Weekly Update June 18, 2021

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Weekly Update June 18, 2021

Weekly Update June 18, 2021


Weekly Update: The Interim City Manager’s Weekly Update video is on break this week but will return next weekIf 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.

Restrictions Lifted Throughout County: This week, the state lifted capacity and distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities. All sectors are returning to usual operations as of June 15. The exception is with large-scale events, which will have some restrictions, through at least Oct. 1. People are encouraged to wear a mask anytime they feel vulnerable, are at a large indoor or outdoor gathering or simply indoors. Over the summer, the state will continue to track vaccination and infection rates and keep some guidelines in place until at least Oct. 1. The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health, which protects employees throughout the state, approved updated COVID-19 emergency temporary standards, which the governor made effective this week. The new rules allow fully vaccinated employees to forego face coverings indoors, as well as outdoors regardless of vaccination status. This applies to all City facilities and workplaces in the state. No physical distancing or barrier requirements are needed. Vaccination status must be documented.

Fourth of July: The Fourth of July in Coronado is traditionally the City’s biggest holiday event of the year. With most COVID-19 restrictions removed, the City is expecting to attract many residents and visitors. The City wants the community to be prepared for the three-day holiday weekend and created a list of frequently asked questions including when the medians open, where road closures will be, how to deal with towed vehicles and about bus service routes. The parade, a rough water swim and the Crown City Classic run are set for Saturday, July 3, and the fireworks display and a Navy parachute demonstration for the Fourth of July. The holiday is observed on Monday, July 5. During those days, the Golf Course will be open normal hours. For outdoor “mega-events,” such as parades, public health officials recommend that attendees be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering. Please note that there will be traffic direction provided at the intersection of Glorietta Boulevard and Visalia Row during the run on July 3 as participants will use Glorietta Boulevard. The City asks that visitors pay attention to parking restrictions, road closures and safety zones. Locals are asked to take alternative transportation, such as the Free Summer Shuttle and bicycles.

Coronado Safe Summer Graphic



Cays Free Summer Shuttle July 3-4: Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle is back in service and residents and visitors are using the service to get to the beach, the Coronado Public Library, grocery or drug store, area hotels and Community Center. The Free Summer Shuttle will run through Labor Day, Sept. 6. There will be special free bus service from the Cays to the Village on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals. In addition, the City is providing free day passes for Cays residents to allow them to connect to the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village. On July 3 and 4, the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out a story map for the shuttle, 2021 summer shuttle information, and the operating shuttle schedule for July 3 – July 4.

Cays Passes details



Hotel del Coronado Construction Update: Construction continues to progress on the South Beach Conference Center and guest rooms at the Hotel del Coronado. The Windsor Lawn has reopened, and the Oxford building has received occupancy approval. The Ocean Towers has received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.




Regional Transportation Plan Update: Residents can provide their comments on the San Diego Association of Governments draft 2021 Regional Plan through July 30. A virtual meeting was held June 16 to present an overview of the long-term transportation plan and opportunities for public engagement. The City is working on acquiring hard copies of the plan for the public to review. The draft plan was presented to the SANDAG Board of Directors and posted to SDForward.com. The future of the San Diego region, how it grows, connects people and places, how the environment is protected, are addressed in the plan. The draft 2021 Regional Plan is open for public review and comment. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

Spreckels Center Phased Reopening:  This week the John D. Spreckels Center reopened after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spreckels Center staff, and the facility's new Recreation Supervisor Dana Welch, welcomed the community to return June 16 to say hello and reacquaint themselves with the building. The Spreckels Center was designed to serve the City's vibrant 50-plus community and will offer a wide variety of programs and services, including health, fitness and wellness programs, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities, educational and arts programs, and inter-generational programs. In-person classes will begin in a phased manner, beginning June 21. A welcome reception is planned for Dana Welch on June 22 at 3 p.m. Additional programs will kick off around mid-July. A full staff is expected aboard by the fall.

Spreckels Center Reopening plan


Upcoming Park Field Closures: Sunset, Cays and Tidelands parks will be closed at various times during the month of June. From June 14-27, the Tidelands Park sports fields will be closed for similar maintenance. Dog park, playgrounds, all paved pathways and facilities, such as the tennis courts, will still be available for usage. From June 1-13, the Sunset and Cays fields were closed as Public Services crews performed maintenance, such as aeration, and to allow the turf to rest so that is may be strong enough to withstand the summer traffic and heat. 

Field Closures flyer cropped


Japanese Friendship Garden Exhibit: There is a lot of interest in Japan this summer because of the upcoming Olympic Games. Learn about Japanese seasonal festivals in an exhibit at the Coronado Public Library in partnership with the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. The exhibit will be in the Library from now until Sept. 8 and features traditional costumes, dolls and decorations.

Japanese Exhibit

Japanese Exhibit2

Library Summer Reading Events: From June 21 to Aug. 13, all ages of readers can win prizes just for logging the books they read. The Library’s Summer Reading program officially kicks off with a Summer Reading Luau for all ages on Friday, June 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library Park.  The luau will feature crafts, games such as limbo, and live music by the Coronado Ukulele Club. There will also be a raffle for prizes. Registration is encouraged and can be done at cplevents.org. This year’s theme for Summer Reading is “Reading Colors Your World.” Participants can click here to register and log the books they read. Paper reading logs are also available for those who prefer. For more information, please visit or call the Library at (619) 522-7390.

Reading Colors Your World 

Booking Library Spaces: The Coronado Public Library rooms are once again available for public booking. In order to reserve a space, click the “reserve a room” tab at the top of the page. The Winn Room and Ruby Room are available for community events that are free and open to all or for meetings of Coronado-based nonprofits. The conference room can be booked for groups up to 12 people. To schedule a space reservation, click here.



Sit a Spell and Play a Tune Public Piano Program: The public piano program is back starting this weekend after a hiatus during the pandemic. There are wrapped pianos featuring the artwork of local artists sited at Rotary Park, Adella Plaza and a new site at the Coronado Public Library. On Saturday, July 19, beginning at 2 p.m. at Rotary Park there will be a popup concert for one hour at each site featuring local pianists. For more information about the piano program, check out this video by Brad Willis of Coronado Arts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnvDRfO2Cj8.

Sit a Spell Play a Tune




Orange Avenue Banners Applications for the nonprofit series of banners for the Orange Avenue Banner Program to be installed the week of Sept. 15 through the Thanksgiving holiday are available online now. The program, initiated in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado grant, displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. Two of the five annual banner installations are open to local nonprofit organizations. The application deadline to be considered for this series is July 15 and are available on CoronadoARTS.com. For more information, call (619) 522-2633.

Orange Avenue Banners




Open Water Rescue Training: The Coronado Fire Department will begin open water training next week to be better prepared when the situation arises. The training will include open water rescue techniques using various equipment and working with boats and helicopters. At the end of the training, personnel will be taught survival techniques in the event a firefighter falls into the water while wearing firefighting equipment. Training will occur in various locations around the City, including the Community Center pool, the water off Glorietta Bay, Tidelands Park and Coronado beach from June 18-24. There will be a helicopter landing and orientation at Tidelands Park on June 18 and 23 and to maintain the safety of the landing zone observers are discouraged to come to the park.

SDG&E Gas Main Replacement: SDG&E is replacing approximately 2,500 feet of gas pipe in the alley flanked by Alameda Boulevard and J Avenue, from First Street to Sixth Street, and the street crossings in between. Construction is estimated to take place from June 10 to September 27. SDG&E is currently working through the 100 and 200 blocks of the alley through June 30 before they move farther south toward Sixth Street.

Glorietta Boulevard Water Main Replacement: California American Water is replacing a portion of its water main on Glorietta Boulevard, between Miguel Avenue and Monterey Avenue. The project this week is expected to complete installation of new fire hydrants and water service lines. Next week, the project is planned to focus on pressure testing, chlorinating, and water sampling. Tie-ins to the rest of the water main network are tentatively scheduled for the week of June 28. The project is scheduled to finish roadway resurfacing and repairs the week after Fourth of July.

Golf Course Projects: This will be the first week for upcoming projects at the Golf Course. The projects are focused on the removal of 25 years of organic matter accumulation from the lake. These projects will not impede the parking or golf play.

Golf Course Work




Pet of the Week: Niko, a sweet and handsome 6-year-old Mixed Breed dog, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Niko wants nothing more than to be by his human friends’ sides. The Japanese word “niko” means “smile,” and it’s obvious why it suits Niko perfectly. Niko is a male, mixed breed, six years old, 60 pounds, housebroken, neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, current on flea prevention. Adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Niko, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Niko Pet of the Week

Foster Families Needed: PAWS is in need of fosters for dogs of all ages and sizes. The City's Animal Care Facility is past capacity for housing dogs and is also in need of fosters for young puppies that were born in our care while they grow big enough to be eligible for adoption. There is special need for fosters who do not have other pets in their home, but there are also a few dog-friendly dogs who could come into a family with dogs. Some fosters, like the puppies, can range from 2 to 4 weeks, but there is also a need for fosters just for a few days at a time while adoptions are processed and new rooms are opened up. To become a PAWS foster the application is on the website, pawsofcoronado.org, under the programs tab.



June Blood Drive Red Cross Bus: The City and American Red Cross have scheduled the next blood drive for June 21 at the Coronado Community Center. The agencies have worked together during the pandemic to host monthly blood drives as available blood supplies were low. Each month, the Coronado community came through to support this worthy cause. This next drive will be held at the Community Center in the Red Cross Bus as the former site will be reopened to the community. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since last year, the City held about a dozen blood drives. Coronado had the highest collection total for the year in the Central-South San Diego region. Click here to schedule an appointment.

June Blood Drive



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission and the Parks & Recreations 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.

Vacancies June 2 2021

COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City publishes its news regularly 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.

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Posted on 06/18/2021
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