Weekly Update August 16, 2019

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Weekly Update August 16, 2019


Weekly Update August 16, 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.


Weekly Update Podcasts: Do you enjoy podcasts? Check out the City's new podcast of the Weekly Update for the week ending August 9, 2019. The Weekly Update is a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. It is a 15 to 20-page newsletter published each week online. A video preview of the Weekly Update is hosted by the City Manager, and it is now available in a podcast. In addition to the podcast on SoundCloud, you can sign up to receive an email notification of the full Weekly Update as soon as it is published on the City's website www.coronado.ca.us.

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Back to School Week: Students are back to school next week. Please be aware that children will be on their way to and from school beginning Wednesday and Thursday, August 21-22. Many children use bikes to get to school and will be sharing the roads with commuters. Bicyclists please wear your helmets. Our children’s safety is a top concern in Coronado. Please be sure to keep an eye out for our students. Coronado Police officers will be out enforcing vehicle laws around schools.

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Historic Context and Survey Project: The Community Development Department will hold a public workshop on September 12 to kick off the City’s Historic Context Statement and Survey project. Coronado Historic Preservation Planner Tricia Olsen and a consulting firm, who will be working with the City, will make a presentation at the meeting and gather input on what the community considers important to Coronado’s history. This input will help formulate a “historic context statement,” which will be used to inform a survey of potentially historic resources in Coronado as part of the City’s Historic Preservation Program. The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Nautilus Room at the Coronado Community Center.

Historic Context and Survey


Climate Action Plan Workshop: Coronado invites the community to the first of two public workshops it will hold related to the development of a Climate Action Plan. The first meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Library's Winn Room. The second meeting will be held following a City Council update in October and a community questionnaire in November. Once a date has been selected, the community will be informed. A Climate Action Plan will provide a road map for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and plan for a sustainable future.

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Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Ribbon-cutting: The City is planning a celebration for next month to mark the completion of work to rehabilitate 35 City-owned affordable housing units at four facilities scattered throughout Coronado. Stay tuned for more details about the event, which will be held at 406-430 Orange Ave. where a majority of the work was performed. The City Council entered into a long-term agreement with Interfaith Housing in 2018 to renovate and manage the units as deed-restricted affordable housing. Interfaith Housing officials, City leaders and staff, as well as residents of the units will be on hand. The community is invited to attend and take a look. The City has an inventory of 171 deed-restricted affordable Housing units.

Affordable Housing


Blue Gum Removal: A severely pruned, blue gum eucalyptus tree near Coronado High School will be removed by the City’s contract arborist on Tuesday, August 20. School starts on Thursday, August 22. The tree is approximately 25 feet tall and is underneath utility lines, which over the years has resulted in severe pruning of the tree’s upper scaffold. The arborist that evaluated the tree found that it has poor structure, internal decay, has a near horizontal branch that protrudes over the school football field and has roots that have damaged a busy sidewalk and route to school. Due to the higher risk this tree presents to the community and being at a location where there is a high density of children, the decision was made to remove the tree and replace it, at a future date, with a more appropriate tree species that will account for the constraints of that location.

Blue Gum Removal 


Employee of the Quarter: Kellie Spurgeon, recreation coordinator in Recreation and Golf Services, worked as a recreation assistant and recreation leader from 2010 to 2015 and has been a permanent employee since 2015. She was nominated by her co-workers for her excellent communication skills, positive attitude and her successful planning abilities. Spurgeon is responsible for the marketing of all private rentals for City venues, overseeing the “Beach Concierge” services that helps reduce parking complaints near our beaches and parks, and is the staff liaison to the beloved “Armchair Travel” program. Her work ethic, initiative and problem-solving abilities make her an asset to the City.

Kelly Spurgeon

Undergrounding Update: As part of an effort to place the majority of overhead utilities in Coronado underground, the City Council moved in June agreed to offer matching funds for those interested in forming benefit assessment districts. Over the next six months, property owners can access City matching funds by forming benefit assessment districts. The districts would allow the City to assess only those properties that directly benefit from the undergrounding improvement. To date, one benefit assessment district has been submitted for formation and will be placed on a future Council meeting agenda. Another potential district is working to gather neighborhood support. To find out more visit www.coronado.ca.us/utilityundergrounding or contact the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7305.


Community Center Roof Repair:  Four out of the five roofs in the Community Center Roof Repair project are complete now that the banquet room top was crowned last week. The downspouts on all five buildings and a few pipe penetration collars on the pool building are scheduled to be installed this week. The crews are about halfway up the roof of the Playhouse which is the last roof. The Community Center will remain open to the public throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof Project 


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda:  The contractor on the new traffic signal at the corner of Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street was delayed earlier in the week due to problems with scheduling the drilling machine. All pole locations have been laid out and the contractor is expected to (fingers crossed) begin drilling the signal pole foundations, setting rebar cages, and pouring concrete this week. Once that work is completed, 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 August 2019.


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 



Pet of the Week:  Garfield, a 7-year-old male red/white tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Garfield is an active and engaging cat with a playful and curious demeanor. He is great with other cats or on his own. He may seem shy at first, but he is very interactive. His adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Garfield, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Garfield 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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Library Libretto: There will be libretto in the Library this Saturday, August 17, when a noted Coronado opera singer performs in the unique setting of the lobby. Accompanied by a piano, Coronado resident Diane Alexander will reprise some of the classics from her career, starting at 7 p.m.


Early Literacy Program: The Library is taking part in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program. Starting August 22, patrons can sign up on Beanstack through the Library’s website. Incentives are given for reading 100 books to children under the age of six, 250 books, 500 books, 750 books and 1,000 books. Reading three books a day for a year will complete the task. Any book is eligible and reading the same book more than once counts.


Skunk Selfie? If the idea of taking a selfie with a skunk, racoon or other wildlife appeals to you, the Library is offering selfies with characters featured in the Natural Coronado wildlife exhibit. All the exhibits are taxidermy of actual creatures natural to Coronado. Cards are available at the Library featuring different wildlife that can be found in Coronado and residents are invited to see how many they can find. Participants who return the cards indicating which species they found will be eligible for a selfie. The contest runs until September 13 and is open to all ages. Additionally, photos of wildlife in a Coronado setting can be submitted for inclusion on the Library’s new video wall.


Graphic Tablet Workshop: Some tablet applications allow users to draw images on their screens with their hand or a stylus. Learn the tricks of graphic tablets at a workshop at the Library on Thursday, August 22 at 6.30 p.m.


Drive-in Movie: Kids built their own cars to create a drive-in movie experience in the Library Winn Room last week. The kids voted to watch the original “Mary Poppins” movie, starring Julie Andrews, as the final event of the summer reading program.

Drive-in Movie at Library 


Explorer Academy: Coronado Police Explorers Koa James, Wyatt Zola and Nick Flores attended the 44th San Diego County Law Enforcement Explorer Academy this past week. The live-in academy was held on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, and explorers from throughout California received training in various law enforcement disciplines.

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Fall Recreation Registration: Fall Recreation registration begins August 28 for Coronado residents, who may only register online. Registration opens to everyone and becomes available by phone, mail, in person and online beginning September 4. Those taking classes or participating in Recreation activities will need to create a new account in PerfectMind, the City’s new online registration software. 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, to register for a current program and to complete the online New Account Request Form, visit www.Coronado.ca.us/Register.

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Reader's Theater: The John D. Spreckels Center hosted the Reader’s Theater Showcase last week. Performers read from their black books without sets, costumes, lighting or microphones.

Readers Theatre at Spreckels 


Spreckels Center Offerings: For more information on any events and classes held at the Spreckels Center, contact Coronado Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342 or visit www.coronado.ca.us/Recreation. Here are some classes available at the Spreckels Center:

  • Physical Therapy Presentation: On Wednesday, August 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sharp Coronado’s physical therapy specialist presents Healthy Muscles and Bones. Learn about the most common musculoskeletal pain and injuries, and how to prevent and treat them at this free presentation.
  • Cooking with Cyndi: Clean and light eating is the theme for our Cooking with Cyndi class on Wednesday, August 21, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. This month’s menu features a ground chicken wrap with peanut sauce, roast pork and asparagus bowl with farro and hummus, and grilled peaches with maple crème fraiche. Fee: $59 residents$70 nonresidents.
  • Additional Classes: Other August offerings include Sketching, Watercolor, Zumba, Restorative Yoga, Line Dancing, Seasonal Floral Design, Everybody Has a Story, Calligraphy, and Technology Tutoring.


Coronado Senior Out and About Program: Coronado residents 60 years and older in need of transportation to medical offices, grocery stores, social events, fitness activities, and barber and beauty shops call use the Senior Out and About program. Rides are provided up to 18 miles door to door for a nominal fee -- $1 to $6 depending on distance traveled. Program hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.


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Posted on 08/16/2019
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