Weekly Update July 9, 2021

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Weekly Update July 9, 2021

Weekly Update July 9, 2021


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Arts Events in Coronado: The City has several exciting cultural arts events coming up the community may want to attend. Here are a few of the most notable:

  • Philharmonic Debut Concert: As part of its cultural programming efforts, the Coronado Public Library will present the debut concert of the Coronado Philharmonia. The newly established chamber orchestra, led by former Coronado School of the Arts music director Osvaldo Mendoza, will hold its first concert from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the Black Box Theater at Coronado High School. The orchestra’s mission is to provide high-quality musical performances for the community, create opportunities for musicians and, in the future, inspire and educate youth through musical experiences. For more information and to register for limited seating, click here.
          Coronado Philharmonia
  • San Diego Writer’s Festival: Register and tune into the online San Diego Writer’s Festival, co-sponsored by the Coronado Public Library. The two-day consecutive Saturday festival – set for July 17 and July 31 -- is a free, community-based event designed to celebrate the power of writing and storytelling, all made possible by sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers. The events consist of author lectures, poetry, workshops, and will feature authors such as Tayari Jones, Lisa See and James Patterson. Click here for more information on this event and to register.
         Writers Festival
  • Orange Avenue Banners: Applications for the nonprofit series of banners for the Orange Avenue Banner Program – displayed Sept. 15 through the Thanksgiving holiday -- are available online now. The deadline is July 15. 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. Patriotic-themed banners along with new American and Coronado flags are flying now. The City Council reviews all designs before they are installed on the avenue. For more information on the banner program, contact Kelly Purvis/Senior Management Analyst at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633.
         Orange Avenue Banners
  • Coronado Playhouse Turns 75: The Coronado Playhouse is celebrating its 75th year in Coronado. Although the anniversary was last year, the Playhouse wanted to officially mark the milestone. For 25 years, the City has provided a community grant to produce an annual Free Classic Series. This year, the production is William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and it is available to watch online for free and on-demand from July 16-August 8. To access the play, click here.
         Comedy of Errors

Fourth of July: City staff is pleased with how well all the Fourth of July festivities were carried out and thanks the Coronado Fourth of July and all volunteers. It is the City’s largest holiday event and is much enjoyed by the community. The holiday fell on a Sunday, was observed on a Monday and the parade was held on a Saturday. With the events spread out over three days, the City was not as busy or crowded as anticipated although there were many people in town to view the fireworks display. Here are a few highlights of the holiday weekend.

  • A list of frequently asked questions, including when will the medians open, where will roads be closed, where will bus routes be relocated and more, on the City’s public engagement site, Comment Coronado, was a great resource. The Coronado Fourth of July page had the most visits than any other project on Comment Coronado to date.
         Comment Coronado page
  • The parade, a rough water swim and the Crown City Classic run on July 3, and the fireworks display and a Navy parachute demonstration on July 4 went as planned. The parade began at 10 a.m. and lasted under two hours. There were more entries in this parade – 104 total -- than in years past.
  • The Coronado Golf Course was closed on July 4 due to the fireworks display and traffic direction was provided early on the morning of July 3 as the run passed by the entrance. The fireworks display began at 9 p.m. and was launched from Stingray Point. This resulted in the closure of the sandy beach to create a safety zone, which remained closed to the public all day to prevent people from setting up viewing spots in the launch area. As the fireworks will more than likely continue to be launched from this area due to increased safety measures, the City will get the word out about viewing restrictions in the area. (Photo: Ryan Bethke / Easy Day Sports)
         Crown City Classic Run
  • The City posted signs along the parade route and the launch area for the fireworks display to remind the community of public health recommendations that attendees be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering.
         Signs Along Orange Ave
  • Naval Base Coronado conducted a gun-salute in honor of the holiday at noon on Monday, July 5, from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • Sharp Coronado Hospital, with help from Coronado Fourth of July, held a mobile vaccine clinic near the Spreckels Park bandstand on July 3.
  • Boaters hoping to watch the fireworks from the water were advised to be conscious of and avoid anchoring within eelgrass habitats. The City provided maps of the eelgrass beds around San Diego and Glorietta bays.
         Eelgrass Beds Map
  • The City provided special free bus service from the Cays to the Village on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents in 30-minute intervals. MTS officials notified the City in the days before the holiday weekend that they would make stops at Silver Strand Lincoln Military Housing at the regular MTS bus stops off Leyte Road. This was a much-appreciated addition by the City and military housing community.

         Shuttle Bus image

Bridge Lane Configuration: The City was notified by the California Department of Transportation that it has repaired the vehicle used to configure lanes on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. Drivers on Thursday, July 8, may have been stuck in traffic as the Barrier Transfer Machine did not get the usual weekday afternoon configuration arranged. Caltrans said the vehicle broke down, leaving two lanes for outbound vehicles. Traffic leaving Coronado was significantly backed up as late as 6:45 p.m. The regular configuration allows three lanes into Coronado in the morning, and then switches to three lanes out of Coronado in the afternoon and all weekend. Traffic patterns will return to normal today, July 9, and remain in place throughout the weekend.

Bridge Lanes

Improvements to Avenida del Sol: Power for the new traffic signal near the new entrance to the Hotel del Coronado was established and the California Department of Transportation is set to perform a systems-check of the signal equipment this week. If there are no issues, the new traffic signal will be in operation by the week of July 19. City staff walked the construction area with hotel representatives to identify issues with construction that require further refinement. The hotel will work to remedy the construction issues over the next few weeks.

Trinidad Pump Station Upgrade:  A project to upgrade the Trinidad Pump Station at the northeast corner of Coronado Cays Boulevard and Port of Spain Road has been delayed due to an issue related to the electrical service utility. The issue should be resolved shortly, and work on the wastewater pump station upgrade project can begin sometime next week.

SDG&E Gas Main Replacement: SDG&E’s contractor continues with replacement of the gas main in the alley flanked by J Avenue and Alameda Boulevard from First Street to Sixth Street. For the next 3 to 4 weeks, the contractor will be actively working in the alley from Second Street to Third Street, as well as on Second Street between J Avenue and Alameda Boulevard.

California-American Water Main Replacement: California-American Water completed the installation for the new water main lines on Miguel Avenue, Glorietta Boulevard and Monterey Avenue. Chlorinating and testing procedures are underway this week and asphalt repairs are scheduled for next week. Traffic striping and markings will take place a week after re-paving.

Monday Movie Matinee: Join the Coronado Public Library for the Summer Monday Movie Matinee where one movie is featured each week. On Monday, July 12, the Library will show “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information and to register for the event, click here.

Monday Movie Matinee

Author Talk at the Library: On Thursday, July 15, join Author Cynthia Kosciuczyk as she lectures about the world of rugs and the woven language of symbols and color they contain. The event will be from 11 a.m. to noon. This talk will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing on the Library's Facebook and Youtube pages following the event. Please register to reserve your seat for this event at cplevents.org.

Weaving Life Author

‘Crafternoon’ Impression Tiles: Come to the Coronado Public Library for a “Crafternoon” event to create a tile to use as a coaster or an accent piece. The event will be on Thursday, July 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Winn Room. Unreserved spots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event. If you would like to participate but are unable to pick up a kit or attend in person, an instructional video will be available for on-demand viewing on the Library's Facebook and Youtube pages at 4 p.m. on the day of the event. Please register for the event at cplevents.org.

Crafternoon Image

Spreckels Center Updates: The Spreckels Center has graciously received a grand piano that was donated in memory of Gerald Francois Laughlin Jr. by his family to the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. Open play hours will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. and when the room is not in use. The Spreckels Center would like to send a special thank you to the Coronado Senior Association for hosting re-opening week festivities and providing pastries and coffee for everyone to enjoy in the Lounge.

Spreckels Center Update images

Spreckels Free Cooking Demonstration: Sharp Coronado Hospital's chef, Roger Unger, is providing a free cooking demonstration on Tuesday, July 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Spreckels Center. Registration is required as there are a limited number of seats. Learn how to make Summer barbecue chicken salad. Samples will be provided.

Sharp Cooking Demo

Regional Transportation Plan Update: Residents can provide their comments on the San Diego Association of Governments draft 2021 Regional Plan through July 30. The draft long-term transportation 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 Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

Pet of the Week: Angus, a 4-year-old cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is smart, discerning, gentle and sweet. If Angus makes a love connection, he is playful and not shy about asking for belly rubs. He also likes to hold “hands” with his favorite people. Because of his FIV positive status, Angus must be the only cat in his home. To find out more about Angus, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Angus Pet of the Week

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.


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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Coronado Philharmonia
Posted on 07/09/2021
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