Weekly Update April 21, 2017

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Weekly Update April 21, 2017


Weekly Update April 21, 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 City Manager’s Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.


Free Summer Shuttle Service:  Coronado’s free summer shuttle is back for a fifth straight year offering courtesy rides to residents and visitors along the Orange Avenue Corridor, as well as from the Cays. The shuttle service will operate from May 27 through September 4 to help keep people out of their vehicles during the City’s peak summer season. Colorfully wrapped buses run in 15-minute intervals from about 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and one hour later Friday and Saturday. New this year, the City contracted with Loews Coronado Bay Resort to operate the free Cays Curbside Shuttle Service. Cays residents can get door-to-Loews Silver Strand shuttle service to get to the Village seven days per week. 

Shuttle Bus 2017

Navy Bomb Scare:  Traffic was backed up for miles leading into Coronado Thursday, April 20, after Navy officials shut down the main gate of Naval Air Station North Island to deal with a bomb threat incident that began at 5 a.m. A Navy petty officer drove to the gate in her own car and told the guard a bomb may be in the trunk. Base security then closed the entrance and coordinated with Coronado Police and Naval Criminal Investigative Service to investigate the validity of the threat. No evidence of a bomb was found and the sailor is in custody as the investigation continues. Coronado Police redirected traffic until the gate was reopened about 11 a.m.

Navy Bomb Scare

Monthly Traffic Enforcement ActivityA reminder that Coronado is making a concerted effort to address speeding and unsafe driving in town after complaints from residents. The total number of citations issued in March 2017 was 742. Of those, 474 were hazardous citations broken down as follows: 175 for speed; 162 for signals/signs; four for right of way violations; and 133 other hazardous conditions. There were 267 non-hazardous citations with 76 of those being due to license/registration violations and 191 other non-hazardous citations.

Glorietta Force MainThe foul odors near Second Street and B Avenue are gone. An 18-foot section of the Glorietta Force Main pipe was removed last week and replaced with plastic pipe material. The old pipe’s crown had deteriorated, could not be repaired, and was causing sewer odors in the area. Since the replacement, no odors have been reported. Steel plates will remain in place between the 400 block of B to where it abuts First Street until the liner for the remainder of the sewer main being rehabilitated is installed. The work is anticipated to take place in approximately four to six weeks.

Sewer Main 


Noxious Odor Response:  On Sunday, April 16, the City received 20 reports of a possible “noxious odor” in the Village area at about 6:30 p.m. Coronado and San Diego Fire crews responded to various locations to locate and identify the source of the odor. While investigating the odor, Fire officials discovered multiple reports of a similar odor at North Island Naval Air Station. Prevailing winds appeared to push the odor through the cities of San Diego and National City. No significant findings were found on detectors and monitors. The City has the personnel, training and equipment for just such potential emergencies and wants the community to know that it responded immediately, sending units out in the field with detectors and monitors to reach the source. Since there was no hazardous material detected, no further action could be taken. The City thanks the community for its involvement. To read more about the response, click here to get to the City’s Fact or Fiction page.

Boathouse Open House:  The community is invited to the Coronado Boathouse Open House tomorrow, April 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Come down to meet the staff, learn about programs, watch vessel demonstrations and participate in paddling activities on Glorietta Bay. There will be food and prizes.

Boathouse Open House

Fire Rings Replacement:  The City removed and replaced all eight fire rings at Coronado’s North Beach this week. The current rings were nine years old and battered, some with exposed rebar. On Thursday, April 20, crews disposed of the current rings and installed new fire rings today, April 21.

Fire Rings Installed

Scripps Survey:  Next week, Scripps Institution of Oceanography will conduct beach erosion monitoring and modeling in Coronado as part of a study sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Boating and Waterways. On Thursday, April 27, Scripps will be out at the beach to conduct surveys using both personal watercraft just offshore and all-terrain vehicles and hand-pushed dollies on the sand. The surveys take between two to three hours to complete. One will occur at about low tide and the other at high tide. Researchers will stay well away from anyone in the water. If the water is unsafe, they will reschedule. Here is a link to the project website: http://cdip.ucsd.edu/SCBPS/.

Bike Month:  May is Bike Month and Coronado will be celebrating bicycling throughout the month. On May 2, the mayor is set to present a proclamation announcing the City’s involvement in bike month activities, including the May 7 Amazing Race for Children’s Wishes; Bike to School Day on May 10; Bike to Work Day on May 18; Coronado Bikes to the Movies on May 19; Bike to Work Week May 15-19; and the Mayor’s Ride on May 20. Stay tuned for more details. (Photo: Image from last year’s Bike to School Day.)

Bike to School Day 2016

Banners on Orange:  Coronado’s new Orange Avenue banners are up. The Coronado Celebrates Local Artists banners feature 12 local artists using 15 images of original artwork selected through an application and jury process conducted by the Cultural Arts Commission. The banners, from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas, are the latest in a series funded through the Coronado Tourism Improvement District’s Community Grant Program. For more information on the banner program, visit CoronadoARTS.com or contact the Contract Arts Administrator at (619) 522-2633.

Banners Up

Spreckels Park Restroom:  The roof framing has been completed and the rough-in for the electrical and plumbing has started on the Spreckels Park Restroom project. On the Seventh Street side, the contractor is preparing the trailer pad for two hopscotch courts and a four-square game.

Hop Scotch and Four Square 


Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The last pile on the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project was installed Friday, April 14. Installation of the dock floats began this week and will continue for the next several weeks. Crews are working on the beach entry to the west of the boat launch ramp and the last of the demolition at the boat wash-off was completed this week.

Dock C new dock 

Boat Launch Ramp

Coronado Partners with KCMS: Tune in to Coronado Middle School’s own daily broadcast television station to view a bicycle safety video developed in partnership with the City of Coronado as part of the Safe Routes to School program. Click here to watch talented KCMS students illustrate just one of many reasons not to talk and ride.



Silver Strand Speed Reduction: During construction of a new signalized intersection at the Hooper Boulevard entrance to the Coronado Coastal Campus project, speed limits along state Route 75 will be temporarily reduced to 55 mph (from 65 mph) from Coronado Cays Boulevard to Rainbow Drive starting Monday, April 24. The new speed will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and last through October 2018, when the signalized intersection is expected to be completed. See signage map. That stretch of the Silver Strand can be dangerous, most recently being the site of a serious-injury accident. On Tuesday, April 18, a motorcyclist was involved in an accident in which he was thrown from his bike south of the Coronado Cays. 

Coastal Campus Speed Reduction


Pet of the Week:  Cola, a 4-year-old Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She is calm and confident on a leash, and is looking for home. Her shots are up to date and her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Cola, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Cola Pet of the Week 


John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The John D. Spreckels Center is now open. Get information about programming and special events by getting on the Spreckels Center interest list. Join by calling (619) 522-7343, emailing [email protected] or online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels. Sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter which lists all the upcoming classes. Registration is available online or by calling (619) 522-7343. The Center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday; and closed on Sunday.

  • On Monday, April 17, staff at the Spreckels Center took 12 people on a group hike, called “Trails and Ales.” They hiked Palomar Mountain State Park then enjoyed “ales” and lunch at the San Marcos Brewery and Grill.

    Trails and Ales   

  • Here are some of the newly announced classes at the Spreckels Center:

    New Classes

Recreation Programs and News
Coronado Recreation invites you to “Put Some Play in Your Day!” To find out more about any class or program and how to register online, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342. 


  • On Saturday, April 15 Recreation’s Youth Programs hosted the annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and the Easter Eggstravaganza that included Easter egg hunts for all ages and a carnival. The Easter Eggstravaganza Carnival is run by Teen Volunteers.

    Easter Activities 

     Easter Activities2


  • On April 18, at 6 p.m., Chris Hatch led Armchair Travel participants on a walk along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center in the 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. The next program is scheduled for May 16, where David Strack will take participants to Berlin.

             Armchair Travel Audience

  • Summer Camp registration dates have been announced. Registration begins on May 9 for residents and on May 16 for non-residents.   

         Summer Camp



Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on the following commissions: Cultural Arts Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and Transportation Commission. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these 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.





Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, April 19, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the properties at 749 J Ave. and 711 A Ave. meet the criteria for designation as Historic Resources in association with nominations for historic designation. The Commission voted to recommend the City Council approve a Historic Alteration Permit, with requests for exceptions to zoning standards related to setbacks, for the property at 1127 F Avenue.

749 J
749 J Ave.

711 A

711 A Ave.


1127 F
1127 F Ave.



Library Programs:  The Mystery Book Club met on Monday, April 17, to discuss “Blood Lure” by Nevada Barr. An e-Book workshop was also held on Monday morning.  On Tuesday, April 18, a documentary from the PBS POV series was screened at the Library. “Web Junkie” is about teenage internet video game addicts in China. On Wednesday, April 19, a lecture titled, “Planning Ahead for College Bound Students & Their Parents” was given by author Gregg Kaplan in the Winn Room. Check the Library’s calendar to find about all the programs planned or call the Library at (619) 522-7390.

Library Calendar 


Youth Activities:  The Teen Tech Team provided tech help to adults on using their personal electronic devices on Monday, April 17, in the Conference Room. The Wednesday Teen program, on Wednesday, April 19, featured a showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy” in the Winn Room. A Kids’ Craft was also held on Tuesday, April 18, and “Earth Day Necklaces” were made (photo below).

Earth Neclaces 

The cast of “Rumpelstiltskin: A Play for All Ages” gave  two performances of the play in the Winn Room on April 13.





Free Vacation House Checks:  Are you traveling this season? If so, the Police Department wants to remind you about free vacation house checks for Coronado residents.  Senior Volunteers make sure your home is safe and secure while residents are away, by performing security inspections around your home.  If they see anything suspicious, they will call for the assistance of an officer to determine if there’s been a break-in.  To obtain such a service, please stop by the Department and complete a vacation house check form.

Vacation Checks
Senior volunteer Lynda Balkam. Right: Volunteers Casey Blitt and Dawn Benson.



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

  • The Facilities Division installed new signage at the Golf Course Clubhouse.

    Golf Course Sign 


  • Streets Division repaired a broken section of alley between D and E avenues on Fifth Street. A poor section of sidewalk was replaced at 777 G Ave.

         Alley Work

             777 G

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Free Summer Shuttle
Posted on 04/21/2017
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