Weekly Update Oct. 23, 2020

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Weekly Update Oct. 23, 2020

Weekly Update Oct. 23, 2020

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Hometown Heroes Banner Ceremony: Typically, at this time of year, the City invites the public to attend the next Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony at Coronado High School. However, the Avenue of Heroes Committee and the City decided to postpone the May 2020 event due to restrictions on gatherings two months into the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a difficult decision because the Hometown Heroes ceremony has become such a beloved program, a way the community can honor the many men and women who have lived in Coronado during their military careers. Many of the COVID-19 restrictions remain in place but we held out hope that we might be able to gather by now to hold the twice-annual event. But with gathering limitations still in place, it was decided that we would hold a virtual ceremony for the event normally held in November. Most of those who were to participate in the May event will be honored at the virtual event on Nov. 7. The others opted to wait in the hopes we might be able to host an in-person event next May. We hope so. But in the meantime, we will present a virtual ceremony near the Veterans Day holiday and honor 16 military heroes that we think will be memorable. The program will be televised on Coronado TV and will be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube for viewing in the coming weeks. The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. We know there are many out there who have honorably served in all branches of the military who are deserving of recognition.

Avenue of Heroes images

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 may be installed as soon as the end of the month and be tested from Nov. 8-14. The City is letting the community know that the permit will allow 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. The community will have a chance to provide comments on the study, according to the Port, but details have not yet been finalized. The City continues to work on improving the entrance to the City, at and around the Toll Plaza, which is a project Coronado fully supports.

Bridge Lighting rendering


Halloween Activities: Next week is Halloween and the City will host free fun activities for the entire family this year that are planned to keep everyone healthy and safe.  Coronado residents may participate, and the City will make accommodations for all Coronado residents who sign up.

  • Recreation and Golf Services, the Cultural Arts Commission and Coronado MainStreet invite households to enjoy a drive-thru trick-or-treating activity from 2 to 6 p.m. on Halloween Day, Oct. 31. Get dressed and deck out the car for a photo op by Recreation staff. A ticket is required to participate so call (619) 522-7342 weekdays during Community Center operating hours to get a specific drive-thru time and location either in the Cays or the Village. Coronado residents may register starting Wednesday, Oct. 14, and nonresidents starting Oct. 26.
  • Also, starting Friday, Oct. 9, the community may share their creative spirit by taking part in several social media Halloween contests. The contests are: Most Impressive Pumpkin Decorating; Most Delightful Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume; Most Haunting Home Decor; Most Creative Kids Costume; and Best Group Costume. Submit photos to [email protected] or through social media to our City of Coronado Recreation Services page on Facebook or recreate_coronado on Instagram.

Halloween Events two images

Entry Details for Contests

Comment Coronado: This week, the City launched “Comment Coronado,” a community engagement space that allows residents to get information on current projects and share ideas. It offers a variety of ways to connect through surveys and interactive maps, and through discussion forums and spaces to post ideas.  Residents can hear about and engage on topics that matter to them and receive updates on new projects. Currently, the website highlights three featured projects: The Climate Action Plan, Housing Element Update and Cays Park Rehabilitation Master Plan. The new Comment Coronado site will allow residents to receive updates on new projects. Future projects will include programs from other departments, including the Coronado Public Library, which is planning to hold the voting for the final selection for the 2020 Coronado Community Read. Click here to view the website.

Comment Coronado logo

Lifeguard Rescue: Coronado Lifeguards do not just monitor the beach but cover the entire City. Several lifeguards engaged in a unique water rescue south of the Coronado Cays earlier this month. A man had somehow got stuck in waist-deep mud with two feet of water running up to his chest. Lifeguards got the call and had to race against the incoming tides to extract the victim. Nearly 45 minutes later, he was pulled free. The victim was a 62-year-old man who was transferred to a Harbor Police vessel and transported for medical evaluation.

Stingray Shuffle: Coronado Lifeguards reported treating 25 people who were stung by stingrays on Saturday, Oct. 15. By 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, another 20 people were being treated by Lifeguards. Stingrays like to hang out in shallow waters near the shore. Lifeguards urge swimmers and others getting in the water to shuffle their feet to let stingrays know you are there and to avoid suffering a painful sting. If you are stung, it is best to seek assistance from the nearest Lifeguard tower. To avoid that, do the stingray shuffle.

Stingray Stings



Revised Draft Port Master Plan Update: The Port of San Diego has released its Revised Draft Port Master Plan Update, which is a water and land use plan for areas within Port jurisdiction around San Diego Bay. The Revised Draft reflects no increases in hotel rooms in the Port’s Coronado planning districts, which includes Ferry Landing and Grand Caribe Isle. In addition, there is a change in the land-use designation of Grand Caribe Isle from Commercial Recreation to Recreation Open Space. This updated land use designation will expand public access while also ensuring the use of the site does not adversely impact adjacent environmental conservation areas.

City’s Remotely Monitored Bicycle Program: The Coronado Police Department started a remotely monitored bicycle program in 2014 to help prevent bicycle thefts. The Police Department was alerted one Saturday earlier this month that the locked bike was moved. When officers responded, the bike reported its position as stationary, but the locked bicycle had disappeared. A few hours later, it was reported that the bike was moving at 65 mph on Silver Strand. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver for grand theft. The suspect was a maintenance worker at a local institution who stole the secured and locked bicycle, stored it on site, and tried to haul it away. This was arrest No. 99 for the remotely monitored bicycle.



Upcoming Parking Changes: Next year, in 2021, Coronado plans to make parking free along Orange Avenue by eliminating all parking meters. This will be a big change for Coronado. The City will, however, still enforce a two-hour time limit on parking in the business district. An ordinance introduced this week includes an increase to the parking violation fine. If approved, the ordinance would increase the parking violation to $57.50. The increased fine is intended to serve as a deterrent to parking in excess of the imposed time limits. Staff conducted a comparative analysis of parking penalty fees in similar beach communities and found a range between $38 and $80. The City will be posting informational ads to inform the public about this change.  

Parking Meter

Housing Element Virtual Workshop: The City held a public workshop this week via Zoom for residents interested in learning about the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements. There were 51 registered attendees. The Housing Element is a required part of the City’s General Plan, a comprehensive policy document that establishes future development goals, and land use designations and policies. Although the City is challenging its recent allocation of housing assigned to Coronado and how it was approved, the City is statutorily required to move forward with the Housing Element update. Click here to learn more about the project and to participate in a new survey. The workshop recording and materials will be posted to that site as well. For questions, contact Senior Planner Jesse Brown at (619) 522-2415 or [email protected].

Climate Action Plan Virtual Workshop: The City has begun the process to develop a Climate Action Plan, which will provide a roadmap for the City to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and plan for an increasingly sustainable future. The city has already conducted a review of City documents and developed and is implementing community outreach. This engagement process will look at reduction targets and measures. The Plan is essential and will provide an aspirational menu of community and municipal reduction measures to achieve targets. The Community Development Department is inviting the community to get involved. It is hosting a virtual, interactive public workshop at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5,  to help in the creation of the Climate Action Plan. This meeting will provide a roadmap to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as document and showcase current and ongoing sustainability efforts. The workshop will be recorded and posted for public viewing. Click here to register for the meeting.

CAP Workshop flyer



Electric Leaf Blower Virtual Event: Last week, the City hosted the first virtual webinar with ECHO manufacturers. The purpose of this webinar was to help inform residents about the gas-powered leaf blower ban that will go into effect January 1 and display various models of electric leaf blowers that are on the market. Click here to view the webinar. On Monday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 p.m., the City will be hosting a second webinar with STIHL manufactures. Please contact Kelli Maples at [email protected] to receive a Zoom link.

Leaf Blower Virtual Event Flyer


Election Information: If you missed the Oct. 19 deadline to register to vote, you may still conditionally register and vote provisionally at the County Registrars of Voters office through Election Day. A reminder that Mail Ballot Drop-off locations are open at the Coronado Public Library and the Community Center outside patio through Nov. 3 during operating hours. Those hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Library, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Community Center. However, on Election Day, hours at the drop-off locations will be extended to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Oct. 31, a super polling location will open at the Spreckels Center. The Spreckels Center super polling location will be open Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Election Day, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa is open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, the Registrar urges voters to take advantage of their mail ballots.

Register to Vote Flyer


Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain: Work continued this week on the restoration of Bay View Park as well as minor improvements in coordination with SDG&E to bring power to pump stations along the new storm drain alignment. This project will restore irrigation, landscaping and hardscape in these areas. Bay View Park will remain closed for a few more weeks to allow the new plants and sod to get established.


Teen Graphic Novel Book Club: A new graphic novel book club for students in sixth-12th grade launches Thursday, Oct. 29. Join the Coronado Public Library on Zoom at 4 p.m. to discuss the book “Pumpkinheads” by Rainbow Rowell. Participants will be able to share a miniature pumpkin they have decorated during the Zoom. Participants can pick up a miniature pumpkin in advance from the Library. Click here to register.

Teen Graphic Novel Book Club Flyer

Halloween Tinker Tuesday: Join the Coronado Public Library every Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Facebook for Tinker Tuesday. On Oct. 27, kindergarten-fifth graders will learn how to make homemade pumpkin slime using the scooped-out insides of a pumpkin. Click here to view the Coronado Public Library’s Facebook Page and attend the event. 

Tinker Tuesday Flyer

Acting with Andrea: On Friday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m., join Andrea Gonzalez on Zoom for a “Spooky Improv” lesson. Gonzalez is a Coronado Public Library employee with 20 years of work experience in the dramatic arts. This event is the second installment of the monthly drama program “Acting with Andrea.” Kindergarten-eighth graders will play a variety of silly acting games that will teach the joys of improvisational storytelling by acting as different characters with a spooky twist. Click here to register for the event. 


Children Storytime at the Library
: The Coronado Public Library will be hosting multiple Halloween-inspired storytimes on Facebook throughout the last week of October. Toddlers will enjoy a Halloween Musical Storytime with Ms. Jean and Mr. Mike at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Preschoolers will be engaged during a fun “Letter H” story time on Friday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., Spanish Storytime will celebrate both Halloween and the Day of the Dead with a visit from recurring guest, Victor Castro, a Library staff member who plays guitar. Click here to view the Coronado Public Library’s Facebook Page and attend these events. For any additional questions, call the Library at (619) 522-7390.

Children Story Time Library

Murder Mystery Month Ending: Through the month of October, Coronado residents had the opportunity to submit a 1-to-2-page ending to “Curtains in the Cays, a story written by Librarian Nick Burmeister. The winner of the Murder Mystery Month Contest will be announced on Facebook Live on Friday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. Click here to view the Library’s Facebook Page.

Murder Mystery Library Event Flyer

Autumn Concert Series: Airing select Fridays, amateur and professional musicians will be featured on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. On Friday, Oct 30, at 1 p.m., tune in for a performance by featured pianist Mariliane Jones. After retiring as a school psychologist, Jones returned to the piano after a nearly 40-year absence from playing. Now, Jones enjoys participating in Zoom piano groups. Click here to watch Jones’ performance on Facebook, or here to watch it on YouTube.

Concerts at the Library Flyer

Turkey Coloring Contest 2020: Recreation and Golf Services in partnership with the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club are hosting a Turkey Coloring Contest for children grades K-5th. The contest began this week and ends Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. For more information, contact Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342.

Turkey Coloring Contest


Free Osher Lecture: This week’s free Osher Lecture, “Mind-bending Mathematically-Inspired Art,” will present artwork by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, and explain why his work is still admired, studied, and talked about. This lecture is presented by Guri Stark, who describes himself as an artist and musician trapped in an engineer’s body. Although Stark received a degree in engineering from the Israel Institute of Technology, he has been painting in watercolors for over 35 years and has participated in shows and exhibitions throughout the west coast. The lecture is available now through Sunday, Oct. 25. Click here to access the free lecture. The Osher Lectures are brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with the University of California, San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Osher Image

Public Services:

  • Earlier this week, Streets Division replaced various signs that had been knocked over at the Coronado Cays and Glorietta Boulevard near the entrance to the San Diego-Coronado Bridge including a stop sign and warning sign.
Sign Replacement on Glorietta Bay and Cays
  • Streets Division also replaced the sidewalk at 198 First St. 
Sidewalk replacement


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 applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions, and Committees page.

Boards, Commissions, Committees 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.


Bridge Lighting rendering
Posted on 10/23/2020
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