Weekly Update April 17, 2020

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Weekly Update April 17, 2020

Weekly Update April 17, 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.


Golf Course -- Valued Public Asset:  The City has been receiving complaints from the community about dogs running loose around the Coronado Golf Course and people on bikes racing over the greens. Dogs can burn the grass and a lot of damage can be done with bicycles on the sensitive greens. Many hours go into ensuring the turf is in top condition. The majority of Coronado residents understand and respect the valuable asset that is the Coronado Golf Course. Disturbing the turf is a form of vandalism. It can make the course unplayable and cost more to maintain at a time when staffing is limited, and there are no revenues. We are all in this together. We need everyone’s help. If you see anyone out riding bikes or personal carts on the greens, dogs running unleashed or sport activities taking place, we ask that you call the Police Department at the non emergency number, (619) 522-7350. Please be observant and help us protect this valued part of the community. Signs are posted to let people know that the Coronado Golf Course is off limits to dogs, and trespassers.

No Trespassing, Dogs Prohibited 


Public Comments During COVID-19 Emergency: The City is resuming commission meetings and continuing with City Council meetings. Most are being held virtually. However, in the interest of reducing the spread of the coronavirus, no in-person public participation is allowed until further notice. The City encourages members of the public to comment in advance of meetings. The next City Council meeting is set for April 21. Members of the public may submit written comments on City council agenda items online with this form. There is a second form for board, commission and committee meetings. Both are available online. All written comments will be posted on the City’s website in lieu of being read aloud at the meeting. City Council and some board, commission and committee meetings are broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99 on the day of the meeting and rebroadcast throughout the next few weeks. The meetings can also be streamed live on the City’s website.

Public Comment two forms

Restaurant Pick-up Zones Established: The City Council directed staff at its April 7 meeting to establish curbside restaurant pick-up locations on Orange Avenue to help local businesses that can no longer offer sit-down dining and are suffering a significant decline in sales. Due to County public health orders, some Coronado restaurants have transitioned to providing pick-up and delivery to continue operating. As a complement to suspending parking enforcement on Orange Avenue, pick-up zones for customer and delivery driver pick-up can make it easier to access restaurants and encourage ordering. Coronado is home to approximately 80 restaurants, most of whom have either closed or substantially reduced their business. A large number of businesses on Orange Avenue have temporarily closed while pedestrian traffic is nearly nonexistent as the community observes the Governor’s stay at home executive order. Curbside pick-up locations were established for the following restaurants who made a request: Garage Buona Forchetta; Burger Lounge; High Tide Bottle Shop & Kitchen; Little Frenchie Bistro & Wine Bar; Starbucks; Swaddee Thai Restaurant of Coronado; Villa Nueva Bakery Cafe; and Yummy Sushi. The zones have been posted with signs and are just outside of the restaurant.

Curbside Pick up Signs  


Telecommunicators Week: This week, April 12-18, Coronado Police celebrate and recognize the hardworking dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and invite the community to learn more about the jobs of the City's eight full- and one part-time dispatchers. Dispatchers serve as a vital link between our community and our law enforcement, fire, and medical personnel, and act as a critical lifeline to first responders. Calls for service have increased due to the current pandemic as people understandably have questions and concerns. Coronado's dispatchers often stay on the line with callers to provide instructions, help the caller to remain calm, and gather further information to pass on to first responders about any emergency or any potential risks for City personnel. Coronado dispatchers answer about 8,000 calls per year, providing information to first responders and tracking it all on the Computer Aided Dispatch system. The City Council typically honors the dispatchers at a meeting with a proclamation. All ceremonial presentations have been put on hold during the public health emergency.

Dispatchers two images 

Cloud Library Offers Patrons More eBooks: The Coronado Public Library remains closed until further notice. However, the Library has just joined a new service that will provide patrons with even more eBooks and eAudio items. This week, the Library became a part of Cloud Link, a cooperative eBook sharing project with other libraries, operated by Cloud Library. Patrons can still get Overdrive content in the usual way, which has about 20,000 available titles. Now, however, patrons will have an additional and expanded choice of eBook and eAudio items by clicking on the Cloud Library link on our homepage, or the link below, or downloading the Cloud Library app from any app store. Once the app is downloaded, follow the simple steps to select “Coronado Public Library.” The Cloud Link has a warehouse of 147,000 titles, although actual availability will vary depending on demand.

Cloud Library logo


Free Osher Lectures: The John D. Spreckels Center is pleased to offer a free Osher lecture for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have not participated in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures, this is a rare opportunity. The next topic, “US-China Great Power Competition - China’s Emergence as the Techno-Security State,” is available now through Sunday, April 19. Through a partnership with the University of California San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, each Monday throughout the public health emergency the Spreckels Center will release a new pre-recorded Osher lecture. This lecture examines the enormous challenge the United States and the rest of the world face in dealing with long-term strategic competition with China in the technological-economic-security nexus. Click here to watch the lecture.

Osher logo

Coastal Campus Sewer Main:  With effluent now flowing from the Navy’s Coastal Campus to the Cays Pumps station via the new sewer main, the contractor on the Coastal Campus Sewer Main project is now concentrating on restoration efforts. Pavement repairs to the Bayshore Bikeway are scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. Work at the Cays Pump Station is complete, and the area has been backfilled. The passive odor filter bed has been installed (see image right) and is in operation. The California Department of Transportation is planning on an emergency repair of a damaged catch basin that was discovered during the installation of the sewer main; the City is working with Caltrans to coordinate its work and the removal of the K-rail that is in place for the bike path detour.

Coastal Campus filter grassy area


Pedestrian Ramp Installation:  The contractor on a pedestrian ramp project is taking advantage of the sunshine and installed Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pedestrian ramps on A Avenue. If the good weather holds, the contractor should finish the project by the end of the month. These ramps are funded by a Community Development Block Grant to improve accessibility in the City.

Pedestrian Ramp image 


Third, Fourth and I Drainage Project: The contractor on the Third, Fourth and I Drainage project has begun preparing to install utilities in the park and along I Avenue at First and Second streets. The work has led to the discovery of several unknown and unanticipated utilities that could prove to be problematic with the current design. Once the utilities are identified, the plans will be modified to avoid the conflict, or the utilities will be relocated around the new storm drain. 

I Avenue Drainage Project 

Paper Shredding Event: The City’s annual paper-shredding event originally set for Saturday, April 25, in the City Hall parking lot, has been canceled. The program, which is offered at no cost from the City and EDCO, will be rescheduled.

Hometown Banner Program Postponed: The City's next Hometown Banner Program honoring Coronado veterans has been postponed due to the public health emergency and will be held in the fall. The spring event was set for May 16 but under the current stay at home orders, the Avenue of Heroes Committee and the City decided to move the celebration to Nov. 7, when the next event is planned. The Hometown Banner Program is a military service recognition program sponsored by the City of Coronado. Nominations are accepted on a continuing basis and anyone is encouraged to nominate a deserving veteran – living or deceased – that lives or has lived in Coronado.  The Hometown Banners honoring Coronado veterans are displayed along Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island, which has been designated the Avenue of Heroes by the City of Coronado. 
Avenue of Heroes logo


Artists Banners on Display: The Orange Avenue Banner Program displays colorful, artistic banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The fourth in the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission’s annual series, “Celebrating Coronado Artists,” is now on display for the spring. Initiated in 2016, the banner program is fully funded by Discover Coronado and infuses local art, color, history and information throughout the City, creating a beautiful and vibrant downtown that directly impacts the core businesses. This year, the artists series is especially meaningful during the pandemic as locals drive down Orange Avenue to do essential shopping or pickup meals at local restaurants. The banners are a reminder of the creative community of artists that reside in Coronado and how much the banners make Coronado a welcoming place, especially now. The popular “Celebrating Coronado Artists” series has been part of the program since 2017. Each year, 15 artists are selected through a jury process to display a banner of their artwork for two consecutive years.

Orange Avenue Banners 

Meal Bags Include Rec Crafts: Recreation staff members Stacy Berman and Trish Floor handed out more than 700 bead crafts to Coronado children on Tuesday, April 14, in conjunction with Coronado Unified School District's “Grab-and-Go Meal Service” program. The meal service takes place at Village and Silver Strand elementary schools. The bead craft baggies also included instructions on how to make paper beads provided by the Coronado Public Library. Coronado School Resource Police Officer Grace Del Bagno was on site assisting with traffic flow and meal distribution. Last week, Recreation & Golf Services staff provided Easter goodie bags with each meal.

Grab n Go two images
Grab n Go Stacy Berman 

Penelope Leading the Way: The Port of San Diego's "Penelope" statue in Coronado's Tidelands Park was recently outfitted with an appropriate mask. It is a great time to remind the community on the proper way to wear a face mask. Be sure it

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Secures with ties or ear loops
  • Has multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction, and
  • Can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Penelope Mask 

Neighbor to Neighbor: The Neighbor to Neighbor, or N2N, program was created to connect residents to others in their neighborhoods. Concerned citizens along with help from the City quickly organized, signed up volunteers and created four service areas in Coronado -- the Cays, the Shores, the Village and Navy Housing. Each area has a different approach in organizing. The Cays began an outreach effort before and agreed to join up with the N2N program. They established their own protocol and are working with the 10 villages of the Cays. Call the Cays organizer Dawn Richards at (301) 535-5832 or email her at [email protected] for information. In the Village area, there is still a need for 14 block captains. Contact Amy Steward at [email protected] or call her at (619) 972-5509 if you want to volunteer. 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].

N2N Program 

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 than 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.


Golf Course Sign
Posted on 04/17/2020
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