Weekly Update Nov. 20, 2020

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Weekly Update Nov. 20, 2020

Weekly Update Nov. 20, 2020

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Purple Tier, Limited Stay at Home Order: As community outbreaks and COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the County of San Diego remains in the most restrictive Purple Tier. The governor issued a Limited Stay at Home Order on Thursday, Nov. 19, for all counties in the Purple Tier from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily for all non-essential work. The order goes into effect Saturday, Nov. 21, and is in effect until Dec. 21. Next week is Thanksgiving and San Diego County health officials warn residents to be vigilant about taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including wearing a mask, washing your hands, staying home if you are sick and maintaining social distancing.

Tiers - Coronado

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule: Coronado will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26, and on Friday, Nov. 27, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will have varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Library also will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 4 p.m. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection and as a result there will be a one-day residential delay in service.

Thanksgiving Sked 2020

Turkey Coloring Contest Winners: Recreation and Golf Services and the Coronado Junior Women’s Club Turkey Coloring Contest 2020 received 89 entries this year. Of those entries, nine winners were chosen in three categories and their names were announced at the Nov. 17 City Council meeting. All contest winners will receive Coronado Currency to buy a holiday pie or turkey to cook for their family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year at a local store or bakery of their choice. All 89 entries are currently on display in a photo album on the Recreation and Golf Services website and on Recreation’s Facebook page. Congratulations to everyone for participating and to the winning entries. The kindergarten-1st grade winners are Clara DiGrazia, Sawyer Raissi and Demi Burgos. The 2nd-3rd grade winners are Ethan Dominique, Nico DeSanti and Landon Foy. The 4th-5th grade winners are Caroline Moore, Natalia Rodriguez and Jaylen Cohn.

Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Contest

Holiday ActivitiesThere is no place like “Home in Coronado for the Holidays” and the City is working on plans for free activities for the entire family.  Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain and Holiday Parade were canceled due to the ongoing pandemic but the City’s elves will hold a festive drive-thru on Saturday, Dec. 12, for the whole family that will include goodie bags, a sweet treat, elves, a professional holiday photo op and Santa. A reservation for a spot in line is required and registration began this week for residents. Call (619) 522-7342 and leave a message for Santa’s elves to get your ticket. More activities are planned that also comply with all local, state, and federal health orders. Along with the traditional holiday banners and lighting of the trees along Orange Avenue and the holiday tree and Menorah in Rotary Plaza, Recreation and Golf Services, Cultural Arts and the Library are planning a variety of fun and festive programs. Some of these programs include a North Pole Hotline, where kids can get a call from Santa;  Letters to Santa to get a reply from St. Nick; a Cocoa and Canvas, a virtual holiday-themed painting class that includes a kit for all you need to follow along, including the cocoa; Virtual Storytimes with the Library; Virtual Mocktails and Cooking; Social Media Contests for decorating; and a Community Food Drive. Additionally, the City is looking at Coronado TV programming that will include cookie decorating, cooking and holiday floral arranging. Follow the City of Coronado Recreation Services page on Facebook or recreate_coronado on Instagram for details as they are released. Click here to read San Diego County’s Holiday guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Holiday Drive-thru

Administrative Services Director Departing: The City’s Administrative Services Director Jim Krueger is moving on after serving the Coronado community for five years. He will return to Idaho, where he has family and a new position as chief financial officer for the City of Pocatello. Krueger came to Coronado with more than three decades of municipal finance and administrative services experience. Prior to joining Coronado, he was the city administrator for Garden City, Idaho, and deputy city manager and finance director for Lodi, California. Krueger said he was proud to have been involved in the refinancing of the City’s redevelopment agency bonds to provide significant long-term financial benefits for the local school district and return of loan funds to the City. He said he enjoyed continuing the tradition of having balanced budgets while enhancing the financial condition of Coronado. He also appreciated his dedicated staff. Said Krueger: “Serving the citizens of Coronado has been an immensely gratifying experience for me. The City is blessed with the financial means to provide services to its citizens that are beyond compare in California.”

Jim Krueger pic

City Attorney Update: The City transitioned this past week to a new legal firm that will represent the City on day-to-day matters including public meetings. The City has contracted with the firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen for interim city attorney services. Coronado recently terminated its contract with McDougal, Love, Boehmer, Foley, Lyon & Canlas. Johanna Canlas, Coronado’s named City Attorney separated from her previous term and joined Burke, Williams & Sorensen.

Field Use Fees, Tidelands Park Agreement: The City Council adopted a resolution this week approving the Athletic Field Use Fees effective Jan. 1. The City does not currently charge a fee for athletic events held on City-owned fields. In June, the Council endorsed a new field use policy that included a sliding fee scale to recoup reasonable costs for the permitting of City-owned athletic fields and directed staff to work with the San Diego Unified Port District to acquire management of athletic fields at Tidelands Park. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Council authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port, permitting the City to allocate the athletic fields at Tidelands and charge fees as outlined in the resolution. Staff will bring back a resolution for Council consideration.

Abandoned Vessel Grant: The City Council adopted this week a resolution accepting a Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange grant in the amount of $54,000 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways. Just last week, a 70-foot sailing vessel broke apart on Coronado’s beach. The City’s vessel removal contractor removed it. The approved grant may be used for just this type of removal.

Age of Russia

Housing Element Update Survey: The Community Development Department is undertaking a Housing Element Update and wants to hear from residents. Your input matters and will help shape the Housing Element's policies and goals. The survey will be available for a few more days – until Nov. 22 – and takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please consider taking the survey today. For questions, contact Senior Planner Jesse Brown at (619) 522-2415 or jbrown@coronado.ca.us.

Housing Element Timeline  

Climate Action Plan Update: There is still time to get involved in the development of the City’s Climate Action Plan. Register at commentcoronado.org and visit the Climate Action Plan project page to learn more about what you can do, including watching a recent public workshop, taking part in a community survey and posting your own climate planning ideas on our interactive Ideas Wall. Add your ideas today.

Climate Action Plan Ideas Wall


Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Update: The City of Coronado adopted an ordinance last year to regulate the use of leaf blowers within City limits. Effective Jan. 1, all gas-powered leaf blowers will be prohibited citywide. Additionally, leaf blowers may only be used during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. City staff has published a webpage on Comment Coronado for this ordinance. Comment Coronado is a community engagement space that allows residents to get information on current projects, share their ideas, and ask questions. This webpage gives residents the opportunity to learn about the ordinance through interactive videos and ask questions directly to City staff.

Gas Powered Leaf Blower page

Avenida del Sol Improvements: The contractor on a project to upgrade Avenida del Sol is working to install curb and gutter on the south side of the cul de sac and has begun improvements to the Coronado Shores driveway. Emergency access to the Coronado Shores is being maintained during the driveway construction. The contractor has informed the City that crews will begin work to install the storm drain crossing under Orange Avenue. This work will be done at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and is anticipated to be finished by Dec. 2. Work on the cul de sac is an upgrade required by the City as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction.

Third, Fourth, and I Avenue Storm Drain:  The final work on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain project -- to restore irrigation, landscape and hardscape in the area -- was nearly completed this week. Bayview park has been reopened to the public. Public Services and the contractor still have small tasks to complete in order to finalize this project. The project was developed to mitigate flooding problems along Fourth at the intersection of Alameda Boulevard by constructing new storm drain inlets upstream at the intersection of Fourth and I. The inlets are now connected to a new storm drain line running along I to the north.

Bayview Park reopened

Library Acoustic Wall Construction: Construction of an acoustic wall between the Coronado Public Library’s Teen Space and Adult Space will begin on Dec. 1 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 22.  Contractors will work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to noon.

Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: Construction is scheduled to begin at Mathewson Park Nov. 30 and is estimated to be completed by early February or sooner. The playground renovation includes new accessible and inclusive play equipment, accessible safety surfacing, hardscape, accessible site fixtures, and relocation of the accessible parking space nearest the park.

Mathewson Park rendering

Street Preventive Maintenance: The City’s annual slurry seal project is scheduled to resume Saturday, Nov. 21, with temporary removal of pavement markings. The actual slurry sealing operation will begin the week of Nov. 30. See the schedule below. Every year, as part of the annual program, the City slurry seals approximately one-seventh of its streets on a rotating basis. Slurry seal is a preventive maintenance treatment that consists of a thin layer of asphalt and sand mixture applied to the road surface which extends the life of the road by protecting it from oxidation. Slurry sealing rejuvenates old road surfaces. Pavement markings are also repainted, improving visibility at night.

Slurry Seal Schedule

Centennial Park Construction: The San Diego Unified Port District approved the plans and specifications to authorize construction for a retaining wall at Centennial Park. Centennial Park was built in 1987 and is located adjacent to the beach. Currently, there are four wooden piles that support the embankment. These piles have started to shift out of alignment and erode. Constructing a retaining wall will hold the embankment, prevent erosion and retain beach access. Construction will begin in December and continue through June. While construction is not expected to inconvenience park visitors, the work will be visible.

Centennial Park image

2021 Coronado Community Read: The Coronado Community Read Program encourages residents to join together in the shared reading and discussion of one book. Community members had the opportunity to submit their nominations for the 2021 Community Read in September. The Community Read book will be decided by an open public vote. Click here to view the summaries of the nominated titles and vote by Dec. 14. You also may vote at the Coronado Public Library, at Bay Books and at the Coronado Historical Center during operating hours on Friday and Saturday.

  • “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
  • “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendri
  • “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
  • “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

2021 Community Read Finalists

Sidewalk Book Sale: On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Coronado Public Library will be hosting a Holiday Sidewalk Book Sale in the Library Park adjacent to the Friends’ Secondhand Prose bookstore. Items such as DVDs, audiobooks, games, puzzles, holiday cards and comic books will be available. Face coverings and social distancing will be enforced, and all surfaces will be cleaned frequently. Credit and debit cards will be accepted. Proceeds from the sale will support Library programs for children, teens and adults.

Thanksgiving Baby Storytime: A special Thanksgiving edition of Baby Storytime will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. online and will include a Thanksgiving craft project. The craft background will be available to download in the video post on the Library’s Facebook page.

Baby Story Time

Tinker Tuesday Craft: Tinker Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Nov. 24 will feature an engineering challenge to build your own pom-pom catapult. Tinker Tuesday is aimed at elementary-school-aged children. Kits for the project are available now for pickup from the Library while supplies last.

Tinker Tuesday

Blood Drive: The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled a blood drive at the Coronado Community Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Since April, the City sponsored blood drives have attracted 145 first time donors and a total number of 319 donors. Coronado blood donors have given 310 units and saved potentially 930 lives. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Blood Drive

Public Services:

  • Streets Division began hanging holiday lights around town, including the tree in Coronado Rotary Plaza. Public Services will be lighting the tree the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.

    Holiday Lighting Install


  • Streets Division repainted the red curbs along Loma and Flora avenues.        Curb Repainting on Loma and Flora Ave.

Pets of the Week: Radish (male), Pepper (female), Zucchini (female) and Sweet Potato (male), three-month-old Domestic shorthair kittens are this week’s Pets of the week. This foursome was found and brought to PAWS in a vegetable box. Radish and Pepper are bonded together, and Zucchini and Sweet Potato are bonded together. These loving pairs are looking for a quiet home. The adoption fee is $75 per bonded pair. To find out more about the “Veggies,” call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Pets of the Week-Veggies


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 Coronado:
 Do 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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