Sunday, October 1, 2023

City Council Highlights: Free Summer Shuttle, Workload Report, Vietnam War Veterans


Mayor Richard Bailey presents a National Vietnam War Veteran’s Day proclamation to Vice Captain Lee Fulmer.

Mayor Richard Bailey presented a proclamation to Vice Captain Lee Fulmer, VFW representative, honoring March 29, 2019 in honor of the second anniversary of the newly established National Vietnam War Veteran’s Day. The City and Naval Base Coronado will host a free lunch and tour of Naval Air Station North Island and Amphibious Base Coronado on Thursday, March 28 for Coronado Vietnam Veterans.

The most widely debated topic was the Free Summer Shuttle. Interestingly, no members of the public spoke on this matter, but several residents had sent in letters. Tom Ritter, Assistant City Manager, gave a presentation on the analysis of service to the Coronado Cays. Past options, like the Silver Strand Shuttle Service, curbside on-demand pick-up, and free MTS vouchers have all had low ridership. Councilmember Marvin Heinze suggested that they try offering the free shuttle to the Cays on weekends and offer the vouchers. Everyone agreed that the goal was to get cars off the road to be more environmentally friendly and felt that empty buses didn’t meet that objective.

Summer Shuttle Image 2018

After much discussion among the Council members, they unanimously approved the contract with San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) to continue to operate the Free Summer Shuttle from May 24 through September 2, 2019, at 15-minute intervals, and to operate a free bus service from the Cays Fire Station to the Community Center on the Fourth of July from 8 am to 11 pm, at 30-minute intervals, at a cost of $55,000. Heinze proposed adding free MTS vouchers, not to exceed $5,000, to be distributed by the Homeowner’s Association (HOA), and City Manager King agreed to reach out to Loews for additional hybrid options.

Cliff Maurer gave an update on the 8th Street and Coronado Avenue Manhole project citing that progress is being made. So far, 20 cubic yards of sand have been removed, and abatement, repair and dewatering has started. After excavation started, they discovered that the smaller line had been undermined so they are putting in a bypass system. They hope to have the dewatering completed next week and will then start installing shoring and replace the manhole and piping. They hope to conservatively have it done by the end of April, hopefully sooner.

City Manager King presented a Workload Capacity Report and said that they City is operating at capacity and the following is a list of some of the current projects. With their base workload, they don’t have as many resources to implement capital projects.

Completed projects include: Sunset Park improvements, Silver Strand fence, Business Registration Program, Active Transportation Plan (ATP), Caltrans maintenance agreement, Bridge Suicide deterrent, refinance TAB to benefit school district, special events security bollards, and the cell tower at the main Fire Station.

Projects in various stages of completion are: Gateway Toll Plaza, recycled water plant, Fourth and Alameda traffic signal, Fourth Street bulb-outs, Fehr and Peers report implementation, Third and Fourth Street lighting, Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP), North Library grounds and Winn Room, Five points intersection, Cays Park rehabilitation master plan, Cays Causeway Seawall repair, Transbay Pump Station, Trinidad Pump Station, Caltrans Relinquishment, Climate Action Plan, Sea Level Rise Plan, Undergrounding utilities citywide, Storm drain fund review, Integrated financial management control, Tijuana River Valley pollution, Coastal Campus wastewater, Hotel Del Master Plan development, Reconstruction of SR 75 medians from RH Dana to Glorietta Blvd., Reprogram $25 million tunnel TransNet funds, Cultural Arts Master Plan, Affordable Housing Plan, Community Center roof replacement, Third and Fourth Street and I Avenue drainage, Ocean Blvd. sidewalk enhancement feasibility, Country Club area storm drain infiltration, Wastewater main replacements, swimming pool business plan, Police CAD, Parker Pump station, Public safety camera proposal, Orange Ave. and 2nd Street parklets.

The Council unanimously adopted a resolution implementing the annual indexed adjustments to police, EMS/ambulance and development-related user fee, and to the wastewater capacity and adjustment of library services fees for fiscal year 2019-2020. For example, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the ALS transport fee will increase 3.4 percent, and the Library is proposing to eliminate its single use charge for checking out DVDs.

Dave Gillingham was unanimously appointed to fill the vacancy on the Design Review Commission and serve the remainder of the current term through July 31, 2020.


Jennifer Velez
Jennifer Velez
Jennifer fell in love with Coronado as a teenager while visiting a college friend. She vowed that someday she would make it her home, and that dream has recently become a reality. Fast forward through completing college with a BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Communications, she then went on to work with a variety of clients. She also taught Journalism and coordinated fundraising for her children’s school, and was a staff writer for San Diego Family Magazine and contributed to other parenting publications. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]