Weekly Update September 6, 2019

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Weekly Update September 6, 2019


Weekly Update September 6, 2019


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ADA Swing Replaced: A replacement swing at the Spreckels Park Playground has been installed one week after the previous Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible swing was vandalized. The seat was broken, and the swing was removed for safety reasons. Two new swings were immediately ordered, and one arrived sooner than expected. The extra swing will be placed in storage. If any damage occurs to the current swing, Public Services crews can replace it immediately. The new swings are an improved design, which should cut down on the vandalism. Installation modifications were made due to the new design. The new swing has metal hardware as opposed to the previous design that was made out of rubber. It is hoped that the new design will provide more longevity.

New Swing Installed



Climate Action Plan Workshop: The City of Coronado launched its efforts to develop the City's first Climate Action Plan with a public workshop on Wednesday, September 4. City staff presented an overview of climate action planning and the City’s approach to the project. The Coronado Climate Action Plan will be an aspirational document which will chronicle the City's longstanding sustainability efforts, provide an inventory of current greenhouse gas emissions, a forecast of future emissions, and establish greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and implementation measures to achieve reduction goals. The project is expected to continue through later summer 2020. There will be several additional opportunities for public involvement and the City invites interested persons to sign up for project updates by emailing [email protected].

Climate Action Plan meeting all images 



Beacon Spotlight Award: The Institute for Local Government has awarded Coronado a 2019 Beacon Spotlight Award in recognition for Coronado’s voluntary actions to address climate change, promote energy and develop a more sustainable community. Specifically, the City is receiving a Silver Level Award for Sustainability Best Practices. The Institute will present the award at the League of California Cities Conference on October 17 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. The organization is the nonprofit research and education affiliate of the League of Cities and the California State Association of Counties.

I:G logo 


Cite Day: On Wednesday, September 5, the Coronado Police Department Traffic Unit hosted a countywide cite day in the City. The event ran from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. and focused on traffic violations. Approximately 38 motor officers from departments in San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, La Mesa, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido, University of California, San Diego, El Cajon, and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department participated. More than 270 citations were issued during the event and two vehicles towed. No arrests were made.

Police Cite Day 


Coronado History, Architecture 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. The meeting will review changes to Coronado’s Historic Preservation Program and gather comments and input. 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

‘Penelope’ Art to be Celebrated: The San Diego Unified Port District will celebrate a new public art piece in Tidelands Park at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 12 and invites the community to see “Penelope” by Fallbrook artist Michael Stutz. The 6-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the wife of Odysseus in Homer’s “Odyssey” is installed in its new waterfront location overlooking San Diego Bay and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in the northeast corner of Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinex Drive. The artwork was first commissioned by the Port’s Public Art Program in 2009 and was previously located on the San Diego Waterfront. To RSVP, email [email protected] In honor of the unveiling of “Penelope,” author Dr. Laurel Corona will give a lecture on the mythical character that is the inspiration for the sculpture. In Homer’s classic tale, Penelope waits for her husband’s return during his long seafaring absence. Dr. Corona is the author of the historical novel “Penelope’s Daughter” and will speak at the Library on Wednesday, September 11, at 12:30 p.m.

Penelope two views 


Vote for Community Read 2020: The deadline to vote for the Coronado Community Read book for 2020 is Friday, September 13. The Coronado Public Library and Coronado Cultural Arts Commission ask the community to pick one of the five finalists as their pick for the fourth annual Coronado Community Read. The selected will be announced at the Music Festival scheduled for September. Here are the Top 5:

  • “Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice” by Bill Browder
  • “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI” by David Grann
  • “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuri Noah Harari
  • “The Last Days of Night: A Novel” by Graham Moore
  • “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean

2020 Coronado Community Read 


Bridge 50th Sign Installed: The City, with approval from the California Department of Transportation, has installed a new sign commemorating the 50th year of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The design is based on a historic medallion that was issued when the bridge was dedicated in 1969. The sign will remain up through next August. Look for it as you leave Coronado below an existing sign just before the toll plaza building. A celebration was held on August 3, the opening day of the bridge 50 years ago, 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 1960s music, City and sponsor booths, and children’s activities.

Bridge 50th two sign images 


Emergency Preparedness Training: The Wastewater-Storm Water team took advantage of a planned SDG&E power outage this week to conduct generator connection training at the Bandel Storm Pump Station. Ongoing training reinforces skills and improves responsiveness during emergencies.

Emergency Preparedness images



Affordable Housing Ribbon-cutting Ceremony: The City has been good stewards of the City’s affordable housing stock. On Tuesday, September 24, Coronado invites the community to a ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the completion of work to rehabilitate 35 deed-restricted affordable housing units. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at 406-430 Orange Ave., where a majority of the work was performed. The units show how well the City’s affordable housing units integrate into the community. The City Council entered into a long-term agreement with San Diego Interfaith Housing in 2018 to renovate and manage a majority of the City’s affordable housing units. Interfaith Housing officials, City leaders and staff, as well as some resident of the units will be on hand.

Affordable Housing flier


AT&T Equipment Installation: New equipment that will be used as the primary solid communication network for Police, Fire and Public Services in the event of a regional emergency will soon be installed. A microwave dish will be mounted to the AT&T cell tower at the Coronado Fire Station as soon as the week of September 16. The dish will provide a direct microwave/airwave radio communication link between the City and the rest of San Diego County.  It replaces the outdated potentially unreliable T1 fiber cables. The final antenna alignment will be completed the week of September 23. The project will wrap up by September 27.

AT&T Equipment


Community Center Roof Repair:  The Community Center roofs were completed in advance of the typical rain season. The fencing and staging area will be removed this week. Work began in May at the Community Center to repair all five copper Bermuda style roofs. Parking was slightly impacted but the facility remained open throughout the roofing project.

Community Center Roof Work


Street, Curb and Gutter Work: A contractor began work last week to repair curb, gutter, sidewalks and pedestrian ramps along Cajon Place, Coronado Avenue, and Country Club Lane. The work will include grinding the existing asphalt from those streets and replacing them with a new asphalt surface. The concrete work will be done during the first three weeks of the job and be followed by the asphalt overlay. This work is expected to be completed by the middle of October.


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda: The contractor resumed drilling operations on Wednesday, September 4. A revised schedule shows the construction should be completed by Friday, September 20, provided all work goes according to plan, and the signal will be activated on Tuesday, September 24. Currently, all pole locations have been laid out and the contractor will resume drilling the signal pole foundations, setting rebar cages, and pouring concrete. Once that work is complete, the contractor will begin trenching operations to install underground conduits, as well as removing and replacing pedestrian ramps.

Fourth and Alameda work 


Pet of the Week:  Wanda, a beautiful 1-year-old blue/white Tabby cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Wanda comes from the San Diego Humane Society in a partnership to help ease overcrowding there. She was a stray who gets along great with other cats and is looking for a new home. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Wanda, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Wanda Pet of the Week 



Council Appointments: At its September 3 meeting, the City Council appointed the following individuals to the new Mobility Commission: Francis King and Morgan Miller to a one-year term; Howard Somers and Russell Boelhauf to a two-year term; and Jason Paguio, Alexander Jackson, and Cauleen Glass to a three-year term.


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.

Display ad for Vacancies 


Stair Climb Tribute: On Saturday, September 7, 27 Coronado firefighters, police officers, spouses, friends, and supporters will participate as a team in the annual San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. They will climb 110 flights of stairs, the same number as in the twin towers, wearing the name of a fallen emergency responder whose life was lost on that day. This is the link to the City’s team for more information or to donate. Here is a link to the Stair Climb page.





Elephant Toothpaste: Kids made “Elephant Toothpaste” at the Tinker Tuesday event on September 3. They learned about lab safety, catalysts and exothermic reactions while conducting experiments with hydrogen peroxide.

Elephant Toothpaste 


Chalk the Walk: On Tuesday, August 27, children of all ages drew with chalk on the sidewalks on the Children’s Patio. The Chalk the Walk event was the first Tinker Tuesday of the fall programming. Tinker Tuesdays is held at 3:30 p.m. weekly.

Chalk the Walk Craft 

‘The Kissing Sailor’ Talk: The Library will host a talk about the public sculpture along San Diego Bay, “The Kissing Sailor,” next to the USS Midway. Get the story behind the famous photo that inspired the sculpture from Coronado author George Galdorisi on Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. Galdorisi will discuss the fascinating stories of the sailor, nurse and photographer involved in the photo taken on “Victory over Japan Day” at Times Square in August 1945.


Jazz Quartet: The Rolf Olsen Quartet will play jazz at the Library on Friday, September 13, at 1 p.m. The quartet features Kirk Danielson on piano and is part of the Autumn piano series. Grant Clarkson on bass, Chris Becker on drums and Rolf Olsen on tenor saxophone will accompany in a program of music by Miles Davis.


Baby Storytime: It’s story time, baby. A new story time is starting on Mondays at 10:10 a.m., aimed exclusively at infants up to two years old. This 30-minute session for babies and their caregivers will focus on developing early language skills through songs, rhymes, repetition, and play.


Arts Education Week Celebration: Kids can celebrate Arts Education Week by learning how chemistry and art can mix together to make wonderful Fizzy Drip Art. Experiment with baking soda, vinegar and paint at the Library on Tuesday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. Kids will also learn that adding rubbing alcohol to the mix will create beautiful designs when held up to the light.


Teen Events: Teens are invited to “Hands on Henna” on Wednesday, September 11, at 2:30 p.m. This program will go over the basic history of henna design and usage and provide supplies for teens to create their own henna designs. The henna will last up to two weeks if properly cared for. There will be free professional tutoring at the Library on Tuesday, September 10, between 3 and 5 p.m. High Performance Tutoring will be offering free tutoring to all middle and high school students on anything from math and science to any subject of SAT prep.


Pokemon Meetup: Pokemon fans are holding a meetup at the Library on Thursday, September 12, at 3:30 p.m. Anyone interested in Pokemon is invited to bring cards.




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

  • The second phase of the Coronado Community Center painting project has begun. Crews started prepping and painting of the lobby. Painters will be performing the work in sections to allow the work to be done during normal business hours as well as allow public access throughout the building. The work is scheduled to be completed by Monday, September 9.

Community Center Painting


  • Streets Division performed a number of tasks this week. Two of the larger projects involved replacing 20 feet of sidewalk in front of 802 Adella Ave. and 100 square feet of asphalt in front of 1009 A Ave.

Sidewalk and Asphalt Work




Aquatics Center Closure: The Aquatics Center will close for the month of November to allow for the installation of the new competition pool heater and underwater lights as well as to drain the pool to perform this and other maintenance. The closure dates are tentatively set for November 4-29.

Fall Recreation Registration:  Fall registration is now available to everyone by phone, mail, in person and online. Review the Recreation and Golf Services Guide online at www.Coronado.ca.us/Register. Printed issues are available at the Coronado Community Center.


Armchair Travel Returns: On Tuesday, September 17, at 6 p.m., Armchair Travel returns and adventures to the Taj Mahal. Coronado resident Helen Anderson, who founded the Armchair Travel program in 2013, is the featured speaker. The event takes place at the John D. Spreckels Center, located at 1019 Seventh Street. Light refreshments begin at 6 p.m. followed by the speaker’s presentation at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for residents, $7 for nonresidents. Contact the Spreckels Center to reserve your spot. Call (619) 522-7343 or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


AARP Smart Driver Course: On September 10 and 17 from noon to 4 p.m., the AARP Smart Driver course, the nation’s first refresher course specifically designed for drivers age 50 and older, will be held at the John D. Spreckels Center. The California Department of Motor Vehicles recognizes this course as an approved Mature Driver Improvement Course for an automobile insurance premium reduction. Attendance at both sessions is required. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, payable directly to AARP. Call now to reserve your seat. To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


Free Lecture: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute partnership “Saturday Arts Lecture” on Saturday, September 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center. The streaming lecture will be “It’s Only Rock and Roll: The Folk Revival: Guthrie to Dylan.” Robert Cancel, professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of California, San Diego, is the featured speaker. Register to reserve a seat. To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center, call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


Balboa Park Tour: On Thursday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the community is invited to attend a Balboa Park Tour with docents of the Spanish Village Art Center and the Timken Museum of Art. An optional lunch at the Prado is available but not included in the price. The cost is $35 for Coronado residents, $44 for nonresidents. This day trip includes transportation from the Spreckels Center, along with the expertly guided tours. To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center, call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.


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ADA Swing at Spreckels Park
Posted on 09/06/2019
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