Weekly Update September 16, 2016

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Weekly Update September 16, 2016


Weekly Update September 16, 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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Coffee Cart Concession
:  The City’s coffee cart concession has reopened outside the Coronado Public Library. Amalo Brew opened for business Monday, September 12, and began serving coffee and other beverages, as well as fresh and prepared food such as fruit and bagels. The new concessionaire, Alex Malo, has more than 20 years in the food and beverage industry, including most recently operating a coffee cart. Hours vary as the concessionaire gets a feel for customer demand.

Coffee Cart 
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Turf Maintenance:  With the end of the summer concerts at Spreckels Park, Public Services has begun some its annual grass maintenance. Parks crews started sectioning off areas of the park that will get special care and treatment today, September 12. They will apply a top dressing of new soil throughout the park, and over-seed some of the thinner areas. One particularly brown area, which will be closed off with caution tape while the seeds establish, is the west side of the gazebo, directly at the base of the stairs. A section at Glorietta Bay Park also was sectioned off while the grass grows back after heavy summer use from the summer day camps. Thank you for your patience as the City allows the grass to rest. The closures are expected to take from 4 to 6 weeks.


Turf Maintenance
Above and below: Grass maintenance at Spreckels Park.

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Turf maintenance at Glorietta Bay Park.


Shuttle Ridership is Up:  As the Free Summer Shuttle Service winds down service this month, new numbers are in. During the month of August, the Coronado Free Summer Shuttle carried 50,768 passengers, or a little more than 16 passengers per trip, representing a 24 percent increase over August of 2015. The numbers continue to show how popular the service has become. The Free Summer Shuttle is running more frequently this year at 15-minute intervals. Both the Silver Strand Shuttle, which ferries passengers from the Cays and Loews Coronado Bay Resort, and the Free Summer Shuttle in the village area end service on Sunday, September 25.

Shuttle Ridership  

International Walk to School Day:  Save the date for the International Walk to School Day (and bikes are cool, too) set for Wednesday, October 5, at all public schools. The effort is to show students, families and the community that walking (or biking) to school is a fun and feasible.  The City received a grant last year from the Safe Routes to School Education Project through the California Department of Transportation. Together with the Coronado Unified School District, Circulate San Diego, and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, the City has begun work on the second year of a two-year plan to support student safety. The grant has allowed the City to hire Circulate San Diego to conduct workshops and rodeos for parents and students during the school year.

Walk to School Day

Bayshore Bikeway Weed Abatement:  The City will begin to trim back the weeds and bushes along the Bayshore Bikeway in response to “thorn” season. Beginning Wednesday, September 21, a crew from the Urban Corps of San Diego work from the south toward Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, trimming about three feet back from the edge of both sides. The project should take about 10 working days. Throughout the region, plants will be dropping thorns for the next 6 to 8 weeks. This can cause flat tires on bikes. The City has installed two “bike repair stations” along the Bayshore Bikeway at Fiddler’s Cove and on Glorietta Boulevard near the entrance to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge to help cyclists with small repairs. The City will continue to sweep the bike path on its regular schedule, every Friday.

Weed Abatement 

Weed Abatement2


John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  The contractor on the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green began installing the roof waterproofing after completing the low roof framing.  Framing on the upper roof has started and is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Work on the underground utilities and connection to the Police Building for the data and phone systems has been completed. There will be some concrete repair work but the alley should remain open except during concrete delivery. The patio walls and slab were installed, and electrical conduit for the exterior wall lights was roughed in. 

Spreckels Center

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Site Prepared for First Ashore Statue:  A pre-construction meeting for the concrete work on a project to install the "first ashore" statue commemorating the Underwater Demolition Team swimmers of World War II was held to discuss the forming and finish of the exposed concrete work for the pedestal. Also discussed was the installation of the accompanying battle obstacles and the mounting of the “Naked Warrior” statue into the pedestal base.  A procedure was outlined and agreed upon. 

UDT Statue

Crime Data Report:  New mid-year crime statistics published by the San Diego Association of Governments found that San Diego County saw increases in each of the five crime categories during the first half of 2016. Despite the increases, it is important to note that crime numbers in the region are still at historic lows. The report lists countywide figures over the 36-year period of 1980 through 2015, which show a peak in the 1990s and a steady decline up until 2014. The most recent figures show the City of Coronado with an 11 percent property crime rate hike over last year, but the rate was still down 18 percent from 2012. Coronado continues to have one of the lowest violent crime rates in the region with an Annualized FBI Index Violent Crime Rate of 1.02 crimes per 1,000. The most recent figures show that only unincorporated 4S Ranch had a lower rate than Coronado.


Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp:  The bid opening for the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project was held on Wednesday, September 14. The project will replace all of Dock C with the same number of slips and meet Americans with Disability Act and Boating and Waterways criteria. The Boat Launch Ramp project will replace the existing dock to incorporate a longer dock, space for temporary public docking, and a low freeboard dock for sculls, kayaks and rowing shells. It will also provide a sandy beach for launching non-motorized craft. 

Dock C

Pet of the WeekRalph, a sweet, easygoing Chihuahua mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He came to PAWS of Coronado after being abandoned by his former owner. At five years old, Ralph, or Ralphie as he is known, loves playing fetch and is always up for a walk. He weighs 12 pounds, his shots are up to date, and he has been neutered and microchipped. The adoption fee is $125. Those interested in finding out more about this week’s Pet of the Week, can call the animal care facility at (619) 522-7371 to set up a visit.

Pet of the Week

Save the Date:   The City will welcome the community on Sunday, October 9, to its 24th annual Public Safety Open House. Coronado Firefighters and Coronado Police Officers will close off the streets around the main fire house and Police Department for the daylong event. Parking in the area will be impacted. There will be Fire, Lifeguard and Police displays, and Police Department tours. Other local, state and federal public safety agencies will be on hand to provide information on the services they provide. For information, call (619) 522-7374. Click here to see a larger image of the flier.

Public Safety Open House flier


San Diego Waterfront Park Event:  The County of San Diego has notified the City of an annual music festival at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, on the weekend of October 1-2 from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 15,000 people. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (619) 356-0478 or [email protected].


Upcoming Noise Alerts:  As part of Fleet Week San Diego and the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival, Naval Air Station North Island has closed Runway 18/36 through noon on Thursday, September 22. Until then, all fixed-wing aircraft operations will be conducted on Runway 29/11. The Navy is working to limit fixed-wing operations, but locals may see an increase in fixed-wing operations on 29/11 during this period. The Hotel del Coronado has requested a permit for a fireworks show on Monday, September 26, at 9 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.


New Area Code Public Meetings:  The California Public Utilities Commission will hold three public meetings as it works to introduce a new area code to a region now served by the 858 and 619 area codes. The agency says it is running out of phone numbers in the 619 area code. Adding the 858 area code to the areas served by the 619 area code is known as a boundary elimination overlay, which will provide additional prefixes and new telephone numbers for the 619 area code customers. The overlay is pending Commission approval, but would allow all customers to keep their current phone numbers, including their area code. In September 2018, 619 area code customers requesting new phone numbers would be assigned the 858 area code. The meetings are scheduled for October 4 and October 5, including one at the Mission Valley State Building, 7575 Metropolitan Drive; October 4 at 1 p.m. More information is available at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/619areacode.


‘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 on the logo for a link to this week’s list.

3 on Thursday


Adult Cooking Class:  Paella and Spanish wine was on the menu in the first Adult Cooking Class at the Community Center. The cooking class is being offered this fall and winter. Each class features a planned meal paired with a wine or beer selection. The next class will be held October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. with Hearty Soups and Stews paired with wine and beer. Contact Lynn at [email protected] for more information or to register as a walk-in, go online or call (619) 522-7342.

Adult Cooking Class:

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Full Moon Group PaddleThe next Full Moon Group Paddle is set for today, September 16, at the Coronado Boathouse. The fee is $5, plus the cost of a vessel rental, if needed, and the maximum number of participants is limited to 20. Participants need a current waiver on file. From 7 to 9 p.m., Recreation staff will guide the group on a paddle into San Diego Bay, then back for s’mores around the fire. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.

Full Moon Group Paddle 

Recreation Event UpdatesOn Friday, September 9, families came out to enjoy a Dodgeball Family Fun Night at the Coronado Community Center. A variety of Dodgeball games were played, including Dinosaur Dodgeball, and there was pizza and prizes. As the summer has come to an end, Recreation Staff is busy planning and preparing for the fall/winter session of classes. Recreation Staff was recruiting at Coronado Middle School for the Islanders Explorers Club.  The Islanders Explorers Club is a Teen Program for sixth through eighth graders that explores adventure outside of the City. The club will meet a various times throughout the year, taking field trips, day hikes, and trips for a fee. For more information, call (619) 522-2459.

Dodgeball Family Fun Night
Above and below:  Dodgeball Family Fun Night.

Dodgeball Family Fun Night2 

Dodgeball Family Fun Night3   

Recreation Staff

Above: Recreation staff.

Islanders Explorers Club

Above: Recruiting for Islanders Explorers Club.

Tennis Court Vandalism:  Due to some recent vandalism at the Coronado High School Tennis Courts, the Coronado Unified School District, in partnership with the City, removed bushes, pruned small trees and removed the wind screen on the alley way. Removal of the alley wind screen allows the police to visually check the area at night. New wind screens were also installed on the courts. Vandalism is a costly blight to the City and its taxpayers.

Tennis Court Vandalism 

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Tennis Court Vandalism2

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Teen Advisory Committee: Participants from Coronado Middle School and Christ Church attended the Teen Advisory meeting on Monday, September 12, at the Community Center. Participants discussed plans for fun teen activities to promote and hold for the community through this 2016-1017 school year. 

Teen Advisory Committee 


Commission VacancyThere are currently two vacancies, one on the Bicycle Advisory Committee and one on the Transportation 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:  A “Book Craft Workshop” was held at the Coronado Public Library on Wednesday, September 14. Participants created a visual six-word memoir and assembled it into a book. San Diego Book Arts instructor Judy Christensen provided instruction and materials. On Saturday, September 17, the Library will hold a workshop on “Navigating the Library’s Historical Databases” at 11 am in the Conference Room.


Youth Programs:  A Puppet Show was held Tuesday afternoon in the Winn Room, and a “Craft-a-Palooza” for Teens was held on Wednesday afternoon in the Ruby Room.

Puppet Show  

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Friends of the Library:  The Friends of the Library Board met Monday, September 12. The board is working on a variety of activities including a reorganization of the Second Hand Prose bookshop, a volunteer luncheon set for October 22, a pre-holiday book sale on November 19, and the next “Night at the Library” event on February 3, 2017.


Brown Bag Piano Concerts:  The popular fall series of mid-day Coronado Library concerts called the “Brown Bag Piano Concerts” returned last week. A free piano concert will be held every Friday through November 4 at 12:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. This Friday, September 16, classical pianist Adam Hostomsky will entertain. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Tables will be provided. The concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Brown Bag 


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


  • Facilities crew members rebuilt the macerator pumps in the City’s portable restroom now at Avenida del Sol for the second time this summer. The sand and extreme use had worn the impeller to half of its original size, which was compromising the vacuum in the unit. The sand also wore down the motor shafts causing clearances to be out of specifications. The result of low vacuum is compromised performance and increased maintenance due to clogs and leaks.  

    Portable Restroom 


  • Facilities crews removed graffiti from the walls of the Central Beach restrooms. The new epoxy finish performed well against the graffiti. It was able to be removed without damaging the surface of the epoxy wall and no staining was left. The Police Department was notified and a report was taken. Before and after photos below.This is another example of a costly problem for the City.


          Graffiti AFter           


  • Streets Division repaired 30 feet of sidewalk at 1100 Ynez Place (see below) this week and started to lower the meters around town to make them more accessible. Streets also repaired a bike corral along Orange Avenue and various trip hazards along Ocean and Alameda boulevards (see last photo). New banners are coming in and crews should have them up next week.
             Sidewalk before

             Sidewalk AFter

             Curb and Gutter

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.



Bayshore Bikeway
Posted on 09/16/2016
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