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Coronado Unified School Board Unanimously Approves TK/K Move To Village Elementary

In a heated meeting on Thursday, the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Board voted unanimously to approve the move of Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten to the Village Elementary site beginning in school year 2020/2021.The proposal was prompted by a need to strictly manage resources as the district is in deficit spending mode. In short, as Superintendent Karl Mueller indicated when presenting the proposal, it is the responsibility of the school district to serve all of the students to the best of its ability. If CUSD were fully funded at “basic aid” level, that would be easier to do. Given that it is not, the Board had instructed the Superintendent to steward the district’s resources as prudently as possible, to look for ways to cut where possible (without harming educational quality), and ways to generate revenue where possible.This is not a new problem. The district has been struggling with managing its resources for some years now and although, according to district staff, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel (when redevelopment debt is paid off and the district can be funded directly by local taxes), we are still years from the end. In fact, Mueller noted in the meeting that if nothing else gives, CUSD would be financially insolvent by 2024.

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Friday 03/15/2019
Port Of San Diego Chairman Bonelli Discusses Future Of Ferry Landing
Updated: March 15, 2019 - 3:15 pm

In what could best be described as a tour de force presentation, Port of San Diego Chairman and Coronado Resident Garry Bonelli appeared at the Coronado Baptist Church Tuesday, March 5, 2019, to address proposed plans for the Ferry Landing, which resides on Port property. The program was coordinated by the Coronado Point Condominium Owners’ Association and the crowd that filled the church was composed primarily of residents of the Coronado Point and The Landing, both located in close proximity to the Ferry Landing.

Speaking for an hour and 20 minutes, Bonelli first discussed what the 90-minute presentation would include:

• His 50-year background with Navy and Coronado

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Coronado Unified School Board Unanimously Approves TK/K Move To Village Elementary
Updated: March 15, 2019 - 2:48 pm

In a heated meeting on Thursday, the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Board voted unanimously to approve the move of Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten to the Village Elementary site beginning in school year 2020/2021.

The proposal was prompted by a need to strictly manage resources as the district is in deficit spending mode. In short, as Superintendent Karl Mueller indicated when presenting the proposal, it is the responsibility of the school district to serve all of the students to the best of its ability. If CUSD were fully funded at “basic aid” level, that would be easier to do. Given that it is not, the Board had instructed the Superintendent to steward the district’s resources as prudently as possible, to look for ways to cut where possible (without harming educational quality), and ways to generate revenue where possible.

This is not a new problem. The district has been struggling with managing its resources for some years now and although, according to district staff, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel (when redevelopment debt is paid off and the district can be funded directly by local taxes), we are still years from the end. In fact, Mueller noted in the meeting that if nothing else gives, CUSD would be financially insolvent by 2024.

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Monday 03/11/2019
Camp Able Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Fiesta
Posted: March 11, 2019

On Saturday, March 23 Camp Able will host an exciting Fiesta in celebration for 40 years of serving the community at El Roy’s Tequila Bar + Kitchen at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First Street. This will be a more casual event than past fundraisers, and will include passed appetizers, a taco bar, and lots of opportunities for mixing and mingling. Drinks, including beer, wine, sangria, and margaritas are included. The event will feature casino games in the latter part of the evening. Proceeds from the evening allow Camp Able to offer sliding scale payment options, as well as full “camperships” for their participants.

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Friday 03/08/2019
Coronado Seniors Once Again Targeted With Scams
Updated: March 08, 2019 - 1:01 pm

It was just a few months ago that some seniors in Coronado were victims of scammers. In one case scammers called seniors pretending to be a grandchild who had been arrested and needed money for bail. One couple gave the scammer their credit card number and suffered a loss of $12,000. Another senior caught on after she was asked to get $5,000 in $100 dollar bills. She called her granddaughter to verify the story and, in fact, she had not been arrested. The next phone call was to the Coronado Police Department instead.

This time the scam involves gift cards. Lea Corbin of the Coronado Police Department community relations said one senior received an email whose sender was a friend. The email address was the same as the friend’s except for one extra letter in the name. In the email there were personal comments that made so that the senior believe the message came from the friend in question. In one case the scammer asked for iTunes card to help pay for a niece’s hospital bill. The senior bought the card and sent the information on the card via email. The scammer thanked the senior but asked for more money by purchasing more cards.

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Chamber Of Commerce Military Ball Honors Military Spouses Like Zee Regner
Updated: March 08, 2019 - 1:07 pm

Zee Regner is a Navy military spouse, the wife of Petty Officer Second Class Julius Regner, and an Administrative Assistant in the Sales Department of the Hotel Del Coronado. Regner and legions of military spouses who have done their part to serve our country are collectively being honored at the Coronado Chamber of Commerce Military Ball to be held Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Hotel Del.

Regner is a native of Riverside, a graduate of Rancho Verde High School where she played four years of tennis, and the daughter of parents Tac and Cu Sam, who immigrated to the United States in 1971. Going into our interview, my assumption was her beautiful, but unusual first name might have something to do with the Zuiderzee North Sea Inlet adjacent to the Netherlands, but she laughed and politely dismissed that theory. “I am one of 12 kids, I have seven sisters and four brothers, and all of us are named after a flower. I have a really big family.”

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Friday 03/01/2019
Activists Ask City to Join Lawsuit; City Renews Lobbying Contract
Updated: March 01, 2019 - 4:43 pm

Clean Border Water Now and the Surfrider Foundation sponsored a press conference last week to appeal to the City Council of Coronado to join the sewage lawsuit against the federal government. Afterward, several activists attended the City Council meeting and spoke.

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Thursday 02/28/2019
Police Seek Witnesses
Posted: February 28, 2019

On Saturday, Feb. 16, Coronado Police officers responded to a vandalism call. As officers attempted to contact the man involved, a struggle ensued. During the altercation, officers used Tasers in efforts to control the man. The officers were eventually able to gain control and arrest the man, who was charged with several violations. Two officers were injured and received medical treatment as a result of the struggle. If anyone witnessed this incident, please call Det. Korvahn Vlach at 619-522-6450.

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School Board Votes To Replace CHS Gym Roof And Field Turf
Updated: February 28, 2019 - 4:09 pm

The Coronado Unified School (CUSD) board had four action items on its agenda at the board meeting on Thursday. Only two generated much conversation.

The first item was: “Approve salary increases for Certificated/Classified Management & Confidential (Non-Represented) Employees.” The only board member who spoke against this item was Trustee Julie Russell who said, “I don’t feel comfortable with the group as a whole getting raises when we have deficit spending.”

While other board members also spoke up in favor of fiscal prudence, none spoke against the pay raise. President Lee Pontes said, “I understand your concern … but these people on the schedule are evaluated on an annual basis.” In that regard, he implied that they were getting raises based on performance in any case. Assistant Superintendent, Donnie Salamanca, assured the board that this expense had been planned and budgeted for and would not adversely affect programs. The vote was 4:1, with Russell voting no.

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