City Manager’s Weekly Update – September 8, 2017

  • Silver Strand interactive signals installation update
  • New Fire Chief Jim Lydon will begin new duties on October 10, 2017
  • Coronado Fire Department Battalion Chief Perry Peake has now headed to Florida to assist with Hurricane Irma
  • City-operated leaf blower conversion from gas-powered to zero-emission (electric)
  • The city received a new primary ambulance
  • Relinquishment of State Highways 75 and 282 from Caltrans to Coronado moving forward with a Project Study Report by Caltrans
  • City to explore feasibility of undergrounding all overhead utilities in Coronado
  • Portable restroom trailers removed from Spreckels Park until next spring
  • Pickleball – Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Sunday, Sept. 10 – Optimist Club Sports Fiesta

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.

Get up to speed on what’s going on in Coronado with this video preview of the latest edition of the Coronado City Manager’s Weekly Update, as well as a sampling of the updates below. Read the full update on the City’s website.


  • Interactive Signals:  The City of Coronado now controls the four signals on State Route 75 from Tulagi to Avenida de las Arenas, via a Siemens SCOOT operating system. This past weekend, the signals were turned over to Coronado from Caltrans. Representatives of Siemens, under contract to the City, along with City staff, observed the signals during high peak traffic periods making adjustments to the signals from their laptop computers. There were some minor glitches. However, generally, the system was working as intended optimizing traffic flow through the four intersections. Improved and advanced traffic sensors, magnetometers are scheduled to be installed the week of September 18, which will complete the project.
  • City-Operated Leaf Blower Conversion:  On Tuesday, September 5, at its regular meeting, the Coronado City Council voted to adopt a resolution directing that gas-powered lawn maintenance equipment, owned or maintained by the City, and the equipment used in the City by its landscape contractors, be converted to zero-emission (electric) tools.  The City will begin the conversion and aims to complete the conversion no later than December 31, 2018. 
  • Relinquishment Study Update:  In February 2017, the City Council asked the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to initiate an assessment, or a study, of the feasibility of the relinquishment of State Highways 75 and 282 (Orange Avenue and parts of Third and Fourth Streets) to Coronado.  Management and leadership at Caltrans had suggested that the City Council take this action.  Last week, the City Manager’s office was informed by Caltrans that they have begun a Project Study Report (PSR) that will be a comprehensive review of what the state will need to do to make the State Highways in a “state of good repair,” which is needed in order to turn them over to Coronado.  Caltrans expects to complete an initial draft of the PSR for Coronado’s review by summer of 2018.
  • Citywide Undergrounding of All Overhead Utilities At its most recent Council meeting, the City Council voted to take the first step to explore the feasibility of undergrounding all overhead utilities in Coronado.   When the Council adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, the Council asked how might all the overhead utility lines in Coronado be placed underground, on an accelerates schedule, say 10 to 20 years.  At the last Council meeting on September 5, the City Council approved a solicitation for professional services to assist with developing a strategy to achieve the objective of removing all the overhead lines.  The next step will be to hire expert help, and then begin to gather information, communicate with SDG&E and other utilities, and develop a strategy.

For the complete City Manager’s Weekly Update, visit the city’s website.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: