Weekly Update August 9, 2019

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Weekly Update August 9, 2019


Weekly Update August 9, 2019

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#BridgeTurns50: The City of Coronado, California Department of Transportation, County of San Diego and Port of San Diego honored the golden anniversary of the August 3, 1969, opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge with a civic event and a free community concert on the Golf Course greens. More than 2,000 people were estimated to have attended the concert, which included a performance of 1960s music by local band “Ron’s Garage,” and City and sponsor booths. In related 50th news:

  • The City held a bridge-coloring contest over the summer, and the winners, Sofia Maggioni, 8, from Village Elementary, and Ava de-Carolis, 11, from Coronado Middle School, were recognized. Their art and the art of three plein-air painters who painted the bridge during the August 3 celebration, will be on display in the C-3 Gallery in the coming months.
  • The City worked with local producer Brad Willis to create this video to mark the 50th birthday. Enjoy this look at the first 50 years of the bridge. The City also worked on a photo history project that is now on display at City Hall. Be sure to check them out in the lobby. 
  • The City updated commemorative bridge medallions that were first produced in 1969. The medallions were given out at a luncheon celebrating the completion of the bridge featuring Gov. Ronald Reagan. The City discovered one of the original medallions online and tracked down the foundry that had the mold. A limited number are available for purchase while supplies last for $35 plus tax each. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2633.

Bridge 50th Group

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Cays 50th Anniversary: The City is working on another 50th anniversary celebration. Next month, the Coronado Cays community turns 50 and the City is partnering with the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association and volunteer Cays residents to plan a community celebration at Coronado Cays park on Saturday, September 28. Save the date.

Cays Sign


Undergrounding Update: In June, the City Council moved closer to its goal of the last 40 years to place all overhead utilities in Coronado underground. Over the next six months, interested property owners can access City matching funds by forming benefit assessment districts. To date, one benefit assessment district has already been submitted for formation. This district will be on a future Council meeting agenda. To find out more visit www.coronado.ca.us/utilityundergrounding or contact the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7305.


Tenth Street Sewer Lateral InstallationThe contractor working on The Shops at Coronado development at 1116 Tenth St. installed a new sewer lateral connecting the development to the City’s sewer main in Tenth. To divert traffic around the excavation, traffic was shifted into the parking lane; as result, there was no parking along both sides of the Tenth this week. The City thanks the community and especially the shop owners in the area for their patience during the work. The contractor is expected to complete the work by Friday, August 9, and return the street parking back to normal.




Spreckels Park Playground Upgrades: Improvements to the Spreckels Park playground are complete and the playground has reopened. The new shade structure was installed followed by repairs to the rubber mat surface. The bonding agent that is used to hold the new mat repairs and new rubber layer in place needed to cure. The park reopened on Thursday, August 8. The City thanks the community for its patience with this two-part project.

Spreckels Park Playground upgrades 


Fire Department Ballistic Gear: Public safety agencies are changing the way that they respond to active shooters and threats. In the past, police departments would neutralize the threat and then paramedics would treat the victims. Now, paramedics try to treat victims in the warm zones, areas that are considered clear but not secure so that they can treat and evacuate victims located within or near an active shooter or mass casualty incident. This past week, the Fire Department received delivery of bullet proof tactical gear to work in the warm zone of active shooter situations. The gear includes helmets, heavy and light weight vests. (Photo: Firefighter Paramedic Brian Phan.)

Fire Dept Ballistic Gear



2020 Coronado Community Read Top 5:  The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission are proud to announce the five finalists for the 2020 Coronado Community Read. A subcommittee of the Literary Arts Working Team read through more than 100 titles nominated by the community and narrowed the field down to five finalists.  Now it’s time for the community to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced at the Music Festival scheduled for September.  Voting will take place throughout the month of August and conclude on September 13. Vote here.

2020 Coronado Community Read

Community Center Roof Repair: The finish line is in sight on the Community Center Roof Repair project. The gym, pool and lobby roofs and gutters are complete. The banquet room is scheduled to be complete this week, and the crew has started working on the Coronado Playhouse section. Once the Playhouse roof is done, only the downspouts and a few sections of the pool building remain to be installed. The Community Center has remained open during the project.

Community Center Roof Project 


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda:  The Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street traffic light installation was delayed due to conflicts with utilities. The conflict has been resolved and work has resumed. All pole locations for the new traffic signal have been laid out and the contractor will begin drilling the signal pole foundations and pouring concrete this week. Once that work is complete, the contractor will begin trenching operations to install underground conduits as well as removing and replacing pedestrian ramps. The California Department of Transportation has 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 end of the month.


Port Master Plan Update Comments: The Port of San Diego released a discussion draft of the Port Master Plan Update. The 90-day public review ended July 31. The update addresses allowable uses and activities, future development, and management of water and land within the Port tidelands. The City Council sent 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 Grand Caribe Isle. Here is a link to the City's comments: http://bit.ly/2JRN4KY

Summer Concerts Final Month:  There are a few more concerts left this summer as part of the Coronado Summer Concert Series. The concerts are held weekly on Sundays in Spreckels Park, through Sunday, September August 31. Many concert goers have noticed that people are setting up well in advance of the 3 p.m. set-up time. Organizers ask concert goers to be considerate when heading to concert and not set up prior to 3. Be advised that the last two concerts begin one hour earlier than the usual time of 6 p.m. No smoking in the park and dogs are not allowed in Spreckels Park. Please use the designated loading zones.

Pet of the Week:  Corey, a fun and socialized three-year-old mixed breed dog, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Corey is handsome, sporty and his zest for life is endearing. He likes to play fetch and loves belly rubs. He is also good on walks. He may be happiest in a home with no other dogs. PAWS will also provide training sessions to continue his successful socialization. The adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Corey, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Corey Pet of the Week 


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the 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.

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Unusual Bird Species Presentation: Spectacular and unusual bird species from around the world will be the subject of a colorful presentation at the library on Tuesday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. The speaker, Dr. Philip Pryde, is a former Fulbright scholar and environmental policy professor at SDSU who served on the board of the San Diego Audubon Society from 1980 to 2014. His presentation focusses on the features of unconventional but successful species of birds. For an up-close look at several species of birds, mammals and sea creatures native to our own shores, visit the library’s ‘Natural Coronado’ exhibit. Nearly 30 specimens on loan from the San Diego Natural History Museum will be on display from now until mid-September. For the first time, there will be a digital component to the exhibit, featuring a video of Coronado wildlife and an opportunity for residents to submit their own photo or short video of wildlife taken on Coronado. The best submissions will be displayed on the new video wall in the library’s exhibition space.

Rave Ravishing Birds 

Ancient Healing Discussion: Former Discovery Channel executive and Coronado resident, Laura Plumb, will be discussing an ancient healing science which originated in India. The speaker was a contributing educator at the University of California, San Diego, Center for Integrative Medicine and has written a cook book based on the principles of the 5,000-year-old tradition. Taste of Health with Laura Plumb, will be at the library on Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Taste of Health Ancient Healing 

Free Movie Screenings: Free movie screenings at the Library this week include “At Eternity’s Gate” at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 12, and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday April 13, which will be followed by a discussion.


Honor Shop Expansion: The Friends of the Library have expanded its Honor Shop in the Library lobby. Books, audiobooks, magazines, and notecard sets are for sale during the hours the Library is open. All proceeds benefit the library.



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

  • Streets Division repaired 200 square feet of sidewalk around the bus stop at First Street and B Avenue. Two new “Bike Man” bike racks were installed on B Avenue at Tenth Street and new crosswalks went in on D Avenue and Fifth Street.

Streets Work 3 pics





New Software: Recreation and Golf Services introduces its new registration software. All patrons taking classes or participating in Recreation activities will need to create a new account in PerfectMind. To create a new account, please complete the New Account Request form. Coronado residents will also need to provide current proof of Coronado residency, and/or current proof of age for minor children. For more information or to download the form, visitwww.Coronado.ca.us/Register. Print, complete, and submit the form and proof of residency via email to recdept@coronado.ca.us, or bring to the Coronado Community Center. Submit your form on or before Sunday, August 11, to guarantee your new account will be created before fall registration begins. 

New Account Red Dept


Opening on Golf Commission:   The City is accepting applications for the Golf Course Advisory Committee. There is one position open and it will be filled by the City Manager’s Office. The Committee consists of 11 representatives who meet on the second Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. to discuss Golf Course concerns. The deadline for applications is August 16. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, along with qualifications, to Attn: City Clerk, 1825 Strand Way, City of Coronado, 92118.


Summer Camps:  There is one more week of summer camp. Sign up for Camp Coronado or one of the many specialty camps that we offer. End summer with some fun.

  • Junior Golf Camp: Kids get professional instruction, helping them develop their skills in driving, chipping and putting. Coronado Summer Junior Golf Camps are open to children between the ages of 6 to 14, Tuesday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: $125 per student per week. Summer Junior Camp Dates: August 13-15
  • Skate Camp: Participants will have lots of fun skateboarding at different skateboard parks throughout San Diego County each day. Beginners to experts are invited to register for this camp. Contact the Skatepark Coordinator by email at emcmahon@coronado.ca.us or call (619) 522-2459 for more information or to get the required waivers in advance. A skateboard, helmet, elbow pads and knee pads are required to participate. Where: Starts and ends at Coronado Skatepark Time: M-Th 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (No Fridays) Age: 8-13 years; Fee: $170 resident / $180 nonresident
  • Dance Camp: This beginning to intermediate dance camp teaches the basics of ballet, jazz and contemporary. On the last day of camp, come watch your child perform the dance skills that they have learned. Dress in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Bring a treat to share on Friday. Where: Community Center – Dance Room; Date: Monday, August 12- Friday, August 16; Time: 1-4 p.m.; Age: 7-13 years; Fee: $240 resident / $250 nonresident.
  • Surf Camp: Coronado Surfing Academy has been running surf camps focused on fun, learning and safety since 2005. All the equipment is provided including full body wetsuits, a daily snack, water and a surf camp T-shirt or hat. Bring a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen. Where: 1880 Avenida del Sol (between the Shores & Hotel del Coronado); M-F; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Age: 7-16 years; Fee: $240 resident / $250 nonresident; Aug 12-16; bar code: 19509.

For more information and to register contact Recreation and Golf Services. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/register or call (619) 522-7342. To register for Junior Golf Camp, please contact the Golf Pro Shop at (619) 522-6590.


Spreckels Center: The City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center continues its monthly offerings to keep the adult community involved, interested, and inspired.

  • On Thursday, August 15, at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., take advantage of our Senior Advocate Network Panel. Learn the critical questions to ask when hiring caregivers in your home or when moving into assisted living communities, and hear an estate planning attorney discuss wills, trusts, and advanced directives. Specialists will also discuss Medicare, funeral, and final medical expenses, and give a hospice and palliative care overview in this free presentation.
  • Join Sharp Coronado Hospital’s physical therapy specialist on Wednesday, August 21, 2:30 to 4 p.m. for a discussion about Healthy Muscles and Bones. Find out about the most common musculoskeletal pain conditions, how to prevent those conditions, and treatment options. Learn how to recognize the first signs of an injury, the immediate steps to take after an injury occurs, and when to seek a doctor’s help. This is a free workshop.

To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

Spreckels Center Registration


Community Center Final Summer Events:  

  • Final Free Summer Entertainment Series: Head to the Coronado Community Center for the final installment of this year’s free Summer Entertainment Series. Wednesday, August 14, Mad Science demonstrates the science behind magic using interactive, action packed experiments.
  • Final 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.

For more information on any of these events, contact Coronado Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Recreation

Free Final Summer Series Event
Final Inflatable Thursdays

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Bridge 50th image Phil Fitzgerald
Posted on 08/09/2019
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