Weekly Update Aug. 7, 2020

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Weekly Update Aug. 7, 2020

Weekly Update Aug. 7, 2020

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Climate Action Plan, Leaf Blower Ordinance: The City Council will receive an update on the City’s Climate Action Plan at its Aug. 18 meeting. The Council is expected to adopt a final Climate Action Plan by August 2021. Until then, the City will host public workshops and surveys, focus groups, public reviews of the plan and work to complete the greenhouse gas reduction targets and reduction measures. The Climate Action Plan’s purpose is to provide aspirational programs the City can implement to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the City’s ongoing efforts at reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, the Council adopted an ordinance last year to require that all leaf blowers in the City be powered by electricity and not gas. The ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. It prohibits anyone, including landscape contractors and professional gardeners, within the City limits from using any leaf blower powered with a combustion or gasoline engine. In 2018, the City and its contractors converted from gas-powered leaf blowers and string trimmers to all zero-emission electric tools. The City found that the electric tools were effective and competitively priced. 

Leaf Blower Flier

Grand Caribe Shoreline Park Closure: The Port of San Diego has closed Grand Caribe Shoreline Park due to the difficulty in enforcing state and county health orders. The Port has posted the entire area with signage that directs the public to not enter the park effective Thursday, Aug. 6, including the parking area directly adjacent to 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 is re-closing the park to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size. The Port, San Diego Harbor Police and the Coronado Police Department will work to educate the public about the closure. The Port’s other parks and facilities in Coronado, the Landing Park and beach and Tidelands Park will remain open.

Grand Caribe Shoreline Park

Summer Crowds, Courtesy: As Coronado streets are filled with vacationers and locals going about their daily activities, the City wants to remind everyone to practice social distancing and to wear a mask whenever you come within six feet of others. These known practices help to reduce the spread of the virus. The City launched its “Mask Up! Coronado” campaign last month to educate visitors, residents and businesses about the importance of wearing a mask in public. The City held several mask giveaways earlier this month and more free mask giveaways are planned. Local businesses have been offered Mask Up! Coronado window clings to support of the City’s message to spread kindness not COVID-19. Finally, Coronado encourages everyone to maintain situational awareness and be courteous. Police have reported a few bike collisions in recent weeks involving other bicyclists and one with a vehicle. The City wants the community to be safe and to continue to take precautions especially when outdoors.

Mask Cling


Public Comment During the Pandemic: The City has worked hard during the ongoing pandemic to make public participation in local government matters as simple as possible. Pursuant to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive orders, the City Council and staff may participate in public meetings via teleconference. In the interest of reducing the spread of COVID-19, no in-person public participation is currently allowed in Coronado. All meetings of the City Council and other boards, commissions and committees are broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99 on the day of the meeting and rebroadcast daily until the next meeting. The meetings can also be streamed live on the City's website. Public comments for all boards, commissions and committees can be made via each group’s page. To submit a public comment, visit this page on the City’s website, then:

  1. Select the board, commission or committee you are looking for;
  2. Select the Agendas & Minutes link from the left hand column;
  3. Select Public Comment from the left hand column; and
  4. Scroll down to the actual form, fill it out and hit submit at the bottom.

Please submit your comment no later than 11:00 a.m. on the meeting day to allow for distribution and posting. All written comments will be posted on the City's website in lieu of being read aloud at the meeting. Please note that this form is defined as a public record under the California Public Records Act and is therefore subject to public disclosure upon request. Members of the public may request to provide live public comment via Zoom, however, requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Please contact the City Clerk at (619) 522-7321 or cityclerk@coronado.ca.us for more information. For a quick step-by-step tutorial for accessing the public comment form, click here.

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Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: The medals and T-shirts for the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge have been revealed. 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. Finishers will receive the medal pictured here. Basic entry into the challenge is free. There are also upgraded challenges with extra perks, such as T-shirts, charms, hats and jackets, outlined on the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge sign-up website. 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.
Medal for Virtual 130

Virtual 130 Tees

Public Restroom Program: Garage Buona Forchetta and Bistro D’Asia are the first businesses to partner with the City to provide public restrooms 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 City thanks our restroom partners. 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.

Restroom Sign Bistro d'Asia

Restroom Sign at Buona Forchetta

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Project:  Construction on the Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvements project was limited this week with efforts focused on completion of pedestrian ramp improvements and other minor concrete work at the I Avenue intersections with Third and Fourth streets.

Avenida del Sol Improvements (Hotel del Coronado):  The contractor on a project to improve Avenida del Sol as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan continues to install a water line in Avenida del Sol and has also begun installing other utilities toward the bulb of the cul de sac. The utilities at the end of the street requires the closure of the roadway. A new storm drain crossing for Orange Avenue is being constructed at night, which was required as part of the permit from the California Department of Transportation. Please be aware of traffic control in the area and note it is subject to change daily depending on the work being conducted.

2020 Census: The U.S. Census Bureau is currently conducting the 2020 Census population count which takes place every 10 years. The data collected validates and justifies the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities. The funds are for child and senior health care programs as well as educational and infrastructure programs. It is important for every household to respond. According to figures from a local Bureau representative, so far, the 2020 Census average response rate in Coronado is 60.41 percent, which is nearly 10 percent less than the average response rate from 2010. If residents need help, the Census Bureau has a San Diego help line. Call (619) 695-5657 to speak to a Census Bureau employee.

Census Flier

Library Expands its Offerings with Link+: The Coronado Public Library has joined a resource sharing network called Link+ (Link Plus), which increases the number of titles available for free checkout at the Library from less than 200,000 to more than 22 million. Thanks to a state funded grant, which covered installation and set-up costs for the first year of service, the Library is now part of Link+ free interlibrary loan service that allows Library patrons to request books and audiobooks from a cooperative network of over 60 member libraries, including 22 academic and 46 public libraries. Requested items are normally received within four days and can be checked out for three weeks. One additional three-week renewal is available as long as there are no reservations at the owning institution. Call the Library for help at (619) 522-7390, click here for the Library’s Link+ page or click here for a video tutorial.

Link+ Logo

Library Programs for Adults: The Library has launched its Virtual Summer Discovery Summer Program. In addition to encouraging participants to engage with Library resources, the program also incorporates virtual engagements with the Coronado Historical Association, the Cultural Arts Commission’s Public Art Walking Tour and the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge. Participants can earn prizes as they complete a game card listing the activities and resources they access. Prizes earned for each of the programs include gift cards to local businesses to support them. The game card is online at http://www.coronado.ca.us/cplchallenge but we have printed out cards for those who would like to pick one up.

Instagram Photography Contest: The Library has launched a weekly Instagram photo contest for amateur photographers to capture the beauty of Coronado. Each week will have a different theme. To participate, tag Coronado Public Library in your photo or use #capturecoronado. We will review each Thursday and repost the winning photo and award the photographer with a gift card to a Coronado business. Winners will be chosen at random. The winner of this week’s “Beach theme “will win a gift card to Tartine.

Harry Potter Week: Harry Potter Week at the Library will be held Aug. 10-14. Kids are invited to pick up “Wizarding Packets” the week through Aug. 7 to prepare for a variety of activities to be presented on Facebook (Live) at 3 p.m. daily. Each day is a different session.  Monday is wand making; Tuesday is charms; Wednesday is potions; Thursday is herbology; and Friday is trivia.

Mindful Mondays: A Mindfulness Kids Storytime at the Library is scheduled for Mondays at noon on Facebook. The Library has added a recommended books component to the popular Tinker Tuesday program geared to kids ages 5-10.  Tuesday’s Tinker will be “How to Build a Magnus Effect Glider.” This will help kids understand how baseball’s famous curve ball works.

The Library Reports: The Library’s Community Heroes series continues to engage essential workers in our community in a conversation about what they do to share with our younger viewers. Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Phan was featured last week and this week, Police Schools Resource Officer Grace Del Bagno will be featured on Thursday at 11 a.m. on Facebook.

Continuing Programs: The Library continues with Curbside Service and “Book Bundles” for children, teens and adults who would like reading suggestions or don’t have a title in mind and cannot come into the library to browse. In July, the Library took 2,616 calls and placed 3,541 holds on materials. The Library also is providing virtual reference service via Ask-A-Librarian.  Community members can send their query to askalibrarian@coronado.ca.us. Additionally, the 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. Check the calendar.

Curbside Pickup

Virtual Books Buddies: The Virtual Book Buddies program at the Library pairs older students with beginning readers on Zoom to make practicing reading a social event. The meetings are Thursdays at 3 p.m. Email kgraham@coronado.ca.us to signup for the program.


Dive into Discovery Kids: The Library's Dive into Discovery summer program continues to attract and engage younger readers in our community. The Library has created a safe-distance pickup of prizes on the children’s patio Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Kids can also pick up “grab and go” craft bags that enable them to assemble crafts, create art or learn about science at home. To sign up, kids can visit www.Coronado.beanstack.com.


Tennis Pro Shop Concessionaire: The deadline for tennis concession proposals is Monday, August 10, by 5 p.m. The City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is soliciting proposals from capable parties interested in operating the Coronado Tennis Center’s Pro Shop. Interested parties should complete a proposal and submit to dalbrecht@coronado.ca.us. Interested parties can review the bid notice and complete request for proposal on the City’s website here.

Summer Day Camps: The City’s Recreation Department has held summer day camps for the eight weeks between June 22 and August 14. During that time, there have been 38 highly supervised camps held in the Community Center and Club Room following all required safety protocols. The camps have been well attended and range from Claymation to music and dance to Lego engineering and cheerleading to moving making and hip hop. Prior to each camp, rooms are sanitized. Recreation leaders know and operate under required safety protocols, which include face coverings at all times, no sharing of equipment or food, entry temperature checks, and limiting participants to 10 per camp, among many others. There are also Surf Camps through approved contractors.

Summer Camp Sign

Youth Surf Camp Additions: The City’s contract surf camp provider, Gnarly Neal Surf Camps, added an afternoon Camp the week of Aug. 17-21 and a morning and afternoon 3-day camp Aug 24-26. Schools start Aug. 27, so this will give kids another chance to get out in the water and have some fun before school starts. Find these sessions listed on the Recreation registration system, PerfectMind, here.


Senior Resources from the Spreckels Center:

  • Free Webinar: The Foundation for Senior Care will offer a free webinar, “Aging During COVID-19: Social Distancing or Social Isolation.” Participants will learnhow to maintain social distance without feeling isolated, recognize the signs of isolation-related depression, and devise ways of communication with loved ones while maintaining distance. Register here.
  • Alzheimer’s Research Town Hall: The free virtual Alzheimer’s Association Research Town Hall will cover the latest groundbreaking discoveries in Alzheimer’s research, theories, and studies that will help bring the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science on Thursday, August 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit https://bit.ly/3eRsBTv to RSVP, or call (800) 272-3900.
  • Hearing Loss Presentation: The Hearing & Cognition Connection will be offered by Alzheimer’s San Diego and Professional Hearing Associates with support from the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center. Learn the primary causes of hearing loss, its relationship to dementia risk and other health conditions, and recent treatment innovations. This virtual event takes place Thursday, August 27, noon to 1 p.m. To register for this online presentation, visit www. alzsd.org or call (858) 492-4400.

More Senior Resources: The pandemic has disrupted most people’s routines and social networks. Many older adults are experiencing loneliness. Regular check-in calls can ease feelings of loneliness and isolation. If you or a loved one could use some extra social contact, there are a variety of phone check-in programs available to older adults at no charge:

  • Age Well Services Social Call List: Age Well Services staff from the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department will call you Monday-Friday, from 8 to 11 a.m. just to check in and say hello. Call (619) 236-6905 or email thescroll@sandiego.gov to sign up.
  • Serving Seniors’ Connections Program: Serving Seniors has developed a new call program to help you or a loved one during the stay-at-home order. Volunteers offer friendly calls three times a week to check in, listen, and chat. To sign up, call (619) 246-4461 or email chania.mitchell@servingseniors.org. Calls are also offered in Spanish and Mandarin.
  • Friendship Line California: Offered by Institute on Aging and the California Department of Aging, the Friendship Line is a vital lifeline for people aged 60 years and older and adults living with disabilities to connect with a caring, compassionate voice ready to listen and provide emotional support. Call (888) 670-1360.

H2A Dance Team Audition Camp: Dancers ages 5 to 17 interested in being a part of Coronado’s award-winning Heart 2 Art Dance Teams will learn a routine and perform at this audition camp. The camp is Monday and Tuesday, August 17 and 18, at the Coronado Community Center’s dance studio. Selected team members will meet weekly for rehearsal and technique classes to prepare for performances and competitions during the year. Participants should note that due to the pandemic, performances and competition will be altered to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. It should also be noted that there may be fees for dancers selected to join the team. For more information visit www.coronado.ca.us/register.

Event and Ceremony Permits: The City's Facility Rentals Team has announced a tentative date of September 1 for acceptance of applications for new events and permits. Park and beach permits for wedding ceremonies for under 25 people will be available starting in October 2020. However, larger gatherings such as those typical to a wedding reception, anniversary or fundraising event will not be booked for the remainder of 2020. Patrons are welcome to apply for events scheduled to happen in 2021. Please email rentals@coronado.ca.us for more information. 


Osher Lecture Virtual: This week‘s Osher Lecture “Gerrymandering and Partisan Polarization” will examine gerrymandering and address the prospects for reform of this practice. The video will be available for online viewing through Sunday, Aug. 9. Gerrymandering has created safe districts for incumbents and partisans. This has meant that those elected are less able to compromise and govern effectively. In some states, gerrymandering has been used to ensure majority control by a minority party, putting in question the legitimacy of the institutions of our democratic republic. This lec­ture will examine gerrymandering and address the prospects for reform of this practice. Click here to access the free lecture. Presenter James Ingram earned his doctorate from UC San Diego and has been teaching since 1990. He has taught American Politics and Campaigns and Elections at UCSD and San Diego State University. The lecture is brought to you through the John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Osher Image

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.

Vacancies Ad

Pet of the Week: Crista, a sweet 10-year-old Tabby, came to PAWS of Coronado when her family could no longer care for her. Crista seems shy at first but her affectionate side quickly comes out. She would appreciate a new home that is calm and quiet. Crista’s adoption fee is $35. To find out more about Crista, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Crista 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, 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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