Weekly Update Aug. 28, 2020

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Weekly Update Aug. 28, 2020

Weekly Update Aug. 28, 2020

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Relief from the Heat: The City welcomed community members 50+ and adults with underlying health conditions to get some Relief from the Heat this week. As temperatures soared, the City opened the Coronado Community Center and Public Library on Monday, Aug. 24. The Relief from the Heat program was extended through Thursday, Aug. 27, however, just at the Library. Residents were invited to sit in a cool room in a comfort space and take a respite from the heat. Patrons were required to maintain social distance, wear a mask, wash hands or sanitize them frequently, and participate in a health screening. Hours were 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each comfort space will be sanitized between uses. Patrons were encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Relief from the Heat and Patron

SR 75/282 Relinquishment Update
: The City is one step closer to taking ownership of state Routes 75 and 282 in Coronado. The California Assembly’s Transportation Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 479 on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The bill authorizes the state to relinquish the state highways over to Coronado. Final votes are required in the Assembly and Senate before it is expected to be signed by the governor.
The California Transportation Commission also will need to approve the relinquishment. The California Department of Transportation has for years suggested that the City consider taking over the roadways. As part of the agreement, Caltrans will pay the City a $22 million one-time lump sum payment for the transfer. The City will use the funds 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.

Adoption of NASNI Land Use Plan Imminent: In February 2020, the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority released its draft Environmental Impact Report for the Draft Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island. The Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan proposed to reduce the City Council’s land use control for approximately 1,353 dwelling units located within the impact area.  the Airport Authority’s plan is based on the 2011 Air Installation Compatible Use Zone document prepared by the federal government for North Island.  The City provided comments to the Airport Authority on Feb.13, 2020. Coronado did not hear from the Airport Authority until last week, Aug. 20, at which time the Airport Authority notified the City it would consider finalizing the EIR and adopting the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan in just two weeks, on Sept. 3.  Should it adopt the land use plan, it would become effective immediately. The City Council will consider its response at its next City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1.


9/11 Ceremony Canceled
: The City’s traditional 9/11 memorial service hosted by the Fire Department will be canceled this year due to the San Diego County Health Department’s directive to avoid gatherings. We are all looking forward to the time we can gather with each other again. (File Photo: 9/11 Memorial from 2019)

9/11 image from 2019

Cays Bicycle Patrols
: Over the next several months, the Coronado Police Department will be conducting bicycle patrols in the Cays. Residents have expressed concerns about an increase in traffic and visitors to the area. The Police Department has staged supplies and equipment at the City’s storage area in the Cays in anticipation of the increased enforcement.

COVID-19 Closures
: There are many businesses and activities that have reopened at this stage in the ongoing pandemic, such as outdoor dining and gyms, beaches, day camps, pools and hotels. However, there are still many that remain closed, including those that involve high-touch risks such as playgrounds and beach volleyball courts. The City has found that tape and other barricades around playground equipment have been removed and that children have been playing on the equipment and people have been playing beach volleyball. The City follows San Diego County public health orders that require this equipment be closed to the public due to the inability of City staff to properly sanitize them after each use. The City reminds the community that these measures help protect everyone and that people should not use equipment that is obviously closed until the County permits their safe reopening. This is a good time to also remind the public that the beach is open from 6 a.m. to sunset daily. With the days growing shorter, sunset is getting earlier each day. Sunset for Aug. 28 is at 7:17 p.m. On Aug. 1, it was 7:46 p.m.

Playground at Spreckels Park

Coronado Public Art Master Plan: In 2018, the City’s Cultural Arts Commission initiated a strategic planning process to present a vision and pathway forward in developing arts and cultural resources for the community. A primary goal of Coronado CREATES is to create an updated public art master plan as a starting point for the growth of Coronado’s public art collection. The draft 2020 Coronado Public Art Master Plan is an update of the adopted 2013 Coronado Public Art Master Plan. The Commission is now seeking public review and comments on the document. In September, the Commission will announce a series of online meetings presenting the plan and seeking public comments. Public comment will be open from Aug. 24 through Sept. 22. 

Public Art Master Plan

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project: Construction operations on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvements project continued primarily within Bay View Park and the adjacent intersection of First Street and I Avenue. First Street has been reopened to traffic, however, I Avenue remains closed at its intersection with First.

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 of renovations closed Avenida del Sol, 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 Shores condominiums. Pedestrians also may cross Avenida del Sol at its intersection with state Route 75. Night work will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, to start construction of a storm drain culvert across SR 75. The night work is anticipated to last until the end of September. Once that work is completed, the remaining culvert construction work will be performed during daytime hours.

Library’s Community Heroes Reports:  “Community Heroes” is a series of videos from the Coronado Public Library that engages essential workers in the community to learn what they do and to share it with our younger viewers. The videos have featured Lifeguard Capt. Sean Carey, Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Phan, Police Officer Grace del Bagno as well as a local veterinarian, nurse and, this week, a teacher. The videos are being broadcast  now on Coronado TV and can be found on the Library’s Facebook page. This week’s Community Hero is Ellen Cody,  K-5 teacher at Silver Strand Elementary School who was named Coronado Teacher of the Year and overall district teacher by the Coronado Unified School District Board. Find the videos at coronadolibrary.org and clicking on the “Library videos” tab.

Ellen Cody

Continuing Library ProgramsThe Coronado Public Library continues with its curbside service and, starting Aug. 29, the service will be extended to Saturday. Curbside pickup on Saturdays will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons may continue to make returns street-side. Curbside pickup Monday through Friday is offered from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Library patrons can search the catalog (coronadolibrary.org) and place holds anytime online, or by phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff will notify patrons when items have been pulled and are ready for contact-less pickup. Pull up in front of the Library during service hours and call the Library to let staff know you are there and staff will deliver your items to your car. The number to have your items delivered to your vehicle or to place a hold is (619) 522-7390.

Curbside Pickup

Public Restroom Program: The City continues to look for partners to be part of its Orange Avenue Commercial Public Restroom Partnership program. The goal of the program is to fulfill the continuing need for accessible public restrooms in the downtown area. Garage Buena Forchetta and Bistro d’Asia are now part of the program, which 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. Look for this sign to find participating businesses. 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 and will end earlier than initially planned. 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 is private and it matters.  Census Takers are now canvassing households that did not respond to earlier invitations from the 2020 Census. Residents can still respond via the national website: 2020census.gov 24/7, or by calling (619) 695-5657, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to bypass contact with a Census Taker. The 2020 Census updates our needs for schools, healthcare, housing, roads, energy, water and sanitation systems, fire, police and emergency services, recreation, senior & youth programs, and many other public services. An undercount results in loss to funding and representation for the next 10 years in your community. Be Counted.  

Census Flier

Pets of the Week: June and Cash, bonded 7- and 9-year-old mixed-breed puppies, are this week’s Pets of the Week. June and cash were found as strays wandering together on Isabella Avenue. They are sweet but shy and are best suited to a dog-savvy adult family in a quiet home. They need to be adopted together. They love walks and are good on a leash. Their adoption fee is $150. To find out more about June and Cash, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

June and Cash




Animal Care Facility Helps Hospital Patient: Earlier this week, the Coronado Animal Care Facility took in a dog whose caretaker was in the hospital. The caretaker was admitted to Coronado Sharp Hospital emergency room with a dog since there was no one to care for him. The case worker was not sure what to do with the dog so staff called the Coronado Police Department who suggested they call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility. They took the dog in. PAWS staff said they were happy to be in a position to care for the pup and provide peace of mind to the caretaker while the individual was in the hospital. The dog and caretaker were reunited within a few days.

CPD ACF Help to Sharp Patient


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 should have received a reminder of the fall 2020 registration dates in the mail. Fall 2020 Recreation and Golf Services registration dates can be found in the chart below.

New Rec Sked image



Online Lap Swim Reservations: Recreation and Golf Services has moved to a reservation-based use of its City facilities due to the pandemic. Many in the community requested the City offer online booking for lap swim reservations and it is now available. Through the online registration system, PerfectMind, patrons may reserve up to three spots per week. A few requirements still pertain to the reservation:

  • You must have an aquatics membership (punch pass, monthly pass, annual pass)
  • You must sign the waiver (available online within your profile)
  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance
  • Transfer of reservations is not allowed
  • Reservations may be made online, but not canceled. You must call to cancel or modify your reservation.

Contact Recreation and Golf Services by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 522-7342 for questions. Starting Sept. 7, the 25-yard short course will be set up on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will allow more reservations to be available and more swimmers on the pool deck.

Lap Swim Available Online



Coronado Blood Drive Update: Coronado hosted its fifth consecutive monthly blood drive earlier this week. The American Red Cross reports that 34 units were collected and that can go on to save up to 102 lives. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Coronado Community Center has been the site of blood drives that have collected 205 units which can go on to save 615 lives. The next blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30. To schedule your appointment please on to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code CityBD.

Blood Drive flier


Free Osher Lecture:  The free Osher Lecture this week, “Reach for the Stars: Opera Stars I have known,” is presented by Erica Miner, former Metropolitan Opera violinist. She reveals her experiences performing with some of opera’s most prominent luminaries and discusses opera stars of the past. Miner provides a fascinating look at some of opera’s leading stars, sharing her personal experiences performing with opera stars such as Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and others. This is Lecture 1 of a two-part series, and is available now through Sunday, Aug 30. Click here to access the free lecture.

Osher Image

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



Street/Sidewalk Work: Public Service’s Streets Division began repainting the speed humps along Glorietta Boulevard and Pomona Avenue, as well as many street surface stop and yield signs in the Village. The crews also ground some offset sidewalks on Sixth Street and H and C avenues.

Street Sidewalk Work 3 images


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 08/28/2020
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