Weekly Update October 28, 2016

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Weekly Update October 28, 2016




Weekly Update October 28, 2016

Get up to speed on what's going on in Coronado with the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update. Each week, the City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when necessary. For more information, visit www.coronado.ca.us every Friday at noon.

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High School Track Grand OpeningCity and Coronado Unified School District leaders celebrated the grand opening of the Coronado High School track and field to the community on Saturday, October 22. The event was held to help get the word out that the track is now be open on weekends and holidays from 6 to 10 a.m. thanks to a joint agreement signed over the summer.

Track OPen to Public

Track OPen to Public2 

Track OPen to Public3

Silver Strand Traffic Update:  The City continues its efforts to help ease traffic along the Silver Strand State Highway. Last week, the City met with the California Department of Transportation and Navy at state Route 75 and Tarawa Road, the entrance to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. The increase in morning rush hour traffic volume, which typically occurs after Labor Day, has confounded the signal cycle at SR 75 at Tarawa, and been further complicated by the inability of that signal to be synchronized with the SR 75 at Rendova Road signal. This has resulted in major delays for northbound morning traffic. The pedestrian activated signal at SR 75 and Tarawa intersection was activated almost every signal cycle during morning rush hour. That action disrupts the synchronization with the follow-on signal (SR 75/Rendova). This week, signs were placed at the intersection asking weekday morning pedestrians to wait one full signal cycle before activating the pedestrian signal. Caltrans made adjustments last week to one signal’s timing, giving northbound commuters 10 more seconds of green light by reducing the left turn onto the base. The City requested this week 10 more seconds of northbound cycle time. The Police Department has accelerated soliciting quotes from security companies to manually control the traffic signals at Tarawa. This option may be employed during a pilot period. The permanent solution under consideration is Caltrans’ installation of adaptive signal technology for four signals on SR 75 from Tulagi Road to Avenida de las Arenas. This technology senses traffic volume and uses proprietary algorithms to vary signal durations to maximize vehicle flow. If approved, the goal is to have this new technology in place before Labor Day 2017.

Traffic Ped Signs 

Traffic Ped Signs2

Halloween Street Closure:  Due to the popularity of Margarita Avenue on Halloween night and a well-supported citizen petition, the City of Coronado will temporarily close the roadway to all vehicle traffic for trick-or-treaters. The closure will be in effect from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, October 31, and span the 600 and 700 blocks of Margarita from Sixth Street to Visalia Row. Notices were sent to local residents and signs will be set up in advance to let the community know about the closure. Road barriers will be set up by City staff. The closure will not be staffed by the City, but will be monitored.

Halloween Street Closure 

Halloween Street Closure2 

Public Viewing of Finan Funeral Procession:  Members of the public may pay their respects to Coronado-based Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, who died October 20 in northern Iraq, during a funeral procession that will head through Coronado on Tuesday, November 1. Beginning at about noon, the funeral procession will head from a private service in Coronado to Miramar National Cemetery. The procession will begin in the 600 block of C Avenue and head west on Sixth Street toward Naval Air Station North Island. On Alameda Boulevard, the procession will head north to Fourth Street, where it will head toward the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. City flags in front of municipal buildings have been lowered through Tuesday, November 1, in honor of Finan. On Tuesday, November 1, the day of interment, the U.S. and state flags also will be lowered. The Coronado Police Department will help with local traffic, which may be briefly affected.

Flag at City Hall

‘First Ashore’ Art Installation/Library Exhibit:  Coronado invites the community to the “First Ashore” art installation, dedication ceremony and statue unveiling of the “Naked Warrior” at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, November 11, in Glorietta Bay Park. A reception will follow. Attendees are asked to RSVP. The community also is invited to view the Coronado Public Library’s complementary exhibit featuring the Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and SEAL Teams, on display now. On Saturday, October 29, Don Crawford will be the featured speaker at the exhibit’s reception. He will speak to the Navy’s history in Coronado at 5:30 p.m. in the Winn Room, followed by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Library lobby. The “First Ashore” art installation includes a bronze statue titled the “Naked Warrior.” Nicknamed “naked warriors” for their lack of clothing and equipment, these frogmen would swim into enemy waters from far offshore to reconnoiter heavily defended beaches without weapons or support. This will be the first statue in the City commemorating the City’s and Navy’s long and unique relationship.

First Ashore 

First Ashore site      

First Ashore Library 

Five in the Fall Exhibition:  The City of Coronado and 160 attendees celebrated the new “Five in the Fall” exhibition in the C3 Gallery in the Coronado Community Center with an artist’s reception on Tuesday, October 25. Five local artists were featured: Kathleen McCabe, fiber art; James O’Brien, ceramicist; Lisa Garn, ceramicist; Jose Luis Laguna, photography; and Mary Hale, painter. The artists will be featured through January 2017. The C3 Gallery is operated by the Cultural Arts Commission and is open to the public. For more information, visit CoronadoARTS.com.

Five in the Fall  

Five in the Fall 2

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The exterior of the building received its first two coats of stucco; the final color coat will be installed in one week.  The wood siding on the southwest side has started. The kitchen flooring is proceeding and will be followed by tile for the restrooms. 

Spreckels Center 

Spreckels Center2


Utility Relocations at the First Street, I Avenue: This job was completed last week. However, San Diego Gas & Electric will have to return to the site in order to grind and overlay the asphalt patch and slurry seal the intersection.


Street Preventive Maintenance Program:  The first coat of roadway striping and stenciling has been completed throughout residential streets in the Country Club area, the First Street corridor, the Coronado Municipal Golf Course and Strand Way. The contractor will return to apply a second coat. This is a standard practice to prolong the striping and stenciling lifespan on traveled roadways.


Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural Repairs: The contractor completed the structural concrete repairs to the south wall and ceiling beams last week. This week, crews will concentrate on removing formwork and patching the formwork tie-backs. By next week, the structure should be ready for installation of the protective epoxy liner. The City is aware of the unfortunate odor that emanates from the open work area while work on the project is ongoing. The City has worked to minimize odors by placing a filter over the bypass well, established for the construction. The filters are changed regularly. The City also required a stack, or pipe, that takes and releases the odors above the site to be better dissipated by the winds. The project involves repairs to the wet well, which was found during construction to be damaged more than projected. This further delayed construction. Progress is being made on the project but it has been slower than anticipated.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station

Beam formwork in place.


Veterans Day Holiday: The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, November 11, and reminds residents and businesses of what municipal facilities will remain open and what will close. Police, Fire and Lifeguard safety personnel will be on duty. Public Services will be on call over the holiday to respond to emergencies but will not sweep streets Friday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day

Flag Poles and FlagsTo conform to American flag-flying protocol, Public Services will cut and lower the height of the two flag poles that sit on either side of the American flag at City Hall. These poles display the City and state flags. In accordance with U.S. flag protocol, when displayed together, all other flags shall be at a height below the American flag; which affords the U.S. flag the highest honor.  Previously, City staff manually displayed the state and City flags at a level below the U.S. Flag, but not to the top of their respective flagpoles. After the height of the poles are lowered, each flag will be flown at its proper height when fully raised. The tops of the outboard poles will be cut down today, October 28. Next week, fabrication will take place to modify the pole tops. They will be reinstalled no later than Friday, November 4, at which time, the state and City flags will again be displayed. Additionally, new U.S. flags will be installed on the Orange Avenue light standards early next week. The City flies and maintains these flags. The current flags have become tattered and will be replaced as early as Monday, October 31.


Navy News: 

  • Effective this week, Naval Base Coronado announced a new Community Concerns Program, which provides an avenue for locals to provide concerns or comments on many different issues. The previous noise complaint hot line has become the Naval Base Coronado Community Concerns Hot Line. The number is (619) 545-8847. The Navy also has a new NBC Community Concerns web page to report a concern or comment.
  • The Navy has released a Transportation Management Plan for access to Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus at state Route 75 during the anticipated 10-year construction of project. The file is a public document. Click here for a link to the plan. A hard copy is available at the Coronado Public Library.


Rideshare Month This is the last week of Rideshare Month. The City of Coronado celebrated the many benefits of commuting alternatives during the month of October. The City encourages residents, employees and businesses to try an alternate commute in October to save money, reduce stress, and have fun this month and all year long.


‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this short “3 on Thursday” list of three featured events happening in Coronado this weekend, as well as show times at the Vintage Village Theatre. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 on Thursday 


Upcoming Events:  Upcoming Recreation events include the annual Turkey Coloring Contest, Halloween Happening, Pancake Paddlers Club, and a Skatepark Halloween BBQ. See fliers below.

Turkey Coloring Contest notice

Turkey Coloring Contest     
Halloween Happening


Halloween at Skatepark

Recreation Programs
:  Every year at Halloween, a group of sixth- through twelfth-graders dress-up in their scariest costumes and head to Stelzer County Park, in Lakeside, and volunteer to “scare” people that are on a haunted trail hike. These family hikes are led by a Park Ranger, and take families on a trail that is filled with ghosts and goblins. One goblin was even spotted in Coronado’s Recreation van. In the Adult and Child Holiday Cooking Class series, “goblin and ghoul gourmet” was on the menu. Children, five years and older, along with their parents, enjoyed cooking Halloween-themed treats. Kids in the Kitchen kept the Halloween theme going by cooking mummy pizzas, witches’ fingers cookies and haystack cupcakes.

 Rec Halloween Trail
Haunted hiking trail participants.

Halloween Cooking Class
Above and below: Parent and Child Halloween Cooking Class.

Halloween Cooking Class3

Halloween Cooking Class2 
Above and below: Halloween-themed treats, jalapeño mummies and witch cookies.

Halloween Cooking Class5 

Kids in the Kitchen
Above and below: Kids in the Kitchen.

Kids in the Kitchen2 


Commission VacanciesThere are currently three vacancies, one on the Transportation Commission and two on the Cultural Arts Commission. The City has many volunteer opportunities for residents interested in serving on any of its boards, commission and committees. See notice below for details.



Planning Commission:  At a special meeting on Thursday, October 27, the Planning Commission considered the proposed South Beach Restroom project to be located at the southwest end of Avenida del Sol adjacent to the cul de sac. The Commission made two recommendations to the City Council:  1.) To approve certification of the Environmental Impact Report and 2.) To approve the Coastal Permit for the project.

South Beach Restroom

Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, October 26, the Design Review Commission approved T-Mobile’s request to modify the exterior of an existing cellular antenna enclosure on the roof of the Coronado Private Bank at 801 Orange Ave.




Mail Ballot Drop-Off at Library:  The Library is serving as a Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the Registrar of Voters. Registrar workers will be on site from October 31 through November 7 during open Library hours. On Election Day, November 8, ballots can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, the Library is not a polling location on Election Day.



Special Sunday Program:  Popular speaker and author Richard Lederer gave a talk, titled “Fascinating Facts About our Presidents,” in the Winn Room on Sunday, October 23. The historical overview was well attended.


Mystery Book Club:  The Mystery Book Club discussed “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, and then participated in a screening of the classic film of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room.


Kids Craft & Friday Piano Concert:  The Library’s Kids Craft Program featured spider and web crafting. Today’s “Brown Bag Piano Concert” features Vania Pimentel.

spider and web 

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spider and web3    

spider and web4 


Halloween Party:  The Library’s annual Halloween Party will be held this evening. Festivities will include carnival games, prizes, a costume contest, and a concert by the Purple Pumpkin Eater Band.




Prescription Drug Take Back Day:  The Police Department collected more than 65 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the Prescription Drug Take Back event held Saturday, October 22. That’s 65 pounds of prescription drugs that will never make it into the hands of children, criminals or the ocean. If you couldn’t make it to the event on Saturday, you can always drop off your unwanted prescription drugs in the Police Department lobby drug drop-off box during regular business hours.

Prescription Take Back Day
Officer Gabriel Gonzaga

Prescription Take Back Day Box

Bike Returned, Thieves ArrestedCpl. Ralphy Garcia had the honor of returning a stolen bicycle to its rightful owner earlier this week. Brody’s bicycle, along with an electric bike and the Police Department’s remotely monitored bicycle were stolen on Sunday, October 23, by three men. Officers were alerted to the theft and were able to stop the suspect’s vehicle before it left town. All three were arrested for grand theft, petty theft, possession of stolen property and methamphetamine, and conspiracy. All three bicycles were locked at the time of the theft.

Bike REturned 

Cite DayThe Police Traffic Division held another Cite Day on Wednesday, October 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three Officers and two Police Services Officers wrote 28 moving violations, 49 parking citations, one bicycle citation, and 13 verbal warnings. There was one vehicle towed, one misdemeanor arrest, one vandalism report, and one traffic collision.



Public Services Work Updates: 

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

  • As part of Public Services’ annual palm pruning program, a City contractor has begun pruning palms throughout Coronado. Palm fruiting and hanging fronds are a common concern of residents. Two crews from West Coast Arborist are set to trim the 450, mostly queen, palms along Orange Avenue tomorrow, October 29.

         Palm Trees

  • Streets Division is working to repair the concrete stairs that lead to the City’s beach. All of the stairs at each entrance should be patched up by the end of November. Crews also have installed “Pedestrian Crossing” signs at Prospect Place and Second Street, and have been working to repair various downed signs around town.

         Beach Stairs


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.



Halloween Happening
Posted on 10/28/2016
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