Weekly Update April 10, 2020

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Weekly Update April 10, 2020

Weekly Update April 10, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video focusing on COVID-19. If 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.

Bridge Lane Configuration: The California Department of Transportation is expected to announce that it will keep the San Diego-Coronado Bridge lane configuration static with three lanes heading out of Coronado due to low traffic volume during this health emergency. Caltrans says traffic has been reduced on the bridge by about 60%. This change is not expected to impact traffic heading into or out of Coronado.


Banners to Support Community, Businesses: Three new banners will soon be displayed along the Orange Avenue medians in the Coronado Commercial Corridor to provide support for local businesses who may be struggling during this time and encouragement for residents required to stay at home. The banners will be placed at Orange and Sixth Street, near the Police Station at Seventh and one at Orange and Adella Avenue. The signs say:

  • Coronado We Stay Informed Together
  • Coronado We Stay Home Together
  • Coronado We Take Out Together

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea and the City created the messages and signs.

Banner Median Signs 

Amended County Order, Protocols Posted: San Diego County health officials have ordered that all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy or drug store, convenience store, gas station, and restaurant to wear a mask to cover their faces. This week, they expanded it to include employees of banks, in public transportation and childcare providers that serve food. The County also required businesses that allow members of the public to enter a facility to post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” form on each facility open to the public. The City has posted the forms in the appropriate facilities, and at the beach and parks. In addition to social distancing standards and sanitation protocols, San Diego County’s health order requires the closure of parking lots that serve parks, beaches and recreation facilities. The City posted signs where applicable.

Protocol Posting City Hall 

Beach Closed Barrier


Beach, Ocean Bay Closed: Coronado closed its beach last week. Prior to that, the City closed the dog washing station at Dog Beach, all playground equipment, the Spreckels Park bandstand, and the City’s tennis courts. Additionally, San Diego County prohibited boating for recreational purposes, watersports and swimming this past weekend.

Boat Launch Ramp Closed

Storm Summary: A North Pacific storm dropped heavy rain this week and brought cold temperatures and windy conditions to San Diego County. The winds knocked over beach and parking closure signs that have been posted around Coronado. Public Services crews worked to deal with flooding on roadways and on electrical conduits that service the Transbay Pump Station. The crew was able to resolve the electrical conduits issue, which occurred twice due to the amount of rain that fell within a two-day period, to quickly return the station to automatic operation. Public Services will look into ways to better protect the electrical conduits from flooding. City crews also repaired a California Department of Transportation storm drain that was filled with sand to get the water flowing again at Silver Strand Boulevard and Avenida del Sol. This work remedied the flooding issues at northbound state Route 75 near the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill. Signs that had blown over were fortified with sand bags as were flood-warning signs staged throughout town. Flooding on the southbound shoulder of the Cays Boulevard off ramp briefly closed one lane of State Route 75 early Tuesday morning. The newly installed stormwater diversion system at the John D. Spreckels Center worked well. The building which had major flooding issues during the December 2018 storm, was protected and dry. However, there are a few valve modifications that will need to be completed. Sand bags are available for residents in need, while supplies last, at four locations: First Street and Alameda Boulevard; Fourth Street and Alameda; North Beach; and at the Cays near the First Station.

Clearing Clogged drainage

Storm Image Clog 


Coronado is Open for Business: The City is open for business. City Hall operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, City Hall doors will remain locked and opened for appointments only. Effective this week, all those entering any City facility must be in good health, including City employees, demonstrating that by performing an assessment of their health and taking their temperatures. Every City employee is required to wear a face covering or mask that covers the nose and mouth when interacting with the public.  It also is strongly recommended that employees have a face covering available to use while in City facilities.

Directive at City Hall 


Virtual Meetings to Resume: The City plans to resume certain commission meetings in the coming weeks. However, they will be held virtually. The first meeting planned is the Tuesday, April 14, Planning Commission meeting. The next meeting will be the Historic Resource Commission meeting on Wednesday, April 15, followed by the Design Review Commission meeting set for April 22. Commissioners will be using an internet-based meeting app and none is expected to physically attend. The meeting agendas will be posted as they normally are, and members of the public may comment in advance. The meetings are subject to cancellation depending on COVID-19.


Call Center Schedule Change: The City created the Coronado Call Center in March to help answer questions from the community and hear their concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The City continues to encourage residents who have concerns about neighbors and family here, questions about City services or business or about school or other resources, to call (619) 522-6380 to talk to someone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City will no longer take live calls on weekends. This is due to the low number of calls the Call Center was receiving. The Call Center will accept messages on weekends, and someone will return calls on Monday.

Call Center New Sked


Neighbor to Neighbor: The Neighbor to Neighbor, or N2N, program is a new venture created through a partnership of local volunteers and your neighbors along with the support of the City to help people look out for one another. The program is run by local volunteers and services four areas in Coronado -- the Cays, the Shores, the Village and Navy Housing. Each area has a different approach in organizing. The Cays were way ahead of this effort. Organizers began an outreach effort prior to the N2N initiative. The Cays agreed to join up with the N2N effort but established their own protocol and are working with the 10 villages of the Cays. Those leading the Cays effort say they had several volunteers that helped carry out the delivery of letters last week to every home in the Cays and approximately 30 residents who have offered to assist neighbors during this emergency. If you are interested in helping or if you need help, call the Cays organizer Dawn Richards at (301) 535-5832 or email her at [email protected]. In the Village area there is still a need for 18 more block captains. If you live in the Village on one of the pink blocks on the map below, contact Amy Steward at [email protected] or call her at (619) 972-5509. Residents of the Coronado Shores are encouraged to contact building managers for information and assistance. Shores resident Kathleen Hanlon is also attending the N2N weekly leadership briefings and can be reached at [email protected]. Residents in Navy Housing may contact Eve Depree at [email protected]. The map just below is a zoning map for the Cays and is an illustration of how the N2N program is using the different villages to reach residents.


N2N Program 
Cays Zoning Map

n2n map 

Prescription Drug Drop Box Closed: Due to COVID-19, the Coronado Police Department will not be accepting unwanted/unused prescription drugs at this time. Please keep any unused prescription drugs locked up and away from children and pets. As soon as it is possible, the Police Department will let the community know when the program will resume.

Prescription Drug Box



‘We Are Open’ Signs Available: Coronado MainStreet has created signs for businesses to post to let the community know that they are open. Many local restaurants and other essential businesses remain open for carry-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery service. In an ongoing effort to support local businesses during this time, MainStreet delivered bright green signs to identify those businesses who continue to offer these options. Look for the signs and support Coronado restaurants by ordering meals but eating at home.


MTS Announces Service Reductions: Starting Monday, April 13, MTS will start a modified weekday schedule, due to significant declines in ridership as a result of the coronavirus. About 70% of routes will see a frequency or span of service change, but no routes will be cut. At this time, only essential trips should be taken on MTS buses and trolleys  by essential workers or to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. More info here.


Construction Projects: Construction is permitted under state and San Diego County guidelines and the contractors involved are complying with the COVID-19 protocols including the use of face coverings as required.

  • The Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain project will install a new 48-inch diameter storm drainpipe underneath I Avenue. It will collect rainwater that causes flooding along Fourth Street and transport it to Bayview Park, where it will discharge into the San Diego Bay. Construction is expected to begin the week of April 13, weather permitting. Initial work will focus on two areas: 1. Within Bayview Park, including the removal of two Melaleuca trees and trenching operations; and 2. Trenching along I Avenue at First and/or Second streets. This project is anticipated to take several months to complete. The work is expected to progress from First Street up to Fourth Street. Significant traffic control will be required. This will include temporary no-parking zones. Please be aware of traffic control in the area and be prepared for minor traffic delays. For additional information, contact the City’s project manager, Jim Newton, at [email protected]or (619) 522-7313.
  • A milestone was reached Wednesday, April 8, when a valve was opened and effluent from the Coastal Campus began being pumped via the newly installed sewer main to the Coronado Cays Pump Station. The contractor on the Coastal Campus Sewer Main project began work to install the sewer line in December. The contractor will now concentrate on clean-up and restoration. 

Coastal Campus Sewer Connection

Blood Drive: An American Red Cross Blood Drive was held Thursday, April 9, at the Coronado Community Center. More than 50 people, including 40 first time donors, gave blood. Red Cross officials said they collected 45 units, which can go on to save up to 135 lives. The blood drive filled appointments very quickly. The City will partner once again with the American Red Cross for a second blood drive on May 12. Donors are urgently needed. This event is by appointment only. Click here or on the image below for an appointment.


May 12 Blood Drive 


COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a daily newsletter 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 hit subscribe 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 (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and check the Coronavirus Information webpage to get City updates throughout the day and weeks.

COVID-19 Page

Stay Informed CoronadoDo 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 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 04/10/2020
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