Weekly Update Sept. 11, 2020

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Weekly Update Sept. 11, 2020

Weekly Update Sept. 11, 2020

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Library Reopening
: Staff at the Coronado Public Library welcomed the community back on Thursday, Sept. 10, when it reopened following a six-month closure due to the pandemic. For  now, hours are limited, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Wednesdays when closing time is set for 9 p.m. After a transition period of several weeks, the Library will return to its normal 7-day schedule. Occupancy is capped at no more than 100 people. The first hour in the morning has been allocated exclusively to at-risk residents including seniors 60-plus and those with underlying health conditions. The Library opens to all ages at 11 a.m.  The Library will continue to offer online programming, such as Storytimes and crafts, as gatherings are still prohibited. Check out this video with the new rules.

Library Line to Get InLibrary Reopening




2021 Community Read Program: The Coronado Community Read, a program that encourages residents to join together in the shared reading and discussion of one book, is kicking off its fifth year. The Coronado Public Library invites readers to submit their suggestions for the 2021 Community Read. Nominated titles should appeal to individuals from a variety of backgrounds, have compelling elements and promote the exchange of ideas. Please go to the library website, or click here, to submit your nomination for the 2021 Coronado Community Read.

2021 Community Read



9/11 Anniversary
Today marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Flags will be lowered to half-staff at City facilities on 9/11. The City’s traditional 9/11 memorial service hosted by the Fire Department to remember those who were killed in 2001 was canceled this year due to the San Diego County Health Department’s directive to avoid gatherings. Individual private reflections are encouraged. We look forward to resuming our unique Coronado memorial next year. (Photo: 9/11 Ceremony 2019)

911 Ceremony

Cays Traffic Cameras: Cays residents may have noticed cameras attached to stop signs at the entrance to the Coronado community. The cameras are attached to poles and are pointing down at the road to count traffic. The City’s Engineering Division uses a consultant, National Data & Surveying Services, or NDS, to collect traffic volume data at the same locations each year throughout the City usually during the month of September to help identify changes in traffic patterns and traffic volumes. This data is used as needed and is not collected for any specific project or report. Cameras are becoming more of an industry standard in terms of traffic counting technology. The cameras should be removed by the weekend. Additional counts will be taken next week within the California Department of Transportation rights of way.

Cameras at the Cays



Field Reopenings: Recreation staff has allocated the City’s athletic fields to allow youth sports to resume practices on Monday, Sept. 14, with certain conditions.  No games are allowed.  Coronado Youth Soccer will begin at Cays Park and Pop Warner will begin practices at Sunset Park on Sept. 28.  Now that the youth activities are going to resume on these fields, dogs owners are reminded that dogs are permitted only in the designated area at Cays Parks and dogs are not allowed, with or without a leash, at Sunset Park.

Sports Field Use Sked



Sidewalk Encroachment: All local businesses offering outdoor dining should have received a letter from the City advising them that the pedestrian pathway must be kept clear at all times. The City received some complaints from residents concerned about restaurants that appear to be excessively encroaching on public walkways in the central business district. The letter requested that restaurants observe the following:

  • Outdoor dining areas may only be placed on one side of the sidewalk, either along the front of the business or near the curb but not both;
  • Do not use “No Parking” signs or safety cones to prevent on-street parking in front of or near your business;
  • If you have a sidewalk dining area and have not received authorization from the City, please apply as soon as possible to prevent an enforcement action.

Applications do not require the payment of any fees and City staff is available to assist you with completing an application. For information on developing a temporary outdoor dining area or if you have any questions, please contact Marisa Smith at (619) 522-2414.



Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain:  Construction operations continued on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement project primarily within Bay View Park and the adjacent intersection of First Street and I Avenue. Road closures of First between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. were needed to facilitate ongoing construction, but First remains open during all other hours of the day. I Avenue remains closed to traffic at First.

Relief from the Heat: The City opened the Coronado Public Library last weekend as a cooling location to allow community members 50-plus and adults with underlying health conditions to get some Relief from the Heat. Temperatures reached into the upper 90s in Coronado. Although still closed at the time, the Library’s cooled Winn Room was made available as a service to the community.




Golf Course Water Recycling Project: Coronado is considering the construction of a recycled water treatment facility on the Golf Course, including the reconstruction of the existing maintenance facility. Story poles were installed at six locations on the Golf Course to provide the City Council and general public a better understanding of the conceptual location of the project. Click here for more specific information about the story poles. For more information on the project , call Principal Engineer Jim Newton (619) 522-7313 or email [email protected].

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Story Pole Legend
Story Pole Locations

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Community Sign Damaged: A large branch near the community sign at Spreckels Park fell causing some damage to the hanging planters and to the back of the sign. The area was cleared of debris and new planters were ordered and will be installed as soon as possible.

Community Sign images  

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado): Avenida del Sol remains closed during ongoing construction on the cul-de-sac adjacent to the Hotel del Coronado. Emergency vehicles have full access. The work is part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction to improve the former entrance to the hotel, among other major components. Pedestrians can still access the sidewalk at the cul-de-sac end that connects the Paseo del Mar behind the Hotel del Coronado with the boardwalk behind the Shores condominiums. Pedestrians also may cross Avenida del Sol at its intersection with state Route 75. Night work on a storm drain culvert across Orange Avenue is anticipated to last until the end of September. Once the work in Orange is completed, the remaining culvert construction work will be performed during daytime hours.

HVAC Water Lines Replacement: Final preparations for construction on a project to replace the chilled and hot water lines within Strand Way that service the heating and air conditioning systems in City Hall and the Community Center are being coordinated with the contractor. Work may begin in mid-September and continue until early December. There will be impacts to traffic and on-street parking at the Community Center and City Hall throughout construction.

Effective Virtual Job Search: The Coronado Public Library will host the first of three free job search programs in partnership with San Diego Workforce on Friday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. As employers turn to virtual recruiting, they expect the same amount of professionalism from job seekers online as they do in person. Learn how applying the rules of online etiquette can make a difference in landing a job. On Friday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon, the Library will host the second program, which will focus on how to establish a professional brand and how to make connections in your career field. The final program is set for Friday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to noon and will cover how best to leverage connections and extend your network virtually. Click here to register through the Library calendar. Registrants will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

College Admissions During COVID: The Coronado Public Library has invited college admissions expert and author of “Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges,” Greg Kaplan, to offer a free presentation for college-bound students. College admissions can be a complicated process and this year applicants have a different set of challenges to navigate. A Q&A period will be offered following the talk on how to get through the application process, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. Teens of all ages and their parents are invited to attend. This event will take place Click here to register through the Library calendar.  

Polling Place Site Managers Needed: The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is seeking temporary full-time site managers to operate assigned polling places for the Nov. 3 General Election. Site managers can earn $20 per hour. Site manager applications are available online at sdvote.com. For more information, call (858) 565-5800 or email [email protected].

Polling Place sign


General Election Candidates: On August 13, the Secretary of State completed a random alphabet drawing to determine the listing for the Nov. 3 ballot. Candidate statements and ballot designations are on the City’s website here.


Richard Bailey

Councilmember (2 seats)

Casey Tanaka

Mike Donovan

John Duncan

Tim Rohan

Mail Ballot Drop-off Locations: The Coronado Public Library and, for the first time, the Coronado Community Center will serve as official Mail Ballot Drop-Off locations for the Nov. 3 General Election. San Diego County Registrar of Voters staff will be on site during normal operating hours from Oct. 6 through Tuesday, Nov. 3, at both locations. Check with each facility to get the most up to date operating hours before dropping off ballots. On Election Day, Registrar staff will be at the Library and Community Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All mail ballot voters may drop off their ballot not just those from Coronado. Both are non-polling locations and, as such, will not serve as polling places on Election Day. Please do not place ballots into the book drops in front of the Library.

Mail Ballot Drop-off Sign

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

Arts Week: Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize how the arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages, from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs, benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking and creativity. Join Coronado and its Cultural Arts Commission as we celebrate National Arts in Education Week recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010, the celebration is designated to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country, and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. Watch the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 4:30 p.m. as it proclaims National Arts in Education Week as September 13-19. Visit the CoronadoARTS.com website to view events planned, many of them virtual.  https://coronadoarts.com/artsedweek/

Arts in Education


Coronado Public Art Master Plan: In 2018, the City’s Cultural Arts Commission initiated a strategic planning process to present a vision and pathway forward in developing arts and cultural resources for the community. A primary goal of Coronado CREATES is to create an updated public art master plan as a starting point for the growth of Coronado’s public art collection. The draft 2020 Coronado Public Art Master Plan is an update of the adopted 2013 Coronado Public Art Master Plan. The Commission is now seeking public review and comments on the document. In September, the Commission will announce a series of online meetings presenting the plan and seeking public comments. Public comment will be open from Aug. 24 through Sept. 22. 

Public Art Master Plan

Pets of the Week: Kittens at the Animal Care Facility are this week’s Pets of the Week. PAWS of Coronado has been inundated with kittens. Named after Lion King characters, here’s who is ready for adoption:

  • Nala and Simone are a bonded pair, as are Pumbaa and Mufasa.
  • Kiara likes playing with the boys in the group and would definitely love a feline friend in her new home. 
  • Sarabi is the loner of the group and would be happy as an only cat in her new home.
  • Zazu is a shy guy but gorgeous. He is looking for a quiet home.

Single adoption fee is $50. Bonded pair adoption fee is $75. The kittens range in age from 3 months to 1 year old. To find out more about the kittens, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Kittens Pets of the Week


Free Osher Lecture: The free Osher Lecture this week is on pain management. This lecture will discuss the use of opioids to treat pain and the evolution of the addiction problems now facing us. It will also review the many alternative treatments for pain now available today, including non-opioid medications, marijuana, nerve blocks, cortisone injections, electrical stimulation, meditation, biofeedback, nerve ablation, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, and surgery. Dr. Carol Warfield will be discussing traditional treatments and the risks of addiction, as well as alternative treatments to better manage pain. Click here to access the free lecture. This lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Recreation Fall 2020 Camps: In lieu of a brochure, Recreation Services has put together a Fall 2020 Camp list below. Please use this list if you are interested in finding out what camps are available for the fall of 2020.

Fall Rec Programs list


Public Services Updates: Streets Division continued painting Orange Avenue, First Street, the public parking lot at the Landing condos and on Ocean Boulevard this week, in preparation for the fall and winter seasons.

Public Services Work

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.


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Posted on 09/11/2020
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