Weekly Update July 22, 2016

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Weekly Update July 22, 2016

Weekly Update July 22, 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.


Weekly Update Video Preview:  Check out the new expanded version of the City Manager’s Weekly Update for a quick look at what's going on in town. Then, check out the Weekly Update, which is published every Friday at noon at www.coronado.ca.us. You can find the latest video here.

New Website Soft Launch: The City of Coronado unveiled its newly redesigned website to the City Council this week. The site, www.coronado.ca.us, is built on a new powerful, efficient, and user-friendly content management system that will help users more easily find what they are looking for. It features a more inviting, user-friendly design that was a top priority for the City in response to City Council direction to increase transparency, update the City’s website and facilitate the public’s interaction with the City as it conducts business. The new site has many new features, including an adaptive screen size, drop-down mega windows and a new citizen reporting app. The home page provides quick access to the most popular services, such as an “I Want To” mega window for applying for permits, job opportunities, and reserving a space or beach as a venue, as well as paying a parking ticket, finding meeting agenda and requesting a building inspection. The City is working out kinks and asks users to click on the Feedback tap on the right side of the home page if they would like to comment on or report issues with the new website.

New Website

Orange Avenue Sidewalk Cleaning:  In an effort to provide Coronado’s residents, businesses and guests with a superior level of service, the City contracted with Urban Corps of San Diego to provide a special crew, seven days a week, for sidewalk porter services throughout the City’s business districts. Crews are assigned to Orange Avenue, First Streets and the many side streets where businesses are found through September to address the increased summertime crowds. A supervisor and two crew members patrol from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., peak tourist hours, picking up trash, scraping gum, cleaning dropped ice cream, sanitizing the tops of trash lids, removing dog poop and emptying trash.

 Urban Corps

 Urban Corps2 

 Urban Corps3

C3 Gallery’s Newest Exhibit:  About 135 people attended the Cultural Arts Commission’s opening on Tuesday, July 19, of a new exhibition in the Coronado Community Center, or C3, Gallery. The “2016 SUM ART” exhibit in the main hall of the Coronado Community Center features three local artists: painter and Coronado High School art instructor Karrie Jackson, photographer Brian Lippe and sculptor Gerry Werner. Art on display is for sale directly through the participating artists. The exhibit runs through September 30. The season concludes with a student art exhibition opening in early October and then “Five in the Fall” featuring five local artists. The C3 Gallery was established in November of 2015 in celebration of Coronado’s 125th Anniversary. For more information visit, click here.

C3 Gallery

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural RepairsWork continues on the Glorietta Bay Pump Station wet well. Anyone who has been near Glorietta Bay Park and Club Room and Boathouse may have noticed the work fencing and vehicles, and possibly an unfortunate odor. What is not seen are the crews working hard to clean the inside of the very large wet well, which sits some 40 feet below ground. Crews using special protective clothing and breathing masks are working as quickly as possible to complete the project. They have removed approximately 40 cubic yards of debris and expect to finish all debris removal this week. A considerable amount of sand and shells found in the debris is slowing work as the City tries to figure out how the coastal debris is getting into the system. Next week, the contractor will set up scaffolding in the wet well to begin demolition of the lining material. Traffic may use Strand Way but drivers are encouraged to turn around at the boat launch area.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station
Debris removal inside wet well.

John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The concrete slab for the future John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green was poured, which signals the start of construction of above-ground building work. Steel columns are being installed this week and wood framing will start. The lower wood framing is expected to take approximately two weeks followed by the framing of the multipurpose room with its taller and longer span beams.

Spreckels Center 

Coronado Cays Entrance:  Construction continued this week on the Coronado Cays Entrance project with the majority of efforts being spent in preparation for construction of the new guard kiosk.

 Coronado Cays Entrance

Coronado Cays Entrance2 

Navy Noise Alert:  The Navy will use simulated gunfire noise to support a small boat attack exercise on Monday, July 25, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Naval Air Station North Island carrier basin area. Exercise participants include USS Theodore Roosevelt and Harbor Security. People may observe small craft traveling at high speeds and maneuvering and hear simulated weapons firing during the training exercise.

‘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


Movies on the Bay: Take a trip to a galaxy far far away right here in Coronado by visiting the Star Wars Fest on Friday, July 29, in Tidelands Park. The Coronado Recreation Department will host the event, which starts at 5 p.m. There will be Light Saber Training, a Jedi Obstacle Course and Jedi Mind Trick Training, as well as other activities. Dress as your favorite Star Wars character for the costume parade. At 8 p.m., “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will be shown on the big screen. It is the first feature film of this summer's Coronado’s Movies on the Bay Series sponsored by the San Diego Unified Port District. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic to enjoy. For additional information on the Star Wars Fest, call (619) 522-7342.

Star Wars

Free Summer EntertainmentJoin the fun during Recreation Services’ Free Summer Entertainment series, held every Wednesday at noon through August 17 in the Coronado Community Center’s Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way. All the events are free and open to the public.

Summer Entertainment 

Tennis:  Red Ball Junior Tennis Camp is a great introductory class for youngsters that are beginning to play tennis. Youth, ages 4 to 5, learn movement skills, balance, coordination and basic stroke production on a 36-foot court utilizing a larger foam tennis ball and appropriately sized racquet.


Golf CourseThe Golf Course hosted a Glow Ball Tournament on Monday, July 18.  It sold out with many families participating in the event. The event was a 9-hole par 3 that started at 8 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m. A total of 46 participants joined in the fun for the inaugural tournament, which costs $40 per person and $25 for juniors. Another tournament is planned for August 19.

Glow Ball 

Glow Ball2

Recreation Camp Updates:  

  • Campers traveled to the wonderful world of Arendelle to participate in activities inspired by their favorite “Frozen” characters such as Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven in Frozen Fun Camp. Frozen Fun Camp was a cool place to be on this warm week.

    Frozen Camp 

  • This week in Minecraft Modding Camp, youth between the ages of 9 and 14, with some coding experience, immersed themselves into the language of computers through Minecraft. Using Java, campers learned how to create Minecraft mods like “craft a sword out of mushy bananas.”

    Minecraft Modding Camp 

  • So You Think You Can Dance Camp was held this week. This beginning- to intermediate-level dance camp taught the basics of many dance styles. Dancers performed on the final day of camp for their families and made some amazing friendships throughout the week.

     So you think you can dance

  • This week at Camp Coronado, campers participated in pirate and mermaid-themed activities, crafts, and games. Every day, campers have the opportunity to swim at the Coronado Aquatics Center.

           Camp Coronado



Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, July 20, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the property at 911 Ninth St. does not meet the criteria for designation as a Historic Resource. The Commission also recommended approval of a Historic Alteration Permit for installation of a kinetic sculpture in Spreckels Park, which is a designated Historic Resource.



Annual Spaghetti Dinner:  Coronado Firefighters will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, July 24, at Fire Department Headquarters, 1001 Sixth St. The dinner will run from 4 to 7 p.m. and is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The food is donated by the Hotel del Coronado and the Marriott and all proceeds benefit the Burn Institute for injured children. Call (619) 522-7374 for more information.

Spaghetti Dinner


Coronado Newspaper Project:  The multi-year Coronado Newspaper Project of the Coronado Public Library and the California Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of California Riverside is complete. Coronado’s newspapers from 1887 through 2013 are now available on the web. The newspapers are fully searchable by subject, keyword, linked words and dates, and search results bring up articles or full pages of the newspapers. Images of specific articles can also be retrieved. Researchers and people with any interest level can look up stories, businesses, homes they lived in, obituaries, sports, and even ads. Some of the newspapers include: The Coronado Mercury, The Coronado Strand, the Coronado Saturday Night, The Compass, The Coronado Journal, The Coronado Eagle, and the Coronado Eagle and Journal. The project was funded by the Judith Bond Bequest. The Coronado newspaper collection is hosted at the California Digital Newspaper Collection site.

Pokédex Installed:  As Pokémon Go continues to be popular, the Coronado Public Library is getting in on the fun. Staff has created a Pokédex and set it up in the lobby so people can record what they catch. Pokémon Go is free to play and allows players to “catch” characters with its location-based mobile app that mixes real locations and virtual Pokémon. It was released on July 7, and has had 15 million downloads on Apple’s App store. Characters found so far include: Mewto, Charizard, Zubat, Magnemite, Charmander, Zapdos, Horsea, Eevee, Magikarp, Squirtle, Spearow, Electrode, Pikachu, Voltorb, Weedle and Pidgey. As they say:  Gotta catch ‘em all!

Pokédex Installed 

Summer Festivals:  A documentary screening and discussion of “Carol Channing: Larger than Life” was held Tuesday, July 19. On Wednesday, July 20, “World Below the Waves: Myths and Mysteries of Sharks” was presented by educators Laura K. Jourdan-Smith and Dovi Kacev, both of whom hold doctorate degrees in Philosophy. Tonight at 7 p.m., the Benedetti Trio will give a Beatles tribute concert, featuring many of their favorite songs. See fliers below for this and next week’s Summer Festival events.

Beatles Tribute 

Zoo Talk

Youth Programs:  A sand-mold and seashell candle-making craft (two photos below) was held for children on Tuesday, July 19, and the annual “Kids’ Jeopardy Tournament” was held Thursday, July 21. There are 348 children signed-up for the Summer Reading Club. The Teen event on Wednesday, July 20 was a scavenger hunt.

Candle Craft 

Candle Craft2

Children’s Cooking Class:  The “Let’s Make Lunch” cooking class was held last Thursday, July 14. Children made and ate a three-course Brazilian meal. 

Let's Make Lunch   
Above and below:  Children enjoying the Library’s cooking class last week.

Let's Make Lunch2 

Let's Make Lunch3    



Senior Volunteer HonoredThe Eighth Annual Law Enforcement RSVP/VIP Senior Volunteers Awards Luncheon was held on Thursday, July 21, at the Four Points by Sheraton. Senior Volunteer Sara Hayes was this year’s award recipient from Coronado.  She was recognized for donating more than 20 years of service to the community.

U-Lock WinnersCpl. Angel Cedeno had the honor of presenting Lisa De Las Alas and Drew Hewett with new bicycle U-Locks at last Sunday’s Concerts in the Park. If you would like a chance to win a bike lock, stop by the Police Department’s table Sunday and put your name in for the raffle. The locks were graciously donated by Holland’s Bicycles.

U-Lock Winners



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

  • Wastewater and Storm Water crew members replaced the Golf Course Pump Station controls and replaced an older pump.

Golf Course Pump Station 

  • The Facilities team replaced the air conditioning unit on the portable restroom trailer. The salt air has completely disintegrated the cooling fins on the air conditioner causing it to be inoperable. The restroom has been temporarily closed due to a problem with the flushing system. Portable restrooms will be provided if the repairs cannot be made by the weekend.

portable restroom trailer

portable restroom trailer2

portable restroom trailer3

  • Streets Division repainted the curb where the new trial valet is in place. Crews also hand dug and poured a new location for a bench at Spreckels Park and repaired a few broken banner locations.

Yellow Curb Valet

New Bench ARea

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.


Posted on 07/22/2016
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