Weekly Update September 20, 2019

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Weekly Update September 20, 2019


Weekly Update September 20, 2019


Affordable Housing Celebration: The City invites the community to a ribbon-cutting celebrating the completion of work to renovate 35 deed-restricted affordable housing units. The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, at 406-430 Orange Avenue, where a majority of the work was performed. The upgraded units show how well the City’s affordable housing fit in with the Coronado community. The units are available to households in the very-low and low-income categories. The City has an inventory of 171 deed-restricted units, which may only be used as affordable housing for those who qualify. The City has had a long-term agreement with San Diego Interfaith Housing since 2018 to renovate and manage a majority of the City’s affordable housing units.

Affordable Housing flier 


All Aboard: Sixth New Ferry Round Trip: Commuters use a variety of ways to get to work in San Diego County including by bus, trolley, train, bicycle or motorcycle. Those who live or work in Coronado have a very “island” way of commuting – via ferry boat. Coronado and Flagship Cruises & Events invite locals, military and the commuting public to get on board Tuesday, October 1, to learn more about free commuter ferry service and an additional, recently approved, new free round trip between Coronado and San Diego. The community can help mark the occasion by coming aboard October 1 for doughnuts, coffee and fun giveaways, such as helmets, bikes, locks and transit passes. Morning commuters are encouraged to check out how the City and Flagship worked to create a schedule that better aligns with connections to other forms of transit in downtown San Diego and points north. Commuter ferry service between Coronado and San Diego will include one more commuter round trip for a total of six from 4:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. weekday mornings.

Ferry Ad for Weekly

Vons Expansion: The City Council continued a September 17 public hearing to October 15 to further review the Vons application and the proposed exterior design for the expansion into 844 Orange Ave., the old Coramart building next door. The Council indicated its willingness to delete some of the conditions the applicant objected to and requested Vons return October 15 with proposed revisions to the design of the frontage that include enhancing the pedestrian experience.


New Electric Leaf Blower Ordinance: The City Council introduced an ordinance September 17 to require that all leaf blowers in the City be powered by electricity and not gas. The Council delayed adoption of the ordinance to October 15 to allow for more public information. If passed, the ordinance would prohibit anyone, including landscape contractors and professional gardeners, within the City limits from using any leaf blower powered with a combustion or gasoline engine. The ordinance would go in effect January 1, 2020. Violators would initially receive a written warning and then be subject to a fine of $100 for each subsequent violation. The San Diego Unified Port District and California Department of Parks have indicated their support and willingness to abide by the new regulations which are intended to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2018, the City and its contractors converted from gas-powered leaf blowers and string trimmers to all zero-emission electric tools. The City found that the electric tools were effective and competitively priced. Many manufactures are converting their products to zero-emission.


Silver Strand Weed Trimming: Urban Corps crews will begin trimming weeds about 3 feet back from the edge of the Bayshore Bikeway along the Silver Strand on Monday, September 23. This should help reduce the number of flat tires we have had reported. A crew of six will start from the south end of the Silver Strand and head north toward Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, a distance of about 7 miles. The work will take about 10 working days to complete.

Silver STrand Tree Trimming map 


Cays 50th Anniversary Celebration: The City will honor the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Coronado Cays with a daylong celebration on Saturday, September 28, at Coronado Cays Park. The celebration is free and open to the public. The Coronado Cays Community turns 50 this month and the City is partnering with the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association and volunteer Cays residents to plan a community party that will officially begin with a commemoration program and conclude with a family friendly outdoor movie. The event will run from 2 to 9:30 p.m. An aerial photo capturing the residents spelling out “50” will be taken by drone to memorialize this day at about 3:25 p.m. Bands play at 3:30 and 5 p.m. The movie, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” begins at 7 p.m. 

Cays 50th Poster 



Spreckels Music Series Inaugural Concert: The John D. Spreckels Center is pleased to announce the inaugural event in the Spreckels Music Series. The Series is a new initiative to host high-caliber music performances that engage the 50-plus audience in the community and offer a diverse mix of performances. On Thursday, October 10, from 6 to 8:15 p.m., 35 members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus will perform selections from “Motown” and “The Music of Cher,” two of their previous concerts. The cost for the performance is $30 for Coronado residents and $37 for nonresidents and includes a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. with light refreshments and beverages provided. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. We expect this event to sell out quickly, so reserve your tickets now.  Sponsors are needed. For information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh St., call (619) 522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

Spreckels Center Music Series 

Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda: The contractor working to install the traffic signal at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street continues with demolition and reconstruction of pedestrian curb ramps and extension of the median nose on Navy property. Signal poles and loop detectors will be installed next week. 


Street, Curb and Gutter: The contractor on the street, curb and gutter work is finishing concrete work in the Country Club area and will be done with this phase of the work by Friday, September 20. Once concrete is complete, crews will mobilize the asphalt grinding and paving equipment to begin asphalt replacement operations. It is anticipated that overlay operations will begin Tuesday, September 24, on Country Club Lane and Thursday, September 26, on Coronado Avenue. All work is expected to be completed by the middle of October. The City is aware of concerns that parking was restricted while relatively little work was occurring. The City is encouraging the contractor to be more diligent when parking is restricted.


Coastal Cleanup Day: The Junior Volunteers, the Library’s teen volunteer group, will be giving back to the community on Saturday, September 21, when they take part in Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 at Coronado’s Central Beach. Other volunteers will be cleaning up at Crown Cove Aquatic Center, Silver Strand State Beach, as well as all around San Diego County. To join other teens taking part in this community event, please contact the Teen Librarian at (619) 522-7390. To find out about other sites, visit the Coastal Cleanup Day website.

C3 Gallery Artist Reception: Join the City of Coronado and its Cultural Arts Commission as they host an artist reception to celebrate the opening of the C3 Gallery’s newest exhibition, “50 Years Ago: Inspired by the Events of 1969.” The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, in the Nautilus Room of the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. The event is free and open to the public. There will be live music, light appetizers and a no-host bar.

C3 Artist Reception

Orange Avenue Banners: The newest banners in the nonprofit series of the Orange Avenue Banner Program are installed and mark the 25th anniversary of Lamb’s Players Theatre. Twenty five years ago, Lamb’s took up permanent residence in the historic Spreckels Building and have been an integral member of the Coronado arts and culture scene ever since. Banners remain up through the Thanksgiving holiday. The program, initiated in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado grant, displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. Two of the five annual banner installations are open to local nonprofit organizations. The application deadline for the January through March 2020 series is October 15. Applications are available on CoronadoARTS.com. For more information, call (619) 522-2633.

Lamb's Historic image
Lamb's New Banners

Pet of the Week:  Mari and Lily, two beautiful and bonded 11-year-old Siamese cats, are this week’s Pets of the Week. Mari and Lily came to PAWS of Coronado when their caretaker moved to an assisted living facility that did not allow cats. They must be adopted together. They are sweet and curious female Seal Point Siamese. Their adoption fee is $50 for the pair. To set up a visit with Mari and Lily, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pets of the Week 



Council Appointments: At its September 17 meeting, the City Council appointed the following individuals to the Design Review Commission: Caylee Jackman-Pinsonneault to fill the design professional vacancy. Nicole Lenhart to fill the member at-large vacancy.


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission (one vacancy), Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy) and Historic Resource Commission (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



Historic Resource Commission: At its meeting on Wednesday, the Historic Resource Commission determined that 790 G Ave. and 924 D Ave. do not meet the criteria to be designated as historic resources.



Beethoven at the Library: There will be two opportunities to celebrate the music of Beethoven at the Library on Saturday, September 21. Noted pianist Gerald Robbins will perform a tribute to the composer from 1 to 3 p.m., and a Beethoven chamber music concert featuring piano, violin and cello will follow at 4 p.m., lasting one hour.

Make Ice Cream: Kids will make homemade ice cream for Tinker Tuesday at the Library at 3:30 p.m. on September 24, and will learn chemistry is all around us, and fun. Staff will explain the chemistry behind how ice cream is made and when the ingredients are all in place, the kids will dance to music with their creations to finish the mixing process.


Pirate Party: Kids are invited to dress up as a swashbuckling pirate, play pirate themed carnival games and collect chocolate coins at the Pirate Party at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, in the Library Park. Musical accompaniment for the pirate party will be provided by the Raggle Taggle band.


Makey-Makey Workshop: Engineering for Kids will teach coding to first through fifth graders at the Library on Thursday 26, at 3:30 p.m. Using Makey Makey hardware and Scratch programming software developed by MIT, kids can explore how different sounds are created and make their own interpretations of the xylophone. Register at the Library by calling (619) 522-7390 or stop by the Children’s Reference Desk.


Cannabis Education: A consultant from the first state-licensed cannabis dispensary in California will be at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. The talk will cover the history of cannabis, how it is used and which of the many medical claims are backed by science.


Piano Concert Series: The Autumn Piano Concert Series continues at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 27, with Sachiko Reiner playing pieces by Bach, Ravel and other classical composers.


Library Events Held: The Library wants to share images of recent events over the last week with the community, including a Pokemon meet-up, piano concert with the Rolf Olsen Quartet, exploring with Foldscopes, Baby Storytime, Teens’ “Let’s Taco-bout It: Mortuaries & Death,” and a Lego Building Challenge.

Library Events Held two images
Library Events Held four images 




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

  • Storm Water & Wastewater crews removed debris from the Bandel Storm station wet well as part of scheduled maintenance prior to the rainy season. Crews will continue to clean the wet well as needed during the rainy season to maintain optimal operating condition and to remove potential pollutants from the system before its contents are discharged to North Beach. 

    Bandel Wet Well images2

  • City contractor replaced sections of the 100 block of I and J alley sewer main after a recent sinkhole developed. Additional repairs were identified when the contractor excavated marked out sites. This additional work extended the completion date to Saturday, September 21, when concrete will be poured. Through traffic at First Street will be closed until Monday, September 23.

         Sewer Main Work two images

  • City crews installed a new park bench and shade structure at the Skatepark. Facilities staff removed the concrete bench, dug holes to anchor the base in concrete and installed the bench with the shade canopy. This was in response to concerns from parents that there was no shaded area to supervise their children.

          BEnch at Skate Park


  • Streets Division installed the last of the crosswalk bars at Fifth Street and D Avenue and replaced sidewalk at 442 Third St. and 438 Third St.

    Sidewalk Work three images


  • Facilities Staff refurbished the handrails located at the Vista del Barco Park.  The handrails were prepped by grinding down the surface rust, applying primer, and a final coat of paint.

Handrails four images

  • City crews replaced a slide and tornado swing at the Spreckels Park playground.  These items were ordered when the Americans with Disabilities Act swing was ordered.  Facilities Staff along with contractor assistance have replaced the two units and they are fully operational. 

     Slide Spreckels Park three images




Tournaments at City Facilities: Tennis and water polo will be using Coronado’s courts and pool this weekend:

  • The City of Coronado is hosting a USTA Junior Tournament for top level players ages 10-18, September 20-22. Matches will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 20, at the Cays, Library, High School and Tennis Center courts. Saturday, September 21, matches will be held at the Coronado Tennis Center and Robbin Adair Tennis Complex courts with the finals being played at the Coronado Tennis Center on Sunday, September 22. Contact the Tennis Center Staff for more information at (619) 522-2650.
  • The Competition Pool at our Aquatics Center is closed Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, for the annual AFC Water Polo Tournament. The Competition Pool will be closed on Friday, September 20, at 11 a.m. and closed all day on Saturday, September 21. Thirty-two teams will be playing in four different pools. Contact the Aquatics Center Staff for more information at (619) 522-2464.

Youth Programs: Our Fall youth classes, activities, and after school fun begin next week, September 23, 2019. Check the brochure to plan your classes and register today. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/register for details.

Teen Halloween: To celebrate everyone’s favorite October costume celebration, the Recreation and Golf Services has five different ways for teens to say, “BOO,” this year. For detailed information or to register contact the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services staff at (619) 522-7342 or visit at www.coronado.ca.us/register. Here is the list:

  • Friday Night on the Town: Trip through the Haunted Trails of Balboa Park on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 11 p.m. cost is $65. Transportation, dinner, entrance and supervision is included and provided by Recreation Staff.
  • Monsters Needed: Sign up to be a ghost or goblin on the Haunted Trail Hike at Oakoasis County Park on Saturday, October 12, from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Transportation and supervision is included and provided by Recreation Staff.
  • Pumpkin Painting Volunteers: We are looking for teens to help younger children with Pumpkin Painting at the Coronado Farmer’s Market. Tuesday, October 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ferry Landing Tuesday. This event qualifies for community service hours.
  • Halloween Happening Volunteers: Run a carnival booth at the Recreation and Golf Services Annual Halloween Happening on Friday, October 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center. This event qualifies for community service hours.


Spreckels Center:  The Spreckels Center has many events coming up. 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.

  • Trails and Ales: Take a hike through the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve on Monday, September 23, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 1,000-acre reserve sits between Solana Beach and Encinitas. Tour the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center followed by lunch and a cold beverage at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in La Jolla. Depart from the Spreckels Center. Cost: $45 for Coronado residents and $59 for nonresidents. Transportation, parking, docent-led hike and admission is included. Lunch is not included in the cost.
  • Join the California Society for Ecological Restoration for a free presentation, “San Diego: Biodiversity Bonanza, Conservation Conundrum” on Wednesday, September 25, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Spreckels Center. Botanist Michael Nieto will talk about San Diego's natural history, environmental crises, dramatic regulatory compromises, and bright ecological future of habitat restoration.
  • Happy Hour Social: Do you love live music and tasty appetizers? Then join us on Thursday, September 26, 4 to 6 p.m. for the Spreckels Center’s first Happy Hour Social event. Local musician Jerry DeMink will perform and there will be complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and hors d’ oeuvres. Alcoholic drinks may be purchased at a cash bar. Remember to pre-register at the Spreckels Center.

Happy Hour 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.


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Posted on 09/20/2019
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