Weekly Update Aug. 6, 2021

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Weekly Update Aug. 6, 2021

Weekly Update Aug. 6, 2021


Weekly UpdateCheck out Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko’s Weekly Update videoIf 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.

Sea Level Rise Survey: More than 75 people attended a virtual community workshop last week to learn about the City’s draft Vulnerability Assessment, which identifies areas of Coronado that might be vulnerable to sea level rise. Coronado’s sea level rise planning process began with the preparation of a Vulnerability Assessment, which will be followed by the preparation of an Adaptation Plan. A live presentation of the community workshop will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room. To further participate in the process, fill out a related survey or watch a recording of the virtual workshop on CommentCoronado.org. The Vulnerability Assessment includes sea level rise projections, an inventory of resources, and analysis of exposure. The Adaptation Plan will include development of potential adaptation measures.

Sea Level Rise Video image and Workshop

Pool Closure Update: The Aquatics Center remains closed due to a shortage of chlorine that is impacting pools around the country. Recreation and Golf Services indefinitely closed the City’s two public pools on Friday, July 23. The City’s pools use liquid chlorine, and while an initial shipment was received, there is no guarantee of additional deliveries or whether enough chlorine will be received to reopen the pools. The City is working to reopen the pools as soon as possible and will keep the community informed. A freeze on yearly and monthly pool memberships is in effect through at least Aug. 8. If memberships permitted use of the fitness center, it will continue to be available. Swim lessons will be canceled, and fees refunded.

Pool Image

Grand Caribe Shoreline Park 25th Year Celebration: More than 100 guests joined the Port of San Diego and the City last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Grand Caribe Shoreline Park and its bronze artwork “Sheltering Wings.” Here are some photos of the event, which was held last Friday, July 30. The event featured live music, informational booths and the opportunity to learn about “Sheltering Wings,” a blue heron sculpture, from the artist Christopher Slatoff. The park was created thanks to the Silver Strand Beautification Committee who worked diligently with the Port to protect the shoreline, enhance the existing natural and native plant communities, and provide an educational botanical setting for use by the public.

Grand Caribe 25th Event two images

Grand Caribe  two images 


Tom Rice to Jump on 100th Birthday: World War II paratrooper and Coronado Hometown Hero Tom Rice will jump from a restored WWII-era aircraft on the beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado on his upcoming 100th birthday. While this event will be held on the beach on Hotel del Coronado private property and is not a City-sponsored event, staff wants the community to be aware of the highly visible jump, related flyover and expected crowds. The flyover will occur between 10 and 10:30 a.m. The estimated jump time on Sunday, Aug. 15, is 11 a.m. Rice will be flown in a restored C-53D D-Day Doll, which flew missions on D-Day. Rice was a member of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and parachuted in Normandy on D-Day. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and captured Hitler 's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, Germany. In 2019, Rice parachuted from a C-47 over Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Viewing the jump is free and open to the public. Attendees must comply with current California mandated COVID-19 protocols.

Tom Rice Banner

Rice Landing Zone 

Traffic Signal Disruption: A contractor working on a private project near the intersection of First Street and Orange Avenue accidentally hit a buried traffic signal conduit line on Tuesday, Aug. 3, resulting in a disruption to the signal's operations. The signal, thought to be in working order several times over the next two days, reverted to or was placed on emergency mode while additional repairs were made. Efforts to make permanent repairs are ongoing and it now appears that those repairs will not be made until Monday, Aug. 9. Additional damage was found to the underground wiring and new wires will have to be pulled to make a proper repair. Should drivers find the signal in emergency mode, a flashing red light, please make a full stop before proceeding safety. Traffic leaving Naval Air Station North Island should be aware of the expected delays. Thank you for your patience.

First and Orange

Historic Context and Survey Underway: Follow the progress and provide input on the Citywide Historic Survey and Context Statement project, now underway, by visiting the CommentCoronado.org public engagement site. Tell the City about the places, people and events that have shaped Coronado’s history and built environment. Click here to find the survey. Historic Context Statements and Surveys are planning tools for understanding, identifying, evaluating and protecting the City’s historical resources. Historic Surveys help identify potentially significant properties, provide information needed to make informed planning decisions, prioritize preservation goals and objectives, and increase the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the built environment. The goal is to develop these tools for use in the City’s Historic Preservation Program, which currently states that any structure 75 or older must be reviewed for historic significance prior to demolition. Upon adoption of the Historic Context Statement and Survey, the number of properties required to go through this review in association with a project or demolition would be narrowed down to only those properties identified as potentially historic in the Survey.

Historic Survey Sample

Trinidad Pump Station Upgrade:  The contractor performing upgrades to the Trinidad Pump Station has excavated around the dry well, installed necessary shoring, and is working to set up the dewatering system to finish the excavation. The dewatering system should be functioning this week and the contractor can then make the tie-in to the station’s discharge line and begin bypass operations. Once the station is bypassed, work to remove the top portion of the dry well and setting of the valve vault can begin.

Gas Main Replacement:  Contractors for San Diego Gas & Electric are working to replace the existing steel gas main and service laterals with new polyethylene pipe material in the alley between E and F avenues, from First to Third streets. The replacement work will continue across Third Street and conclude on the north end of the alley in the 300 block. Permitted working hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The alley is expected to be closed to through-traffic during the work hours. The contractor is coordinating alley access with the residents and trash collection with EDCO. They currently have a completion date of Nov. 2.

Author Reading: Coronado High School student, Jamie Piearcy, will read from her book “The End of Heaven” at the Coronado Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 10, from 3:30 to 4.30 p.m. The 17-year-old author has produced a collection of short stories and a novella.

New Children’s Librarian: The Coronado Public Library’s new children’s librarian, Natalie Stringer, is a Coronado native who has been coming to the Library since she was six. Drop in and meet Stringer and hear about her favorite books and the fun ideas she has for the upcoming months at a meet-and-greet on Wednesday, Aug. 11, any time between 1 and 3 p.m.

New Librarian


Project Clean Water’s 52 Ways to Love Water: The City has partnered with the County of San Diego and other regional cities to help protect water resources and reduce storm water pollution with Project Clean Water. Everything that flows from someone’s property, down onto the City’s streets, and through the storm drain system picks up pollution along the way and discharges it to Glorietta Bay, San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean. This means that items such as pet waste, trash and pesticides impact the ecosystem, including fish, birds and people. Individual actions can lead to cleaner water and a healthier Coronado. Join Coronado and take the pledge and find any of 52 ways to become involved by clicking here.

Project Clean Water logo

Banner Program Open to Local Nonprofits: The Orange Avenue Banner Program, initiated by the City in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado grant, displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The program has two series -- September 15 through Thanksgiving series and January through March -- open to local nonprofit organizations. Visit CoronadoARTS.com to download everything needed to apply for the open banner series. Find the documents under the Opportunities Menu on the website. The Discover Coronado grant funds the costs of production and installation of 30 sets of banners. The purpose of the program is to accentuate the city’s main thoroughfare, welcome citizens and visitors to Coronado’s main street, and to celebrate Coronado traditions including holidays, events and activities. The program is administered by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission. The deadline for the January-March series is 5 p.m. on Sept. 15. For additional information, contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633.

Banner Sample

Coronado’s PGA Junior League Advances: The Coronado Municipal Golf Course’s PGA Junior League, ages 13 and under, has qualified to advance to the section championship at La Costa in Carlsbad on Sunday, Aug. 15. The league is part of group play. If Coronado wins at La Costa, the team will move to regionals in September. Congratulations and good luck to team members Ty, Jake, Connor, David, Elleaire, Harry, Igor, and Gabbi for making it this far.

PGA Junior Team

San Diego Waterfront Park Event: The County of San Diego has notified the City of the twice-a-year music festival, DAY MVS XL, presented by CRSSD Fest, at its Waterfront Park, on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego. The music festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers expect 15,000 people a day. Questions can be directed to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation at (619) 232-7275. Complaints or concerns regarding the event can be directed to the event’s Community Relations Manager Christian Clark at (858) 337-8001 or [email protected].

Gubernatorial Recall Election: The Registrar of Voters is alerting all active registered voters in San Diego County that they will receive a ballot in the mail for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Ballots will be mailed the week of Aug. 16, giving voters nearly a month to mark their ballot and return it before Election Day. Voters can return their ballot in the mail, no postage necessary, or at one of many mail ballot drop-off locations around the county. In-person voting locations will be open across the County for four days, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, through Monday, Sept. 13. Voters can also take advantage of early voting starting Aug. 16 at the Registrar’s office. Hours will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Election Day, the hours will change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at both the in-person voting locations and the Registrar’s office.

Flag for Voting item

Recreation’s Fall/Winter Brochure: The Recreation Fall/Winter brochure of classes and upcoming events is now available on www.coronado.ca.us/register. Online registration for residents begins Tuesday, Aug. 3.  Nonresident, walk-in and call-in registration starts Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Rec Fall Winter Brochure 2021

Coronado Youth Soccer LeagueThe Crown City Classic, a local youth soccer tournament hosted by the Coronado Youth Soccer League, will be held one last weekend, Aug. 7-8. The Crown City Classic games run from 8 a.m. until sunset on Saturday with the last games finishing on Sunday at about 8 p.m. The tournament uses Tidelands Park (except for Aug. 7), Sunset Park, Cays Soccer Field, and some Coronado High School fields. Additional trash receptacles and restrooms are placed by the host at the Cays and Tidelands to manage additional visitors.

Pet of the Week: Maisel, a 4-year-old mixed breed dog, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Maisel is sweet and affectionate and looking for a home. She walks well on a leash and enjoys activities and mellow snuggles. Maisel’s adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Maisel, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week, Maisel


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.


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 has a COVID-19 page on its website that has news, resources, features and information. Do you want 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 08/06/2021
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