Weekly Update July 29, 2016

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Weekly Update July 29, 2016

Weekly Update July 29, 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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Star Wars Fest Tonight: Tonight is Coronado’s Star Wars Fest at Tidelands Park. The Coronado Recreation Department is hosting the event, which starts at 5 p.m. and includes Light Saber Training, a Jedi Obstacle Course and Jedi Mind Trick Training. 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 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, call (619) 522-7342.

Star Wars

Star Wars

Stingrays are Summer Bummers:  Over the past two weeks, Coronado Lifeguards have treated a number of people who were stung by stingrays. One day dozens were stung, and the following day not one sting was reported. Coronado Lifeguards like to warn swimmers about stingrays. They recommend shuffling your feet in the water to avoid stepping on a stingray and suffering a painful sting. If you are stung, it is best to seek assistance from a Lifeguard immediately. Check out this Lifeguard handout on stingrays.


Stingray Handout

Bicycle Maintenance StationsThe City of Coronado has added a new amenity for bicyclists along the Bayshore Bikeway. Two “Bike Fixtation” bicycle repair stations, which give bicyclists the ability to make quick repairs away from the path of travel, have been installed at strategic locations along the popular Class I bikeway. The idea for the repair stations was based on an initiative of the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. One is located near Glorietta Boulevard and Fourth Street near the Golf Course. The other is located near Fiddler’s Cove. The stations will include a stand to hold a bicycle by the seat post while simple maintenance is performed, as well as basic tools such as a screwdriver, Allen wrenches, and tire levers, and an air pump with a gauge securely attached. The stations are designed to prevent bicycles from locking to them. The station adjacent to Fiddler’s Cove Marina will include a stainless steel finish to prevent rust due to the ocean air.

Fiddler's Cove Fixtation

Fiddler's Cove Fixtation Map

Glorietta Blvd Fixtation

Glorietta Blvd Fixtation Map

Bus Shelter Refurbishment Project:  Five bus shelters along Silver Strand State Highway have been removed for refurbishment. Work to complete the project is well underway. All of the rusted areas, including some legs, have been replaced with new steel. Crews sand blast the remaining parts down to the raw metal, then apply marine grade primer and paint. The refurbished shelters should start arriving back to the bus stops in a few weeks. The bus shelters sit in a salty atmosphere. That combined with the normal morning moisture in the area create a highly corrosive environment for this type of material. The City has used this process before with good results on other equipment in use at the beach. The bus shelters are part of an art project installed in 1999 to beautify the Scenic Highway. They include images of sea birds and sunsets. The art also is being refurbished. 

 Bus Shelter

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Bust Shetler Map    

Bayshore Bikeway:  Two upcoming construction projects are expected to impact the Bayshore Bikeway in the coming weeks. Construction of the Coronado Cays Entrance Project will require complete closure of the Bayshore Bikeway at the entrance to the Cays from August 3 to 16. Notification signs have been put in place to alert all users of the upcoming closure. In addition, Time Warner Cable will be doing maintenance work on existing utilities adjacent to the Bayshore Bikeway between Fiddler’s Cove and the Cays entrance the week of August 8.

Bayshore Bikeway 

Spaghetti Dinner Event:  The Fire Department’s annual spaghetti dinner was held Sunday, July 24, at Fire Department Headquarters. Thanks to the support of the community and volunteers, the annual fundraising event was a success, helping to raise more than $9,000 for the Burn Institute. The Burn Institute provides several programs for burn prevention and a camp where children that have suffered burn injuries can recover with other burn survivors. More than 700 meals were served in 3 hours. The spaghetti dinners were provided by the Hotel Del Coronado. Other local support for the event came from the Coronado Marriott and California American Water. Many other businesses and citizens donated to the cause.

Spaghetti Dinner  
Fire Chief Mike Blood serving spaghetti dinners.

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John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Steel columns were installed and wood framing began this week at the future John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green.  The framing will continue for several weeks during which time the mechanical and electrical trades will begin their interior work. The contractor has indicated that it will begin 10-hour weekdays and eight-hour Saturday work to accelerate the schedule.  

Spreckels Center

Coronado Cays Entrance:  Construction on the Coronado Cays Entrance Project continued this week with perimeter walls being cut to their ultimate height, not accounting for the thickness of the stone veneer and top cap to be installed. Also, repairs were made to the remaining perimeter walls, additional grading was completed to achieve final grades in some of the landscaped areas, and the layout of the kiosk foundation and surrounding decorative walls has begun.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural Repairs The contractor finished cleaning the inside of the wet well at the Glorietta Bay Pump Station last week. Crews removed approximately 65 cubic yards of debris from the well and demolished all of the liner material and internal pipe work. This week, the contractor will sandblast and power wash the inside of the wet well so that an assessment can be made by the City’s consultant regarding the proper method for repair of the deteriorated concrete.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station
View from inside wet well.

SDG&E Gas Line Relocation
:  SDG&E will be relocating two gas lines within the intersection of First Street and I Avenue beginning on August 8. This work is being completed at the City’s request in preparation for construction of a new storm drain line along I Avenue. Work will require the road to be reduced to one lane of traffic. Traffic congestion during working hours is expected, however, the contractor is required to open First Street back up to two lanes no later than 3 pm each day. Work is expected to be completed no later than October 1. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and will work with the contractor to ensure it is completed as quickly as possible.

‘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



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. Drop by with the whole family. All the events are free and open to the public.

Summer Entertainment

Movies on the Bay No. 2:  Save the date for the next Movies on the Bay event on Friday, August 5. The City’s Recreation Department invites you to take a trip to “Zootopia,” the 3-D computer animated film about animals such as foxes, rabbits and gazelles work together to solve a crime mystery. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at Coronado Ferry Landing with free activities including crafts, games and contests before the movie begins at 8 p.m. The film is the second film of Coronado’s Movies on the Bay Series. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket, beach chair and a jacket, and even a picnic. The series is sponsored by the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program.


Recreation Camp Updates:

  • The Full Moon Paddle group paddled by the light of the full moon from Recreation’s Boathouse across Glorietta Bay, under the Coronado Bridge to Tidelands Park and back. At the end of the paddle s’mores were roasted around the fire.

 Full Mood Paddle

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  • The Comic-Con influence came to Coronado in the Babies and Toddlers Are Messy Class. Toddlers and their parents get to participate in messy play each week. This class allows little ones to explore developing senses and creativity in a fun environment. 

 Babies and Toddlers

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  • Farm-to-Table Camp features trips, tastings and tons of fun, hands-on experiences. Campers venture out in San Diego County to meet local farmers and learn where food comes from. This week, campers enjoyed traveling to Stehly Farm in Valley Center, where they picked oranges, and juiced and bagged them. Campers learned how fruits and vegetables are selected and distributed from farms to grocery stores and restaurants. Orange and avocado tree orchards are primarily grown on Stehly Farm, and it has a market in the Kensington neighborhood as well. 

Farm-to-Table Camp

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  • Sun, Salt, & Sand Camp is all about water sports. Campers participated in SUP and surfing, kayaking and snorkeling at the La Jolla Cove, tubing at Mission Bay, playing at Belmont Park, and then wrapped up the week at Aquatica Water Park.

Sun, Salt, & Sand Camp

Sun, Salt, & Sand Camp 2 

Coronado Youth Soccer LeagueCoronado Youth Soccer League will be hosting its annual Crown City Classic soccer tournament this weekend and next. The Boys’ division will be held on July 30 and 31; and the Girls’ on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7. The ages are under 8 to under 18 with divisions for each age and gender. The games will start at 8 a.m. and run until sunset on both Saturdays, and run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  The tournament uses fields at the Cays, Tidelands Park, Sunset Park and the three Coronado High School fields. Approximately 70 teams from each gender enter the tournament. Finals of each division are held Sunday, starting around noon and continuing through the afternoon. 

Coronado Youth Soccer League



Election InformationPreparation is underway for the November 8 General Election in the City of Coronado. Three Council positions will be on the ballot this year -- the Mayor and two Council seats. The candidate nomination period began on Monday, July 18, and runs through Friday, August 12, at 5 p.m., for candidates for the Mayoral position. The nomination period for candidates for the two Council seats will extend to August 17 as Council incumbent, Richard Bailey, is not running for his Council seat. Candidate information manuals have been provided to all potential nominees. Persons interested in taking out nomination papers should make an appointment with the City Clerk to receive an overview of the materials and deadlines. Election information pertinent to the upcoming General Election is on the City’s website at www.coronado.ca.us. Updated information will be added as it becomes available.

Election Information


Summer Festival:  Radio personality Richard Lederer will give a talk and slide show on the centennial of the San Diego Zoo today at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room. Lederer is the author of 30 books and writes a regular column in The San Diego Union-Tribune. Tomorrow at 3 p.m., “Anna’s Promise” will be presented in the Winn Room. This is the conclusion of a spoken-word and musical trilogy by Barry Green and company. Fliers with additional details for these and other Summer Festival events can be found below.

San Diego Zoo

Broadway Melody
Broadway Melody 

MGM Talk

Youth Programs:  “Bubble Day” was held on Tuesday, July 26, in the Library Park, and the annual “Harry Potter Day” was held on Thursday, July 28, including Hogwart’s Summer School classes and a Quidditch match. The Teen Summer Reading Program Finale Party was held on Wednesday, July 27, with the Grand Prize drawings for a new bicycle donated by Holland’s Bicycles, $50 gift certificates, and a sports pack. There were 140 participants who read more than 750 books.

Bubble Day

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Bubble Day4

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Second Annual Frank Greene Golf TournamentThe second annual Lt. Frank Greene Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Friday, July 22, at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. This custom golf cart with a $6,500 value was raffled off on the day of the event. The winner of the golf cart was Coronado Police Cpl. Bill Canet. Proceeds pay for scholarships for local Coronado students, to local fallen/injured police officers, and other worthwhile causes. The vehicle was generously donated to the Lt. Frank Greene Memorial Foundation by Coronado Golf Carts. Coronado Police Lt. Frank Greene was killed in the line of duty on October 12, 1954.

Frank Greene Golf Tournamen

U-lock Winners:  Congratulations Rosemary N. and Alex R. for winning bicycle U-locks at the Coronado Promenade Concerts in the Park, on Sunday, July 24. The U-locks were generously donated by Holland’s Bicycles.

U-lock Winners 


Scottish Rite Officer of the Year Awards   Detective Sam Sellers is this year’s Scottish Rite Officer of the Year awardee. Sellers was recognized at a dinner on Wednesday, July 27, for his management of the 25th anniversary of the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive, an county-wide event that began in Coronado.


Left: Chief Jon Froomin and Detective Sam Sellers



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

  • The Facilities Team rebuilt the macerator pumps, cleared all the waste lines and replaced a computer motor control for the portable restroom trailer on Avenida del Sol. These issues were caused from users flushing items other than toilet paper down the toilets.


  • The Facilities Team is working to change all lighting throughout the City to LED lighting. LED lighting will not only save the City on electricity costs but the labor costs as well to continually change burned out bulbs/ballast. LED lighting has many advantages over the compact fluorescent bulbs that are in a majority of the City light fixtures now. LEDs use far less kilowatts of energy; their life cycle is five to 10 times greater than that of a fluorescent bulb; and they are not manufactured with mercury in them, which saves on recycling costs and is better for the environment. LEDs emit very little heat, which means less air conditioning cost. They also do not require the use of a ballast in the fixtures which are costly and time consuming for City employees to replace.

LED lighting              
Above and below:  Exterior lighting at the Cays has been completely converted to LED lighting; the Library is in the process of being converted. 

LED lighting2 

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The Fire Department headquarters' garage lighting has been completely converted to LEDs.


  • The Fleet Division completed a major repair on the City’s street sweeper by removing and replacing the unit’s two water tanks. This work was performed last weekend and the street sweeper is now fully operational.

street sweeper 

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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 07/29/2016
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