Agenda for 7 October 2014 Meeting of Coronado City Council & City of Coronado Acting as Successor Agency to Coronado Redevelopment Agency

Topics include: proposed plan to destroy iconic eucalyptus trees, proposed Avenue of Heroes on Third & Fourth Avenues, and more.

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

To view the complete agenda packet, click here.

Agenda icon yellowReasons why residents would want to view the complete agenda packet are:

  • To view the details of millions of your tax dollars spent by city officials in the preceding two weeks in agenda item # 5b “city warrants,” which is the list of checks written by the city to third parties, sent, and already cashed in the past,
  • To view the draft minutes of the prior city council meeting in agenda item # 3,
  • To view the official votes of the mayor and council from the prior council meeting also in agenda item # 3 prior meeting minutes, and
  • To view the staff reports with details of each agenda item for the current meeting.

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, October 7, 2014

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

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.

  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 September 16, 2014.

  1. CEREMONIAL PRESENTATIONS:
    a. Proclamation: Rideshare Month 2014. (Pg 1)
    b. Proclamation: Lieutenant Frank S. Greene Day. (Pg 5)
  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 9)

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 2014-2015. (Pg 11)

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

c. Acceptance of the Street Preventive Maintenance FY 13-14 Project and Direction to the City Clerk to File a Notice of Completion. (Pg 61)

Recommendation: Accept the Street Preventive Maintenance FY 13-14 project and direct the City Clerk to file a Notice of Completion.

d. Award of Professional Services Agreements for As-Needed Geotechnical Engineering Services with Kleinfelder and Ninyo & Moore. (Pg 63)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to enter into professional services agreements with Kleinfelder and Ninyo & Moore to provide as- needed geotechnical engineering consulting services.

e. Authorization for the City Manager to Renew a Facility Use Permit between the City of Coronado and the Coronado Community Theatre, Inc. for a Period of Five Years. (Pg 65)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute the proposed renewal Permit between the City of Coronado and the Coronado Community Theatre, Inc. (Theater Group) for use of the City’s playhouse facility for a period of five years.

f. Approval to Bid Out Repairs for the Glorietta Bay Marina Restaurant. (Pg 77)

Recommendation: Approve bidding out repairs for the Glorietta Bay Marina Restaurant.

g. Approve the Recommendations of the Parks and Recreation Commission Regarding Universally Accessible Playgrounds. (Pg 79)

Recommendation: Approve the recommendations of the Parks and Recreation Commission regarding universally accessible playgrounds including:

1) Replace conventional playground equipment with “inclusive” and/or “barrier free” equipment as current playgrounds are replaced using current schedules and protocols;

2) Provide a universally accessible swing at Spreckels Park and make budget adjustments mid-year;

3) Encourage the Port to install a universally accessible playground at Tidelands Park.

h. Appropriation of $30,000 to the Accessible Pedestrian Signal and Tenth Street Reconfiguration Project and Authorization for the City Manager to Approve Necessary Change Orders Related to Unanticipated Construction Costs. (Pg 81)

Recommendation: Appropriate additional funds in the amount of $30,000 from the available balances in the Capital Projects Fund 400 and authorize the City Manager to execute change orders for unanticipated construction costs related to the Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Tenth Street Reconfiguration project.

i. Adoption of Resolution Designating the Third and Fourth Street Corridor as “The Coronado Avenue of Heroes” and Implementing a Hometown Hero Banner Program. (Pg 85)

Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado, California designating the Third and Fourth Street Corridor west of Orange Avenue as ‘The Coronado Avenue of Heroes’” and implement a companion Hometown Banner Program.

j. Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing the Filing of an Application for Senior Mini-Grant Program Funds in the Amount of $88,000 through the San Diego Association of Governments To Fund a “Coronado Seniors Out and About” Volunteer Driver Program. (Pg 97)

Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado Authorizing the Filing of an Application for TransNet Senior Mini-Grant Program Funds through the San Diego Association of Governments for the Coronado Seniors Out and About Program, Committing the Necessary Local Match for the Project(s) and Stating the Assurance of the City of Coronado to Execute the Grant Agreement and Complete the Project.”

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: Consideration of Applications for Historic Resource Preservation(Mills Act) Agreements for Properties Addressed as 1807 Monterey, 937 J Avenue, 1306 Sixth Street, 921 A Avenue, 723 A Avenue, 754 B Avenue, 760 B Avenue, and 200 H Avenue (HP 2014-02 City of Coronado). (Pg 121)Historic Resource Commission Recommendation: Approve Mills Act Agreements for 1807 Monterey, 937 J Avenue, 1306 Sixth Street, 723 A Avenue, 754 B Avenue, 760 B Avenue, and 200 H Avenue with exclusions and improvements as recommended by the Historic Resource Commission.Staff Recommendation: Approve Mills Act Agreements as recommended by the Historic Resource Commission, with the exception of: approval of either 200 H Avenue or 921 A Avenue; exclusions and improvements for all applications as recommended by staff in Attachment 5; and provide direction to staff regarding processing of Mills Act Agreements in future years.
    2. Public Hearing: Approval and Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing the Filing of an Application to the County of San Diego for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant Funding for $69,000 for Intersection Improvements at Avenida De Las Arenas and Strand Way. (Pg 165)Recommendation: Approve the project and adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado Authorizing the Filing of an Application to the County of San Diego for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Community Development Block Grant Funding for Intersection Improvements at Avenida de las Arenas and Strand Way.”
    3. Public Hearing: Adoption of a Resolution Approving a One-Lot Tentative Parcel Map to Allow for Condominium Ownership of Two Residential Units for the Property Legally Described as Lot 29, Block 68, Map 376 CBSI, Addressed as 741-743 D Avenue in the R-3 (Multiple Family Residential) Zone (PC 2014-09 ARC Business Ventures Inc.). (Pg 177)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 29, Block 68, Map 376 CBSI, Addressed as 741-743 D Avenue, Coronado, California.”
  2. ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS: None.
  3. COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
  4. CITY COUNCIL:

a. Council Reports on Inter-Agency Committee and Board Assignments. (Questions allowed to clarify but no responses, discussion or action.) (Pg 191)

b. Consideration of a Joint Resolution of the Metro Wastewater JPA and Metro Commission Supporting the City of San Diego’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Modified Permit for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Pg 197)
Recommendation: Provide direction to Councilmember Barbara Denny, the City’s representative to the Metro Commission/JPA, to support the City of San Diego’s Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant (PLWTP) modified NPDES permit application.
c. Approval of the Plan to Replace the Four Eucalyptus Trees Removed Along the 100 Block of E Avenue. (Pg 213)
Recommendation:
  • Designate the Lemon-Scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora) as the tree species to replace the four (4) Sugar Gum eucalyptus trees removed along the 100 block of E Avenue as recommended by the Street Tree Committee. (Note: This action requires the Lemon-Scented Gum to be included on the City’s Approved Street Tree List as a “Restricted Tree.
  • Amend the City’s Approved Street Tree List to include the Lemon- Scented Gum as a “Restricted Tree.
  • Amend the “Themed Streets and View Corridors” section (Appendix B, B- 2) of the City’s Tree Master Plan to identify the 100 block of E Avenue as a themed street.
  • Request Street Tree Committee to identify the single most prestigious and qualified Sugar Gum eucalyptus tree along the 100 block of E Avenue, and nominate it for Heritage Tree status for City Council consideration.
  • Direct staff to develop a long-term management plan for the eucalyptus trees along the 100 block of E Avenue.
  1. CITY ATTORNEY: No report.
  2. COMMUNICATIONS – WRITTEN:

a. Consideration of Request that the Mayor Co-Sponsor Admiral Len Herring’s

Speech to the Citizens Climate Lobby about how Global Warming is Affecting National Security to be Held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. in the Nautilus Room. (Pg 239)

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.

 

Feline Friday: Selfless Ambulance Driver in Syria Feeds 150 Abandoned Cats Every Day

One selfless ambulance driver feeds approximately 150 orphaned and abandoned cats in Aleppo, Syria, on approximately $4 a day. 

The Cat Man of Aleppo: As Civil War Rages Around Him, Ambulance Driver Spends His Savings on Feeding Orphaned Pets

  • Alaa spends £2.50 a day on meat to feed around 150 strays near his home
  • His neighbourhood has been deserted after shelling by pro-Assad forces

By SIMON TOMLINSON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 03:06 EST, 26 September 2014 | UPDATED: 06:55 EST, 26 September 2014

Green eyed catWhen he’s not treating casualties of the Syrian civil war, ambulance driver Alaa still finds the time and energy to help the lesser-known victims of the conflict.

For he has started his own one-man charitable enterprise by feeding scores of cats that have been orphaned as a result of the war.

Alaa spends around $4 (£2.50) of his savings each day on meat to feed around 150 strays in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo.

Dozens of cats have been orphaned or abandoned as a result of shelling by pro-Assad forces during the war.

The district has been almost entirely abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad as they attempt to wrest back control from rebels.

Alaa says he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over two months.

Aleppo, the country’s largest city, has been at the centre of some of the fiercest fighting since a major rebel offensive in July 2012.

It is thought at least half of the city’s population has been displaced as a result of the four-year conflict.

The city is also being encircled by barbaric Islamic State militants who have captured swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq in their bid to create a caliphate across the two countries.

Read more, and view photos and videos, by clicking here.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

 

 

 

Feline Friday: Disaster Preparedness for Your Cat

Green eyed catBe ready to take your pets with you when disaster strikes.

FixNation.com has good pet care advice on their website:

We never think it will happen to us. We actually don’t want to think about it at all. But emergency situations pop up in an instant, all the time. It’s important to be prepared, especially when it comes to your animals, due to the unpredictable and unsettling nature of these changes. During unforeseen and unfortunate times, whether it be a natural disaster or a family emergency, preparing ahead can make your life so much easier.

Sadly, all too often history has shown that many pets are abandoned, lost, or harmed simply because no one planned for their continued care.

Here are five ways that you can be prepared for an emergency when it comes to your four-legged family members:

1. Have a ready-to-go emergency kit put together. Make sure to include your pet’s food, supplies, leashes, any needed medication, and water bottles. If you’d prefer, you can also purchase a disaster preparedness kit such as the Save Your Pet Pack. These bags are easy to wear so your hands are free for grabbing your pets and running out the door during a time of urgency.

2. Have their records and travel carriers. Make copies of your pets’ medical records and store them with their travel carriers. This will make it convenient for you to prove their health and updated vaccinations as needed. Expose them to their carriers regularly and fill them with familiar blanketing and toys in order to ensure that they’d be comfortable in there.

3. Microchip your pets and keep their collars and tags on! You can rest easy that Fido and Fluffy will always find their way back to you if you keep them easily identifiable. Remind yourself to update their ID’s if changes arise in your contact numbers or living situation.

4. Know your pets’ hiding places so you can find them. Should you need to evacuate your home fast, know where your fur-kids like to hide, sleep, or play. You don’t want to waste precious time desperately searching for your pets when evacuation is necessary. Knowing their habits will allow for a quicker departure.

5. Pet-friendly housing. Have a list of pet-friendly hotels/motels, boarding facilities, and shelters on hand. Make housing exchange agreements with out-of-area friends or relatives so that you can be certain you and your pets have a place to go. Never leave your pets behind!

Remember that our pets count on us. When an emergency strikes, it’s best to be ready so that you can lead them to safety along with you. Then you can focus your energy on comforting each other.

Read more at FixNation.com by clicking here.

Copyright © Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

Agenda for 16 September 2014 Meeting of Coronado City Council & City of Coronado Acting as Successor Agency to Coronado Redevelopment Agency

Tax dollars potentially to be spent on various purchases and projects: $1,500,000.00 approximately.  Topics include: authorizations requested to send out to bid (a) the Cays channel berm stabilization $150,000.00, (b) the golf course cart barn roof repair $150,000.00, and ( c) the installation of screens at the golf course 15th fairway $200,000.00; approve the digitizing of the microfilmed local newspapers at the library $50,000; authorize purchase for CFD of an electronic patient reporting program known as “On Scene” by World Advancement Technology for Emergency Responders (WATER) $40,000; approval of installation of 2 electrical vehicle charging stations at the golf course $123,100; authorization for the city manager to execute purchase agreements for an amount up to $605,000 to purchase vehicles and equipment for various city activities; historic alteration permit and zoning exemption request for 545 Palm Avenue; appointment of 2 new members to the residential standards improvement project (RSIP) committee; request for business license tax “holiday,” or exemption, for 2105 approximately $150,000; review and comment on draft EIS for Naval  Base Coronado Coastal Campus; review 2012 annual traffic report; information on the cost to add holiday lighting to the palm trees on Orange Avenue, and more.

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 details of millions of your tax dollars spent by city officials in the preceding two weeks in agenda item # 5b city warrants (checks written),
  • To view the draft minutes of the prior city council meeting in agenda item # 3,
  • To view the official votes of the mayor and council from the prior council meeting also in agenda item # 3 prior meeting minutes, and
  • To view the staff reports with details of each agenda item for the current meeting.

A GE 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 16, 2014

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

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.

  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 September 2, 2014.

  1. CEREMONIAL PRESENTATIONS:
    1. Proclamation: Fire Prevention Week. (Pg 1)
    2. Proclamation: Constitution Week. (Pg 5)
    3. Proclamation: Key to the City. (Pg 9)
  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 11)

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 13)
Recommendation: Approve the Warrants as certified by the City/Agency Treasurer.

c. Approval of Acceptance of Bequest and Appropriation of $50,000 for Digitization of Local Newspapers Currently on Microfilm at the Coronado Public Library through the California Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of California Riverside. (Pg 67)

Recommendation: Accept and appropriate $50,000 from the Judith Bond bequest made to the Coronado Public Library Board of Trustees for the funding of the digitization of the microfilm collection of local newspapers at the Coronado Public Library and implementation of the project through the California Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of California Riverside.

c. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute a Purchase Agreement for an Electronic Patient Reporting Program from World Advancement of Technology for Emergency Responders (W.A.T.E.R.) for an Amount Not To Exceed $40,000. (Pg 69)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase agreement with World Advancement of Technology for Emergency Responders (W.A.T.E.R.) for an amount not to exceed $40,000.

d. Review of 2014 Fourth of July Celebration. (Pg 71)

Recommendation: Review and receive report.

e. Authorization to Advertise the Coronado Cays Channel Berms Stabilization Project for Bid. (Pg 77)

Recommendation: Authorize staff to advertise the Coronado Cays Channel Berms Stabilization project for bid.

f. Authorization to Advertise the Golf Course Cart Barn Roof Structural Repairs Project for Bid. (Pg 79)

Recommendation: Authorize staff to advertise the Golf Course Cart Barn Roof Structural Repairs project for bid.

g. Authorization to Advertise the Installation of Screens at the Golf Course 15th Fairway for Bid. (Pg 81)

Recommendation: Authorize staff to advertise the installation of screens on the 15th fairway for bid.

h. Approval of Installation of Two Electrical Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations at the Coronado Golf Course. (Pg 85)

Recommendation: Approve the installation of two electrical vehicle charging stations at the Coronado Golf Course.

i. Authorization for the City Manager to Execute Purchase Agreements for an Amount Not To Exceed $605,000 through Cooperative Purchasing Programs and a Sole Source Agreement for the Following Vehicles and Equipment: Three Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Sport Utility Vehicles; One Ford Explorer XLT 4×4 Utility Vehicle; One Ford F650 XLT with an Altec Aerial Device Body; One Vermeer Deluxe Stump Grinder; One Reelmaster Riding Mower; and one Load- N-Pack with a Front Dumping Box. (Pg 89)

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase agreements for an amount not to exceed $605,000 in order to replace six vehicles, a stump grinder and a Load-N-Pack which are programmed for replacement in the current FY 2014-15 Vehicle and Equipment Replacement (VER) Fund 135.

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)

8. PUBLIC HEARINGS:
a. Public Hearing: Consideration of a Request for a Historic Alteration Permit, Including Relief From Zoning Standards, for the Property Addressed as 544 D Avenue and 545 Palm Avenue and Located In The R-3 (Multiple Family Residential) Zone (HAP 2014-10 Diane Johnson). (Pg 133)

Historic Resource Commission Recommendation: Adopt “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Coronado approving the request for Historic Alteration Permit, including relief from zoning standards, for the property addressed as 544 D Avenue and 545 Palm Avenue and located in the R-3 (multiple family residential) zone.”

  1. ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS: None.
  2. COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE REPORTS: None.
  1. CITY COUNCIL:
    1. Council Reports on Inter-Agency Committee and Board Assignments. (Questionsallowed to clarify but no responses, discussion or action.) (Pg 177)
    2. Consideration of Appointment of Two New Members to the Residential Standards Improvement Project 3 (RSIP-3) Committee. (Pg 181)
      Recommendation: Appoint two individuals to the RSIP-3 Committee.
    3. 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 197) Recommendation: Accept report and provide direction.
    4. Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement Prepared for the Naval Base Coronado Coastal Campus. (Pg 241)
      Recommendation: Approve the transmittal of the letter on the Draft EIS along with any additional comments suggested by Councilmembers.
    5. Review and Acceptance of the 2012 Annual Traffic Report. (Pg 265)Recommendation: Review and accept the 2012 Annual Traffic Report.
    6. Information Regarding the Cost to Add Holiday Lighting to the Palm Trees on Orange Avenue. (Pg 301)Recommendation: Receive report and provide direction.
  2. CITY ATTORNEY: No report.
  3. COMMUNICATIONS – WRITTEN: None.
  4. 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.

Water Wednesday: How Serious is the California Drought? 63 Trillion Gallons of Water Vanished in 18 Months!

Water drops ripples and green leavesView photos of vanishing water by clicking here.

According to Nick Kirkpatrick in his 28 August 2014 article entitled California’s Drought: What Losing 63 Trillion Gallons of Water Looks Like at the Washington Post:

A new study says that California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. Angela Fritz of The Washington Post reported scientists estimate 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost in the past 18 months.

What happens when 63 trillion gallons of water disappear? “As it turns out, 63 trillion gallons of water is pretty heavy,” Fritz wrote. ” … That incredible water deficit weighs nearly 240 billion tons, and as it evaporated, the ground began to shift” — in California’s mountains, by as much as half-an-inch . . .

Continue reading Kirkpatrick’s article by clicking here.

Copyright © 2014 Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

Water Wednesday: Water Thieves Steal from Fire Hydrants in Southern California

As an environmental lawyer with experience in water law and policy, I predicted these water thefts more than a dozen years ago, long before California entered the first year of our current three-year drought emergency.  Do your part now.  Conserve and reduce your water consumption 20% by the year 2020.  We’re all in this together. 

Water drops ripples and green leavesAccording to Jessica Peres writing for ABC affiliate Action News 30 in Fresno, California:

A community is dealing with what it appears to be water theft from their fire hydrants.

The city of Lemoore says the water thefts come at a time when residents are already under strict guidelines to conserve.

City officials say the hydrants have been left with their caps off. Once, someone even left evidence behind that they had been taking the water illegally.

Lemoore Public Works Director Dave Wlaschin said, “There was a hydrant that had a hose on it and whoever was there left the hose.”

Officials say the thefts are serious. The city’s water table is already low and residents are under strict orders to conserve.

“If you’re in a desperate need you have to bath and cook for your kids and I just can’t imagine being in that situation,” said Lemoore resident Christie Campos. “So, it must be a pretty desperate situation to have to steal water of all things.”

Wlaschin isn’t sure all of the thefts are for personal use. Although, city officials say they’ve been contacted by several people living in rural areas — asking if they could buy some of Lemoore’s water. The city has a strict policy that doesn’t allow that, so they don’t ever run out of water for people in town. Wlaschin says he’s seen people who fill up large tanks, and then go to drought-stricken communities to sell the water.

“We’re concerned about we’ve kind of been on an active alert for those types of things,” said Wlaschin. “Ground water supplies being what they are and surface water an even greater problem.”

Officials say they’re being cautious. The last thing they want is a hydrant to be damaged, or worse, break and have precious water spilling out onto the street.

Read the above article and view a video at the local ABC news affiliate online by clicking here.

I also predicted there will be “water wars” in our future when Americans fail to conserve scarce water.  I hope I’m wrong.  Only time will tell.

I strongly encourage you to conserve water now.

Copyright © Barbara T. Denny, Esq.

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. 

Below 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,
  • To view the official votes of the mayor and council from the prior 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, 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.