Weekly Update Nov. 13, 2020

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Weekly Update Nov. 13, 2020

Weekly Update Nov. 13, 2020

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County Enters Most Restrictive Tier: The County of San Diego has fallen back into the most restrictive tier, meaning that restaurants, retail stores, gyms and places of worship must move outdoors or significantly reduce their indoor operations starting Saturday, Nov. 14. This means the closure of the Community Center Fitness Room. The Coronado Public Library will be now limited to 25% capacity, which means 50 people at a time. The City is working to reinstitute curbside pickup service for local restaurants. The blueprint, which went into effect Aug. 31, has criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. As Thanksgiving nears, San Diego County health officials warn residents to be vigilant about taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including wearing a mask, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick and maintaining social distancing. The County had been in the Red Tier since the blueprint was issued. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks.

Coronado Graphic Tiers


Shark Lab Partnership: The City is excited to be participating with the “Shark Lab” at California State University, Long Beach, to conduct tagging and surveillance on the local shark population. There was an increase in sightings this past summer, however, those that have been sighted have been juvenile white sharks that pose little threat to humans. The purpose of the tagging operation is to collect data on the juveniles as well as their migratory patterns. Coronado Lifeguard Captain Sean Carey had been in touch with Dr. Chris Lowe from the Shark Lab about what the sightings might mean and to learn more about the tagging operation. Lowe suggested he and his staff try to tag some local sharks. Last week, they came to Coronado. with permission from Naval Base Coronado to employ drone flights off the beach, Shark Lab staff and Lifeguards were able to spot sharks in the area. Lifeguards used their rescue water craft with researchers on board to approach the sharks to try to attach the tags. There were two sightings made by the drone pilot and Lifeguards but attempts to apply the tags were unsuccessful. Future operations are now being planned. Along with the Shark Lab, California lifeguard agencies have developed a shark policy, which can be found on the Coronado Lifeguard’s Shark Awareness and Education web page.

Shark Lab Aerial image


Sailboat Aground: Early on the morning of Nov. 7, Coronado police officers spotted a 70-foot sailing vessel about 100 yards offshore. The vessel had no lights on and there was no one on the boat in distress. The vessel broke apart later that morning into two large pieces and came ashore. Debris from the vessel scattered on the beach from the Main Lifeguard Tower to the Hotel del Coronado. The owner of the boat was at the scene. He reported that he had anchored it at Zuniga Point days earlier, but it had drifted due to the storm. The City’s vessel removal contractor, Big Bay Marine, worked Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12-13 to remove it. The City Council coincidentally will consider the acceptance of a $54,000 grant from the Surrendered and Abandoned Vessels Program of the California Division of Boating and Waterways at its next meeting. Once this grant is active, this type of removal will be eligible for reimbursement. The boat, Age of Russia, has an interesting story. It was built in Leningrad prior to the fall of the Soviet Union and attempted to compete in the 1992 Americas Cup in San Diego. It was never sanctioned to compete and spent some time in San Diego before heading to Vancouver then eventually making its way back to San Diego before its unfortunate demise.

Age of Russia three images



Vote for Community Read 2021:  The Coronado Public Library and Coronado Cultural Arts Commission ask the community to pick one of the five finalists as their pick for the fifth annual Coronado Community Read. The public may vote for the 2021 Coronado Community Read via the City’s new Comment Coronado website starting Monday, Nov. 16, to select which will be next year’s chosen title. Voting will take place through Dec. 14. The 2020 Community Read was  “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. These are the shortlisted titles:

  • “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
  • “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendri
  • “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
  • “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

2021 Community Read Finalists

Ballot Drop-off Count: The Registrar of Voters office thanked the City for partnering once again with Bail Ballot Drop-off location at the Coronado Public Library. This year, there was an additional drop-off location at the Community Center. The Registrar reports that there were 3,744 ballots dropped off at the Library and 731 at the Community Center. The “all mail ballot” election during a pandemic saw a turnout of more than 600,000 ballots dropped off over a 29-day period at 125 locations throughout San Diego County. Voter turnout in San Diego County was 81.7%.

Post-election Community Events: The Coronado Public Library is holding two post-election community reconciliation events. To receive the link for these events, sign up via the Library’s calendar at cplevents.org. Contact Jacqueline Luna, Adult Services Librarian, at (619) 522-2479 or [email protected] with any questions.

  • The first will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18. “Difficult Conversations: The art and science of working together” is a free workshop offering a set of research-based principles and strategies that will allow participants to engage in meaningful dialogue with anyone -- regardless of social or ideological differences. This 2.5 hour virtual workshop will take place via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited.
  • The second event will be on Friday, Nov. 20,from 11 a.m. to noon, a talk titled “Restoring Civility to Public Life Post 2020” with Dr. Carl Luna, Director of the Institute of Civic Engagement at the University of San Diego.

Upcoming Holidays: Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain and Holiday Parade have been cancelled this year, but the City is working to create safe, City-sponsored events similar to what it planned for Halloween. Along with installing holiday banners, lighting the trees along Orange Avenue, and lighting the holiday tree and Menorah in Rotary Plaza, Recreation and Golf Services and the Library are planning a variety of festive programs. Some of these programs include Letters to Santa, virtual book reading and Storytime, North Pole Hotline with Santa, social media contests and videos, community food drives, virtual mocktails and cooking events, and virtual canvas painting and ornament decorating. Follow the City of Coronado’s Facebook page to receive updates for these events as they approach.

Holiday Events

Hometown Heroes Banner Ceremony: If you did not have a chance to watch the most recent Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication ceremony, which was held virtually last weekend, it is available for viewing in a number of ways. The event honors those former or current Coronado residents serving or who have served their country. Typically, two ceremonies are held annually, near Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The video is available for viewing on Coronado TV and on social media. Each honoree has a banner along the City’s Avenue of Heroes, on Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Alameda Boulevard, that remains up for six months. The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. Now is the time to consider nominating your family member or friend. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. Find an Avenue of Heroes program brochure here. Visit the City’s YouTube channel or Facebook page to find the videotaped program.


Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule: Coronado will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26, and on Friday, Nov. 27, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will have varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Library also will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection and as a result there will be a one-day residential delay in service. Here is the holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving Sked 2020


Housing Element Update Survey: The Community Development Department is undertaking a Housing Element Update and wants to hear from residents. Input will help shape the Housing Element's policies and goals. The survey will be available until Nov. 22 here. A community workshop was recently held. Following the survey, the City Council will get an update and provide feedback. Following a release of a draft, more public involvement is planned. To learn more about the project, visit https://commentcoronado.org/housing-element-update

Parking Changes: Coronado has recently changed the way it enforces parking restrictions along Orange Avenue. The City is converting to a new system that involves license plate reader technology. As a result, City staff will begin installing parking signs on existing curbside streetlights and applying the thermoplastic curb decals in early December to let the community know that time limits will still be enforced. All 500 parking meters will be removed before Jan. 1. The use of license plate reader technology will be fully implemented and effective on Jan. 29, 2021. The City Council voted recently to increase parking violations fines to $57.50 to discourage people from parking for longer than the posted limit. The City will continue to post informational ads about this change to inform the public.

Parking Meters

Update - Bridge Lighting Study: The San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project, to light up the structure’s piers at night, was approved by the California Coastal Commission last October. The Port of San Diego has requested an encroachment permit from the California Department of Transportation, which maintains the bridge, for a Bridge Lighting Mock-up study that will be installed and tested from Nov. 8-14. The permit allows the Port to temporarily install LED lights on three bridge columns that will be visible as colored lights as they are actively tested each evening. The study will allow the port to observe, evaluate and collect data related to the output and performance of the lights. (Photo courtesy: John Bahu.)

Bridge Lighting image

Climate Action Plan Virtual Workshop: A virtual, interactive public workshop was held this week to get the community involved in creating a Climate Action Plan, which will provide an aspirational menu of community and municipal greenhouse gas reduction measures to achieve targets. The City has already completed its greenhouse gas emissions inventory, which shows where the City’s greenhouse gas emissions come from. The City is implementing community outreach. Click here to learn more about the project and to participate in a new survey and post reduction measure ideas. Here is the link to the video or click on the image below to view. For questions, contact Associate Planner Howard Lee at (619) 522-2423 or [email protected].


Coronado Island Film Festival Events: The Coronado Island Film Festival is hosting its 5th festival Nov. 11-15. Due to the pandemic, the majority of the festival has gone virtual but organizers have not lost their commitment to celebrate the magic of film and to spotlight the gifted filmmakers who have poured out their creativity, passion and hearts for all to view and enjoy. The City continues to sponsor the film festival through its Community Grant Program. The festival hosted a safe and socially distanced in-person event Nov. 12 at the South Bay Drive-in for the official 2020 Opening Night feature from Searchlight Pictures “Nomadland.” Passes are still available for the weekend. For more information or to purchase a pass, visit https://coronadofilmfest.com/.

CIFF logo

2021 Celebrating Coronado Artists Banners: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites local artists to submit images of original artwork for the “2021 Celebrating Coronado Artists” banner series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in April, May and June 2021. The deadline to submit artwork is Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. Click here to apply or find out more information on the application process. Applications can also be picked up at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. For more information on the Orange Avenue Corridor Banner Program, contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633.

Orange Ave Corridor Banner

Blood Drive: The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled a blood drive at the Coronado Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Since April, the City sponsored blood drives have attracted 145 first time donors and a total number of 319 donors. Coronado blood donors have given 310 units and saved potentially 930 lives. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Blood drive flier


Avenida del Sol Improvements: The contractor on a project to upgrade Avenida del Sol near a new Hotel del Coronado entrance under construction is working to install curbs and gutters on the south side of Avenida del Sol and has begun improvements to the Coronado Shores driveway. Emergency access to the Coronado Shores is being maintained during the driveway construction. The contractor has informed the City that they will begin work to install the storm drain crossing under Orange Avenue. Construction hours will be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday, Nov. 14, to Saturday, Dec. 12. 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.

Avenida del Sol image

Public Services:

  • Streets Division has repainted “STOP” and “YIELD” locations east of Orange Avenue.

    Streets Division painting street signs


  • In preparation of the holiday season, Public Services crews checked all the holiday lights and replaced all broken or missing bulbs.
         Holiday Lights PSE
  • Streets Division installed updated parking signs and stenciling in the public parking lot next to the Landing condominiums on First street.
         Landing new signs

Pet of the Week: Freya, a fun and friendly 2-year-old Husky, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Freya was saved from off Interstate 5 by a good Samaritan. A quintessential husky, Freya is full of life and energy and looking forward to landing a new home with people who will appreciate her zest for life, and her “singing” abilities. Her adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Freya, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Freya Pet of the Week

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.

City 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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Posted on 11/13/2020
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