Weekly Update August 18, 2018

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Weekly Update August 18, 2017


Weekly Update August 18, 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.

New Fire Chief Search: The City is down to the final three candidates in the search for a new fire chief. Interviews are set for next week. Fire Chief Mike Blood announced his retirement effective October 2. Two candidates are local and one is from out of the region. A total of 48 qualified applicants were considered. An announcement of a new fire chief is expected in a few weeks. The Fire Department provides all hazard emergency response from two fire stations, emergency and disaster preparedness, and includes the Beach Lifeguard Division. The annual budget is $8.2 million with 40.5 full-time positions supplemented by part-time seasonal personnel.

Fire Trucks

Short-term Rental Settlement: The City closed a code enforcement action against local property owners after they agreed to pay $8,000 in penalties and stop renting their home on a short-term basis in violation of Coronado ordinances. Transient occupancy of homes, a period outlined in the City’s Municipal Code as being 26 consecutive days or less, is prohibited in residential neighborhoods. In this case, the owners continued to violate the ordinance, including entering into a short-term rental agreement contract, of which the City became aware, for their Isabella Avenue property after the City repeatedly asked them to comply. The City has been consistent with its enforcement efforts and will take property owners who repeatedly ignore warnings to court. This is the fourth successful civil prosecution of short-term rental violations in the past few years. Residents may report short-term rental violators via email to rentalviolations@coronado.ca.us or by calling the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7335.

Sales Tax Update: In accordance with the Bradley Burns Sales Tax law, the City of Coronado receives 1 cent of sales tax for every transaction that occurs within the city limits. Coronado receives a moderate amount of sales tax annually. The Fiscal Year 2017/18 budget projects $3.5 million as part of the $53.595 million General Fund revenue estimate. Sales tax is an important surrogate to monitor economic activity and financial health. This week, the City learned that sale tax declined by 1.6 percent for the first quarter (January-March) of 2017 as compared to the same quarter in 2016. This was the first decline since 2008. It is not a trend, but nevertheless it is disturbing. Sales tax declined in all industry groups, including Restaurants, Consumer Goods, Business and Industry, Building and Construction. Restaurants are far and away the biggest sales tax producers in Coronado. Restaurants suffered a decline of -0.6 percent. What makes this news more disturbing is 16 agencies in San Diego County saw their sales tax increase, with a significant increase in sales tax produced by Restaurants in San Diego.  

Brian Smock Update: Coronado Municipal Golf Course Golf Pro Brian Smock played in his first major golf championship at the PGA Pro Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, August 7 to 13. He was among the Top 20 finishers of the golf professionals at a tournament in Oregon in July and qualified to play at Quail Hollow. Smock played well the first day but a nagging back injury caused him to withdraw on Day 2. The City is proud to be represented by Smock both at the golf course and at Quail Hollow.

Brian Smock

Water Quality, Water Testing:  The City of Coronado has begun publishing water testing results online. The City and four other governmental agencies – San Diego Unified Port District, San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, City of San Diego, and the Copermittee Regional Monitoring Group – test Coronado’s ocean and bay waters regularly. Coronado tests waters monthly throughout the year at North Beach; during the wet periods, testing is increased to weekly. The Department of Environmental Health tests water after rain events and throughout the winter. General water quality advisories are issued after every measurable rainfall event. Water tests are performed following any sanitary sewer overflow that reaches inlets to the storm sewer system. Much of the testing overlaps or provides validation of other test samples. The bacteria tests are cultured in a lab. Test results may take several days unless the concentration of contamination is heavy enough for the reaction time to indicate that acceptable limits have been exceeded. The page will be updated as soon as results are available. The page can be found on the Public Services Department home page.

Water Quality Monitoring Page

Adaptive Signals Timeline: The project to install adaptive signals along state Route 75 at three intersections, including Tarawa Road, is moving forward rapidly. The contractor, Siemens, should begin installation next week with the signals functional by Labor Day, September 4. It appears the school year will begin before the adaptive signals are activated. Motorist and commuters traveling north along the Silver Strand into the Village may experience delays. The project should offer relief, but again, there may be several weeks of inconvenience.

New Trash Receptacles:  The City of Coronado and Coronado MainStreet are testing out new trash receptacles on the northeast corner of Orange Avenue and Ninth Street. The City hopes to hear from the community about the new look. If the community likes the bins and they successfully do the job, they may replace the 60-plus square concrete receptacles in the business district.

New Trash Bins

New Trash Bins2

Bradley Field Little League Baseball Field Shade Structure:  Construction of a shade structure over the existing audience seating area began this week.  This project also includes some updates to the restroom facility to bring it into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Bradley Field

Coronado Community Read: The Coronado Public Library and the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission announce the second annual 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 books 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 the 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

Naval Aviation Exhibit: If you haven’t checked out the Library’s special exhibit commemorating the centennial of Naval Air Station North Island, you should check it out.  The Naval Air Station was commissioned in 1917 and shared North Island with the Army. Naval aviation history is connected to North Island. It was here that Naval Pilot No.1 Lieutenant Theodore Ellyson was trained by Glenn Curtiss in 1911, and where the first aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Langley, was home ported. Coronado is officially recognized as “the Birthplace of Naval Aviation.” The exhibit features 100 photos of aircraft and carriers over the past 100 years. The exhibit is part of the Coronado Public Library’s Summer Festival sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Coronado Library. The exhibit will run through September.




SDG&E Planned Outage:  A planned SDG&E power outage scheduled for Tuesday, August 29, at 9 a.m., will affect sprinkler times near 412 Coronado Cays Blvd, the nearby tennis courts and the traffic signal at Silver Strand State Highway at Coronado Cays Boulevard. The outage is expected to last up to 2.5 hours, according to SDG&E, as crews work to replace a transformer in the area. 

Bike the Bay Event:  Traffic on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will be impacted on Sunday, August 27, for the 10th annual Bike the Bay event. The ride is sponsored by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition and set to begin at 7 a.m. The event will take participants across the bridge then south through town toward Imperial Beach. The bridge will remain open with one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction using eastbound lanes. A section of Glorietta Boulevard will be closed during the event, between Fourth and Fifth streets. Riders will use Strand Way, which will be closed to vehicle traffic, to reach the Bayshore Bikeway to head south out of Coronado. State Route 75 will remain open in both directions. All restrictions will be removed at approximately 10 a.m.

Bike the Bay

Pet of the Week: Chelsea, a six-year-old calico, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Chelsea was found as a stray and is calm and affectionate. She is healthy and social and ready for a home. Her adoption fee is $50. If you would like to set up a visit with Chelsea, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.



Recreation Programs and News:  Registration began for the Fall/Winter 2017 season last week, and there are recreation opportunities available for all ages. To find out about programs and how to register online, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

Recreation Services

Spreckels Center:  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 or emailing spreckelscenter@coronado.ca.us.  The John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green has exciting programming to offer! You may register in person, over the phone, by mail or online at http://online.activecommunities.com/coronado.

Coronado BoathouseCheck out all the exciting classes offered at the Coronado Boathouse.  Youth SUP camp, Glorietta Bay Paddle Tours, Full Moon Group Paddles, rowing classes and outrigger paddle classes, plus so much more.  Contact the Boathouse for more information at (619) 522-2655.

Pool NewsBeginning August 21, the Aquatics Center hours will change to reflect the Fall/Winter 2017 Hours.  The Aquatics Center will be closed September 25 to October 15, 2017, for maintenance.

Pool Hours

Armchair Travel: At the August 15 Armchair Travel program, Debby and Pat Callaghan discussed their trip to Turkey, outlining the country’s complicated and fascinating present, past and future, its culture and art. Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center in the beautiful Nautilus Room.  Refreshments are served from 6 to 6:45 p.m., when the speaker begins their presentation.  A $5 admission fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center.


Summer 2017 Camp Wrap-upSummer camps come to an end next week. Here are some images from the last few weeks and the fun the kids had.

Summer Camp
Summere Camp2


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


Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its monthly meeting on Monday, August 14. The status of the Library Technician/Automation position was discussed, among other business. At its meeting on Tuesday, August 15, the City Council appointed Brenda Jo Robyn and Rainier Trinidad to each serve a three-year term that will expire August 31, 2020.

Summer Festival:  On Tuesday, August 15, a film screening and discussion was held for “Stories We Tell.” The film by Oscar-nominated writer-director Sarah Polley explores the elusive nature of truth and memory. The final event of the Summer Festival will be held today, August 18. “Joe Bourne Sings the Classics of Nat King Cole” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Winn Room.

Summer poster

Pirate Party:  The Friends of the Library will be hosting its annual “Pirate Party” on Saturday, August 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Library Lawn.  The Pirate Band will perform, and games, crafts and ice cream will be available.

Junior Volunteer Party:  The Junior Volunteers celebrate the over 600 hours they gave to the Library this summer at a party on August 11.  They enjoyed pizza and ice cream, and painted ceramic cupcake banks.

Junior Party

Junior Volunteer

Junior Volunteer


Citizens Academy - Fall 2017:  The Coronado Police Department invites residents to sign up for the 2017 Citizens Academy, a free 8-week course that provides an inside look into the Police Department. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about various divisions, volunteer opportunities, how to be a better witness to a crime and participate in interactive demonstrations. The academy will be held once a week for 8 weeks beginning Wednesday, September 27, and running through November 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. All applicants must pass a background screening. Class size is limited to 15 people. Please visit www.coronadopd.com  for more information and to complete an application. Email Dianne Dannemann at ddannemann@coronado.ca.us or call her at (619) 522-7355 for more information.


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

  • Streets Division added traffic control paint to several roads including a solid double yellow from First Street to Third Street along Alameda Boulevard. The faded “Do Not Block” lettering in the center of the intersection of Third and C Avenue got a touch up as well. The South Beach parking lot had paint reapplied in disabled parking stalls. Two large concrete repairs were made in the 500 block of the J Avenue alley. The sign shop prepared new “2 hour” stickers for the parking meters.

PS Sign

Do Not

Do Not Block

Disabled Parking

Ally Patching

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.



Water Quality Page
Posted on 08/17/2017
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