Weekly Update August 19, 2016

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Weekly Update August 19, 2016


Weekly Update August 19, 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.


Back to School:  It is never more important for drivers to slow down and watch out for children than when they head back to school. School for most Coronado students begins next week, August 24 and 25. Parents, make sure you know your schools drop-off procedures and zones. Drivers should not block crosswalks or pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. All motorists should stop for crossing guards, leave 3 feet between you and a bicyclist, and watch for bikes coming out of alleys, driveways or from between parked cars. Bicyclists, remember to obey traffic and right of way laws. Remember, the area on Orange and D avenues is a construction zone. Although precautions are being made to protect students, please avoid the area if possible. This year, the City has expanded the number of crossing guards to include guards at Third and Fourth streets and at F Avenue both in the morning and afternoon. Police officers will be deployed to each public school on the first day of school ready to hand out Recreation Department gift certificates to reward good behavior.

Biking to School 

Active Transportation Plan Meeting: Starting next week, the City of Coronado will hold the first meeting in a series of public meetings and workshops for its Active Transportation Master Plan. The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, in the Library's Winn Room. The Active Transportation Master Plan Stakeholder Action Committee will provide direction at the meeting for the development of the plan, which will identify projects and recommendations to improve the City’s transportation network for pedestrians, bicyclists, and students biking or walking to school. Five stakeholder meetings and three public workshops are planned. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call (619) 522-7383.

Active Transportation Plan Meeting 

Orange Avenue Median Regulation:  The City has installed signs in the median in the 800 block of Orange Avenue to inform the spontaneous crowds that gather there nightly of the City’s municipal codes. Several are outlined on the signs, including the codes on the median’s curfew, which is 11 p.m., and those concerning the prohibition of canopies, tents and chairs, except for the Independence Day Parade. The signs also ask those in the median to use crosswalks when visiting the area, clean up their trash and follow all City ordinances, including no public smoking or drinking alcohol. The ordinances that pertain to the median as well as the general surrounding area include CMC: 40.48.010 (c); 36.08.040; 40.48.012.C; and 62.30.040. Here is a link to the City’s Municipal Code.

Fire Aid:  Coronado has sent one battalion chief to help with the fire burning in San Bernardino County. It is very dangerous work as can be seen in the photos below taken by Battalion Chief Bill Modeen. Four Coronado firefighters have been stationed in north San Diego County, deployed as part of a task force to initially stage to place resources in an area of high fire risk based on fire potential. From there, they may be called on for any emergency situation. Coronado’s costs are reimbursed by the State of California.

Blue Cut Fire Aid 

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John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  At its August 16 meeting, the City Council approved a plan for art at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. The City Council, based on a recommendation from the Cultural Arts Commission, approved the commissioning of multiple original oil canvas panels for the multi-purpose room and a kinetic sculpture for the outdoor park space between the facility and Orange Avenue. The art will be in place when the facility opens in December. Meanwhile, exterior framing continues at the site. Due to ongoing construction and in light of students heading back to school, parents are asked to avoid the construction area on Seventh Street, between Orange and D avenues. If possible, take Sixth or Eighth streets instead.

John D. Spreckels Center Art2
Design concepts by Jon Koehler (above) and Bronle Crosby (below) approved by the City Council.

Bronle Crosby Art

Golf Course Pro:  The City Council this week authorized contract negotiations to begin with Brian Smock Golf to provide golf professional services at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.  If negotiations are unsuccessful, the City is authorized to initiate negotiations with the evaluation committee’s second ranked firm of Billy Casper Golf. The contract will provide the requirements of a professional golf concessionaire who is responsible for the pro shop, driving range, lessons and golf cart rentals at the first-class golf course.

Golf Course  

Coronado Cays Entrance:  Recent work on the Coronado Cays Entrance Project included pouring the concrete on the Bayshore Bikeway, where it is being redesigned. About 150 feet on either side of the entrance was closed while the bike path is being done to improve the intersection to make it safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles. Crews also continue work on the installation of the stone veneer and wall caps, followed by completion of the decorative landscaping.

Coronado Cays Entrance 

Coronado Cays Entrance2 

Coronado Cays Entrance3

Sales Tax First Quarter Report:  Coronado's January through March 2016 sales tax update has been received. The report is produced by HDL Companies. Restaurants and hotels remain Coronado’s biggest sales tax generators. Coronado’s receipts from this quarter were 6.8 percent higher than the same period last year. Results in every category demonstrated an increase. San Diego County as a whole saw an increase of .7 percent over the same time last year. A copy of the first quarter sales tax update report, describing Coronado sales by business group as well as state-wide results, can be found on the city's website.

Sales Tax First Quarter Report1 
Sales Tax First Quarter Report2

Glorietta Bay Pump Station Structural RepairsThe contractor on the Glorietta Bay Pump Station project completed the sandblasting of areas identified for additional repair work within the wet well. Crews also have finished excavation of the discharge pipes that will be replaced. By the end of the week, the contractor will have all sandblasting material removed from the wet well and concrete repairs will begin next week.


SDG&E Utility Relocations at First Street and I Avenue:  SDG&E began work at the intersection of First Street and I Avenue Thursday, August 18, after a week and a half delay of the scheduled start date. The work consists of relocating two utility lines to clear the way for a 48-inch reinforced concrete pipe storm drain that will run from Fourth to Bay View Park along I. Working hours are limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, First will be reduced to a single lane with flaggers controlling the flow of traffic in all three directions approaching the intersection.

SDG&E Utility Relocations 

SDG&E Utility Relocations2


Badge Pinning Ceremonies:  Two traditional badge-pinning ceremonies were held in recent weeks, including on Wednesday, August 17, at the Coronado Community Center to congratulate all Fire and Beach Lifeguard personnel recently promoted, hired and passing probation. Fire Department promotions included Nate Ramos to the position of Fire Engineer. Newly hired are Beach Lifeguard Trevor Spence and Firefighter Paramedics Ryan Barr and Allen Nicholson. Family members and friends attended and did the honor of pinning badges onto the new hires and those promoted. The Police Department also held a badge-pinning ceremony on August 2 to congratulate new employees Officers Sarah Castaneda, Bill Hughes and Joshua Strange; Dispatch/Records Assistant Jill Branch; and Police Services Officer Steven Snodgrass. Additionally, the Police Department promoted Jackie Hurtado (not photographed) to corporal.

FD Badge Pinning

Badge-pinning participants: From left, Beach Lifeguard Trevor Spence; and Firefighter Paramedics Ryan Barr, Allen Nicholson and Nate Ramos.


PD Badge PInning

Badge-pinning participants: From left, Officers Sarah Castaneda, Bill Hughes and Joshua Strange; Dispatch/Records Assistant Jill Branch; and Police Services Officer Steven Snodgrass. Jackie Hurtado (not photographed) was promoted to corporal.


Pomona Avenue Sinkhole Repair:  The City hired a contractor to perform an emergency repair in the 900 block of Pomona Avenue due to the sudden formation of a sinkhole in the middle of the roadway. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and expect delays if driving through that area between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The sinkhole was secured and repaired.

Pomona Avenue Sinkhole Repair

Pomona Avenue Sinkhole Repair2


Pet of the Week:  The City is beginning a new feature called Pet of the Week, where PAWs of Coronado highlights one animal each week in the hopes of clearing out the Animal Care Facility one dog or cat at a time. Our first pet is Ozzie, a Shepherd-Dachshund mix, who is 3 years old. He weighs 27 pounds and is up to date on his shots, has been neutered and is microchipped. He is sweet, calm and friendly. For more information on Ozzie, visit the Paws of Coronado website for his profile. Check out the Weekly Update video to see Ozzie in action. To find out more about Ozzie, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 691-5123.

Pet of the Week Ozzie

Ozzie is this week’s Pet of the Week, a new feature in the Weekly Update.


Upcoming Bike the Bay EventThe ninth annual Bike the Bay event, sponsored by the San Diego Bicycle Coalition, is set for 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 28. The event will take participants across the bridge then south through town toward Imperial Beach. The bridge will remain open with one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction using eastbound lanes. A small section of Glorietta Boulevard will be closed during the event, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Riders will use Strand Way, which will be closed to vehicle traffic, to reach the Bayshore Bikeway to head south out of Coronado. State Route 75 will remain open in both directions. All restrictions will be removed at approximately 10 a.m.


‘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:  Tonight, 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 Port of San Diego.

Inside Out  

Aquatics Center Fall/Winter HoursThe Aquatics Center has new fall/winter season hours that will begin on Monday, August 22. See flier below for additional information.

Fall Winter Hours

Fall/Winter BrochureThe Fall/Winter Recreation Brochure is available online at www.coronado.ca.us on the Recreation Services web page. Registration begins on Friday, August 26, for Coronado residents online and mail-in only; and on Tuesday, August 30, for non-residents, and can be done by phone, fax, or walking into the Community Center. Click on the image below to see the brochure.

Fall/Winter Brochure 


Recreation Camp Updates:  It has been very busy at the Coronado Community Center all of the summertime activities. Summer camps are wrapping up as children head back to school next week.

  • Babies and Toddlers are Messy had a mess of a time creating rainbow-themed art and snacks. Toddlers develop their senses and creativity in this safe environment along with their parents.

          •	Babies and Toddlers are Messy

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  • Children, ages 7 to 12, had the opportunity to participate in singing, dancing and acting in a full production of “Willy Wonka” at Musical Theater Camp. This two-week camp gave youth hands-on experience in all aspects of producing a musical. At the end of the camp, friends and family got to watch their children in the production. 

          Musical Theater Camp

          Musical Theater Camp2

  • The Summer Entertainment Series continued this last week with the high-energy, super fun, Dance Party at the Community Center. This free event brought youth of all ages together to listen to music and dance.

          The Summer Entertainment Series



Historic Resource Commission:  At the Wednesday, August 17, meeting of the Historic Resource Commission, commissioners determined that the properties addressed as 1004 F Ave., 751-753 Orange Ave., 1224 Sixth St., and 455 E Ave. do not meet the criteria to be designated as Historic Resources in association with “Notice of Intent to Demolish” reviews. The Commission determined that the property at 250 B Ave. meets two of the designation criteria, and designated the property a Historic Resource in association with a “Notice of Intent to Demolish” review. The Commission also recommended approval of two Mills Act Agreement, at 924 H Ave. and 726 B Ave.

250 B Avenue

Home at 250 B Ave.



Summer Festival:  The Summer Festival series at the Library continues. The Monday Movie matinee on August 15 featured the MGM classic “Random Harvest,” starring Ronald Colman and Greer Garson. A film screening and discussion of “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” a documentary by Chiemi Karasawa, was held on Tuesday, August 16. Tomorrow at 2 p.m., the Dapper Dixie Band will give a free Dixieland concert on the Library Lawn. Enjoy the music and ice cream, which will be provided. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and the Friends of the Coronado Public Library.

Dixieland Jazz 

Seven Brides


Volunteers:  The Children’s Library had 68 Junior Volunteers this summer. These volunteers helped run the Summer Reading Club booth, and assisted at craft programs, Harry Potter Day and the Friends of the Library’s Family Pirate Picnic. The Library thanks its volunteers for providing extra hands and help when needed.

E-Services:  The Teen Tech Team is back in service, assisting members of the public with how best to use their personal electronic devices. The service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at 4 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month in the Library Conference Room. An e-book workshop was held on Thursday, August 18. The ongoing series of e-book workshops helps participants download and use the Library’s e-book collection, and other e-format collections.

Teen Tech Team



Blood Drive TodayThe Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive today. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the Police Station, 700 Orange Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so please stop by and donate.  Walk-ins are welcome. See the flier below for more information.

Blood Drive

Citizen Police Academy:  The application deadline for the Police Department’s free Citizen Police Academy is Thursday, September 1. Sign up now for the 8-week program, which begins 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 

Explorer AcademyCongratulations Rocky Rhys, Max Stangl, and Yannick Peterhaus for graduating from the Regional Explorer Academy last weekend. The eight-day Academy was hosted by the San Diego County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. Some 250 Police Explorers from 23 agencies participated in the exciting, fun, and tough week of physical agility, classroom training, and field exercises. The explorer academy gives participants the opportunity to build upon what they learned in prior years’ academies.

Explorer Academy

Explorer Academy2

Left to right:  Capt. Laszlo Waczek, Cpl. Anthony Flores, Explorers Yannick Peterhaus, Max Stangl, and Rocky Rhys, Officer  Sherri Mannello, and Chief Jon Froomin.


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

  • The Streets Division repaired part of the alley at 630 B Ave. and sidewalk at 260 Soledad Place.

          Sidewalk Work

Sidewalk at 260 Soledad Place.

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 08/19/2016
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