Grunion Season 2014

July 29, 2014

Grunion Season 2014 is in full swing.  Tonight’s the last night in July for a predicted Grunion Run.  There will be more in August, though!

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Coronado 1886

July 24, 2014

Field Guide to Coronado History: Coronado 1886

Another in a regular series of fascinating, intriguing, or thoughtful tales about people and places in Coronado history — presented by your Coronado Historical Association

early lot salesIn May 1886 (a year before the beginning of construction of the Hotel del Coronado) the editor of the Los Angeles Times was staying in San Diego and penned a letter that was subsequently printed in Los Angeles with a VERY early and insightful view of Coronado:

“The entire peninsula has been surveyed, and the central and larger portion, situated directly opposite the town of San Diego, and elevated some forty feet above the sea-level, has been beautifully plotted and largely planted with choice trees, shrubbery, etc.

“The soil I found loam, warm and easily worked. A nursery of a hundred thousand plants has been established, and many of the embryo streets and avenues bear arboreal names, such as Palm, Date, etc.

“A street railroad, to run across the peninsula from shore to shore, is under way and will be completed shortly. One of the cars is already on the ground. A telephone line, twenty-five miles long, running almost the entire length of the peninsula and connecting with the mainland on the east, affords speaking communication with San Diego.

“Several subordinate companies, acting under the main [Coronado Beach] company, have been organized to push the enterprise along. There are two ferry companies, a street railroad company, a hotel company, a bathhouse company, etc. A large steam ferry boat is building at San Francisco for use between the mainland and the peninsula.

“The hotel [the Hotel del Coronado of course], it is promised, will be a grand structure, ahead of anything on the coast, and costing as much as $300,000. The projectors say that they will put a million dollars, all told, into the main [Coronado] enterprise, if so much be necessary to its perfect development; and I am assured by confident San Diegans, that they have “the stuff” to make the promise good.

“I should say, looking at the spot – uninviting as it is in its state of nature – that it would require even that large sum to make the peninsula blossom as the rose and bloom with the presence of a large seaside populace. But money, work, skill and taste will do wonders; and these coupled with the energy and persistence of the intrepid projectors [officers of the Coronado Beach Company], will yet make a notable place here. The plan is to sell residence lots in the tract, and so gather about the hotel and on the beaches a considerable permanent population.

“A few [commercial] buildings have already been erected. In every deed a stipulation is inserted that no spirituous liquors shall ever be sold or drunk on the premises. People who want to get drunk must do so at the hotel, which reserves a monopoly of the beer business. The prohibition is, I hear, causing a good many “kicks” [complaints], but the [Coronado Beach Company] stands firm, maintaining that it would be the ruin of the spot to allow it to be covered with saloons. They say that they have refused numerous urgent applications for the purchase of lots for saloon purposes. They have planted themselves solidly on the rock of Prohibition – with a loophole in the hotel to get into. They believe in temperance, but are not bigoted about it.”

– Harrison Gray Otis, editor (BL)

 

Courtesy Los Angeles Times, photo courtesy of Coronado Historical Association. www.coronadohistory.org© CHA

 

Coronado movies play daily at the Village Theater at 820 Orange Avenue. First run movies play in three theaters.   619-437-6161


Playing at the Village Theater – July 25 to 31

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Thu: 7:00 PM

Lucy (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:45, 8:30

Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG) Digital Presentation
Fri – Sun: (2:45), 5:45, 8:30
Mon: (2:45), 5:45
Tue & Wed: (2:45), 5:45, 8:30
Thu: (2:45 PM)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30

The Sandlot (PG) Digital Presentation; No Passes Allowed
Mon: 8:30 PM

 


First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka.

 

Coronado Library Summer Festival Series – Unlocking The Secrets to Organizing Your Photos – Saturday, July 26 at 1:30pm at the Coronado Public Library Winn Room.

7th Annual Bike the Bay

July 22, 2014

The 7th Annual Bike the Bay on Sunday – August 24, 2014 – The Tradition Continues!

Join the ride and this FUN summer tradition! Bike The Bay supports local bicycling and raises funds for the The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, www.sdcbc.org, a non-profit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of ALL people who ride bicycles.

Bike The Bay is a fun ride for people of all levels of riding ability, and features individuals, families, corporate teams and the serious and not so serious bike rider who experience a scenic bayside ride and also enjoy their only opportunity of the year to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The 25-mile route passes through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and finishes at Embarcadero Mariana Park South with a festive celebration with food, entertainment and a New Belgium beer garden. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

General Info

  • Start/Finish at Embarcadero Marine Park South, near Harbor Drive and Park Boulevard, San Diego
  • NEW FOR 2014 – Choice of 7:00 am (Enthusiast) or 8:00 am (Recreationalist) Start Time!
  • Scenic and flat 25-mile, non-competitive ride along the Bayshore Bikeway
  • Post-ride Festival with food, beverages and entertainment at the park

Please plan to arrive early in order to park before the ride and be at the starting point not later that 6:30 AM for the wave start staging.

U.S. Navy This Week

July 19, 2014

U.S. Navy this week – Being the destination beach town that Coronado is, a reminder, especially during the crazy summer season that there are lots of military folks who live and work quietly on Coronado, or maybe not so quietly when the occasional loud jet flies over head! Here’s some of what they are up to this week….

Coronado movies play daily at the Village Theater at 820 Orange Avenue. First run movies play in three theaters.   619-437-6161


Movies Showing at the Village Theater July 18 to 24

Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (1:30), 3:45, 6:10, 8:30

Begin Again (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:20), 5:10, 8:30

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:10, 8:30


First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka.

 

This week’s Coronado in Pictures – July 13 is a collection of this week’s activity in our little city.

Coronado Gopher

July 12, 2014

Field Guide to Coronado History: The Strange Case of the Coronado Gopher

Another in a regular series of fascinating, intriguing, or thoughtful tales about people and places in Coronado history — presented by your Coronado Historical Association

gopherDuring most eras of Coronado history, gophers have reigned supreme, easily outnumbering human residents and content to have their way with any number of bushes, native shrubs, and wild plants.

As most know, gophers are burrowing critters frequently building extensive tunnel systems for both protection and the chance to feast on plant roots. They prefer loose and moist soil for their tunneling and Coronado’s generally sandy and loamy soil would have put a smile on their faces.

Right from the start of modern Coronado, gophers were a problem. The city’s first homebuilders quickly discovered that any ownership of a Coronado Beach Company lot was to be shared with neighborhood gophers claiming squatter’s rights.

In 1897, the Board of Trustees of the Coronado Beach Company (effectively, Coronado’s City Council) decreed the first public campaign against the city’s principal “pest” when gophers were mentioned as primary suspects in the demise of the city’s orange trees along Orange Avenue. The kingly sum of five cents a head was offered for gophers dead or alive.

This may have had some effect, but when a local newspaper provided gopher advice in 1911 they sent their intrepid reporter straight to Coronado (a clear indication that we were still gopher-central). The Coronadan quoted in the subsequent article (home and garden at E and Seventh) talked tactics … from chicken wire to traps to “a crystal of strychnine in a raisin” but wound up saying: “a good cat on the premises is very useful in ridding the place of gophers.”

The simmering city-wide standoff with the Coronado gopher made news again in 1925 when it was discovered, much to the horror of the city’s Board of Trustees, that gophers were endangering expensive palm trees right in front of City Hall! Coronado’s official rat catcher (yes, we had one) was fired from his duties and the San Diego Union scandalizing the entire affair with the headline: “Pied Piper Fails to Get Gophers; Denied Contract.”

The City Council docket again involved gopher affairs in August 1930 with intrepid action ordered to formally increase the city’s gopher bounty from five to ten cents, to be paid by the city’s health service. It was assumed that the world would soon be free of the pesky varmint.

Much like most other well-intended governmental programs, the gopher bonus soon reeked of unintended and expensive consequences. Shockingly, it was discovered that city costs for the gopher extermination program were rising rapidly as many sought the advantage of, eek, profits.

In 1934, City Councilman D. H. Cameron reviewed the skyrocketing costs of gophers with the comment: “Either there’s an awful influx of gophers into this city or else somebody is raising them on purpose.” His remark came after the city had paid a whopping $48 for gopher extermination in January 1934 (480 beasts in a single month!). The city, ever vigilant, first investigated the possibility that someone might be importing dead gophers from elsewhere for payment but finally determined that was not the case (how that was determined is lost to history … but the bounty was kept). “Our outlying vacant lots are, or were, alive with gophers,” added E. A. Ingham of the Coronado Health Department.

Again, the headline writer for the San Diego Union scored well: “Coronado Smells a Rat But Finds Gopher Hunt Fair.”

Against all odds, these continuing efforts by the always-alert City Council ultimately turned the corner in the war against the Coronado gopher. The city’s gopher bounty was quietly rescinded (we believe in the late 1950s) and nary a gopher is seen today.

Importantly for Coronado history, this whole exciting episode is still fondly remembered by a generation of Coronado boys who supported themselves by buying a few traps and striking it rich! (BL)

 Many thanks to “Coronado: The Enchanted Island” and to several newsworthy articles from the San Diego Union. © CHA

Coronado movies play daily at the Village Theater at 820 Orange Avenue. First run movies play in three theaters.   619-437-6161


Week of Friday, July 11, 2014 through Thursday, July 17, 2014

Begin Again (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30

Tammy (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (3:00), 5:45, 8:30

 


First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka.