Agenda for 2 September 2014 Meeting of Coronado City Council & City of Coronado Acting as Successor Agency to Coronado Redevelopment Agency

Agenda icon yellowTopics include: city’s lawsuit against the state of California, plaintiff’s lawsuit against the city, city treasurer’s report on investment of taxpayer dollars, plans for Public Safety Open House on Sunday October 5 from 9 am to 5 pm, city manager requesting 2 separate purchase authorities through Western Alliance Purchasing for computer equipment for up to $100,000 (!!!) with Dell Marketing LP and for software up to $90,000 (!!!) with Microsoft Software Licensing, resolution to modify red curb zone in Antigua Village in Coronado Cays, change work order (!!!) for $16,000 for curb and gutter program, proposal to change Capital Improvement Plan project order to accelerate Spreckels Park restrooms and decelerate other projects, Animal Care Facility changes to include PAWS taking over management and operational responsibility from city, receive comments on US Navy’s draft EIR regarding changes on military base, adopt a red curb policy for city based on Traffic Operations Committee recommendations. 

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AG E N D A

CITY OF CORONADO CITY COUNCIL &
THE CITY OF CORONADO ACTING AS THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF CORONADO

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Coronado City Hall Council Chambers 1825 Strand Way Coronado, California 92118

CLOSED SESSION SPECIAL MEETING – 3:15 P.M. REGULAR MEETING – 4 P.M.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in a City meeting or other services offered by this City, please contact the City Clerk’s office, (619) 522-7320. Assisted listening devices are available at this meeting. Ask the City Clerk if you desire to use this device. Upon request, the agenda and documents in the agenda packet can be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with a disability. Notification of at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or time when services are needed will assist the City staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the meeting or service.

CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION

1. CLOSED SESSION: CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING

LITIGATION AUTHORITY: NAME OF CASE:

Government Code Section 54956.9(a)
City of Coronado, et al. v. State of California Department of Finance, et al.
Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 34-2013- 80001694-CU-WM-GDS

2. CLOSED SESSION: CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION

AUTHORITY: Government Code Section 54956.9(a)
NAME OF CASE: Michael Lewis, et al. v. City of Coronado, et al.

U.S. District Court of California (Case No. 13-cv-2818-L(JMA)

Joint City Council/SA Meeting September 2, 2014 AS A COURTESY TO OTHERS, PLEASE SILENCE CELL PHONES

3. COMMUNICATIONS – ORAL: Each person wishing to speak before the City Council on only matters listed on this agenda shall approach the City Council, give their name, and limit their presentation to 3 minutes.

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION RECONVENE AND ANNOUNCE ACTION

REGULAR MEETING (SA items are denoted by an *.) – 4 P.M.

  1. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL.
  2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

*3. MINUTES OF CITY COUNCIL/SUCCESSOR AGENCY: Approval of the minutes of the Regular meeting of August 19, 2014.

  1. CEREMONIAL PRESENTATIONS: None.
  2. CONSENT CALENDAR: All items listed under this section are considered to be routine and will be acted upon with one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the City Council or the public so requests, in which event, the item will be considered separately in its normal sequence.

a. Approval of Reading by Title and Waiver of Reading In Full of Ordinances on this Agenda. (Pg 1)

Recommendation: Approve the reading by title and waive the reading in full of all Ordinances on the agenda.

*b. Review and Approve that the Warrants, as Certified by the City/Agency Treasurer, are all Correct, Just, and Conform to the Approved Budget for FY 2013-2014 and FY 2014-2015. (Pg 3)

Recommendation: Approve the Warrants as certified by the City/Agency Treasurer.

c. Second Reading for Adoption of “An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Coronado, California, Amending Section 40.48.012 (C) of Chapter 40.48 of Title 40 of the Coronado Municipal Code Regarding Public Rights-of-Way to Accommodate Public Viewing of the Independence Day Parade.” (Pg 53)

Recommendation: Adopt “An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Coronado, California, Amending Section 40.48.012 (C) of Chapter 40.48 of Title 40 of the Coronado Municipal Code Regarding Public Rights-of-Way to Accommodate Public Viewing of the Independence Day Parade.”

*d. Filing of the Treasurer’s Reports on Investments for the City and the Successor Agency to the Community Development Agency for the City of Coronado for the Year Ending June 30, 2014. (Pg 57)

Recommendation: Examine the quarterly Reports on Investments and order them filed.

e. Request for Temporary Closure of Portions of Sixth Street, Seventh Street, D Avenue and Palm Avenue for the 22nd Annual Coronado Public Safety Open House. (Pg 75)

Recommendation: Approve the temporary street closure for the 22nd Annual Public Safety Open House.

f. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute Purchase Agreements with Dell Marketing L.P. for Replacement Computer Equipment through a Cooperative Program for an Amount Not To Exceed $100,000. (Pg 79)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute purchase agreements with Dell Marketing L.P. through the Western State Contracting Alliance cooperative purchasing program as needed for an amount not to exceed $100,000 during FY 2014-15.

g. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute Additional Purchase Agreements with CompuCom for Microsoft Software through a Cooperative Program for an Amount Not To Exceed $90,000. (Pg 81)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute purchase agreements as needed with CompuCom through a County of Riverside cooperative purchase program to amend the City’s Microsoft Enterprise Licensing Agreement for an amount not to exceed $90,000.

h. Adoption of a Resolution to Modify Red Curb Zones on Antigua Court in order to Provide Emergency Vehicle Access. (Pg 83)

Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado to Modify Red No Parking Curb Zones on Antigua Court.”

i. Approval of Additional Engineering Work Related to the Design of the Street, Curb and Gutter Improvement Project and Authorization for the City Manager to Approve the Associated Change Order in an Amount Up To $16,000. (Pg 91)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute a change order for additional engineering work associated with the Street, Curb and Gutter Improvement project in an amount up to $16,000.

j. Authorization to Accelerate the CIP Schedule for the Design and Construction of a Replacement Restroom at Spreckels Park and Issue a Request for Proposals for Design. (Pg 93)

Recommendation: Authorize the acceleration of the project to FY 14/15 for design and construction of a replacement restroom at Spreckels Park and direct staff to issue a request for proposals for the building’s design.

6. COMMUNICATIONS – ORAL: Each person wishing to speak before the City Council on any matter shall approach the City Council, give their name, and limit their presentation to 3 minutes. State law generally precludes the City Council from discussing or acting upon any topic initially presented during oral communication.

ORAL COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO A TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES; ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE MEETING ADJOURNMENT

7. CITY MANAGER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
a. Update on Council Directed Actions and Citizen Inquiries. (Informational Item)

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS: None.
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS: None.
  3. COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
  4. CITY COUNCIL:
    1. Council Reports on Inter-Agency Committee and Board Assignments. (Questions allowed to clarify but no responses, discussion or action.) (Pg 95)
    2. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute a Management Services Agreement for the Coronado Animal Care Facility with the Pacific Animal Welfare Society of Coronado (PAWS). (Pg 99)  Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado, California, Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Management Services Agreement with Pacific Animal Welfare Society (“PAWS”) for Exclusive Management and Operational Services for the Coronado Animal Care Facility.”
    3. Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Prepared for the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus. (Pg 123) Recommendation: Approve the transmittal of a comment letter on the Draft EIS along with any additional comments suggested by Councilmembers or as suggested by the Congestion Relief Working Group of the Coronado Transportation Commission.
    4. Accept Report on the Results of the National Citizen Survey for the City of Coronado and Provide Direction. (Pg 147) Recommendation: Accept report and provide direction.
    5. Recommendation from the Traffic Operations Committee Regarding Adoption of a Policy for Installation of Red Curb Zones. (Pg 151)
      Recommendation: Comment on and adopt, if desired, a policy for the installation of red curb zones.
    6. Receive Report and Provide Direction to Staff on the City’s Business License Tax Including Consideration of a Business License Tax Holiday for 2015. (Pg 165) Recommendation: Accept report and provide direction.

12. CITY ATTORNEY: No report.

13. COMMUNICATIONS – WRITTEN: None.

14. ADJOURNMENT

A COPY OF THE AGENDA WITH THE BACKGROUND MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION IN THE OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK AT CITY HALL, AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OR ON OUR WEBSITE AT
www.coronado.ca.us

Writings and documents regarding an agenda item on an open session meeting, received after official posting and distributed to the Council for consideration, will be made available for public viewing at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, during normal business hours. Materials submitted for consideration should be forwarded to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@coronado.ca.us.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

Do You Have Earthquake Insurance? 8 Out of 9 Californians Don’t

The USGS has found that earthquake risks are growing in California.  Yet few Californians have earthquake insurance coverage.  Be smart.  Be prepared.  Contact your insurer and purchase earthquake coverage today.

The USGS Has Found that Earthquake Risks are Growing, Yet Few Californians Have Earthquake Insurance Coverage

Through the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the federal government has increased the risk of earthquakes in California.  Especially in this dreadful economy, it defies logic that the overwhelming majority of homeowners lack earthquake insurance.  Why?  Because this means that most Californians will bear the cost of rebuilding after an earthquake out of their own pocket.  Without earthquake insurance coverage, then homeowners won’t be able to rebuild their homes after an earthquake if they lack the funds.

In Bloomberg Businessweek, Alyssa Abkowitz writes:

Early estimates suggest the economic losses from Sunday’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Northern California, the largest quake to hit the Golden State in 25 years, could hit $1 billion. When it comes to rebuilding, much of the cost will come out of people’s own pockets.

The percentage of homeowners with earthquake insurance in California and across the U.S. has declined, despite rising estimates of the risk of an earthquake. A survey by the Insurance Information Institute, a nonprofit that’s funded by the insurance industry, found that 7 percent of U.S. homeowners have earthquake insurance, down from 13 percent just two years ago. In the West, ground zero for U.S. quakes, 10 percent of homeowners have coverage, down from 22 percent a year ago; in California, about 12 percent do, according to the California Earthquake Authority.

But as fewer people opt for earthquake insurance, the government is upping its assessment of the risk of a sizable shake. Last month, the U.S. Geological Survey updated its seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008. The update showed an increased earthquake risk for almost half the country. Parts of Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, among others, moved into the top two hazard zones. The San Francisco Bay area, for example, shows a 63 percent chance of one or more major earthquakes before 2036, according to the agency.

So why are people buying less earthquake coverage when estimates of risk are growing? Unlike tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires, which are typically covered under home insurance policies, earthquake insurance is purchased separately and often comes with a high deductible, in addition to premiums. The average earthquake policy in California in 2013 was $676 a year, according to the California Department of Insurance, and policies often have a deductible of 10 percent or 15 percent.

That means an individual with a $750,000 home in California with a 15 percent deductible would have to pay $112,500 out of pocket before getting any relief. The chief executive of the California Earthquake Authority, the largest market share writer of earthquake insurance, even said as much. “In a high-risk area, [earthquake insurance] is not inexpensive, and that’s because the risk is not insignificant,” he told Southern California Public Radio in April.

In contrast, flood insurance, which also falls outside of a typical homeowner insurance policy, had average annual premiums in 2013 of $632, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In some policies, there may only be a $1,000 building deductible and a $1,000 contents deductible, making insurance kick in quickly when the average flood claim in 2013 was $26,165.

To continue reading the Bloomberg Businessweek article, click here.

Background Reading to Understand Why You Need Earthquake Insurance

Read the 26 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled Update: Napa Earthquake Losses Could Be $4 Billion by clicking here.

Read the 26 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled 7.0 Earthquake Possible from Local Rose Canyon Fault, Stronger than Napa Earthquake by clicking here.

Read the 25 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled $1 Billion Economic Loss From Napa Earthquake by clicking here.

Read the 24 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years Rocked SF Bay Area This Morning by clicking here.

 

Update: Napa Earthquake Losses Could Reach $4 Billion

A risk assessment firm has estimated that the economic loss and damage from Sunday’s earthquake could reach $4 billion.  This is a significant increase from the initial estimate of $1 billion.

For-Profit Risk Assessment Company Reports $4 Billion Estimate of Economic Loss

As a caveat, the risk assessment firm Kinetic Analysis Corp. is a for-profit business located in Silver Spring, Maryland.  I’m not familiar with them.  I can’t guarantee their accuracy.  It’s unknown who requested their report or how much their services cost.  Yet, the company has raised the estimate of damage and economic loss from the West Napa fault earthquake from $1 billion to $4 billion. Taken with a grain of salt, their assessment may have some merit.

According to Andrew Khouri in the Los Angeles Times today:

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa County and surrounding areas may have caused $4 billion in damage and losses, according to a risk assessment firm.

The quake, the biggest in the Bay Area in 25 years, buckled roads, shattered wine bottles, and damaged houses and historic buildings. Officials tagged 90 to 100 homes as unfit to enter.

Economic impact — including property damage, losses from business disruptions and lost tax revenue — is estimated at roughly $4 billion, according to Kinetic Analysis Corp., a company that estimates damage from natural disasters.

Insurers will probably pay out around $1 billion to cover losses, said Chuck Watson, director of research and development for the Silver Spring, Md.-based firm.

By comparison, the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989 caused roughly $20 billion in losses, Watson said.

Sunday’s early morning temblor comes at a critical time for Napa County’s multibillion-dollar wine industry, which is in the midst of a major harvest. Although there was little damage to facilities and equipment, thousands of wine barrels and bottles were destroyed.

To continue reading Andrew Khouri’s story in the LATimes, click here.

Commercial Loss Claims Could Be the Bulk of Insurers’ Pay Outs Because Many Homeowners Lack Earthquake Coverage

Writing for the Boston Globe, Michael B. Marois, Zachary Tracer and Dan Hart state:

Insurers will probably cover about $2.1 billion, according to an estimate from Kinetic Analysis Corp., which projected total losses of about twice that sum. Costs borne by the industry may be limited because many homeowners don’t have earthquake coverage, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

‘‘The main source of claims could well be commercial claims, those coming from wineries and vineyards and other commercial interests,’’ Robert Hartwig, the institute’s president, said in an interview Monday. ‘‘It will take a while for the business owners to sort this out.’’

To continue reading the Boston Globe article, click here.

Background Reading on the August 24th Napa Earthquake

Read the 26 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled 7.0 Earthquake Possible from Local Rose Canyon Fault, Stronger than Napa Earthquake by clicking here.

Read the 25 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled $1 Billion Economic Loss From Napa Earthquake by clicking here.

Read the 24 August 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years Rocked SF Bay Area This Morning by clicking here.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

7.0 Earthquake Possible from Local Rose Canyon Fault, Stronger than West Napa Earthquake

Be prepared, Coronado.  The Rose Canyon earthquake fault could produce an earthquake of a stronger magnitude at 7.0 than the West Napa fault did on Sunday at 6.0.

Napa Earthquake Registered 6.0

On Sunday, the 6.0 earthquake produced by the West Napa fault injured 172 people, hospitalized dozens of individuals, caused 6 fires from gas main breaks, took out power to 30,000 ratepayers, buckled streets, and broke water mains.  The economic loss is estimated at around $1 billion.

Read more in the New York Daily News by clicking here.

Rose Canyon Earthquake Could Be Worse at 7.0

According to Ellina Abovian at Fox News San Diego, geologists say that the Rose Canyon fault posed the biggest threat to San Diego.  Writes Abovia:

The West Napa fault that triggered the 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa Valley Sunday is considered by experts a “sister fault” to the Rose Canyon in San Diego.

“They have similar rates, same sense of displacement and same distance out from the main San Andreas fault,” said Dr. Thomas Rockwell with San Diego State University.

According to the geology expert, both faults are capable of producing a magnitude 7.0 quake.

“The Rose Canyon fault is the fault that could hurt us the most,” Rockwell said.

The Rose Canyon starts in La Jolla, runs through Mount Soledad, Rose Creek, down to the east side of Mission Bay and into Old Town and downtown San Diego.

“It’s a very populated area and very difficult to study because of that. The strongest shaking would be in San Diego itself before it dies out into the east county in terms of the strength of the shaking,” said Rockwell.

Rockwell explained that structures along the line that were built before the 1920s are likely to get more cracks, even collapse.

“The older houses that are on old ‘pier and post’ foundations can shift off the foundation during a strong earthquake,” said Rockwell.

One of the biggest threats from an earthquake is the risk of a fire – sparking from a broken gas line.

An automatic shut off valve, recommended by experts can cut the risk by shutting off the supply of gas to the home.

Another tip from experts is earthquake insurance, which doesn’t fall under typical homeowner’s insurance.

According to one San Diego insurance company, earthquake insurance can be offered with a 10 or 15% deductible rate and covers land movement and rebuild costs for a home.

Even though San Diego doesn’t have a history of major earthquakes, experts said quake activity since 1984 has doubled.

“There was an earthquake in San Diego on the Rose Canyon in 1862, it was close to the size of the Napa quake and it did a quite a bit of damage,” said Rockwell.

Read the story by clicking here.

Unmapped Faults Could Cause Damage

Those of us who spend time preparing for earthquakes and other disasters know this:

There are significant unknowns because

not every earthquake fault is mapped.  

The USGS has done a good job so far, but constraints of budgets and time are real.

There could be more faults, and more earthquake threats, than we know.

In Coronado, we know there are at least 3 earthquake faults that run through our island, and many more exist offshore.

Megaquake is Possible

Earthquake forecast modeling evolves over time.  Experts are re-thinking what is the worse case scenario in California.

As a result, geologists say that a mega-earthquake, called a megaquake, is a possibility in California.

To read more about a mega-earthquake that could affect you, read our 14 January 2014 DailyCoronado article entitled Is a Mega-Earthquake Possible in Our Golden State? by clicking here.

USGS Monitors Geological Activity in Coronado

The USGS is concerned about seismic activity on our island.  So you should be concerned, too.

My husband and I are volunteer seismologists for the USGS.  At our home we have a USGS seismograph that measures geologic activity in Coronado.

To read about our B Avenue seismograph, read the 15 December 2012 Daily Coronado article entitled Yes, We Measure Earthquake Activity Here in Coronado by clicking here.

What You Can Do

Join our two volunteer disaster preparedness groups, CERT and CERO, to learn how to put together your Go-Kits and much, much more that you need to know.

For more information on our volunteer groups, read the 24 August 2014 DailyCoronado article Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years Rocked San Francisco Bay Area This Morning by clicking here.

Copyright © 2104 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

$1 Billion Economic Loss from Napa Earthquake

The economic loss from yesterday’s earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area is expected to be around $1 billion.  The governor declared a state of emergency for the area affected by the earthquake.

This is significant because the earthquake wasn’t The Big One, by which we mean a 9.0 or greater quake.  No, yesterday’s earthquake was “only” 6.0 on the Richter scale.  And still the devastation is overwhelming.

According to the online news website RT (Question More) today:

The estimated economic losses from the earthquake in Napa Valley in northern California could top $1 billion- the “red alert” level, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The 6.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the northern California coast Sunday morning left “extensive” and “widespread” damage, according to a report by the USGS. The results were automatically generated on Monday.

Under the “red alert” category, economic losses are less than one percent of US gross domestic product, but still require a national or international level response.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency and established a recovery fund for Napa. Local media reported that 15,000 homes are without power, and that city firefighters put out six major fires, and also tended to gas and water leaks. Six hundred households were without water.

Downtown Napa was hit hard by the disaster- as bricks and concrete collapsed and glass windows shattered. The seismic activity split streets open and caused damage to both private and public buildings, with 30 considered to be too dangerous to enter. Power outages have shut down restaurants and stores.

Losses, which are generated automatically, could reach $1 billion; only take into account structural damages. In comparison, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake caused $10 billion in damage.

Unlike the earthquake that hit 25 years ago, Sunday’s tremor has so far claimed no lives. Over 120 people were treated in hospital mostly for mild cuts, bumps and bruises, while there were three cases of broken bones and two heart attacks . . .

To continue reading, click here.

For background facts on the quake and ways for you to prepare for any earthquake, including The Big One, read yesterday’s DailyCoronado article by clicking here.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years Rocked SF Bay Area This Morning

At 6.1 on the Richter scale, residents of the Bay area in Northern California were awakened at 3:30 a.m. to the strongest quake in 25 years.  It left 89+ people injured, 4 homes burned, buildings and goods damaged, 60+ water mains broken, gas lines ruptured, and thousands of residents without power.  The USGS currently estimates the cost of the damage to be in the area of $100 million.  Aftershocks could bring more damage.  So far, approximately 66 aftershocks have been recorded.

Monitoring Earthquakes Here in Coronado

To see how seismic activity today registered in our town on our B Avenue seismograph with which the United States Geological Survey (USGS) monitors earthquake activity in Coronado, click here.  The thick, short black lines for August 24, 2014 measures how we experienced seismic activity on our island.  Nothing like they had in Napa!

6.1 Earthquake Caused an Estimated $100 Million Damage

About the early morning earthquake Brandon Mercer at the local CBS affiliate in Northern California on CBSlocal.com writes:

AMERICAN CANYON (CBS SF) — A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area early Sunday morning, injuring at least 89 people in Napa, severely damaging historic buildings in downtown Napa, rupturing gas lines and water mains across Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties leading to multiple fires, plunging entire communities into darkness and buckling and cracking roadways on Highway 37 and State Routes 12 and 121.

Over 66 aftershocks were recorded following the tremor, the largest quake to hit the Bay Area since the 6.9 magnitude quake hit Loma Prieta nearly 25 years ago. Initial reports had the earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude before revising it to 6.0, and then upgrading it back to 6.1.

At least 89 injuries including three critical injuries to two adults and a child were reported by Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa The child was airlifted to another hospital for specialist care after being severely injured when a fireplace collapsed.

Walt Mickens, President and CEO of Queen of the Valley Hospital, said “The majority of injuries are non-life threatening: lacerations, cuts, abrasions, bumps and bruises. One patient has multiple fractures. One heart attack. A handful are being admitted to the hospital. Most are treated and released.”

The hospital has some structural damage and leaks, but the doctors were able to continue to care for the onslaught of patients and set up an on-going triage.

Napa City Councilmember Peter Mott reports the library and the historic Chinese laundry building suffered significant damage, and bricks and glass are scattered across downtown sidewalks on Second and Third Streets. The old courthouse in Napa has significant damage to the brick as well.

At least four mobile homes in Napa burned to the ground, and six to eight others were damaged at the same mobile home park. The older homes sitting on blocks slipped off, rupturing gas lines, and sparking fires.

Water mains in residential areas are broken, causing some localized street flooding.
All major Bay Area bridges have been inspected and concluded to be safe.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s automated economic loss software predicts losses above $100 million dollars.

A significant aftershock of at least magnitude 5.0 is likely in the next seven days, with U.S. Geological Survey scientists forecasting a 54 percent chnce. There is a 5 percent chance of another quake greater than 6.1.

As the first major earthquake to hit the Bay Area in the age of smartphones and social media, photos and damage reports quickly surfaced moments after the quake . . .

To continue reading Mercer’s account and for videos and other sources, click here.

Strongest Earthquake in 25 Years

According to Ellen Knickmeyer of the Associated Press in the Sacramento Bee:

The earthquake is the largest to shake the Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake in 1989, the USGS said. That temblor struck the area on Oct. 17, 1989, during a World Series game between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, collapsing part of the Bay Bridge roadway and killing more than 60 people, most when an Oakland freeway fell.

To continue reading Knickmeyer’s account click here.

For more photos and the Shake Map at the Daily Mail online, click here.

What Can You Do to Prepare?

Coronado has two volunteer disaster preparedness groups that will respond to earthquakes and other disasters in our town.

To join Coronado Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), call 619-522-7374, or go to our city website for CERT by clicking here.

To join Coronado Emergency Radio Operators (CERO), go to our website by clicking here, or LIKE us on Facebook at Coronado Emergency Radio Operators-CERO by clicking here.

For the 25 December 2012 Daily Coronado article on our B Avenue seismograph entitled Yes, We Measure Earthquake Activity Here in Coronado, click here.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

Agenda for City Council & Redevelopment Successor Agency 19 August 2014

Topics include: $300 million (!!) off-balance-sheet Redevelopment Debts on the consent calendar, $550,000 proposed loan (!!) from city General Fund to Redevelopment Successor Agency for administrative expenses (!!) on the consent calendar, parking changes requested by Nicky Rotten restaurant at Orange and First, density increases –two homes on one lot proposed for D Avenue & two homes on one lot proposed for E Avenue, rename Coronado Animal Care Facility in Honor of PAWS founder Louise Shirey, painting of bicycle lanes, notice of road closures. 

Agenda icon yellowBelow is the outline agenda for your review.  You can also view it by clicking here.

To view the complete agenda packet, click here.

Reasons why residents would want to view the complete agenda packet are:

  • To view the draft minutes of the prior city council meeting, and
  • To view the staff reports with details of each agenda item.

 

AG E N D A

CITY OF CORONADO CITY COUNCIL &
THE CITY OF CORONADO ACTING AS THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF CORONADO

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Coronado City Hall Council Chambers 1825 Strand Way Coronado, California 92118

CLOSED SESSION SPECIAL MEETING – 3 P.M. REGULAR MEETING – 4 P.M.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance to participate in a City meeting or other services offered by this City, please contact the City Clerk’s office, (619) 522-7320. Assisted listening devices are available at this meeting. Ask the City Clerk if you desire to use this device. Upon request, the agenda and documents in the agenda packet can be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with a disability. Notification of at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or time when services are needed will assist the City staff in assuring that reasonable arrangements can be made to provide accessibility to the meeting or service.

CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLOSED SESSION

  1. CLOSED SESSION: CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
    AUTHORITY: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2)
    Facts and circumstances need not be disclosed pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(e)(1)
    One (1) potential case
  2. CLOSED SESSION: CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – INITIATION OF LITIGATION AUTHORITY: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(40 One (1) potential case(s)

Joint City Council/SA Meeting August 19, 2014 AS A COURTESY TO OTHERS, PLEASE SILENCE CELL PHONES

  1. CLOSED SESSION: CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR AUTHORITY: Government Code Section 54957.6
    CITY NEGOTIATORS: Blair King, City Manager; Tom Ritter, Assistant City
    Manager; Leslie Suelter, Director of Administrative Services; Johanna Canlas, City Attorney EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS:American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 127; Coronado Police Officers’ Association
  2. COMMUNICATIONS – ORAL: Each person wishing to speak before the City Council on only matters listed on this agenda shall approach the City Council, give their name, and limit their presentation to 3 minutes.

ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION

RECONVENE AND ANNOUNCE ACTION

REGULAR MEETING (SA items are denoted by an *.) – 4 P.M.

  1. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL.
  2. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

*3. MINUTES OF CITY COUNCIL/SUCCESSOR AGENCY: Approval of the minutes of the Regular meeting of July 15, 2014.

4. CEREMONIAL PRESENTATIONS:
a. Proclamation: Optimist Coronado Sports Fiesta Day. (Pg 1)

5. CONSENT CALENDAR: All items listed under this section are considered to be routine and will be acted upon with one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the City Council or the public so requests, in which event, the item will be considered separately in its normal sequence.

a. Approval of Reading by Title and Waiver of Reading In Full of Ordinances on this Agenda. (Pg 5)

Recommendation: Approve the reading by title and waive the reading in full of all Ordinances on the agenda.

*b. Review and Approve that the Warrants, as Certified by the City/Agency Treasurer, are all Correct, Just, and Conform to the Approved Budget for FY 2013-2014 and FY 2014-2015. (Pg 7)

Recommendation: Approve the Warrants as certified by the City/Agency Treasurer.

c. Approval of a Request from the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation to Close the 1000 Block of Isabella Avenue from 3 p.m.–7 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, to Display Cars that will be Participating in the Coronado Speed Festival. (Pg 121)

Recommendation: Approve the closure of the 1000 block of Isabella Avenue from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. so that the cars, which will participate in the Coronado Speed Festival, may be on public display.

d. Approval of Request from the Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Foundation to Waive the Alcohol Prohibition on Public Property to Allow Service of Margaritas and Wine from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a Fundraising Event to be held on Tennis Court #2 at Sixth Street and D Avenue on Friday Evening, October 3, 2014. (Pg 125)

Recommendation: Approve the request to waive the alcohol prohibition on public property to allow service of margaritas and wine on tennis court #2 at Sixth Street and D Avenue on October 3, 2104.

e. Consideration of the Request from the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana for Coronado to be a Host City for the Japan-America Grassroots Summit in September 2014 and Authorization for City Personnel and Vehicles to be Used in Transporting Coronado-Hosted Attendees. (Pg 129)

Recommendation: Approve the City as a host city for the Japan-America Grassroots Summit to be held from September 23-29, 2014, in the City of San Diego and authorize assignment of City Recreation Department personnel and vehicles to be used in transporting summit attendees who are hosted by Coronado families.

*f.  Approval of the Administrative Budget and Adoption of Resolutions Authorizing a Loan Agreement between the City of Coronado and the Successor Agency to the Former Community Development Agency to Fund Administrative Expenses for the Period July through December 2014 and for the Upcoming Period Starting January 1, 2015 and Ending June 30, 2015. (Pg 133)

Recommendation:

1)  Approve the Administrative Budget for the upcoming period starting January 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2015; and

2)  Adopt the resolutions of the City and the Successor Agency.

*g.  Approve the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule 14-15B (ROPS 14-15B). (Pg 143)

Recommendation: Approve the ROPS 14-15B for the period January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015.

h. Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Successor Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of Coronado and the Coronado Police Officers’ Association for Fiscal Year 2014-15. (Pg 153)

Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of Coronado and the Coronado Police Officers’ Association for Fiscal Year 2014-15 and Approving Corresponding Changes to the Personnel Authorization and Compensation Plan.”

i. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute an Agreement for Parking Citation Processing Services with Phoenix Information Systems Group. (Pg 185)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute the Agreement.

j. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute a Three-Year Agreement with Benefit & Risk Management Services (BRMS) to Provide Employee Benefit Administration Services Estimated at Approximately $14,000 to $16,000 Annually. (Pg 203)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute a three-year agreement with Benefit & Risk Management Services (BRMS) to administer various employee benefits and implement an online open enrollment, employee communication and reporting system.

k. Authorization to Execute a Monthly Service Contract with Kronos, Inc. for Electronic Time and Attendance Tracking Services Through Its Proprietary Software and Approval of the Use of $34,700 of Contingency Funds for Implementation Costs. (Pg 237)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute a monthly service agreement with Kronos, Inc. for its proprietary Workforce ReadyTM- Software with three years of guaranteed pricing and approve the use of $34,700 from the available General Fund contingency for one-time implementation costs.

l. Authorization for the City Manager to Reject all Bids Received for Janitorial Services and to Direct Staff to Revise the Service Specifications and Re-advertise. (Pg 253)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to reject all bids received for janitorial services and to direct that staff seek new bid proposals with revised service specifications.

m. Award of Construction Contract to Global Power Group, Inc. in the Amount of $167,740 for the Cays Main Pump Station Emergency Generator. (Pg 255)

Recommendation: Award a contract for the Cays Main Pump Station Emergency Generator project to Global Power Group, Inc. in the amount of $167,740.

6. COMMUNICATIONS – ORAL: Each person wishing to speak before the City Council on any matter shall approach the City Council, give their name, and limit their presentation to 3 minutes. State law generally precludes the City Council from discussing or acting upon any topic initially presented during oral communication. (ORAL COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO A TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES; ANY FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE MEETING ADJOURNMENT)

7. CITY MANAGER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
a. Update on Council Directed Actions and Citizen Inquiries. (Informational Item)

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
    1. Public Hearing: Adoption of a Resolution Approving a One-Lot TentativeParcelMap to Allow for Condominium Ownership of Two Residential Units for the Property Legally Described as Lot 27, Block 47, Map 376CBSI, Addressed as 825–827 C Avenue in the R-3 (Multiple Family Residential) Zone (PC 2014-07Falletta, Tony). (Pg 257)Planning Commission Recommendation: Adopt the resolution, entitled “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado Approving a One-Lot Tentative Parcel Map to Allow for Condominium Ownership of Two Residential Units for the Property Legally Described as Lot 27, Block 47, Map 376 CBSI, Addressed as 825-827 C Avenue, Coronado, California.”
    2. Public Hearing: Adoption of a Resolution Approving a Two-Lot Tentative Parcel Map to Allow for Condominium Ownership of Four Residential Units for the Property Legally Described as Lot 27 and 28, Block 50, Map 376CBSI, Addressed as 827–833 E Avenue in the R-3 (Multiple Family Residential) Zone (PC 2014-08 Wilson, Ken). (Pg 269)Planning Commission Recommendation: Adopt the resolution, entitled “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado Approving a Two-Lot Tentative Parcel Map to Allow for Condominium Ownership of Four Residential Units for the Property Legally Described as Lot 27 and 28, Block 50, Map 376 CBSI, Addressed as 827-833 E Avenue, Coronado, California.”
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS: None.
  3. COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE REPORTS: (Questions allowed but no discussion or action.)a. Report from the Port Commissioner Concerning Port Activities.
    b. Report from San Diego County South Area Cities’ Representative to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
  4. CITY COUNCIL:

a. Council Reports on Inter-Agency Committee and Board Assignments. (Questions

allowed to clarify but no responses, discussion or action.) (Pg 281)

b. Consideration of Reappointment of Two Incumbents to Serve a Second Term on the Coronado Library Board of Trustees. (Pg 289)
Recommendation: Reappoint Sarah Blakely Brown and Elizabeth Warren to the Library Board of Trustees for a second term to expire August 31, 2017
c. Consideration of Appointment to Fill One Vacancy on the Historic Resource Commission. (Pg 291)
Recommendation: Appoint one individual to serve out the remainder of the current term, which expires on December 31, 2014.
  1. Accept Report and Receive Presentation on the Results of the National Citizen Survey for the City of Coronado. (Pg 317)
    Recommendation: Accept report and receive presentation.
  2. Consider the Recommendation of the Cultural Arts Commission to Purchase the Sculpture “Imagine Dragon” by Artist KentKraber, with Sculpture to Remain at the Coronado Public Library and, if Approved, Direct Staff to Appropriate $10,000 to the Library Budget for Purchase, and Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Purchase Agreement with the Artist. (Pg 321)Recommendation: Authorize the purchase of “Imagine Dragon” as a permanent addition to the City of Coronado’s Public Art Collection, as recommended by the Cultural Arts Commission, to be displayed at its current site of the Coronado Public Library front lawn; authorize the City Manager to execute a purchase agreement with the artist; and appropriate $10,000 from the General Fund to the Library budget for purchase.
  3. Authorization for the City Manager to Issue to NickyRottens Bar and Burger Joint an Amended Permit for Use of City Property for Commercial Activity Changing the Location of the Approved Valet Parking Zone from 100 Orange Avenue to 126 Orange Avenue. (Pg 327)Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to issue the Amended CUP to Nicky Rottens Bar and Burger Joint changing the location of the approved valet parking zone from 100 Orange Avenue to 126 Orange Avenue.
  4. Recommendation from the Traffic Operations Committee Regarding Adoption of a Policy for Installation of Red Curb Zones. (Pg 337)
    Recommendation: Adopt a policy for the installation of red curb zones.
  5. Introduction of “An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Coronado, California, Amending Section 40.48.012 (C) of Chapter 40.48 of Title 40 of the Coronado Municipal Code Regarding Public Rights-of-Way to Accommodate Public Viewing of the Independence Day Parade.” (Pg 351)Recommendation: Introduce “An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Coronado, California, amending Section 40.48.012 (C) of Chapter 40.48 of Title 40 of the Coronado Municipal Code regarding public rights-of-way to accommodate public viewing of the Independence Day Parade.”

Joint City Council/SA Meeting August 19, 2014 AS A COURTESY TO OTHERS, PLEASE SILENCE CELL PHONES

i. Adoption of a Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado Appointing a City Council Representative to Serve on the San Diego Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Services Authority Governing Board. (Pg 357)
Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado appointing a City Councilmember to serve on the San Diego Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Services Authority Governing Board.”

  1. CITY ATTORNEY: No report.
  2. COMMUNICATIONS – WRITTEN:
    1. Consideration of Request from Mayor Tanaka that the City Council Consider the Request of PAWS of Coronado to Revisit the Name of the City’s Animal Care Facility on First Street and Consider the Request of PAWS to Rename the Facility in Memory of Louise Shirey. (Pg 361)
    2. Consideration of Request from Councilmember Woiwode that the City Council Place on a Future Agenda an Item to Identify Appropriate Bicycle Markings for all Streets in Coronado’s Jurisdiction; and Develop a Policy of Installing those Markings in a Cost Effective Way, Consistent with Street Maintenance Schedules. (Pg 365)
    3. Consideration of Request from Councilmember Bailey that the City Council Consider Recommendations Concerning Bridge and Strand Closure Notifications. (Pg 369)
  3. ADJOURNMENTA COPY OF THE AGENDA WITH THE BACKGROUND MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION IN THE OFFICE OF THE CITY CLERK AT CITY HALL, AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OR ON OUR WEBSITE AT www.coronado.ca.us.

Writings and documents regarding an agenda item on an open session meeting, received after official posting and distributed to the Council for consideration, will be made available for public viewing at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, during normal business hours. Materials submitted for consideration should be forwarded to the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@coronado.ca.us.

 

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

 

Feline Friday: Happy World Cat Day!

photo-381Cats rule the internet. And today around the world, cats rule. Remember to give extra attention to your tiny tigers today. It’s their day.

For the famous cats of the internet, click here.

For the best cartoon cats, click here.

The best cat is always your own. You are their world. Be good to your furry felines today and every day.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Wednesday: Coronado Shows Leadership in Addressing Extreme Drought

Along with neighboring cities, called participating agencies, in the Metropolitan Wastewater Joint Powers Authority, I’m proud to represent Coronado’s water needs on the Pure Water Recycling Steering Committee.

Coronado’s Regional Leadership

Water drops ripples and green leavesProtecting Coronado’s water interests is one of my favorite things to do as your Councilwoman.

As a member of the group tasked with steering an important wastewater recycling project, you can be sure that Coronado’s future water needs are a top priority to me.

The project is big and complex. It’s in its earliest stage. And I’m heartened by the cooperation from San Diego and all of the other participating agencies in the Metropolitan Wastewater Joint Powers Authority (Metro Water JPA), where I also represent Coronado as a Commissioner.

No Water “Surplus” Here

As an environmental attorney with experience and expertise in Land Use and Water Law & Policy, it’s troubling to hear CalAm Water in Coronado state that they have a “surplus” of water stored up for two years. Why? Because it’s not true.

We will never have a “surplus” of water in our Desert Coast Region.  By definition, we can’t have a “surplus” of water in the middle of an extreme drought. For drought to be declared as it was, no surpluses can exist.

Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant aerial viewIt’s misleading to the public to say that Coronado has a “surplus” of water. It fools Coronado residents into thinking that they aren’t in the same boat as the San Diego Region and California State.

Not only are we in the same drought boat as everybody else, but we’re leading the effort to solve our water shortage problem as part of the Pure Water Recycling Project Steering Committee.

What Can You Do? Conserve, Conserve, Conserve Water

Coronado is in the third year of extreme drought. What can you do about it? Conserve, conserve, conserve water. Use less water for your daily needs, landscaping needs, car washing needs, and everything.

Tijuana estuary water with birdsThe governor’s target of “20 by 20″ needs attention. Residents, businesses and governments are urged to reduce total water consumption 20% by the year 2020.

Can you do it? I know you can.

Take this opportunity to educate your children and Scouts about the need for water conservation today.

How Bad Is the Drought? 

It’s extreme.

For the drought map, click here.

For a drought GIF, click here.

Copyright © Barbara T. Denny, Esq.