Weekly Update Oct. 30, 2020

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Weekly Update Oct. 30, 2020

Weekly Update Oct. 30, 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.

Halloween Activities: Tomorrow is Halloween and the City has some safe and healthy events planned. The City discourages door-to-door trick-or-treating, per all public health guidelines, but encourages Coronado residents to sign up for the drive-thru event so you secure a spot. There is still time to register if you call (619) 522-7342 by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. The drive-thru trick-or-treating events will be held on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Cays and the Village. The community also can submit entries for some social media Halloween contests for the following categories: 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 Flyer

100th Arrest for Bike Theft: Property crime is a problem in Coronado and bike theft is a big part of that. The Coronado Police Department is proud to announce that its Remotely Monitored Bike Program had its 100th arrest this week. The program outfits bikes with GPS devices that ping dispatchers when the bike is moving. Police are able to track the theft and nab thieves in the act. Dispatchers were notified Tuesday, Oct. 27, that the remotely monitored bike was moving at about 7:30 p.m. and guided officers to the bike. They found a 29-year-old man and arrested him on grand theft charges. Since its inception in 2014, the program has provided police with one more tool to keep the community safe and deter would-be thieves. The detective who created the program wanted to do something to combat the rising number of bicycle thefts in town. Over the six years the program has been in effect, Police officers have seen a decline in bicycle thefts. The decline can be attributed to the program, more residents using stronger U-Locks and people registering their bicycles.

Bikes on Orange Avenue image



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. The event honors the active duty or retired men and women who ever lived in Coronado. 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, the decision was made to hold a virtual ceremony Nov. 7. The program will honor 16 military heroes, who will have a banner placed along the City’s Avenue of Heroes, on Third and Fourth streets from Orange Avenue to Alameda Boulevard. The City would like to invite the entire community to the virtual ceremony, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom. The webinar format will allow up to 1,000 separate attendees or households to attend. First-time users need to download Zoom. An account is not required and it’s free to attend. Here’s the Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96514641122?pwd=YU1JOEd0TkViOWdTTXFGdG84MEpWUT09. 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.

Avenue of Heroes two banners

Combat the BiteRecently, residents have noticed an increase in the number of mosquitoes in Coronado. There is a new invasive species of mosquito called the Aedes, that is spreading across California. The Aedes breeds in small areas of water and even some plants. The San Diego County Vector Control handles the inspection and treatment of mosquitoes in cities around the County. The City is working with County officials to treat storm drains, public parks and facilities to address mosquito concerns. Residents can do their part to “combat the bite” by eliminating standing water that can accumulate in pots, rain barrels, trashcans and outdoor toys and furniture. Vector control services are funded through a benefit assessment and are available to every property owner. Residents can contact the County directly to request property inspections and treatment, file complaints or ask questions. Click here for more information on the Aedes mosquito. General information about other common local pests can be found here. Residents and businesses can reach the County Vector Control Program at (858) 694-2888 or at [email protected].

Mosquito Breeding Areas

Daylight Saving Time:  It’s time to set your clocks back. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 a.m. “Fall back” by setting your clocks back to “regain” one hour and to get back on Standard Time. It’s a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

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

Business Lifeline Loan Program Update: The City Council voted last week to approve allowing current Lifeline Business Loan recipients to delay the repayment of their loans for an initial six-month period, up to one year. Borrowers can contact Assistant to the City Manager Dominique Albrecht at [email protected] to request forbearance. Through the Lifeline Business Loan Program, the City issued $1.7 million in loan funds to 94 businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Business Lifeline Loan program closed on July 21. The Council approved loans of up to $20,000 for local businesses who have been forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the ongoing pandemic.

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/.

CIFF image


Electric Leaf Blower Virtual Event 2: Earlier this week, the City hosted the second virtual webinar with STIHL manufacturers 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. The video of the virtual webinar will be posted soon. Please contact Kelli Maples at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the electric leaf blower ordinance.

Leaf Blower Flyer

Upcoming Parking Changes: Coronado will make parking free along Orange Avenue by eliminating all parking meters. Police will still enforce a two-hour time limit on parking in the business district. A new City ordinance introduced Oct. 22 includes an increase to the parking violation fine. If approved upon a second reading, 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. The City will be posting informational ads to inform the public about this change. 



Additional Water Quality Testing: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors agreed to approve and fund the collection of daily ocean water quality samples at Avenida Lunar. Testing will begin Saturday, Oct. 31. The County Department of Environmental Health will sample every weekday, except Tuesday. The City of San Diego will continue to sample that day. Samples will be collected daily except during a general rain advisory or where sampling becomes a health and safety risk. The City may see an increase in advisories due to the expanded testing but observational closures will be no longer be made due to current test results that will confirm or deny actual contamination. The public can continue to check SDbeachinfo.com for water quality status updates to these specific sites. Coronado continues to sample North Beach weekly as part of its Swimmable Water Program and posts the sampling results here. In addition, the City has a North Beach water quality status icon on the County webpage. 

Housing Element Virtual Workshop: The City held a public workshop Oct. 22 via Zoom for residents interested in learning about the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements. Watch a recording of the Housing Element Virtual Workshop here. Viewers may still participate in a related survey. A copy of the presentation is also available in the documents section of the Comment Coronado site. During the video recording, there are polling questions available for you to provide your feedback until Nov. 4. To participate in the poll, click here and follow the directions below:

  • Enter the code 29 32 57 8
  • You will be logged into the survey
  • The survey will move along at your pace as you answer each question
  • You will only be able to respond to each question once
  • Please fill out each response as completely as possible

Housing Element Video

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 

City Employee Food Drive: To build comradery and team building, City employees launched a food drive to take place from Monday, Nov. 2, to Monday, Nov. 16, with the San Diego Food Bank. This food drive will help feed hungry children, families and individuals across San Diego County. There will be six barrels across six different City facilities where employees can drop off canned, non-perishable food. Click here to see donations. During these times, City employees know that we are fortunate and want to share with others.

SD Food Bank Logo

Nov. 3 General Election: Super polls for in-person voting will be open Oct. 31, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coronado’s super poll location is the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. The Coronado Public Library and Coronado Community Center are both official Mail Ballot Drop-Off locations for the Nov. 3 General Election. San Diego County Registrar of Voters staff will be onsite during normal hours through Nov. 2. On Election Day, Nov. 3, Registrar staff will be at the drop-off locations from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All mail ballot voters may drop off their ballot at these locations, not just residents of Coronado.

Mail Ballot Drop-off Sign


Election Results Reporting: The San Diego County Registrar of Voters office reminds voters that while the first election results will come in shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, up to 45 percent of the total votes cast are not included in election night results. The Registrar explains that many of the 1,950,000 ballots mailed out this election will not be received in time to verify and process by 8 p.m. Mail ballots must be scanned, sorted and signature checks completed before the ballots are removed and 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. Additionally, the Registrar must account for provisional ballots, touchscreen ballots, and damaged ballots. Write-in candidates also take time to review and tally. Updated results will be released by the Registrar daily through Nov. 13 and as needed until the final certified results are posted on Dec. 3. As the official results will not be in before the City’s regularly scheduled Dec. 1 meeting, the City will not hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials until the regularly scheduled Dec. 15 meeting.
Vote CA

Voting for Kids is Easy as Pie: The Coronado Public Library is offering a chance for children of all ages to vote in an upcoming election -- for their favorite pie. From Monday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 7, children can cast a vote at a makeshift voting booth set up in the Children’s Area of the Library. This is a great opportunity for children to experience what it is like to vote in an election. Each young voter will receive a sticker to recognize their participation. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the winning pie will be announced on social media and there will be a cooking demonstration on how to make the elected pie by professional chef, Teri Newlee. The cooking demonstration will be streamed on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages.


Veterans Writing Group
: Join the Coronado Public Library and the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. The Veterans Writing Group is a group of military veterans learning to write their stories and experiences. They meet once a month on Zoom to share their writing and give each other feedback. Click here to register for the event.

Fun with the Fleet: Once a month, the Fleet Science Center hosts a virtual science event for kindergarten to 5th grade students. This month, 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.  

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

Pet of the Week: Jo, a 7-year-old Shar Pei mix, is the week’s Pet of the Week. Jo was found on Ocean Boulevard with her puppy before being brought to PAWS of Coronado. She had some serious medical issues including a large hernia that required surgery. She has overcome those challenges and is now looking for a home and family. Jo is sweet, low maintenance and friendly with everyone. Her adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Jo, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.


Public Services

  • The Streets Division repaired a depressed section of walkway at Cays Park. The area on the sidewalk accumulated water and caused flooding. The Streets crew removed the concrete and backfilled the walkway above the flood zone. Then, they replaced the same concrete slabs using the City’s Vaculift system.
Sidewalk repair in Coronado Cays

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.

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.


Halloween Flyer
Posted on 10/30/2020
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