Weekly Update May 8, 2020

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Weekly Update May 8, 2020

Weekly Update May 8, 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.

Special Meeting: The City will hold a special City Council  meeting today, Friday, May 8, at 3 p.m. to discuss the reopening of some businesses in town following the governor’s announcement this week about the next phase of the state’s reopening plan. The City Council will discuss what this will involve for Coronado and what businesses will be affected.

Parks Monitoring: City parks have reopened in Coronado for sitting and even picnicking if visitors follow proper social distancing measures, except for Sunset Park. This is according to the latest changes to the San Diego County public health order. Recreation Services staff will begin monitoring City parks to ensure that visitors are complying with the updated health order. A phone number has been set up for those who have questions or concerns about park gatherings. Staff members are being instructed to advise groups that are not from the same household group, regardless of size, of the rules, ask them to disperse and, if warranted, call the Police Department. The phone number is (619) 964-6646 and will be staffed for calls seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Saturday, May 9. Sunset Park and Dog Beach remain closed at this time.

Park No-Parking Signs


Boathouse Reopening: The Boathouse will reopen on Friday, May 8. At this time, only passholders, and those who have kayaks, paddleboards or other devices in Boathouse storage, may use the facility. Users are strongly encouraged to provide their own life jackets. The hours will be limited to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rules for the Boathouse will soon be posted online.



Library Offers Curbside Pickup, Drop-off Services: The Coronado Public Library will reopen its street-side book drops for returns this week. On Monday, May 11, the Library will again offer telephone and curbside pickup services Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. These services will allow customers to search the catalog and place holds 24/7 online, or by phone Monday through Friday. Staff will notify you when your hold has been pulled, sanitized and is ready for contact-less pickup. Here is how it works:

  1. Visit the Library’s catalog at coronadolibrary.org and place a hold on books you would like to read, audiobooks you would like to listen to or movies you would like to view.
  2. When your hold is available, the Library will call you.
  3. Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., you can pull your car up in front of Library, 640 Orange Ave., and call the Library at (619) 522-7390.
  4. Staff will look you up in our system and verify your identity.
  5. Once your identity is confirmed, staff will checkout your selections and roll them out to your car.



Jr. Lifeguards Session No. 1 Canceled: Due to the continued restrictions at the beach, the City made the difficult decision today, May 7, to cancel the first session of Jr. Lifeguards and Surf Awareness. Please check back for further updates on the next scheduled sessions. The programs were set to be held in mid-June. As a result, the July 9 California State Games Junior Lifeguard Competition has also been canceled.

Veterans Writing Group: In partnership with the Coronado Public Library, the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County is forming a South County Writing group to provide a forum for veterans to share their writing. The Veterans Writing Group meets monthly for personal growth, professional development and to share. The idea is to bring veterans together and guide them through the writing process in a safe and understanding environment enabling them to tell their stories. If you are interested in participating, send an email to rsvp@coronado.ca.us  before May 20. For more information on the group, visit their website: http://www.veteranswritinggroup.org/

Veterans Writing Group

Bridge Lanes Reconfigured: Starting Monday, May 11, the concrete traffic barrier used to configure lanes on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will revert back to the schedule before the public health emergency. The California Department of Transportation will move the barrier before 5:30 a.m. weekdays to allow for three lanes coming into Coronado and then return to three outbound lanes at about 10 a.m. In April, Caltrans kept the bridge lanes configuration static with three lanes heading out of Coronado due to low traffic volume.

Bridge Lane configuration

Lifeline Loan Program: As of May 7, the City has processed 68 applications for the Coronado Lifeline Business Loan Program and paid those eligible Tier 1 businesses loans totaling $985,000. The City Council approved the Lifeline Business Loan Program on April 21, and implementation progressed rapidly. Council members wanted to help local businesses as soon as possible who have been forced to close or vastly reduced their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Within a week, City staff developed application forms and loan agreements, and began issuing checks May 1. The Council this week approved opening up the loan program to Tier 2 businesses on May 18, a week earlier than planned. The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is serving as the portal to issue and receive loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at (619) 435-9260. The City reserved $2 million in General Funds for the loans. So far, the majority of businesses are retail in nature, followed by restaurants and a small number of hotels/motels, among other categories.

Business Lifeline Loan Program

Shooting Update: On Monday, May 4, the Coronado Police Department received several 911 calls at about 9:30 p.m. regarding a shooting in the 900 block of Orange Avenue. Officers found a victim on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. The 18-year-old man, who was transported to a San Diego area hospital, was attempting to sell jewelry when he was shot. The investigation is ongoing.

Bike Month: May is Bike Month in Coronado and, although we are in the midst of a public health emergency, we can all thankfully still ride our bikes. But how is the City hosting Bike Month this year? With the proper social distancing measures in place and keeping in mind that riding alone is best, new and seasoned bike riders can hit the streets, log their miles and earn some great prizes through regional and national bike challenges. Learn about both programs by clicking here.

Bike Month Image


State Beach Reopened: Silver Strand State Beach reopened on Tuesday, May 5. Other San Diego County state beaches reopened earlier this week with restrictions. A sign posted near the entrance to Silver Strand State Beach states the beach will be open to walking, running, swimming, surfing, paddling and kayaking but not for sunbathing, picnics, group gatherings, loitering, restrooms or surf fishing. Social distancing and face coverings are required. The City has placed no-parking signs along Coronado Cays Boulevard near the entrance to the Cays to discourage people from driving to the state beach. Access should be open to those who live in the area. The City reopened its beach and ocean waters in a similar manner on Monday, April 27.

State Beach sign

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project: This week, the contractor on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement project began trenching operations on the 100 block of I Avenue and installation of the 48-inch storm drainpipe. Minor amounts of groundwater were encountered, slowing productivity slightly. Work within the 100 block is expected to extend through the end of next week. Please be aware of traffic control when traveling through the area as it is subject to change daily depending on construction operations.

Storm Drain image

Hazardous Waste Program to Resume:  The City’s Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Ave. will resume operations but on a reduced schedule for now. The program will open on the following Saturdays: May 16, May 30, June 13 and June 27. Typically, the program is held every Saturday. A reminder that the program is available to Coronado residents only. No business or contractor waste is permitted.  View flier for more information and a list of items you may bring.  Call Public Services for more information at (619) 522-7380. Click here for more information about Coronado’s Household Hazardous Waste program, as well as other waste disposal services. The Public Services Department will reassess in June to see if the program will revert to the full schedule as early as July.

Household Hazardous waste program

Annual Tree Trimming to Begin: The City’s tree trimming contractor began its annual tree trimming service on Tuesday, May 5, for publicly owned trees in the area bounded by Alameda Boulevard, Orange Avenue and Fourth and Seventh streets. This year’s area is Sector 4 and is outlined in the map below. The City asks residents to please be aware of no-parking signs throughout the sector and plan ahead. There are approximately 875 trees to be trimmed in Sector 4. The work may take up to 90 days. The tree trimming contractor will have a crew of about five members with several large trucks moving throughout the area. 

Tree Trimming both maps

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy). 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.




'Virtual' Recreation, Resources: The City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services has created a Virtual Recreation and Resource Center. Check out new virtual programming as well as some of their favorite resources for programming. Visit the Play page for tons of activities for fun, keeping fit and staying entertained. All the things that get out the stay at home wiggles for people of all ages. Visit the Create page for crafting ideas, ways to be artistic, projects to complete and more! These items will help to keep your hands busy and your mind sharp. Visit the Explore page to virtually visit far off destinations like our national parks and to access some Armchair Travel presentations. Use the hashtag #putsomeplayinyourday and share how you are staying safe and healthy during the shelter in place order. 

 Rec Play Virtual



COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City issues a newsletter twice a week 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 than hit subscribe 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 (Facebook, Twitter 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 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 05/08/2020
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