Weekly Update Dec. 4, 2020

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Weekly Update Dec. 4, 2020

Weekly Update Dec. 4, 2020

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New Regional Stay Home Order Issued: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this week a regional stay-at-home order that may soon impact San Diego County. The new order will take effect in regions where the availability of ICU beds falls below 15%. It appears that the region may fall below that in early December. The new order comes as California is experiencing a record surge of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations that may overwhelm hospitals by Christmas. This means that within 48 hours, according to the order, the region must abide by a new set of rules for at least three weeks. Schools that are open can stay open. However, bars, hair salons, barber shops and indoor recreation facilities must close. Retail businesses may stay open but at 20% capacity and restaurants are limited to take out and delivery only. The City is in a state of flux over the order and is awaiting guidance on what this means for City services and facilities. It is unclear, for example, whether the Library will have to close or simply reduce its occupancy yet again. It is unknown also if the Golf Course will remain as-is or be limited to players from the same household. Additionally, there is no clarity on if the tennis courts, playgrounds, pool, skatepark and youth athletics may continue if the regional stay home order goes into effect or if there will be restrictions placed on these activities to remain open. The City has heard that the beaches will remain open and that state health officials are encouraging people to remain physically active. We will monitor the situation and inform the community as soon as possible.

State Stay Home Order

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise: With the holidays nearly upon us, state and regional health officials warn residents to be vigilant about taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. San Diego County health officials urge residents to keep holiday celebrations small, short and safe. Gatherings with members of your own household represent a lower risk of getting and passing COVID-19. If you are going to gather, be careful. The existing health order calls for no more than three households gathering at once for no longer than two hours.

Tennis Court Repairs: Facilities Division and Golf Services worked together to make repairs on all tennis courts throughout town. Repairs were made to the perimeter chain link fencing, posts, and bottom supports. Lastly, the chain link fence windscreens were replaced as well, to add not only privacy but to enhance the look of the fencing and increase contrast of tennis balls.

Ttennis Center Work three images

Shop with a Cop: Every year, Shop with a Cop San Diego partners with Target, 7-11, Pepsi, Sea World and other donors to help provide holiday gifts for children who are nominated by their teachers, counselors and mentors. This year’s event is modified due to the pandemic, however, law enforcement officers around San Diego County will  work to fulfill the wishes of 175 kids. The Coronado Police Department participated, sending officers to shop, wrap and deliver gifts to seven local students.

Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: Construction began at Mathewson Park this week and is estimated to be completed by the beginning of February.  During the first couple of days of construction, the existing play equipment was demolished, the existing safety surfacing was removed, and the parkway along Pomona Avenue was prepared for a relocated accessible parking space. The City plans to upgrade playgrounds all over Coronado with universally accessible equipment as the play structures come up in the natural cycle of replacement. However, the City Council moved Spreckels Park higher on the list since it is heavily used. It will follow work at Mathewson Park. The project follows universal design so the park is accessible and used by all people regardless of age, size, ability or disability. The playground renovation will include new accessible and inclusive play equipment, accessible safety surfacing, hardscape, accessible site fixtures, and relocation of the accessible parking space nearest the park.

Mathewson Park Rendering

Mathewson Park two images

Slurry Seal Project: The annual Street Maintenance project began this week with crews working on D Avenue and will continue with the application of slurry seal throughout the week. Slurry seal is a thin layer of asphalt emulsion, water and aggregate that is applied to the street surface and provides a protective coating to prolong the life of the pavement. The majority of Pomona Avenue will be slurry sealed on Saturday, Dec. 5.  Work on a section of Pomona Avenue currently undergoing a gas main replacement will be deferred and slurry sealed after SDG&E has completed its work, which is slated for February.  All slurry work is anticipated to be completed by Tuesday, Dec 8. Once the slurry work is finished, pavement markings will be restored. The pavement marking work should be completed by Dec. 18. The City asks that residents avoid driving on recently slurry sealed roadways to reduce both damage to vehicles and the roadways.

 Slurry Prep on Pomona

Water Lines Replacement Project:  A contractor started trenching operations on a project to install new heating and air conditioning water lines at City Hall and the Community Center. The work is anticipated to be finished by late December. Parking has been impacted but the installation is being done in phases to reduce the impacts as much as possible.

Avenida del Sol Improvements: The contractor on a project to upgrade Avenida del Sol is working to install curb and gutter on the south side of the cul de sac and has begun improvements to the Coronado Shores driveway. Emergency access to the Coronado Shores is being maintained during the driveway construction. The contractor has informed the City that crews will begin work to install the storm drain crossing under Orange Avenue. Work on the cul de sac is an upgrade required by the City as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction. Work on Avenida del Sol will include public improvements such as a new signalized intersection and pedestrian crosswalk, landscaped sidewalk and angled parking. The existing Paseo del Mar walkway on the beach will be extended around the street-end and the existing stairs will be replaced with an access ramp. Work on the cul de sac is an upgrade required by the City as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s $400 million Master Plan of construction.

Avenida del Sol work four images

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Reminder: An ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers in Coronado will go into effect Jan. 1. The City Council adopted an ordinance in 2019 to regulate the use of leaf blowers within City limits and gave the community more than a year to convert and to let their landscaping professionals know. The ordinance also establishes a time limit for residential use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The City instituted the ban to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality. The City has hosted virtual webinars with electric leaf blower brands, which can be found on the City’s YouTube and Facebook pages. To learn about the ban and watch the webinars, visit the Leaf Blower Ban webpage on Comment Coronado. Commencoronado.org is a community engagement space that allows residents to get information on current projects, share their ideas, and ask questions. The City created the handout below with details.

Leaf Blower Flyer two sides

Climate Action Plan Update: There is still time to get involved in the development of the City’s Climate Action Plan. Register at commentcoronado.org and visit the Climate Action Plan project page to learn more about what you can do, including watching a recent public workshop, taking part in a community survey and posting your own climate planning ideas on our interactive Ideas Wall. Add your ideas today. The approximately 10-minute survey asks for the community’s input and will be used to inform the development of the Climate Action Plan. Although not scientific in nature, it will help gauge general community sentiment. The survey closes Monday, Dec. 4.

Climate Action Plan Survey image

Shark Lab Partnership Update: The City is actively participating with the “Shark Lab” at California State University, Long Beach, to conduct tagging and surveillance on the local shark population. Just this week, three sharks were tagged by Shark Lab employees assisted by City lifeguards. At the request of researchers, a receiver has been installed off the beach to record data on tagged sharks passing through the area. There was an increase in sightings this past summer. Most were juvenile white sharks that pose little threat to humans. Tagging is conducted to collect data on the juveniles to learn more about their life cycles, behavior, migratory patterns and how they interact with people. City lifeguards have been working with Dr. Chris Lowe from the Shark Lab about what the sightings might mean. The Shark Lab has developed the methodology and protocols for its research and Coronado’s Lifeguards are assisting the Shark Lab researchers. The total number of sharks tagged off the Coronado shoreline is four. Shark Lab researchers were able to also take some shark biopsies as well. Future operations are planned. Along with the Shark Lab, California lifeguard agencies have developed a shark policy, which can be found on the Coronado Lifeguard’s Shark Awareness and Education web page

Shark Tagging image

Coronado Holiday Schedule 2020-21: The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, all municipal facilities will be closed. There will be some adjusted hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve as noted in the schedule below. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services, if listed below, will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Here is that schedule:

Holiday Sked

Coronado Provides Safe Holiday Fun: To help get residents in the spirit, the City is planning safe, festive and fun holiday activities for the whole family. Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain, Holiday Parade and Breakfast with Santa are canceled but check out these events that can be enjoyed safely:

How to Contact Santa in 2020

  1. Letters to Santa – Children receive a written response from Santa. Put your letter into the “North Pole Express Mailbox” at the Community Center through Dec. 16.Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
  2. North Pole Hotline - Santa will make a personal phone call to all the boys and girls in the home. Register online at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342 toselect a time from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14-18.

Home in Coronado for the Holidays

The City is hosting a free drive-thru holiday event for the whole family on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Families can “cruise” down Candy Cane Lane (City Hall, 1825 Strand Way), make a stop at the Gingerbread House, take a holiday photo at Santa’s Village and visit the North Pole. Participants will receive holiday cookies and cocoa, fun activities to enjoy at home, a professional holiday photo, goodie bags and surprise treats. Registration is required. Call (619) 522-7342 to register.

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Bring the holidays to life inside and around your home with these Holiday Photo Contests: Deck the Tree, Deck the Doors or Festive Holiday Décor. Decorate, give your creation a name, snap a photo, tag us at #92118holidays2020 on Facebook or Instagram or email [email protected] One photo per contest per person.  Call (619) 522-7342 for details.

Library Holiday Competitions

The Coronado Public Library offers two safe and fun holiday challenges this season:

  1. The first is to build a winter wonderland-themed sandcastle. Participants can send photos of their sandcastle creations to [email protected] or tag @nadolibraryteens on Instagram. This challenge will run through Dec. 23.Click here for more information.
  2. The second challenge gives Coronado residents the opportunity to design their own cookie cutter. Participants can use Thingiverse or Tinkercad to create their cookie cutter designs. Once completed, participants can email their finished designs to [email protected]. The Library will then create the cookie cutters with its 3D printer. Participants can send in their designs through Dec. 24. Click here for more information.

The City also is planning a virtual holiday-themed painting class with a local artist, "Cocoa and Canvas." Cost is $5 and includes a kit to create a holiday masterpiece, and cocoa. Also planned are virtual storytimes with the Coronado Public Library; a holiday-themed sandcastle building contest; virtual mocktails and cooking videos; and a Community Food Drive. Check Coronado TV for more events such as cookie decorating, holiday cooking and floral arranging. Call (619) 522-7342 for Recreation events or (619) 522-7390 for Library events.

Holiday Drive-thru

Library Acoustic Wall Construction: If you hear construction at the Coronado Public Library, it is crews working to build an acoustic wall between the Teen Space and Adult Space. (Yes, noise to construct an acoustic barrier is irony.) Work began on Dec. 1 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 22. Contractors will work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Library Acoustic Project

Fun with the Fleet: In this month’s Fun with the Fleet program, “Kitchen Chemistry,” participants will test chemical reactions with ordinary kitchen  items. Once a month, the Coronado Public Library partners with the Fleet Science Center to provide virtual science lessons for students kindergarten through 5th grade. Click here to register for this online event. Once registered, participants will need to stop by the Coronado Library to pick up their experiment kit. This event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. 

Fun with Fleet

Virtual Wellness Presentation: The Coronado Public Library invites residents to attend the virtual wellness presentation: “Your Home & Your Health.” This event will be presented by Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, Jamie Gold, on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. Gold will discuss ways to enhance your living space and how to optimize your home for health, fitness and happiness. Click here to register for this event and to find out more information.

Virtual Wellness Presentation Flyer

2021 Coronado Community Read: The Coronado Community Read Program encourages residents to join together in the shared reading and discussion of one book. Community members had the opportunity to submit their nominations for the 2021 Community Read in September. The Community Read book will be decided by an open public vote. Click here to view the summaries of the nominated titles and vote by Dec. 14. You also may pick up the Nov. 25 issue of the Coronado Eagle & Journal and drop the cut-out form in a marked ballot box at the Coronado Public Library, at Bay Books and at the Coronado Historical Center during operating hours on Friday and Saturday.

  • “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
  • “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendri
  • “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
  • “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

2021 Community Read Finalists


Public Services:

  • Streets Division repainted the red curbs along Loma and Flora avenues.

    Red Curb two images


Pet of the Week: Banjo, 1.5-year-old domestic medium hair tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Banjo came to PAWS when he and several other cats were found in a box. Banjo is charming, sweet and affectionate, and would prefer to be the only feline in his new home. Banjo’s adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Banjo, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371. 

PAWS Pet of the Week

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission and the Cultural Arts Commission. Responsibilities of each commission, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found of the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

City of Coronado Board Vacancies

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.


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Posted on 12/04/2020
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