Weekly Update Jan. 22, 2021

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Weekly Update Jan. 22, 2021

Weekly Update Jan. 22, 2021

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video. If 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.

Vaccination Site Opens to 75-plus: The City/Sharp Coronado Hospital vaccination site at the Community Center has started accepting those who are 75 years or older in addition to continuing to accept those in the Phase 1A category. The Coronado facility and others around San Diego County have been greatly impacted due to the announcement earlier this week that the category for vaccination groups was expanded. An appointment is required and must be made using the County’s website. Please be patient and keep trying. The City is hearing from the community that the site is difficult to navigate. The site is listed as a partner on the San Diego County vaccination clinic location list. Please note that the hours at the vaccination site will change beginning Monday, Jan. 25, to 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Sharp announced this week they would no longer be open until 7 p.m. The City is offering the location and staff at no charge to help the region more quickly move on to the next phase. The City Council confirmed the partnership at its Jan. 19 meeting. City officials anticipate the partnership will continue as needed. Please call (619) 522-7340 for more information.

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Flyer Updated Vaccination Site 

COVID-19 Testing Site Update: Demand for the city’s convenient COVID-19 testing site at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse remains high. So far, about 560 tests have been administered. The facility operates twice a week on Monday and Thursday. Appointments are being accepted for COVID-19 viral, rapid and antibody testing. Insurance is accepted but individuals may be tested at no cost through a federal program or 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.

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Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: Work to install a universally accessible playground at Mathewson Park is nearly complete. The finishing touches include painting of the nearby accessible parking space, patching sod that should be fully established in about two weeks and completing the irrigation system. Remaining work includes new bike racks and an accessible drinking fountain with a bottle filler, to be added later. The City is proud of the inclusive nature of the new playground and is planning a grand reopening ceremony, which will be held virtually in March, to describe the play structures and importance of the universal aspects of the project. The playground, however, will be open for play before that. The playground was designed to improve accessibility and provide inclusive play features for children and caregivers with varied abilities. The existing accessible parking space was on an incline on Adella Avenue, making it difficult to navigate. The new space was moved to a level surface on Pomona Avenue. Additional hardscape has been added to the site to improve accessibility and an accessible playground safety surface has been installed. The play structure features two 12-foot ramps which lead to one-foot- and two-foot-high decks where children can play with a tic-tac-toe panel, finger maze, or talk to someone on a fun phone. For children who can reach the four-foot-high deck, a dual slide allows a child to slide down alongside a companion. Inclusive play elements include activity panels for auditory and visual stimulation, a ground level sand box and an elevated sand table for tactile stimulation, and an inclusive swing. An accessible picnic table provides wheelchair access and the picnic table and benches are embedded into the concrete to eliminate ground level obstructions.

Mathewson Park Renovations

Hotel del Coronado Construction Update: The contractor working to upgrade the Avenida del Sol cul-de-sac as part of the street and Hotel del Coronado entrance improvements has completed installation of the new storm drain crossing at Orange Avenue and Strand Way. The storm drain will be put into service by the end of the month. Temporary repairs to the plated storm drain trench is scheduled to be completed the first week of February. Work to complete a waterline connection under Avenida del Sol is anticipated to be completed by the end of January. Once waterline work is finished, crews will close the sidewalk along the hotel from R.H. Dana Place to the crosswalk just north of Pomona Avenue to facilitate construction of frontage improvements to the hotel. This is a two-phase task which should be completed by May 15. The contractor’s traffic control plan for this work is currently under review by the California Department of Transportation. Caltrans has informed the City that it will start work on repairs to a 24-inch storm drain in Orange Avenue the week of Jan. 25. The work will take place from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and southbound Orange Avenue traffic will be diverted to the No. 1 northbound lane of Silver Strand Boulevard during working hours. 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.

Hotel del Coronado Avenida del Sol

Shark Lab Partnership Update: The City has been actively participating with the “Shark Lab” at California State University, Long Beach, to conduct tagging and surveillance of the local shark population. Chris Lowe, who runs the Shark Lab, will provide an update to the City Council on March 16. Since the partnership began, five sharks have been tagged by Shark Lab employees assisted by City lifeguards and a receiver installed off the beach to record data on tagged sharks passing through the area. Sharks are an important element of local coastal waters. The City wants to understand shark behavior to be better stewards of our ocean environment. The partnership began when there was an increase last summer in shark sightings off the coast. Most were juvenile white sharks that pose little threat to humans. In recent weeks, a shark did nip the fin of a swimmer but the swimmer was not injured. 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. At the March Council meeting, Lowe will provide an overview of the program, what the Shark Lab is doing and how the City may further help with the operation.

Shark below Swimmers

Storm Preparation/Response
:  Gusty winds ahead of a looming storm have the National Weather Service calling this unusual weather pattern “wild January.” While the rain is certainly welcome, residents should be prepared for a storm early next week that may bring downpours and scattered thunderstorms to San Diego County. In Coronado, sandbags are available for residents, while supplies last, at four locations: First Street and Alameda Boulevard; Fourth Street and Alameda; North Beach; and at the Cays near the Fire Station. The priority for Public Services crews, who are on call during the storms, will be on monitoring storm drains and cleaning fallen trees and debris. The City asks residents to avoid parking on the street if possible, to allow rainwater to flow unobstructed into the storm drains. Use the City’s “Ask Coronado” app to report minor damage. Call (619) 522-7380 to report trees down or other debris in the roadways, or major flooding, during business hours, but call the Police Department’s non-emergency line (619) 522-7350 over the weekend. A general water advisory is typically issued during rain events and it is recommended to avoid water contact for 72 hours following rain.

Storm Preparation Sand Bags

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.
EDCO Paper Shredding Event Flyer

Police Services Mobile Command Vehicle Structure: Work to construct a structure to protect the Mobile Command Vehicle from sun and rain has been completed at the Police Department facility. The Mobile Command Vehicle structure passed columns, framing, deck and concrete inspections earlier this week.

Police Services Mobile Command Vehicle Structure

City Hall/Community Center HVAC Water Lines:  Work continues on the above-ground piping to the heater and chiller which controls the temperature at City Hall and the Community Center. The contractor on the project to replace the heating and air-conditioning water lines at the Civic Center completed encasing the pipes, backfilling, compacting, and repaving over the trench extending from the Community Center to City Hall. Above-ground pipe connections to City Hall and the Community Center are expected to be completed the first week of February. If weather allows, the impacted parking stalls will be slurry sealed and repainted next week.

Orange Avenue Palm Pruning: The City’s contract arborist will trim 350 palms within the Orange Avenue medians on three consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan. 23 and continuing on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. On Jan. 23, crews will prune the center median palms. On Jan. 30, workers will work on the southbound side of Orange beginning at First Street to R.H. Dana Place, closing the lane closest to the medians as they go. On Feb. 6, they will then head northbound from R.H. Dana Place to First. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Please obey the no-parking signs.

Palm Pruning map

Community Read 2021 Events: Please join the City and Library for the many and varied Community READ programs scheduled in February to delve into this year’s pick, “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi. All events are virtual and require registration. The events include a bilingual storytime for the children’s Community Read, “The Day You Begin;” a pre-recorded lecture by the author, Ibram X. Kendi; three live book discussions; and three panel discussions including one on race and the news with panelists from the San Diego Union-Tribune, CBS8 and KPBS. The discussion will be moderated by Dean Nelson, director of the Journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. It will be held on Feb. 4. The second panel is a discussion on how to talk to your kids about racism by Katherine Nguyen-Williams, associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, Katherine Turner, associate director of Psychology Undergraduate Advising & Programs at San Diego State University. The event will be held Feb. 16. The third panel discussion is about creating inclusive communities. Panelists include representatives from Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance, the Sister Cities Project, San Diego County Board Supervisor Nora Vargas and David Miller, professor of History at the University of San Diego. The panel will be moderated by Carl Luna of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement. The event will be held Feb. 17. Visit the Library’s event calendar for further details and to sign up.

2021 Community Read Events

Winter Read Challenge for Kids, Teens and Adults
: The Coronado Public Library’s “Winter Read Challenge” encourages kids, teens and adults to read books throughout January. Participants who report books read on the Library’s website will earn prizes. Kids who report five books will receive a goody bag and free kids’ meal at Subway. Teens who log two books earn an entry into the gift card raffle and a free meal from Subway. Adults will earn an entry into the gift card raffle by reporting each book read. Click here to register for this event and learn how to report books read.

Maintaining Your Brain Health
: The Coronado Public Library will be hosting a webinar in partnership with Alzheimer’s San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. to discuss how to maintain brain health. Amy Abrams, who holds dual public health degrees, will discuss risk factors for dementia, lifestyle habits associated with lower risk, and the importance of brain health. Click here to register for the event and receive the Zoom link. This event will be recorded and available on the Library’s YouTube page for two weeks following the event.

Alzheimer's San Diego Logo

Teen Graphic Novel Book Club
: The Coronado Public Library invites teens to join the Teen Graphic Novel Book Club, which meets once a month on Zoom to discuss a graphic novel. Book club participants select the next book to be read at the end of each meeting. On Monday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m., the book club will be discussing “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link.

Teen Graphic Novel Book Club Flyer

POV Film Screening: ‘Almost Sunrise’: Join the Coronado Public Library for a free screening of the POV Documentary “Almost Sunrise” directed by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Almost Sunrise” tells the story of two veterans who embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America in an attempt to put their haunting combat experiences behind them. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom link. 

POV Film Logo

Coronado Public Library Virtual Events
: Each week, the Coronado Public Library hosts virtual events for kids and teens of all ages. These events are livestreamed on the Library's Facebook Page and uploaded to the Library’s YouTube channel. Baby Storytime is on Monday from 11 a.m. to noon, and Mindful Moments, a 15-minute mindfulness practice, takes place on Monday at noon. On Tuesday’s, join Jean and Mike for Toddler Storytime at 11 a.m. where kids can sing along and read books. Tinker Tuesday’s are 30-minute science experiments for young kids and go live at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Ms. Katia hosts Spanish Storytime at 11 a.m. and teens can follow along to weekly craft projects at 4 p.m. Ms. Katia also hosts Preschool Storytime on Friday at 11 a.m. All events listed are free and can be found on the Library’s events calendar

Coronado Public Library Weekly Virtual Events

Babysitter Training Camp: On Friday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Coronado Recreation and Golf Services will host a Babysitter Training Camp for teens ages 11-15. This camp will train teens how to feed and diaper babies and toddlers, recognize an emergency, handle choking, and introduce infant and child CPR methods. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn how to mentor and care for younger children. Coronado residents can register for the Babysitter Training Camp by clicking here or calling (619) 522-7342. Starting Jan. 13, nonresidents will be able to register online or by phone.

Babysitter Boot Camp Flyer

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. In 2020, the City sponsored nine blood drives, that attracted 367 participants of which 159 were first time donors. Coronado had the highest collection total for the year in the Central-South San Diego region. Click here to schedule an appointment.

February Blood Drive

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 on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions, and Committees page.

Board, Committees and Vacancy List

Pet of the Week
Fog, a sweet six-month old domestic shorthair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Fog is sweet and unassuming and came to PAWS recently. He has proved to be a great companion for PAWS’ shyer felines and he quickly became best friends with Noelle, another cat, who really wants to remain with him. Fog’s adoption fee is $50, $75 as a pair if adopted with Noelle. To find out more about Fog, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Fog, Pet of the Week

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 01/22/2021
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