Weekly Update April 23, 2021

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Weekly Update April 23, 2021

Weekly Update April 23, 2021

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Fireworks,  Summer Shuttle Approved: Coronado has two traditional summer events that were both canceled last year due to the pandemic. This week, the City Council approved moving forward with a Fourth of July fireworks display and the Free Summer Shuttle program. 

  • Funding for the Fourth of July firework display was approved by the Council, provided San Diego County health officials maintain their position that firework displays are allowed. It is planned that the display will be staged from land, not a barge as in years past, near Stingray Point. No other summer or Fourth of July events were considered by the City Council beyond the firework display and Free Summer Shuttle, which the County has said will be allowed. Planning by the Fourth of July Committee and a local sports promoter is underway in case restrictions are further eased but the Council must approve any other events, including a run, rough water swim, Navy parachute demonstration, and a parade. However, events may be canceled at any time subject to a revised health order.
  • The Free Summer Shuttle program was approved to start June 1 or as close to that date as possible working with officials with the Metropolitan Transit System and run through Labor Day, Sept. 6, operating on 15-minute intervals. Additionally, there will be free bus service starting from the Coronado Cays Fire Station to the Community Center on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4. The bus will operate on a 30-minute interval. Finally, an initial 1,000 Metropolitan Transit System day passes will be purchased and delivered to the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association for distribution. The Summer Shuttle service benefits residents and visitors and reduces traffic congestion during the busy summer months.
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Four Cities to Appeal Ruling on Housing Process: Four member cities of the San Diego Association of Governments will appeal a San Diego Superior Court ruling dismissing their legal challenge to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation adopted by SANDAG on July 10, 2020. Coronado, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and Solana Beach will challenge the Superior Court’s dismissal of the case on the basis that the cities properly filed appeals during SANDAG’s administrative process, but that their appeals were unfairly decided when SANDAG used a biased, weighted vote favoring a minority of jurisdictions. SANDAG’s use of a weighted vote on the appeals is unprecedented in California law and allowed a minority of five of the 19 jurisdictions who are members of SANDAG to advance a RHNA plan that is both unrealistic and punitive to smaller jurisdictions throughout San Diego County. A fair appeal process is an important cornerstone in the RHNA allocation process and protects all SANDAG members.

Underground District Approved: The City Council this week approved the establishment of an Underground Utility Conversion District along portions of Adella Avenue and Ynez Place. The project will remove all overhead electrical and communications utilities, and place as much of the infrastructure underground as possible.  The work will improve the aesthetics, eliminate safety risks and increase property values in the area. The project is unique because about half of the electric services within the district already are underground. The City will work with SDG&E during engineering and design and with the Cultural Arts Commission to improve the appearance of any utilities infrastructure that must remain above ground, such as transformer boxes. The underground engineering and design will take 12 months. The actual undergrounding will be completed by February 2023. The majority of costs will be paid from one-time general City revenues.

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Bayshore Bikeway Renamed for Greg Cox: At its April 20 meeting, the City Council provided its full support in renaming the Bayshore Bikeway after former San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox. The new name of the bike path will be Greg Cox San Diego Bayshore Bikeway. Last year,  the San Diego Association of Governments Bayshore Bikeway Working Group agreed to rename the path after Cox, who was instrumental in helping complete the Class I, 24-mile bikeway around San Diego Bay. Coronado has the largest section of the bikeway of all the cities it runs through. Cox served as the District 1 County Supervisor representing Coronado for 21 years.

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Tennis Community Meeting: Recreation and Golf Services will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 28, to discuss recent changes at the Tennis Center and public courts citywide. There has been much discussion in the community about the recent changes, all of which the City will address including pro lessons; classes, camps and drills; court reservations; the new tennis concessionaire; City contacts; and what is open now. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the Tennis Center, 1501 Glorietta Blvd. Recreation staff will publish a Q&A about the changes to answer common questions in advance of the meeting. The meeting is open to the entire community.

St. Vincent de Paul Village Shelter Contract: The City will continue to offer shelter at St. Vincent de Paul Village, including a bed, meals and support services to those in need as there are no shelter services available within Coronado. Last year, the City successfully contracted with St. Vincent de Paul to provide one shelter bed. A new agreement, approved by the City Council this week, is for three years and two shelter beds. A 2020 count found a homeless population in the City of 16 people, with whom the Police Department has regular and frequent contact. Prior to the agreement with St. Vincent de Paul, the City had a difficult time finding shelter for those wanting it because shelters in San Diego routinely reach capacity on any given night. This removed the ability of the Police Department to offer services to the homeless or enforce some of its ordinances. Criminal sanctions cannot be imposed against the homeless for sleeping on public property unless an alternative has been offered. This agreement allows the City to offer an option to those without shelter. The agreement, which ends in 2024, will give the Police Department the ability to take enforcement action with homeless individuals who refuse to accept the services the agreement will provide.

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Crisis Resolution, Proactive Outreach with PERT: Police Chief Chuck Kaye provided an update to the City Council this week on the City’s collaboration with San Diego County’s Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, or PERT. The City was first assigned a full-time specialist in dealing with those with behavioral health challenges in 2007. Elizabeth Peters, is the City’s currently assigned PERT clinician. She works with officers on 911 calls where she can conduct a safety assessment to determine what a person needs whether it is hospitalization, a ride to a crisis center or walk-in mental health clinic, or other resource. The goal is to provide crisis resolution and proactive outreach to decrease unnecessary hospitalization and incarceration. Officers and dispatchers are required to attend PERT training. In 2020, Coronado received 137 calls specifically related to persons experiencing mental health issues. In 2019, there were 157; in  2018, 181; and in 2017, 192. Last year, Peters participated in 628 total contacts and actively found resources for people using their own insurance or other resources. Every call relating to a person experiencing a mental health crisis is different. The City strives to achieve a safe interaction that leads to a connection to the appropriate resources at the moment.

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High-speed Broadband at Library: The Coronado Public Library will increase the speed of its public Wi-Fi and other computers from 1 gigabit per second to 10 gigabits per second in the coming year, thanks to a grant from the California State Library. The City Council accepted the $96,000 grant at its meeting Tuesday, April 20. It will pay for new technology that will allow the hike in broadband speed. The increase reflects demand for faster internet service to accommodate uses such as video streaming. The Library has been offering 1 gigabit per second service since 2015, following receipt of another grant of $20,000 from the California State Library at that time. The Library’s successful application will make high speed broadband available to patrons in the Library whether using their own devices or a Library computer. The annual running costs of the service are met by the Corporation for Education Network Initiative in California, or CENIC, and the California Teleconnect Fund.

Wi-Fi at Library

Navy Vaccination Message: The Navy has informed the City that all TRICARE beneficiaries over the age of 16, all Department of Defense civilians, and contract employees with appropriate identification are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are made by a web-based Defense Health Agency appointment scheduler. The online scheduler can be done in under a minute. The website is https://informatics-stage.health.mil/covax/Locations include NAS North Island, Lowry Theater; Naval Hospital, Balboa, Central Immunizations Clinic; NB Point Loma Annex, Admiral Kidd Center; NB San Diego, Admiral Prout Fitness Station.

Orange Tier Updates: As a reminder of the recent reduction in COVID-19 restrictions and the expansion of vaccinations, City staff is making the following plans:

  • The Coronado Community Center Gymnasium will reopen on Monday, April 26,  with no reservations required. Drop-in basketball will be available from 7 to 11 a.m., and again from 1 to 7 p.m. Drop-in volleyball will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Fridays. Standard user fees apply. There may only be 10 people in the gym at one time.
  • Starting on Monday, April 26, the Coronado Community Center Fitness Room will begin allowing four people per hour to work out, up from two. The fitness room will be open Monday-Friday and reservations are still required.
  • On Monday, April 26,  the Coronado Skatepark will increase allowed capacity to 12 people per hour, up from 8. Reservations are still required for the park. Current days and hours remain the same.
  • Beginning Sunday, May 2,  the Coronado Aquatics Center will begin Family Swim in the Recreation Pool only. Family Swim will be available for 1-hour increments and will be limited to family groups. The Family Swim hours will be on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations may be made online or over the phone every Thursday at 2 p.m., starting on April 29.  Additional details about the reservation system are in the works.
  • Starting Monday, May 3, the Spreckels Center will allow play on seven of the eight Lawn Bowling rinks and a total of 36 people will be allowed to play at one time. Reservations will continue to be required and the facility will only admit members.
  • Starting Monday, May 3, Coronado parks and beaches will allow 50 people at a time for celebrations of life and wedding events only. Park and beachgoers may bring allowed equipment. Exceptions to equipment are loose items, such as flower petals. Application and permit fees will be charged. No vendor loading zone permits will be issued.
  • Starting on Monday, May 31, the Coronado Boathouse will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations will continue to be required. 


Recreation Summer Brochure Available: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services’ Summer Brochure is available now. There are youth camps that appeal to all interests, sports and water activities for all ages and virtual fitness classes to keep you active. Online summer registration starts May 5 for Coronado residents and for everyone May 19. If you have other questions about summer youth programs, please contact the Recreation and Golf Services Department at (619) 522-7342.

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Silver Strand Median Maintenance: The City’s general landscape contractor completed general maintenance of the two southernmost aloe median islands on Silver Strand State Highway. The median islands, or oases, are along the state highway between Attu Avenue and Coronado Cays Boulevard. Crews planted 130 deer grass, repaired broken irrigation and pulled weeds. Lanes nearest the medians were shut down during the work.

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Oases Work

Golf Course Lighting Improvements:  This week, crews began the installation of the parking lot light bollards. Last week, trenches across walkways to provide electrical power for the new bollards were inspected, backfilled and covered. There will be no further parking impacts and the project is scheduled to be completed by May 1, assuming remaining lights are delivered as expected.

Golf Course Lighting Work

Improvements to Avenida del Sol: Work began to install the new sidewalk from Pomona Avenue to Avenida del Sol this week on a project to improve the cul-de-sac and install a new signalized intersection. The sidewalk is projected to be complete by April 30. The installation of the new traffic signal at Avenida del Sol is still ongoing. Pole foundations were poured this week and require a seven-day cure time before the signal poles can be erected. On April 27, the Avenida del Sol/Orange Avenue intersection will be paved. Additionally, the restoration of Strand Way curb and gutter will also take place.

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Chat with an Author: Caitlin Rother, a New York Times best seller author and 13-year reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, will be discussing her soon-to-be-released book: “Death on Ocean Boulevard” at the Coronado Public Library. The event will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in partnership with Bay Books Coronado. Register at cplevents.org to receive the Zoom link to this event.

Virtual Library Book Talk




Pick Up Succulent Planters at the Library: Supply kits for self-made hanging succulent planters are available at the Coronado Public Library. On April 28 at 4 p.m., a Teens Create instructional video will be available on the Library’s Facebook Page. Click here for more event details.

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April Blood Drive: The City and American Red Cross have scheduled the April blood drive force held on a weekend, Sunday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Coronado had the highest collection total for 2020 in the Central-South San Diego region. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Blood drive April



Pet of the Week: The City has featured all of the Animal Care Facility’s adoptable animals at the moment so there is no pet of the week. However, there are many coming up for adoption soon. Puppies and kittens, currently being fostered as they grow to adoptable ages, will soon be available. There are six kittens and eight puppies that will need homes soon. They are adorable. To find out more about the kittens and puppies, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the city’s animal care facility at (619) 522-7371. (Photos: Last year’s kittens)

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Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Civil Service Commission. Responsibilities, qualifications for appointment, term of office and deadline for receipt of applications can be found at the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Boards, Commission, and 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

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Posted on 04/23/2021
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