Weekly Update Oct. 16, 2020

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Weekly Update Oct. 16, 2020

Weekly Update Oct. 16, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update videoIf you are interested in receiving an emailed notice of the Weekly Update, sign up for eNotifications on the City’s website, enter your email address and click on Weekly Update and any other documents you would like to receive.

Comment Coronado: Community engagement is an important value to the City. Prior to the public health orders prohibiting gatherings, City staff were working to host a course of public meetings to solicit input on a variety of projects. COVID-19 caused us to have to regather, pivot and offer a new approach to pursue public engagement. Via a new platform attached to the City’s homepage, Coronado will soon roll out “Comment Coronado.” Comment Coronado is a community engagement space that allows residents to get information on current projects and share their ideas.   It offers a variety of ways to connect through surveys and interactive maps, and through discussion forums and spaces to post ideas.  Residents can hear about and engage on topics that matter to them and receive updates on new projects. Stay tuned for the formal launch with the three featured projects -- Climate Action Plan, Housing Element Update and Cays Park Rehabilitation Master Plan.

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Halloween Activities: The City will host free, healthy and safe Halloween activities for the entire family this year.

  • Recreation and Golf Services, the Cultural Arts Commission and Coronado MainStreet invite households to enjoy a drive-thru trick-or-treating activity from 2 to 6 p.m. on Halloween Day, Oct. 31. Get dressed and deck out the car for a photo op by Recreation staff. A ticket is required to participate so call (619) 522-7342 weekdays during Community Center operating hours to get a specific drive-thru time and location either in the Cays or the Village. Coronado residents may register starting Wednesday, Oct. 14, and nonresidents starting Oct. 26.
  • Also, starting Friday, Oct. 9, the community may share their creative spirit by taking part in several social media Halloween contests. The contests are: Most Impressive Pumpkin Decorating; Most Delightful Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume; Most Haunting Home Decor; Most Creative Kids Costume; and Best Group Costume. Submit photos to [email protected] or through social media to our City of Coronado Recreation Services page on Facebook or recreate_coronado on Instagram.

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Entry Details for Contests

Housing Element Virtual Workshop: The first public workshop for residents interested in learning about and participating virtually in the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. The Housing Element is a required part of the City’s General Plan, a comprehensive policy document that establishes future development goals, and land use designations and policies. Although the City is challenging its recent allocation of housing assigned to Coronado and the manner in which it was approved, the City is statutorily required to move forward with the Housing Element update. Click here to register for the virtual workshop via Zoom. For project updates, click here or visit the Community Development Department’s web page under Housing Element Update. For questions, contact Senior Planner Jesse Brown at (619) 522-2415 or [email protected].

Housing Element Workshop Flyer

Electric Leaf Blower Webinar Online: The City hosted its first virtual demonstration of electric leaf blowers earlier this week. Last year, the City adopted an ordinance requiring all leaf blowers used in the City to be powered by electricity and not gas. Effective Jan. 1, gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited citywide. To ensure a smooth transition, the City is planning to hold multiple demonstrations. The first webinar invited viewers to learn about various models of ECHO electric leaf blowers. There was a presentation, demonstration and a Q&A. Click here or below to view the presentation. Contact Kelli Maples at (619) 522-6328 or [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. Click here for more information.  

Election Information: The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 19. Click here to register online. Voting registration forms are available at the Registrar of Voters office, post offices, City Clerk offices, public libraries, and Department of Motor Vehicles. All forms must be postmarked/delivered to the Registrar of Voters by Oct. 19. If you miss the deadline, you may still conditionally register and vote provisionally at the Registrar’s office through Election Day. A reminder that Mail Ballot Drop-off locations are open at the Coronado Public Library and the Community Center outside patio through Nov. 3 during operating hours. Those hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Library, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Community Center. However, on Election Day, hours at the drop-off locations will be extended to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Oct. 31, a super polling location will open at the Spreckels Center. The Spreckels Center super polling location will be open Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa is open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, the Registrar urges voters to take advantage of their mail ballots.

 Register to Vote Flyer

November 3rd Election Timeline

State Route 75 Medians Project Update: The state Route 75 Medians project enhanced the existing medians along SR 75 between R. H. Dana Place and Pomona Avenue with xeriscape drought-tolerant landscaping. The City selected slow growing plants for the ground cover, however, it was expected that the plants would grow to cover the decomposed granite much quicker than what has occurred. Therefore, the City made the decision to increase the number of groundcover plants. It is important to note, this will not increase the irrigation requirements, as the drought tolerant irrigation was sized for full plant coverage. The construction fencing will remain in place for a few more weeks to protect the new plants until they are established., then will be removed.

Median Plantings

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  Avenida del Sol remains closed during ongoing construction. Pedestrians are currently being detoured from the Paseo del Mar and Coronado Shores boardwalk onto a temporary walkway on the beach so that demolition of the cul-de-sac bulb can start. Work on the cul-de-sac is an upgrade required by the City as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction. Please note that this temporary walkway is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act since pedestrians must traverse a short flight of stairs behind the Shores condominiums. The temporary walkway will be in place until the second week of January. Pedestrians may also cross Avenida del Sol at its intersection with state Route 75.

Avenida Del Sol Improvements

Water Lines Replacement Project
: Removal of asphalt and concrete along the trench delineations was completed this week on a project to replace aging water lines that service and run between Coronado City Hall and the Community Center. However, excavation is still pending until approved plumbing materials arrive. Steel plates have been temporarily installed over the removed asphalt to allow parking and keep the turnabout in service during the construction. Parking will be impacted in the area through December, though the parking closures have been phased to minimize the impact. The City requests visitors and pedestrians observe all traffic control and safety measures when transiting through the area.


Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain: Work continued this week on restoration of Bay View Park on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project. This project will restore irrigation, landscaping and hardscape in these areas. This work is close to being completed; however, the park will remain closed for a few weeks to allow the new plants and sod to get established.

I Avenue Work Bay View Park

Online Lap Swim Reservations
: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Recreation and Golf Services has provided an online reservation system for lap swimming. Effective Tuesday, Oct. 13, the following changes will be made to accommodate more swimmers while staying within the public health guidelines:

·      Priority booking for Coronado residents will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays. Nonresidents may make reservations at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays,

·      An additional timeslot has been added from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday,

·      Swimmers may continue to share a lane with a friend or family member,

A punch pass will be introduced as an alternative for the monthly or year pass. There will be 10 punches on the pass starting Monday, Oct. 19.

Click here for more information regarding reservation details or contact Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342. 

Sonnets as Dialogue: On Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., join the Coronado Public Library in partnership with the San Diego Shakespeare Society for a lecture on sonnets. Speaker Paul Majkut has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Shakespeare, Elizabethan-Jacobean drama, and the poetry of the English Renaissance and 17th century in his career as a university teacher. For over a decade, he was the drama and film critic for the San Diego Review. Click here to register for this event.

Wellness in a time of COVID: COVID-19 has had a wide range of impacts on everyone’s daily lives. Join the Coronado Public Library at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, for an interactive talk by CrownTown Counseling’s, Cory Stege. Stege is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. This talk will discuss ways to deal with the social and emotional effects of the pandemic. Click here to register.

Wellness in the Time of COVID-19 Flyer


Cooling Location: The Coronado Public Library was made available this week as a cooling location for residents seeking a cool place to sit or read. Visit the air-conditioned Library during operating hours when it’s too hot to stay home. Library hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Library is open from 10 to 11 a.m. daily only to those 60-plus or those with underlying health conditions. Library patrons are required to maintain social distancing, wear a mask, wash hands or sanitize them frequently, and participate in a health screening.

Library Cooling Location

Coding Adventures with Python
: The Coronado Public Library is now offering a coding program to provide students with afterschool enrichment. The virtual coding workshop will be held monthly and led by Hands-On Technology, a San Diego based educational outfit. Python, a popular programming language, will be taught via puzzles, games, animations and challenges. The first program is open to 4th-8th graders and will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Click here to register.

Earn Volunteer Hours Through Citizen Science
: Every month, the Coronado Public Library shares a tutorial exploring different citizen science projects on Facebook and YouTube. This month’s research project is on the Marine Debris Tracker. Once you start making research observations and submitting data, contact the Library to receive volunteer hours. Contact Tara Davies at [email protected] for more information.


October Spice It Up, Coronado
: Discover a new favorite spice with the Coronado Public Library. Every month, the Library invites community members to explore different spices used in dishes around the world. This month’s meeting will be held via Zoom at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. Click here to register for the event.

Spice it Up Coronado! Flyer

Turkey Coloring Contest 2020
: Recreation and Golf Services in partnership with the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club are hosting a Turkey Coloring Contest for children grades K-5th. The contest began this week and ends Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342.

Turkey coloring Contest Flyer

Pet of the WeekTony, a 6-year-old black and white tuxedo cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Tony was found as a stray along Eighth Street and Alameda Boulevard and is now looking for a home and family. Tony is fun, friendly and easygoing. His adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Tony, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Tony-Pet of the Week

Spreckels Center Senior Resource Newsletter: As Coronado continues to open up in phases, the John D. Spreckels Center is mindful of the members in the community who choose to stay in their homes. Virtual classes and support groups are now being offered by Alzheimer San Diego. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m., Coronado residents may attend “Skills Clinic: Meals & Eating” to learn about strategies for meal planning and assisting people living with dementia with eating and drinking. Click here to view this class along with other upcoming events. RideFACT is currently scheduling essential rides for Coronado residents over 60. Call (888) 924-3228 or click here to schedule a ride. The Coronado Lawn Bowling Club is open to members Monday-Sunday. If you are interested in becoming a member, click here.

Spreckels Senior Center Newsletter

Free Osher Lecture
: This week’s free Osher Lecture, “Changes in Sleep with Age: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies,” will discuss effective treatments for sleep-related problems that occur as a result of aging. This lecture is presented by Sonia Ancoli-Israel, an expert in the field of sleep disorders and circadian rhythms. The lecture is available now through Sunday, Oct. 18. Click here to access the free lecture. The Osher Lectures are brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with the University of California, San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Osher Image

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission, Civil Service Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Historic Resource Commission, Mobility Commission and Planning Commission. Responsibilities of each commission, 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.

Boards, Commissions, Committees Vacancies

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 Coronado:
 Do 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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