Weekly Update Sept. 18, 2020

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Weekly Update Sept. 18, 2020

Weekly Update Sept. 18, 2020

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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 Nov. 3 at both locations. On Election Day, Nov. 3, Registrar staff will be at both locations from 7 a.m. To 8 p.m. Both are non-polling locations and will not serve as polling places on Election Day. Voters are advised not  to drop ballots in the book drops in front of the Library.

Mail Ballot Drop-off Sign

Parker Pump Station Update: Last week, the Design Review Commission approved the exterior design for the reconstructed Parker Pump Station, which services both storm water and sewage. As part of their approval, commissioners asked that the exterior vaults be screened with landscaping to better obscure the structures. One of the key objectives of the project is to relocate critical electrical equipment above ground due to the area’s high water table. As a result, more of the pump station is above ground. Staff is continuing to work on construction plans and specifications for this important infrastructure that serves the Country Club area of Coronado.

Parker Pump Station two images




Recycled Water Treatment Update: The City recently completed a first, an experiment to add visual simulations at the Coronado Golf Course to allow the community to get a better understanding of the conceptual locations of a proposed recycled water treatment facility. The City has never used story poles before but wanted to go above and beyond for the community. The story poles were installed for 10 days to show the mass and bulk of the project, which also includes the reconstruction of the existing Maintenance Facility. They were installed at six locations. For more information on the project, call Principal Engineer Jim Newton (619) 522-7313 or email [email protected].

Golf Course Story Poles


Private Use of Public Spaces: In response to the pandemic, the City Council this week extended accommodations for restaurants and fitness centers to conduct business in public spaces, including on sidewalks and in parks. Due to the uncertainty of when San Diego County will achieve the next level in new reopening criteria provided by the state, the Council unanimously agreed to allow restaurants and fitness facilities to continue to conduct business and hold classes in public spaces. Once San Diego achieves the next, less-stringent, level, the Council will revisit the matter. The City is willing to work with businesses to find a safe and efficient way to expand outdoor dining.

New Reopening Criteria and Outdoor Dining   

Recent Awards:

  • The Transbay Pump Station project was selected as the Project of the Year by the San Diego chapter of the American Public Works Association. The honor was formally recognized at the APWA’s Virtual Awards Luncheon last week. The award was given in recognition of innovative solutions to complete the rehabilitation of the Transbay Pump Station project which services the City of Coronado. The award citation noted that through innovative collaboration and teamwork, the project was successfully completed with minimal disruption while extending the life and critical link between Coronado and San Diego. Congratulations to the entire Engineering team.
            Project of the Year
  • The City of Coronado’s comprehensive annual financial report has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The honor is presented by the Government Officers Association of the United States and Canada and is the highest form of recognition in government accounting and financial reporting. The Association said the award represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The award-winning comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, met the high standards of the program, including a “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the City’s financial story and motivate people to read the report. The City acknowledges the entire finance management team.
          Finance Award
  • The Institute for Local Government, sponsored by the League of California Cities, and the statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, host the Beacon Program. It provides cities and counties in California with a comprehensive framework and ongoing support to implement effective climate action, energy efficiency and sustainability practices. Coronado was honored for its voluntary and comprehensive efforts for sustainability best practices at the gold level. In 2019, Coronado was awarded the silver level. Congratulations to the Community Development team.

         Beacon Award logo

Leaf Blower Ordinance Reminder: As part of the City’s ongoing efforts at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, the City Council adopted an ordinance last year that requires all leaf blowers in the City to be powered by electricity and not gas. Effective Jan. 1, gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited citywide. Additionally, the use of any leaf blower is restricted in residential areas between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. The City of Coronado will be hosting multiple, virtual demonstrations for those interested in learning more about electric leaf blowers. These virtual presentations will highlight different models of electric leaf blowers, include demonstrations and a Q&A session. Click here for more information.

Leaf Blower Ordinance


Spreckels Park Tree Removal: The City’s contract arborist made the decision to remove a tree in Spreckels Park due to safety reasons. The tree, an American sweetgum, or liquidambar styraciflua, at the northwest corner of Spreckels Park was found to have lost more than 50 percent of its canopy on Aug. 1. The damage was due to rot created off a main branch that had been collecting water and foliage that caused a branch to fail. West Coast Arborists and City staff conducted  structural pruning following the loss of its canopy in an attempt to keep the tree in a low-risk mode. Since then, about 20 percent of the tree remains and it is off-balance. The tree is in poor condition. Tree removal will proceed in the coming weeks.

Tree Removal two images



Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  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.


Avenida del Sol Improvements:  Avenida del Sol remains closed during ongoing construction, except for emergency vehicle access. 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 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 began on Monday, Aug. 31, to start construction of a storm drain culvert across Orange Avenue. The night work 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.

Chilled-Hot Water Main Update: Final preparations for construction are being coordinated with the contractor 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. Work may begin in mid-September and continue until early December. Impacts to traffic and on-street parking at the Community Center and City Hall will be experienced throughout the duration of the project. Please be aware of parking notification signs posted, as this will indicate when the work will start.

Library Reopening: The Coronado Public Library has reopened to the public. Patrons have checked out more than 3,000 items in the first week of service. The number of checked out items from one month ago using curbside checkout and when the Library was still closed was 1,080. The Library reopened with limitations following a six-month closure due to the pandemic. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Wednesdays when closing time is set for 9 p.m. The Library hopes to return to its normal 7-day schedule as soon as possible. Occupancy is capped at no more than 100 people but the Library has not had more than 46 people in the building at any one time. 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 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 Reopening image

Library Reopening image2

2021 Community Read Program: September 25, is the last day to submit a nomination for the 2021 Coronado Community Read. The program encourages residents to join together in the shared reading and discussion of one book and 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 

PAWS to Succeed: The Coronado Public Library will be hosting a virtual talk with PAWS of Coronado trainer Chancel Siebuhr on Monday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. COVID-19 has changed many aspects of people’s lives, and the lives of their pets, and Siebuhr will provide tools to manage a pet’s behavior as routines change. Click here to register through the Library’s calendar and receive a Zoom link. The event also will be available on the Coronado Library’s YouTube page

Acting with Andrea: Explore character development by integrating animal movements and characteristics in a 45-minute workshop led by an experienced theater instructor on Friday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. Andrea Gonzalez, a Coronado Public Library employee, has 20 years of experience working in the dramatic arts, including as education director at Stage West Theater in Ft. Worth, Texas. This is the first installment of a new monthly youth drama series for ages 9-13. Click here to register through the Library’s calendar and receive a Zoom link.

Virtual Autumn Concert Series: For the past eight years, the Coronado Public Library’s annual Autumn Concert Series has been a fall feature in Coronado. This year due to the ongoing pandemic, amateur and professional musicians will be performing virtually. From Friday, Sept. 18, to Friday, Dec. 18, tune into the Library’s Facebook and YouTube at 1 p.m. to listen to amateur and professional musicians. This Friday, Sept. 18, three pianists will be featured for the inaugural Autumn Concert Series. 

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

Pet of the Week: Dewey, who came to PAWS when he was found as a stray, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Great news. Dewey was just adopted earlier this week. The affectionate and fun 11-year-old Wirehair Terrier mix found a new home. There are plenty of other animals to adopt at the Animal Care Facility. To find out more about them, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371

Dewey Pet of the Week


Field Reopenings: Youth sports resumed practices on the City’s athletic fields this week. Recreation staff began allocating use of the fields with certain conditions. No games are allowed.  Coronado Youth Soccer began holding practices at Cays Park and Pop Warner will begin practices at Sunset Park on Sept. 28.  There has been no guidance on when adult sports may resume.

Sports Field Use Sked 

Census 2020: The deadline to complete the U.S. Census is Sept. 30. You can complete the census online, by phone or return the paper form, or respond to a census taker at your door. Language assistance is also available. Taking the Census is safe, it is private and it matters.  Residents can still respond via the national website: 2020census.gov 24/7, or by calling (619) 695-5657. The 2020 Census updates our needs for schools, healthcare, housing, roads, energy, water and sanitation systems, fire, police and emergency services, recreation, senior and youth programs, and many other public services. An under-count results in loss to funding and representation for the next 10 years in a community.

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



Free Osher Lecture: The free Osher Lecture this week, “Debt, Deficit, and the Coronavirus Bailouts: Should We Be Worried?” is presented by Emeritus Professor of Economics Ted Groves at the University of California, San Diego. This lecture will discuss general principles of government finance and how we should think about government deficits and the debt burden during the global pandemic. This lecture is available to view now through Sunday, Sept. 20. 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 Updates:

  • Streets Division continued to paint curbs around town, focusing on loading and temporary parking zones this week.

    Painting Curbs around Town


  • Facilities Staff installed a bottle filler retrofit onto the existing drinking fountain at the Spreckels Center site. The City continues to provide accessible, clean safe water available to the public to use in their own reusable bottles. Stay tuned for more bottle fillers to be installed on various locations throughout town.
         Bottle Fillers at JDSC


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.


Mail Ballot Drop-off Sign
Posted on 09/18/2020
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