Weekly Update May 26, 2017

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Weekly Update May 26, 2017



Weekly Update May 26, 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.

AED Life-saving Incident:  Earlier this week, a beach lifeguard noticed a beachgoer slumped over in the sand. He immediately ran to his aid and established that the man was unresponsive. The lifeguard began providing lifesaving measures, including CPR, with the assistance of a bystander. Additional lifeguards were notified and responded, bringing with them first aid equipment and an automatic external defibrillator, or AED. The lifeguard used the AED to deliver the recommended shock prior to the Coronado Fire Department Paramedics arriving and assuming care. The patient was transported by ambulance to the hospital, and was alert and speaking to the paramedics. Coronado has placed AEDs in all public buildings, police patrol units, and in beach lifeguard vehicles. They have directly assisted in multiple medical emergencies and saved lives.

AED at City Hall

Boater Alert: If you are planning to come to Coronado for the Memorial Day weekend to launch a boat, please note that the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp will not be open. Work continues on the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project, which consists of their complete removal and replacement. The Boat Launch Ramp portion involves rebuilding the loading dock, including the piles, resurfacing of the boat ramp with new concrete, installation of a new gangway, and a new boat wash-off area. This work is nearly complete. San Diego Bay has three other no-cost boat launching facilities operated by the San Diego Unified Port District. They are located at Shelter Island, National City and Chula Vista.

Boat Launch Ramp

Summer Shuttles, Concerts BeginThis weekend marks the beginning of two popular summer happenings: the Free Summer Shuttle program and the Promenade Concerts in the Park series. The shuttles start running on Saturday, May 27. The first concert is Sunday, May 28, at Spreckels Park. The concerts are held weekly on Sundays in Spreckels Park, through Sunday, September 3. Here’s a link to the concert schedule. The Village and Cays shuttle service will operate through Labor Day, September 4. Both are designed to help keep people out of their vehicles during the City’s peak summer season to improve mobility. The service offers free rides to passengers from Coronado’s civic center down Orange Avenue and First Street to the Coronado Ferry Landing and Marriott Coronado Island Resort and back. Buses will run from 8:57 a.m. to 9:42 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and one hour later Friday and Saturday. Check the City’s Summer Shuttle webpage for the schedule and more information.

Summer Shuttle Map

‘Sit a Spell and Play a Tune’ Unveiled:  The City's newest art project, the "Sit a Spell and Play a Tune" piano, was unveiled on Thursday, May 25, with a concert by local resident Marilyn Rees and Coronado School of the Arts student Brody Schiff at Coronado Rotary Plaza. The City of Coronado and the Cultural Arts Commission invite the public to enjoy either by playing or listening to the pilot public art project modeled after several successful outdoor piano public art projects in communities throughout the country. The installation, which will remain up through December 2017, creates a performance-inspiring, interactive public art installation for residents and visitors.

Piano Images 

Spreckels Park Restroom:  The contractor is working to have the restroom substantially complete by the weekend. Crews are installing the fixtures on the interior and site work pavers at the exterior.  The intent is to open the restrooms to the public for use over the Memorial Day weekend, and complete the minor remaining work during regular working hours. There will likely be periodic closures of the restrooms to complete the outstanding items.

Spreckels Park Images 

B Avenue Sewer Main Repairs:  Construction was underway again this week with the installation of the pipe liner. Work took place during the night, when sewer flows are at their lowest, between the 100 and 400 blocks of B Avenue. Work will pause during the Memorial Day weekend but should be completed by the end of next week.


Memorial Day Weekend:  This holiday weekend is the beginning of several new programs, including the Free Summer Shuttle program and summer concerts. Here are a few other items:

  • 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 so there will be a one-day delay in service. The Household Hazardous Waste program will be closed Saturday, May 27. Here is the City’s holiday schedule:

    Memorial Day Schedule 

  • Don’t forget the Memorial Day Ceremony at Star Park at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29, organized by VFW Post 2422.
  • Security guards will begin patrolling  the North Beach 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.
  • Please be advised that next week is the final week of manual traffic control at state Route 75 and Tarawa Road.
  • Starting this weekend, the City will begin an increased level of service for 7-day-a-week sidewalk porter service throughout the City’s business Districts. Crews will be assigned to Orange Avenue, First Street, and other side streets along Orange to pick up trash, scrape up gum, clean up ice cream, and empty trash bins.
  • The portable restroom trailer is in place at the beach end of Avenida del Sol and will remain until the end of summer.


Council Asks State for 7-day a Week Bridge Lane Configuration: The City Council is urging the state to place the bridge on a 7-day-per-week schedule, requesting that the lanes be reconfigured the same way every day. The California Department of Transportation, which manages the bridge, arranges for three lanes of travel from the bridge into Coronado in the morning and changes the roadway to three lanes out in the afternoon. On weekends, the bridge is left in the Friday afternoon position until early Monday. The City made the same request to the state last year and, earlier this year, the mayor made the request again. In response, Caltrans officials stated that three lanes inbound during the weekends is preferred because traffic into and out of Coronado on weekends is essentially the same. They feel traffic will back up on Interstate 5 if the bridge is configured with two lanes into Coronado. The City reviewed traffic data and feels backups on I-5 are unlikely; whereas backups in Coronado on weekend afternoons are common. Heavy traffic leaving Coronado must merge from three lanes to two heading out. The City believes reconfiguring lanes on a 7-day-per-week schedule is the safest way to alleviate backups and improve Coronado’s quality of life. The Council agreed at its May 16 meeting to send letters from two Council members requesting the change.

Bridge Image


New Bay Fireworks Permit Process:  The San Diego Unified Port District is considering certifying an environmental impact report and adopting an ordinance to regulate fireworks along Port property. The ordinance will apply to and regulate Coronado’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The ordinance and EIR were scheduled for consideration on Thursday, May 25. New regulations, if approved, will go into effect June 25. City staff encouraged the Port to include Coronado’s Fourth of July fireworks display in its analysis to address potential litigation if Coronado were to be excluded from the EIR. Although the ordinance will require additional documentation and administrative effort, the mitigation measures are acceptable.

Fireworks Image 

Pets of the Week:  Scotty and Leo are handsome feline brothers who came to PAWS when their family moved and did not take them. Scotty is more outgoing than Leo but he warms up quickly. The cats are 12 years old and have all their shots. Each cat’s adoption fee is $35. To set up a visit with Scotty and Leo, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371. 

Pets of the Week

Coronado Currents Vol. 42:  The latest edition of Coronado Currents, th e City's 6-page full-color newsletter, has hit mailboxes. The newsletter's cover story is about the Spreckels Center. There are stories on the Free Summer Shuttle; new features on the City’s website; art and culture in Coronado; and project updates all over town. The newsletter is available online. Click on the image below to read Coronado Currents Vol. 42. 

Coronado Currents Vol. 42 


Navy Wide LoadA large section of an aircraft was transported late Wednesday, May 24, from Naval Air Station North Island out of Coronado. The trucking company vehicle moving the aircraft was escorted by CHP officers in four marked patrol vehicles, who provided traffic control beginning at 11 p.m. The load measured 70 feet long, 20 feet wide and 14 feet high, and traveled on Ocean Boulevard to R.H. Dana Place to state Route 75. The aircraft then headed south on the Silver Strand out of Coronado.



Coronado Bikes to the Movies: The Coronado community biked to the movies on Friday, May 19, to see “The Secret Life of Pets” on the big screen at Tidelands Park. Funded by a San Diego Association of Governments GObyBIKE grant, “Coronado Bikes to the Movies” hosted free pre-screen bicycle activities from 6:30 to 8 p.m. including a Mini Bicycle Rodeo, Walk-Up Bicycle Mechanics provided by Holland’s Bike Shop and a Spin Prize Wheel.

Coronado Bikes to Movies 

Bikes to Movies2 


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.

          Rec Program Page 1

  • 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]. Upcoming events include: Luxury Trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, July 26; Creating a Vision Board on Wednesday, June 7; and Try Something New Crew Paddle Boarding on Friday, June 9. To register for programming, drop by the facility, call or go online at: http://online.activecommunities.com/coronado

           Spreckels Center Events

Aquatics Center Closure: The entire Aquatics Center was closed Wednesday, May 24, and will close again on Saturday, June 10, for annual maintenance as we prepare for summer.

Upcoming Events:  Lifeguard Training for 15-year-old-plus swimmers still has spots available for the June 2017 summer session. Become certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguard using this summer program. The next Sunrise Paddles are set for June 3 and 24. Join Coronado Boathouse staff for a sunrise paddle around Glorietta Bay at 6:15 a.m. See fliers below or call (619) 522-7342 for more information.

Rec Center Upcoming Events


Armchair Travel: Last week, David Strack will took Armchair Travel participants to Berlin. Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center’s Nautilus Room. Refreshments are served at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 6:45 p.m. A $5 admission fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center. The next Armchair Travel is June 20, when Helen Anderson will take participants to Kashmir, India.

Armchair Travel 


Tennis Tournament Memorial Day Weekend: The Coronado Tennis Center will host the annual USTA Jr. Satellite Tennis Tournament this Memorial Day weekend. Matches will begin Saturday, May 27, and end on Monday, May 29. The Glorietta, High School and Library courts will be used for the tournament Saturday and Sunday. Only the Glorietta courts will be used on Monday. For more information on the tournament contact the Coronado Tennis Center at (619) 522-2650.

Tennis Tourney 


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




Planning CommissionAt its meeting on Tuesday, May 23, the Planning Commission found that the projects included in the Fiscal Year 2017/18 Capital Improvement Program are in conformance with the City’s General Plan.



Youth Programs:  The weekly Toddler Time and Preschool Story Hour were held on Tuesday and Friday, May 23 and 26, and the Spanish-language Song & Story Hour was held on Thursday, May 25. At the Teens Create event on Wednesday, May 24, mini succulent gardens were made. Dozens of mothers, grandmothers and daughters attended the Library’s annual Mother-Daughter Silver Tea Party on Saturday, May 20. The free, popular tea service featured tea, a hat contest, and entertainment by the Junior Volunteers.

Mother DAughter TEa 

MOther Daughter Tea2 


Summer Reading Program:  The Children’s Summer Reading Program will have an artistic theme this year, “Reading by Design.” The program will start June 19, with the goal of one earned prize for every 10 books read. Special activities will be held through the summer until August 9.


Explorer Competition:  Last Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, Coronado Police Explorers Post 150 traveled to Escondido where they competed against 19 other teams, including Carlsbad, the CHP, Chula Vista, San Diego and Temecula. They competed in the following scenarios:  Burglary, Bus Assault, 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold), Domestic Violence, Hot Stop (weapons display) and a mystery scenario. They also competed in an obstacle course event and range event. Coronado’s Post 150 Explorers -- Sgt. Rocky Rhys, Max Stangl, Wyatt Zolla, Kiel Roath and Aiden Catacutan -- performed exceptionally well. In a few months, Explorers will go to the 7-day Explorer Academy held at the University of San Diego. 

Police Explorers 

Bike Theft Arrest:  On Friday, May 19, at just before 1 p.m., the Police Department’s remotely monitored bicycle was stolen. A man was arrested for grand theft and possession of a stolen bicycle and transported to San Diego County Jail. 


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

  • Public Services crews continue to work on the Coronado Rotary Park fountain, which has been offline for repairs. The fountain was drained and assessed. It was discovered that a new motor is needed due to its age. The plan was to have the motor rebuilt. However, a custom-built motor would take six weeks. Public Services researched the pump, found specifications and will rebuilt the pump in-house. The pump should be installed within a month.

         Rotary Fountain

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.



Sit a Spell and Play a Tune
Posted on 05/26/2017
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