Weekly Update June 9, 2017

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Weekly Update June 9, 2017


Weekly Update June 9, 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.


Shark Sighting at Silver Strand: On Thursday, June 8, at 8:15 a.m., California State Parks received a report of a shark sighting at Silver Strand State Beach. State Park officials determined that an eight-foot great white shark was traveling slowly along the coast displaying non-aggressive behavior. They posted a shark sighting advisory for Silver Strand State Beach, which will remain in effect for 24 hours and end Friday morning, June 9. City of Coronado lifeguards will monitor the City’s beach. It is important to remember that sharks are a natural resource of California’s coastline and shark attacks are rare in Southern California waters.


Gas Line Break: On Thursday, June 8, at 3:50 p.m., a construction worker cut a one-inch gas line near the intersection of Seventh Street and J Avenue. One house was evacuated for approximately 30 minutes. Residents within one block of the location were requested to shelter in place. SDG&E crews shut off the gas line and secured the break at approximately 4:30 p.m.


Traffic Control: When the City began a pilot project to manually control morning traffic at the intersection of state Route 75 and Tarawa Road, the goal was to maximize the efficiency of traffic and pedestrian movement at this location. By all accounts, the pilot program was a success but ended on June 1 as outlined in a report approved by the City Council last year. The City monitored traffic in the days following the end of the program to possibly reinstate the manual traffic direction if needed. Typically, traffic at the beginning of June is light. However, traffic was heavier than normal on Tuesday, June 6, so the City reached out to the contractor and by Wednesday, June 7, a new contract was executed for additional manual traffic direction. It will be reinstituted on Monday, June 12. Traffic guards will be directing vehicles Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. until no longer needed. The City has agreed to move forward with a plan to install an adaptive signals/smart stoplights project for four intersections on state Route 75 that will address much of the back-up in the area.


Census Data:  The City has dealt with mistakes made in the past with respect to population figures as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. These mistakes were addressed and corrected. A recent article in a regional newspaper cited new federal data that purportedly shows Coronado is growing nearly twice as fast as any other city in our region, including much larger cities such as San Marcos, at nearly 6 percent over the year before. In 2000 and again in 2010, initial Census figures did not include service personnel homeported here. They were reflected in San Diego’s population. Although the count was corrected, the Census Bureau is late reporting its errors. The City’s population over the last several years has been approximately 24,690. Population figures the City uses from the Department of Finance show the City’s population at 24,543 as of January 1, 2017. This figure represents a 2.7 percent decrease in population from the figure from the Department of Finance from 2016 of 25,215. However, both of these figures align with the Census-provided figure the city has been using for years.

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Water Quality, Water Testing:  The City of Coronado and four other governmental agencies – San Diego Unified Port District, San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, City of San Diego, and the Copermittee Regional Monitoring Group – test Coronado’s ocean and bay waters regularly. Coronado tests waters monthly throughout the year at North Beach; during the wet periods, testing is increased to weekly. The Department of Environmental Health tests water after rain events and throughout the winter. General water quality advisories are issued after every measurable rainfall event. Water tests are performed following any sanitary sewer overflow that reaches inlets to the storm sewer system. Much of the testing overlaps or provides validation of other test samples. The bacteria tests are cultured in a lab. Test results may take several days to “bloom” unless the concentration of contamination is heavy enough for the reaction time to indicate that acceptable limits have been exceed, which in some cases is less than 24 hours. The California coast, including Coronado’s, is currently experiencing an algal bloom, also known as Red Tide. Coronado City limits extend from the City of Imperial Beach to Zuniga Jetty at the entrance to San Diego Bay. Water quality varies significantly from south to north. The City of Coronado beach has been closed for the following periods:

            2010                2 closures/16 days

            2011-2013       0 closures

            2014                1 closure/4 days

            2015                2 closures/5 days       

            2016                1 closure/3 days

            2017                2 closures/11 days


Park/Concert Rules: The City would like to remind the community about its rules for Coronado parks as well as its rules for the summer concerts at Spreckels Park. In general, none of the following is allowed in City parks: barbecues or fires of any kind; smoking; alcohol; jump houses without a permit; dogs, except at Coronado Cays Park, Centennial Park, the paved areas of Tidelands Park, and on-leash at Vetter and Bay View parks. Additionally, there is no commercial activity allowed; or groups of 25 or more without a permit. For summer concerts, attendees may not: stake a spot before 3 p.m.; conduct political,  commercial or fundraising activities; bring animals (or if you must, keep them to the outside of the sidewalk around the park); grill or barbecue; inflate jump houses; throw objects near the concert stage or audience; set up umbrellas, canopies that block views or tents (except for tents in the outside perimeter of the park). Concert-goers may not set up food stands or unload vehicles in red zones or by double-parking. Alcohol is permitted during the concert but not at other times without express permission. Please be considerate of fellow park users and limit your space to just what you need for yourself and your group.

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Summer Shuttle Schedule Change: This weekend, there will be a change to the Free Summer Shuttle layover location in the Village area and to the previously published schedule. In past years, passengers had to transfer to another bus or wait for the next shuttle at the bus stop between the Civic Center and Coronado Shores. This year beginning Sunday, June 11, the layover is being moved to the bus stop at Second Street and Glorietta Boulevard near the Coronado  Island Marriott Resort & Spa. The change will take effect the same day as a Metropolitan Transit System-wide schedule update. This will hopefully disrupt fewer trips since not as many passengers remain on the buses to the Marriott. The City’s website will soon be updated to include the new schedule, which also will be posted at each bus stop. If you have a Free Summer Shuttle bus schedule and still would like to use it, passengers will not miss a bus but may be delayed by up to 5 minutes. New schedules will be printed. Remember, buses run every 15 minutes.

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Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The contractor on the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project is working to complete construction. Work this coming week will include completion of the fire line to Dock C and installation of the gangway and the sidewalk. At the Boat Launch Ramp, the contractor is installing the trench drain covers, platform handrails, and concrete parking area, repairing the seawall, and grouting the ramp panels. Work should be completed in the next few weeks.

Dock C 
Boat Launch Ramp
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Pet of the Week: Clinton and his presidential siblings Kennedy, Reagan, and Roosevelt were brought to PAWS together. All four siblings are now available for adoption through PAWS of Coronado. Clinton is being spotlighted this week. He is very confident, outgoing and friendly. He is a one-year-old white and grey cat, who has been neutered and has his shots up to date. His adoption fee is $50. To set up a visit with Clinton, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Clinton Pet of WEek 


Low Tide Ride & Stride Event:  Coronado Rotary Club's Low Tide Ride & Stride will be held Saturday, June 17, along an 8.2-mile course from Imperial Beach to Coronado’s Sunset Park. Coronado Police Officers and Senior Volunteers will be assisting with the event at the beach and at Sunset Park. The event starts at 8 a.m. and ends at around 1 p.m. Residents in the vicinity of the event were notified earlier this month. Ocean Boulevard, immediately adjacent to Sunset Park and Naval Air Station North Island Gate No. 5, will be closed during the event. The entire event will conclude and all parking restrictions are expected to be lifted by no later than 1 p.m.



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.

  • The Summer 2017 Brochure is now available and registration is open to all. The City of Coronado Recreation Services Department offers recreation programs that include preschool classes for the very young, youth classes, sports, teen events, fitness, gymnastic and dance classes, camps, skate park and special events.
  • Would you like to learn about programming and special events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green?  Join the Spreckels Center interest list by calling (619) 522-7343 or emailing [email protected]. To register for programming, drop by the facility, call or go online at: http://online.activecommunities.com/coronado.
  • The next Sunrise Paddle will be held Saturday, June 24. Full Moon Group Paddles begin tonight and will continue throughout the summer months on July 8, August 6, and September 6. 

Paddle Events 



Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has two vacancies on the Library Board of Trustees and one vacancy on the Street Tree Committee. 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 CommissionAt its meeting on Wednesday, June 7, the Historic Resource Commission designated the Sacred Heart Church complex at 655 C Ave. as a Historic Resource, in association with a nomination for historic designation. The Commission approved two Historic Alteration Permits for remodels and additions, at 344 J Ave. and 749 J Ave. The Commission made two recommendations of approval to the City Council, one for approval of a Mills Act agreement for the property at 455 A Ave., the other for approval of a Historic Alteration Permit with zoning exception requests related to height for reconstruction of the site wall at the historically designated property at 711 A Ave. Finally, the Commission determined that two properties do not meet the criteria to be designated as Historic Resources, at 1114 Fourth St. and 970 B Ave.

655 C
655 C Ave.

455 A
55 A Ave.



Junior Lifeguards: Swim tests for the Coronado Junior Lifeguards and Coronado Surf Awareness programs set for this Saturday, June 10, at the Coronado Community Center pool have been canceled due to a planned pool maintenance closure. If you planned to attend the June 10 swim test, please note that Saturday, June 17, is another option. See the below flier for program information.
Junior LIfeguard flier


Library Activities: The new exhibit, “California Before the Gold Rush,” has been installed at the Coronado Library. Rare maps, limited edition books and graphics give a picture of California during the Spanish and Mexican period of missions, haciendas and rancheros. The Adult Summer Reading Program also started on Thursday, June 8, with Book Bingo.

California Exhibit
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California Exhibit3


Youth Services:  The Teen Tech Team was open to help adults with their personal electronic devices on Monday, June 5, in the Conference Room, and the Teen Book Club met on Tuesday, June 6, in the Winn Room. The Teen’s Games & Grub was also held Wednesday, June 7. The annual Father & Kids Huck Finn Day will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 11 a.m. until noon outside the Library. Games, miniature golf, and an obstacle course will all be part of the fun.
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Summer Festival:  The Library’s Summer Festival begins Saturday June 10, at 2 p.m., with a performance by the Coronado Concert Band. The concert will be held on the lawn outside the Winn Room. Coronado’s own band will play early American classics, from Ragtime to Dixieland, and from Souza to Gershwin. Ice cream from MooTime will be provided. The Summer Festival is sponsored by the Hotel del Coronado and Friends of the Coronado Library.



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

  • A City contractor will begin repairing the metal work around the entrances of the City Hall and Community Center facilities, as well as the metal fence areas and gates. Work will begin at the Community Center on Monday, June 12. City crews will remove the white letters so they can get a complete coat of epoxy on the metal work. While the letters are off the building, they will be freshened up.

    Community Center image 

    City Hall image     


  • Public Services will be removing the pump from the Coronado Rotary Park fountain on Tuesday, June 13, and sending it to be rebuilt. Three parking spots will be posted with “no parking’ signs so crews will have a safe area to work with the equipment. It is anticipated that the fountain will be back up and running by July 4.

         Rotary Fountain image


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.


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Posted on 06/09/2017
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