Weekly Update Feb. 12, 2021

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Weekly Update Feb. 12, 2021

Weekly Update Feb. 12, 2021

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City Website Down
Coronado residents were recently unable to access the City’s website www.coronado.ca.us for five days. The City’s website provider reported the outage was due to equipment failure and not a cyber security attack. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this outage caused. The site went offline at about 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. Over the weekend, staff worked to set up a temporary website using the same URL as the existing site and it contained many of the page’s key features, including contact numbers, COVID-19 information, meetings and related documents, links to community resources such as Recreation, the Library and Coronado Arts. It also included links to the City’s public engagement site, Comment Coronado, and the Ask Coronado site to report issues and to Coronado TV for live programming, including all live meetings. Staff used Coronado’s social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, to let the community know what’s going on with this critical piece of infrastructure. The City prides itself on the consistent and timely release of news and information, particularly during the pandemic. The City is working to ensure any future disruption to service is addressed immediately with a backup site. The City Council will consider at its next meeting negotiating a contract with a new firm to provide website design and hosting services.

Website Down Ad

Centennial Park Retaining Wall Project: The Port of San Diego, in partnership with the City, will begin work on Feb. 18 to install a new retaining wall at Centennial Park. The Centennial Park Retaining Wall project is located on the west side of the park, adjacent to the small sandy beach located north of the Ferry Landing where Orange Avenue ends at First Street. The project includes removing and disposing existing wood logs, concrete, and rock revetments, and installing a new retaining wall built of steel and concrete that will structurally hold the embankment, prevent erosion, and retain beach access for the public. Once complete, the project will enhance the park experience for Coronado residents and visitors. Most of the work is expected to be complete by April 18 or sooner. A portion of the park and beach where contract work is being conducted will be temporarily closed to the public during construction. Otherwise, the park is expected to remain open to the public during project construction. For additional information, contact Noemi Aquino, Port of San Diego Project Manager, at (619) 686-8033 or Shane Peterson, Port of San Diego Construction Manager, at (619) 725-6050.

Centennial Park Retaining Wall

Coronado Cays Dog Park
: Parks are opening up for youth sports and the City would like to remind Coronado Cays residents of the code of conduct for dog owners at South Cays Park. Dogs must be on-leash at all times outside of the leash-free area. The only area dogs are allowed off-leash is the marked dog run area of South Cays Park. Residents must clean up dog waste and clean up equipment is required at all times. While parks were closed, dog owners began walking around the empty fields, many with dogs off their leashes. Now that the fields are reopening for sports, there have been times when dogs are running up to youths using the fields. The City asks that dog owners please use the dog run area only for off-leash dogs and to leash dogs when outside of it. For additional questions, please call the Coronado Police Department at (619) 522-7350.

Code of Conduct - South Cays Dog Park

SANDAG Lawsuit Update: The City was disappointed to learn this week that a lawsuit it and three other San Diego Association of Governments’ member cities filed against the agency over a statewide housing mandate was dismissed. The City is concerned that the ruling did not address the merit of the case that SANDAG’s appeals process did not meet the standards for a fair hearing. The lawsuit was filed as a challenge to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation adopted by SANDAG in July 2020. Together, the cities argued that SANDAG failed and disenfranchised San Diego County residents by employing a weighted vote to accept the allocation of housing regionally over the objections of a supermajority of its board. Over the last year, the four cities tried to correct the wrongs through the process at SANDAG, appealing SANDAG’s allocation which disproportionately affected small cities in the region. The majority of SANDAG’s voting members agreed with the four cities. With an unprecedented vote, however, five jurisdictions outvoted 13 jurisdictions. The City is troubled that it and the other cities, Solana Beach, Imperial Beach and Lemon Grove, were forced to seek judicial intervention at all and that the lack of cooperation at SANDAG is yet another example of the ongoing failings at the regional planning level. The City Council will evaluate its options in light of the court’s ruling and consider its next steps.

Boats Ashore: Two vessels recently came ashore in Coronado, pushed ashore by the high winds accompanying a late January storm. Currently there are two beached, a power boat near Fiddler’s Cove and a sailboat by the entrance to the Coastal Campus at Old Fort Emory Road. Both are on Navy property and are under the jurisdiction of the Navy. There was a third wreck that came in at South Beach but it was broken into small pieces and subsequently cleaned up by Public Services Beach crews. In November, the City Council adopted a resolution accepting a Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange grant in the amount of $54,000 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways.  If a disabled vessel washes up on a City beach, it would be removed by the City’s vessel assistance contractor and cost recovery sought from the boat’s owner or the grant.

Two Boats Ashore

Traffic Backups Wednesday: The public noticed heavy traffic around the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado early on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Traffic to the Navy base was impacted along Orange Avenue to Third Street and on other roadways heading south as well as northbound on Silver Strand Boulevard. The Navy has confirmed that the backup was caused by increased drills and security checks at the base entrance. The exercise is not in response to any specific threat, but part of a regularly scheduled annual exercise, developed to enhance training and readiness.

Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for the Mathewson park playground, which opened last week after a renovation to a fully universally accessible playground. Delivery of the drinking fountain/botte filler and the second bike rack is delayed until March. The City will host a virtual ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m.  The ceremony will include remarks on the playground features and a history of the park. Click here for the Zoom link. Here’s another link to the invitation.

Mathewson Park Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Event

Avenida del Sol, Hotel del Coronado Construction: The contractor on Avenida del Sol roadwork has implemented its Phase I pedestrian detour plan along Orange Avenue from R.H. Dana Place to Pomona Avenue which will allow crews to begin sidewalk and other hardscape improvements. This work is anticipated to be completed by March 26. The Phase II pedestrian plan will be implemented shortly after the completion of Phase I and will close the Orange Avenue sidewalk from Pomona Avenue to Avenida del Sol. The contractor is finishing installation of the 30-inch private storm drain that will connect with the recently installed storm drain in Orange Avenue. Once the storm drain system is completed by the end of the week, the contractor will work to remove the dewatering wells, complete any remaining backfill and remove the trench plates and refinish the roadway surface. This work is anticipated to be completed by Feb. 26. Material delivery for the new signal light at Silver Strand Boulevard and Avenida del Sol is scheduled for the week of Feb. 21. 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.

Civic Center Water Lines:  Work is nearly complete on the project to replace the water lines to the heater and chiller for City Hall and the Community Center. Pipe installation is complete, and the new pipes are now conveying hot and cold water for the heating and air conditioning between the Community Center and City Hall buildings. The roadwork also is nearly complete with the slurry, striping, and wheel stop repairs pending. This work is expected to be finished on Feb. 20. Striping and slurry backfill for abandoned pipes will follow.

Civic Center Water Lines Project

Slurry Seal Work: The contractor that performed the slurry seal work in early December will be back in town on Saturday, Feb. 20, to complete slurry work along Pomona Avenue, the 600 block of H Avenue, and the 1000 block of F Avenue. Please observe the posted no parking signs and be aware that the contractor may ask residents in the affected blocks to move their vehicles off the street for the slurry work and possibly for a second day to complete the pavement markings restoration.

City Vaccination Site: The City and Sharp Coronado Hospital vaccination site continues to take reservations. Appointments are required. San Diego County residents may make appointments by using the County’s Vaccination Sites and Locations site. Sharp began administering second doses this week. Those vaccinated are now receiving a card with a return date for second doses. Those who visited a Sharp location for their first dose will receive an email with a link to available dates and locations for a second dose. Please be patient and keep trying to make an appointment. If Coronado residents do not have a computer or family to help make an appointment, staff and the City’s Library are available to help. Call (619) 522-7390. Hours at the vaccination site are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.


COVID-19 Testing Site: The City’s convenient COVID-19 testing site for viral, rapid and antibody testing still is operating at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand way. The facility operates twice a week on Monday and Thursday, however, there is an ongoing discussion of whether to reduce hours to once a week. Insurance is accepted but individuals may be tested and pay directly. If paying onsite, COVID-19 tests will cost $120; antibody testing is $65; and rapid tests are $85 and not typically covered by insurance. Visit the City’s COVID-19 testing webpage for more information and a link to the reservation system. For information, call (619) 522-7300.

Coronado Food Hall
: The Coronado City Council recently allocated funding and contracted with the Chamber of Commerce to assist local restaurants with the development and roll out of a one-stop-shop --  Coronado Food Hall -- for diners to use to easily order from a single list of Coronado restaurants. Visit the Coronado Food Hall found on the Coronado Visitor Center website to view the list of participating restaurants with links to their direct websites. The goal is to help Coronado residents easily find and order takeout from restaurants they might not usually try and to expand their order by trying new food or drink options.

Coronado Food Hall image

Historic Context and Survey Project: Field surveyors are walking around the Coronado community looking at properties from the public rights of way. The work is part of the City’s effort to create an established list of “potentially historic” properties to help better administer the City’s Historic Preservation program. The field survey was intended to have begun last spring but the pandemic delayed the start of work. Field surveyors, in work vests that say Dudek, are out now reviewing properties, taking pictures and taking notes on modifications to complete the survey. The survey will provide clarity to the public and more certainty regarding whether a property may qualify as a Historic Resource. In 2019, the City contracted with Dudek to complete the work. For more information, visit the City’s Historic Preservation Program website or contact Historic Preservation Planner Tricia Olsen at [email protected].

Online Skatepark Reservations
: Online reservations for the Coronado Skatepark are now available. Reservation times are limited to 60 minutes per day per person and are made through the PerfectMind registration system. Click here for detailed instructions on how to reserve a timeslot. For any additional questions, please contact Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342.

Recreation and Golf Services Winter 2021 CampsThe first session of Recreation and Golf Services Winter Camps begins Tuesday, Feb. 16. Residents may still register for these camps through PerfectMind. Examples of camp offerings include Little Jammeroos, Character Illustration, Jump Rope Camp and Teen Dance Team. Participants who attend in-person camps will be required to wear masks during their activities. Each camp is six weeks long. Click here to be redirected to the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department webpage, which has additional information on class availability and registration. For any additional questions, please call the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department at (619) 522-7342. 

Valentine’s Day Crafts
: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services and the Cultural Arts Commission are bringing a number of special Valentine’s Day events to the community that will inspire creativity and family fun.

  • Coronado TV and on demand CoronadoArts YouTube will demonstrate step by step how to make tissue paper flowers. Kits containing tissue paper, stem wire and the instructions are available for purchase for $2 each by calling (619) 522-7342. Pickup for these kits will be weekdays from Feb.3-19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St.

Tissue Paper Flowers

  • Acrylic painting on canvas is back with “Chocolates and Canvas.” Trisha Ross will instruct participants on how to paint a heartfelt masterpiece. Have your own paint experience or plan a paint party. Purchase kits at $5 each by calling (619) 522-7342. Pick up your kit with paint, brushes and canvas, at the Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St., between Feb. 3-19, weekdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Step-by-step painting instructions can be viewed on Coronado TV and on demand on CoronadoArts YouTube.

Chocolates and Canvas Event

  • Flower designer Maribel Herrera will hold a Valentine’s Day floral arranging workshop. Learn step by step how to create a balanced, vibrant, cupid-inspired arrangement for yourself or a loved one. Tune into Coronado TV or on demand at CoronadoArts YouTube to get a list of items needed to purchase from your local grocery store.

Floral Arrangements

Presidents Day Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 15, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

Presidents Day Sked

Free Shredding Event Set
: The City of Coronado and EDCO sponsored a free shredding event a few weeks back that was so successful, the EDCO contractor conducting the shredding had to stop accepting items when the truck filled up. Another shredding and electronic waste recycling event has been set up for Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at north City Hall parking lot, 1825 Strand Way.  

Free Shredding Event

Community Read 2021 Events
: Programming surrounding the fifth annual Coronado Community Read will run throughout the month of February. This year’s community Read title is “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X. Kendi. Next week’s events include a virtual webinar for parents and a moderated panel discussion. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m., parents can join clinical psychologists Dr. Katherine Nguyen Williams and Dr. Katherine Turner to discuss how to have meaningful conversations with children about race and racism. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m., join a virtual panel discussion that will address how to create inclusive communities. Panelists include Genevieve Jones-Wright from Just and Moral Governance, Shawn McClondon from the Sister Cities Project, Supervisor Nora Vargas from the San Diego Board of Supervisors, and Dr. David Miller from the University of San Diego. Click here to register for this event and receive a Zoom link.

Community Read Events
Coronado Community Read Flyer

Coding with Python: Each month, the Coronado Public Library hosts “Coding Adventure” classes to introduce basic-to-intermediate coding to students. This month, students will create their own virtual vending machine interface, complete with snacks of their choice. Each class also includes a “Careers and Innovations” component where the group will explore how coding is used to produce today’s most interesting technology trends. This event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m., and is intended for students in grades 4-8. Click here to register for this event.

Junior Volunteer Virtual Meet Up: Once a month, the Coronado Public Library hosts a junior Volunteer Virtual Meet-Up, where young volunteers can discuss ways in which they would like to help their community. In this informal Zoom discussion, young volunteers can share ideas with each other, as well as get volunteer credit for attending the meeting. This month’s meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link.

February Blood Drive: The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled the second blood drive for 2021. This next drive will be held on a weekend, Sunday, Feb. 28, 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. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission, Historic Resource Commission, Street Tree Committee and Design Review Commission. Responsibilities, qualifications for appointment, term of office and deadline for receipt of applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Board, Committees and Vacancy List

Pet of the Week: Rex, a 2-year-old Retriever Mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Rex is high-energy, well trained and very lovable. He is looking for an active forever-home and would love a yard to play in. Rex’s adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Rex, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Rex- Pet of the Week

Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent:

  • This week, Streets Division crews replaced a lifted section of sidewalk at 845 E Ave. and covered a white paint spill on Orange Avenue.

  • Streets Division crews have been working to replace all of the faded “stop” signs around town. The Cays will be next.

Public Services Projects

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.


Posted on 02/12/2021
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