Weekly Update October 25, 2019

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Weekly Update October 25, 2019


Weekly Update October 25, 2019

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Retreat from the Heat:  The City held two free “Retreat from the Heat” days for students who had a half-day of school earlier this week due to the high temperatures in the region. The second Retreat from the Heat event is being held on Friday, October 25, the same day as the Recreation Department’s Halloween Happenings so the two have been joined. The Recreation Department invited students on Thursday, October 24, to participate in a host of fun activities, including rock climbing, watching movies and swimming, at the Coronado Community Center to help kids beat the heat. A second half-day of school was called due to high temperatures inside some classrooms.



City Receives Three Honors: The City picked up three awards this past week at ceremonies for climate, energy and sustainability actions, citizen satisfaction, and information technology.

  • At an awards ceremony in Long Beach last week, the city accepted a silver level Beacon Award for sustainability best practices from the Institute for Local Government. The Institute is the research arm of the league of California cities and the California Supervisors Association. Coronado’s sustainability efforts include the elimination of gas-powered hand tools, its approach to pedestrian facilities and the development of a recycled water facility.
  • Earlier this week, the City picked up its “Voice of the People Award for Excellence in Foundations,” an honor given to cities that best listen and act for the benefit of their communities. The award was given by the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center to the communities with the highest or most improved ratings as voiced by their own residents in a survey from 2018. The city received the award at the Association’s 105th annual conference in Nashville.
  • Earlier this month, the city was selected to receive the excellence In Information Technology Practices from the Municipal Information Systems Association of California. The award was received at the annual conference in October in Monterey, California. The award shows that we have exceeded standards in areas such as budget and strategic planning, customer satisfaction and disaster preparedness.

Beacon Award two images Voice of the People MISAC award


Cays Park Master Plan Project: The City held two introductory workshops last week to hear from residents about a master plan for Coronado Cays Park. The presentation made at these workshops is available online. The community may still participate in this effort by completing online surveys available on the Public Services & Engineering “Public Projects” webpage, on the Recreation Services webpage, on the home page of the City’s website. The surveys will be available through November 15. You can find the presentation and survey with these links:

The park is the City’s largest and its irrigation system needs to be replaced, work that 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 alternatives for a possible master plan based on public input. Two more public workshops are planned to present schematic designs for the master plan and obtain public comments. For more information, contact Jim Newton at (619) 522-7313 or send an email to jnewton@coronado.ca.us.

Cays Park Master Plan Cays Workshop two images


Halloween Events:

  • On Friday, October 25, 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.
  • Kids can make their own fake snot and try putting their hands in spooky sensory-boxes at the Library at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29. Join the Library for Halloween Gross Science.
  • Teens are challenged to find out just how daring they are at the Library’s “Trick or Eat” event at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Staff and volunteers will provide the concoctions, but will the teens be able to stomach them?

 Halloween Happening


Countdown to Halloween: What's your plan? Let the Coronado Police department help you come up with a plan to keep all our little ghouls and goblins safe. Trick-or-Treat safely.

 Halloween Preparation

  • Attend a community event such as Coronado’s “Downtown Goes Ghostly” from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Officers will be handing out treats starting at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Police Department.
  • Choose comfortable costumes and shoes that do not restrict movement.
  • Avoid dark-colored costumes.
  • Use make-up rather than a mask.
  • Make sure costumes are fire proof or treated with fire retardant.
  • Use reflective fabric or tape to improve visibility.

Halloween Day

  • Turn on exterior lights and remove objects that could cause tripping.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone – stay with an adult and in groups.
  • Remind kids to steer clear of strangers.
  • Start early in the evening and stay in your own neighborhood.
  • Carry a flashlight or a light stick and a cell phone.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at corners or lights; do not cross mid-block.
  • Avoid dark areas and houses.
  • Never enter a home without parental permission, even if in a group.
  • Inspect Halloween treats before letting kids eat them.
  • Eat only treats that are sealed and/or in original packaging.

The Police Department will have extra patrols out on Halloween night, but if you see anything suspicious, please give us a call at (619) 522-7350.

Halloween Safety Tips


Traffic Signal at Fourth and Alameda:  All work has been completed on the new traffic signal at Alameda Boulevard and Fourth Street near Naval Air Station North Island and the City is working with the California Department of Transportation to finalize details that will allow the contractor to energize the signal. Signal turn-on is anticipated to occur next week.

Fourth and Alameda signal 

Hometown Heroes Banner Ceremony: The City invites the public to attend the next Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony at Coronado High School on Saturday, November 2. Fifteen military Hometown Heroes, who call or have called Coronado home, will be recognized and honored. Officials with the City, VFW Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Hometown Banner Committee and the Coronado Historical Association have worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program, which honors men and women from Coronado who have honorably served their country. Each honoree’s biography will be read, and Coronado’s mayor will present them with a miniature banner, a copy of the one that will be displayed along the Avenue of Heroes (Third and Fourth streets). The ceremony will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the High School Auditorium, 650 D Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m. The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates living or deceased, active duty or retired, who live or have lived in Coronado and honorably serve or have served in any branch of the military.

Mullins Banner copy


Cays Wet Well Cleaning: A City contractor will be conducting sanitary sewer wet-well cleaning on Monday, October 28, at the Cays Main Pump Station. Crews should be on site by 7 a.m. and will be there for several hours. Residents can expect minor intermittent noise impacts and likely some odors produced when the wet-well contents are agitated and removed. 


Community Center Art Dedication: The City dedicated two new pieces of public art in the Coronado Community Center this week. “The Wave” and “92118 – Art by the Numbers” were both recently installed in the east hallway. “The Wave” was initiated by Coronado artist Spring Dyer and created at a day of painting in Spreckels Park by community members for display at the 921118 Day celebration. The artwork was gifted to the City by the artist in 2019. “92118 – Art by the Numbers” is an art project sponsored by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission, in partnership with the Coronado High School Visual Arts Department. The piece was created as a community project during the 92118 Day Celebration. Each panel features a digit of the Coronado zip code with iconic images of Coronado to create a vintage postcard effect.

Community Art Dedication


Hubbell Fountain Repairs: The James Hubbell fountain “Sea Passage,” located adjacent to the Coronado Community Center has been drained and will be repaired and cleaned next week. Although located in Coronado, the Port of San Diego owns the fountain and is responsible for major maintenance of the fountain. The Port has retained the Hubble Studio for repairs which should be completed by end of next week in time for the Coronado Island Film Festival. The festival is screening a new documentary about James Hubble, “Between Heaven and Earth,” and James and Anne Hubbell will be in attendance.

Hubbell Fountain

Veterans Day: The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 11, and reminds residents and businesses that some City facilities will be open. Public Services will not sweep streets on the holiday but EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day Holiday Sked 


Pet of the Week: Piper, sweet and petite 1-year-old mixed breed dog is this week’s Pet of the Week. Piper came to PAWS of Coronado when she was found as a stray on Country Club Lane. She loves people, attention, pets and is ready for a new home. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Piper, call PAWS, which runs the City’s Animal Control Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Piper 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 


Events Held at the Library: 

  • The Winn Room was the place to hear New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn at a special Friends of the Coronado Library fundraising luncheon on Tuesday, October 22. Quinn spoke about her three novels, took questions from attendees, and signed books.

    Kate Quiinn Luncheon 


  • Kids designed and built paddle boats, and then raced them on the Children’s Patio on Tuesday, October 22.

     Build a Paddle boat 


Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall Eyewitness: Next month marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the world prepares to commemorate this historic event, come to the Library at 2 p.m. on November 2 to hear J. Elke Ertle discuss the factors that led to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and the dynamics that brought it down in 1989. Ertle, born and raised in West Berlin, was 15 when construction began. She recalls how West Berliners were terrified of winding up behind the Iron Curtain. Ertle will end the discussion by reading a brief excerpt from her memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom” that describes the panic, sense of doom, confusion, lack of reliable information, and the rumors of collusion, under-the-table deals and nuclear war that swept through the city.
30th Anniversary Fall of the Wall



Prescription Drug Take Back Day: The Coronado Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Police Department personnel will be in front of the Police Department collecting expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs with no questions asked. A Prescription Drug Box is in the lobby of the Police Department for drop-offs all year during business hours.


Remotely Monitored Bike Theft Arrest: The Coronado Police Department’s remotely monitored bike was stolen again this week, bringing the total number of arrests related to the bike to 93. On Wednesday, October 23, at about midnight, an officer arrested a 28-year-old man after police tracked the bike and found it in his possession.

Theft Arrests: With help from City staff, two people were arrested this week suspected of several vehicle burglaries. On Wednesday afternoon, a man and woman were seen taking a purse from a parked vehicle on Ocean Boulevard. A witness called police with a good description of the suspects, vehicle model and license plate number which came back to a stolen car. At the same time, Coronado Police received a call that one of our police senior volunteer patrol teams reported a stolen iPad from the same area. The City’s IT administrator, along with investigative staff, tracked the iPad to a fast food restaurant in San Diego. Patrol officers with the assistance of San Diego Police contacted the suspects and located the stolen items, and numerous other items that had been taken from several vehicle burglaries in Coronado earlier that morning. The couple was arrested; the man on burglary, grand theft auto, misappropriation of property and possession of stolen property charges. The woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Both were taken to jail.


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

  • Facilities Division ground off the surface rust of a pay phone located at North Beach.  Facilities crews repainted the housing with epoxy paint.

    Pay phone work 

  • Due to recent vandalism, Facilities staff repainted the restrooms at North Beach. The men’s restroom and one of the family restrooms were covered in graffiti.

    North Beach Restrooms 

  • Facilities Division replaced several broken tiles throughout Centennial Park.

         Centennial Park tiles two images


Aquatics Center: Please note some Aquatics Center schedule changes. Please contact Aquatics Center staff with any questions at (619) 522-2464.

  • On Monday, October 28, and Wednesday, October 30, the competition pool will have a short course set up with limited lane availability between 4 and 8 p.m. to accommodate the high school water polo team due to the pool closure at the high school.
  • The Aquatics Center will close at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, for the Halloween holiday, and 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.
  • Locker room repairs and south hallway floor replacement (near the pool entrance) will begin on November 4 and is expected to be completed November 13.
  • November 1, 2 and 3 the Aquatics Center will observe regular hours.


Aquatics Training Day: The Aquatics Staff participated in a training and skills refresh. This training was Halloween-themed and included a scavenger hunt taking staff through Glorietta Bay Park and the Coronado Community Center.

Aquatics Training

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.


Retreat from the Heat image
Posted on 10/25/2019
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