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Weekly Update Sept. 25, 2020

Weekly Update Sept. 25, 2020

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SANDAG Lawsuit: The City of Coronado -- along with Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and Solana Beach -- have filed a legal challenge to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation adopted by the San Diego Association of Governments in July. The four cities are challenging the use of a weighted vote over the objections of a supermajority of the SANDAG board in a quasi-judicial process. The flawed methodology in adopting the housing allocations for the region resulted in Coronado being assigned a 1,800 percent increase in housing units from prior housing allocation cycles. The cities will argue that SANDAG failed and disenfranchised San Diego County residents by employing a weighted vote over the objections of a supermajority of its board. Over the last year, the cities tried to correct the wrongs through the process at SANDAG, appealing SANDAG’s allocation which disproportionately affected small cities in the region. The majority of SANDAG’s voting members agreed with the four cities. With an unprecedented vote, however, five jurisdictions outvoted 13 jurisdictions. Having exhausted their remedies at SANDAG, the cities now have no option other than to seek the intervention of an unbiased neutral court.

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Sustainability Efforts:  The City is working to adopt a Climate Action Plan by August 2021. Toward that end, the City will host public workshops and surveys, focus groups, public reviews of the plan and work to complete a list of greenhouse gas reduction targets and reduction measures. The plan’s reduction measures will include a list of aspirational programs the City may implement as part of its overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of its overall sustainability efforts, the City also:

  • adopted an ordinance last year to require all leaf blowers and other landscaping hand tools used in the City to be powered by electricity and not gas. The ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 1. The City and its contractors converted to all zero-emission electric tools in 2018.
          Leaf Blower Ordinance
  • is working to create a sea level rise study to identify vulnerable areas in the City and develop strategies to plan for and address potential impacts. Last year, the City was awarded a $221,000 grant from the California Department of Transportation to help fund a sea level rise vulnerability and adaptation plan. The process will develop a menu of adaptation strategies the City may consider to reduce or mitigate the impacts of sea level rise. The City will conduct outreach efforts to engage residents and other local stakeholders.
  • earned two recent awards for sustainability. Coronado was awarded the San Diego Association of Government’s iCommute Diamond Award, which recognizes employers in the region who have made strides to promote alternative commute choices in the workplace. Additionally, the Institute for Local Government, sponsored by the League of California Cities, and the statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, host the Beacon Program. Coronado was upgraded from silver to gold and honored for its voluntary and comprehensive efforts for sustainability best practices at the gold level.
          Beacon Award logo
  • is moving forward with a plan to build a water recycling treatment project at the Golf Course. Recycled water produced by the facility would be used to irrigate the Golf Course and other public landscape in City parks and Orange Avenue medians, replacing their current use of potable water.

These are among a few but growing number of practices the City is employing to be more environmentally responsible. For more information, visit the Community Development web page at www.coronado.ca.us and click on the Sustainability tab.


Coronado, a Safe Community: Coronado remains a very low-crime and safe community. The San Diego Association of Governments released the mid-year crime statistics for 2020. There was much speculation among experts about the impact on crime during the COVID pandemic. Would crime increase or decrease? FBI Part I crimes decreased overall in San Diego County with Coronado having the lowest rate of FBI violent crime per 1,000 inhabitants of all jurisdictions in San Diego County. Coronado also has the lowest overall crime rate in the County for any city patrolled by its own police force.

Grand Caribe Shoreline Park Update: The Port of San Diego will reopen Grand Caribe Shoreline Park on Friday, Sept. 25, after closing the park and adjacent parking on Aug. 6 at the request of the City due to the difficulty in enforcing state and county health orders. Coronado Cays residents complained of an increase in visitors using the park in recent months. The Port has announced it will reopen the park with new signage outlining what is required when visiting the park. The Port closed the park in late March to help minimize the spread of and exposure to COVID-19 and reopened it in May. The Port said it also will install a portable restroom with a handwashing station at the park.

Important Election Dates: The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters Office began mailing sample ballots and voter information pamphlets this week for the Nov. 3 General Election. On Oct. 5, ballots will be mailed to registered voters. Early voting also begins Oct. 5 at the Registrar’s Office. Beginning Oct. 6, mail ballot drop-off locations will open through Nov. 3. A reminder that Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election. On Oct. 31, 235 super polling locations will open around the County, including one at the Spreckels Center. This is due to the limited number of polling locations due to the pandemic. The super polling location at Spreckels Center will be open Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 3rd Election Timeline

Orange Avenue Banner Program:
The Cultural Arts Commission encourages the use of public spaces for public art and venues for art and cultural events. The Orange Avenue Banner program displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor and provides a vibrant and strong visual presence throughout the downtown district. Twice a year, the City advertises the banner program opportunities for local nonprofit organizations. The City Council recently approved and selected three new designs that remind residents and visitors about the importance of supporting our local businesses and to “Shop Loyal,” “Dine Local” and “Stay and Play.” The program standards, guidelines and applications are posted here, and available at City Hall. Currently, the nonprofit series for January 2021 is accepting applications. The deadline is Oct. 15. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at (619) 522-2633 or [email protected]
Orange Avenue Banners

Annual Palm Pruning: As part of an annual palm-pruning program, the City’s contract arborist is pruning palms in parkways and parks throughout Coronado. Palm fruiting and hanging fronds are a common concern for residents. Both can occur simultaneously throughout town so the City must be diligent and coordinated in its work to remove both fruit and fronds. The contractor will begin work in the east side of Orange Avenue starting Monday, Sept. 28. From there, the contractor will start work on the west side Orange and expects to finish palm pruning by the end of January in the Cays. Public Services appreciates the patience of residents as the contractor works on a street by street basis focusing on letter streets first then number streets. Diverting from this plan can cause palms to get missed. No-parking signs may appear on short notice when the contractor has been able to get ahead of schedule. The contractor has two crews of up to 3 people each with one supervisor. Total palms in the target area is 3,136.

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Pruning maps


Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  Avenida del Sol remains closed during ongoing construction. 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. Construction is about to begin in the cul-de-sac so pedestrians will be re-routed to a pedestrian/bike path on the beach. Pedestrians may also cross Avenida del Sol at its intersection with state Route 75. Due to complications, the night work to construct the storm rain culvert across Orange Avenue has been extended and will continue until mid-October. Once the work on Orange is completed, the remaining culvert construction work will be performed during daytime hours.

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project: Construction continued this week within Bay View Park on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project. In addition, concrete repairs were made at various locations along I Avenue addressing damage due to construction activity. Final coordination with the contractor is underway to remove and replace the existing asphalt on I Avenue between First and Fourth streets, beginning next week on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and finishing on Friday, Oct. 2. Please be aware temporary road closures, with no-parking signs in effect, will be required during paving operations next week.

Chilled-Hot Water Main Update: On Sept. 22, the contractor on a project to replace the chilled and hot water lines within Strand Way between City Hall and the Community Center was issued a notice to proceed. Existing utilities have been marked out and no-parking signs are in place. The contractor is taking additional measures with utility reconnaissance by doing ground-penetrating radar prior to excavating a 900-foot trench along Strand Way. The trench is needed to install the new heating and air conditioning ’s plastic pipe material which will replace severely corroded metal plumbing. The actual trenching operation is expected to commence on Sept. 29. Parking in the area will be significantly impacted. Parking will be allowed on Saturday and Sunday. The public’s understanding and consideration for safety in the area will be greatly appreciated.

Construction on Strand Way

2021 Community Read Program: Once all submissions have been received for the 2021 Coronado Community Read, the program’s committee members will read and review the nominations. The deadline to submit nominations for the book they would like community members to read is Friday, Sept. 25. The committee will narrow the nominations down to 10 titles, which will then be read by local book clubs. The local book clubs will hold virtual meetings to discuss the books and they will decide the top five titles. The community will then be invited to vote on the five finalists and select the 2021 Coronado Community Read. Follow the Library’s Facebook page for updates. 

2021 Coronado Community Read Display


Virtual Autumn Concert Series: Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s annual Autumn Concert Series at the Coronado Public Library will be held virtually. This fall feature in Coronado is in its eighth year. Amateur and professional musicians will be performing virtually via social media. Each Friday through Dec. 18, residents can tune into the Library’s Facebook and YouTube at 1 p.m. to listen. This Friday, Sept. 25, will feature two pianists, Robert Berkowitz and Naomi Hobbs.
Concerts at the Library Flyer

Spice it Up Coronado!: Each month, the  Coronado Public Library invites community members to explore different spices used in dishes around the world. Community members can pick up the monthly spice selection at the Library, cook with it, and connect with other food enthusiasts on Zoom. September’s featured spice was Fenugreek. This Friday, Sept. 25, registrants will discuss what they prepared, what they might like to try next, and their thoughts about the spice. October’s program will feature Sansho (Szechuan) Peppers. Click here on the Library’s calendar for registration details.

Spice It Up Coronado Flyer


Flat Pen Pal Program: The Coronado Public Library has connected 189 first and second graders at Village Elementary and Silver Strand Elementary schools through a new pen pal program. The Flat Pen Pal Program allows for connectivity, self-expression and familiarity with the postal system. The Library has provided materials, postage, and instructions for kids to create and send their letters. Stop by the Library for more information or call (619) 522-7390.

Pets of the Week: Motts and Bobbie are this week’s Pets of the Week. Motts and Bobbie are tabbies who came to PAWS of Coronado when they were found in a box. These two are bonded, sweet and affectionate, and looking for a home. The adoption fee for the pair is $75. To find out more about Motts and Bobbie, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371. 
PAWS Pets of the Week

Field Reopenings: A reminder that some youth sports resumed practices at City athletic fields when Recreation staff began allocating use 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

County COVID-19 Resources: The County of San Diego continues to provide resources for those impacted by COVID-19. If you are a resident that needs rental assistance due to the financial burden caused by COVID-19,  click here. If you or someone you know is facing food insecurity due to the pandemic, click here to view the Great Plates Program. On Thursday, Oct. 8, the County of San Diego will be hosting Check Your Mood Day to provide free mental health checks. For more information about Check Your Mood Day and other mental health resources, click here

County Resources


Community Resources for Older Adults: The Alzheimer’s Support Group is offering more than 20 virtual video groups and discussions through Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic. Through the month of October, Alzheimer’s San Diego will host a series of online education tools for those caring for or living with someone with Alzheimer’s. Click here for details. On Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be hosting a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 scams are targeted towards older adults. Click here to register.


Free Osher Lecture: The free lecture this week, “The Greatest Generation -- NY Basketball in the Fifties,” is presented by Dr. Ruben Valenzuela. Dr. Valenzuela received his doctorate in musicology from Claremont Graduate University and is the founder of the Bach Collegium San Diego. This lecture will discuss baseball in New York during the 1950s and reflect on the decade’s most indelible memories. This lecture is available now through Sunday, Sept. 27. 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.

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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:

This week, Streets Division replaced pedestrian crossing signs on Third and Fourth streets at F Avenue and repainted fire lanes behind Sacred Heart and along Glorietta Boulevard between Fourth and Fifth streets. Painting of yellow loading zone curbs continued as well.
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The U.S. flag at the Community Center is not flying due to the top hardware having been damaged. The top hardware needs to be replaced after corrosion was discovered. Facilities Division has ordered the replacement parts and they will be installed after they are received.

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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 09/25/2020
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