Casey Tanaka

Question:

There are many projects, and potential projects, before the City of Coronado. From questions on Grand Caribe & Shoreline Park in the Cays, AICUZ and Ocean Boulevard concerns, to a water treatment plant on Glorietta Bay, and the list goes on. There isn’t a corner of Coronado that doesn’t face potential change. What do you feel are the three most significant items facing Coronado and each of its unique localities, the Cays, Shores, and Village?

Answer:

The most significant items facing the Cays are a potential hotel near the Cays Yacht Club and the need for the City to coordinate with the CCHOA and the Port to maintain the public’s resources that touch the bay. Hotel proposals for the Grand Caribe site are nothing new. During my 14 years on the Coronado City Council, I consistently made it a point to coordinate with the CCHOA to make sure that the needs of residents were being cared for. When previous hotel proposals emerged, I worked with the CCHOA to support the residents of the Cays, and I would do the same in the future.

There are also parks and natural points along the bay that the CCHOA, the Silver Strand Beautification Committee, and individual residents of the Cays have been taking care of and enjoying for years that are sometimes in need of extra attention by the City and/or the Port for maintenance and I will be committed to doing my part to make sure that those areas are cared for and protected.

The most important need for the Coronado Shores is better coordination between its HOA Boards (I think each of the 10 towers has its own HOA structure, but I could be mistaken) and City Hall. The good news is that the Shores already has a wonderful working relationship with Mayor Bailey, Council Members, and City Staff. This relationship could be strengthened with a more formal process where one Council Member and/or the Mayor is regularly scheduled to attend a meeting with the HOA leadership of the Shores. A regular meeting of City and Shores officials would strengthen the communication between the two groups and might tighten up their relationship.

The most pressing item facing the Village is over-building. Our City’s zoning map has been set since the 1970s and the State of California does not make it easy to lower the amount of density allowed in this zoning map. In fact, Sacramento frequently tries to solve its housing problems by harming built-out cities like Coronado with new laws and rulings that make it even easier to increase the number of dwellings in Coronado. What I can offer is a consistent vigilance to resist adding more housing density in Coronado. I will drag my feet and oppose adding the 912 additional units that SANDAG is trying to impose on our City and I will look for ways to fight that outcome.

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