Weekly Update June 30, 2017

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Weekly Update June 30, 2017


Weekly Update June 30, 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.


Fourth of July Celebration:  Coronado's Fourth of July Celebration next Tuesday includes a day filled with events, including a parade, fireworks, concert, a run/walk and swim events, parachute drop, Art in the Park, and more. Check out this link for all you need to know about the day and for a list of frequently asked questions, including:

  • What is the schedule of events?
  • When do the medians open for the parade?
  • Where do I catch the bus?
  • When do the fireworks start?
  • Where can I park my motor home?
  • Can I have a barbecue on the beach?

Fireworks Image

The Free Summer Shuttle will run extended hours on the Fourth of July, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The regular Metropolitan Transit System as well as the shuttle buses will operate on C Avenue via Pomona Avenue during the parade closure starting around 9 a.m. There will be stops at Tenth, Sixth and First streets. The City also will provide special free bus service on the Fourth of July for Cays residents from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals from the bus stop across from the Cays Fire Station to the Community Center. See the map below for Cays Shuttle pick-up locations and feel free to contact Allie Scrivener at (619) 522-2423 with any questions.
Fourth of July Cays Service
MTS Sked

On the Fourth:

  • If you need to contact the City to report any service-related items, such as litter, an overflowing trash receptacle, a fouled port-a-potty or broken sign, please call (619) 522-7380.

  • Nothing will spoil your day faster than having your car towed.  Please observe all no-parking signs. Don’t take the risk. If your car is towed, please call (619) 522-7350 or go to the lobby of the police station. 

PD Tow

Fourth of July Holiday Schedule:  The City of Coronado will observe the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday, July 4, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. The Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection; there will be a one-day delay in trash pick-up.

Holiday Sked

Maximum Enforcement DayOn Tuesday, June 27, Coronado Police Officers held a maximum enforcement day from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. During that time, 46 citations were issued.

Vandalism Spree:  The City is seeking help in solving a recent spree of vandalism around the Village area. In recent days, someone has been damaging street signs around town, including multiple bent signs on the Pomona Roundabout, damaging doors on the new Spreckels Park restroom, and marring windows on the new Little Free Library. The damage is costly when property must be repaired or replaced, and a waste of public money. Once discovered, a police report is taken and extra patrols are made. However, if residents or employees witness someone vandalizing any City property, they are encouraged to call the Coronado Police Department at (619) 522-7350.

Vandalized Signs

Seasonal Kelp Clean-up: The City thanks the community for its patience as crews deal with high amounts of kelp washing ashore in South Beach. The naturally occurring phenomena happens during the summer months all along Coronado’s beach. At this point, the kelp has only been found near the Coronado Shores. When it comes ashore, it can cover much of the beach. The Beach Crew is working hard to rake, pile and bury the kelp. Due to the large amount that has been washing ashore in recent days, a second loader has been rented to help take care of the kelp, which is beginning to decompose. Crews expect to continue dealing with this issue for the next several weeks as ocean water temperatures are expected to reach into the low-70s over the next three weeks, and kelp is dying off as a result. The City will begin 7-day-per-week operations in the mornings to deal with the kelp.

Kelp Clean-up

Coronado Rotary Park Fountain:  The City’s contractor was able to get the fountain at Coronado Rotary Park up and running. The Public Services’ Facilities Division finished the rebuilt pump motor and pump impeller installation late Thursday, June 29, in time for the Fourth of July.

Coronado Rotary Fountain
Fountain Working

State Transitional Housing Advice: A Coronado resident recently suggested that the City Council consider adopting an ordinance to more closely define the duration of a resident’s stay in transitional housing, and to include a prohibition on the concentration of transitional housing. If the City Council were to adopt such an ordinance, the state agency responsible for implementation of state housing policies, the Department of Housing and Community Development, would eventually need to endorse the City Council’s action. To ascertain the state’s position on the proposed ordinance, it was forwarded to the agency. The agency's response can be viewed on the City’s website. As more Coronado residents become interested in state housing policy, the City would like to point out that there are about 100 bills in the state legislature dealing with housing policy, most of them directed at usurping local government’s housing discretion. Several recent opinion editorials indicate the trend to hold cities responsible for the state’s housing shortage. An opinion piece by Joe Mathews of Zocolo Public Square is reflective of the thinking of the state legislature. Coronado uses the services of a lobbyist to support or oppose state legislation. The City Council has endorsed the principles of local land use control. 

Little Free Library Ribbon-cutting: City officials attended a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, June 27, for Coronado’s newest Little Free Library.
City staff has worked with the Friends of Library to install Little Free Libraries at several locations around the City. Little Free Libraries are approximately 2-by-2-foot small models of a one-room library or schoolhouse sitting atop a wooden post. They serve as a depository and exchange for free books to be provided to the general public for their leisure reading. The construction and finishing of the Little Free Libraries will be done as Eagle Scout projects. Little Free Libraries will be placed at the following locations:
  • First Street at B Avenue; 
  • Coronado Cays at South Cays Park across from the Fire Station;
  • Community Center entrance; and
  • R.H. Dana Place near the Paseo del Mar to the Hotel del Coronado.

Little Free Library 


 Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting


Spreckels Center Art Dedication, Citizen Recognition:  The City of Coronado invites the public to attend an unveiling of new public art and a dedication of two plaques recognizing the volunteerism of two Coronado citizens. The event will take place at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, located at 1019 Seventh Street, on Tuesday, July 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Room. “Tea Garden - 1904” by artist Bronle Crosby will be unveiled. It was inspired by John D. Spreckels’ tea gardens as well as by the beautiful tree outside. The City also will recognize citizens Francette Roeder and Bill Hiscock for their contributions to the realization of the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at (619) 522-2633 or https://goo.gl/forms/3ZWr2iXZciRexH2J3.

Bronle Art

Call to Artists: The Cultural Arts Commission is calling local artists to submit artwork for jury for the final exhibition of the year in the C3 Gallery located in the Coronado Community Center at 1845 Strand Way. The theme for inclusion in this exhibition is “Portraits, Places & Things.” It will open November 1 and run through February 15, 2018. The application packet for this call is available on CoronadoARTS.com or contact the Contract Arts Administrator Kelly Purvis at 619-522-2633 or [email protected] for a hardcopy.

Call to Artists


Bridge Lane Changes: Beginning Saturday, July 1, the California Department of Transportation will begin its three-month test of reconfigured weekend travel lanes on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The bridge will be set up as it is during the week: three lanes heading into Coronado in the morning and two lanes heading into Coronado in the afternoon. Caltrans will make a final decision as to its permanence following an evaluation of traffic during the test period.


Alameda Equipment Storage Shed:  The contractor completed work this week on a project to add more storage space for City equipment. In addition to the Alameda Equipment Storage Shed the contractor also built an eight-foot tall cedar wood privacy fence adjacent to impacted properties. Electrical service is to be activated Friday, June 30, and a final walk-through and inspection to test electrical equipment and agree on final acceptance of the work is expected next week.

Storage Shed 


Pet of the Week:  Gracie, a sweet, 10-year-old tortoiseshell cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Gracie found a home when she was adopted in 2009 but was recently returned to the Animal Care Facility when her owner died. She has beautiful green eyes, is affectionate and needs a home. Her adoption fee is $35. To set up a visit with Gracie, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the Coronado Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.



Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks display on Saturday, July 1, at 8:50 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.




Recreation Programs and NewsTo find out about any class or program and how to register online for any programs at the Community Center, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

  • Free Summer Entertainment on Wednesdays at noon at the Coronado Community Center began last week. This flier contains a listing of the upcoming programs. Don’t forget that the Coronado Pool has recreation swim starting at 12:30 p.m. (admission required).  

Summer Red



Commission VacanciesThe City will have two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees as of August 31. Applications for these vacancies must be received in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 24. The Street Tree Committee has one vacancy that is available immediately. 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.

Commission Vacancies 






Planning Commission:  On Tuesday, June 27, the Planning Commission voted to deny a variance request at 705 D Ave. The request was to allow two open and unenclosed off-street parking spaces to be located on the driveway, with one parking space located in the front yard setback. The Commission also voted to approve a variance request at 804 E Ave. The request was to allow a reduced front yard setback of six feet for a proposed residential duplex.



Summer Festival:  A lecture by Dr. Iris Engstrand on early California history held last week as part of the Library’s current exhibit was well-attended. On Tuesday, June 27, a screening of the movie “Two Years Before the Mast” was held in the Winn Room. The movie is based on Richard Henry Dana’s 1834 voyage to the Pacific coast as a common seaman on the merchant ship Pilgrim.


Youth Programs:  The Kids’ Fourth of July T-shirt craft was held this week. On Tuesday, the T-shirts were colored and on Thursday, about 100 children decorated their T-shirts with glitter, paint and jewels. The Summer Reading Club now has 226 children signed up, and 65 teens have signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program. The Teens held a Cupcake Wars competition on Wednesday, June 28. The Summer Reading Club’s craft last week, on Thursday, June 22, was held on the Children’s Patio. The kids made Yarn Buddies, mini monster friends.

Library Craft 
Library Craft
Cupcake Wars






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

  • The Facilities Division used its newly purchased water jetting machine to clean the sewer mainlines at the Central and North Beach restroom facilities. This process removes the build-up of sand and other debris in the waste lines that can cause the restrooms to backup during periods of high use during the summer months. Previously, the Facilities Division used a contractor to perform these services, but with the addition of a journeyman plumber to the Facilities staff, the division is able to do the work in-house, which saves money and increases the quality of workmanship. The cost to purchase the equipment was less than hiring a contractor. The equipment also can be used at other City facilities.

    Water Jetting Machine 


  • The Facilities Division has been working with an electrician on the repair of the Rotary Park fountain pump, which needed to be rebuilt. Crews will be installing the new pump today and it should be fully functional next week.


  • The Facilities Division contracted to have the ducts cleaned at both Fire Station buildings, the Village and the Cays. The work consisted of brushing all duct work, recovering and cleaning all dust and cleaning the air grills and forced air systems.

    Fire Station Work


  • Coronado's Household Hazardous Waste collection at the Public Services Yard will be closed this Saturday, July 1, due to the Fourth of July holiday. Collection will resume Saturday, July 8.

    Household Hazardous Waste 


  • The Parks Division and Urban Corp of San Diego crews worked the past 2 weeks to spread around 60 yards of new mulch within the recently renovated center medians in the Cays. There are some areas of the medians that did not get new mulch, as they are currently being designed for new plants and will be getting renovated in the coming months. The City’s contractor Partnership With Industry crews worked to remove all weeds and dead plant materials within all the City maintained medians.

Cays Mulch

Cays Mulch2

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 06/30/2017
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