Weekly Update April 16, 2021

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Weekly Update April 16, 2021

Weekly Update April 16, 2021

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Assistant City Manager Appointed: The City has announced the appointment of Dominique Albrecht as assistant city manager. Albrecht recently served as interim Administrative Services director, performing supervisory duties for the Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology divisions, while also serving as the assistant to City Manager Blair King. She will fill a seat left vacant by Tom Ritter. Albrecht has managed special projects, code compliance issues, economic development, labor negotiations, legislative program and grant administration. Previously, Albrecht worked in housing and community development for the County of San Diego; as a marketing and corporate communications manager; and as a senior business analyst for the University of California, San Diego. She began her public service career as an analyst for a nonpartisan commission that advises the U.S. Senate on health care policy. The Maryland native is on the executive board of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California and is completing a Labor Relations Master Certification from the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association and the Government Finance Officers Association Certified Public Finance Officer program.

Dominique Albrecht

Community Satisfaction Survey: The City has proactively sought community feedback through a citizen satisfaction survey intended to provide local government officials with an understanding of the public’s sense of satisfaction. The National Community Survey, conducted by the National Research Center/Polco, is a survey mailed to 1,200 randomly selected homes. The first Coronado community survey was conducted in 2003. Surveys were conducted again in 2011, 2014 and 2018. In February 2021, the City Council approved conducting a community survey. The survey is now in progress. The random survey methodology provides for a scientifically valid confidence level of +/- five percent.  It also provides benchmarking to past survey results. Scientific surveys are carefully built with an eye towards validity and reliability via questionnaire design, sampling, data collection and analysis. Results are statistically weighted to reflect the proper demographic composition of the entire community. The City asks that you please complete the survey either by filling out the hard copy or taking the survey online. For questions, contact [email protected] or (619) 522-7339.

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Orange Tier Updates: With the reduction of COVID-19 restrictions on April 15, City staff is making the following plans:

  • The Coronado Public Library will return to normal business hours on Monday, April 19. The hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. There are no longer capacity limits, however, mask-wearing is still required for entry and masks must be worn inside at all times. Patrons unable to wear a mask can make use of curbside pickup service, which will continue. The Library will continue to monitor regional guidelines for in-person programs. The Library continues to wait for guidance from the State, County and City on when to resume public meetings in the Winn Room and other library event spaces. At this time, libraries are not yet doing in-person programs in the region.
  • 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. Additionally, drop-in volleyball will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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  • Starting on Monday, April 26, the Coronado Community Center Fitness Room will begin allowing four people per hour to work out, up from two, but reservations are still required.
  • The Coronado Skatepark will increase allowed capacity to 12 people per hour, up from 8, beginning Monday, April 26. Reservations are still required for the park.
  • 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.
  • On Monday, May 31, the Coronado Boathouse will begin operating seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations will continue to be required.
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  • 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 starting, Monday, May 3. 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 loading zone permits will be issued.

Planning for Summer: Due to the ongoing pandemic, planning for the summer in Coronado has been difficult. This is an uncertain time with more reopenings happening and planned for the near future but also with the definite possibility of more restrictions. We have been fielding calls from the community about the Fourth of July and the Free Summer Shuttle, two mainstays of Coronado summers. Planning for Coronado’s traditional Fourth of July and the Free Summer Shuttle program is beginning but there are many unknowns. Here is what we know:

  • The City Council will consider a community firework display for the Fourth of July at its meeting on April 20. There was no Fourth of July celebration last year due to the restrictions on gatherings. San Diego County health officials have communicated that a firework event is allowed. There are additional Fourth of July events in the very early stages of planning, including the popular parade. They may all be canceled if COVID-19 cases surge.
  • The City Council also will consider a contract with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System to operate the Free Summer Shuttle from July 1 to Sept. 6. The City has provided a free shuttle around the Village area since 2013. Last year, the program was canceled. As proposed, Summer Shuttle service would be abbreviated this year, starting on July 1, as opposed to the usual Memorial Day start, due to COVID-19. MTS will enforce existing COVID-19 protocols. The Council will also consider day passes for Cays residents and a special bus for July 3, if a parade is held. Resuming the Summer Shuttle service will benefit residents and visitors while reducing congestions during busy summer months.


Community Grant Program Update: The Community Grant Program was developed to strengthen a sense of community by enhancing Economic Development, Social Services, Arts and Culture, and Community Pride/Sense of Place through partnerships with local nonprofits. These groups administer events, services, activities, and purchases more efficiently and economically than otherwise possible through the municipal corporation. Applications opened on Feb. 12 and the deadline was April 2. The City received 33 program applications from 15 organizations requesting approximately $1.2 million. Applications are currently being evaluated by independent field readers and the City Council will consider grant award requests at its June 15 meeting. Last year, the Council awarded $800,000 in community grant funding. For more information, visit the City’s Community Grant Program webpage.

Traffic Enforcement Day:, Last week, the Coronado Police Department's traffic unit as well as the traffic unit deputies from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Imperial Beach station conducted extra traffic enforcement citywide. The focus of the detail was speed and modified exhaust systems. A total of 61 citations were written, which included 37 for speed violations. There were no traffic stops related to modified exhaust violations. The detail was held on the morning of Wednesday, April 7.

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Avenida del Sol Construction: Construction began on the median area along Silver Strand Boulevard from Pomona Avenue to just south of Avenida del Sol. This work will install a northbound left-turn lane on Silver Strand Boulevard that will provide access to the new main entrance to the Hotel del Coronado from Avenida del Sol from a new signalized intersection. This work is taking place at night and is expected to be completed by Friday, April 30. Additionally, replacement of the new streetlights on Avenida del Sol continues this week and is expected to be completed by Friday, May 7. The installation of the new traffic signal equipment continues and is anticipated to be operational by Wednesday, May 28. Sidewalk construction along Orange Avenue from R.H. Dana Place to Pomona is complete. Work to install the new sidewalk from Pomona to Avenida del Sol began last week and is anticipated to be completed by Friday, April 23.

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Silver Strand Median Maintenance: Next week, the City of Coronado will conduct general maintenance of the two southernmost aloe median islands on Silver Strand State Highway. The median islands, or oases, are located along the state highway between Attu Avenue and Coronado Cays Boulevard. General maintenance, including irrigation, litter removal, clearing of some vegetation, and plantings will be performed by the City’s general landscape contractor. Southbound lane No. 1 between Leyte Road and Coronado Cays Boulevard will be temporarily shut down between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday April 21.

Silver Strand work map

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National Poetry Month: Teens can celebrate National Poetry Month with the Coronado Public Library as it hosts a poetry workshop. The Zoom event will be led by teen poet and American Academy of Pediatrics Children's Art Council Volunteer Tae Jong Yun and Tania Pryputniewicz, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a poet who teaches at San Diego Writers Ink and Antioch University’s Continuing Education Program. Meet with other teen poets on Zoom, write poems to a series of prompts that you can submit for an upcoming AAP Children's Art Council contest, all about oceans. The workshop is set for Saturday, April 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Register for the Zoom link here.

Poetry Workshop



Earth Day Beach Cleanup: Celebrate Earth Day with a hands-on citizen science project that helps environmental researchers. Learn how to use Marine Debris Tracker app through the Volunteer through Citizen Science program to provide information on coastal debris patterns while also picking up litter at the beach. Local sustainability group Emerald Keepers has worked with National Geographic to develop its own localized list to use on the app. Tune in to the Coronado Public Library's Facebook page or YouTube account for a tutorial on how to get started, on Wednesday, April 21, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Sign up here.

Earth Day


Python for Students: Students in Grades 4-8 are invited to learn how to move their very own Video Game Character across the screen using a special Python library, which uses functions that eliminate the need for writing codes from scratch, called PyGame. This coding adventure class – Coding with Python: Animate Your Own Game -- will also feature a "Careers & Innovations'' component where the group will explore how coding is used to produce today's most interesting technology trends. The event, sponsored by the Coronado Public Library, will be held on Wednesday, April 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. Register for the Zoom link here.

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Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday: In honor of the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, San Diego Union-Tribune columnist and former NPR ‘A Way with Words’ founding co-host Richard Lederer will demonstrate Shakespeare’s contributions to the English language in his own inimitable and witty way. Living Will: The Legacy of William Shakespeare, will be presented live and interactive to Coronado Public Library patrons on Thursday, April 22, from 5 to 6 p.m. Register for the Zoom link here.

Shakespeare Event


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

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

Pet of the Week: Jay, a 1-year-old Chihuahua Mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is a fun, affectionate and well-behaved puppy who loves walks. Since Jay is young, he will need support from his new family with potty-training and basic obedience training. His adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Jay, calls PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Jay Pet of the Week


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.


Dominique Albrecht
Posted on 04/16/2021
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