City Manager's Weekly Update Aug. 12, 2016

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Weekly Update August 12, 2016

Weekly Update August 12, 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 every Friday at noon.

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Cays Dog Park(ing) Spaces:  The Recreation Department received complaints recently about the lack of parking during soccer tournaments held at Cays Park. Following some meetings with the Coronado Youth Soccer League and discussion at Parks and Recreation Commission meetings, it was decided that during tournament weekends, the City would provide four parking spaces on Coronado Cays Boulevard for the exclusive use of dog park users. The parking arrangement has been monitored and found to be a success. Additionally, a temporary fence is now set up before each tournament by the soccer organizers to keep soccer players out of the dog park area also is working well.

Brady the Dog

Cays resident Kerry Stewart Emery shared this photo of her dog Brady and thanked the City online for the parking spaces.

Pokémon Players along Orange Avenue:  The City continues to monitor the spontaneous crowds that gather in the median-park within the 800 block of Orange Avenue. Upwards of 100 people are drawn to the area to play Pokémon Go nightly. The City has received few complaints from the community but has been experiencing some impacts, including safety, excessive wear and stress on the turf, maintenance and littering issues. Pokémon players leave trash in the medians that City crews clean every morning. Due to the popularity of the median location, the City’s sidewalk cleaning contractor cannot park their vehicles with the equipment needed to power wash the sidewalks along Orange Avenue in the business district area. The contractor’s crew was unable to carry out its power wash cleaning on Tuesday, July 9, due to parking issues and sidewalks crowded with players. Additionally, many players are stepping into the street instead of using nearby crosswalks, some reportedly without first checking for oncoming vehicles.The City is working to ensure this area receives the necessary cleaning, especially during the height of summer, and again urges players to be mindful of cleaning crews, remove all trash before leaving the area, be careful when crossing the street and follow all City ordinances, including no public smoking or drinking alcohol. A Police Department camera trailer has been placed in the median to monitor for safety. Officers have stepped up patrols in the area also for safety reasons.

Pokemon Trash
Median-park in the early morning hours following a nightly gathering of Pokémon players.

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural Repairs:  The contractor continued sandblasting the areas at the Glorietta Bay Pump Station project identified for additional repair work within the wet well. The sandblasting will be completed by the end of the week. Crews also have begun excavation of the “through-wall” discharge pipes that will be replaced. The work is a preventive maintenance project by Public Services and Engineering. The project will help maintain the important pump station, which transports all of the sewage from southern Coronado, including the Navy’s, to San Diego Bay and beyond for treatment. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.

GB Pump site

Art for John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The City Council on Tuesday, August 16, will consider two pieces of public art for the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. The City’s Cultural Arts Commission will recommend the commissioning of multiple original oil canvas panels for the multi-purpose room by San Diego artist Bronle Crosby and a kinetic sculpture by San Diego sculptor Jon Koehler for the outdoor park space between the facility and Orange Avenue. Koehler created “Freedom,” a public art piece near the Coronado Yacht Club. Crosby’s design concepts are inspired by John D. Spreckels’ Coronado tea garden and the koi ponds he established in the 1920s.  Koehler’s design includes two distinct stainless forms on a fulcrum that move with the wind. The designs will be on display at the meeting. Meanwhile, wood framing continues at the construction site. Roof framing will be the next major component. Once completed, the mechanical and electrical trades will begin work. The contractor is preparing to start work in the street and alley, which will require closure of the alley at the north end and lane restrictions on Seventh Street. All street work is to be complete prior to the start of school. 

Koehler Design

Art design concept by Jon Koehler.


Bronle Design

Design inspiration by Bronle Crosby.

Spreckels Center

Bicycle Maintenance Stations:  The City of Coronado’s two new “Bike Fixtations,” bicycle repair stations along the Bayshore Bikeway give bicyclists the ability to make quick repairs away from the path of travel. They were installed a few weeks ago at strategic locations along the popular Class I bikeway. One is located near Glorietta Boulevard and Fourth Street near the Golf Course. The other is located near Fiddler’s Cove. The stations have 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.

Fixtation in Use 

Bike Fixtation closeup 

Bike Fixtation Golf Map

Bike Fixtation Fiddler's Map

UDT Tribute Statue:  A preconstruction meeting was held to introduce the construction team on a project to install a bronze statue at Glorietta Bay Park to the City and to review the contract requirements. A notice to proceed on the construction of the “Naked Warrior” project was issued with a completion date of October 23. Coronado plans to unveil the statue on Veterans Day, November 11. The statue commemorates the elite men of the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Teams, or UDTs, of World War II. The figure is a Navy combat swimmer wearing shorts, fins and a face mask. The name was given to the UDT swimmer who often embarked on dangerous underwater missions equipped with minimal gear.  The City Council accepted the statue and plaque in April as a gift from the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Naked Warrior Map 

Coronado Cays Entrance:  Work on the bike path reconstruction work as part of the Coronado Cays Entrance project was hampered due to a conflict with a concrete-encased fiber optic line under the bike path. The contractor had to carefully remove the top portion of the encasement to allow the new decorative concrete bike path to be installed. Approximately 150 feet of the Bayshore Bikeway on either side of the entrance will remain closed until August 16, barring any more unforeseen conditions. A narrow, unpaved area is being maintained to allow pedestrians to walk around the construction zone. It is recommended that bicyclists dismount and walk their bikes. The foundation was poured for the new kiosk and framing will commence soon. Stone cap and stacked stone veneer was installed on the exterior site walls and block wall was installed in the roundabout.

Cays Entrance

Above and below: Conflicting fiber optic line and new kiosk foundation.

Cays Entrance Kiosk 

Cays Entrance Walls

Exterior site wall with stone cap and stacked rock veneer.

Glorietta Sewer Main Inspection:  The company surveying for the Glorietta Sewer Main Inspection project will finish its work on exploratory excavations in Strand Way and Pomona Avenue near the Coronado Yacht Club this week. Two-way vehicle traffic will be maintained, but motorists are asked to drive with caution and expect the possibility of delays through those areas. The excavations are needed to assess the exterior condition of the sewer main to determine its expected useful life. This type of preventive maintenance ensures that repairs are made when and if needed to keep City assets in good condition.


SDG&E Utility Relocations at First Street and I Avenue: SDG&E is scheduled to commence its work on relocating utilities at the intersection of First Street and I Avenue this week through October 1. This work is required by the City in order to clear the way for the future Fourth Street, Third Street, and I Avenue storm drain installation project. Working hours will be limited to 7 a.m.-3 p.m., during which, First Street will be reduced to a single lane with flagmen controlling the flow of traffic in either direction. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and expect delays if transiting through that area during the specified working hours. 

First and I

Upcoming Noise AlertThe Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks show that will be held at 8:45 p.m., on Saturday, August 13. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.


Bridge Filming: The California Department of Transportation notified the City that it has issued a permit for a filming event on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge for Saturday, August 13. The filming will occur intermittently from approximately 5 a.m. to noon. Caltrans and the filming crews will be staging at the Toll Plaza and will be closing the No. 3 lane eastbound on the bridge during filming. Notification signs will be posted at the outbound base of the bridge by Caltrans approximately one week in advance.

‘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 family. All the events are free and open to the public.

Summer Entertainment 

Movies on the Bay:  Last Friday, August 5, hundreds of families attended the “Movies on the Bay” series at the Ferry Landing to see “Zootopia.” The event was a success. Village Pizzeria Bayside, Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q and Spiro’s Gyros were reportedly packed. On Friday, August 19, the free family "Movies on the Bay" feature film will be “Inside Out.” The Coronado Recreation Department will host pre-screen activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Coronado Cays Park. The film begins at 8 p.m. The Movies on the Bay series is sponsored by a Tidelands Activation Program Grant through the San Diego Unified Port District.

Movies on the Bay 

Above and below: Families enjoying “ootopia” at the Ferry Landing last week.

Movies on the Bay Zootopia

Movies on the Bay montage


Recreation Camp UpdatesIt has been very busy at the Coronado Community Center all of the summertime activities. Some camps have sold out, but call (619) 522-7342 to find out what camps still have room.

  • Youth, ages 8-16, have been learning tennis skills in Bryan and Laila’s Jr. Tennis Camp all summer. This camp is recreational fun for beginners through advanced-level players. Orange, green and yellow balls are used. Friday’s are game days, where after playing some intense rounds, the students enjoy a pizza party.

    Tennis Camp


  • Monday Night Drill with Phil is a tennis aerobic workout. Adults participate in half-hour drills and then point play with continuous movement. This class is for beginners to advanced beginners and has been running all summer. It will be available until August 29. Contact the Tennis Center at (619) 522-2650 for more information or to save a spot.

    Tennis Camp 2

  • Each summer, Camp Coronado offers a Junior Recreation Leader Program (JRLP) and a Leader in Training Program (LIT). The JRLP program is designed for youth entering 8th – 10th grades. These youth get first-hand experience in the recreation field. They assist Camp Coronado Recreation staff in providing a safe, fun and healthy environment for all participants, ages 5-12, of all abilities. They act as role models, make new friends, learn skills in the employment search process, plus it’s a lot of fun. LIT is setup to allow young adults, entering 11th or 12th grades, gain hands-on experience and earn volunteer hours. The goal of this program is to provide these volunteers with the opportunity to be mentored by our bright and charismatic recreation staff to learn the leadership skills that are necessary for them to be good role models for young children. For information on either program, contact Recreation Services at (619) 522-7342.

     Camp Coronado


  • Coronado’s Volleyball Camp teaches fundamental volleyball skills through fun games and activities to engage the enthusiasm of the novice and experienced player.  This week, youth in this camp focused on passing, setting, hitting, digging and serving. The Camp’s staff is experienced and many have played for or are currently student athletes at local universities.

    Volleyball Camp  

     Volleyball Camp 2  

  • Hip-Hop Dance campers learned some of the hottest hip-hop moves this summer. Campers learned rhythm and precision in movement, as well as foundational steps.  On Friday, August 5, dancers performed for their family and friends.

     Hip-Hop Dance

  • At Skate Camp, participants developed coordination, confidence and had a lot of fun. Skaters traveled to various Skateparks around San Diego and worked on their skills. 

          Skate Camp



Design Review Commission:  On Wednesday, July 10, the Design Review Commission approved new clear glass doors, windows and a new sign for Holland’s Bicycle at 1109 Tenth St.; approved new landscaping and a new monument sign for the Lutheran Church at 1111 Fifth St.; and approved a new green fabric shade structure for Vernetti Stadium at 165 B Ave. The Commission appointed Dorothy Howard as the Chair, thanked Christian Rice for his six years of service and welcomed new member Beth Delano.

Holland’s Bicycle        

Holland’s Bicycles rendering of design changes.       

Lutheran Church

New landscaping and monument sign design for the Lutheran Church.

Vernetti Stadium

Rendering of new green fabric shade structure for Vernetti Stadium.



Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board met on Tuesday, August 9. The Board elected new officers, with Chelsea Sylvester elected President and Rita Alipour elected Executive Secretary. The Board also reviewed the State of the Library report.


Friends of the Library:  The Friends of the Library Board met on Monday, August 8. On Thursday, August 11, the Board held its third annual “Family Pirate Picnic Party” on the Library Lawn, featuring crafts, games, hotdogs and a performance by the Pirate Band.

Pirate Party Boy

Pirate Party Dancing 

Pirate Party Dancing2

Pirate Party Pirates

Summer Festival:  On Monday, August 8, “The Philadelphia Story” was screened in the Winn Room. Tomorrow at 2 p.m., singer Joe Bourne will give a concert, titled “Upbeat and Sweet,” featuring songs from Motown, the Eagles, Carol King, Burt Bacharach and music of the 1960s and 70s. Fliers for the upcoming Summer Festival events are below.

Summer Festival Concert 

Summer Festival movies   

Summer Reading ClubThe Library hosted a party with Wild Wonders last week, in celebration of the Summer Reading Club which came to an end.

Wild Wonders  

Wild Wonders 2
Wild Wonders 3    



Burglary Arrests:  Around 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, a resident in the 700 block of C Avenue noticed a woman dismantling a bicycle in the alley. The resident immediately called police. Officers arrived to find that the woman had moved the bicycle to a vehicle in a bank parking lot where officers also found a second woman holding two additional bicycles, and a man sitting in the car. Officers determined that earlier that morning, the three suspects entered a nearby shared garage through the open pedestrian door and stole various items, include three bicycles, luggage, tools, and important personal financial papers. The two were attempting to organize the loot in the bank parking lot when officers arrived. Officers also found drugs in the car and a dagger on the man. All three suspects were arrested and taken to jail. The Police Department thanks the resident who called to report the suspicious activity. The resident was observant and extremely detailed in describing the suspect and which direction she was traveling. This makes for a strong Neighborhood Watch.

PD Logo 


Citizen Police Academy:  The Police Department will host a free Citizen Police Academy for eight weeks, starting September 14. Classes will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through November at the Police Department, 700 Orange Ave. The Police Academy will give participants an inside look into the Police Department, and an opportunity to learn about the various divisions, volunteer opportunities, how to be a better witness to a crime and participate in interactive demonstrations. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Dianne Dannemann at (619) 522-7355 or [email protected].

PD Citizen Academy 


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

  • Last week, the Street Tree Division planted four Chinese Evergreen Elms at the corner of Tenth Street and E Avenue and pruned and cleaned the stems of six Canary Island Palms at Spreckels Park.

          Chinese Evergreen Elms

          Canary Palms

          Canary Palms2 


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 08/12/2016
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