ECoronado's Blog – June 2009 Archive (59)

Cities See Large Decrease in Property Value

By Katie Orr, KPBS

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego County Assessor’s office says for the first time the county’s total property value has fallen. The value has decreased by more than 2 percent over last year. But some cities are seeing much larger declines.

Chula Vista saw the biggest decline in property values between this year and last. The city’s assessed value has dropped by nearly 10.5%. Lemon Grove is next on the list with a nearly 9.5 percent decline. But City Manager… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 30, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Coronado considers fee increase for city course

San Diego County's best golf deal might go up in price some time after September.

City officials are looking into raising the rates at Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

Coronado hasn't raised its greens fee since 2004, when it went from $20 to $25. Dave Jones, who has retired as Coronado's golf services director, said recently that the course's operational expenses per round are $24.

Coronado City Manager Mark Ochenduszko said yesterday that the city will take a… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 30, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

King of Neverland (062909) by J. F. Kelly, Jr

Am I the only one on the planet who wasn’t totally shocked and utterly devastated by the tragic death of pop star Michael Jackson? I mean no disrespect to the talented singer-dancer or to his countless fans, but he did, after all, lead a somewhat self-destructive lifestyle which apparently included an addiction to dangerous prescription pain-killers. And according to his ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, he feared dying prematurely under tragic circumstances like her father, Elvis.

Mr.… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 29, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Sun brought crowds to local beaches

Sun-and wave-seekers took advantage of the clear skies and high temperatures yesterday by packing county beaches, probably a harbinger of the July 4 weekend.

By noon, Ocean, Mission, Pacific and La Jolla Shores beaches were almost full, said San Diego Lifeguard Service Lt. Andy Lerum.

Similar crowds were reported at Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas and Solana Beach, with 15,000 to 20,000 on the sand in Coronado and about 20,000 in Del Mar by noon.

“Summer is in full… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 29, 2009 at 7:55am — No Comments

Budget balanced for next two years

Coronado has passed a balanced, two-year general fund budget that city officials say maintains essential services and programs despite an uncertain economy and declining revenues.

City officials say if the state succeeds in borrowing or taking funds from cities as proposed to help close a nearly $25 billion deficit, they have plans in place to handle the impacts, but they will be felt.

The City Council unanimously approved the 2009-10, 2010-11 budgets last week. The… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 26, 2009 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Get a Deal at The Del (Buy 3, Get 2 Free)

I wrote an article for Phoenix Magazine this month about Hotel del Coronado, a legendary resort off San Diego’s coast.

My grandparents started a family tradition of vacationing in San Diego. And while they always chose more affordable accommodations, we would cross the bridge to Coronado, ride bikes and walk around the 121-year-old hotel grounds.

I was fortunate enough to stay at The Del while researching this article last year.… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 26, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Surfers Not the Only Ones Riding the Waves in San Diego

CORONADO, California (June 22, 2009) - Thirty-three Naval Academy Midshipmen kicked off their summer training program last Monday by riding the waves with the Coronado-based Assault Craft Unit One "Surf Riders."

Assault Craft Unit One (ACU 1), comprised of approximately 300 sailors and 23 landing craft, specializes in moving Marine amphibious units from ship to shore and back again. Their primary platform, the 135-foot Landing Craft Unit (LCU), is designed for heavy lift and can… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 26, 2009 at 4:46pm — No Comments

Perils of the President (062609) by J. F. Kelly, Jr

There is no question that President Barack Obama was dealt a difficult hand to play but play it he must. He is not the first president to inherit grave problems and he, after all, asked for the job. There are many crises, foreign and domestic, competing for presidential attention. The pressures must be enormous, not only on the president, on whose desk the buck stops, but also on his still understaffed administration.

When problems and crises overwhelm, prioritization becomes… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 26, 2009 at 2:13pm — 3 Comments

Coronado Low Tide Ride & Stride is June 28th, 2009


The 8.2 mile course goes north along the ocean beachfront of the Silver Strand. This event is held at low tide on hard packed sand, passing through Naval Amphibious Base beaches and in front of the beautiful Hotel del Coronado about 1 mile before the finish. This year’s run will benefit Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive Combat and… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 25, 2009 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Woman leads police on chase, jumps off Coronado bridge

The apparently suicidal woman survived the jump and was taken to the hospital by Harbor police.

An apparently suicidal woman standing on the Coronado Bridge led officers on a chase Thursday that ended back on the span, where she got out of her car and leaped into the San Diego Bay, but survived the fall.

The woman was reported standing on the bridge shortly after 10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. When police tried to contact her, she drove into… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 25, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Coronado's BBMAC Pool (Located at CHS) Lowers Prices

The Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex, located at Coronado High School, now has new lower prices! Youths (6months - 17 years)- $1.00; Adults (18-55)- $2.00; Seniors (55+)- $1.00

Lessons have dropped by 40%! Sign up today!

Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex

818 6th Street



Added by eCoronado on June 24, 2009 at 3:22pm — 3 Comments

Navy Man killed in Chula Vista car accident

CHULA VISTA — A 24-year-old Navy man was killed Tuesday night when the car he was driving went off Otay Lakes Road near Wueste Road and hit a tree, authorities said.

The sailor, who was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, lived in Coronado and was married, the county Medical Examiner's Office said.

Read the entire Union Tribune article here.

Added by eCoronado on June 24, 2009 at 9:24am — No Comments

Surf Dog Contest Photos by Dana Neibert

Local photographer Dana Neibert just posted some amazing photos of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort canine surf competition held last weekend in Imperial Beach:

Find more photos like this on Coronado Island (

Thanks for sharing Dana...bow WOW!

See more of Dana's photography… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 24, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Coronado 4th of July Schedule

As soon as 2010 info is available, we'll post it! Join the website to be notified with new info. Here is what the events were last year:

Coronado Independence Day Celebration 2009

Saturday, July 4

5:00AM - Wake up and put our your chairs / blankets to save your spot. You may not set out your stuff before 5:00AM.

7:00AM – 34th Annual Independence Day 15K Run-5K… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 24, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Coronado Independence Day 15K Run 5K Run/Walk

Run starts and finishes in Tidelands Park, adjacent to the Coronado Bay Bridge, going along Glorietta Boulevard past the golf course, yacht club and the Naval Amphibious Base.


Holds over 20 Nationally ranked 15K times!!!

Get more event and registration details here

To see all the Coronado 4th of July events… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 23, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

You're The Man Now, Dog (ESPN)

Editor's Note: Loews Coronado Bay Resort surf-dog contest continues to get great press:

Left: That's Dozer there taking a digger, luckily he's a heck of a body surfer. Right: And bringing new meaning to the word "tandem," five dogs, 20 paws, and one board.

With popularity among the canine ranks soaring, should the ASP considering adding a doggy division?

What can you say about a surf contest for dogs? I… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 23, 2009 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Thank you for helping Connor

To the editor and people of Coronado:

Thank you for helping Connor.

I would like to thank everyone who attended or contributed to the fundraiser held last month for Connor C. When I heard about Connor by way of Coronado Little League President, Jillian McNary, I knew that I had to join in the effort to help his family and thanks to the wonderful community we live in, the response has been wonderful.

Connor is a 4 year old boy in Coronado, who was recently… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 23, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

Sailor dies after freefall training jump

SAN DIEGO — A San Diego-based sailor and experienced parachutist died early Thursday from head trauma sustained during a nighttime military freefall training jump in Arizona, Navy officials said Friday.

Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class (EW/AW/FPJ) Andrew J. Lightner was conducting the night jump as the final part of a jumpmaster spotting exercise at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Lt. Frank Magallon, a Naval Special Warfare Group 1… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 22, 2009 at 9:21am — No Comments

Navy pilot receives Bronze Star

Editor's note: Lt. Cmdr. Matt Mowad and his family are Coronado residents.

A career Navy pilot who grew up in Ventura has been awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service during ground combat operations in Iraq.

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Mowad, son of Yolanda Mowad of Ventura, was presented the medal during a May 29 ceremony in San Diego, where he is stationed. The Bronze Star is the nation’s 10th highest military award and fourth highest combat medal,… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 22, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

San Diego quick trips: Beyond the popular hot spots are attractive options on and off the beaten track

COSTA MESA, Calif. - The mantra is money is tight, so is time. Even with the siren call of summer, many vacationers this year are looking to keep things a little shorter, a little less expensive.

Even a whole hog trip to San Diego might be a bit too much this year. So we're offering up slices of San Diego - little morsels that can be collected together and perhaps turned into a one- or two-day trip.

They're appetizers and side dishes to go with the famous main courses of… Continue

Added by eCoronado on June 22, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

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