3 Gallery, the Coronado Historical Association Museum, Coronado tide pools and other local sites as well as Summer Festival events at the Library. Adults can win digital badges for hitting these spots by signing up on their phones with the same Beanstack program kids use to track their reading as part of the Library’s summer reading program. The reading program for kids launches next week but the adult program will begin Saturday, June 8, with Summer Reading Bingo.
  • The Anime Club will meet on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. in the Ruby Room. They will be screening the anime movie “A Silent Voice.” In partnership with KPBS, the Library is screening the POV documentary “306 Hollywood” on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. in the Winn Room. The documentary is about two siblings who decide to film and document their grandmother’s house as if it was an archeological dig.
  • There will be a Library App workshop on Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. Patrons will learn how to access the various Library apps available for free with their Library cards. For more information on Library programs in June, click on the calendar.
  • Don’t miss the new exhibit at the Library, “From Imagination to Destination:  Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary.” The exhibit includes a timeline of astronautics, space flight, and manned space flight culminating in Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon. Special attention is paid to the Apollo program, Apollo 11, the UDT teams involved in recovery after splashdown, and the impact NASA and the Space Race had on society. The exhibit will be open through July 28. Special thanks to guest curators Dave Weeks and Manny Gutsche.

 Library Exhibit images


Youth Programs:

  • The Library is looking for Teen Volunteers this summer. Volunteers will help with children’s programs or can work at the reading booth that will be active all summer long. To join, you must be entering sixth through 12th grades in Fall 2019. Applications are available at the Children’s Reference Desk at the Library.
  • Time is running out to take part in the Snapshot Cal Coast project, which ends June 16. Members of the Library’s Teen Advisory Group are taking part in an effort to make and share observations of plants, animals, and seaweeds along the California coast using the iNaturalist app.

iNaturalist flier



Senior Volunteer Recognition Event: The Coronado Police Department honored the Senior Volunteer Patrol at a recognition banquet held Friday, May 31, at the Coronado Golf Course. The program is celebrating its 24th year and currently has 34 members. In 2018, the senior volunteers donated 7,411 hours to the program working patrol and special events. In 1995, Lt. Kevin Shank developed the program as a way for local seniors to make a difference in their community while partnering with law enforcement. The first volunteer academy had 18 recruits.

Senior Volunteer Recognition Event two imagesSenior Volunteers being recognized



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

  • Streets Division replaced 50 feet of sidewalk at 1320 Tenth St. and two sections of curb along the 500 block of Orange Avenue. A section of asphalt was replaced that sank, due to a void underneath, at 890 Coronado Ave. and approximately 30 new signs were installed around the Village.

Curb and Sidewalk Images

Curb and Void and Sign images

  • Due to the expected increase in the number of visitors this summer, the City has extended the Urban Corps Orange Avenue clean-up contract for the next three months including holidays and weekends. This will help keep downtown sidewalks looking clean and free of litter.

Urban Corps Workers Cleaning 



June Armchair Travel: On Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m., Coronado’s Armchair Travel will feature world adventurer Matt Allison. In his quest to find the world’s most amazing places, Allison has visited 170 countries and every continent, living with remote tribes and exploring caves, jungles, mountains and deserts. He will take the audience on his recent journey to both Myanmar and Afghanistan. June’s Armchair Travel event will be held in the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the speaker’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for residents, $6 for nonresidents. To register, call (619) 522-7343, visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels, or come by the Spreckels Center.

Armchair Travel two images


Reminder: Pool Closed: This Sunday, June 9, 2019 the Aquatics Center will be closed for specialized lifeguard training and pool maintenance.

Pool Closed Flier 

Aquatics Classes:  New and returning classes are availble this summer at the Aquatics Center. Drop in or purchase a class membership for Aqua Yoga, Tsunami Board and Hydrorider Underwater Spin classes. These are great low impact, high reward fitness classes that will get you in shape while staying cool. Wear swimsuits or tight athletic clothing that you won’t mind getting wet. Call (619) 522-7342, visit www.coronado.ca.us/aquatics for more information and to register.

Aquatics Center Classes


New Summer Youth Sports and Specialty Camps: This summer, in partnership with the National Academy of Athletics, Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is offering three new sports camps.

  • Boys and Girls ages 7 to 13 will have the opportunity to increase their skills playing grass volleyball, rugby and flag football. These camps will take place at Coronado Middle School’s Cuter Field. The Bump, Set, Spike Grass Volleyball Camp is July 15-19 and is offered as a half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) camp. The Intro to Rugby Camp is July 22-26 from 9 a.m. to noon and the Air Attack Flag Football Camp is July 15-19 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Camp Coronado returns this season to fill summer days with games, crafts, swimming and sports all in Glorietta Bay Park. Teens can kayak, ride roller coasters and surf at the Teen Camps offered like Action Adventure Camp. At our CCAC Summer Aquatic Adventure Camp, join in kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boogie boarding and surfing on the San Diego Bay. In the NEW Fun-Nado Camps, participants will visit trampoline parks, play laser tag, go kayaking, ride the rides at Sea World and more. Kids and Teens Learn, or sharpen, skate and scooter skills in the Skatepark Camps.

To register for these new camps, visit www.Coronado.ca.us/Register or call (619) 522-7342.

Camp Coronado image

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EPA Meeting in Coronado
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