Weekly Update November 4, 2016

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Weekly Update November 4, 2016



Weekly Update November 4, 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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November 8 General Election:  The Library is serving as a Mail Ballot Drop-Off location for the Registrar of Voters. Registrar workers will be on site through Monday, November 7, during open Library hours. On Election Day, November 8, ballots can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. However, the Library is not a polling location on Election Day. The City reminds homeowners, developers, contractors, and utility companies to keep City streets and alleys clear of road closures and any traffic control that may impact normal traffic patterns in Coronado on that date.

Registrar of Voters


Silver Strand Traffic Update:  Beginning Monday, November 7, the City will initiate a pilot project to manually control morning traffic at the intersection of state Route 75 and Tarawa Road.The test project will end December 15. Commuters are advised to follow the traffic direction of two uniformed traffic guards in orange vests, who will work Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Traffic will not be manually directed Thanksgiving week due to lower traffic volumes. The goal of the pilot project is to maximize the efficiency of traffic and pedestrian movement at this location. The City will assess the results of the project to see whether manual traffic direction improves traffic flow at the intersection and has any impacts on traffic north of Tarawa Road.

Silver Strand Traffic  

‘First Ashore’ Art Installation/Library Exhibit:  The City is expecting overflow crowds for the “First Ashore” art installation, dedication ceremony and statue unveiling of the “Naked Warrior” on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. Seating will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The dedication will be held at 11 a.m. at Glorietta Bay Park. The “First Ashore” art installation on Veterans Day includes a bronze statue titled the “Naked Warrior.” Nicknamed “naked warriors” for their minimal clothing and equipment, these frogmen would swim into enemy waters from far offshore to reconnoiter heavily defended beaches without weapons or support. 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’  

Veterans Day Holiday: The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, November 11, and reminds residents and businesses of what municipal facilities will remain open and what will close. Police, Fire and Lifeguard safety personnel will be on duty. Public Services will be on call over the holiday to respond to emergencies but will not sweep streets Friday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day 

50th Remotely Monitored Bike Arrest:  A bike theft arrest Monday, October 31, marked the 50th since the Coronado Police Department's remotely monitored bicycle program began just over two years ago. Officers worked closely with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office to develop the program in early 2014. Since then, officers have made 50 arrests, even some suspects arrested twice for stealing the same bike. Here are a few tips on how you can help us take a bite out of crime:

  • Make it hard to steal. Use a U-lock.
  • It’s free to register your bicycle atwww.coronadopd.com.
  • Leave your bicycle in a visible location, avoid leaving it out overnight.
  • Lock your bike when it’s being stored in the garage or backyard.


Avenue of the Heroes Banner Change:  Twice a year, the Avenue of Heroes Banners along Third and Fourth Streets are changed to display new honorees. New banners are hung around the Memorial Day and Veterans Day holidays each year. This week, the fourth round of new banners will be hung. The Avenue of Heroes Committee considers applications year-round on an ongoing basis. Applications are available on the City’s website.  The City thanks the community for allowing this opportunity to honor and recognize its local military roots.

Keating Avenue of Heroes

Daylight Saving TimeIt’s time to set your clocks back. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. “Fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour to “regain” one hour and to get back on Standard Time.

Daylight Saving Time 

Digital Media Lab Construction:  The contractor working on the Digital Media Lab at the Coronado Public Library has installed the media room walls and will continue with the interior finishes. This will include the required Americans with Disabilities Act modifications to the existing restrooms. Most work will occur outside Library hours. 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.

Funeral ProcessionMembers of the public paid their respects to Coronado-based Navy Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, who died October 20 in northern Iraq. Many residents, students and Navy personnel lined City streets on Tuesday, November 1, as the funeral procession headed through Coronado to Miramar National Cemetery. Flags in front of municipal buildings were lowered , November 1, in honor of Finan.

Funeral Procession 

Pet of the WeekGromit is this week’s Pet of the Week. Gromit is a handsome and serious green-eyed, grey tabby who needs a loving home. He is 4 years old and came in with his brother Wallace. His adoption fee is $50. For information and to set up a visit, call the Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Gromit PAWS

High Surf, Rips Expected:  The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement in effect through Monday, November 7, due to high surf and strong rip currents expected to start impacting our beaches today, November 4. Waves are expected to be in the 4-to-6-foot range with occasional 7-foot sets and rip currents will be strong. Lifeguards urge caution to all beachgoers, especially those going in the water. They ask that you check in with Coronado Lifeguards before entering the water and always swim near a lifeguard. Lifeguards will be going off duty at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday, November 4-5, and then beginning on Sunday, November 6, they will be going off duty at 5:30 p.m. due to the time change. Those coming to the beach to see the high surf are advised to avoid getting too close or climbing out on to rocks or jetties, obey posted warning signs and follow lifeguard instructions. Have fun and be safe.



Street Preventive Maintenance Program:  The second coat of roadway striping and stenciling is to be completed this week throughout residential streets in the Country Club area, the First Street corridor, the municipal golf course and Strand Way, bringing this project to full completion.


Sharp Hospital Improvements:  Sharp Hospital has begun work to improve accessibility to the facility. Demolition operations for the construction of a passenger loading zone are currently underway along Soledad Place. The City worked with Metropolitan Transit System to identify a detour to its existing 904 route in the area. The detour would still service Sharp Coronado Hospital and the Coronado Retirement Village, and also allow MTS buses sufficient room to turn around and return to Orange Avenue.  Soledad was identified as the only possible detour because Glorietta Boulevard does not allow sufficient space for the buses to turn around. The temporary bus stop was not placed on Soledad to avoid disruptions to residents. The current schedule calls for Prospect to be closed beginning Wednesday, November 9. No parking was lost due to the addition of the temporary bus stop.

904 Bus Change


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 the 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

‘3 on Thursday’:  The Cultural Arts Commission wants you to start planning your weekend with this short “3 on Thursday” list of three featured events happening in Coronado this weekend, as well as show times at the Vintage Village Theatre. Click here or

3 on Thursday


Recreation Programs:  Halloween Happening at the Coronado Community Center was just one of many Halloween-centered places to be on Friday, October 28. Families showed up in their Halloween costumes ready to play carnival games, participate in a cupcake walk, and be grossed out in the Sensory Room. Participants got to watch the H2A Mini and Junior dance teams perform. Also on Friday, October 28, at the Coronado Skate Park, skaters showed up in costume to skate and enjoy a bar-boo-que. Boards, t-shirts, stickers and magazines were given to those that participated in the costume contest. Donations were made by Pacific Drive Skate Shop, Route 44 Skate Shop and local Coronado Professional Skateboarder Jimmy Carlin.

H2A Dancers 

Halloween Happening 

 Halloween Happening3
Halloween Happening2

Skateboard BBQ 

Cupcake Wars Cupcake Wars2 


Upcoming Pool ClosureThe Competition Pool will be closed on Monday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to noon for pump maintenance. 

Upcoming Pool Closure 

Recreation Events:  The annual Turkey Coloring Contest ends on November 7 and prizes will be awarded to the winners at the City Council meeting on November 15. Pancake Paddlers Club is held the fourth Saturday of each month, and the next one is set for November 26.  See fliers below.

Turkey Coloring Contest notice

Turkey Coloring Contest

Golf Course:  On Friday, October 28, the City hosted a celebration to welcome Brian Smock as the new Head Golf Professional at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. Attendees participated in golf trivia contests and a putting challenge. Brian Smock will assume the Head Golf Professional responsibilities on February 1, 2017.

Golf Course Smock 

Golf Course Smock2





Commission VacanciesThere 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.




Library Programs:  On Tuesday, November 1, a Medicare Made Easy program was held in the Winn Room.  The talk, presented by David Weil of the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program, covered the basics of Medicare and all of its programs. Today at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room, the “Brown Bag Piano Concert” features the duet of Naomi Hobbs and Yumiko Oya.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Library:  The Coronado Public Library is beginning a program series in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of UC San Diego. Retired Rear Admiral Steve Clarey is serving as the Library’s liaison in bringing streaming lectures from noted scholars on diverse topics of general interest. The first lecture will be held Monday, November 7, at 10 a.m in the Winn Room on, “Murder and Mayhem in the Middle East.” The lecture by Sanford Lakoff, distinguished professor of political science, will focus on the continuing conflict in the Middle East, followed by a moderated discussion. Future programs will be planned based on attendance and demand.


Youth Programs:  A “Kids’ Craft’ was held on Tuesday, November 1, and woodland creatures were made.  Wednesday’s Teen, on November 2, program featured the ever-popular “Games & Grub.”

woodland creatures  

woodland creatures 2


Book Club:  The Saturday Book Club will meet tomorrow, November 5, at 2 p.m. in the Library’s Conference Room to discuss “The Astronaut Wives Club” by Lily Koppel.


Halloween Party:  Last weekend, the Library held its annual Halloween Party and fun was had by all.  

Library Halloween Party

Library Halloween Party2 

Library Halloween Party3
Library Halloween Party4    

Library Halloween Party5 




Teddy Bear Drive Getting Chamber’s Help Coronado Police have announced that local officers involved in the annual San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive, a countywide event that began in Coronado in 1990, have partnered with the Coronado Chamber of Commerce to help in the effort to collect and deliver teddy bears to children at Rady Children's Hospital for the holidays. Donation bins will be set up all over Coronado, at City facilities, and now at local businesses. Contact Sue Gillingham, the Chamber's executive director, at (619) 435-9260, or Det. Sam Sellers of the Coronado Police Department, at (619) 522-72648, for more information. (Photo: Sue Gillingham, left, and Det. Sam Sellers, right).

Teddy Bear Drive

Citizen Police Academy Graduates:  The Police Department graduated its most recent Citizens’ Police Academy Class. Participants attended eight, 2-hour evening sessions taught by various members of the Police Department. The goals of the program are to educate the public about the work done in the Police Department, teach crime prevention skills and to provide an opportunity for the public to more closely meet members of the Department. The attendees expressed satisfaction that these goals were met and have a new found understanding for the inner workings of the Police Department. The next session will be presented in the spring. To sign up, call (619) 522-7355.

Citizens' Academy


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

  • Public Services completed the flag pole modification ahead of schedule. The state and Coronado flags will fly below the U.S. flag when each is fully raised.

Flagpole at City Hall

Flagpole at City Hall2

  • Staff will be removing 3 feet of sand from the sandbox at the Spreckels Park glayground and checking the drainage at the bottom. About 12 yards of sand will be replenished and about 4 yards of three-quarter-inch rock will be placed at the bottom of the sand to assist in drainage. The City will have to close the sandbox next Wednesday and Thursday, November 9-10.  

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.




First Ashore
Posted on 11/04/2016
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