Weekly Update Dec. 18, 2020

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Weekly Update Dec. 18, 2020

Weekly Update Dec. 18, 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. Please note, the Weekly Update will take a two-week break for the holidays. Season’s Greetings and see you in the New Year.

COVID-19 Testing Site in Coronado: Starting Jan. 4, the City will offer a COVID-19 testing site in Coronado which will be open to the general public every Monday and Thursday. Testing will be held at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse facility, 1985 Strand Way, and may be expanded if needed. Testing for COVID-19 is recognized by public health officials as a major factor in beating the pandemic, however, there are no options for the general public here. The City wants to make it as easy as possible for residents to get tested. The City Council approved moving forward with the testing location earlier this month and the City teamed up with a private partner, Kahala Biosciences, to implement the program. Appointments are being accepted for COVID-19 viral and antibody testing. There is no cost to implement the testing location beyond nominal costs for canopies for outdoor testing and advertising costs. Insurance is accepted. If individuals do not have insurance, they may be tested at no cost through a federal program. If individuals wish to pay directly, COVID-19 tests will cost $120. Antibody testing is $65. Visit the City’s COVID-19 Testing webpage for more information and a link to the reservation system. For information, contact the City Manager's Office at [email protected] or call (619) 522-7300.  

COVID Testing ad


Council Reorganization Meeting: At the Dec. 15 City Council meeting, the Coronado City Clerk swore in incumbent Mayor Richard Bailey; incumbent Councilman Mike Donovan; former Mayor and Councilman Casey Tanaka to the City Council; and honored outgoing Councilman Whitney Benzian who has left office after four years. (Photo: Whitney Benzian and family)

Council Reorganization Meeting


Coronado Holiday Schedule 2020-21: The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, all municipal facilities will be closed. There will be some adjusted hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve as noted in the schedule below. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services, if listed below, will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Here is that schedule:

City Holiday Schedule


Coronado Provides Safe Holiday Fun: To help get residents in the spirit, the City is planning safe, festive and fun holiday activities for the whole family.

  • Home in Coronado for the Holidays drive-thru holiday event was held on Dec. 12. Families “cruised” down Candy Cane Lane, made a stop at the Gingerbread House, took a holiday photo at Santa’s Village and visited the North Pole. Participants received holiday cookies, cocoa, fun activities to enjoy at home, a holiday photo and goodie bags.

    Holiday Drive-Thru Event

    Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain, Holiday Parade and Breakfast with Santa are canceled but check out these events that can be enjoyed safely.

  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Bring the holidays to life inside and around your home with these Holiday Photo Contests: Deck the Tree, Deck the Doors or Festive Holiday Décor. Decorate, give your creation a name, snap a photo, tag us at #92118holidays2020 on Facebook or Instagram or email [email protected] One photo per contest per person.  Call (619) 522-7342 for details.

  • Library Holiday Competitions

The Coronado Public Library offers two safe and fun holiday challenges this season:

  1. The first is to build a winter wonderland-themed sandcastle. Participants can send photos of their sandcastle creations to [email protected] or tag @nadolibraryteens on Instagram. This challenge will run through Dec. 23. Click here for more information.
  2. The second challenge gives Coronado residents the opportunity to design their own cookie cutter. Participants can use Thingiverse or Tinkercad to create their cookie cutter designs. Once completed, participants can email their finished designs to [email protected]. The Library will then create the cookie cutters with its 3D printer. Participants can send in their designs through Dec. 24. Click here for more information.

The City also plans virtual storytimes with the Coronado Public Library; virtual mocktails and cooking videos; and a Community Food Drive. Check Coronado TV for more events including floral arranging. Call (619) 522-7342 for Recreation events or (619) 522-7390 for Library events.

Holiday Events

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Reminder: An ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers in Coronado goes into effect on Friday, Jan. 1. The City Council adopted an ordinance in 2019 to regulate the use of leaf blowers within City limits and gave the community more than a year to convert and to let their landscaping professionals know. The ordinance also establishes a time limit for residential use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The City instituted the ban to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality. The City has hosted virtual webinars with electric leaf blower brands, which can be found on the City’s YouTube and Facebook pages. To learn about the ban and watch the webinars, visit the Leaf Blower Ban webpage on Comment Coronado. The City created the handout below with details that residents can share with their gardeners.

Leaf Blower Flyer two sides


Recreation and Golf Services Winter Brochure: Postcards for the Winter/Spring 2021 Recreation and Golf Services Brochure were recently mailed out to residents, and the full brochure is now online. Click here to view the brochure. The classes in this issue are organized by the type or category and then divided by age, starting with classes and activities for youth up to adults. If patrons have any questions, email [email protected], call (619) 522-7342, or complete a comment card and place it in the Community Center’s suggestion box. Online registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 8 a. m. for Coronado residents only. Registration opens to everyone on Jan. 13.

Rec Center Brochure



Free Shredding Event: The City of Coronado and EDCO are sponsoring a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 9, for Coronado residents at the City Hall north parking lot, 1825 Strand Way. EDCO limits items, such as bank statements and personal records, to two bankers boxes or containers measuring no greater than 10”x12”x15” per household. Residents also may drop off, unwanted electronics, including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players and answering machines.  

Shred Event Map

Household Hazardous Waste Day: If you have household products containing toxic chemicals for disposal, the City will host its next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program the same day as the shredding event on Jan 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Services facility, 101 B Ave. For more information, please call Public Services at (619) 522-7380 or EDCO at (619) 287-7555.

Parking Changes: Streets Division is working to remove all parking meters in the commercial corridor and should be done by the end of the month. Crews also installed double-sided traffic signs and thermo plastic displays on the curbs to notify drivers of the new parking changes. As a reminder, parking will be free along Orange Avenue but Coronado Police will continue to enforce a strict two-hour time limit on parking.

Public Services Removing Parking Meters


Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: Construction began at Mathewson Park on Nov. 30 and is estimated to be completed by early February. The existing play equipment and safety surfacing was demolished and the new accessible parking space on Pomona is nearly complete. The site concrete was installed and installation of the new play equipment has begun. The playground renovation includes new accessible and inclusive play equipment, accessible safety surfacing, hardscape, accessible site fixtures, and relocation of the accessible parking space nearest the park.

Mathewson Park three images


Reindeer 101: Just in time for the holidays, the Coronado Public Library is partnering with the San Diego Zoo and inviting kids to attend a virtual event to learn about reindeer. Participants will virtually visit their habitat, learn fun facts, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the most iconic animal of the season. This virtual event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. Registration is not required. Click here for more information.

‘Polar Express’ Reading: Children’s Librarian Ms. Katia will be reading the Christmas classic “The Polar Express” on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. Along with reading the book, Ms. Katia will sing songs, showcase the Library’s winter wonderland display and its working model railway. This event will be live on the Library’s Facebook page

Library Model Train



Library Acoustic Wall Construction: Construction of an acoustic wall between the Library’s Teen Space and Adult Space is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Contractors will be working Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until noon through Dec. 18 and from Dec. 30-31.

Library Acoustic Wall Construction



City Hall/Community Center Water Lines:  The contractor on a project to replace aging water lines between City Hall and the Community Center started welding plastic pipes this week and is simultaneously expanding the width of the trench northward from the Community Center’s pool area to lay down the welded pipe sections as the excavation progresses. The pipes will be pressure-tested prior to insulating the weld joints and backfilling the trench.

HV/AC Water Lines Replacement Project



Avenida del Sol Improvements: The contractor is working to install a headwall for the new storm drain crossing Orange Avenue. This work must be done during low tides so the hours of construction will fluctuate. Vehicle access to Stand Way will be affected during this work. The headwall work is anticipated to be completed next week.  A portion of the Paseo del Mar walkway was demolished on Thursday, Dec. 17, so that it can be reconstructed to match the new cul-de-sac elevation. Construction on the walkway is anticipated to be completed by Wednesday, Dec. 23. This work is an upgrade required by the City as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction, which includes a new main entrance to the hotel and a new signalized intersection at Avenida del Sol and state Route 75.


Pet of the Week: Oreo, a 2-year-old black/white Tuxedo is this week’s Pet of the Week. Oreo came to PAWS after his owner could no longer take care of him. He is calm, quiet and looking for a caring home. Oreo’s adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Oreo, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

PAWS Pet of the Week


Board, Commission, Committee VacanciesThe following positions are open on the Design Review Commission (one design professional member) and the Cultural Arts Commission (one member). Responsibilities of each commission, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found of the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

City of Coronado Board 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.


COVID-19 Testing Sign
Posted on 12/18/2020
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