Weekly Update Jan. 15, 2021

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Weekly Update Jan. 15, 2021

Weekly Update Jan. 15, 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. 

Vaccination Site Opens in Coronado: The City and Sharp Coronado Hospital opened a vaccination site in Coronado this week to help the region more quickly move on to the next phase. The site is listed as a partner on the San Diego County website vaccination clinic location list. Appointment registration is required and must be made on the website. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. The facility will be closed Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Coronado Firefighter/Paramedics along with Sharp medical personnel are administering the vaccines at  the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Although recent changes have been announced on who may receive the vaccine at this time, this phase is for healthcare workers and employees and residents of long-term care facilities, based on federal and state guidance and County recommendations. As soon as Sharp informs the City about any changes to its prioritization plan, the City will announce it. The goal of the site is move on to the next phase as quickly as possible. The City is providing the facilities and staff from multiple departments to expedite the operation at no cost with firefighters working overtime so as not to impact normal emergency response schedules. The City Council is expected to confirm the partnership Jan. 19 meeting. City officials anticipate the partnership will continue as needed.

Vaccination First Day 

COVID-19 Testing Site Update: The City began offering a convenient COVID-19 testing site in Coronado on Jan. 4. Please note: The testing site will be open on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, Jan. 18. The facility operates twice a week on Monday and Thursday. So far, more than 380 tests have been administered. Testing open to the general public is held at the Coronado Club Room & Boathouse facility, 1985 Strand Way. 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 [email protected] or call (619) 522-7300.


Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 18, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open.  Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation. Past Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Coronado have included showings of films such as “Selma” in coordination with the Coronado Island Film Festival, special guest speakers and poetry readings. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, this has been canceled. Here is the holiday schedule:

MLK Day Sked

Orange Avenue Palm Pruning: The City’s contract arborist will trim 350 palms within the Orange Avenue medians on three consecutive Saturdays, Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6. On Jan. 23, crews will prune the center median palms. On Jan. 30, workers will work on the southbound side of Orange beginning at First Street to R.H. Dana Place, closing the lane closest to the medians as they go. On Feb. 6, they will then head northbound from R.H. Dana Place to First. Crews will work from 7 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Please note the no-parking signs in the work area.



Tree Removed in the Cays: The City removed a Japanese Black pine tree at Cays Park on Friday, Jan. 15, after it died. The tree was planted in October 2018 to replace another Japanese Black pine tree in the same location that died due to salt burn from the constant wind coming off the ocean. After the initial tree was removed, Cays residents expressed a strong desire to replace the tree with the same type of tree. The tree was in a particularly harsh environment for any hardwood tree to survive. After a few years at the site, the tree succumbed to the elements. (Photo: Tree to be removed at left; tree when planted in 2018 on right)

Free shredding Event Update: The City of Coronado and EDCO sponsored a free shredding event this past Saturday, Jan. 9, for Coronado residents at City Hall. The EDCO contractor handling the shredding had to stop accepting items when its vehicle filled up earlier than anticipated. More than 200 vehicles were in line that day. The City is working on setting up another shredding event soon and will let the community know the date once it has been set.  


Mathewson Park Playground Renovation: Work to renovate Mathewson Park is estimated to be completed by early February. Existing concrete benches were relocated, and the new accessible bench and picnic table were installed. Remaining construction includes installing new bike racks and an accessible drinking fountain with a bottle filler, planting sod, and painting a new accessible parking space.


Police Services Mobile Command Vehicle Structure:  Construction began in mid-December to build a structure at the Police Station to protect the Mobile Command Vehicle from sun  and rain. Columns, framing, deck, and concrete base inspections are scheduled to occur soon. Construction is expected to be complete by early next week.

Police Station Mobile Command Vehicle Structure

Civic Center HVAC Water Lines:  All water lines were pressure tested for the City Hall/Community Center HVAC Water Lines project to ensure there are no leaks. Backfill and pavement restoration is underway. Work continues on the above-ground piping running to the heater and chiller which control the temperature at City Hall and the Community Center. Parking is impacted due to the construction.

Overwatering Reminder: Even though it is winter, the City would like to remind residents who water that frequent overwatering and leaky water lines can be dangerous. The city has been receiving many calls about water in gutters and puddling on sidewalks. Please help the City by turning off your sprinklers during the winter. Overflow can cause slippery sidewalks and can pick up dirt, trash, fertilizers, oil and grease in the gutter. These pollutants can poison fish and contaminate San Diego Bay and the ocean. The City of Coronado needs your assistance in keeping our community beautiful and clean. For more information, please contact Public Services at (619) 522-7380 or by clicking here.

Overwatering Image

Nonprofit Banner Series Installed:  Coronado has installed new banners on 30 street poles along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas celebrating two local nonprofit organizations. The banner program allows Coronado nonprofits to apply to display banners along Orange. Nonprofit groups represent two of the five banner series presented each year and are displayed mid-September through late November and January through March. The current series highlights the Coronado School of the Arts, or CoSA, marking its 25th year in the community and Emerald Keepers, one of Coronado’s newest nonprofits, a community-based effort to sustain and preserve the coastal community. Since 2017, the City has received funding through Discover Coronado to cover the design, production and installation of up to five banners annually. The Cultural Arts Commission, Coronado MainStreet and Chamber of Commerce collaborate on the program. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected].

COSA banners

Emerald Keepers banner

Volunteer Through Citizen Science: Each month, the Coronado Public Library gives teens the opportunity to earn volunteer hours by participating safely at home in citizen science projects. This month Teen Librarian Tara Davies will introduce the “Globe Night” Project where volunteers will measure and record light pollution. This tutorial will take place on the Library’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

Introduction to Coding: On Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 4 to 5:15 p.m., the Coronado Public Library will hold a free “Introduction to Coding” workshop for elementary and middle school students. Students in the class will learn algorithms and basic Python coding language. This event will be held via Zoom. Click here to register for this even and receive more information.

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.

Winter Reading Challenge Flyer

Recreation and Golf Services Camp Registration: Registration is now open for the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Winter 2021 camps. Residents can register online or over the phone. Click here to view the Recreation Brochure and view all camp offerings. Click here to register online or call (619) 522-7342 to register over the phone.

Recreation Center STEM Lego Camp

John D. Spreckels Center: The John D. Spreckels Center sends weekly newsletters to registered patrons. Updates include information on available programs, wellness, support and more. If adults of any age are interested in receiving these emails, contact [email protected].

John D. Spreckels Center Flyer



Babysitter Training Camp: On 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

Pet of the WeekTeddy, a 12-year-old Papillon Mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Teddy spent the first 12 years of his life as a loved companion but came to PAWS when his owner could no longer care for him. Teddy is very active and enjoys going on walks and playing fetch and is looking for a calm home with no children or other pets. Teddy’s adoption fee is $65. To find out more about Teddy, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Teddy, 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.


Vaccination Site First Day
Posted on 01/15/2021
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