Weekly Update August 11, 2017

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Weekly Update August 11, 2017


Weekly Update August 11, 2017

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 Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Coronado Golf Pro Brian Smock:  Brian Smock, Coronado’s Golf Pro, is in North Carolina this week to participate in his first major champsionship at the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Play began Thursday, August 10, and ends Sunday, August 13. Smock is a Coronado native who played professional golf for nearly 20 years before accepting an assistant Golf Pro, then head Golf Pro positions at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. The City wishes him the best. Updates can be found on the pga.com website.


Caltrans Bridge Open House: The California Department of Transportation held the second of two open house meetings in Coronado this week to take public comment on possible suicide deterrents for the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The first meeting was held on Wednesday, August 9, in Barrio Logan. Coronado’s meeting was held Thursday, August 10, in the Coronado Library. Caltrans officials invited the community to learn about the current feasibility plan, deterrents used on other bridges, and to take public comment on the deterrents presented. More than 100 people attended and walked around stations where representatives provided information and answered questions. There were opportunities for the community to provide written comments.

Caltrans Meeting

Caltrans Meeting

South Beach Restroom: In January, the California Coastal Commission voted to review the issuance of a Coastal Development Permit for a 235-square-foot permanent restroom proposed on public property at the end of Avenida del Sol. On a close 4 to 5 vote on Wednesday, August 9, the Commission voted to deny a Coastal Development Permit. Commissioners who voted for denial expressed concerns that the approval of the sheet pile to protect the facility from water undercutting the restroom would set a precedent; other locations were better suited, including locating the restroom on private property either at the Shores or the Hotel del Coronado; and the portable restroom trailer serving the site could be continued permanently. Commissioners voting in favor of the project felt that the restrooms were needed to serve the public; the facility was designed adequately for local conditions; and it was not appropriate to site a public restroom on private property. The seasonal portable restroom trailer has been used extensively. Due to its heavy use and the marine environment, ongoing replacement and maintenance costs are high. The portable restroom trailer was never envisioned to be a permanent solution for the need for a restroom in the area. At the end of summer, the condition of the trailer will be evaluated and a decision will be made to either rebuild, replace or not replace the trailer for next year.     

Coast Guard Emergency Landing: A Coast Guard helicopter made an emergency landing on Tuesday, August 8, in the parking lot near Fiddler's Cove on the bay side of state Route 75. There were no injuries or damage. The Navy helped prepare a plan for the Coast Guard to move the helicopter to Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on Wednesday, August 9, in the evening to reduce traffic impacts. Coronado Police and CHP aided in the transport. Coast Guard officials tried to make repairs on site but found it needed more work. The large helicopter was visible from Silver Strand State Highway. A guard was posted at the site until it was removed.

Coast Guard Helicopter 

Shuttle Ridership Increases: The Free Summer Shuttle Service is in the final full month of service and July ridership numbers are in. During July, the Coronado Free Summer Shuttle carried 59,368 passengers, or 19 passengers per trip, representing a 55 percent increase over the same period in 2016 when 38,292 passengers, or 12.3 per trip, were transported. The numbers show an increase in year over year service. The Free Summer Shuttle operated 16 more trip on the Fourth of July, however, that does not account for the overall increase seen on nearly each of 3,126 trips this year. Both the Free Summer Shuttle and the Cays Curbside Service, which ferries passengers from their homes to Loews Coronado Bay Resort and into the Village area, end service on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.


Library Coffee Cart: The City's concessionaire coffee cart at the Coronado Public LibraryAmalo Brew, will be closed this week through Thursday, August 24, for a short summer break. When it reopens, the operator will have made some upgrades, new drinks and have new hours, including early-morning hours to catch coffee drinkers on their way to school and work. The new hours will be Monday through Friday from 6 to 11 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. The coffee cart will be closed on weekends and on City and school holidays.

Amalo Brew

Over-watering a Local Concern:  The City would like to remind residents to be mindful about excess water coming from their irrigation systems to the gutter. This can occur from over-watering. To save water, the city suggests residents:

  • Inspect their systems;
  • Repair leaks and broken nozzles;
  • Readjust nozzles to focus irrigation to only landscaped areas;
  • Hand-water parkway areas; and
  • Adjust the timing cycle of each valve to eliminate over irrigation and runoff.

Standing water can lead to the breeding of mosquitoes. If you would like some help from the City, please call Public Services at (619) 522-7380.


Ponded Water Examples 

2018 Community ReadThe Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission announce the second annual 2018 Coronado Community Read. The program aims to bring the entire community together with the shared reading of one book accompanied by a variety of discussions and programs centered around its themes. The public nominated 42 and a subcommittee narrowed the list to six. Now, the community can choose the 2018 Coronado Community Read book. Cast your vote here for one of these six books by August 31. The winning title will be announced in the fall and the next program events will take place in February 2018. To learn more about the program and six finalists visit CoronadoARTS.com.

Community Read Books
Community Read Logo


Bridge Lighting Project:  The San Diego Unified Port District has approved the second phase of a project to artistically light the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The Port voted Tuesday, August 8, to spending $481,717 to allow the design team and the California Department of Transportation to create more detailed plans for the project and to hold public workshops to receive community input. The project is estimated to cost $10 million, all from donations and the port tenants public art budgets, and may be completed by 2019.

Bridge Lighting

Pet of the Week:  Winnie, a sweet Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She came to PAWS as a stray but needs a home. Her calm demeanor would make a great companion for anyone looking for a pet. Winnie is 7 years old and weighs 10 pounds. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Winnie, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week


Hotel del Coronado Tent: A large white tent most visible along R.H. Dana Place has been installed on Hotel del Coronado property for a corporate trade show to be held from August 13-14. Traffic will be impacted in the area.

Hotel Del Tent

Navy Noise Alert: Naval Air Station North Island is undergoing an increase in tactical aircraft in support of aircraft carrier/carrier air wing training operations through September 1. During a 6-week period, including nights and weekends, local residents will observe F/A-18 and F-16 aircraft operating from the airfield.


Recreation Programs and News:  To find out about any class or program and how to register online for any programs at the Community Center, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

Movies on the Bay: On Friday, August 11, the San Diego Unified Port District-sponsored Movies on the Bay series continues with “Sing,” a musical about an American Idol-type singing competition. Families are invited to see the free movie at the Coronado Ferry Landing at 6:30 p.m. There will be free pre-screen activities including crafts, games and contests. The movie begins at 8. You are encouraged to bring a blanket, chairs, and jackets. You can also bring a picnic dinner. For additional information on the Movies on the Bay Series contact the City of Coronado Recreation Department at (619) 522-7342. Last month’s movie was “Moana.” See photos below.


Tennis Center News: There were some changes made to the online Fall/Winter Recreation brochure that involve tennis. The costs for January Orange Ball and January Green Ball were overstated and have been reduced in the online brochure. Additionally, three classes were added for Red Ball for September and October. Finally, the bar code was incorrectly printed for October Green Ball. Please check the online brochure for the updated information. The printed brochure will not be updated. Please call Recreation for more information at (619) 522-7342.


Spreckels Center: Residents are invited to a “Create a Vision for Your Encore Years” session at the John D. Spreckels Center on Thursday, August 17. Participants can create a vision board – a collection of images, words, photos and symbols – that represent your future dreams and goals. The workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $30 for residents; $40 for nonresidents.  

Vision Board


Commission Vacancies:  The City has one immediate vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission, one immediate vacancy on the Transportation Commission, and two upcoming vacancies on the Street Tree Committee as of October 31, 2017.  Applications for the Street Tree Committee vacancies must be received in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 25.  The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of its 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.

 Commission Vacancies



Planning Commission:  At its July 25 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended approval of three zone text amendment ordinances to the City Council. Each of the following three items will be heard by the City Council at a future public hearing:

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance -- to regulate the establishment of accessory dwelling units on residential properties improved with a single-family house;
  • Commercial Marijuana Activities Prohibition Ordinance -- to prohibit all commercial marijuana activity in Coronado; and
  • Residential Standards Improvement Program (RSIP-3) Clarification Ordinance -- to clarify recently enacted development regulations including the definition of a panhandle lot; height measurement of fences, walls and hedges; location of mechanical equipment; and undergrounding of utilities.


Summer Festival:  The Summer Festival continued this week with a screening on Tuesday, August 8, of the movie “Dive Bomber.”  Many scenes in this Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray 1941 naval aviation movie were filmed at North Island.  It complements the current Library exhibit commemorating the centennial of Naval Air Station North Island.  On Saturday, “Introduction to Journaling” will be presented by Joyce Chapman.  This program will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Winn Room.

 Dive Bomber

Summer Festival

Saturday Book Club:  This month’s selection is “White Trash: The 400-year Untold Mystery of Class in America” by Nancy Isenberg.  The Saturday Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. in the Library Conference Room on Saturday, August 12.

Summer Reading Programs:  Here is an overview of the wrap-up of the summer reading programs.

  • The final event in the Children’s Summer Reading Program was held Tuesday, August 8, with the Wild Wonders Animal Show providing the entertainment. This summer, 378 children participated in the Summer Reading Program.

Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders 

  • The Teen Summer Reading Program finale party was held on Wednesday, August 2, on the Library Lawn. There were 130 participants in this year’s program who read over 600 books. (Photo Right: Two grand prize winners, Thérèse Villarin and Caleb Kelly.)

Teen program

Teen Program

Library Programs:  The Library has hosted many events over the past two weeks while the Weekly Update was on a summer break. On Thursday, July 20, a bedtime story hour was held and children got to enjoy story time in their pajamas with stuffed animals. Harry Potter Day was held on Thursday, July 27. A Boris the Bat themed craft program was held on August 1 on the Children’s Patio. Last Thursday, August 3, a Field Day was held and children played games, ran relay races, tossed water balloons, and played tug o’ war. 

Bedtime Story
Bedtime Story Hour and Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

Harry Potter 

Harry Potter

Two above: 
Shopkeepers of Diagon Alley get ready for witches and wizards to do their shopping on Harry Potter Day.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter  

Two above:
Boris the Bat Craft.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter
Two above:  Library Field Day on August 3.


Coronado Police Explorers Earn Top Honors:  From July 29 to August 5, 230 police Explorers from throughout California descended upon the University of California, San Diego, for a live-in, intensive Explorer Academy. The trainees are in three groups: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Coronado Explorer advisers co-chaired the intermediate class. All of the Coronado Explorers were in the basic group. They received classroom training on many law enforcement subjects and participated in physical training. Of the 133 Explorers in the basic class, Coronado Explorer Wyatt Zola was recognized as the top recruit or honor graduate. The Police Department is proud of all its Explorers and with Wyatt’s recognition.  (Photo Right:Wyatt Zola and Chief Jon Froomin).


Scottish Rite Officer of the Year Awards:  Coronado Police Cpl. Brian Wray was honored on Wednesday, July 26, at the Annual San Diego County Scottish Rite Law Enforcement Awards banquet. Wray was commended for his ability to handle stress, and for his crisis communication skills and perseverance during a critical, life threatening incident that took place last year. (Photo Left:  Chief Jon Froomin presenting the award to Corporal Brian Wray).

 Police Honor                                                                                                                   


Animals Left Inside Cars:  This can't be repeated enough. Please, do not leave your animals in the car even if you think it feels cool outside. On July 21, Police Services Officer Jacob Koenig received a radio call of a dog locked inside a hot car. When Koenig arrived, he found the vehicle windows slightly cracked, no water available and the dog in distress. The temperature inside the car was 93 degrees. He removed the dog and transported him to the Coronado Animal Care Facility where he is recovering. The Police Department would like to thank the citizen who called in to report the incident.



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

  • The Facilities Department has contracted with a contractor to refurbish the exterior wood trim around all the exterior windows at the Coronado Library. The wood will be removed and refurbished offsite in several phases and reinstalled once complete.

    Library Trim Work 

  • Urban Corps of San Diego will be trimming back native plants and removing weeds within 2 to 3 feet from the edge of the Bayshore Bikeway starting Monday, August 14. The crew of six and a supervisor will start at the south end and head north to Fiddlers Cove. They should complete the task by Friday, August 18.

         Weeding Map


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.



Community Read
Posted on 08/11/2017
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