Weekly Update Feb. 5, 2021

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Weekly Update Feb. 5, 2021

Weekly Update Feb. 5, 2021

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’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 Update and any other documents you would like to receive.


City Vaccination Site Update: The City and Sharp Coronado Hospital operate a walk-up vaccination site in Coronado. Appointments are required. San Diego County is working to transition to the California Department of Public Health’s website called “My Turn” to make vaccination appointments. For now, both the myturn.ca.gov and County’s Vaccination Sites and Locations pages are available to residents for appointments. The City has received calls from residents concerned about receiving their second dose. The County’s Vaccination Site and Appointments website notes that for 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. The email should arrive within 7 days of the date you should receive the 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 at the City’s Library are available to help them. Call (619) 522-7390. Hours at the vaccination site have recently changed. They are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Vaccination Site Snippet


COVID-19 Testing Site: The City’s convenient COVID-19 testing site for viral, rapid and antibody testing continues to administer tests. Since the testing site opened on Jan. 4 through Monday, Feb. 1, nearly 1,000 tests have been administered. The site is at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand way. The facility operates twice a week on Monday and Thursday. 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 City of Coronado is sensitive to the COVID-19 health-related requirements that have put a unrelenting strain on local restaurants. From complete closures to outdoor dining only, businesses hoping to survive have placed a greater emphasis on takeout ordering. The City Council recently allocated funding and has 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. Look for print and social media campaigns rolling out now that showcase one restaurant per day in February and March.

Coronado Food Hall image


Historic Context and Survey Project: Residents may see field surveyors 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].


Tennis Concessionaire: The City Council this week authorized staff to enter into contract negotiations with Impact Activities Inc. for tennis concessionaire services at the Coronado Tennis Center. Impact was selected from a field of three submittals and is the owner/operator of seven municipal tennis centers. An evaluation committee comprised of representatives of the tennis community in Coronado recommended Impact Activities. The proposed term is for three years with the option for two extensions of five years each.

Tennis Center Image


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


Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: The Mathewson Park playground opened this week after a full renovation to a fully universally accessible playground. The xylophone panel is scheduled to be installed on the activity wall and will be ready for use by Feb. 8.  Delivery of the drinking fountain/bottle filler and the second bike rack is delayed until March. A virtual grand opening is being planned.

Mathewson Park image


Outdoor Dining Safety: With outdoor dining allowed again, more restaurants are serving diners under tents, which is allowed. However, restaurant owners must consider a tent’s flame-retardant capability, how close a tent can be to buildings, ventilation, maximum occupancy and the use of nearby cooking or heating equipment, among other things. The City urges business owners not to invest money in a type of tent that is not allowed. The Coronado Fire Department has a handout that details the City and California Fire Code requirements on the installation and use of tents and how to obtain a City permit for their temporary use. The City also has a link to a handout on the use of portable outdoor gas-fired heating appliances. Fire Department personnel are available to answer questions, review plans and make recommendations. Permit applications for tents are available online here. Education is the key and Fire Department officials want restaurants and other businesses to run safe operations. Local health departments may have additional requirements to consider. The City may order certain tents removed. For more information, call (619) 522-7374.

Sample Tent image

Removal of Curbside Takeout Signs: During the Regional Stay at Home Order, the City of Coronado offered curbside pickup spaces for restaurants while on-premises dining was closed. Last week, the order was lifted and restaurants throughout San Diego County were able to resume outdoor dining. Public Services crew will be removing the curbside takeout signs this week and will place them in storage.

Curbside Pickup


SDG&E Gas Main Replacement: SDG&E’s contractor on a project to replace a gas main on Pomona Avenue has completed the replacement of the deteriorated gas main on Pomona between Seventh Street and Marina Place, including the replacement of the service laterals to the adjacent residents. Next week, paving crews will complete the street repairs and remove the fencing for the temporary storage yard. The City’s slurry seal contractor will complete the slurry sealing of Pomona once the street repair work has been completed by SDG&E.

City Hall/Community Center Water Lines: The contractor on the project to replace the water lines to the heater and chiller for City Hall and the Community Center is continuing work. Roadway asphalt and concrete were completed this week by the contractor, including sidewalk panels and decorative stamping. Disturbed parking stalls along Strand Way will receive a slurry coating and be restriped. Damaged wheel stops will be replaced, and utility mark-outs and scuffing on concrete will be removed.

Water Lines Replacement project

Caltrans Storm Drain Repair Work: The City was informed by the California Department of Transportation that it will conduct storm drain repairs at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Pomona Avenue starting this week. The work will occur between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. During the repair work, traffic control will divert southbound Orange Avenue traffic to the No. 1 lane of northbound Silver Strand Boulevard at Pomona Avenue.

Orange and Pomona


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Join Coronado Sweet Cookie Studio for its step-by-step cookie decorating virtual class. Learn to use the tools and techniques needed to make professional-level decorated cookies. Complete cookie decorating kits are available for $40. Contact Becky at [email protected] or send a text to (360) 471-0822. Arrangements will be made for kit Spreckels Center pickup at the time of purchase. The virtual class can be viewed on Coronado TV and on CoronadoArts YouTube.

Orange Avenue Palm Pruning
: This is the final weekend for the City’s contract arborist to trim the 350 palms within the Orange Avenue. The work began Jan. 23 with palms in the medians and continued on Jan. 30 along the southbound side of Orange. The final Saturday is Feb. 6, when crews will trim palms heading northbound from R.H. Dana Place to First Street. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Please obey the no-parking signs.

Palm Pruning Map


Community Assistance Sought: On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at about 4 p.m., Coronado Police were notified of an incident on the beach near Ocean Boulevard and G Avenue. Two girls reported that they were jogging in the sand behind their mother when a woman walking two dogs approached them, asked them if they knew this beach and grabbed one of them. They reported being able to run away and tell their mother, who then flagged down lifeguards. Patrol Officers canvassed the area and were unable to locate the woman. She is described as having light skin, being heavyset with long brown hair and wearing a white crop top, light colored sweater and blue jeans walking two small dogs. Detectives are investigating this incident and are asking for the public’s assistance. Please call our non-emergency number if you witnessed this incident or have surveillance cameras in the area (619) 522-7350.

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 book discussion and a free viewing and discussion of the movie “I am Not your Negro.” The book discussion will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link. Coronado residents are able to stream the film through the Kanopy app. The film discussion will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Click here to register for the movie discussion and receive the Zoom link.

Coronado Community Read Flyer


Library Valentine’s Day Events: The Coronado Public Library will be hosting two Valentine’s Day themed events for kids and teens. Kids can learn how to make a model heart during Tinker Tuesday on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. Teens can pick up a craft kit from the Library and learn to make an LED Valentine’s Day card on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. Both events will be streamed on the Library’s Facebook page. Click here to view the Library’s Events calendar and find out more information.

Tinker Tuesday


Volunteer through Citizen Science: Each month, the Coronado Public Library hosts citizen science projects where teens can earn volunteer hours. This month’s project, “The Great Backyard Bird Count,” will run from Feb. 12-15. The Library will be hosting a tutorial on Facebook on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. to explain how to take part in this project and where participants can record results. Click here for more information.  


Fairytale Movement Drama Workshop: The Coronado Public Library is hosting a Fairytale Movement Drama Workshop with Andrea, a local acting coach. Andrea will lead movement exercises and other fun acting games for ages 4-13. This workshop will take place on Friday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link.  

Fairytale Movement


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.

 February Blood Drive


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the 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.


Pet of the Week
: Champagne, an 8-year-old domestic shorthair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She is adoring, attentive and calm. Champagne would prefer a quieter household but is compatible with other cats. Champagne’s adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Champagne, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Champagne POW



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

  • The Streets Division repainted “stop” markings around Coronado and painted a green bike lane on First Street and Orange Avenue. The Streets Division is beginning to replace faded stop signs around town.
STreet 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

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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