Weekly Update May 12, 2017

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Weekly Update May 12, 2017


Weekly Update May 12, 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.


Condo Fire Response: A fire that started in a wall between two condominium units on First Street near Orange Avenue on May 10, brought out 19 fire vehicles from the City and surrounding agencies. The fire was reported at 2:46 p.m. No injuries were reported and seven residents were displaced. Firefighters on scene located the fire in a unit currently undergoing renovations and discovered it spreading to two adjacent condos. A second alarm was then requested, which provided additional firefighting apparatus and personnel, as common practice for a high-rise fire. Firefighters fully contained the fire in 1.5 hours. The Red Cross provided assistance. Roads around the building, including First and Orange, were closed to traffic as Coronado Police assisted with traffic control and assisting residents in the lobby area. Damage was estimated at $200,000.

Landing Fire 

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Landing Fire3 


Fire Chief Mike Blood to Retire October 2:   After working for the City of Coronado for 28 years and a total of 30 years in the fire service, Coronado Fire Chief Mike Blood provided his retirement notice this week to the City Manager. His retirement will be effective October 2, 2017.  A schedule is currently being prepared for an open recruitment for the position. The Fire Chief oversees a department of 41 full time employees from both the Fire Service and Beach Lifeguards.  Coronado provides fire protection, paramedic services, emergency ambulance transportation, and all-hazards emergency preparedness and response.  

Sailboat Ashore
:  A sailboat that washed ashore at Coronado’s North Beach at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, was towed out the next afternoon by the City’s contracted tow-boat operator. The owner of the 28-foot Lancer sailboat has been cooperating with the Police Department in its efforts to return the boat. His insurance company is in contact with the tow company to assess damage and costs. The City Council agreed in December to accept a $37,400 grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways to help offset the costs Coronado spends to address abandoned, adrift vessels. The City spent $23,000 in unbudgeted funds last year to remove, temporarily store, and dispose of derelict vessels that washed ashore due to poor seamanship, bad weather or unlawful operations, particularly among those anchored in the Zuniga Shoal that tend to break free and drift toward Coronado.

Sailboat Ashore

Spreckels Center Social: The community turned out Wednesday, May 10, for a social at the new John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. A pianist entertained as about 250 residents enjoyed refreshments and toured the facility, which offers programs and classes and serves as a gathering spot for the 50-plus Coronado community. A luxury trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles sold out within 10 minutes of the start of the social. Additionally, people were added to the waiting lists for several events that have also filled up and requests were made to plan more events. Join the Spreckels Center interest list or register for classes by calling (619) 522-7343, emailing spreckelscenter@coronado.ca.us or visiting the Spreckels Center page. 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.

Spreckels Social 

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May is Bike Month:  We’re nearly halfway through Bike Month. If you haven’t ridden your bike this month, consider it. Every May, Coronado and the community celebrate National Bike Month by bicycling to work or school, and logging miles with the San Diego Association of Government’s iCommute program to win a chance at some cool prizes. Participants also attend one of the many bicycling events such as “Bike to Work Day,” “Coronado Mayor’s Ride” or the “Coronado Bikes to the Movies” events. Join the City in any or all the planned events or just ride your bike. Visit the City’s Active Transportation page on the City’s website page to find out how you can get in on the fun.

Secret LIfe movie flier 

Spreckels Park Restroom:  The roofing, doors, and an interior epoxy coating were installed this week at the Spreckels Park Restroom. The contractor has started his site work, including the concrete curb for the pavers, backflow valve, and irrigation valves.  The completion of the project is delayed approximately one week.   

Spreckels Park Restroom


Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  Strand Way will be temporarily closed this Monday, May 15, from 7 a.m. until noon near the Boat Launch Ramp construction site. The concrete panels for the boat ramp have been delivered and installed as part of the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project. The target date for completion is Memorial Day. Expect to see a ribbon cutting announcement soon. Boats are expected to return to the slips by June 1.  

Dock C 

Boat Launch Ramp 

Summer Shuttle Interior Ad Space The City’s Free Summer Shuttle program will begin Memorial Day weekend. Once again, the city is offering interior advertising space. This year, all local Coronado businesses and groups are invited to participate. Cost is $125 per month per ad per bus for for-profit organizations and businesses, and $75 for nonprofit groups. For more information on the free summer shuttle program or ad details, call (619) 522-7340.

Shuttle Ad 

Shuttle Ad2 


Storm Water Diverter Stations: The contractor on the Storm Water Diverter Station project resumed work this week, this time along Avenida del Sol where a new cleanout was constructed as well as a new sewer lateral able to service the City’s portable restroom. The diverter project helps to separate cleaner rainwater from groundwater. 

Storm Water Diverter 


Aquatics Center Closure:  The entire Aquatics Center will be closed on Wednesday, May 24, and on Saturday, June 10, for annual maintenance in preparation for the summer season.

Pool Closure 


Memorial Day Holiday:  The City of Coronado will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29, and reminds residents that some municipal facilities will remain open. Coronado Police and Fire will be staffed for the holiday.  Public Services crews will be on call over the long weekend to respond to emergencies. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Memorial Day. Here is the schedule:

Memorial Day Sked 


Pet of the Week: Kai, a 12-year-old loving tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Kai is sweet and smart and is looking for a family looking for a best friend and constant companion. Her adoption fee is $35. To check out her full profile, visit www.pawsofcoronado.org. To set up a visit, call (619) 522-7371.





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.


  • Summer Registration (June–August) began on May 9 for Coronado Residents.  Residents can register for classes online or by mail. Starting May 16, registration is open to all and can be completed online, by mail, in person or over the phone.


         Summer Brochure


  • Lifeguard Training still has spots available for the June 2017 Summer Classes.

    Lifeguard Training

  • The Coronado Tennis Center has a new tennis coordinator. Bill Jepsen has been working in the tennis industry for the last 15 years as a tennis pro, manager and coach. He has taught at and managed private tennis clubs. He has coached high school tennis at both private and public schools, and managed multiple park and recreation programs. Bill has accrued several thousand on-court hours as an independent contractor tennis pro in Northern and Southern California, Illinois and Georgia.


  • Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each 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 set for May 16, where speaker David Strack will take participants to Berlin.


            Berlin Armchair




Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on each of 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.




Design Review Commission: On Wednesday, May 10, the Commission Approved the following projects:

  • Lumo Jewelry - Request for design approval for a new awning and sign at 940 Orange Ave.

    Lumo Exterior 


  • American Petroleum Services Inc. - Request for exterior design approval for new signs and trim for the 76 Service Station at 900 Orange Ave. to re-brand or convert to Shell Gas:

    Shell Gas 



  • 205 B Avenue - Voluntary review of exterior design for an addition to an existing single family dwelling at 205 B Ave. for Floor Area Ratio points.


         205 B




Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 9, chaired by Chelsea Sylvester to review plans for the Summer Festival, and the status of the Library Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget Request, among other business.


Library Programs:  A streaming Osher Lecture was presented Monday, May 8, in the Winn Room. The topic was “The Death Penalty in California: Justice or Vengeance?” The lectures are presented in partnership with University of California San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. An E-book Workshop also was held on Monday and an adult craft program for Mother’s Day was held on Wednesday, May 10.

Friends of the Library:  The Coronado Friend of the Library Board met Wednesday, May 10. The Friends de-briefed its Book Fair, and are planning an annual meeting and election of officers in June. The board also reviewed its level of support for the Library in 2017-2018.


Youth Programs:  A Kids’ Craft was held on Tuesday, May 9, and “Splatter-Paint Flower Bouquets” were made. A Teen Craft was held on Wednesday, May 10, and teens created “slime.”

Flower Bouquet 

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Flower Bouquet3  

Flower Bouquet4




Traffic Enforcement:  Coronado Police held a maximum enforcement day on Tuesday, May 9, which resulted in 150 citations with one misdemeanor, one tow, and 10 written warnings. The Police Department issues citations to reduce traffic collisions and to improve public safety. Police officers are taught to use judgement and discretion. The City Council, through the City Manager, has asked that the level of tolerance be reduced in enforcing traffic violations. 


Arrest:  On Wednesday, May 10, at 4:51 a.m., Coronado Police Officers arrested a man and a woman on grand theft charges. They were in possession of the City’s remotely monitored bicycle.

PD Crime Tape



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

  • The Facilities Division has most of the playground equipment repaired at the Cays playground. They are on-track to have the fencing removed by Tuesday, May 16. All of the rust has been removed, new brackets have been installed and treated with a high-quality primer. Epoxy paint has been added as the finishing coating to help with the prevention of rust in the future. 


         Playground Cays


  • The portable restroom will be moved from the Public Services yard, where it has been stored during the winter, to its summertime Avenida del Sol beach location. While it was stored, crews performed a much-needed major overhaul due to heavy use.


             PRT at Public Services

  • The Streets Division repaired some areas of broken sidewalk along 875 and 727 Alameda Blvd. Sidewalk at the new Spreckels Park restroom was also replaced due to lifting from tree roots.  

         Alameda Sidewalk
         Alameda Sidewalk2

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Spreckels Center Social
Posted on 05/12/2017
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