City Manager’s Weekly Update – August 10, 2018

  • Two excessive heat warnings were issued this week; take advantage of AC in the library, Spreckels Center, Community Center and free Summer Shuttle
  • A beach hazard statement is in effect through Saturday 8/12: rip currents, high surf, and stingrays
  • Coronado Successor Agency, the former Community Development Agency, continues taking steps to refinancing its outstanding debt to provide relief for CUSD
  • Another sink in ADA accessible restrooms in Spreckels Park has been broken, this is the fourth one that has been vandalized
  • Community invited to vote for their pick for 2019 Coronado Community Read, the shared reading of one book
  • Banner program for banners on Orange Ave from First to Avenida de las Arenas has been updated to allow local non profits to be considered
  • New Walk Your Wheels logo, using thermoplastic, on the sidewalk  is being tested in south beach area at Avenida Lunar
  • Online registration for fall/winter recreation programs began this week for residents; non-resident begins Tuesday 8/14
  • North Beach reopened less than two days after being closed for high bacteria levels
  • Josh Smith, city electrician and special lead in public services, has been selected as City Manager’s Employee of the Quarter
  • Coronado’s Golf Pro, Brian Smock, began playing this week in the PGA Pro Championship in St. Louis
  • Lighting and street improvements for the Avenue of Heroes project public hearing to be held Wednesday 8/22 at 3pm
  • Call to Local Artists for two upcoming projects

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.

  • Lighting, Street Improvements/Avenue of Heroes:  The Design Review Commission will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, in the Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss the Lighting and Street Improvements/Avenue of Heroes project. The lighting and street work will include added decorative lighting, enhanced landscaping and street furnishings along a two-block model section of Fourth Street closest to Naval Station North Island. Oral or written comments from the public are welcomed.

Lighting Avenue of Heroes

  • In Support of the School District: The Coronado Successor Agency, the former Community Development Agency, continues taking steps to refinancing its outstanding debt to provide relief for the Coronado Unified School District. This past week, City staff met with Coronado’s investment bankers and Standard & Poor’s to secure an investment rating to refinance the outstanding $140.1 million dollars of Successor Agency bonds and the $33 million in loans payable to the City of Coronado. The objective of the refinancing is to expeditiously terminate the former Community Development Agency and improve the property tax revenue stream to the School District. Currently, the School District labors under a public school funding formula that places it at a disadvantage. Accelerating the retirement of the debt from 2036 to perhaps 2027, will allow the School District to receive an extra $13 million per year after the refunding, a total windfall of an estimated $117 million from 2028 to 2036. Coronado is still waiting for approval from the California Department of Finance, but expects to receive formal approval any day. The pricing and sale of the refinanced bonds is anticipated to occur prior to the end of August. 
  • Vandals Strike Again: Another sink was broken in an ADA-accessible restroom at Spreckels Park late last month. This is the fourth sink in the ADA-accessible restrooms at the park that has been vandalized. As with the others, the sink was broken and ripped off the wall. The restroom was locked until a new sink was ordered and installed at a cost each time of $600. The City asks the community for help in observing parks and public restrooms and reporting any of the kind of senseless vandalism. Please report any damage to Coronado Police at (619) 522-7350.
  • North Beach Water Advisory: San Diego County health officials reopened the section of North Beach less than two days after it was closed due to high bacteria levels. Signs indicating the water advisory were removed just after 3 p.m. on Friday, August 3. The beach was closed at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, after the City shared an early, positive test result of enterococci bacteria taken by the City’s water sampling contractor at North Beach. The results of additional samples taken on Thursday, August 2, came back on Friday and indicated that the levels had fallen to within acceptable standards. For the complete details on this water advisory and the rest of the 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: