Coronado City Council Funding Schools with Public Service Funds; Negligence, Creating Serious Liability Issue for Beach Visitors

The Coronado City Council is allowing a very serious liability issue to grow and fester out of control with seemingly little to no care or action to remedy the problem.

On September 3rd, 2013 the City Council voted to fund the Coronado Unified School District with Public Service Funds in the amount of $330,590. The School District has its own funding source separate from the City, but  a majority of the City Council voted to give money that would otherwise be used for improving City Public Services. Members of Coronado City Council also wants to spend about an additional $100k to fund a Coronado Police Officer at the School. State law restricts the City’s ability to directly subsidize educational services provided by the school district.

Mayor Casey Tanaka, and Councilmembers Mike Woiwode and Richard Bailey voted yes for these ill-fit expenditures, while Al Ovrum and Barbara Denny voted no against them. What is this City Council thinking? Where are their priorities? It appears they are completely out of touch—they can’t even manage their most valuable resource—keeping the beach clean and safe. One wonders if they even set foot on the number one resource that brings the most people to Coronado, summer after summer, year after year—the beach! Because of the absolute lack of beach trash ordinance enforcement, and because the City allows pallets (as well as other things such as kitchen cabinets) to be brought down to the fire rings, visitors and locals are at increased, continual risk for stepping on splinters, large two inch long nails, and other sorts of debris, as well as putting them at risk for being burned as many fires are left still burning through the morning, both inside fire rings and in many locations outside of designated fire rings.

The following posts on this website exhibit factual evidence over about a month long period of time from July through August where little to nothing was being cleaned up off of the beach. All throughout the Summer fires were allowed to burn outside of fire rings and these areas were trashed beyond belief as well. All any common sense person has to see is the picture of the pile of nails to know this is extremely dangerous, and creates a serious liability for the City!

All Departments and City Council Members have been notified and yet little to nothing is being done about the problem? This brings a very serious liability issue to visitors and local alike. We think City Council should each be fined $3000 (the amount posted at the beach) for allowing this to go on throughout the Summer—they are the biggest violator of the trash ordinance for allowing it to get so out of control!

Why aren’t the hundreds of thousands of dollars of Public Service Funds being directed to making the beach safe for all visitors? That money should NOT be going to the School District! What do you think?

Be sure and see the posts with picture and video evidence!