Weekly Update June 19, 2020

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Weekly Update June 19, 2020

Weekly Update June 19, 2020

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State Highway Relinquishment: After a lengthy period of evaluation, the City Council agreed this week to accept the relinquishment of state Routes 75 and 282. The California Department of Transportation has for years requested that the City consider taking over SR 75 and 282. On Tuesday, June 16, the City accepted Caltrans’ offer of a $22 million one-time lump sum payment.  The City will take the $22 million and an internal transfer of $9.3 million to form a new fund that will be used to provide the necessary ongoing maintenance of the highways in perpetuity. The move will allow Coronado to have more control in the operation of the roadways to better represent the interests of Coronado’s residents and business community. The agreement does not include the San Diego-Coronado Bridge complex but does include:

  1. SR 75 from Glorietta Boulevard near the toll plaza to Tulagi Road at the Naval Amphibious Base;
  2. SR 75 from Tulagi Road to the Coronado city limits at Imperial Beach; and
  3. SR 282 from Orange Avenue to, and including, the 300 block of Alameda Boulevard.

The relinquishment agreement may go into effect as early as January 2021. The California legislature and governor will need to approve a related bill and, in parallel, the California Transportation Commission will need to approve the relinquishment. Once formalized, the City would immediately take control of the roadways and treat them in the same manner as the City’s current inventory of more than 40 roadway miles.

Third Street and Orange Ave.



Suicide Barrier Virtual Meeting: The California Department of Transportation will host a virtual public scoping meeting on Thursday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Caltrans proposes to install a permanent suicide deterrent on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge as well as minor improvements to the transportation management system elements at the Glorietta Toll Plaza, the Bridge, and the Interstate 5/State Route 75 Interchange. As part of the process, Caltrans will  prepare an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment to analyze potential effects the proposed project may have on the environment. The meeting is being held to solicit public input into the development of the scope of the project and the environmental reviews. Comments will be accepted during the 30-day public scoping period from June 15 to July 14. Comments may be submitted via mail or email.  Click here for registration information or email [email protected] or call (619) 930-6258.

Caltrans Public Scoping Meeting Notice


Business Lifeline Loan Program Update: The City Council approved an increase in the loan amount offered through its Lifeline Business Loan Program to $20,000 per business at its June 16 meeting. The Council approved loans of up to $15,000 on April 21, when it rolled out the program. Current borrowers can receive an additional amount of up to a total of $20,000 and will be contacted by the City on how to apply. Council members started the program to quickly help local businesses who have been forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. So far, loans totaling about $1.3 million were approved for 90 eligible  businesses. The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is issuing and receiving new loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at  [email protected] or (619) 435-9260. Current borrowers can contact the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7335.

Lifeline Business Loan flier



Public Restroom Program: The City is accepting applications for businesses willing to provide restroom facilities to the public in the commercial district. The City Council approved the Commercial Public Restroom Partnership Program at its June 16 meeting. The goal is to fulfill the continuing need for accessible public restrooms in the downtown area. The program is modeled after two established in Santa Cruz and Palm Springs that allow for a partnership with downtown businesses to offer clean and safe public restrooms. In return for available public restrooms, businesses will receive an annual lump sum payment and a monthly maintenance subsidy based on the number of restroom stalls provided. Participating businesses will display a sign signaling  an available public restroom and keep them open for an agreed-upon period of time. Restrooms must meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. To receive an application, contact Dominique Albrecht at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 522-7305.

Public Restroom Partnership Program

Fourth of July:  The City reminds the community that the traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Coronado have been canceled due to the pandemic. This does not mean, however, that Coronado  will be empty. On the contrary, the City is preparing for the long holiday weekend and expected large crowds. Beaches and parks are open and parking restrictions have been lifted. Restaurants and hotels have reopened with restrictions. It is not business as usual but still visitors are expected.  The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday but the holiday is observed on Friday, July 3. Many City facilities will be closed but some will be open with limited hours. There are some events being planned that the City is monitoring and certain City facilities will be open throughout the three-day weekend.

Fourth of July house

Fourth of July Schedule 


Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  Trenching operations continued along the 300 block of I Avenue and reached Fourth Street in the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement project. Work to install the storm drainpipe crossing at Second Street also continued. This requires complete closure of the intersection until the work is completed. Please detour around the intersection of Second Street and I Avenue. Throughout the week, the contractor also worked to clean sediment deposited in gutters along Second Street and Palm Avenue resulting from a break in their groundwater dewatering system at Second/I on Friday night, May 12.

Drainpipe Project image



Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  Night work in Orange Avenue, including utility potholing and installation of dewatering wells, began this week and will likely continue for the next two weeks according to the contractor’s schedule. Please be aware of traffic control in the area and note it is subject to change daily depending on the work being conducted.

Expanded Recreation Offerings: More Recreation facilities and programs are reopening. For some facilities, Recreation has created new punch passes. A lap swim punch pass is good for 5 uses. Costs for residents are $12 youth, $20 adult and $12 senior. The costs for nonresidents are $28 youth, $44 adult and $28 seniors. The fitness room punch pass is good for 5 uses. The costs for residents are $15 youth, $18 adult and $15 seniors. The costs for nonresidents are $25 youth, $30 adult and $25 senior. Both punch passes do not expire. For questions call (619) 522-7342. Punch passes can be purchased online. Here’s what’s new:

  • Tennis: Instructional play led by the City’s tennis professionals will resume on the Library Tennis Courts Monday, June 22. Reservations for doubles play has increased to allow for two, one-hour bookings. Reservation play for the public is limited to the courts at the Coronado Tennis Center and the Coronado Cays Park Tennis Courts. Book a reservation beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 19, by calling the Coronado Tennis Center at (619) 522-2650. Mostly youth programs, but morning drill and evening drill classes will be available for adults as well on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
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  • Camps: Youth camps will be held starting June 22. Organized youth sports are explicitly not allowed at this time per the public health order. Camps have limited enrollment. The final camp lineup is still to be determined but staff has created an E-brochure that will be updated as new programs are confirmed. Registration for residents and nonresidents using the online registration system PerfectMind and by phone begins Saturday, June 20. No in-person registration is allowed at this time. Check the E-Brochure at www.coronado.ca.us/register.
  • Fitness Room: The Coronado Community Center’s Fitness Room opens on Monday, June 22, as part of a soft reopening. Reservations are available Monday to Friday, 7 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.Reservations are limited to one hour and only two people per time slot. We ask that patrons wipe down equipment after use with gym wipes provided by Recreation. All users of the facility must purchase an annual, monthly or punch pass via credit card. Cash payments are not accepted. Call (619) 522-7342 to make a reservation.
  • Aquatics Center’s Competition Pool: The Aquatics Center’s Competition Pool opens on Wednesday, June 24, as part of a soft reopening. Reservations are available Monday to Friday, 6 to 11 a.m. All users of the facility must purchase an annual, monthly or punch pass via credit card. Cash payments are not accepted. Call (619) 522-7342 to make a reservation. Masks are required when entering the Aquatics Center but not while swimming. Pool lifeguards began refresher training this week, brushing up on CPR, in-water rescues and COVID-19 protocols.

Aquatics Training images

Employee of the Quarter: The Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2020 has been named. Congratulations to Denise Johnson.

EOQ Q1 image



Summer Reading Program: The Coronado Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Program is up and running. This year’s theme invites children, teens and adults to “Dive into Discovery,” by participating in a summer filled with reading challenges, virtual events, interactive activities. The program runs through August 12. Through the Library’s partnership with Emerald Keepers, kids will have opportunities to learn more about ocean life and how to preserve our environment. Reading during the summer helps combat the “summer slide” or loss of reading skills that many students experience when not in the classroom. This year, with the school year cut short or modified, summer reading is even more important than ever. All are encouraged to join the free Summer Reading Program by registering at Coronado.beanstack.com. Once registered, you can log reading time and earn activity badges online. If you have any questions, please contact the Library at (619) 522-7390 Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Turtle Time Bags: The Coronado Public Library is helping Coronado S.A.F.E. provide “Turtle Time” bags for children displaying strong emotions as they work to adapt to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children look to adults for guidance and reassurance on how to react to stressful situations. To facilitate these conversations, Coronado S.A.F.E. and the Library have partnered to provide the bags to help with managing emotions for children ages 4-7. For questions or assistance with the lessons, visit CoronadoSAFE.org and click the Events tab. To pick up your Turtle Time bag, call the Library at (619) 522-7390 for pick up Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please wait to call until you are in front of the Library and ready to pick up. A Library staff member will bring out the bag to you.

Beach Mats: Public Services’ Beach Division conducted maintenance on more than 220 linear feet of beach access mats at Central Beach and nearly 900 linear feet at Dog Beach. The process will ensure the mats are properly maintained in advance of the busy summer months.

Beach Mats image    

Cays Block Wall Project: The Cays block wall renovation project was completed this week. The work consisted of repairing the structural integrity of the block wall that was damaged due to the moist ocean environment in the main park area. Damaged blocks and rusted rebar were replaced. The rebar is now epoxy coated. In addition, the top mortar cap was replaced with water resistant mortar and the iron fencing was grouted to secure it. A final coat of high-performance exterior paint was added to ensure color consistency throughout the scope of repairs.  

Cays Block Wall images



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Design Review Commission (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for this position. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.



Osher Lecture Virtual: This week’s lecture, “America’s National Security: The Next Ten Years” by retired Navy Vice Admiral Charles W. Martoglio. Click here to access this week’s free video lecture. This video will be available for online through Sunday, June 21. All our Osher lectures are brought to you through our continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This presentation is a non-political look at the key national-security issues facing America in the coming decade. The discussion will range from China to Russia, North Korea, the Middle East, and Central and South America, and will include reasoned projections and potential courses of action. The presenter brings decades of national-security service to the online classroom. A practitioner with experience leading military operations all over the world, Martoglio also served five tours of duty in the Pentagon as one of our nation’s leading strategic and politico-military planners.

Osher Lecture This Week

Pet of the Week: Vader, a 4-year-old black male cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Vader is affectionate and engaging, handsome and fun. He also is full of spirit and enjoys interactive play. His adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Vader, call PAWS of Coronado, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Vader Pet of the WEek



COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a newsletter on an as-needed basis with news, resources, features and information on how Coronado is working to help stop the spread of the virus. To subscribe to the COVID-19 Update, click on this link to see a copy of the newsletter than click subscribe and provide your email address. News may also be found on the City’s website: www.coronado.ca.us. You can follow the City on social media (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and check the Coronavirus Information webpage to get City updates throughout the day and weeks.


COVID-19 Page

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Posted on 06/19/2020
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