Weekly Update Oct. 9, 2020

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Weekly Update Oct. 9, 2020

Weekly Update Oct. 9, 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: The City will host free Halloween activities for a fun and festive holiday that also complies will all local, state, and federal health orders. The City Council approved two activities this week for the entire family. The Recreation and Golf Services Department, in collaboration with the City’s Cultural Arts Commission and Coronado MainStreet, invites 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 by Recreation staff. A ticket is required to participate. Call (619) 522-7342 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 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. Click here to read San Diego County’s Halloween guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including a recommendation against door-to-door trick-or treating. In that regard, the City Council also decided against closing Margarita Avenue on Halloween.

Coronado Goes Ghostly flyer

Parking Changes: Beginning with the New Year, the City will begin a new  direction in parking enforcement in the commercial corridor by making parking free. All parking meters will be removed and the City will begin using License Plate Readers as a way to enforce time limits on and around Orange Avenue. The technology eliminates the need for parking meters, maintenance and money collection. This will save time and money for the City. Maintenance of parking meters has been an issue due to the City's proximity to the coast. The meter removal will improve the appearance along Orange Avenue. The program relies on vehicle-mounted cameras that will “electronically chalk” or mark cars that are parked in monitored areas. Police Service Officers will use the technology to identify vehicles that have exceeded the allotted free parking period. The officer will take appropriate action.  Staff anticipates removing all parking meters in Coronado around November and informing the community of parking limits with signs and curb markings.

Parking Meter image

Electric Leaf Blower Webinar: The City of Coronado will host its first virtual demonstration of electric leaf blowers set for next week. Last year, the City adopted an ordinance requiring all leaf blowers used in the City to be powered by electricity and not gas. Effective Jan. 1, gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited citywide. To ensure a smooth transition, the City will hold multiple demonstrations. The first is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, via Zoom. Join the City to learn about 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] to receive the Zoom link. Click here for more information.  

Leaf Blower Virtual Event Flyer

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

Housing Element Virtual Workshop: The City will hold the first public workshop for residents interested in learning about and participating virtually in the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements. The meeting will be held via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22. 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. Notwithstanding the City’s legal challenge to address the flawed methodology and use of an unfair weighted vote to adopt a housing allocation that assigned Coronado an 1,800% increase from its prior housing allocation cycle, the City is statutorily required to move forward with the Housing Element update. Click here to register for the virtual workshop via Zoom. For project updates, click here or visit the Community Development Department’s web page under Housing Element Update. For questions, contact Senior Planner Jesse Brown at (619) 522-2415 or [email protected].

Housing Element Workshop Flyer


City Playgrounds Reopen: Coronado reopened its outdoor playgrounds on Oct. 3 following new state and regional public health guidelines. Public Services completed an inspection and a general cleanup since the equipment had not been used for more than six months. Rules are posted in the parks and the City will provide handwashing or sanitizer stations, where feasible. 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 and that they wear masks.

Playground Reopened


Coronado 130 Virtual Event: Medals and T-shirts are in for the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. The event was designed to help the City celebrate its 130th anniversary and participants stay healthy during the ongoing pandemic. Locals may pick up finisher medals and other ordered packages at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays: Oct. 9, Nov. 6 and Dec. 11. Medals may be picked up only if you have logged more than 130 miles on the leaderboard. Submit your results here. When picking up gear, please practice social distancing and wear a mask. 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. 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 more than 130 miles.

C130 Medals two images

Mail Ballots and Voting: More than 1.9 million mail ballots  were sent this week to voters for the Nov. 3 General Election. Mail Ballot Drop-off locations are open at the Coronado Public Library and the Community Center patio through Nov. 3 during operating hours. You don't have to live in Coronado to drop off your ballots here. On Oct. 31, 235 super polling locations will open around San Diego County, including one at the Spreckels Center. This is due to the limited number of polling locations because of the pandemic. 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.

Ballot image

November 3rd Election Timeline

Water Lines Replacement Project: The contractor on a project to replace the heating and air conditioning water lines at City Hall and the Community Center recently finished marking out the existing utilities on the southern half of the alignment and identified the tentative trench limits for the new water line. The contractor is expected to continue with asphalt and concrete removal to begin excavating and installing the new pipe material, upon approval of the mechanical shop drawings and submittals. Parking will continue to be impacted throughout the remainder of the job.

HVAC Work City Hall

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain: The Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain project will restore irrigation, landscaping and hardscape along these streets and avenue. Work this week was primarily focused within Bay View Park to restore irrigation, landscaping, and hardscape. This project is close to being completed; however, the park will remain closed for a few weeks to allow the new plants and sod to get established.

Employee of the Quarter: The Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2020 has been named. Congratulations to Richard Sandoval.

Employee of the Quarter

Skatepark Changes: The City’s Skatepark reopened in May on a limited basis. Reservations are still required to use the facility and must be made 24 hours in advance; no more than one one-hour time slot may be reserved per day. The City will increase capacity to six skaters or two households starting Oct. 10. Call (619) 708-8342 and leave a message or email [email protected] for reservations. Skaters must use a prior purchased punch pass, annual membership or purchase a daily drop-in to use the facility – no cash is accepted at this time.  The Skatepark is supervised and patrons must wear a mask when interacting with staff and provide their own safety equipment and all gear. Read the Coronado Skatepark Safety Protocol for information during the special COVID-19 re-opening. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Skater at Skatepark

Online Lap Swim Reservations: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Recreation and Golf Services has provided an online reservation system for lap swimming. Effective Tuesday, Oct. 13, the following changes will be made to accommodate more swimmers while staying within the public health guidelines:

  • Priority booking for Coronado residents will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays. Nonresidents may make reservations at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays,
  • An additional timeslot has been added from noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday,
  • Swimmers may continue to share a lane with a friend or family member,

A punch pass will be introduced as an alternative for the monthly or year pass. There will be 10 punches on the pass starting Monday, Oct. 19.

Click here for more information regarding reservation details or contact Recreation and Golf Services at (619) 522-7342. 




Aquatics News: The latest edition of the Aquatics News is out. Learn about online lap swim reservations, COVID-19 guidelines at the pool and facility hours in this bi-monthly publication. Hard copies will be available at the Coronado Community Center and Aquatics Center. You can read the newsletter here.

Aquatics News two page


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 Flyer


Wireless Printing at the Library
: The Coronado Public Library is now offering wireless printing for any patron logged onto the library’s Wi-Fi network from their phone, tablet or laptop. A Library card is required. Click here for more information.

Printing at the Library Flyer

Fascinating Facts about our Presidents” Virtual Lecture: Join the Coronado Public Library at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14,  for a virtual lecture on the feats, fates, families, foibles and firsts of our American presidents. Presented by Dr. Richard Lederer, the author of more than 50 books about language, history, and humor, this lecture will be informative, nonpartisan and entertaining. Click here to register for this event. 

Arts and Crafts at the Library: Each Tuesday, the Coronado Public Library hosts a virtual “Tinker Tuesday” program. Next week, on Oct. 13, parents, caregivers and their toddlers can grow salt crystal geodes with simple kitchen ingredients. The Library also provides teens with engineering and art projects. This week, the “Teens Create!” program will walk teens through creating a robot finger. Pick up a kit at the Library, then follow the instructional video that will air on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., the Library will host an instructional tutorial on how to marble. Using nail polish and water, participants will learn how to make a marbled pumpkin for the Halloween season. Click here to follow the Library’s Facebook Page for more information on each of these events.

Tinker Tuesday Flyer

Screen Time for Kids Virtual Lecture: The Coronado Public Library will host a virtual lecture on Zoom to discuss the effects of increased media use in school-aged children, specifically during the pandemic. Dr. Katherine Nguyen Williams of the Department of Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital and an associate clinical professor at the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine, and licensed therapist Julia Allen will present the lecture and conduct a question-and-answer session. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Click here to register.   

Kids, Screentime,  and Coronavirus lecture

Pet of the Week: Boston, a handsome and hardy Pit Bull Terrier, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Boston is 5 years old, 70 pounds and came to PAWS of Coronado as a stray found on Ocean Boulevard. He has a fun-loving manner and excellent leash skills. He would do best in a house without young children due to his size and enthusiasm. His adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Boston, calls PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371. 

Boston Pet of the Week

Coronado SAFE Event
: Coronado SAFE will be hosting a virtual Suicide Prevention Coffee Talk on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. This talk will discuss how to recognize warning signs of a crisis, how to initiate conversations, and how to provide help and hope. Click here to register. 
Suicide Prevention Lecture Flyer

Free Osher Lecture
: This week, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be hosting two informative lectures about propositions on the 2020 ballot. The first lecture, “We Are All Gig Workers,” is presented by Distinguished Professor and Director of the Employment and Labor Law Program at the University of San Diego Orly Lobel. Lobel will discuss whether or not law should play a role in fitting Uber and Lyft drivers, freelance creatives, and just-in-time engineers into traditional regulatory molds of employment laws, zoning taxes and consumer safety. The second lecture, “Proposition 13 and Other Tax Limitations in California,” will discuss the history and provisions of Proposition 13 and the proposed changes contained in the November ballot initiative. Presenter William D. Smith graduated from the University of California at Riverside and has extensive work experience in public administration. Viewing of these lectures will be available now through Oct. 11. Click here to view “We Are All Gig Workers,” or click here to view “Proposition 13 and Other Tax Limitations in California.” These lectures are brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UCSD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Osher Image

County Food Assistance Programs: County health officials have created a CalFresh Healthy Living (SNAP-Ed) website to help older adults and those in the region with disabilities make healthy choices. To view the CalFresh Healthy Living website, click here. For those who do not qualify for the CalFresh program, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors created the Great Plates 2.0 program to provide one hearty, home-delivered meal for adults of all ages. Click here for more information on the Great Plates Program.
CalFresh Programs

Public Services:

  • Earlier this week, Facilities Division crews noticed a damaged piece of hardware on the Community Center flagpole. Facilities staff repaired the flagpole. The U.S. flag is back up and flying. 
    Flag Repair Work
  • Streets Division created new signs for the Coronado Public Library. The new signs are for rooms in the Library that have been transformed for parents and students to work on their online education.

Library Signs
  • The Streets Division ground down part of the sidewalk on the Coronado Municipal Golf Course entrance that was not level with the rest of the sidewalk. Due to this work, the area has multiple tones, but over time the walkway will return to a uniform tone.
Sidewalk work at the Golf Course

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 10/09/2020
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