Weekly Update Jan. 29, 2021

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Weekly Update Jan. 29, 2021

Weekly Update Jan. 29, 2021

Weekly UpdateCheck out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video. If 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.

Storm Damage
A powerful winter storm that hit the region on Monday, Jan. 25, resulted in damage around the City, including downed trees and scattered debris. In addition to two trees and two palms that toppled due to high winds, several others will require removal based on extensive damage. A third storm is expected to bring showers through Monday, Feb. 1. Police and Lifeguards monitored two derelict boats blown around offshore. One vessel first spotted near the Hotel del Coronado ended up on Navy property by afternoon, leaving debris field before it came ashore. City crews worked to clean up the debris. Coronado Police responded to a call at 9:20 p.m. about a 30-foot sailboat that ended up washing ashore on Navy property near Silver Strand State Beach. Navy police handled the situation since it was on government property. Recreation Services closed the Aquatics Center pool for the day due to high winds. Public Services staff were called in overnight to help with clean-up, including assisting crews from the California Department of Transportation sweeping three to five inches of sand off portions of state Route 75. The City’s prefabricated tennis storage unit at the Cays Tennis Courts was completely destroyed by the wind. Sandbags are available to residents at the usual places.
Use the “Ask Coronado” app to report minor damage. Call (619) 522-7380 to report trees down or other debris in the roadways, or major flooding, during business hours. Call the Police Department’s non-emergency line (619) 522-7350 over the weekend.

Storm Damages

Regional Stay Home Order Lifted: State health officials ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including in San Diego. Four-week projections on intensive care unit capacity is above 15% and the region may exit the order. San Diego County will return to the rules of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers. The County is in the purple tier, the strictest. County officials say services and activities such as outdoor dining and personal services, such as nail and hair salons, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions. Restaurants, bars, wineries, distilleries, and breweries shall be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. everyday unless permitted otherwise, with the exception of delivery, take-out and drive-thru. Californians are urged to continue to wear masks when they leave their homes, maintain 6 feet of distance from others, wash their hands frequently, avoid gatherings and mixing with other households, follow all state and local health department guidance and get the vaccine.

City Encourages Safe Outdoor Dining
: With San Diego County back in the state’s Purple Tier, more restaurants are offering outdoor dining. As the weather grows colder, some businesses hoping to stay open are turning to tents to serve diners. Outdoor tents are allowed, according to state regulations. However, there are many factors to consider including a tent’s flame-retardant capability, how close a tent can be to buildings, ventilation, maximum occupancy and the use of nearby cooking or heating equipment. The City wants business owners to be aware of these requirements before they invest money in a type of tent that is not allowed. The Coronado Fire Department has a handout that details the City and California Fire Code requirements on the installation and use of tents and how to obtain a City permit for their temporary use. Fire Department personnel are available to answer questions, review plans and make recommendations. 
Permit applications will be emailed out upon request. Call (619) 522-7374. Local health departments can fine restaurants if their outdoor setups are not up to code. Additionally, the City may order the tents removed.

Map of Outdoor Dining

City Vaccination Site Opens to 65-plus
: San Diego County expanded the categories this week of people who can receive the COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 and up. The announcement affects all County vaccination sites, including the City/Sharp Coronado Hospital site at the Community Center. The City site began accepting 75 years or older last week and 65-plus this week, in addition to continuing to accept those in the Phase 1A category. An appointment is required and must be made using the County’s website. The public should be aware that the Coronado site and others have been greatly impacted due to the expansion of the eligible groups. Please be patient and keep trying. The hours at the vaccination site changed this week and are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Please call the City’s Library, whose staff can help those without computers or family to assist them to make an appointment, at (619) 522-7390.
Vaccination Site Info.

COVID-19 Testing Site: Appointments continue to be accepted at the City’s convenient COVID-19 testing site for viral, rapid and antibody testing. The site is at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand way. The site is administering about 90 tests a day. The facility operates twice a week on Monday and Thursday. Insurance is accepted but individuals may be tested at no cost through a federal program or pay directly. If paying onsite, COVID-19 tests will cost $120; antibody testing is $65; and rapid tests are $85 and not typically covered by insurance. Visit the City’s COVID-19 testing webpage for more information and a link to the reservation system. For information, call (619) 522-7300.

Coronado COVID-19 Testing Site

Community Read 2021 Events
: Programming surrounding the fifth annual Coronado Community Read begins on Monday, Feb. 1. This year’s pick is “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi. The Library will be hosting multiple Community Read events that will be held virtually and will require registration. Next week’s events include a bilingual story time with Ms. Katia, a pre-recorded lecture by the author and a moderated panel discussion on race and the media. The bilingual story time will be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The pre-recorded lecture will be posted on the Library’s Facebook page on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. The moderated panel discussion will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. Visit the Library’s event calendar  for further details and to sign up. View the printable Read flyer here.

Community Read Inside Brochure

Mathewson Park Playground Renovation
: The City is planning a virtual grand reopening ceremony for the Mathewson Park Playground in March. The playground will open for play on Feb. 1. The majority of the playground construction is complete. The newly planted sod is growing in. When the park initially opens, you will notice a gap along the activity wall. The xylophone panel was removed because it was defective. A replacement is scheduled to arrive in a week or two. Additionally, delivery of the drinking fountain/bottle filler is delayed until March. The playground was designed to improve accessibility and provide inclusive play features for children and caregivers with varied abilities as well as an accessible parking space on Adella Avenue.

Mathewson Park image

Civic Center HVAC Water Lines
: Work is almost complete on the above-ground piping to the heater and chiller which controls the temperature at City Hall and the Community Center. The contractor working to repair the heater and chiller completed encasing the pipes, backfilling, compacting, and repaving over the trench extending from the Community Center to City Hall. Above-ground pipe connections to City Hall and the Community Center are expected to be completed by Feb. 1. Slurry coating and re-striping of the disturbed parking area is scheduled to take place the week of Feb. 15.

City Hall Water LinesProject

Caltrans Storm Drain Repair Work
: The City has been informed that crews with the California Department of Transportation will begin a project to repair an existing storm drain at the intersection of Orange and Pomona avenues. The work will occur from 4:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. and may occur on weekend evenings to expedite the repairs. Potholing for utilities began on Jan. 26 and the actual storm drain repairs will be made the week of Feb. 1. Repairs to the storm drain are anticipated to be completed by the week of Feb. 8. Southbound Orange Avenue traffic will be diverted to the No. 1 lane of northbound Silver Strand Boulevard at Pomona.

Hotel del Coronado Master Plan Improvements
: The contractor working on off-site improvements for the Hotel del Coronado will begin work to replace the existing sidewalk in front of the hotel along Orange Avenue from R. H. Dana Place to Avenida de las Arenas. This work will be completed in two phases to allow for appropriate bicycle and pedestrian detour plans. The first stage is anticipated to begin on Thursday, Feb. 4, and be complete by mid-April. Phase one will include closures on the sidewalk along the hotel’s frontage from R. H. Dana Place to the crosswalk just west of Pomona Avenue. The second phase will close the sidewalk from Avenida del Sol to the crosswalk just west of Pomona and will occur immediately after the Phase 1 improvements are completed. 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.

Orange Avenue Palm Pruning: The City’s contract arborist will trim 350 palms within the Orange Avenue medians for two more consecutive Saturdays. The work began Jan. 23 with palms in the medians and continues on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. 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 obey the no-parking signs.

Palm Pruning Map

Free Shredding Event Set
: The City of Coronado and EDCO sponsored a free shredding event a few weeks back that was so successful, the EDCO contractor conducting the shredding had to stop accepting items when the truck filled up. Another shredding and electronic waste recycling event has been set up for Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at north City Hall parking lot, 1825 Strand Way.  

Free Shredding Event

February Blood Drive
: The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled the second blood drive for 2021. This next drive will be held on a weekend, Sunday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. In 2020, the City sponsored nine blood drives, that attracted 367 participants of which 159 were first time donors. Coronado had the highest collection total for the year in the Central-South San Diego region. Click here to schedule an appointment.
February Blood Drive

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies
: The following positions are open on the Design Review Commission and the Cultural Arts Commission. Responsibilities of each commission, 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.

Board, Committees and Vacancy List

Pet of the Week: Hail and Cloud, 5-month-old male orange Tabby cats, are this week’s Pets of the Week. Hail and Cloud are brothers looking for their forever homes. Cloud is less outgoing than his brother, Hail, but they are a balancing pair and equally affectionate. Hail and Cloud would love to be adopted together, although that is not required. Their adoption fees are $50 individually, or $75 if adopted as a pair. To find out more about Hail and Cloud, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Pets 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.


Storm Debris
Posted on 01/29/2021
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