Weekly Update April 9, 2021

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Weekly Update April 9, 2021

Weekly Update April 9, 2021

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Administrative Services Director: The City of Coronado has named John Kim as its new Administrative Services Director. He is set to start work on April 26. Kim is currently the vice president of finance and administration for Oahu Transit Services, the public transit operator for the city and county of Honolulu and one of the largest employers in the state. Kim is a certified public accountant with a background in governmental accounting.  Prior to his current position, Kim was first a controller then acting chief financial officer for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Earlier in his career, Kim worked in public accounting as a senior financial auditor. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii with dual degrees in accounting and information technology management. Kim will oversee the City’s budget and finance functions, human resources and information technology. He replaces Jim Krueger, who  recently returned to Idaho, where he has family and a new position as chief financial officer for the City of Pocatello. His salary will be $185,000.

John Kim

Interim City Manager Named: The City Council this week appointed Mark Ochenduszko to fill in as interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found. His contract begins May 1. The Council also authorized at its April 6 meeting an agreement with a professional recruitment firm to begin work to find a new city manager. The task may take up to five months. Ochenduszko served as Coronado’s city manager from 1999 until his retirement in 2010. Most recently, he served in interim positions for several entities, including as the interim city manager for the City of Del Mar. The proposed terms of the employment agreement provide that the appointment be limited to May 1 to November 1, 2021 at a rate of $123 per hour with no benefits or incentives.

Mark Ochenduszko

Employee of the Year: This year’s Employee of the Year is Denise Johnson, an administration supervisor/manager with Public Services and Engineering. She was honored at the April 6 City Council meeting. The Employee of the Year program acknowledges employees who have made an outstanding contribution through a project, program, action, idea, effort or service to the community at one time or over a course of time. Johnson was one of four Employees of the Quarter in 2020. Since she started in September 2016, Johnson has become the go-to person for purchasing-related questions. She has become a subject matter expert in the California Contract Code, delivering exceptional administrative contract services to all City Departments. She was honored for her initiative, devotion and ability to deliver results above expectations. The other Employees of the Quarter for 2020 were Jesse Brown, senior planner for the Community Development Department; Richard Sandoval, lead maintenance worker with Public Services Parks and Beach Division; and Jennifer Reloj, office specialist with the Police Services Department.

Denise Johnson

Denise Johnson

Easter Events: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services brought some Easter-related events to the community to celebrate the changing season and the holiday:

  • City staff entertained more than 364 cars at its Easter Egg-stravaganza. The drive-thru Easter event provide a “to-go” egg hunt, bunny ears, paintable cookies, Easter doughnuts, candy and a chance at a fun prize with the golden egg toss game. The winds were strong, resulting in some decorations being taken down but fun was had by all. Photos will be posted online by Friday, April 9, here.
Easter Drive-thru

Easter Events
  • Recreation staff also created a video and provided kits for people to purchase to make their own Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs.
  • Finally, teens, adults and seniors were able to learn how to create personalized spring wreaths by following along with the Spring Wreath Craft’s instructional film on CoronadoARTS YouTube. Wreath kits were available for purchase.

Golf Course Lighting Improvements: All solar bollards as part of the Golf Course Lighting Improvement project have been installed. The contractor completed pouring concrete bases for the new replacement hardwired bollards around the back of the Clubhouse. Sidewalk circulation will be limited when crews trench across the sidewalk near the golf carts this week to bring electrical power to a couple of bollards. Two of the eight wall sconces were installed. There will be no impacts to parking until the hardwired light bollards are installed, scheduled for early May.

Golf Course Lighting


Improvements to Avenida del Sol: The contractor on a project to improve Avenida del Sol is beginning improvements to the median area along Silver Strand Boulevard from Pomona Avenue to just south of Avenida del Sol. The work also includes installation of new streetlights on Avenida del Sol and the new traffic signal equipment. The new traffic signal at Silver Strand and Avenida del Sol is part of work to improve the safety of the intersection with the new main entrance being developed to the Hotel del Coronado. Sidewalk construction along Orange Avenue from R.H. Dana Place to Pomona Avenue is complete and work to install the new sidewalk from Pomona to Avenida del Sol began this week and is anticipated to be completed by April 16.


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

  • The Coronado Public Library follows “retail” public health order guidelines. This means that there are no longer capacity limits at the Library in the Orange Tier. 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 plans to return tonormal business hours on Monday, April 19 and will continue to monitor regional guidelines for in-person programs. At this time, libraries are not yet doing in-person programs in the region. For now, the Library is open to all patrons during all open hours, currently 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Chairs will be returned to the Council Chambers with every other seat restricted.  Bodies, boards and commissions can now meet in the Council Chambers with the public present.
  • City Hall operating hours have resumed normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Staff is looking at resuming drop-in basketball and volleyball at the Community Center, but have not worked out yet the exact day and hours.

Library Image




Local Artists Banners: Coronado is currently displaying its newest art exhibit, 15 new banners on Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The banners celebrating local artists will be up through the end of June. The banner series highlights a variety of Coronado artists and styles. The banners are the fifth set in an annual series funded through the Discover Coronado Community Grant Program. The banners on Orange Avenue are coordinated by the Cultural Arts Commission. The art banner submittals totaled 98 images and were juried by an independent panel of regional artists. Thirty images representing 30 local artists are included in this year's display. For more information on the Orange Avenue banner program contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633.

Art Banners

Edible Event: The Coronado Public Library is inviting patrons to create an edible scene inspired by a favorite book as part of the Edible Book Festival. Send a picture of your creation to [email protected] along with your name, category (adult, teen, or child), and a list of ingredients you used to make your scene. All entries need to be 80% edible. This isn’t a taste competition, so you won’t need to worry about your ingredients tasting good together. Visit cplevents.org for more information.

Edible Books


Gold Star Mom Book Reading: Gold Star mom and author Krista Keating-Joseph will read her acclaimed picture book, “Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile,” while her daughter “signs” the story for the hearing impaired audience on Thursday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. A Q&A will follow the reading, which will be conducted via Zoom. The event is geared toward children and families. Attendees are invited to wear purple for the event in support of Month of the Military Child. Click here for more information.

Keating Reading

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: Harper, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Harper is fully grown at 60 pounds and is vaccinated and microchipped. She’s a sweet and smart dog who is looking for a second chance at a wonderful life. Harper has advanced hip dysplasia and needs a home to help her support and manage the condition as she ages. She will reward her new family with devotion and loyalty. Her adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Harper, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.  

Harper Pet of the Week


Public Services: Public Services’ Facilities Division has been working on a number of projects around the City. Here are a few of the most recent:

  • Streets Division replaced 12 feet of sidewalk along Ocean Boulevard and finished replacing faded “yield” signs throughout the city.
Sidewalk Work

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

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John Kim
Posted on 04/09/2021
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