Weekly Update Aug. 21, 2020

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Weekly Update Aug. 21, 2020

Weekly Update Aug. 21, 2020

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Mathewson Park Update: The City Council approved the final design of the Mathewson Park renovation project and authorized staff to execute a cooperative purchasing agreement with Miracle Recreation Equipment Company for an amount of $58,622 to purchase playground equipment. In December 2019, the Council agreed to replace conventional playground equipment with equipment that is inclusive and barrier-free at Mathewson Park. To preserve the current balance between open space and developed area, the playground equipment renovation was constrained to the existing playground area footprint. The project was designed with public input to include a play structure for children ages 2-12 with shade and accessible features in an earth tone color scheme, multi-sensory play elements, ADA poured-in-place rubber playground safety surfacing, and an accessible picnic table, bench, and drinking fountain to accommodate children and their caregivers.

Mathewson Park Playground

Ocean Boulevard Street Improvements: At a meeting this week, the City Council directed staff to create visual illustrations of three alternatives to improve pedestrian safety along the western sidewalk of Ocean Boulevard. Options include Street Furniture Relocation, Sidewalk Widening toward Ocean Boulevard, and Sidewalk Widening over Rock Seawall. The Council authorized an appropriation not to exceed $40,000 to complete the illustrations and will review them at a future meeting.

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City Seals, Logos:
The City is working to protect its logos, seals and other City insignia with an ordinance that was approved at the Aug. 18 City Council meeting. The City maintains seals and logos for use with official City publications. The City has three seals that serve as the official emblem. The City seal is identified as the common seal of the City, as set forth in the Coronado Municipal Code. The code, however, did address any logos or insignia nor did it contain any enforcement mechanisms for misuse. The ordinance defines the City seals, logos, and insignia to be protected, clarifies that City insignia may only be used with permission and clearly states what constitutes a violation.

City logos

Tennis Pro Shop Update: The City Council this week rejected the proposals for the Tennis Center Pro Shop concessionaire and directed staff to redraft the solicitation. The Council will consider a new request for proposals at an upcoming meeting.

Tennis Center sign

Major Special Events Update:  The Council directed staff to prepare an amendment to the Municipal Code to increase the number of major special events from 8 to 14; prepare for future consideration of an application fee, excluding the traditional Coronado-centric events; propose blackout dates and prioritization; clarify language with regard to fees charged by event organizers; and change the Letter of Intent due date. The Council will consider an updated ordinance with the changes at a future meeting.

Shark Awareness & Education
: Earlier this month, Coronado Lifeguards received increased reports of shark sightings. Although there have been no sightings in recent weeks, the City and Lifeguards want to help educate the community about this natural marine wildlife behavior and the protocols in place when sightings occur. A new Shark Awareness & Education web page has been developed and is now live on the City’s website. To help alleviate public concern, the City spoke with a Long Beach-based shark expert about the sightings and what the instances could mean. According to Dr. Chris Lowe of California State University, Long Beach’s Shark Lab, the increased occurrence of shark sightings in the ocean waters off Coronado may be due to one of three reasons. Check out the page to find out what the sightings mean. The new page can be found here.

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Library Lighting: The City recently became aware of an issue with a timer on the lights at the Coronado Public Library and has addressed the timer issue. Although closed to the public, the Library is staffed with employees who are fulfilling requests for books through the curbside pick-up program among other duties. It should be noted that a janitorial crew works until midnight or 1 a.m. and, while working, all the lights are on. When the crews leave, the timer usually goes off and the lights go out for the night. Residents with concerns about City facilities can get a quick response by using the City’s “Ask Coronado” app. Download the app from the Apple store or in the Google Play store to quickly and easily submit service requests. Residents also may call Public Services at (619) 522-7380 during business hours and the Police Department non-emergency line at (619) 522-7350 after hours to report issues. You can also report an issue online here.


Climate Action Plan Update
: The City Council received a report on the City’s Climate Action Plan as part of the Aug. 18 meeting agenda. The report outlines how staff is coming along with the plan’s required greenhouse gas emissions inventory and forecast, reduction targets, next steps, and schedule of the Climate Action Plan. Regular updates will be provided throughout the process to create the aspirational plan of optional programs. The programs, if implemented, will reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Coronado’s Climate Action Plan will follow a standard format used by other cities in the San Diego region and throughout California. The Council is expected to adopt a final Climate Action Plan by August 2021. The City will host public workshops and surveys, focus groups, public reviews of the plan and work to complete the greenhouse gas reduction targets and reduction measures.

Ride to Live Grant
: A grant to support the costs associated with the Coronado Police Department’s Ride to Live motorcycle education program will be used to purchase training supplies, rent sites, and cover the cost of overtime for those teaching the class. The grant was approved and accepted on Aug. 18 by the City Council. The Ride to Live program is designed to provide motorcycle training to reduce injuries and deaths due to motorcycle collisions. The training is free to the public and involves hands-on skills taught by motor officers. Motorcycle collision injuries and deaths have been an issue for years. Possessing life-saving skills is critical to reducing motorcycle collision related deaths and injuries. Educating motorcycle riders on how to safely maneuver in dangerous situations will aim at lowering the number of motorcycle collisions each year.

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Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project: Construction operations continued on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvements project primarily within Bay View Park and the adjacent intersection of First Street and I Avenue. The intersection itself remains closed.

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  The contractor on a project to improve Avenida del Sol as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan closed Avenida del Sol this week, except for emergency vehicle access, to facilitate ongoing construction. Pedestrians can still access the sidewalk at the cul-de-sac bulb that connects the paseo behind the Hotel del Coronado with the boardwalk behind the Coronado Shores condominiums. Pedestrians also may cross Avenida del Sol at its intersection with state Route 75. Please use caution at both crossing points and be aware of construction vehicles entering or exiting the work area.

Avenida del Sol

Public Restroom Program: The City is still looking for partners to be part of its Orange Avenue Commercial Public Restroom Partnership program, whose goal is to fulfill the continuing need for accessible public restrooms in the downtown area. The City thanks its restroom partners -- Garage Buena Forchetta and Bistro d’Asia. The program allows for a partnership with downtown businesses to offer clean and safe public restrooms. In return, businesses will receive an annual $5,000 lump sum payment and a monthly subsidy for maintenance costs. 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

Census 2020: The U.S. Census is going on now. You can complete the census online, by phone or return the paper form, or respond to a census taker at your door. Language assistance is also available. Taking the Census is safe, it’s private and it matters. Complete the Census today at www.my2020census.gov. The data collected validates and justifies the distribution of more than $675 billion federal funds to states and communities. It is important for every household to respond.

Census Flier

Library Programming
: Despite is closure due to the pandemic, the Library is providing fun and educational programming. Here are some of the offerings:

  • The Library has started a new program called “Spice it up Coronado” where residents can check out a spice from the Library, and a cookbook, and then chat online about what they did with it. The first installment was fully booked at 25 participants just a couple of days after being posted. Spice enthusiasts may sign up for September’s program now through the Library’s calendar by clicking on the event which can be found under the date September 25. Participants may attend a Zoom meeting with others to discuss what they made, liked or disliked about the spice. The spice for August was Baharat, a popular Middle Eastern spice. The spice for September is Fenugreek, which is commonly found in curry. More installments are planned.
  • The Library is partnering with the San Diego Shakespeare Society to present a free lecture on Sunday, Aug. 23, on how to engage kids with Shakespeare and other classic authors. Brendan Kelso of Playing with Plays will share ways to engage your kids with Shakespeare and classics works, how to use this in your homeschool, classroom, or after school program, and more. Find out more about the free Zoom lecture, click here.

Spice it Up Coronado

Pet of the Week: Martin, a handsome and playful Domestic Shorthair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Martin came to PAWS as a stray with a larger litter of kittens. Martin was raised in a foster home with two dogs and would be amenable to a cat-friendly canine. He should be the only cat in his new home as he was exposed but has tested negative to the feline leukemia virus. His adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Martin, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Martin Pet of the Week

Coronado Pet Adoption Stories – Austin and Sox: At the end of his workday, Austin Burks enjoys coming home to a sweet, mellow cat that he first got to know at the Coronado Animal Care Facility. Burks knows he changed the life of the 8-year-old Tuxedo cat he adopted in late 2019 but Sox also changed his. Burks became attached to Sox after signing up to be a cat petter while he lived in Coronado. He was in the Navy stationed at Naval Air Station North Island aboard the USS O’Kane. He has since moved to San Antonio, Texas, but while here he developed an attachment to Sox. He said he adopted Sox because he was there for five months, from the time he started volunteering, and because he is a big cuddly baby. This Coronado Pet Adoption Story is the first in an occasional series highlighting the pets and their adopters after they leave the Coronado Animal Care Facility. Burks graciously agreed to share his and Sox’s story. Read the full story here.

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Public Services Projects

  • Streets Division is touching up faded stop and crosswalk bars around town. Two unexpected sinkholes opened up on Tenth Street and D Avenue from poor compaction underneath. New signs were installed around city parks and include “No Vaping, No Smoking and No Marijuana.”
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  • Streets Division installed two solar LED flashing bus stop warning signs at the Cays in preparation for when students return to school. They are located on north and south bound Coronado Cays Boulevard just before Grand Caribe Causeway. The signs are programmable and staff will program when the Coronado Unified School District makes the decision to reopen and a schedule is provided for the Cays. The lights will not be activated until schools are open.
Cays LED sign
  • Facilities Division replaced the public drinking fountains at Rotary Park and the Tennis Center by the Bayshore Bikeway with water-bottle filling stations. The stations allow people to reuse their own bottles instead of purchasing throw-away plastic bottles. Crews will be replacing standard water fountains at highly used City parks over the next year.

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Recreation Main Phone Line: Beginning Thursday, Aug. 20, Recreation and Golf Services Department’s main phone line will be answered by an auto attendant. Recreation staff asks that patrons please listen to the options carefully and select the number that will best address the reason they are calling. This is a new system so should anyone have difficulty navigating the menu they should email the department at [email protected].

Facility hours changes: Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 26, there will be a change to the Tennis Center and Skatepark facility hours. Call the Coronado Tennis Center to make a reservation for available courts at (619) 522-2650. Call the Coronado Skatepark to make a reservation at (619) 708-8341.

New Skate-Tennis Hours


Fall Registration
: Recreation and Golf Services will not produce a physical or digital guide this fall. Due to the pandemic and the changing dynamics and safety protocols, fall camp offerings will be hosted on PerfectMind, the registration program the City uses, only. Patrons will receive a reminder of the fall 2020 registration dates in the mail next week. Fall 2020 Recreation and Golf Services registration dates can be found in the chart below.

Rec Registration Sked

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Free Osher Lecture: This week, the Osher Lecture will be a current topic impacting everyday lives: “The Politics of the Pandemic” presented by Professor Sandford Lakoff. This video is available for viewing now through Sunday, August 23. Click here to access the free lecture

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Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies
: The following position is open on the Design Review Commission (one vacancy for a design professional). 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.

Vacancies Ad

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, then click "Join Our Email List" 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

Stay Informed CoronadoDo you like being in the know? Do you know what’s going on in Coronado? However, you like to get your city news, Coronado has many ways for you to get it. Do you like Twitter? We are active on Twitter. Do you prefer Facebook? Like us to keep up. Maybe you prefer a text message for traffic advisories. Sign up for the City’s Police Department Nixle account. What about COVID-19 information? 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, then click "Join Our Email List" and provide your email address. What about an email reminder that a meeting is coming up or the council agenda is online? We have that, too, through our eNotification system. Of course, almost all of that can be found online in the City Manager’s Weekly Update, a compendium of all the news and events that are going on or coming up in Coronado. You can sign up to receive an email as soon as it is published online or you can visit the City’s website on Friday at noon and find it there. Finally, don’t forget to check the City’s new website, where you can find news and information that affects residents, businesses and visitors.


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Posted on 08/21/2020
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