Weekly Update October 18, 2019

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Weekly Update October 18, 2019


Weekly Update October 18, 2019

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Cays Park Master Plan Project: The City held the first of two public meetings on Wednesday, October 16, to hear from residents about possible improvements to the City’s largest park, Coronado Cays Park. The park is the City’s largest park and home to highly used joint-use sports fields. The irrigation system is old, inefficient and wastes a lot of water. It needs to be replaced. This work will disrupt the entire park. The City Council agreed in July to retain a landscape architect to help assess the park, hold multiple public meetings and create designs for possible improvements based on public input. The second public workshops is Saturday, October 19. Two more public workshops will be held to present schematic designs for the park and obtain public comments and opinion on each. The City has placed some information on the Fact or Fiction page on the City’s website to clarify that there are no pre-determined plans including at the Dog Run other than the need to replace the irrigation system. For more information, contact Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.


Council Actions: This week, the City Council approved the exterior design, as amended, and a parking plan for the expansion of Vons Grocery Store into the old Coramart building. The Council accepted Vons’ proposals to improve the streetscape along Orange Avenue and make modifications to the Orange Avenue facade. The Council approved an arrow sign with an exposed-bulb design for a sign at The Henry restaurant. Council members also introduced an ordinance to prohibit portable gasoline engine powered leaf blowers and to regulate the time of use. Finally, the Council approved its annual list of major special events for a total of 13:

  • Fourth of July Celebration (Saturday, July 4).
  • The combined Flower Show and Library Book Sale (Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19).
  • MotorCars on MainStreet (Sunday, April 26).
  • Coronado Promenade Concerts in Spreckels Park (Sundays, from May 24 through September 6).
  • Coronado Island Film Festival (Thursday through Sunday, November 12- 15).
  • Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House (Friday, December 4).
  • KOZ Events request to hold the Valentine’s Day 10K (Sunday, February 9).
  • Ironman request to hold the SuperSEAL Triathlon (Sunday, March 15).
  • Ironman original request to hold the Superfrog Triathlon (Sunday, September 20).
  • MWR Naval Base Coronado request to hold the Over the Bridge Run/Walk (Sunday, May 17).
  • San Diego Bicycle Coalition request to hold Bike the Bay (Sunday, August 23).
  • San Diego Padres request to hold Pedal the Cause (Sunday, November 1).
  • KOZ Events request to hold the Silver Strand Half Marathon (Sunday, November 8).

Vons Exterior

The Henry sign

Short-term Rental Settlement: The City has settled a legal action against a property owner for violations to Coronado’s short-term rental ordinance. The property owner has remitted $10,000 in costs related to enforcement and has agreed to stop renting four residential units for short-term use. The City hopes to send a clear and consistent message that it will enforce its ordinance and prosecute those who violate it.


Homecoming Parade: Coronado High School will hold its annual homecoming parade Friday, October 18, with four floats, one band and about 10 vehicles. The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. and travel from Orange Avenue north to Seventh Street and end on E Avenue in the teachers’ parking lot. There will be no parking on Orange Avenue between Adella Avenue and Seventh Street during the parade. The parade will be staged in the 1000 block of Adella. Intersections will be temporarily closed by Coronado Police as the parade moves. It should end by about 4 p.m. There will be a helicopter flyover just before the homecoming game.


Halloween Events: The Recreation Department will host its annual Halloween Happening from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, at the Coronado Community Center. There will be crafts, carnival games, a bouncy house, food and a tot lot. Activity tickets are $1 each. Later that day, kids can enjoy ghoulish games and creepy crafts beginning at 6 p.m. at the Library’s annual Halloween Party. There will be a fun photo booth.

Halloween Events for kids

Community Center Art Dedication: A dedication will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, to celebrate the Coronado Community Center’s two new pieces of public art. The pieces, “92118” and “The Wave,” are installed on the walls in the Center’s halls. The dedication will be held in the east hallway and a reception will be held in the Abalone Room. The pieces were created by community members in September 2018 when Coronado came together to celebrate 92118 Day. Join the artists, community leaders and art enthusiasts to celebrate the City’s new public art. Light refreshments will be served after the program. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Center Art dedication


Great California Shake Out: On Thursday, October 17, at 10:17 a.m., the Coronado Fire Department invited City employees to participate in the 2019 California Shake Out. The purpose of the drill was to focus on individual safety and preparedness in the event of an earthquake by practicing “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” procedures. Participating city employees were encouraged to submit pictures of their team performing readiness activities to the Fire Services Department and become eligible for a prize. Fire Services Department would like to remind the community that preparedness is everyone’s responsibility.

Spreckels Center Shake Out

Pet of the Week: Bubbles, a shy and sweet 6-month old kitten, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Bubbles came to PAWS of Coronado through a partnership with the San Diego Humane Society. She was originally taken in as a stray. She is looking for a calm and quiet home. Her favorite spot during naps is on a pillow by your head. Her adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Bubbles, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Control Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week 

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission (two vacancies), Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy), Historic Resource Commission (one vacancy) and Mobility 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, October 16, the Historic Resource Commission determined that 243 F Ave. is not a Historic Resource. Commissioners also approved Historic Alteration Permits for 1127 F Ave., and 519 Ocean Blvd., and recommended to City Council denial of a Historic Alteration permit and zoning exception request at 936 J Ave. (Photos: Historic and current photos of 519 Ocean Blvd.)

519 Ocean two images


Events Held at the Library: 

  • Teens demolished and reassembled toys to create their own Frankentoys on last week, October 9.

    Frankentoys Craft


  • Teens got a chance to watch and participate in the dissection of sheep brains on Thursday, October 10, under the guidance of scientists from San Diego State University’s Brain Development Imaging Labs.

    Brain Dissection three images


  • The Fall Craft Workshop was held on Wednesday, October 16, and participants adorned pumpkins with succulents, under the guidance of Merry Street.

 Succulent Workshop 2 images

  • It’s never too early to think about the Coronado Flower Show. The Coronado Floral Association and the Library presented “Demystifying Design,” a workshop on floral design mechanics and techniques on Tuesday, October 15.

        Flower Design two images

Teen Events:

  • Teens will have two opportunities to develop their STEAM skills this week at the Library. At 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, teens will discover how to use circuit clay to conduct electricity, and at the Teens Create event at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, teens will learn the basics of circuitry and create circuit pin dolls that light up when touched by a pin.
  • Teens can learn more about budgeting and preparing financially for college at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 21, at the Library’s next “Let’s Taco-Bout It!” Using games and more, Haley Beard of Edward Jones will give teens the financial tools they need for success. And then, tacos of course.


Autumn Piano Concert: Naomi Hobbs will play a program of classical piano music from the 20th century, including works by Poulenc, Guastavino and Kapusin, at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 25 in the Library’s Winn Room as part of the Autumn Piano Concert Series.


Medicare Made Easy: Robert Alley from San Diego’s Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program office will present the most current details of Medicare programs at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, at the Library. Information on enrollment options, and different Medicare plans will be provided at the event, “Medicare Made Easy,” and there will be an opportunity to have your Medicare questions answered.

Medicare Workshop Flier 


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

  • Streets Division replaced a number of pedestrian crossing signs around town. A newer, tougher material will be used given their propensity to damage.
  • Streets crews replaced a sidewalk at 354 B Ave. and touched up some “Yield” markings around town.
  • Street Division saved two slabs of concrete at the John D. Spreckels Center building while work was being done to help with water runoff. This preserved the look of the concrete and kept the impact of the work to a minimum.
  • Work was done at the Community Center to repair the marquee.

Public Services Work 


New Student Representative: Faith Baptista, Coronado high school sophomore was selected at the October 7 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting as the 2019–20 student representative on the Parks and Recreation Commission. (Photo: Faith Baptista, right)

New Student Rep Park Rec Comm



November Aquatics Center Closure: The Aquatics Center will be closed for maintenance and repairs from November 4 to December 1. The dates are subject to change, depending upon the speed of the repairs. Please contact Aquatics Center staff with any questions at (619) 522-2464.

Pool image 



Youth Basketball League: Players are wanted. Join in our eight-week, non-competitive basketball experience from December 2 to February 8 at 4:30 p.m. for grades 3 and 4 and at 5:30 for grades 5 and 6 at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Cost is $165 for residents and $175 for nonresidents. A skills assessment day is set for Wednesday, November 6. Volunteer coaches are needed to lead teams in one hour-long practice a week and one hour games on Saturdays. Contact Sports Coordinator, Ely McMahon: emcmahon@coornado.ca.us or (619) 522-2459.

Health and Wellness Fair: Mark your calendar for the Spreckels Center’s annual free Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Spreckels Center, along with several non-profit organizations, will offer free health screenings, provide resources, and share the latest research and information on ways to keep body, mind, and spirit in optimal condition. For information, visit the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343, or visit www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

Health Fair 2018


Rock Climbing: Each week, participants practice rock-climbing techniques on the Community Center rock wall. The photos below show children in grades 1-5 enjoying the after-school Wall Crawlers class, which is held on Thursday and Friday from 2:55 to 4:30 p.m. Two sessions are available to choose from. This class includes transportation to the Community Center from Village Elementary, and one hour of rock climbing. Session A is off and climbing. Register at www.coronado.ca.us/register to secure a spot in the next session beginning December 2.

Wall Climbers


Turkey Coloring Contest 2019: Recreation and Golf Services and the Coronado Junior Women's Club Turkey Coloring Contest 2019 officially began Tuesday, October 8. The deadline to enter for exciting prizes is November 5. Prizes are awarded to Coronado residents/students in kindergarten through fifth graders at the November 19 City Council meeting. One entry submitted per child, colored by the child. Students may not use embellishments such as glitter and sequins. Past winners are not eligible. To enter the contest, Coronado students must:

  1. Color the turkey using only crayons, markers or colored pencils;
  2. Print entrant’s name, school, grade and contact information in the space provided;
  3. Submit your turkey on or before Friday, November 5, 2019 in one of these ways: bring it to the Coronado Community Center, email it to recdept@coronado.ca.us, or have a parent or legal guardian post to Facebook (using hashtag #putsomeplayinyourday). For more information visit the Recreation News page.
Turkey Coloring image

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Posted on 10/18/2019
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