Weekly Update Oct. 2, 2020

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Weekly Update Oct. 2, 2020

Weekly Update Oct. 2, 2020

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.

City Playgrounds to Reopen: Earlier this week, state officials released the conditions under which outdoor playgrounds may be reopened  as early as Saturday, Oct.  3. The City of Coronado will reopen its outdoor playgrounds on Oct. 3. Public Services is working to complete an inspection and a general cleanup since the equipment has not been used for more than six months. Rules will be posted in the parks. The City will provide handwashing or sanitizer stations, where feasible, but it is recommended that users wash hands before and after visiting a playground. State guidance advises caregivers and others using the equipment to ensure they are limiting capacity and maintaining social distancing from different household groups. Playground equipment has been closed since March 31, after San Diego County health officials directed that all such play areas at City parks be closed to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Playground Cleanup

Playground Reopening Guidelines

Halloween Activities: Halloween is a special holiday in Coronado and the City is working on plans for a safe and fun holiday that complies will all local, state, and federal health orders. At its Oct. 6 meeting, the City Council will consider approving Halloween activities for the entire family. Recreation and Golf Services, the Cultural Arts Commission, MainStreet, and other Coronado-based organizations are collaborating to create other “low-risk” free events for the public to enjoy.

Pumpkin image

Annual Traffic Report: The City Council will receive the Annual Traffic Report at its Oct. 6 meeting.  The Annual Traffic Report provides statistical data on traffic accidents, causes, traffic volumes and recommendations for improvements.  Do you know what month had the most traffic collisions in 2019? That’s right, October. Last year, 20 vehicle accidents were recorded in October.  Let’s have different results this year and make October the least likely month for traffic accidents. Please drive safe.

Leaf Blower Ordinance Informational Webinar: The City of Coronado adopted an ordinance last year that requires all leaf blowers and other landscape hand tools used in the City to be powered by electricity and not gas. Effective Jan. 1, gas-powered landscaping hand tools will be prohibited citywide. In an effort to make this a smooth transition, the City is planning multiple virtual demonstrations for those interested in learning more about electric leaf blowers. The first webinar will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. and will showcase various models of ECHO electric leaf blowers. There will be a presentation, demonstration and a Q&A. Contact Kelli Maples at (619) 522-6328 or [email protected] for more information.

Leaf Blower Virtual Event Flyer

Coronado 130 Virtual Event: To celebrate Coronado’s 130th anniversary and help people stay healthy during the ongoing pandemic, the City initiated the “Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge.” The challenge asks participants to complete 130 miles by running, walking, cycling, golfing, paddle boarding, surfing, inline skating or any other activity by Dec. 11, the date the City was incorporated in 1890. The virtual event currently has 1,637 participants, 157 teams, and nearly 300,000 miles logged. Some 808 participants have logged at least 130 miles. Participants will be notified soon to pick up their medals and other ordered items. If you are interested in joining this challenge, you can still sign up by clicking here. The challenge is free and a medal goes to all who complete the 130 miles.


Columbus Day Schedule: The Columbus Day holiday falls on Monday, Oct. 12. Some City facilities will remain open. Public Services will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection that week. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Here is the holiday schedule:

Columbus Day Sked 2020

Coronado Engine 37 Strike Team: Coronado Firefighters have been assigned all over the state to help with the ongoing fires. On Sept. 6, Coronado Engine 37 was assigned to a strike team for the Valley Fire in East San Diego County. The strike team was shortly reassigned to the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties. On Sept. 20, a new Coronado crew was sent to the Creek Fire to relieve the original strike team. Earlier this week, the Strike Team was reassigned to the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties, most recently in the Pope Valley/Angwin area of Napa. Fire Chief Jim Lydon reports that the crew is doing well and preparing contingency plans for the upcoming weekend. Additionally, one Engineer-Paramedic was assigned a Fire Line Paramedic position at a fire in Sequoia National Forest. He has since returned to Coronado.

Fire Department two images Strike Team

Relief from the Heat:
The City made the Coronado Public Library available once again as a cooling location for a little Relief from the Heat. Residents seeking a cool place to sit or read are invited to visit the air-conditioned Library during operating hours. Library hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Library is open from 10 to 11 a.m. daily only to those 60-plus and those with underlying health conditions then it is open to all. Library patrons are required to maintain social distancing, wear a mask, wash hands or sanitize them frequently, and participate in a health screening.

Library Relief three images



Important Election Dates: The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters Office began mailing sample ballots and voter information pamphlets this week for the Nov. 3 General Election. On Oct. 5, ballots will be mailed to registered voters. Early voting also begins Oct. 5 at the Registrar’s Office. Beginning Oct. 6, mail ballot drop-off locations will open through Nov. 3. A reminder that Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. On Oct. 31, 235 super polling locations will open around the County, including one at the Spreckels Center. This is due to the limited number of polling locations due to the pandemic. The super polling location at Spreckels Center will be open Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mail Ballot Drop-off locations will be at the Coronado Public Library and the Community Center patio from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 during operating hours.

November 3rd Election Timeline

Pink Patch ProjectIn October, the men and women of the Coronado Police Department will join more than 170 law enforcement and fire department agencies around the country in the Pink Patch Project. Participating agencies will wear specially designed pink patches to encourage breast cancer awareness.

Pink Patch


Tennis Center Lights: The lights at the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center will be turned on starting Saturday, Oct. 3, from dusk to 9 p.m. daily. Tennis Center staff will continue to be available Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lights at the Cays and Library are set to be turned on starting Monday, Oct. 12.

Tennis Center Lights

Annual Palm Pruning: Earlier this week, the City’s contract arborist began pruning palms on the east side of Orange Ave. Once finished with the east side, the contractor will start work on the west side and residential areas. The work in the residential areas will begin with letter streets then number streets. The last palm pruning location will be the Cays, which is expected to be finished by the end of January. No-parking signs may appear on short notice if the contractor is able to get ahead of schedule. Palm fruiting and hanging fronds are a common concern for residents, so the City acts diligently to ensure the removal of over 3,000 palms. Public Services appreciates the patience of residents during this time.  get ahead of schedule. The contractor has two crews of up to 3 people each with one supervisor. Total palms in the target area is 3,136.

Map of palm trees

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  Avenida del Sol remains closed during ongoing construction. As of now, pedestrians can still access the sidewalk at the cul-de-sac bulb that connects Paseo del Mar behind the Hotel del Coronado with the boardwalk behind the Shores condominiums. The contractor is planning to re-route pedestrian/bike access onto the beach soon to facilitate work in the cul-de-sac. Work on the cul-de-sac is part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction to improve the former entrance to the hotel, among other major projects. Pedestrians may also cross Avenida del Sol at its intersection with state Route 75.

Water Lines Replacement Project: The contractor on a project to replace the heating and air conditioning water lines at City Hall and the Community mobilized this week and started demolition on the northern end of the water line alignment that extends from City Hall toward the Community Center. Parking impacts are expected through Nov. 10. These dates are subject to change depending on what is encountered during site excavations. The public’s understanding and attention to traffic control is greatly appreciated.

HVAC Work two images 

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain: Work continued within Bay View Park on the Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain project. This project will restore irrigation, landscaping and hardscape in these areas. Asphalt rehabilitation began this week and is expected to end early next week. To accommodate the asphalt rehabilitation, temporary traffic detours have been in effect. Please be aware of these temporary road closures and no-parking signs.

‘Fun with the Fleet’ STEM Program: The Coronado Public Library has partnered with the Fleet Science Center to provide “Fun with the Fleet” hour-long Zoom workshops on different STEM concepts for kindergarten through fifth grade students. The Library is committed to providing children and their parents with after school enrichment opportunities that they might be missing due to school closures. The first workshop, called “Geology Rocks,” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will examine rocks and minerals, learn how to identify them and learn about the rock cycle. To register and stay up to date on upcoming Fleet events, click here.

Murder Mystery at the Cays: Librarian Nick Burmeister wrote an unfinished story and is looking for community members to write the ending. Join the Coronado Public Library on Friday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live to listen to a dramatic reading of Burmeister’s “Curtains in the Cays.” Then submit a 1-2 page ending to the murder mystery by Oct. 19. The Library’s selection committee will narrow down the submissions to a final three contenders. The public will then vote for their favorite ending, which will be announced on Facebook Live on Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. Click here to see updates on the Coronado Public Library’s Facebook page.

Murder Mystery Event Flyer

Virtual Autumn Concert Series: Each Friday, the Coronado Public Library features amateur and professional musicians to perform virtually for the Autumn Concert Series. Each Friday through Dec. 18, residents can tune into the Library’s Facebook and YouTube at 1 p.m. to listen. This Friday’s featured performer is pianist Judy Darst.

Autumn Concert Series

Pet of the Week: Boogie, a 5-year-old mixed breed rabbit, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Boogie is looking for a home and a family who will appreciate his outgoing personality and zest for life. Boogie gets along with cats, dogs, other bunnies and children. His adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Boogie, calls PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371. 


Free Osher Lecture: This weeks’ free lecture, “Conquering Apple iCloud and Photo Storage,” will discuss exactly what iCloud is, how to manage storage, and explain how to safely store pictures and videos. Jacki Montierth, retired educator and founder of Wiseboomer.com, will be the presenter. Montierth is an expert at providing baby boomers and others over the age of 55 with the knowledge and confidence to keep up with the rapidly expanding world of technology. This lecture is available now through Sunday, Oct. 4. Click here to access the free lecture. This lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UCSD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Osher Image

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Street Tree Committee (three) and Design Review Commission (one vacancy for a design professional). Applications are being accepted for this position. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, 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 Committtee

Public Services:

  • This week, Streets Division responded to a public work order request about low water pressure in the drinking fountain that was recently installed near the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center. Concrete slabs were removed to trace the water line from the fountain to the backflow. The area will be secured until repairs are made.

Tennis Court Construction

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 CoronadoDo 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.


Glorietta Bay Park Playground Cleaning
Posted on 10/02/2020
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