Weekly Update Sept. 4, 2020

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Weekly Update Sept. 4, 2020

Weekly Update Sept. 4, 2020

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video. If 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.

State Announces New System for Reopenings
: The governor announced last week a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. A four-tiered, color-coded system will allow counties to show consistent success in coronavirus transmission before allowing more businesses and activities to reopen or resume. Closures will be based on data showing the spread of the virus among residents. Currently, San Diego County is at the red level, the second most restrictive tier. The first tier is “widespread” and is the most restrictive. The other tiers are “moderate” and “minimal.” San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten affirmed the state reopening guidelines and did not announce restrictions beyond the state guidelines. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.

Reopening Criteria

City Reopenings Anticipated: As a result of the governor’s revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions, Coronado is planning to move forward with some reopenings of City facilities. A number of facilities and activities will be reopened to the public with limitations, including the Public Library, Community Center’s Fitness Room, athletic fields, and tennis facilities. While subject to change, here is what is being planned:

  • Library: The Coronado Public Library will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 10. Hours will be limited, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Wednesdays when closing time is set for 9 p.m. Occupancy will be capped at no more than 100 people. The first hour in the morning will be allocated exclusively to at-risk residents including seniors 60-plus and those with underlying health conditions. The Library will open to all ages at 11 a.m. After a transition period of several weeks, the Library will return to its normal 7-day schedule.
  • Fitness Room: The Community Center Fitness Room will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8,from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (619) 522-7342 for details.
  • Field Use: Recreation began scheduling field use for play starting Sept. 14 at all City fields.
  • Tennis: Recreation officials will reopen the Cays and Library courts 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to dusk starting Tuesday, Sept. 8. The City will monitor with staff and post signage that includes the rules for play and a phone number. No reservations are required but may be made. The courts at Coronado High School will be open for student play only or for instruction. The Glorietta Bay courts will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Business Reopenings Permitted: The red tier classification in the governor’s new reopening criteria provides that effective Monday, Aug. 31, some Coronado businesses may reopen with modifications. Those include hair salons and barbershops, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, retail stores, places of worship, nail salons and massage businesses, movie theaters and museums.  For information on various businesses or activities in San Diego County that may reopen and under what conditions, visit the state’s COVID-19 website to see the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Sidewalk Encroachment: The City has received complaints recently from residents concerned about restaurants that have been allowed to offer outdoor dining that appear to be encroaching on public walkways in the central business district. It is important that tables and chairs and other dining equipment do not intrude into the area commonly used by pedestrians. To avoid congestion, a letter has been sent to restaurant owners advising that the pedestrian pathway must be kept clear at all times. With recent restrictions on indoor dining relaxed, the City expects to see a reduction in the number of outdoor tables.

Sidewalk Identified

Relief from the Heat: The City is set to once again open the Coronado Public Library as a cooling location to allow community members 50-plus and adults with underlying health conditions to get some Relief from the Heat this weekend. The City is preparing for soaring temperatures through Sunday and will open the Coronado Public Library on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6. Residents are invited to sit in the cooled Winn Room and take a respite from the heat. Patrons are required to maintain social distance, wear a mask, wash hands or sanitize them frequently, and participate in a health screening. Hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Patrons should bring their own water bottles.

Relief from the Heat

Bottle Filling Stations: The City has recently installed two bottle filling stations in Coronado to provide a service to the public. One station is at Coronado Rotary Plaza and the other is at the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center. More are planned for City Hall, the Community Center and the Spreckels Center. The City is making clean, safe water available to the public to use in their own reusable bottles.

Bottle Filling Stations

Labor Day Holiday Schedule
: The City will observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 7. Here’s a list that includes facilities that will be open with varying hours of operation. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Labor Day. As a result, service will be delayed one day. Here is the Labor Day schedule:

Labor Day Sked 2020

Water Recycling Project: Coronado is considering the construction of a recycled water treatment facility on the Golf Course, including the reconstruction of the existing Turf Care Facility. A project update was presented to the City Council Sept. 1. The presentation included visual simulations of the proposed project. The Council agreed to install story poles on the Golf Course between Sept. 8-18 in strategic locations to provide the Council and the public a better understanding of the conceptual location of the project, the height of the structures, and visibility from public locations off the Golf Course. The proposed conceptual grading “Plan A” can be seen below. For more information, call (619) 522-7313 or email [email protected]. The installation of the temporary story pole bases was completed this week. The actual story poles will be installed on Sept. 8.

Story Pole Locations

New Records Management System: The Coronado Police Department recently transitioned to a new records management system called RIMS. The old system was no longer being maintained by the original company making system advancements impossible and thus creating a need for a new system. The new system has consolidated many current processes and is easy to use. It has allowed staff to store more information in one place, has updated reporting capabilities, and has room for growth.


Median Gardens Clean-up: The City has worked in recent weeks to improve the extensive gardens in the medians along Orange Avenue. Below are before and after photos of the work. City Parks crews added mulch, identified disease in trees to better track it, cleared memorial plaques, better defined brick mow curbs and will continue to conduct clean-up and maintenance as needed. Next, the City plans to make further improvements with better plant selections for some of the gardens and hedge and plaque repairs to make the gardens truly stand out.

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Orange Medians2

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Sunset Park: The City has received complaints about dogs at Sunset Park off-leash. The City would like to remind residents that dogs are not permitted in Sunset Park with or without a leash. The Police Department has set up its electronic sign with a reminder message about dogs in the park. Nearby Dog Beach allows dogs off-leash and the City asks that dog owners use that space.

Three Carriers in Coronado
: There are currently three aircraft carriers in Coronado -- USS Vinson, USS Lincoln and USS Roosevelt. The City welcomes all three carrier crews home. Coronado may expect traffic impacts once crews are able to take leave. This is expected to occur within the next three weeks.

2021 Community Read ProgramIs there a book you would like to recommend for the next Coronado Community Read? The Coronado Public Library invites readers to submit suggestions for the 2021 Community Read Program through Sept. 21. Nominated titles should appeal to individuals from a variety of backgrounds, have compelling elements and promote the exchange of ideas. Library Director Shaun Briley says it is more important than ever to stay connected and that that the Coronado Community Read is an opportunity to encourage and cultivate a culture of reading and connection through a shared experience. Click here to submit suggestions and learn more about the Coronado Community Read.

2021 Community Read

NASNI Land Use Plan Update: Coronado’s request for more time to comment on the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority’s final Environmental Impact Report for the Draft Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for Naval Air Station North Island was granted. The City has 30 days to respond. The City was notified on Aug. 20 that the Airport Authority board would considering finalizing and adopting the document in two weeks. With the additional time, the City plans to get the word out to the community about the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, which proposes to reduce the City Council’s land use control for approximately 1,353 dwelling units located within the air station’s impact area. The Airport Authority’s plan is based on the 2011 Air Installation Compatible Use Zone document prepared by the federal government for North Island. The City provided comments to the Airport Authority in February. Should the Airport Authority adopt the land use plan, it would become effective immediately.


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.

I Avenue Storm Drain

Avenida del Sol Improvements:  Avenida del Sol remains closed during ongoing construction, except for emergency vehicle access. Work on the cull-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. Use caution at both crossing points and be aware of construction vehicles entering or exiting the work area. 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.

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City Hall Chilled Water, Hot Water Main Replacement: 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.

Library Cards for Minors: Minors have needed a parental signature to get a Coronado Library card number. Now, students who do not already possess a card can get a card number without their parents help. The online student card number will give access only to eBooks and subscription services that the Library is able to provide free, such as Learning Express and PrepStep or online encyclopedias and reference materials.

Effective Virtual Job Search: Next week, the Library will host a job search program in partnership with San Diego Workforce. After registering through the Library calendar, registrants will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 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 your job search and get you one step closer to becoming gainfully employed. The program is set for Friday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. To noon.

College Admissions for Teens: College admissions can be a complicated process and this year applicants have a different set of challenges to navigate. The Library has arranged for college admissions expert and author of “Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges,” Greg Kaplan, to offer a presentation on how to get through it. The  presentation will focus on how to succeed in the application process this year. A Q&A period will be offered following the talk. Teens of all ages and their parents are invited to attend. Register through the Library calendar.

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: Claire, a 4-year-old Terrier mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Claire came to PAWs of Coronado suffering from starvation and an infection. She fought through it and became a sweet girl who is affectionate and fun. She loves walks on a leash and is looking for a home. Her adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Claire, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Claire Pet of the Week

Fall Registration Reminder: Fall 2020 Recreation and Golf Services registration begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8 a.m. Recreation and Golf Services will not produce a physical or digital guide this fall. Due to the pandemic, changing dynamics and safety protocols, fall camp offerings are hosted on the Recreation registration program online only. Patrons should have received a reminder of the fall 2020 registration dates in the mail. Fall 2020 Recreation and Golf Services registration dates are as follows:

  • 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8: Coronado resident registration begins and is available online only
  • 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14: Registration officially opens and is available online and over the phone
  • Monday, Sept. 21: First day of fall programs




Online Lap Swim Reservations: Recreation and Golf Services has moved to a reservation-based use of its City facilities due to the pandemic. Many in the community requested the City offer online booking for lap swim reservations and it is now available. Through the online registration system, PerfectMind, patrons may reserve up to three spots per week. A few requirements still pertain to the reservation:

  • You must have an aquatics membership (punch pass, monthly pass, annual pass)
  • You must sign the waiver (available online within your profile)
  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance
  • Transfer of reservations is not allowed
  • Reservations may be made online, but not canceled. You must call to cancel or modify your reservation.

Contact Recreation and Golf Services by email at [email protected] or by phone at (619) 522-7342 for questions. Starting Sept. 7, the 25-yard short course will be set up on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will allow more reservations to be available and more swimmers on the pool deck.

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Free Osher Lecture:  The free Osher Lecture this week is “The Supreme Court’s 2019-20 Term.” By the time the Supreme Court adjourned for the summer in late June, it handed down high-profile decisions deciding the fate of the Dreamers, defining the scope of Congress’s ability to conduct oversight, and affecting many other groups of Americans. Its decisions might also recalibrate in significant ways the constitutional doctrines relating to separation of church and state, executive privilege, the ease with which one administration can reverse the regulatory priorities of previous administrations, and other important civil and criminal rights. Professor Smith will recap the Term’s most important decisions and offer some thoughts on how the 2020 election might affect the Court’s Direction. Click here to access the free lecture.

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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 performed painting work this week, including on Pendleton Road, the Bayshore Bikeway near the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, and all red curbs along Orange Avenue were repainted. White, yellow and green curbs will be repainted next week.

    Striping Work two images

    Striping Work two images


  • Facilities Division staff has been monitoring the mechanical equipment in all City buildings while most have been closed to the public due to the ongoing pandemic. After thorough inspections, several heating and air conditioning components were found malfunctioning and were replaced immediately.
         Golf Course two images

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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 09/04/2020
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