New Animal Care Facility
Coronado’s missing pets will
soon be waiting for their owners in a new Animal
Care Facility. The City Council approved the
design and budget of the facility and construction
is slated to begin in mid-summer.
rendering shown above illustrates the front
of the Animal Care Facility.
“City officials understand how much residents value
their pets,” said Assistant City Manager and Director of
Engineering Jim Benson.
The facility will be located at 1395 First St. It will
maintain current levels of service, but also include
additional program space for medical treatment,
grooming, and separate adoption and quarantine rooms.
At neighbors’ requests, the City will provide a ten-foot
buffer between the common property line and a new
six-foot-high concrete block wall to reduce noise.
In addition, plants and three new trees will be used to
screen the project from the condos to the east.
“The City worked closely with surrounding
homeowners to develop a design that is sensitive to
neighbors,” said Benson.
For more information on the Animal Care Facility
project, contact the Engineering Department at
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| Coronado Youth Inspire
Deep Community Ties
Every year, Coronado students come
together to remind residents of the
importance of fostering a peaceful
and tolerant environment in the
community. The fifth annual “Take
My Hand, Coronado: A Weeklong
Celebration of Peace in Human
Relationships” took place in March
at all seven schools in the City.
Balfour’s winning poster, above,
and other entries are on display at
Coronado Recreation Center.
“This program is supported by
the community,” said Deborah
Schwartz, Chairperson of the
Coronado Human Relations
Commission. “Each year the City
issues a proclamation inviting residents to join students to promote peace.”
Every adult and student on Coronado campuses participates in a variety of
programs and activities, both at school and in the community. Schools focus
on a different theme each day, such as forgiveness, empathy or peaceful
communication, and participate in associated activities.
“Activities are designed to involve the entire community,” said Schwartz.
The most popular activity of the week is the annual poster contest. Students
submit hand-drawn posters in a contest intended to demonstrate what “Take
My Hand, Coronado” means to them. The top 10 winners are honored at a
City Council meeting. Village Elementary fifth grader Marie Balfour was the
2007 grand prize winner.
Other activities include the “Take My Hand Garden,” where students from
each school replant flowers along the median of Orange Avenue.
The flagship event is the Peacemaker Awards ceremony, which honors eight
Coronado citizens who value, model and promote peaceful communication
and conflict resolution. Categories for the awards are business, community
leader, education, faith, health and human services, military, parent and youth.
|“Take My Hand, Coronado” was developed by the
Coronado Human Relations Commission (CHRC) to open the lines of communication
and foster peaceful resolution of conflict among and between students and
adults. The CHRC brings diverse members of the community together, such
as the City, Navy, schools, businesses and churches. All members of the
Coronado community are welcome to join the CHRC. For more information,
contact Deborah Schwartz at 619.522.8915.
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|CORONADO MAKES PROGRESS
WITH 2007 PRIORITIES
Parks and Beaches
are Now Smoke-Free
|Coronado residents are breathing easier now
that the air in parks and beaches is a little
cleaner. In September 2006, the City
Council adopted an ordinance
banning smoking at City
beaches and parks.
This ordinance was
designed to protect
public health as
well as preserve
“The popularity of
and parks during peak
times makes secondhand
smoke a health hazard
for residents and visitors,” said
City Manager Mark Ochenduszko. “The
increase in attendance also results in an
increase in litter from cigarette butts dropped
in public spaces.”
The ordinance was developed as a result
of a report issued to all San Diego
cities by the Tobacco Free
(TFCC) in 2005. The
report stated that
local cities could be
taking more proactive
measures to control
tobacco use and
second-hand smoke and
a number of regulations
that could be adopted. One
action proposed was a ban on
smoking at beaches and parks.
“Coronado’s beaches and parks play
an integral role in the City’s history and
the community’s quality of life,” said
Ochenduszko. “The TFCC’s suggestion for
protecting public space was one the City knew
the community would support.”
As an added measure of safety, the City’s
ordinance also prohibits smoking within 20
feet of public school grounds. Furthermore,
due to its popularity during parades and
other community events, the median along
Orange Avenue is also now a smoke-free zone.
Designated smoking areas in the City are
established by the City Manager’s Office.
Coronado joins numerous coastal towns in the
region that have already approved smoking
bans in parks and beaches such as San Diego,
Solana Beach, Del Mar and Imperial Beach.
For more information on the ordinance or to
learn about designated smoking areas, contact
the City Manager’s Office at 619.522.7335.
Help Craft New Guidelines for Parking Oversized and Non-Motorized Vehicles
|The streets of Coronado may seem a little less
cluttered with large vehicles this summer,
thanks to a group of civic-minded citizens.
For almost two years, City staff worked with
a group of residents to advise the City Council
on how it could better control parking of
oversized and non-motorized vehicles on
City streets. The result was an amended City
ordinance that was adopted by the Council in
“The citizens working group was dedicated to
exploring the parking regulation options that
would best meet the needs of the community,”
said recently retired Police Chief Paul Crook,
who chaired the group. “The amended
ordinance will improve the aesthetics and
safety of Coronado streets.”
The new ordinance applies to any oversized
vehicle, in excess of 24 feet in length, more
than 95 inches in width or weighing more
than 10,000 pounds. The ordinance also
applies to any non-motorized vehicle,
regardless of size or weight. These vehicles
can remain parked on City streets for up
to three hours without penalty. After that
time, vehicles must be moved at least 500
feet to qualify for more time. Vehicles that
are being used for loading or unloading
purposes may remain on City streets for up to
48 hours, but must obtain a permit from the
Police Department before commencement of
activity. Vehicles cannot be used for overnight
camping or lodging purposes.
In addition, fines have increased from $18 to
$75 for offenders. The Police Department also
has the authority to tow vehicles in violation
of the ordinance. Vehicles undergoing
emergency repairs would not be in violation
of the ordinance, provided that the owners
have obtained permission from the Police
For more information on oversized and
non-motorized vehicle parking, contact the
Coronado Police Department at 619.522.7349.
|Safety at Coronado beaches remains a top priority. The City recently completed the
final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the construction of the new Lifeguard
Services building on Central Beach. The new building will consolidate services and
provide lifeguards with the best opportunity to provide maximum beach security and
ensure timely rescue efforts.
“Coronado’s beach visitors have increased from an estimated 500,000 annual visitors
in 1996 to more than 2 million in 2005,” said Sean Carey, Coronado Lifeguard
Captain. “The need for a services building is a direct result of the increase in beach
|This visual simulation shows the design
of the Lifeguard Services building.
The Lifeguard Services building will house lifeguard response equipment, including a
truck with a hitched personal watercraft and an inflatable boat. Showers and lockers
containing extra uniforms will also be included as a safety precaution for lifeguards
who must enter contaminated water, recover from hypothermia or rinse off after
coming in contact with injured persons.
“The new facility will increase rescue efficiency and reduce operational costs
associated with Lifeguard Services,” said Carey.
The City recently completed a comprehensive environmental analysis to address
concerns raised by residents during the planning portion of the project. The City is
taking steps during construction to ensure that the local quality of life is minimally
disrupted. For example, all trucks carrying sand and other loose materials will be
covered to protect air quality. In addition, no construction-related noise will be
allowed between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., as well as on Sundays and City holidays, to
prevent noise pollution.
The City’s goal is to begin construction of the building in fall 2007, with an expected
completion date of May 2008. Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s web
site (www.coronado.ca.us) to review the full environmental report. For more
information, contact the Engineering Department at 619.522.7383.
to Coronado Traffic
|The City is in the middle of the Project Report and
Environmental Document (PR/ED) phase of the SR
75/282 Transportation Corridor Project. This phase,
scheduled to be completed in 2009, will determine the
best long-term traffic solution for the community.
As the conclusion of the PR/ED phase nears, the City will
begin to discuss and evaluate final design plans for the
selected preferred traffic alternative. A significant part
of this process will involve working closely with project
partners, such as the United States Navy.
Top City and Navy officials recently met to discuss
project alternatives and funding opportunities. The
result of this meeting was a positive letter from the Navy,
reaffirming its commitment to the City to help relieve
traffic congestion in Coronado.
“We [the Navy] are prepared to fully participate in
the evaluation of potential designs,” wrote Assistant
Secretary of the Navy BJ Penn. “[The Navy] will help
identify appropriate funding sources for subsequent
phases of the process.”
Secretary Penn went on to say that he is confident the
partnering agencies on this project “will find the right
regional approach to this multifaceted transportation
problem that enables the City and the Navy to achieve
respective goals and missions.”
The City’s long-standing partnership with the Navy
dates back more than 100 years. Most recently, the City
and the Navy partnered on the completion of the Third
Street Gate in Coronado, which provides naval personnel
with direct access to and from Naval Air Station North
Island from Third Street.
“The Navy will help Coronado address its traffic problem
and we are very appreciative of their support,” said
Coronado City Manager Mark Ochenduszko. “Secretary
Penn’s letter is a good example of the type of positive
working relationship the City enjoys with the Navy.”
To read a full version of the letter, visit the project Web
site at www.coronado.ca.us/tcp-web/.
City Manager Appoints Louis Scanlon as New Director of Police Services
of Police Services
Following a thorough interview and
evaluation process, Louis Scanlon has been
appointed as Director of Police Services
(Police Chief). Mr. Scanlon replaces Chief
Paul Crook, who retired in March 2007.
“Lou Scanlon has devoted his career to
public safety. He competed against many
applicants, demonstrating his outstanding
abilities. We look forward to having Lou
continue the excellence of the Coronado
Police Department,” said City Manager
Scanlon joins the City of Coronado
with over 30 years of law enforcement
experience. He began his career in law
enforcement in 1974 as a police officer for
the City of San Diego. In his career with the
City of San Diego, Scanlon rose through the
ranks to become Assistant Chief of Police in
2001. In his role as Assistant Chief, Scanlon
was assigned to the Patrol and Operations
division, supervising all uniformed
officers, detectives, and civilian employees
assigned to the eight area commands. He
also chaired the Fiscal Advisory Board,
advising the Chief on all budget matters.
Scanlon had an integral role in developing
community policing strategies to prevent
and solve problems of crime and disorder in
the City of San Diego.
Scanlon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree
in psychology from Boston College. He
is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation National Academy, as well
as a graduate of the Senior Management
Institute for Police from the Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard
University. After graduating college,
Scanlon was an active duty fighter pilot in
the United States Navy. He was a member
of the United States Navy Reserve until
1994, honorably retiring as Commander. As
Commander, he held leadership positions
including Officer in Charge of the reserve
detachments for the USS Constellation and
USS Kitty Hawk.
Scanlon assumed his role as the Coronado
Police Chief on Monday, April 2, 2007.
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