Weekly Update June 4, 2021

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Weekly Update June 4, 2021

  
Weekly Update June 4, 2021



Weekly UpdateCheck out Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko’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.






Shuttle Kick-off Event: Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle is back. Starting Sunday, June 6, residents and visitors can take a free ride around Coronado. Take a courtesy ride to the beach, the Coronado Public Library, grocery or drug store, area hotels or the Community Center. We hope to see everyone at the kick-off event at 1 p.m. June 6 at Spreckels Park. The Free Summer Shuttle will begin running that day at 9 a.m. so look out for them up and down Orange Avenue and down First Street to the hospital. Check out this handy web page for all you need to know about the Summer Shuttle 2021. The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and a big thank you to sponsor Discover Coronado. Buses will run seven days a week every 15 minutes through Labor Day, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and an hour later on Friday and Saturday. The City will provide special free bus service to the Village area on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals. On July 3 and 4, the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Shuttle Wrap two images

Shuttle Kick-off Flyer  

 

 

COVID-19 Health Orders, Planned Events: The City has taken appropriate action following all COVID-19 emergency declarations by both the state and federal governments. On May 21, the California Department of Public Health announced restrictions related to the pandemic, including limitations on indoor dining, would be removed effective June 15. It is expected the County of San Diego will align with the modified state guidance. This week, the City Council:

  • Extended the waiver of parking requirements and temporary outdoor seating permits -- enacted to help businesses significantly impacted by the pandemic to allow outdoor dining on private property -- through Sept. 30. The extension allows restaurants to benefit from the increased business during the summer season and more slowly return to pre-COVID operations. Concerns have been raised regarding outdoor dining furniture encroaching into pedestrian walkways, especially with the Fourth of July Celebration coming. Staff will work with restaurants to ensure sidewalks are passable, and that all applicable fire safety standards are followed. Noncompliant restaurants may be prohibited from using the outdoor spaces.
         outdoor dining
  • Authorized events associated with the Fourth of July Celebration as well as all previously approved 2021 major special events to go on as planned. State public health officials announced the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions June 15 with no restrictions on capacity for outdoor settings. For outdoor “mega-events,” such as parades, the state recommends attendees be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering. The Council approved allowing the parade, rough water swim and Crown City Classic run to be held Saturday, July 3, and the fireworks display and Navy parachute demonstration on the Fourth of July. More details and a list of frequently asked questions is being developed.
         Fourth of July Parade Image




Vaccination Site at City Facility to Close: The City and Sharp Coronado Hospital opened a vaccination site in Coronado in January. Since then, more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the Coronado Community Center site by a variety of volunteers. Due to the current decline in vaccination demand, the Coronado Community Center vaccination site is ramping down activities and Sharp is planning to relocate the site to the Sharp Coronado Hospital’s retail pharmacy adjacent to the hospital. Recreation and Golf Services staff worked with hospital staff to prepare and maintain the space for the hospital. Many Coronado residents, as well as people across San Diego County, received their vaccines at the facility with the goal of helping move the region on to the next phase as quickly as possible. Sharp officials said they are thankful for the great partnership with the City and all the volunteers who have helped run the operation during the past five months. The City is grateful to Sharp officials who helped so many Coronado residents receive their vaccinations. The final day of vaccination at the Community Center will be June 15 with the Sharp Retail Pharmacy taking over operations on June 16.

Vaccination Site




City Settles Airport Land Use Plan Suit: The City has settled its lawsuit filed against the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and the Airport Land Use Commission challenging the October 1, 2020, adoption of the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island. On June 3, the parties approved a settlement agreement that clarifies the Airport Land Use Commission’s interpretation of the land use plan. The terms of the agreement ensure the right of existing single-family residential property owners to build out their home’s gross floor area to the maximum square footage permitted under the City’s existing regulations. The approved plan would have required the Commission’s individual review of each single-family development application submitted to the City. The terms of settlement indicate the City may process applications to expand the square footage of single-family homes without the Commission’s additional review, thereby eliminating an added layer of oversight. The City will next request that the court dismiss the lawsuit, ending the long saga between the City and the Airport Land Use Commission. Residents interested in more information on residential development standards can contact the City’s Community Development Department by emailing comdev@coronado.ca.us or calling (619) 522-7326.

ALUCP map




Bike Month Update: During Bike Month in May and as part of Bike Anywhere Week, the Navy invited Coronado Mobility Commission members to tour the Navy’s new Silver Strand Training Complex-South, formerly known as the Naval Radio Receiving Facility, including new bicycle paths. This month, the City also launched its bicycle encouragement platform, which uses human interaction to encourage others to give cycling a go. More than 40 local participants have created a profile and a few workplaces in town joined to encourage bicycle riding. During the month of May, 180 bike rides covering over 2,800 miles were logged. The Love to Ride – Coronado site is a localized version of the San Diego region’s Love to Ride site which was initiated by the San Diego Bike Coalition to encourage new bicyclists to ride and will be an ongoing active site throughout the year. On the Love to Ride platform, people can: create a profile, log rides, win prizes, set goals, join groups, amongst a range of other activities that aim to encourage people to ride. To learn more about the Love to Ride platform and to create a profile, visit https://www.lovetoride.net/coronado. Visit the City’s Biking Around Coronado site to learn more about where and how to bike around town safely and comfortably.

Love to Ride





Regional Transportation Plan Update: Residents can provide their comments on the San Diego Association of Governments draft 2021 Regional Plan through July 30. A virtual meeting is being planned for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, to present an overview of the long-term transportation plan and opportunities for public engagement. The City is working on acquiring copies of the plan to place at the Coronado Public Library and at City Hall for the public to review. The draft 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 2021 Regional Plan is open for public review and comment. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

SD Forward




New Website Development: The City is developing a better municipal website and needs input from Coronado residents on what they would like to have improved. The Coronado City Council approved moving forward with the project in February. Reliable access to the City’s website has been paramount, particularly in light of the pandemic, but there was a days-long outage that showed the weaknesses in the site. A new website will improve information availability, maintain transparency, increase responsiveness, provide current information, and implement user-friendly navigation. The completion of the website may take up to up to 9 months. The City is asking residents to participate in an informal survey to provide feedback to help us provide a better product. Click here to take the survey.




Memorial Day Service: The annual Memorial Day Service was held May 31 at Star Park and was rebroadcast on Coronado TV. The audience was limited this year due to restrictions in place on gatherings and the City helped the organizers by live-streaming the event for those who could not attend. The annual service  ̶  sponsored by the Coronado VFW Post 2422, the Coronado detachment of the Marine Corps League, United States Navy League and the Silver Strand chapter of the Military Officers Association of America  ̶  honors fallen military.  The video can be seen on the City’s YouTube channel here.

Memorial Day Service 2021 two images

 


 

Organic Recycling Virtual Talk: The Coronado Public Library will host a virtual talk about EDCO’s Organic Recycling Program on Thursday, June 10, at 11 a.m. EDCO built an Anaerobic Digestion Facility that will produce renewable natural gas from organic recycling. Featured speaker, Marco Topete, will talk about how the service will work for residents. This event is in partnership with Emerald Keepers and will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages following the presentation. To take part in person, please click here to register for a Zoom link on the Library’s website event page.

EDCO Organic Waste Talk Flyer




San Diego Zoo Story Time Event: San Diego Zoo Global Director and author Georgeanne Irvine will read her book “Fabulous Floyd: The True Story of a Flamingo Who Never Gave Up” for a Coronado audience on Thursday, June 10, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Learn about this inspiring animal that resides at the San Diego Zoo in the spirit of International Flamingo Day. This event is perfect for children in pre-k through fifth grade. Click here to register for the Zoom link on the Coronado Public Library website event page.

Flamingo Talk




Second Hand Prose Reopening: The Second Hand Prose store at the Coronado Public Library is now open after having been closed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The store sells lightly used second-hand books to raise money for Library programs. It is open daily from 1 to 4 p.m. At this time, the Friends of the Library group is working through a large back stock of inventory and is only looking for donations of nearly new items.

Second Hand Prose sign




Upcoming Park Field Closures: Sunset, Cays and Tidelands parks will be closed at various times during the month of June. From June 1-13, the Sunset and Cays fields will be closed for Public Services to perform maintenance, such as aeration, and to allow the turf to rest so that is may be strong enough to withstand the summer traffic and heat. From June 14-27, the Tidelands Park sports fields will be closed for similar maintenance. Dog park, playgrounds, all paved pathways and facilities, such as the tennis courts, will still be available for usage.

Field Closures flyer cropped



Pet of the Week: Kiki, a 2-year-old mixed-breed dog, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Kiki is sweet and comes off shy. But it doesn’t take long for her to warm up and show love. She is looking for a family who will help her with a pre-existing hip condition and related needs as she ages. Kiki weighs 44 pounds, is housetrained and her adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Kiki, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Kiki Pet of the Week




Canceled Council Meetings: The Coronado City Council has canceled the July 6 and Aug. 3 regularly scheduled meetings consistent with past practice. The City Council typically meets the first and third Tuesday of the month. The July 20 and Aug. 17 meetings will be held as scheduled.



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Civil Service 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.

Vacancies June 2 2021




COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City publishes its news regularly 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.






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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Shuttle Wrapped
Posted on 06/04/2021
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