Weekly Update Jan. 8, 2021

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Weekly Update Jan. 8, 2021

Weekly Update Jan. 8, 2021

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update videoIf 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.

COVID-19 Testing Site: The first week of a new COVID-19 testing site in Coronado resulted in nearly 100 appointments and more than 100 walk-ins. The City began offering convenient testing to the general public at the Coronado Club Room & Boathouse facility, 1985 Strand Way, with a private partner on Monday, Jan. 4, and will operate every Monday and Thursday weekly. Testing for COVID-19 is recognized by public health officials as a major factor in beating the pandemic. The City Council approved moving forward with the testing location last month and the City teamed up with Kahala Biosciences to implement the program. Appointments are being accepted for COVID-19 viral, rapid and antibody testing. Insurance is accepted. If individuals do not have insurance, they may be tested at no cost through a federal program. If individuals wish to pay directly, COVID-19 tests will cost $120. Antibody testing is $65. Rapid tests are $85 and are typically not covered by insurance. Visit the City’s COVID-19 Testing webpage for more information and a link to the reservation system. For information, contact the City Manager's Office at cm@coronado.ca.us or call (619) 522-7300.  


Coronado COVID Testing Site

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Vaccination of First Responders: A majority of the City’s firefighters and lifeguards had the opportunity to be vaccinated this past week. As the supply of doses is limited, vaccinations were provided to these two groups of first responders, who deal with the sick and injured public on a daily basis. The City is following San Diego County’s prioritization for its immunization schedule in accordance with federal and state guidelines. The City will continue to work with the County and Sharp Coronado Hospital to continue to move through the police department and other essential workers based on the established prioritization. The City is awaiting word from County health officials about more widespread public vaccinations.

Outdoor Dining Restrictions: The City is receiving complaints about restaurants continuing to serve diners. Onsite dining, indoor or outdoor, is prohibited according to state and local health guidelines as the region remains under a Regional Stay Home Order. This also includes eating and drinking in public areas with tables and patios, and dining areas in parks. It applies to all restaurants, markets, bars and wineries. Complaints are being forwarded to San Diego County health officials and state agencies. Restaurants that operate outside of the existing health orders can incur violations and may lose their liquor licenses. The complaints involve people being served outdoors and people taking food to outdoor patios and eating. The County recently issued a letter clarifying its position on the matter, that those who provide dining are in violation of the health order. The City asks that the dining public obey the health order. Currently, only takeout, pickup or delivery services are allowed.

Public Health Notice Restaurants

Parking Changes: Streets Division continues to remove parking meters in the commercial corridor.  The work, which should be completed by mid-January, was delayed several weeks because of reduced crews due to COVID precautions and exacerbated by the City’s responsibility to remove holiday lights and banners. Parking signs and curb decals were installed to notify drivers of the new parking regulations. As a reminder, parking that was previously metered throughout the City will now be free, but Coronado Police will continue to enforce the posted time limits on parking. Orange Avenue time limits are two hours. Violators will be issued citations. The Police will start writing warnings in mid-January and implement citations on Feb. 1.

No Meters Orange

No Meters Tenth

Text 911 Now Available: Text to 911 is now available in San Diego County, including for the Coronado Police Department, Sheriff's Department, and all police and fire/Emergency Medical Services agencies. County officials say calling is still the fastest way to reach 911. However, there are situations when texting may be the better option, for example if you're deaf, hard of hearing, non-verbal or have difficulty speaking; you're in a situation where it's not safe to call or you're having a medical emergency and cannot speak on the phone. To text 911, enter the numbers 911 in the “to” field, give the location and nature of your emergency, send the text message and respond to dispatcher question. Data and message rates may apply. Currently, the service is only available in English. Text to 911 is for emergencies only.

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Administrative Services Director Recruitment: The City’s Administrative Services Director Jim Krueger ends his five years with Coronado this week. He is returning to Idaho, where he has family and a new position as chief financial officer for the City of Pocatello. A full recruitment has begun and the City hopes to fill the position as soon as possible. In the meantime, City staff will fill in on a rotating basis. The City wishes Krueger well in his new position.

EDCO Organic Recycling Program: In early March, EDCO will launch an Organic Recycling Program to help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. When the new program starts, customers will be able to place food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard waste in their green waste container to be recycled. Organic waste is a renewable natural resource that comes mainly from yard and kitchen waste from homes and from industrial and commercial operations. Recycling organic waste helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and helps meet state mandates that require organic recycling. Part of that effort includes EDCO’s construction of an advanced technology anaerobic digestion facility, the first in San Diego County. Anaerobic digestion is a natural process in which microorganisms break down organic materials such as food waste, green waste, fats, oils and greases in closed spaces where there is no oxygen and transform it into natural gas. EDCO will use the natural gas to power its trucks. EDCO, the City’s waste hauler, will offer an optional free kitchen caddie as a convenient way to dispose of food scraps. Click here to watch an informational video on the Organic Recycling Program. For more information, visit www.edcodisposal.com or call 619-287-7555.

Anaerobic Digestion Facility

EDCO flyer

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Reminder: The use of gas-powered leaf blowers is now prohibited in Coronado. An ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers in Coronado went into effect on Friday, Jan. 1. The City Council adopted the ordinance in October 2019 to regulate the use of leaf blowers within City limits and gave the community more than a year to convert and to let their landscaping professionals know. The ordinance also establishes a time limit for residential use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The ordinance also established penalties and enforcement procedures including a written courtesy warning to first-time offenders. Enforcement will be complaint-based. The City instituted the ban to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality. The City hosted virtual webinars with electric leaf blower brands, which can be found on the City’s YouTube and Facebook pages. To learn about the ban and watch the webinars, visit the Leaf Blower Ban webpage on Comment Coronado. The City created the handout below with details that residents can share with their gardeners.

Leaf Blower Flyer two sides

Library Acoustic Wall: Construction of an acoustic wall between the Library’s Teen Space and Adult Space was completed this week. The wall will help keep sounds from either side in their own spaces.  

Library Acoustic Wall

Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: Construction on the new Mathewson Park playground began on Nov. 30 and is estimated to be completed by early February. The new play equipment structure and safety surfacing were installed and passed a third-party safety inspection. Remaining construction includes relocating existing concrete benches, installation of an accessible bench and picnic table, bike racks, an accessible drinking fountain with a bottle filler, and painting of a new accessible parking space. This is the first City park to be outfitted completely with universally accessible playground equipment. Spreckels Park is next, followed by all City parks when they are scheduled for replacement.

Mathewson Park Construction

Avenida del Sol Improvements: The contractor on a project to upgrade  Avenida del Sol is working to install the storm drain in Orange Avenue. This work is anticipated to be completed by Jan. 18, after which the contractor should implement Phase 1 of a two-phase pedestrian detour on the west side of Orange to facilitate sidewalk improvements. Phase 1 is expected to be completed by March 22 and will detour pedestrians to the east side of Orange at Avenida de las Arenas on the south and at the Pomona Avenue/Orange Avenue crosswalk on the north. This project is an upgrade required by the City as part of the Hotel del Coronado’s Master Plan of construction.

Avenida del Sol image

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Free Shredding Event: The City of Coronado and EDCO are sponsoring a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 9, for Coronado residents at the City Hall north parking lot, 1825 Strand Way. EDCO limits items, such as bank statements and personal records, to two bankers boxes or containers measuring no greater than 10”x12”x15” per household. Residents also may drop off, unwanted electronics, including TVs, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players and answering machines.

Shred Event Map

Household Hazardous Waste Day: If you have household products containing toxic chemicals for disposal, the City will host its next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program the same day as the shredding event on Jan 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Services facility, 101 B Ave. For more information, please call Public Services at (619) 522-7380 or EDCO at (619) 287-7555. 

Recreation and Golf Services Camp Offerings
Registration is now open for the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Winter 2021 camps. Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is offering three virtual classes including Morning Wakeup, Stretch Relief, and Chair Flexibility while facilities remain closed. In addition, registration is now open for toddler, children and teen camps. Examples of camp offerings include Little Jammeroos, Character Illustration, Jump Rope Camp and Teen Dance Team. Participants who attend in-person camps will be required to wear masks during their activities. Each camp is six weeks long. Session A begins Feb. 16 and ends March 28, and Session B begins April 5 and ends May 16. Click here to be redirected to the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department webpage, which has additional information on class availability and registration. For any additional questions, please call the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department at (619) 522-7342. 

Rec Center Brochure

Babysitter Training CampOn Friday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Coronado Recreation and Golf Services will host a Babysitter Training Camp for teens ages 11-15. This camp will train teens how to feed and diaper babies and toddlers, recognize an emergency, handle choking, and introduce infant and child CPR methods. This is a great opportunity for teens to learn how to mentor and care for younger children. Coronado residents can register for the Babysitter Training Camp by clicking here or calling (619) 522-7342. Starting Jan. 13, nonresidents will be able to register online or by phone. 

Babysitter Boot Camp Flyer

Winter Read Challenge for Kids, Teens, Adults
The Coronado Public Library is hosting a Winter Read Challenge during the month of January. All kids, teens and adults are invited to participate. Kids will receive a goody bag and free kids meal at Subway for reporting five books. Teens who log two books earn an entry into the gift card raffle and a free meal from Subway. Adults will earn an entry into the gift card raffle by reporting each book read. Click here to register for this event and learn how to report books read. 

Library Winter Reading Challenge

How to Ace Your Finals
The Coronado Public Library will have guest speaker Victor Camacho from High Performance Tutoring host a Zoom meeting to discuss tips and trick to perform best on finals. Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom meeting information.  

How to ACE your Finals


San Diego Zoo Presents: Saving Moka
The Coronado Public Library has invited San Diego Zoo Global Press director and author, Georgeanne Irvine to read her book, “Saving Moka: The True Tale of a Rescued Tiger Club.” Saving Moka, published by San Diego Zoo Global Press, is part of its award-winning Hope and Inspiration collection of children’s books that are true stories about Zoo and Safari Park animals that have overcome challenges in their lives. They help connect children to wildlife and teach children life lessons. This event will take place on Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Click here to register for the event and receive a Zoom link. 

Library "Saving Moka" Event

Pet of the Week: Noelle, a 1-year-old Dilute Calico, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Noelle was found as a stray along the 400 block of Pomona Avenue and is now looking for a patient family who will understand her needs. She is calm and shy and will need some time to acclimate to her new family and home. Noelle’s adoption fee is $50. To find out more about Noelle, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Noelle, 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 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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