Weekly Update April 7, 2017

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Weekly Update April 7 2017


Weekly Update April 7, 2017


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2017 Flower ShowThe 95th annual Coronado Flower Show is tomorrow and Sunday, April 8 and 9, at Spreckels Park. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please observe the “No Parking, Tow Away” signs around the park. Also at the Flower Show:

  • The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring “Florals by Locals,” an exhibition of floral-themed art. The two-day exhibition includes the work of 20 Coronado artists. Artwork is available for purchase. On Saturday afternoon, the Commission is a hosting a “Create a Floral Masterpiece” class with instruction by world-renowned painter Alzora Zaremba. The class is $50 per student, includes materials and is limited to 10 students. See flier below for more information.
  • The Friends of the Coronado Library will be hosting its annual Book Fair this weekend at Spreckels Park in conjunction with the Flower Show. A members-only “Pre-Sale” will be held today from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • The new portable restroom trailers with colorful wraps depicting early Coronado rail cars and the old Tent City carousel will be on site. Meanwhile, the roof is being installed on the permanent restroom facility, now under construction.

Friends Library Florals by Locals

Floral Class
Spreckels Park Restrooms

Plans for the Kids Easter Weekend?  Consider celebrating with Coronado Recreation. The department offers its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, April 15. There will be pancakes and photo opportunities, an egg hunt during breakfast. Breakfast is $9 for children under 16 and $11 for adults. Then later, there will be free ongoing egg hunts for specific age groups from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Center. See fliers for more details for each event. 


Beach Fire Rings:  As spring warms up and with summer ahead, the City reminds the community and visitors that burning wood from pallets is prohibited at the beach. City staff including beach lifeguards and police department personnel patrol the beaches as part of their general duties. When they witness beachgoers with pallets or engaging in other violations of beach rules, they approach and educate to correct future behaviors. Signage has been placed at the main entrances to the fire ring area to inform the public of the rules. The Police Department will begin deploying an electronic sign board on weekends, when available. Additionally, security guards will be hired to patrol the fire ring area in the evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day as in past years. This has proved successful in preventing violations at the fire rings and more quickly addressing those they were are not able to prevent.

Fire Rings

Parking Meter CalibrationThis past week, residents may have noticed white dash marks in several metered parking spots. The marks, along with cameras mounted to the meter polls, will help calibrate the sensors on the new parking meters. The white dash marks and cameras are only temporary and will be removed once the meter calibration is complete.     

Parking Meter 


Oops! Sign Draws Attention to Rules:  The City’s super-secret plan to get people to read its publicly posted signs around Coronado has worked. Some eagle-eyed locals found the small detail in the sign that was strategically placed (Ha!) to get the attention of pedestrians, especially the youth, in the City’s business district. In the sign found on Orange Avenue, the skateboarding and roller-skating icons are switched. There are no plans to immediately change the sign. But keep your eyes peeled, you never know if it will be corrected. All kidding aside, let’s not forget that downtown sidewalks are for pedestrians only and that you may not ride bicycles, roller skates or skateboards per Coronado’s Municipal Code.

Cropped Ped Sign

Active Transportation Meeting:  The fourth meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Active Transportation Master Plan is set for Monday, April 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Coronado Library Winn Room. Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation, such as walking, bicycling, skateboarding, and wheelchairs. Stakeholders will review community feedback from previous meetings and learn about potential project designs to address community concerns. All Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public. For questions, visit the City’s web page or call Allie Scrivener at (619) 522-2423. 

Active Transportation 


Solid Waste and Recycling Fees (EDCO Fees):  In the coming weeks, property owners can expect a mailer advising of a potential increase in solid waste (garbage) rates. At the request of the City’s solid waste provider, EDCO, the City Council will consider a rate increase at a public hearing on June 6. The agreement with EDCO contemplates an annual rate adjustment for solid waste collection and recycling services based on changes to the local Consumer Price Index. The change in the CPI, along with a reduction in a City-funded cost-sharing subsidy, results in a recommended rate increase for single-family residential service of $1.17 per month. For multi-family curbside service, the proposed increase is only .07 cents per month. Property owners will have 45 days to submit a written protest to the rate increase.


Spreckels Park:  A new “Playground Rules” sign was installed at the Spreckels Park playground above the all-inclusive swing this week. The sign is posted to encourage courteous behavior when using all playground equipment and as a reminder to yield the use of the swing to those who are not able to use other parts of the play structure.

Playground Swing sign


Paper Shredding Event: The City’s annual paper-shredding event is set for this Saturday, April 8, in the City Hall parking lot. City Hall is located at 1825 Strand Way. Drop off your paper for shredding from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is offered at no cost from the City and EDCO.

Paper Shredding Event 


Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The contractor continues to jet and drive piles for the new marina docks at the City’s Dock C. The initial piles near the seawall were obstructed by debris, but once the material was removed the piles drove in as expected. Most of the debris was from years of material placed along the shoreline before the seawall was constructed.  The operation is being monitored by special inspectors and a wildlife biologist. The City is required to have a biologist during pile installation who can stop work in case either an endangered bird or turtle enters the construction zone.

Dock C 


Coronado Community Read 2018:  Suggestions for the next Coronado Community Read book are being sought. Suggestions can be made by submitting a short fill-in form with title, author and recommendation fields at the front desk of the Library, or online at the Library’s homepage www.coronado.lib.ca.us. Voting for the next Community Read will occur this summer.

Community Read 


Pet of the Week:  Mack, a Labrador-Chow mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Mack is a friendly and smart dog full of energy. He was found wandering on Coronado’s Dog Beach and needs a home. He is four years old, weighs 45 pounds and has all his shots. His adoption fee is $125. If you would like to set up a visit with Mack, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Mack Pet of the Week 


Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a firework display on Tuesday, April 11 at 8:45 p.m. The display will last approximately five minutes and be set up in a cordoned-off site on the beach west of the hotel.

Silver Strand State Beach EventThe City is reaching out to organizers of the Ragnar Relay event that will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Silver Strand State Beach. Organizers contacted the City last week to let the City know that the Ragnar Relay So Cal finish line would be held this weekend. They said that from the overall 7,600 participants, a total of 650 runners will arrive at Silver Strand State Beach, and that they expect around 2,000 participants throughout the day at any one time. Organizers communicate with California State Parks officials for permits but have not done so for the City. The City wants the group to apply for a major special event permit as the event appears to draw more people and affect more traffic than expected. Event organizers have said that to address traffic issues from last year, event vehicles will no longer enter State Beach via the southbound entrance, and they have arranged for a shuttle service that will travel to and from the event from the Imperial Beach Mar Vista High School. Questions or concerns can be directed to (801) 499-5024, or during the event, inquiries can be texted to the Race Hotline at (661) 724-6271 and a representative will respond.



Boathouse Events:  The community is invited to the Coronado Boathouse Open House on Saturday, 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. The next Full Moon Paddle is scheduled for April 11, 2017. See flier below for details.

Boathouse Events

Youth Recreation Programs A new session of Spring Recreation Youth Classes began this week. In Book and Cook, preschool-aged youth read “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss and then made green eggs and ham. Youth of all ages and levels were swinging from bars, balancing on beams and tumbling and vaulting over equipment in Gymnastics I, II, III and IV. In Dance Classes, youth participants ages 3-15 enjoyed learning various forms of dance and got the first viewing of the new trophy shelf in the Dance Room at the Community Center. The trophies were won by the H2A Dance Teams in various performances in and around San Diego. 

Rec Youth Events 


Pool NewsThe Aquatics Division released the April edition of its monthly newsletter. Pick up your copy at the Community Center, 1895 Strand Way.



ArmChair TravelOn Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Chris Hatch will lead Armchair Travel participants on a walk along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the second 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. 

Camino de Santiago

Recreation ProgramsCoronado Recreation invites you to “Put Some Play in Your Day!” For more information on enrichment classes or to register online go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation. For details or to register by phone call (619) 522-7342. 

  • To accommodate upcoming Easter-related activities, the Community Center Gymnasium will be closed on Friday, April 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., and again on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

       Gym Closed Sign


Historic Resource Commission:  At its meeting on Wednesday, April 5, the Historic Resource Commission determined that the properties at 804 E Ave. and 1115-1125 Ninth Street do not meet the criteria for designation as Historic Resources, in association with Determination of Historic Significance (Notice of Intent to Demolish) reviews. (Photos from left to right below: 804 E Ave.,  and 1115-1125 Ninth Street.)

HRC Meeting


Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission and one vacancy on the 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.



Library Programs:  As part of Library programs held throughout the year, a Pysanky workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 11, to learn the history and techniques of decorating eggs. See flier below for details. An Osher streaming lecture was offered on Monday, April 3. “Madonnas and Whores in the Workplace” was presented by Jessica Fink, a professor of law at California Western School of Law. The lecture focused on gender stereotypes in the workplace. On Wednesday, April 5, “Menopause: Now What?” was presented by Dr. Kim Hui, a San Diego obstetrician and gynecologist. An E-book workshop was held Monday, April 3, and the Saturday Book Club met April 1 to discuss “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean.

Pysanky Workshop 


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, April 4, and Monster Bookmark Buddies were made. The Teen Tech Team was open on Monday, April 3, to help patrons use their personal electronic devices. The Teen Book Club met Tuesday, April 4, and “Games & Grub” was held on Wednesday, April 5.

Monster Buddies Craft 





Tip A CopThe Police Department would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the Tip-a-Cop event at Nicky Rottens Coronado Monday night, April 3. With your generous donations, the Police Department raised $1,700 for the Special Olympics of San Diego County. A special thanks goes to Nicky Rottens for allowing the Police Department to host this event locally.

Tip A Cop 

(Photo: From top left are Officers Darren Hamilton and Amy Beebe; a local athlete; and Det. Brian Wray. Bottom left to right are Officer Beebe and Det. Sam Sellers.)

Citizens’ Police AcademyThe Coronado Police Department invites community members to attend a free eight-week course from Wednesday, April 26, through Wednesday, June 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Academy will give participants an inside look at the Police Department, to learn about various divisions, volunteer opportunities, how to be a better witness to a crime, and participate in interactive demonstrations. The deadline to register is April 10. For an application or more information, call (619) 522-7355. Check out the flier below for more information.

Citizen Academy 



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

  • The Streets Division replaced a knocked-over meter pole this week at the 76 Station; they replaced a patch of sidewalk at 637 J Avenue. They also touched-up red curbs in the Cays and around the beach area. 
637 J

  • The Facilities Department had the plaque located at the Spreckels Park gazebo refinished and clear coated in preparation for the Flower Show. The plaque was removed from the location at the park and was reinstalled.

Plaque at Gazebo

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.



Flower Show
Posted on 04/07/2017
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