Weekly Update November 10, 2016

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Weekly Update November 10, 2016




Weekly Update November 10, 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.

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Veterans Day Holiday:  The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday tomorrow, November 11, and reminds residents and businesses that certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. A reminder that Public Services will not sweep streets Friday. Click here for the full holiday schedule.

Veterans Day


‘First Ashore’ Dedication Ceremony Set:  Seating will be limited for the “First Ashore” art installation, dedication ceremony and statue unveiling of the “Naked Warrior” on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early. (See parking map below). The dedication will begin at 11 a.m. at Glorietta Bay Park. The art installation includes a bronze statue titled “Naked Warrior,” which represents the frogmen outfitted with minimal clothing and equipment when carrying out their mission during World War II. This will be the first statue in the City commemorating the City’s and Navy’s long and unique relationship. A reception will follow. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (619) 520-2633. A complementary exhibit at the Coronado Public Library featuring the Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and SEAL Teams is on display now.

First Ashore 
First Ashore Parking Map

Silver Strand Traffic Update:   The first full week of manual traffic direction at state Route 75 and Tarawa Road is complete. By Wednesday, November 9, two uniformed traffic guards were able to significantly reduce the length of northbound SR 75 delays. This was accomplished by assigning preference to northbound commuters and distributing a portion of the delays of the overwhelmed intersection’s turn pockets and cross-traffic. Southbound traffic will experience longer delays. On Wednesday, northbound SR 75 traffic delays were at least cut in half and the traffic was flowing freely by 7:42 a.m., a full 30 minutes earlier than previous weeks. This pilot program, which will end December 15, is still new and the City is looking to continually improve traffic conditions with this short-term solution. The City asks commuters to follow the direction of the guards as they work Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. One consequence that is being monitored as northbound movement through the intersection improves is that cell phone traffic apps may recommend the Silver Strand to northbound commuters as an alternative route from Interstates 5 and 805, which will increase traffic volume on the Strand and through the village area.

Traffic Guards
Traffic Guards a
nd Coronado Police discussing ways to improve traffic after a morning shift.

John D. Spreckels Center Tree of Concern:  After a recent assessment of public risk, the City has decided to remove a dying tree at the John D. Spreckels Center construction site. The decision was made after careful review and consideration of public safety concerns. The tree will be removed on Saturday, November 12. The Blue Gum eucalyptus tree is adjacent to Seventh Street near Orange Avenue. It began displaying a “dieback” of branches about a month ago. When it was observed, it was immediately reported to the City and an arborist inspection was ordered. West Coast Arborists found that the tree presents an overall high risk of failure. The assessment also found that the consequences of such a failure could be severe to a person and significant to a vehicle or building. To read more about the tree and the reasons for its condition, click here to read a Q&A. The tree's removal was first announced on Tuesday, November 8.

Blue Gum Eucalyptus

Avenue of the Heroes:  The City of Coronado held a recognition ceremony on Saturday, November 5, honoring the next 17 recipients to have a banner displayed in their honor on the Avenue of Heroes along Third and Fourth streets, from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island. The new banners will be displayed for six months. The next round of banners will be dedicated around Memorial Day 2017. If you know of a recent or past resident of Coronado deserving to be recognized for their military service you can download an application from the City’s website. You can read more about the Avenue of Heroes program here. Public Services’ Streets Division installed new Avenue of Heroes Banners along Third and Fourth Streets last week.

Avenue of the Heroes2

Avenue of the Heroes
Avenue of the Heroes Banner

Spreckels Park Restroom:  The Spreckels Park Restroom project is moving forward. The restrooms have been closed as the City anticipates power being turned off in preparation for construction. The project will demolish the existing restroom, which has run its useful life and does not meet current demand or Americans with Disabilities Act codes. It will be replaced by a larger restroom and a pad for a new portable restroom trailer for occasions that require greater capacity. The electrical components also will be upgraded to provide more stability and greater capacity for park events. Construction submittals are being processed. Portable restrooms are in place and will remain until construction is complete. The project should wrap up in early March 2017. The art work will be preserved, restored and two new murals will be installed on the new restroom. On the south side of the park, a pad will be installed for the placement of a portable restroom trailer for large events. The total appropriation for the project, including design, construction and administration, is $614,000.

Spreckels Park Restrooms

Caltrans Weed Abatement:  The California Department of Transportation will conduct its semi-annual maintenance to clean up the medians along state Route 75 beginning next week. Caltrans crews will be working on the median beginning in front of the Hotel del Coronado and working down toward the Coronado-Imperial Beach border through the week of November 14-18. Caltrans will close one lane in each direction closest to the median to protect its crews. Impacts to traffic should be minimal.

Caltrans SR 75

Pet of the Week:  Ringo, a terrier-Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is a four months old and is playful and fun. He weighs six pounds and is expected to top out at up to 15 pounds. Ringo’s shots are up to date and he is neutered and microchipped. He is looking for a loving home. The adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Ringo or to set up a visit, call the Animal Care Facility operated by PAWS of Coronado at (619) 522-7371.

Ringo PAWS


Active Transportation Master Plan:  The City held the second Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, November 7. About 30 stakeholders and residents attended. Stakeholders discussed topics ranging from safe routes to school for students, issues and concerns about transportation in Coronado, and the public workshop scheduled for January 19. Find out more about the Active Transportation Plan, stakeholder meetings and upcoming events by visiting the City’s Action Transportation page.

Active Transportation Master Plan 

Active Transportation Master Plan2


Safe Routes to School Workshops and Rodeos: The City of Coronado, Circulate San Diego, and San Diego Bicycle Coalition are holding workshops and bicycle rodeos this week and next for students at Coronado Middle School, Coronado High School, Strand Elementary, and Village Elementary. The bicycle rodeos focus on safety and important maneuvers while biking on streets. The workshops also focus on bicycle safety. For more information, call (619) 522-2423.

Bike Rodeo
Above and below:  Photos from this year’s Bike Rodeo.

Bike Rodeo2 

Library Work:  The contractor is nearly finished with work to complete the Digital Media Lab at the Coronado Public Library. The project will provide several services for the public. These will include the equipment and software to convert analog media to digital, such as photo prints, negatives and slides to digital storage devices, graphic software to produce flyers and print posters, and produce limited conversions of video to digital. A flatbed scanner and 3-D printer also will be available for scanning images to digital storage devices and producing prototype or creative projects. As part of the project, Americans with Disabilities Act modifications are being made to the existing restrooms. Most work will occur outside Library hours. Additionally, the Library is receiving a little bit of a makeover, including a scheduled vent cleaning, followed by a deep cleaning of the carpets, shelves, ledges, windows, tile and lighting. Two weeks ago, the Library’s exterior received a deep cleaning. The next day, all the exterior windows were cleaned. A project to replace all the lighting with LED lighting is ongoing. Every week, the Library’s sidewalk and walkways receive a power-cleaning and the grass is mowed. Daily, Urban Corps of San Diego crews pick up litter.

Library Digital Media Lab

Silver Strand Half Marathon:  The Silver Strand Half Marathon is set for 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 13. Residents may see notification signs in the areas impacted by the event in the days leading up to the race. Event organizers are expecting approximately 3,000 participants. Runners will leave Sunset Park and travel south on Ocean Boulevard to state Route 75, into Imperial Beach, where the race ends. To facilitate the portion of the run on SR 75, Coronado Police will shut down the southbound lanes. Traffic diversion will go into effect at approximately 6:30 a.m. Both northbound and southbound traffic will share the northbound lanes of SR 75 with a single lane for each direction delineated by traffic cones. A temporary reduced speed limit of 45 mph will also be in effect.  Motorists should anticipate slight delays. Traffic is expected to return to its normal configuration by noon and all equipment will be removed by 12:30 p.m. Notices will be mailed to impacted residents and agencies.

Silver Strand Half

Turkey Trot Impacts:  The third annual 5K Turkey Trot is set for 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, at Tidelands Park. Residents can expect some traffic impacts in the area. Several hundred participants will depart from Tidelands, head under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge underpass up to Glorietta Boulevard and circle back, running along San Diego Bay to Centennial Park. There, they will turn around and run back to Tidelands Park to end the race. Here’s the route: 
Turkey Trot Map

Noise Alert:  The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks show Wednesday, November 30, at 6:45 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.

 ‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this handy “3 on Thursday” list of arts-related events happening in Coronado this weekend. Click here or on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 on Thursday 



Turkey Coloring Contest:  The Annual Turkey Coloring Contest submissions closed this week. Judges will pick the winners and prizes will be awarded at the November 15 City Council Meeting. 

Turkey Coloring Contest

Recreation Programs:  Recreation’s Basketball League held skills assessments this week for third through sixth graders. The league begins the week of November 28. Community teens spent an afternoon at Cabrillo National Monument with park ranger Emily learning about the park, volunteer opportunities and ways to help the environment through apps, including iNaturalist and Marine Debris Tracker. 


Community Teens  

Community Teens 3



Commission Vacancies:  There are currently three vacancies, one on the Transportation Commission and two on the Cultural Arts Commission. The City has many volunteer opportunities for residents interested in serving on any of its boards, commission and committees. See notice below for details.




South Beach Restroom Project:   On October 27, the Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend to the City Council Certification of the Environmental Impact Report and approval of a Coastal Permit for a proposed restroom located at the southwesterly end of Avenida del Sol. The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 15, to consider the project.

South Beach Restroom 


Cays Fire:  Coronado Firefighters responded to a structure fire on Admiralty Cross just north of Sandpiper Strand in the Coronado Cays at just after 4 p.m. on Friday, November 4. The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage. Firefighters responded in two minutes and were able to limit the fire to one bedroom in about 40 minutes. The fire damaged the bedroom and patio, but there was no structural damage. Four fire engines, two fire trucks and one ambulance responded. Two battalion chiefs and three San Diego County Sheriff’s investigators were at the scene. No one was injured.

Cays Fire

Emergency Operations Center:  Next week, staff members from various City departments will participate in an exercise at the City of Coronado Emergency Operations Center, or EOC as it is known. The EOC, when activated, is used to coordinate emergency services and other critical infrastructure functions during large scale emergencies. The City of Coronado also operates the EOC for coordination of City services during large-scale planned events such as the annual Fourth of July celebration. The City regularly drills in the EOC using an all-risk template designed to help staff respond to a variety of emergencies and risks. The City is part of a statewide emergency response system. The ongoing training ensures that the City is prepared to provide the high level of service residents deserve.



Osher Lecture:  A streaming lecture from the Osher Lifelong Institute at the University of California, San Diego was held on Monday, November 7. “Murder and Mayhem in the Middle East” by Professor Sanford Lakoff was presented. Some 30 people attended this first Osher lecture, coordinated by Coronado resident RADM Steve Clarey, U.S. Navy.

Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board held its monthly meeting Tuesday, November 8. The Board reviewed Library projects and programs, and approved a modified December schedule for the holidays.


Youth Programs:  A “Kids Craft” on Tuesday, November 8, included candy corn baskets. The Wednesday, November 9, Teens Create program featured designing CD scratcher art.

candy corn baskets 

candy corn baskets2 

candy corn baskets3 

Travelogue:  Authors Marian Karpisek and Joanne Lynn presented a travelogue on New Zealand on Thursday, November 10, in the Winn Room. They wrote “Two Islands, Two Couples, Two Camper Vans,” which detailed their adventures in New Zealand.



Cite Day:  The Coronado Police Department’s Traffic Division held another Cite Day on Wednesday, November 9. Three Officers and two Police Services Officers wrote 52 California Vehicle Code citations, two misdemeanor citations, 20 parking citations, one bicycle citation, with one vehicle towed and one warrant arrest.

Sgt. Mark Harris
Traffic Sgt. Mark Harris.


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

  • The Streets Division replaced all of the flags that run from First Street to City Hall. A trip hazard at 1100 Ynez was removed by the crew.

    Flags on Orange 

    Trip Hazard Ynez          


  • This week, the Fleet Division performed nine planned maintenance duties, 13 repairs and six fabrication jobs for the main auto shop and 18 planned maintenance duties and five repairs for the small-equipment side. The Fleet Division also fabricated new grates for the Community Center gymnasium floor. The Fleet Division’s planned maintenance includes routine jobs such as oil changes, brake checks and vehicle servicing. Five employees maintain 200 vehicles plus 140 smaller pieces of equipment, such as mowers, blowers, generators and assorted gas and diesel powered tools day in and day out. They keep the City driving.

         Gym Floor Grates

         Repairs Being Made

           PD Car

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.






Naked Warrior statue
Posted on 11/10/2016
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