Weekly Update March 24, 2017

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Weekly Update March 24, 2017


Weekly Update March 24, 2017

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.

Weekly Update:  Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video 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 City Manager’s Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Moody’s Issues Highest Rating to Coronado:  Moody’s Investors Service has issued a Aaa credit rating, its highest credit rating issued, to the city of Coronado for its exceptionally strong financial position, large tax base, and affordable debt and pension liabilities. The Moody’s rating affirms its previous Aaa rating issued to Coronado in 2014. Coronado joins 12 other California cities, including Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Palo Alto, with the Aaa rating, and remains the only San Diego County city with the agency’s highest rating. Moody’s cited Coronado’s robust financial position: “Coronado’s available fund balance as a percent of operating revenues (113.4 percent) far surpasses the U.S. median. Additionally, the net cash balance as a percent of revenue (117.1 percent) is far superior to other Moody’s-rated cities nationwide.” The rating validates Coronado’s credit position as being of the highest quality. Read the full press release here. Click here for the full Moody's report.


Coronado TV Meeting Schedule:  Coronado TV, the City's government access channel, provides timely and informative content to the community. The schedule can be found on the Coronado website under Coronado TV. The channel offers programming 24 hours a day seven days a week, including two City Council, two Planning Commission, one Naval Complexes and three other live board, commission or committee meetings per month. Additionally, the channel airs the Weekly Update video preview, public service announcements, as well as special programming throughout the year. Coronado TV can be found on Time Warner Cable Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99. 

Coronado TV Sked

Coastal Campus Entrance Configuration:  The Navy presented a new three-way signalized intersection configuration for the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus at the Naval Complexes meeting this week. The intersection configuration is in response to the California Department of Transportation’s iterative review process and part of a base entry control point design which includes a 10-foot-wide pedestrian crossing from the Coastal Campus to the Bayshore Bikeway. The configuration should help reduce queuing on state Route 75 with entry control points and turn pockets that keep vehicles on the base side or off SR 75. Construction of the intersection, which will be the principle entrance to the Coastal Campus base, is planned to begin in September.

Coastal Campus Entrance

V-22 Osprey Environmental Review Process:  The Navy has notified the City that public notice has been given on the Environmental Assessment process in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to continue and expand support operations and training for the Navy's replacement aircraft for the C-2 (twin engine, turboprop, aircraft carrier personnel and supplies transport aircraft), the V-22, also known as the Osprey, at Naval Air Station North Island. The replacement program will have similar number of aircraft and support personnel. Because the V-22 has a larger airframe than the C-2, facilities and infrastructure projects will be required. The Navy noted the timeline as being 2018-2025.


Osprey Environmental Process

Arbor Day 2017
:  Coronado had volunteers from the community, as well as from organized groups regional schools and clubs, local Navy bases, and City Council members for its Arbor Day festivities. More than 110 people in all helped plant 27 trees throughout Coronado. After the trees were planted, City staff members staked off and deep watered the trees.  

Arbor Day 2017

Pine Tree Trimming on Margarita:  The City’s tree contractor began trimming pine trees on both sides of Margarita Avenue from Sixth Street to Monterey Avenue last week. Notices went out to affected residents. As part of the City’s tree trimming program and a follow-through on the City’s commitment to a healthy urban forest, the City is trimming 97 pines of the Canary Island (prominent), Monterey and Aleppo varieties. (See map of work area below.) The City's tree service contractor, West Coast Arborist, strictly adheres to pruning objectives as defined by the American National Standards Institute. The only time entire branches are removed is when branches are broken, dead, dying, defective and/or weakly attached. It is important that dead and dying sections of trees are removed as they are susceptible to infestation and disease. If not identified and removed, the entire tree could be compromised.  

Pine Tree Trimming  


Spreckels Park Restroom:  The Spreckels Park Restroom project includes two temporary portable restroom trailers. The trailers will be used instead of the many small portable toilets that are typically in service during peak park-usage months, from April to September. The City Council recently approved designs depicting colorful images from the past for the trailers that were submitted by the Cultural Arts Commission. One of the portable restroom trailers will be placed on a concrete pad near Seventh Street. That restroom's wrap is the image of a carousel, or merry-go-round. Its design was based on the actual carousel that operated at Tent City, which was affordable summer camping at the Hotel del Coronado, beginning in 1915. The carousel wrap includes original signage, a historic photograph and a narrative. The second trailer is 28 feet long and will be installed next to the permanent restroom currently being built on Sixth Street. Its wrap will feature historic Coronado Rail Road cars from the 1880s. The design includes passengers from an era gone by. If you look closely, you may be able to name some of them.

Carousel Design

Rail Car Design 


Active Transportation Plan:  Don’t miss a chance to provide your walking, biking and other active transportation concerns in developing the Active Transportation Master Plan. Use the Interactive Issue Map online to share your concerns by Friday, March 31. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/activetransportationplan or email Active Transportation Planner Allie Scrivener [email protected] for more information.

Active Transportation image


Planned SDG&E Outage:  A planned power outage by SDG&E has been scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at 8 a.m. for up to 10 hours to replace a switch in the area, weather permitting. The outage will affect the traffic signal at state Route 75 and Tarawa Road. The City has contacted the California Department of Transportation to coordinate monitoring of the signal during the outage.

Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  Heavy equipment began to arrive in preparation for removal of the existing piles and installation beginning next week of new piles on the Dock C and Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp project. Residents in the area may hear some noise related to the pile replacement, such as rattling as the old piles are vibrated loose and a hammering noise as the new piles are pounded in the last several feet. The work may take up to three weeks. The contractor continues to demolish the existing ramp and is trenching for the electrical conduits to service the new boat launch dock.

Dock C

Coronado Cays Fire Station Project:  Concrete pavement has been poured at the back of the Coronado Cays Fire Station to create a more stable driveway at the station’s rear entrance and electrical conduit installed for the new generator to power the station in the event of a power outage. As an essential facility, a generator is required. The previous generator was dated and did not adequately power the entire facility. The project should be wrapped up by early April.

Cays Fire Station 


ADOPTED Pet of the Week: Carter, a scared and matted stray found by a PAWS volunteer at the Coronado Little League field, has been cleaned up and is looking for a home. Carter is a poodle-bichon fries mix who is 4 years old and weighs 15 pounds. His adoption fee is $125. To schedule a visit, call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 522-7371.

Carter PAWS


Silver Strand State Beach EventThe City was notified by Ragnar Relay event organizers that the Ragnar Relay So Cal finish line will be held at Silver Strand State Beach on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. From its overall 7,600 participants, a total of 650 runners will arrive at Silver Strand State Beach, and they expect around 2,000 participants throughout the day at any one time. Event organizers have said that to address traffic issues from last year, event vehicles will no longer enter State Beach via the southbound entrance, and they have arranged for a shuttle service that will travel to and from the event from the Imperial Beach Mar Vista High School. Questions or concerns can be directed to (801) 499-5024, or during the event, inquiries can be texted to the Race Hotline at (661) 724-6271 and a representative will respond. 



Tennis:  Additional class times have been added for a one-hour High Intensity Tennis Training at the Coronado Cays Tennis Courts. The cost is $30/per class for Coronado residents and $35 for non-residents. Contact the Tennis Center at (619) 522-2650 to sign-up in advance. Participants will learn how to move faster and more explosive to the ball; get fit to play better; incorporate footwork drills, fast pace feeding with technical and footwork correction; and strategy. This class is offered three times a week:

  • Monday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. NEW
  • Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. NEW
  • Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Would you like to learn about programming and special events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green? Join the Spreckels Center interest list by calling (619) 522-7343, emailing [email protected] or online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels. Sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter which lists all the upcoming classes. Registration is available online or by calling (619) 522-7343.


Youth Recreation ProgramsA new session of Spring Recreation Youth Classes begin the week of April 3. Learn to dance in Twirl Spin and Jump, Dance Mash-Up, Move 2 the Beat, Hip-Hop or Cheer classes.  Or, try gymnastics, tumbling or yoga. There’s a book club and art studio for preschoolers. Cooking, rock climbing, skateboarding and volleyball classes are open to elementary-aged children.  Coronado Recreation invites you to “Put Some Play in Your Day!” For more information on enrichment classes or to register online go to the www.coronado.ca.us/recreation. For details or to register by phone call (619) 522-7342. 

  • Youth Volleyball Clinic is a new program open to third- through fifth-grade children who are new to the game of volleyball. Participants will receive top level instruction and learn techniques needed to excel in the sport of volleyball in a fun and non-competitive environment. The clinic is held on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Coronado Community Center Gymnasium. The fee is $50 for residents and $60 for non-residents.

Youth volleyball 

  • Upcoming Special Events include Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg-Stravaganza, and a Boathouse Open House.  See fliers below for more details for each event.




Boathouse Open House:  The community is invited to the Coronado Boathouse Open House on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Come down to meet the staff, learn about programs, watch vessel demonstrations and participate in paddling activities on Glorietta Bay. There will be food and prizes.

Boathouse Open House 


Adventures in Paddling:  Recreation is offering a Youth Adventures in Paddling afterschool class from April 4 to May 9 for ages 7-14.  For more information or to register online, go to www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.  See flier below for the details.


Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission and one vacancy on the Transportation Commission. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these volunteers and values each one. If you have an interest in serving your community, call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 522-7320 for more information.


Library Programs:  The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, March 20, to discuss “Still Life” by Louise Penny. One of the ongoing e-Book Workshops was offered on Monday, March 20, and the Teen Tech Team was open to give their regular assistance to patrons on how to use their personal electronic devices.  On Tuesday, March 21, the PBS POV documentary, “The Look of Silence,” was screened in the Winn Room. Today at 2 p.m., a Concert of Classical Guitar Music featuring Fred Benedetti and Jiri Svoboda will be presented. Saturday, March 25, the Library’s annual Literary Tea will feature a visit by Jane Austen as portrayed by Dottie Moran. A light lunch will be served. All the free tickets for this event have been distributed.

Classical Guitar Concert 

Library Exhibit:  A new Library exhibit commemorating the Mexican Village Restaurant is being installed this week. The restaurant, dubbed “Mex-Pac” by the naval aviators who frequented the restaurant and bar from 1946 until it closed, was an institution locally and was nationally known. Period photos, menus, memorabilia, and even portions of its murals will be on display courtesy of Liz Forsyth Lovell, daughter of the original owners. The exhibit will be on view through May.


‘The 39 Steps’:  The Library and the Coronado Playhouse are partnering for the upcoming production of “The 39 Steps” at the Coronado Playhouse from today through April 23. The Library will screen Alfred Hitchcock’s film of the same name on Tuesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Winn Room. On Saturday, April 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., a class titled “An Introduction to Playwriting,” will be held in the Winn Room. The class is free, but space is limited. Please register by email at [email protected] or by phone to (619) 522-7390. The Coronado Playhouse will be holding a book donation drive to benefit the Friends of the Coronado Library and the San Diego Public Library.
Playwriting Class

39 Steps 


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, March 21, where children made Koinobori Windsocks.  The Teen event on Wednesday, March 22, was an Egg Hunt.

Koinobori Windsocks
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Koinobori Windsocks3
Koinobori Windsocks4



Senior Volunteers Needed:   The Coronado Police Department is looking for men and women interested in becoming part of the Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP). Contact SVP Administrator John Meyers at (619) 319-0861 or [email protected] for more information. (Photo: Dawn Benson and Robert Kennelly.)


Citizens’ Police AcademyThe Coronado Police Department invites community members to attend a free eight-week course from Wednesday, April 26, through Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Academy will give participants an inside look at the Police Department, to learn about various divisions, volunteer opportunities, how to be a better witness to a crime, and participate in interactive demonstrations. The deadline to register is April 10. For an application or more information, call (619) 522-7355. Check out the flier below for more information.

Citizen Academy 



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

  • The Facilities Department has contracted to have the terrazzo polished and sealed at the Fire Department. This work will add to the lifespan of the terrazzo floors and walls.

Polished Terrazzo

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 03/24/2017
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