Weekly Update July 24, 2020

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Weekly Update July 24, 2020

Weekly Update July 24, 2020

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Community Grant Allocations: Earlier this week, the City Council approved allocations for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Community Grant Program. Since 2000, the City has awarded funds through the program to local nonprofit organizations who do great work for our community. The amount of funding is established by Council Policy No. 28, adopted in May 2019. The policy sets funding at 1.65% of General Fund revenues. Due to the economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduction in General Fund revenues, the funding available for this cycle is $800,000, down from the $1 million estimated before the public health emergency. This year’s program featured new grant guidelines and a new evaluation process. Stakeholders were invited to comment on the process, and many attended a webinar on effective programming and grant writing. Sixteen organizations submitted 37 applications totaling $1.35 million, significantly exceeding the $800,000 budget. Staff made recommendations and the Council approved awarding the full $800,000 on July 21. Click here to view the final Fiscal Year 20-21 Community Grant awards.

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Parking Changes: At its July 21 meeting, the City Council approved a new direction in parking in the commercial district. The City will no longer charge for parking. However, time limits will be enforced through new technology that will read license plates. The City has long held that it did not want to prioritize revenues from parking enforcement and intentionally charged 25 cents for one hour of parking. The new program will ensure parking turnover by issuing citations to vehicles parked in a spot for a duration exceeding the allowable limit. Staff anticipates removing all parking meters in Coronado around November.

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Outdoor Dining Venue Round 2: The response to the City’s first Dine Out! Coronado event was so positive that the City is offering a second chance for residents to participate in an outdoor picnic venue this weekend at Spreckels Park. The City created the program to formalize picnicking already allowed at Spreckels Park. The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet hope residents join them this Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, in supporting local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic by making a reservation and picking up a take-out order to enjoy. Call the Chamber at (619) 435-9260 to make a reservation for one of two time slots per day. More than 130 diners attended last weekend’s Dine Out! Coronado, arriving with takeout meals from nearly a dozen local restaurants. Diners may book a table for a maximum of six people (children under 12 exempt) from the same household for one of 11 socially distanced tables under canopies at the park. Reservations are being accepted now for 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. The City Council has waived the alcohol prohibition for the event so diners can bring their own alcohol within the roped-off area only. City staff implements all operating protocol required by the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency including the sanitation of the table and chairs, regulation of social distancing, mandatory face coverings and screening of staff hired to welcome and seat guests and conduct sanitation protocol.

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Spreckels Picnic Area

COVID-19 Education, Monitoring: Coronado entered into an agreement in May with local nonprofit Coronado MainStreet to help local businesses comply with San Diego County’s Safe Reopening Plan. It has been a tough time for businesses, particularly those forced to close due to the pandemic, then allowed to reopen in a limited capacity, then shut down again. The City wanted to help its business community follow the ever-changing public health order to keep stores and restaurants operating in a safe and healthy manner. Assigning sworn officers to educate and monitor local businesses is inefficient. The City’s goal is compliance not punishment. MainStreet representatives have visited businesses to observe if social distancing is being properly maintained, if masks are being worn and if they are complying with the Safe Reopening Plan rules. They then discuss any issues or concerns. Nearly 97% are compliant, a direct result of the successful partnership with MainStreet. The City has followed up with noncompliant businesses and provided a report to the County Department of Environmental Health, which has also conducted inspections. The City will continue to work with the County on egregious violators. The County announced a new compliance team to include local cities working with agencies, such as the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control and local Health Department, not long after Coronado shared the results of its business to business program.

Mask Up! Coronado:  To raise awareness of the importance of facial coverings, the City provided more than 1,000 reusable face masks with the City logo to people over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The demand for the three-layered specially designed black mask was so high, the City has ordered more and is working to have them placed for sale at various retail shops around Coronado. The masks are also being given away by the Police Department and Coronado Lifeguards as they encounter people without masks. They also may be purchased now through the Coronado Historical Association. Click here to purchase a mask. The suggested retail price is $10 plus tax and shipping. The City is not expected to make money on the masks but any surplus from sales will be put into purchasing additional masks. The City is working on plans for more face covering giveaway events in the future. Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The California Department of Public Health has issued guidance that cautions that asymptomatic people can still spread the disease. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing. Coronado encourages citizens to follow best practices: wear a face covering, wash your hands, and stay at home when sick.

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Gym, Fitness Classes Expand Outdoors: Coronado gyms and fitness centers currently prohibited from indoor operations due to the pandemic are now holding classes on certain outdoor public spaces. The City Council agreed last week to temporarily help out those businesses with existing brick and mortar facilities, however, they are limited to three spots at Spreckels Park, two at Bradley Field, four at Central Beach, and two spots at North Beach. Amplified sound and heavy equipment are not allowed. Classes began on Wednesday, July 22, and may be held from 7 a.m. to noon in 1.5-hour slots. Class size may not exceed the current County Health Order, which at this time is no more than 12, and participants and instructors must follow all social distancing guidelines and mandates. The City is working to accommodate businesses but has the final say in allocating locations. This use of public property is for the exclusive use of local gyms, fitness centers, and other similar Coronado businesses to hold exercise classes. Those businesses interested in operating outdoors need a commercial use permit. Permit fees will be waived but proof of insurance is required. The City has extended permits to five Coronado businesses to use Spreckels Park and Bradley Field. There is still space available for North Beach and Central Beach locations. Each permitted area is marked off in 50-by-50 spaces with a green chalk-painted square on the grass. Interested Coronado based fitness business should contact Recreation Services at (619) 522-7342 for more information.

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Restaurants Use Temporary Outdoor Seating: As of end of business day Thursday, July 23, a total of 19 restaurants have been approved to offer temporary outdoor seating either on a sidewalk, within an on-site outdoor space or in a privately owned parking lot. On July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses, were ordered to close if they operated indoors per the latest San Diego County public health order. The City agreed in May to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons outdoors due to limits then on dine-in services. With the new prohibition on indoor dining, the City is going business to business to help approve temporary outdoor seating. Restaurants must not exceed their previously approved seating occupancy, pre-COVID. Approved temporary outdoor seating is subject to certain conditions and limitations. Find an application and handout at the Community Development web page. There is no fee. For faster service submit the application with a seating plan to communitydevelopment@coronado.ca.us.

Business Lifeline Loan Program Update: After issuing nearly $1.7 million in loan funds to 94 businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, the Business Lifeline Loan program is now closed. The Council approved loans of up to $20,000 for local businesses who have been forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the ongoing pandemic. The program expired on July 21, as directed by the Council. Current borrowers can contact the City Manager’s Office at (619) 522-7335 if they have any questions about their loans.

Cays Causeway Concerns: The City has received complaints that more people are being seen jumping from the Cays causeways into the water. Staff has erected no-jumping signs in the area in the past. New signs will be installed before the end of the week.

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Blood Drive Fully Booked:  The American Red Cross and the City have teamed up to sponsor several recent blood drives. The Red Cross announced this week that the next blood drive, scheduled for more than a month away, is fully booked. A Red Cross official commended the community of donors: “ The Coronado Community Center has become a true staple that we are seeing repeat donors come to every 56 days when their eligibility renews. To have a drive book to capacity over a month in advance is something that we rarely see. Commendable work, to everyone involved! Thank you for your hard work to keep the blood supply steady.” For future or nearby blood drives, click here or on the image below for an appointment.

Shark Sighting Last Week: Coronado Lifeguards received a few shark-sighting reports last Thursday, July 16, that resulted in warning signs being put in place at beach entrances. The sightings were from 5:30 to about 7 p.m. and the sharks ranged in size from 6-10 feet long. All were within about 40 yards of shore and they were in the South Beach area. Initial reports came from witnesses who saw four sharks. One was observed by a lifeguard on a rescue watercraft. Signs were posted based on state protocol. No further sightings or incidents were reported.

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Navy Updates: The City has learned that Naval Air Station North Island’s commercial vehicle inspection gate is under repair with an estimated work time of two months. As a result, commercial trucks are required to use the First Street gate or the Ocean Boulevard gate.  Residents may have noticed an increase in truck traffic to those locations as a result. The Navy has informed the City that it will be using Runway 29 Friday afternoon, July 24, and over the weekend for student aviators conducting carrier qualifications on the USS Lincoln. The hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The schedule change is due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  Construction continues at both ends of the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project. Curb inlets are being constructed at the intersection of Fourth Street and I Avenue. Also, work on the pipe crossing at First Street has continued. The complete closure of the intersection, 24/7, remains in effect. Please be aware of detour signs and traffic control in the area. The work within First Street is expected to be substantially completed by the end of next week.

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  The contractor continues work to install a water line in Avenida del Sol on a project to improve Avenida del Sol per the next phase of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan. Crews also have begun installing other utilities toward the bulb of the cul-de-sac; the latter required the closure of the roadway. Please be aware of traffic control in the area and note it is subject to change daily depending on the work being conducted.

Public Restroom Program: The City is accepting applications for businesses willing to provide restroom facilities to the public in the commercial district. The City Council approved the Orange Avenue Commercial Public Restroom Partnership program with the goal of fulfilling the continuing need for accessible public restrooms in the downtown area. The program allows for a partnership with downtown businesses to offer clean and safe public restrooms. In return, businesses will receive an annual $5,000 lump sum payment and a monthly subsidy for maintenance costs. Participating businesses will display a sign signaling an available public restroom and keep them open for an agreed-upon period of time. Restrooms must meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. To receive an application, contact Dominique Albrecht at dalbrecht@coronado.ca.us or by phone at (619) 522-7305.

Public Restroom Partnership Program

Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: More than 1,400 people have signed up for the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. Coronado residents are encouraged to participate in the City’s fitness triple crown, which was created to get people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; build community; and celebrate the City’s 130th anniversary. The Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge celebrates 130 years since Coronado’s incorporation as a city on Dec. 11, 1890. Of the 1,400 participants, 51 doing a double (that's 260 miles) and 93 doing the triple (390 miles). The virtual challenge runs five months to December 11. Finishers will receive a medal. Easy Day Sports, based in Coronado, will manage the registration, the website tracking workouts and T-shirt sales. For information on registration, email Easy Day at contact@easydaysports.com or click here for more details.

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Library Offerings: The Coronado Public Library continues operations while closed due to the pandemic with its Curbside Service and is also offering “Book Bundles” for children, teens and adults who would like reading suggestions or do not have a title in mind. The Library is expanding its reference services with an email reference option. The Ask-a-Librarian service encourages an email exchange and follow-up phone call so that, while the building is closed, the community has access to the expertise of librarians on staff. The Library has returned to a more robust calendar of virtual programs. These regular children’s programs will be streaming live on Facebook and the recorded version will be posted on YouTube with a link on the library’s webpage.  Baby Storytime for the youngest viewers is at 10 a.m. on Mondays; Toddler Storytime is at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays; Spanish Storytime is at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays; and Preschool Storytime is at 11 a.m. on Fridays. Tinker Tuesday programming for kids 5 to 10 will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays. Check advertisements for the materials needed in advance. For questions, please call (619) 522-7390. 

The Library Reports:  “Community Heroes” is a new series from the Library that will engage essential workers in the community in a conversation about what they do to share with our younger viewers.  Lifeguard Capt. Sean Carey is featured in the first episode, which is being broadcast  now on Coronado TV and can be found on the Library’s Facebook page.

Teens at the Library:

  • Dive into Discovery summer program continues to attract and engage younger readers in our community. We have created a safe-distance pickup of prizes on the children’s patio Monday-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids can also pick up “grab and go” craft bags to assemble crafts, create art or learn about science at home.
  • Virtual Book Buddies pairs older students with earlier and beginning readers on Zoom to make practicing reading a social event. The first meeting was held Thursday.

Dive into Discovery for Older Readers: The adult version of the Dive into Discovery summer program is launching this week and in addition to encouraging participants to engage with Library resources, the program also incorporates virtual engagements with the Coronado Historical Association, Public Art Walking Tour and the Coronado 130 Challenge. Participants can earn prizes as they complete a “BINGO” card listing the activities and resources they access. Prizes earned for each of the programs include gift cards to local businesses so everyone wins.


Public Art Walking Tour Giveaway: There is just over a week left to enter the Coronado Public Art Walking Tour Giveaway celebrating the release of a new smartphone app that guides residents and visitors to more than 75 works of public art throughout Coronado. The giveaway has some great prizes donated by local restaurants and merchants and runs through July. If you want to participate and be eligible for the giveaway, download the walking tour app onto your smartphone by searching for Coronado Public Art on your app store, take a walking tour as you like, and take at least three selfies at different pieces of art and post them on a special Walking Tour Giveaway Facebook page. You will then be included in a random drawing of winners in early August. The app will guide you to various works of art, map your route, and tell you about each piece of art and the artist who created it. To learn more click here to watch a video.

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Skatepark Changes: Beginning Monday, July 27, the Coronado Skatepark will observe new summer hours and will require a user fee. The summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The skate/scooter fee is $5 for a one-hour reservation. Annual passes are available for purchase. The annual pass fees are $60 for those under 18, $100 for adults 18-64 and $60 for those 65-plus. Advance reservations are required. The rental fee for any equipment is $5. Adult participants and the parents/guardians of minor participants must establish an account with the Recreation and Golf Services Department and complete the waiver before using the Skatepark facility. The new waiver is available digitally within the registration program PerfectMind and is valid for one year. No cash transactions are permitted. For information,  call (619) 522-7342. For reservations, call (619) 708-8341. Visit www.coronado.ca.us/register for information on creating a registration account.

Recreation and Golf Services Reservations: Recreation and Golf Services is currently taking reservations for limited use of certain facilities. Here is a reference list of who to call for booking:

  • Aquatics Center Competition Pool Lap Swim – Call (619) 522-7342
  • Club Room and Boathouse – Call (619) 522-2655
  • Coronado Tennis Center – Call (619) 522-2650
    • Booking for all tennis courts, lessons and pickleball
  • Coronado Skatepark – Call (619) 708-8341
  • Coronado Golf Course – Call (619) 522-6590

Osher Lecture Virtual: This August, Americans will celebrate 100 years since women were granted the right to vote. This week’s Osher lecture, “Getting the Vote: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the United States,” will examine the issues, actions and beliefs that existed over the 72-year struggle and what hardships women had to endure before the eventual passing of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. This video will be available for online viewing now through Sunday, July 26. Click here to access the free lecture. Using primary documents, viewers will learn about the activists who pushed for the vote, both in Washington and in California. Presenter Doreen Mattingly is professor and chair of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. Her most recent book is “A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars.” This lecture is brought to you through the City’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the 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.

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Pet of the Week: Banjo, a sweet 1-year-old Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Banjo came to PAWS of Coronado when he and several other cats were found in a box. Banjo is playful and fun once he warms up to new people. He has striking copper eyes. His adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Banjo, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Banjo Pet of the Week

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 than click 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 (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) and check the Coronavirus Information webpage to get City updates throughout the day and weeks.

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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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