Weekly Update Dec. 6, 2019

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Weekly Update Dec. 6, 2019


Weekly Update Dec. 6, 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.


Storm Wrap-up: Coronado came through the first storm of the season reasonably well. Public Services and first responders monitored the City and City facilities throughout the storm, which brought heavy rains and wind. The new storm drain system at the Spreckels Center performed as designed sending water to the lawn bowling green. One tree was uprooted at Village Elementary. The storm drain inlet on the California Department of Transportation right of way near the entrance to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge near Glorietta Boulevard was clogged from the mulch Caltrans installed. Recreation and Golf Services pumped out the water that had closed the roadway. More rain is expected this weekend. Sand bags are available at the usual places.

Judge Rules in City’s Favor in Tree Removal Suit: A judge has ruled in the City’s favor in a lawsuit filed by a Coronado resident claiming mayoral bias and violations of the Brown Act by the City Council related to tree removal request. In response to the lawsuit filed by Harold DeNardi in May, the City filed a special motion to strike pursuant to California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which is designed to provide for early dismissal of meritless lawsuits filed against people for exercising their First Amendment rights. In his final ruling issued Dec. 2, a San Diego Superior Court judge granted the City’s motion to strike the claim, ruling that DeNardi failed to provide enough evidence of his claims. The case involved a Council action in February to overturn a Street Tree Committee decision. A private property owner on First Street asked to remove a tree from in front of his home. The Street Tree Committee allowed the removal of the tree in January. In February, another neighbor submitted an appeal to the City Council and the Council overturned the decision to remove the tree. Read the full press release here.


Beach Closure: The County Department of Environmental Health has issued a closure of Silver Strand State Beach and the Coronado shoreline due to initial visual signs of sewage contamination. The signs were confirmed by the City’s Lifeguard Services. The beach is closed from the Tijuana River north to Coronado due to the storm that caused contaminated water from the river to flow north. Water samples are being tested and the beach will remain closed until samples meet health standards. A general rain advisory has been issued along the San Diego coast warning swimmers to avoid coastal waters for 72 hours after rain.

State Route 75 Medians:  The State Route 75 Medians project will enhance the existing medians along SR 75 between Pomona Avenue and R. H. Dana Place as landscaped medians with appropriate low-level plants. The City is also negotiating with the contractor to landscape the existing median on Pomona Avenue at SR 75. Construction was anticipated to begin on Monday, December 2, but has been delayed by a few days. This work is required by Caltrans to be done at night, so the work hours will be 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings. The City estimates construction will be completed in early January.

SR 75 medians images


Street Preventive Maintenance Project: The City Council awarded a road maintenance project to a contractor in November. Minor work such as crack-filling, striping removal, and dig-out repair operations were underway Thanksgiving week and the following week, while the slurry operations are scheduled to start after this week’s rain event. The City’s goal is to complete the slurry operation before the Christmas holiday and restore striping and Active Transportation Elements shortly afterward. The slurry schedule is subject to changes due to weather.

Slurry Updated Schedule


Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday events season tonight, Dec. 6, with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza in conjunction with the annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Open House.

  • The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Coronado’s annual Snow Mountain at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. Snow Mountain activities, such as crafts, hot chocolate, bounce houses, and snow, are provided free until 7 p.m. thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program and the support of the Coronado Ferry Landing and Chamber of Commerce.
  • Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m.
  • The Coronado Rotary Plaza public art piano will host a holiday music sing-along under the Christmas Tree. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • The annual Holiday Parade begins at 6 p.m.
  • The tree/Menorah Lighting is at 7 p.m.
  • The Coronado Community Band Concert begins at 7:15 p.m.

All events are free. The holiday lights will remain on through December at the plaza at Orange and Isabella avenues near Tenth Street. For more information on Snow Mountain call (619) 522-7342.


Parking Meter Holidays: Parking is free in the City’s commercial corridor for the “Parking Meter Holidays,” which will run through Wednesday, Dec. 25. Parking in the business district will be free for up to 2 hours to promote local holiday shopping. Please note that most of the meters in the business district have 2-hour limits, however, some are 12 minutes, and a select few have 4 and 8-hour time limits. Time limits will be enforced. Make sure to read your meter and follow the free posted limit. The free parking was approved at the annual request of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce by the City Council. 


Letters to Santa:  Letters to Santa Claus will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Dec. 14 at the Community Center. Send your letter to the North Pole via our North Pole Express Mailbox and be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so Santa can answer letters.


Breakfast with Santa:  Breakfast with Santa is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. This event sells out fast so call or stop by the Community Center to get your tickets. Breakfast with Santa includes a pancake breakfast, crafts and activities, a prize wheel and a chance to visit with Santa This is a great opportunity to get your family photos with Santa. Cost is $10 for children and $12 for adults.

Recreation Holiday Fun flier 

Holiday Camps: Coronado students on winter break can sign up for holiday camps at the Community Center. Campers in kindergarten through seventh grade can participate in sports, crafts, games, cooking events at holiday camp. Dates are Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3. For more information check the flier below, visit www.coronado.ca.us/Recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

Holiday Camp Dec & Jan


San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: Holiday lights will be on display during the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights on two consecutive Sundays, December 8 and 15. The Port of San Diego event features 80 vessels festively lit for the holiday season. The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. at Shelter Island. The route proceeds to Harbor Island, the North Embarcadero area, Seaport Village, Cesar Chavez Park and then turns south to the Ferry Landing on Coronado. The entire procession takes about two hours, typically ending around 7 p.m. Tidelands Park is a good spot in Coronado to view the parade. Visitors are requested to please respect private parking and property.

Ride the Lights: Ride the Lights is set for Sunday, Dec. 15. Meet at Spreckels Park at 4:45 p.m. Make sure you have night lights and helmets. Enjoy cookies, cocoa and other holiday festivities after the ride. Brought to you by Coronado's Mobility Commission. Don't forget to decorate your bike for the 2.9-mile route.

Ride the Lights flier 


Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, all municipal facilities will be closed. There will be some adjusted hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve as noted in the schedule below. The Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Here is that schedule:

Holiday Sked 2019-20 Revised


Teddy Bear Drive: On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Coronado police officers attended the closing ceremony of the Teddy Bear Drive at Rady Children’s Hospital. Each year, the Police Department collects new stuffed animals for the annual Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Caravan. Donations of teddy bears, and stuffed animals will be distributed all year long by hospital staff and police officers to children who are admitted into the hospital. This countywide effort began with a Coronado officer in 1990. Now-retired Coronado Police Officer Brian Hardy wanted to do something for kids at Rady Children’s over the holidays after noticing an empty toy drive bin at the hospital. He went out and bought a dozen teddy bears for children and delivered them. The event became a tradition.

PD Teddy Bear drive



Holiday Banners: The City installed new banners last week that include holiday-themed messages. In early January 2020, new banners will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Friends of the Coronado Public Library. Since July 2017, Discover Coronado has provided $115,000 to the City for the design, production, hardware, rotation and maintenance of the banners along Orange Avenue. For more information on the Orange Avenue Banner Program, contact Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or kpurvis@coronado.ca.us.

Holiday Banners along Orange 



50th Bridge Commemorative Medallions: Last chance of the year to get a commemorative medallion celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Earlier this year, the City held a 50th birthday party. For the event, the City updated commemorative medallions that were first produced in 1969. The medallions were updated to reflect the 50th anniversary and a limited number were produced. There are about 30 left. The medallions can be purchased while supplies last for $35 plus tax each. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at kpurvis@coronado.ca.us or (619) 522-2633.

50th Bridge Anniversary Medallions 


Large Tenting Project: The Coronado Beach Resort has notified the City that it plans to tent the entire resort on Monday, Dec. 9, for three days. Resort officials notified the City even though it is not required to do so since the property is highly visible. The work is routine maintenance.

Pet of the Week: Woolfie, a wise and senior gray and white tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Woolfie came to the Animal Care Facility when his owner moved to assisted living and could no longer care for her. He is looking for a peaceful home to spend his golden years and mellow companions. Woolfie is 14 and is good around other cats. His adoption fee is $35. To set up a visit with Woolfie, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Woolfie Pet of the Week

Events Held at the Library:

  • Kids used the dye in tissue paper to create works of art at Tinker Tuesday on Nov. 26.

     Tinker Tuesday Tissue Dye Craft


  • At Tinker Tuesday on Dec. 3, kids made two cinnamon ornaments – one to take home and one to decorate the Library’s tree.

    Tinker Tuesday Cinnamon Craft 

    Events Coming up at the Library:

  • Coronado vocal ensemble Musica Vitale will present a Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Library lobby. Tickets are free and available at the Library.
  • Artist Joe Nyiri will help kids make their own holiday collages in the library’s monthly Saturday morning art class for kids at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7.
  • Create homemade gifts for the special people in your life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Library.Kim Slaaf will demonstrate how to make snickerdoodle lip scrub, peppermint lip balm and bath salts. Sign up at the Library or email rsvp@coronado.ca.us. Supplies will be provided.
  • Toddlers and preschoolers can visit with Santa, hear stories and more at the Library at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
  • Teens will decorate a cookie based on their favorite holiday book or movie at the Library’s Teen Cookie Wars at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
  • An inclusive storytime for children ages 0-8 called Sensory Storytime will feature songs, stories, felt activities, and fingerplays at the Library at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. It is designed especially for children on the autism spectrum but is open to all children.


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

  • Streets Division recently worked on hanging Christmas lights along Orange Avenue and repaired a sinkhole in the alley behind 940 B Ave. More than 20 potholes were filled this week.

Holiday Light and Sinkhole

Holiday LIght and Pothole 


Holiday Social: The Spreckels Center’s annual Cider Sipping and Tree Decorating event had all the holly-jolly joy it promised. Everyone who attended helped to make the Spreckels Center sparkle for the season. They crafted reindeer, pinecone elves and glittery ornaments for the Christmas tree while enjoying hot cider, cookies and holiday music. Thank you to everyone who joined us including our favorite Coronado Police Officers.

Spreckels Center Social 




Fitness Room Closure: The fitness room at the Coronado Community Center was closed unexpectedly due to an electrical issue on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at about 6 p.m. The electricians were called out and fixed the issue quickly allowing the fitness room to reopen the next morning. This is a good time to remind the community that you can register for notifications Recreation sends out through www.rainedout.com. For more information, please contact (619) 522-7342.

RainedOut images 


Holiday Cup Soccer Tournaments: Coronado Youth Soccer League is hosting its annual Holiday Cup the weekends of Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9 a.m. start at Sunset Park). The Holiday Cup will use the Cays Fields, Sunset Park, Tidelands Park, Silver Strand Elementary and the three high school fields. During these weekends, the Cays fields receive a high volume of players/spectators. Five parking spaces along Coronado Cays Boulevard will be blocked off to be used only by dog run users. Signs will be posted. Coronado Youth Soccer League has hired Elite Security to monitor the parking to ensure it is being used by dog run patrons only. Coronado Youth Soccer League is also sending an email prior to each tournament weekend informing soccer patrons about the parking. For more information, contact the Coronado Youth Soccer League at (442) 272-1497 or by email at info@coronadoyouthsoccerleague.com.


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Posted on 12/06/2019
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