Weekly Update July 30, 2021

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Weekly Update July 30, 2021

Weekly Update July 30, 2021


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Indefinite Pool Closure: The Aquatics Center was indefinitely closed on Friday, July 23, due to a shortage of chlorine nationwide. An expected shipment of chlorine never arrived, and the Aquatics Center pools were closed to keep the water clean and free from algae and mosquitos. There are two main reasons for the short supplies, including high demand during the pandemic for pool use and a fire at a plant that manufactures the chemicals. The City’s pools use liquid chlorine, which is held in a 1,000-gallon tank. It takes about 10 days to exhaust a full tank. The shipment is now expected to arrive this week. However, with supplies extremely limited, it is unclear if enough chlorine will arrive to reopen the pools and there is no guarantee of additional deliveries. Chlorine use is at its peak during the summer as temperatures rise and the number of people using the pool increases requiring more chlorine. The City will keep pool users up to date. A freeze on yearly and monthly pool memberships is in effect through at least Aug. 8. If membership permitted use of the fitness center, it will continue to be available. Swim lessons will be canceled, and fees refunded. The City thanks the community for its patience.

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Grand Caribe Shoreline Park 25th Year Celebration: The Port of San Diego and the City hosted a celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of Grand Caribe Shoreline Park and its bronze artwork “Sheltering Wings” on the morning of July 30. More than 100 people attended the event, which 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. The 3.7-acre park in the Coronado Cays officially opened on July 5, 1996. In honor of the anniversary, the City completely redesigned and landscaped the nearby roundabout.

Grand Caribe 25th Event

Grand Caribe Park Turnaround

Spreckels Center Activities Expand: The number of classes and programs are increasing at the John D. Spreckels Center. Popular card and tile games have returned to in-person play and the center is hosting dozens of players per week. In addition, Sharp Coronado Hospital presented a live barbecue cooking demonstration this week on the Spreckels patio and will offer a free monthly workshop on health and wellness topics at the Center. For more information, call (619) 522-7343.

Spreckels Center Activities

Coronado Playhouse to Reopen for 2022 Season: Live theater is returning to Coronado. The Coronado Playhouse at the Coronado Community Center announced its 2022 season of six fully staged productions. For the 2022 season, the Playhouse will offer a variety of musicals and plays. Season ticket and single ticket sales information can be found at www.coronadoplayhouse.org. The Playhouse is celebrating its 75th year in Coronado. For the past 25 years, the City has funded a community grant to produce an annual Free Classic Series. This year, the production is William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and it is available to watch online for free and on-demand now through Aug. 8. To access the play, click here.

Playhouse Season 2022

Comedy of Errors

Suspected Thieves Arrested: On Monday, July 26, at 1:20 a.m., Officer Sam Sellers stopped a car in the 200 block of Alameda Boulevard for a traffic violation. He noticed two electric bicycles on the roof of the car and one inside. The driver had an active warrant and was driving on a suspended driver’s license. When the driver was exiting the vehicle, the officer noticed a methamphetamine pipe in the door pocket and a checkbook from a resident who lives on J Avenue. The resident was contacted and discovered that their two electric bicycles, valued at $4,800, and other items were stolen from their attached garage while they were sleeping. The third bicycle did not belong to the resident and was taken as found property. As the vehicle was being towed, the registered owner walked up to the scene. It was determined that the registered owner was in the car at the time of the burglary. Both the driver and registered vehicle owner were arrested.

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Fire Captain Receives Training at Dixie Fire: Fire Capt. Darren Hall was deployed as a Public Information Officer trainee for the Dixie Fire in Northern California as part of CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1.  Capt. Hall is assigned in an administrative position for the team managing content and messaging for social media sites, including the coordination of evacuation notifications with local law enforcement for four counties. He managed the media phone line and public information lines early in the incident, reassuring community members of the fire status. Capt. Hall works with the incident management team to write the daily incident fact sheet and talking points for incident information. Alongside other team members, he provided field interviews with local media and staffed information boards in a variety of communities threatened by the fire. Trainee positions rotate through roles and responsibilities to ensure qualifications can be met for future assignments at both the local community and incident management team levels. (Photo: Capt. Darren Hall, second from left, participating in PIO training)

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City Participates in Countywide Disaster Training: San Diego County has experienced the devastating effects of natural and man-made disasters over the years. On Tuesday, July 27, City staff participated in a San Diego County Regional Tabletop Exercise at the Emergency Operations Center to be better prepared. The exercise simulated an attack on the area's power grid that resulted in a long-term, regional power outage. Coronado was grouped with other South Bay jurisdictions and had robust facilitated discussion regarding likely impacts, challenges and opportunities for enhanced coordination in the case of such occurrence. The tabletop event will be followed up with a full-scale exercise next year. Staff will continue to work to incorporate lessons learned from this training opportunity into future planning.

Tabletop Disaster Exercise

New Chaplains: Last week, the Coronado Police Department welcomed two new chaplains to the team, Chaplain Jim Baize and Chaplain Tom Morelli. Chaplains are a resource used to provide counseling or emotional support to members of the Police Department, their families and members of the public. Chaplains are trained and supervised to carry out their responsibilities. The Coronado Police Department has had an active chaplain program since 2017, and now has three chaplains serving the Coronado community.

New Chaplains

Sea Level Rise Survey: Coronado held a virtual community workshop this week to provide the community with an overview of its process to develop a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. Nearly 100 people registered to attend. The Vulnerability Assessment includes sea level rise projections, an inventory of public and private resources, and analysis of the City's exposure. The Adaptation Plan will include development of potential adaptation measures with a focus on addressing at-risk critical infrastructure, estimated costs for implementation, and a qualitative cost-benefit analysis of identified adaptation measures. The virtual presentation was recorded and will be posted to CommentCoronado.org. A live presentation is set for 11 a.m. on Aug. 12 in the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room. The community may also visit CommentCoronado.org and fill out a related survey.

Sea Level Rise Presentation Annoucement

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. Context Statements provide the foundation for successful survey work. Historic Surveys are intended to 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 of the project is to develop these tools for use in the City’s Historic Preservation Program. Currently, any structure 75 or older must be reviewed for historic significance prior to demolition. Upon adoption of the completed Historic Context Statement and Survey, the number of properties in the City 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.

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.

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Staged Shakespeare Readings: The San Diego Shakespeare Society is back at the Coronado Public Library with its monthly participatory staged readings. This month, the reading is “Titus Andronicus: Part 2,” led by Bill Glaser. The reading will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the Winn Room.

Recycled Water Lecture: Pure Water San Diego is phased, multi-year program that will provide more than 40% of San Diego's water supply locally by the end of 2035. Learn how the program plans to use recycling to meet local water needs at an online lecture from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 5. View the online lecture, brought to you by the Coronado Public Library, here.

Mini Terrarium Craft: Teens in grades 6-12 can make a mini terrarium with its own LED light at the Coronado Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 3 p.m. Plant a small succulent-scape in a jar then create a circuit on the lid to power a colored LED that will shine into your terrarium. Take-home supply kits will be available as supplies last at the start of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Video instructions will be posted on the Library's Facebook and YouTube pages.



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 this weekend, July 31-Aug. 1, and again next weekend, Aug. 7-8. The Crown City Classic has been held in Coronado for nearly 20 years. In the past, more than 170 competitive soccer teams from around Southern California participate. Games run from 8 a.m. until Sunset on Saturday and with the last games finishing on Sunday at about 8 p.m. The tournament uses various field locations, including Tidelands Park (except for Aug. 7), Sunset Park, Cays Soccer Field, and some Coronado High School fields. Additional trash receptacles and restrooms are placed at the Cays and Tidelands to manage additional traffic at the venues by the host.

Regional Transportation Plan Update:  Residents have until next Friday, Aug. 6, to provide comments on the San Diego Association of Governments’ draft 2021 Regional Plan. The draft long-term transportation plan was presented to the SANDAG board of directors and posted to SDForward.com. The future of the San Diego region, how it grows, connects people and places, how the environment is protected, are addressed in the plan. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

Pet of the Week: Luke and Leia, a bonded pair of young cats, are this week’s Pets of the Week. Luke and Leia would do well to be adopted together. They are sweet and shy but come out of their shells with a little time and space. Their adoption fee is $75 for the pair. To find out more about Luke and Leia, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Pets of the Week

Board, Commission, Committee VacanciesThe 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 07/30/2021
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