Weekly Update Nov. 6, 2020

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Weekly Update Nov. 6, 2020

Weekly Update Nov. 6, 2020

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Hometown Heroes Banner Ceremony: The City invites the public to tune into a special Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication ceremony this Saturday, Nov. 7. A virtual event is planned to begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until about noon. If you can’t make it, you can watch the full program later on Coronado TV and on social media. The event honors those former or current Coronado residents serving or who have served their country. The Avenue of Heroes Committee and the City made the difficult decision to postpone the May 2020 banner dedication ceremony due to restrictions on gatherings at the time. Since many COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, it was decided that the only way forward was for a virtual event to honor 16 military heroes. Each has a banner along the City’s Avenue of Heroes, on Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Alameda Boulevard. The ceremony will be held via Zoom. It is free to attend. Here’s the Zoom Link. The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. Find an Avenue of Heroes program brochure here. View the ceremony live by clicking on the Zoom link by 10 a.m. on Nov. 7. If you want to watch it later, click here and check the Coronado TV lineup or visit the City’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Avenue of Heroes Banners

Election Information, Council Reorganization: The election is over and ballots are still being counted. Due to the pandemic, Coronado had one super poll location at the John D. Spreckels Center where voters could cast ballots in the four days leading up to the election. There also were two mail ballot drop-off locations. The Registrar of Voters office reminds voters that up to 45 percent of all votes cast are not included in election night results. Mail ballots must be scanned, sorted and signature-checked before being tabulated. Mail ballots can be accepted up to 17 days after Election Day if postmarked on or before Nov. 3. It could take up to two weeks to count all mail ballots. The Registrar also must account for provisional ballots, touchscreen ballots, damaged ballots and write-in candidates. Updated results will be released daily through Nov. 13 and as needed until the final results are posted Dec. 3. The City will hold its reorganization meeting Dec. 15.

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Halloween, Upcoming Holidays: This year, due to the pandemic, the City planned something different for Halloween: A drive-thru trick-or-treating event and several social media costume/décor contests. Between the Village and Coronado Cays, 391 cars registered for the event and 1,325 “ghouls” were served. An estimated 1,000 goodie bags were handed out to the drive-thru participants who got into the spirit by dressing up and decorating their cars. The City is working on planning similar events for the upcoming holidays. Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain and Holiday Parade have been cancelled this year, but the City is working to create safe, City-sponsored events. Along with installing holiday banners, lighting the trees along Orange Avenue, and lighting the holiday tree and Menorah in Rotary Plaza, Recreation and Golf Services and the Library are planning a variety of festive programs. Some of these programs include “Letters to Santa,” virtual book reading and Storytime, “North Pole Hotline” with Santa, social media contests and videos, community food drives, virtual mocktails and cooking events, and virtual canvas painting and ornament decorating. Follow the City of Coronado’s Facebook page to receive updates for these events as they approach.

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Early Winter Storm:  An early winter storm will hit San Diego County this weekend, bringing periods of showers and strong winds. The rain is expected to begin with a first wave on Saturday morning, Nov. 7, with showers all day. There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon mainly near the coast. A second wave on Sunday, Nov. 8, will bring about the same pattern. High temperatures are expected to be in the low 60s. The storm will move out Sunday night. Residents and business owners should be prepared. 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 City asks residents to avoid parking on the street, if possible, to allow rainwater to flow unobstructed into the storm drains.

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Veterans Day: The City of Coronado will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and reminds residents and businesses that some City facilities will be open. Public Services will not sweep streets on the holiday but EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Here is the holiday schedule:

Veterans Day Schedule 2020


Combat the Bite: San Diego County recently completed an inventory and treatment of areas in Coronado where mosquitoes may breed. There is a new invasive species of mosquito called the Aedes, that is spreading across California and breeds in small areas of water. The County’s Vector Control says it could be several more weeks before the mosquitoes are under control. The City asks residents to do their part to “combat the bite” by eliminating standing water that can accumulate in pots, rain barrels, trashcans and outdoor toys and furniture. Residents can contact the County directly to request property inspections and treatment, file complaints or ask questions. Call (858) 694-2888 to get help.

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COVID-19 Restrictions: San Diego County is on the verge of landing into the state’s most restrictive COVID-19 tier due to a rise in the number of cases. Should the rate continue to be above 7.0 cases per 100,000 residents for a second week in a row, restaurants, gyms, churches, theaters and other locations will need to end indoor operations. County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten urged San Diegans to follow the local health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19. That includes wearing a face covering, keeping six feet apart from others, washing your hands, avoid large gatherings and staying home if you’re sick.

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Mathewson Park Playground Project: At its Nov. 3 meeting, the City Council authorized a construction contract to begin work to replace the conventional playground equipment at Mathewson Park with equipment that is inclusive and barrier-free. The playground will include slides, a swing, and other activities for children to enjoy. The Council approved the Parks and Recreation Commission recommendation for an earth-tone color scheme and poured-in-place rubber playground safety surfacing. The Council approved this design for Mathewson Park and authorized the purchasing agreement for playground equipment. Construction is expected to begin in mid-December and take about three months.

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Climate Action Plan Virtual Workshop: A virtual, interactive public workshop was held this week to get the community involved in creating a Climate Action Plan, which will provide an aspirational menu of community and municipal greenhouse gas reduction measures to achieve targets. The City has already completed its greenhouse gas emissions inventory, which shows where the City’s greenhouse gas emissions come from. Unsurprisingly, most emissions come from energy and transportation. The City is implementing community outreach. The workshop will be recorded and posted for public viewing. Click here to learn more about the project and to participate in a new survey and post reduction measure ideas. The workshop recording and materials will be posted to that site as well. For questions, contact Associate Planner Howard Lee at (619) 522-2423 or [email protected].

Electric Leaf Blower Virtual Event 2The City hosted the second virtual webinar with Stihl manufacturers last week to help inform residents about the gas-powered leaf blower ban that will go into effect Jan. 1 and to display various models of electric leaf blowers on the market. Click here to view the Stihl webinar. Please contact Kelli Maples at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the electric leaf blower ordinance.

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Bridge Lighting Study: The San Diego-Coronado Bridge Lighting Project, to light up the structure’s piers at night, was approved by the California Coastal Commission last October. The Port of San Diego has requested an encroachment permit from the California Department of Transportation, which maintains the bridge, for a Bridge Lighting Mock-up study that will be installed and tested from Nov. 8-14. The permit allows the Port to temporarily install LED lights on three bridge columns that will be visible as colored lights as they are actively tested each evening. The study will allow the port to observe, evaluate and collect data related to the output and performance of the lights.


Upcoming Parking Changes: Coronado has recently changed the way it enforces parking restrictions along Orange Avenue. City staff is in the process of converting to the new system that involves license plate reader technology. As the contract on parking meters has lapsed in the commercial corridor, the City will soon be removing the more than 500 meters. They are currently bagged to prevent people from using them. To enforce parking, the City will begin using the new technology in January. Tickets will be issued, and last month, the City Council voted to increase parking violations fines to $57.50 to discourage people from parking for longer than the posted limit. The City will continue to post informational ads about this change to inform the public.

Parking Meters

Shores Burglary Arrest: Early Tuesday, Nov. 3, a security guard working at the Shores Condominiums observed a man prying a door open in the garage area at about 12:30 a.m. and called the Coronado Police Department. Officers located the suspect hiding in the rocks along the beach with a large backpack, which was found to contain methamphetamine, a glass pipe, burglary tools, several garage door openers, an expandable baton, and mail belonging to several Imperial Beach, San Diego and Temecula residents. The 34-year-old suspect was arrested for an active felony warrant, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, and possession of a leaded baton. He was taken to San Diego Central Jail. The Coronado Police Department thanked the security guard for being vigilant and contacting the communications center as soon as he saw the suspect breaking into one of the garages. He was smart to not attempt to contact the suspect but keep an eye on him until officers arrived.

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain: Although substantially complete, minor work items are still being addressed to fully complete the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project, including repairs to private property adjacent to areas of the work, and coordination with SDG&E to bring power to the pump stations. Bay View Park will remain closed until Nov. 16 to allow the new plants and sod to get established.

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Bayview Park closed

Avenida del Sol Improvements: The contractor is working to install curb and gutter on the south side of Avenida del Sol and has begun improvements to the Coronado Shores driveway. Emergency access to the Shores is being maintained during the driveway construction. The contactor has informed the City that they will begin work to install a concrete headwall for the storm drain crossing Orange Avenue. The headwall, a small retaining wall placed at the outlet of a storm water pipe, will be constructed during daytime hours and should only cause minor disruption to motorist and pedestrian travel on Strand Way. 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.  

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Transbay Pump Station Award:  The City was honored with an “Award of Excellence” for the Transbay Pump Station Repairs project. This is the second award recognition the project has received; it was also recently named “Project of the Year” by the American Public Works Association. The project included the replacement of the existing pump station components -- piping, valving and electrical -- and the relining of the storage area used to hold sewage before being pumped across San Diego Bay. All of the City’s effluent, plus that from the Navy bases, travels to the Transbay Pump Station at the Coronado Ferry Landing. From there, it is sent under San Diego Bay to the metro system in Point Loma where it is treated and released into the ocean. The City does all it can to ensure the continued operation of this vital part of its sanitary sewer system as corrosive gases can eat away at the materials and undermine its integrity.

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Coronado Island Film Festival Events: The Coronado Island Film Festival is hosting its 5th festival Nov. 11-15. Due to the pandemic, the majority of the festival has gone virtual but organizers have not lost their commitment to celebrate the magic of film and to spotlight the gifted filmmakers who have poured out their creativity, passion and hearts for all to view and enjoy. The City continues to sponsor the film festival through its Community Grant Program. The festival will host a safe and socially distanced in-person event on Thursday, Nov. 12, when the festival heads to the South Bay Drive-in for the official 2020 Opening Night feature from Searchlight Pictures “Nomadland.” Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival,  it continues to draw critical acclaim. Opening Night at the South Bay Drive-in one-vehicle entry is $100 and includes a snack package.  An all- access pass is $125. There are several other options. For more information or to purchase a pass, visit https://coronadofilmfest.com/.

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2021 Celebrating Coronado Artists Banners: The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites local artists to submit images of original artwork for the “2021 Celebrating Coronado Artists” banner series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in April, May and June 2021. The deadline to submit artwork is Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. Click here to apply or find out more information on the application process. Applications can also be picked up at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. For more information on the Orange Avenue Corridor Banner Program, contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522-2633.

Orange Ave Corridor Banner


Spreckels in Coronado: The Coronado Public Library is hosting a presentation with historian  Sandra Bonura on the legacy of John D. Spreckels. Bonura, author of the biography “Empire Builder: John D. Spreckels and the Making of San Diego,” will introduce the audience to the man who almost singlehandedly built Coronado after building empires in sugar, shipping, transportation and construction up and down California and across the Pacific. This presentation will take place on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Click here to register for the event and receive the Zoom link.

Spreckels Event Flyer

Fun with the FleetOnce a month, the Fleet Science Center hosts a virtual science event for kindergarten to 5th grade students. This Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m., students will learn about different types of clouds and build instruments that will measure the weather. Participants can pick up kits to build the instruments from the Library starting Monday, Nov. 2. Click here to register for this event.  

Children's Events
: Each week, the Coronado Public Library hosts storytimes and events for kids of all ages. On Mondays at 11 a.m., the Library hosts a storytime for babies and their caregivers to develop early language skills. On Mondays at noon., the Library hosts “Mindful Moments” to show breathing exercises with reading and songs to engage children ages 3 and up with the principles of mindfulness. “Toddler Storytime” takes place on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and is geared for children aged 3 and up. Every Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Library hosts “Tinker Tuesday,” an arts and crafts event for kids 3 and up. On Thursdays at 4 p.m., Teens can make stress relieving crafts with Coronado SAFE staff. “Preschool Storytime” takes place every Friday at 11 a.m. Each of these events are hosted on Facebook.

Children Events at the Library

Pet of the Week: Crystal, a 1-year-old Ticked Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Crystal was found on Orange Avenue with her newborn kittens before being brought to PAWS of Coronado. Crystal is affectionate with her human friends as well as other felines. Her adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Crystal, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

PAWS Pet of the Week

Public Services:

  • Earlier this week, Public Services crews removed a trailer that had been located at Cays Park next to the tennis courts. The trailer is not currently used and there is no plan to replace the trailer. In the past, the trailer was used by Recreation Services to house recreation equipment and supplies.

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies
: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission, Civil Service Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Historic Resource Commission, Mobility Commission and Planning Commission. Responsibilities of each commission, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of application can be found on the bottom of the City’s Board, Commissions, and Committees page

City Vacancies

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 11/06/2020
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