Weekly Update July 19, 2019

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Weekly Update July 19, 2019


Weekly Update July 19, 2019

Weekly UpdateCheck 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.

Mary Clifford Retirement: Mary Clifford has announced that she will retire after serving as City Clerk for six years, and another 15 years with the City. Her last day is October 4. Clifford was selected to the City Clerk position in 2013 after serving as the executive assistant to the City Manager for 11 years. She also served as Interim City Clerk and was Deputy City Clerk. The city clerk prepares the agenda for city council meetings; records legislative actions, ordinances, resolutions, and minutes; maintains city records; and conducts city elections. Clifford is a certified municipal clerk. A search will be conducted to fill the position.

Mary Clifford


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda:  The contractor installing a new traffic signal at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street will finish potholing operations this week which is a task that identifies existing underground utilities to ensure there are no conflicts between existing utilities and the underground infrastructure being installed for the new traffic signal. Once that work is complete, the contractor will begin trenching operations to install underground conduits as well as removing and replacing pedestrian ramps. Due to public concerns about overnight work and official requests to complete the work at a less inconvenient time, the California Department of Transportation provided a permit rider which amended the working hours to 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This project is anticipated to be completed by the third week of August 2019.

Fourth and Alameda Construction


Port Master Plan Update Comments: The Port of San Diego has released a discussion draft of the Port Master Plan Update, which is now undergoing a 90-day public review that ends July 31. The Update addresses allowable uses and activities, future development, and management of water and land within the Port tidelands. The City Council will send a comment letter addressing its concerns regarding the update that will include the impacts on traffic and parking, and its opposition to a new hotel at the Coronado Ferry Landing and a continuous walkway around Port tidelands. Residents with concerns are encouraged to write directly to the Port by the deadline to have their comments addressed.


Budget Brief 2019-20: Find copies of the City’s 2019-20 Budget Brief at all public facilities, including the Library, Police Department, Community Center and Fire Department. The Budget Brief provides residents with quick facts about the City; the City’s financial highlights; major sources of revenue, which pay for the services the City provides and the infrastructure the City maintains and rebuilds; as well as major areas of expenditures. We hope the new look is easy to read and more dynamic. Copies can also be found online. The City Council approved next fiscal year’s spending plan last month.

Budget Brief 2019-20 


Bridge 50th Celebration: The City of Coronado, California Department of Transportation, County of San Diego and Port of San Diego will honor the golden anniversary of the August 3, 1969, opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with a community concert on the Golf Course greens. The concert is free and open to the public. Local band “Ron’s Garage” will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. There will be activities for children, a VW bus-themed photo booth, booths from sponsoring agencies, and food and beverages available for purchase. #BridgeTurns50 (Photo: Kel Casey)

Free 50th Concert Flier 



Chamber Honors Locals: The Coronado Chamber of Commerce will recognize police officers, firefighters, lifeguards and City employees at an annual event to allow the community to thank and celebrate its hometown heroes. The event is set for Wednesday, July 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. Tickets cost $65. The 2019 award winners are:

  • Police Officers of the Year - Officer Ryan Brennan and Det. Kovahn Vlach;
  • Firefighter of the Year - Captain Josh Scarboro;
  • Lifeguard of the Year - Vandon Burgess;
  • Naval Base Coronado Firefighter of the Year - Firefighter/EMT Brandon Dominguez; and
  • City Employee of the Year - Police Sgt. Mark Harris.

For more information, call (619) 435-9260 or send an email to info@coronadochamber.com.


Community Center Roof Repair: Progress continues with the Community Center Roof Replacement project despite angry seagull flybys. The bottom first courses on the lobby and banquet rooms are complete. Copper material rolls arrived just in time to move forward with the roof installation on these two buildings. Now that the playhouse waterproof base sheets are finished, its gutter work will also start this week. The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project, but areas will be taped off by the contractor as needed.

Community Center Roof Repair 


Pet of the Week:  Rocky and Bullwinkle, a bonded pair of dogs that came to PAWS of Coronado has strays, are this week’s Pets of the Week. They would like to head to their new forever family together. They are great on a leash and are affectionate. Both are small, male mixed-breeds. Rocky is 3 years old and weighs 9 pounds and Bullwinkle is 5 years old and weighs 20. The adoption fee for both dogs totals $200. To set up a visit with Rocky and Bullwinkle, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Rocky and Bullwinkle Pets of the Week 



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission (one vacancy) 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.



Fire Response: Fire Crews extinguished a fire in a residence in the 800 block of Coronado Avenue this morning. They remained on scene completing an overhaul and investigation of the fire. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Fire Response 


Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser: The Coronado Fire Department’s 2019 annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute is set for Sunday, July 28. Spaghetti will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. If you would like any other information, call (619) 522-7374.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 



Adult Programs:

  • Find out the Coronado connection to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon at the Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Learn how a team based here carried out the safe and successful recovery of the astronauts after splashdown. The Library talk will review the crucial tasks accomplished by members of Underwater Demolition Team stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. At 2:30 p.m., the Spoiler’s Book Club will be discussing Neil Armstrong’s memoir “First Man,” followed by a screening of the film starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.
  • A special welcoming orientation will be held at the Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, by the Library and the Coronado Floral Association to those interested in knowing more about the annual Coronado Flower Show. Attendees will learn about the Show’s design division, an overview of various National Garden Club styles and approaches to creating floral designs to help inspire others. The two-hour event will include how to become more involved in the longest-running tented flower show in the United States.

          Demystifying Design: Floral Workshop

  • There will be a free screening of the film “On the Basis of Sex” starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer, at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 22. The movie explores the true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.
  • A free “Introduction to Excel” workshop will be held at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.Please call the Library to sign up.
  • Wine expert Eric Awes will lecture on the major wines and wine regions of France at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Participants will receive a coupon for Coronado’s Wine a Bit to further their wine exploration.


Youth events:

  • The U.S. Quidditch team taught muggles, witches and wizards the intricacies of the sport on Wednesday, July 17, on the Library Lawn.

         US Quidditch Team

  • Enjoy one last “Great Coronado Bake Off” this summer at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Kids will be given ingredients and tasked with creating book characters.
  • Beach Storytime will be held next to the Main Lifeguard Tower at Coronado Central Beach on Ocean Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24. Look for the purple tent next to the new walkway.
  • Kids of all ages are invited to twist themselves into pretzels at Giant Twister on the Children’s Patio at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Stretch out before taking on the life-sized version of the game.
  • Teens can try out test questions, and practice ways to improve their scores on the ACT and the SAT to prep for the college tests at 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, July 24. This free event is being held in partnership with High Performance Tutoring. No registration necessary. At 2 p.m., the same day, teens can create their own Walk of Fame star to take home. Design something that reflects the true star of your own show: you. All supplies provided.





Bike Theft Arrest:  On Monday, July 15, and Thursday, July 18, officers arrested three men suspected of stealing the City’s remotely monitored bicycle, bringing total arrests of the bike to 90. On Monday, officers contacted two men as they were attempting to load the bike into their car. Both were arrested for grand theft, possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. One suspect also had stolen credit cards from a vehicle burglary in San Diego. Early Thursday morning, police found a man with the remotely monitored bike about a block from where it was originally locked. He was arrested for grand theft and possession of stolen property, and then transported to jail. 


Officer of the Year:  Last week, Coronado Police Officer Bill Hughes was recognized as the San Diego Scottish Rite Officer of the Year. This is a big honor. Hughes was nominated for the work he did on a case last summer after responding to Hotel del Coronado security officers who reported a person acting strangely. Hughes discovered a woman had changed rooms to get to a higher floor several times. Staff reported seeing a small arsenal of weapons in her room. Hughes found and detained the suspect and determined that she had an illegal assault rifle, two handguns and several loaded magazines. She was arrested. When the woman made bail and returned to pick up her personal possessions, Hughes determined that she might be a danger to herself and others and called for a psychiatric hold. The City also thanks officer Hughes for his diligent work on this case.

Bill Hughes Scottish Rite Officer of the Year 


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

  • Streets Division repaired two depressed sections of asphalt at 1111 Orange Ave. and 1111 Ninth St. A gutter repair was completed at 341 H Ave. and 15 feet of sidewalk was repaired at 630 B Ave. this week.

Orange Avenue Street Work

Street and Gutter Work


  • The Spreckels Park playground will be closed from Monday, July 22, to Wednesday, July 31 for repairs and construction. A new shade structure and floor mat repairs will be performed during this time. 

Spreckels Park Playground Closure 



Free Summer Entertainment Series:  The Free Summer Entertainment Series continues at noon on Wednesday, July 24, with the USA Jump Stars. Veteran jumper Melinda Everett founded USA Jump Stars in 2007 as an effort to promote physical education to children of all ages. They promote jump rope as a means for creating a healthy body and mind.

USA Jump Stars 


Inflatable Thursdays: The Coronado Aquatics Center is hosting the Inflatable Thursdays this summer. The inflatable obstacle course will be open during family swim’s afternoon hours, 1 to 4 p.m. Participants must be at least 5 years old. There is a $5 fee in addition to the family swim fee. Everyone who wants to take a turn at the inflatable must pass the deep-water swim test; if they do not pass, they will be required to wear a life jacket.

Inflatable Thursdays Flier 


Movies on the Bay:  Everyone is invited to the free “Movies on the Bay” event at 6:30 p.m. at Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive, on Friday, July 26. Attendees will enjoy free pre-screen activities including crafts, games and contests. “Incredibles 2” will be shown on the big screen at 8 p.m. Bring a blanket or beach chair, a jacket and a picnic dinner and movie snacks. This free movie series is sponsored by the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program. For additional details, contact the City of Coronado Recreation & Golf Services Department at (619) 522-7342.

Movies on the Bay 


Spreckels All-ages Ice Cream Social: The John D. Spreckels Center is hosting an ice cream social open to all ages from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Cool off your taste buds by crafting your own ice cream sundae. We will provide everything for a $2 fee for Coronado residents and $3 for non-residents. You may also participate in the hula hoop contest. Get creative at our creation station by making your own glittered ice cream magnet or try your hand at ice cream trivia. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration in advance is suggested.

Ice Cream Social

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.


Mary Clifford City Clerk
Posted on 07/19/2019
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