Weekly Update March 26, 2021

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Weekly Update March 26, 2021

Weekly Update March 26, 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.

Community Satisfaction Survey: The City is seeking feedback on its performance to help gauge community satisfaction in Coronado. The City is working once again with the National Research Center out of Boulder, Colorado, to help develop a scientifically valid survey of residents. Those residents randomly selected to participate can soon expect to receive a postcard announcing that a survey is about to be mailed. The City is looking for responses from random residents and not from a self-selected group of respondents. Scientific surveys are carefully built with an eye towards validity and reliability via questionnaire design, sampling, data collection and analysis. The City asks that you please complete the survey either by filling out the hard copy or taking the survey online. The City uses the results to evaluate and improve its performance. The National Research Center administers the National Community Survey, a cost-effective survey tool intended to provide local governments with a complete and affordable understanding of the public’s sense of satisfaction. View past survey results here. Results are statistically weighted to reflect the proper demographic composition of the entire community. The survey has standardized questions to compare against other National Community Survey jurisdictions with a few customized questions crafted in close cooperation with the City Council and staff.

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Vigilance Urged Near Schools: The City urges all drivers to be especially careful while driving in the City and to obey posted speed limits following a collision involving a 12-year-old bicyclist and a vehicle. Local schools are resuming some in-class schedules. Due to the pandemic, there are multiple bell schedules, meaning there are students traveling to and from school when perhaps drivers are not expecting them. The bicyclist was hit by a vehicle at 4:40 p.m. on Monday, March 22, at the intersection of Tenth Street and E Avenue. The child was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Alcohol and drugs did not appear to be a factor in the collision. Please be aware of younger people on the streets.

Student on Bike

Winn Room Town Hall Meeting: Coronado residents were given a chance to “weigh in on the Winn” on Wednesday, March 24, at a virtual Town Hall meeting. More than 70 people attended a presentation by project architect Mark Steele and Coronado Public Library Director Shaun Briley on plans to remodel and expand the Winn Room. Issues addressed included the scale of the project, the impact on the adjacent park and the need for an improved facility. Following the presentation, questions and comments were taken from the audience with most favoring Option B. A video recording of the town hall meeting can be seen on the Winn Room page on Comment Coronado. The Winn Room has been the one venue in Coronado that offers a wide range of free cultural programs. There is no charge for the local nonprofits providing programming and no charge to those attending.

Winn Room Town Hall

Winn Room Town Hall 



COVID-19 Testing Site Closes: The City’s testing site for COVID-19 has permanently closed. The decision to close the site was due to a significant drop in the number of tests administered. The site had recently reduced operations to one day a week. The drop is good news overall and may be attributed to the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases, availability of testing at other sites in San Diego County, and the increase in the number of vaccines administered. The site at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse offered testing as a convenience to Coronado residents since January. During its operation, a total of 942 people received 1,303 tests, including 550 viral, 366 rapid and 387 antibody were administered, including tests on its final day of operation, March 22.

Easter Events: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is bringing a number of Easter-related events to the community to celebrate the changing season, blooming flowers and warmer days.

  • Recreation and Golf Services’ annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza event will be held as a drive-thru Easter activity on Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents may register for this event now, and registration for nonresidents will open on March 22. This event is free. A “to-go” egg-hunt kit will be provided for each car and the event will feature Easter themes including Bunny Bakery, Candyland and Bunny Boulevard. To register for this event, call (619) 522-7342.

    Easter egg-stravaganza event

  • Learn how to create hand-made Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs on the CoronadoARTS YouTube channel. Tie-Dye Easter Egg kits are available for purchase for $5 from the Recreation and Golf Services Department by calling (619) 522-7342. Click here to watch the Tie Dye Egg Craft instructional video. You can also watch the video on Coronado TV.

    Tie-Dye Easter eggs

  • Teens, adults, and seniors can learn how to create personalized spring wreaths by following along with the Spring Wreath Craft’s instructional film on CoronadoARTS YouTube. Wreath kits are available for purchase for $10 at the Recreation and Golf Services Department. Call (619) 522-7342 to reserve your kit. Click here to watch the Spring Wreath instructional video or check it out on Coronado TV.

          Spring Wreath Craft



Spreckels Center Hire: As the long-awaited reopening of the John D. Spreckels Center nears, the City is pleased to announce that it has filled a position to manage the facility and its programming. Dana Welch will join the Recreation and Golf Services Department as a Recreation Services Supervisor and will be charged with expanding the safe activities for the City’s vibrant 50-plus community. The 9,000-square-foot Spreckels Center was rebuilt about four years ago with significant public input to better engage the space next to the Coronado Public Library and serve the members of the former Senior Center. It reopened in April 2017 and was designed with an open floor plan and large windows to invite inside Spreckels Park on one side and the lawn bowling green on the other. Unfortunately, the Spreckels Center has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic and concern for the at-risk group of users. Welch has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration and mostly recently was program coordinator for the City of Davis, California. There she coordinated rentals of city facilities, implemented programs for seniors, oversaw event publicity, and supervised instructors and volunteers. Prior to that, she performed similar event management and coordination for the University of Davis and the Davis Chamber of Commerce, as well as worked for the cities of Mountain View and Foster City in their recreation departments. Welch will start work May 17.

Junior Lifeguards: The City is excited to announce that Coronado Junior Lifeguards is back. Dates for required swim tests and the program have been announced. A swim test is required prior to registering for Junior Lifeguards. The City made the difficult decision last year to cancel the entire Junior Lifeguards and Surf Awareness program due to the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This year, the City is able to provide the Junior Lifeguard program to those ages 9 to 17. The Surf Awareness will not be held this summer due to staffing issues. The City hopes it will return next year. The Junior Lifeguard program will look different this year. Classes will be split into three age groups and broken down into cohorts groups with one instructor for every 10 students. Students are required to wear a mask unless in the water and pass a health screening daily. See flyer below for test requirements and dates as well as program dates and fees. The program is a great way for young people to spend the summer. It is designed to teach environmental awareness, ocean safety, CPR and first aid in an exciting and interesting environment. Registration for residents begins May 5 and for nonresidents May 19.

Junior Lifeguards flyer

Administrative Services Director Update: Two panels interviewed six candidates last week for  the Administrative Services director position. One panel consisted of people in the profession and the other included members of the community. Recommendations were provided from each panel. Final interviews with the top candidate and background checks are being conducted. An announcement on the new director is expected very soon.



Golf Course Lighting Improvements: The contractor on the Golf Course Lighting Improvement project continues to install concrete light bollard bases around the Clubhouse. Impacts to parking will be minimal. Circulation along the backside walkway of the Clubhouse will be reduced starting next week. The solar light bollards are expected to arrive Friday, March 26, so installation can start next week. The hardwired light bollards are scheduled for installation in early May.

Golf Course Lighting



Improvements to Avenida del Sol: The contractor working on improvements to Avenida del Sol is finishing placement of curb and gutter this week and will begin paving operations by the middle of next week. Work continues to install the new streetlights on Avenida del Sol as it intersects Silver Strand Boulevard and layout of the new traffic signal equipment should be completed by the end of next week. Crews will be installing the asphalt base course on Avenida del Sol on Monday, March 29, starting at 7 a.m. and plan to complete the work the same day.


Adaptive Signals Communication Conduit: The contractor on work to install an Adaptive Signals Communication Conduit began potholing operations this week. The work includes installing a new fiber optic communications line that will provide more robust communication between the signals along Silver Strand Boulevard and the City’s traffic signal computer server.  The work to install the conduit should be complete Friday, March 26, and the project is anticipated to be fully completed by April 5.

Coronado Vaccination Site: The Coronado Vaccination Site at the Community Center continues to administer vaccinations. San Diego County has updated its list of eligible groups to receive the vaccine to include people with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities. Starting April 1, all those 50 and up may be vaccinated, and those 16 and up beginning April 15, state officials said this week. Due to vaccine supply availability and the tier expansion, residents trying to get appointments can expect delays. Staff at the Coronado Public Library have been helping residents without access to email or help from nearby family. If you need help, call the Library at (619) 522-7390. San Diego County residents must make appointments by using the County’s Vaccination Sites and Locations site. Those who received their first dose in Coronado will receive an email with available dates for a second dose. Appointments are required. Site hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Spring into STEAM: The Coronado Public Library invites teens to attend a plant-powered virtual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, or STEAM, camp over spring break. Participants can pick up supply kits at the Library and follow along with instructional videos for hands-on STEAM activities. Instruction videos will be posted on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube each day at 4 p.m. from March 29-April 2. There will be five activity videos with one bonus activity for those looking for a challenge. Projects include a nature suncatcher, cloning carrots, and making natural dye which can be used for eggs or fabric. Supply kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Spring into STEAM



Edible Book Festival: In honor of National Library Week, kids, teens and adults are invited to participate in the Coronado Public Library’s “Edible Book Contest.” Participants will create a scene inspired by your favorite book using edible ingredients and send a picture to [email protected]. All entries must be submitted by April 11. Click here for more information or call the Library at (619) 522-2479. Decorate a cookie with frosting inspired by your main character, make a graham cracker castle that looks like Hogwarts, create a candy forest inspired by the Hundred Acre Wood, or a spaghetti sauce inferno in honor of Dante. But they must be 80% edible. All ages are invited to participate.

Edible Book Festival

“I Spy” Egg Hunt: From Friday, March 26, to Monday, April 5, families are invited to stop by the Coronado Public Library to find all the eggs hiding in the children’s Library diorama. Participants will be given a MooTime Creamery ice cream coupon. Click here for more information.

Autism Awareness Day: World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. The Coronado Public Library will be hosting a sensory story time on Friday, April 2, at 11 a.m. on honor of Autism Awareness Day. This sensory story time is a structured period of stories, songs and bubbles for children ages 1-8. This event will be streamed on the Library’s Facebook and later posted to the Library’s YouTube channel. For more information, click here.

Fun with the Fleet: The Coronado Public Library, in partnership with the San Diego Fleet Science Center, brings Coronado youth monthly Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, or STEAM, workshops. This month, the children will have the opportunity to build a tabletop hovercraft with common household items. This virtual event will take place on Saturday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom. Click here to register for this event. Once registered, participants can pick up the workshop kit from the library. This event is geared toward students in Kindergarten to fifth grade.

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.

Boards, Commission, and Committees Vacancies



Public Services: Public Services’ Facilities Division has been working on a number of projects around the City. Here are a few of the most recent:


  • Facilities crews resurfaced the epoxy flooring at the Coronado Animal Care Facility due to wear and tear.

    ACF cleaning

  • Facilities crews pressure washed the exteriors of the Coronado Public Library and Police Station.
                                           Steam Cleaning images

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 03/26/2021
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