Weekly Update April 30, 2021

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Weekly Update April 30, 2021

Weekly Update April 30, 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.

City Manager Personal Farewell: This is my final Weekly Update. It’s been a labor of love to publish every week but as I leave for a new city manager position in Bainbridge Island, Washington, it will be in good hands with Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko and the staff in the City Manager’s Office. It has been my great pleasure and honor to serve this community. I will always feel a great fondness for Coronado. It will remain forever in my heart.

City Manager Recruitment Update: The City is actively seeking qualified applicants for City Manager, a process that may take up to four months, The City Council engaged Ralph Anderson & Associates to provide comprehensive executive recruitment services. David Morgan, former Anaheim city manager, is the project director and will lead the outreach and recruitment efforts. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and five professional references via email to [email protected] by May 31. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to David Morgan at (916) 630-4900. Click here to view the Coronado City Manager Brochure.

City Manager Brochure

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Beginning Wednesday, April 28th, all San Diego County-hosted COVID-19 vaccine sites are open for walk-up, no-appointment-required vaccinations. The walk-up vaccines will be available while supplies last each day at each site. The Sharp Coronado-operated site at the Community Center continues to provide vaccine services to the community. The site will maintain appointment-based vaccinations and will offer walk-up vaccines starting today, Friday, April 30. The walk-up vaccines will be available while supplies last each day. Additionally, the Coronado vaccination site is accepting and adding people on a wait-list for end-of-day doses. The County will continue to offer vaccination appointments that can be scheduled online, and vaccines are now available to anyone 16 and up who lives or works in the County.

Summer Shuttle Update: Coronado’s City Council recently approved moving forward with the Free Summer Shuttle program for 2021. Due to the easing of public health order restrictions, the Council decided to start the program as soon as it was possible. Staff began working immediately with the Metropolitan Transit System and will launch the program on June 6. Free Summer Shuttle buses will run through Labor Day, Sept. 6,  operating as it has in the past at 15-minute intervals. The City is planning a kick-off event in the afternoon on Sunday, June 6, on Orange Avenue near Spreckels Park. Discover Coronado will provide the colorful wraps for the buses, with a nod to public health and safety. There will be free bus service starting from the Coronado Cays Fire Station to the Community Center on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4. The bus will operate on a 30-minute interval. The City will buy an initial 1,000 Metropolitan Transit System day passes and deliver them to the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association for distribution. Interior ad space is available to local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Details to come.

Summer Shuttle image

Tennis Community Meeting: As a result of a meeting with the tennis community earlier this week, there will be no changes to the fee reservation system at the Coronado Tennis Center. The City Council will consider the matter when it receives a more comprehensive report on the overall tennis program a couple of months from now.

Silver Strand Accident, Power Outage: A significant auto accident last weekend led to the interruption of power in the Cays and closing of the Bayshore Bikeway. On Sunday, April 25, at about 8:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of an accident involving a truck that drove into power boxes that resulted in live exposed wires. Officers found San Diego Sheriff’s units and fire personnel caring for the truck's sole occupant, a female juvenile. She was transported to a local trauma center with a complaint of pain due to the airbag deployment. The officer at the scene determined that alcohol was a factor in the accident and placed the juvenile under arrest at the hospital. She was later released in the custody of the hospital and her mother. Two SDG&E power boxes were destroyed at an estimated replacement cost of $200,000. Power interruptions affected areas of the Cays and Imperial Beach. The bike path and one lane in each direction near the accident were closed for repairs that took nearly a day. The City placed signs in the area warning of the bike path closure.

Power Outage Accident

Shark Incident: On Sunday, April 25, at 8:30 a.m., a long distance swimmer was circled by an 8-to-10-foot white shark 250 yards offshore of 1000 block of Ocean Boulevard. The incident put the beach in response level 2. Yellow advisory signs were posted a half mile north and a half mile south of the occurrence. No further incidents were reported this week and the signs were removed.

Shark Sign

Improvements to Avenida del Sol: Construction on Silver Strand Boulevard and on Strand Way as part of plans to install a new signalized intersection for the new main entrance to the Hotel del Coronado has been delayed by a water line issue in a new northbound left-turn lane on Silver Strand onto Avenida del Sol. The new sidewalk along Orange Avenue from R.H. Dana Place to Avenida del Sol is expected to be completed by the end of the week. Once the sidewalk is reopened, the pedestrian detour signage will be removed. The new streetlights along Orange Avenue and Avenida del Sol are scheduled to be erected this week. Additionally, the installation of the meter pedestal and controller cabinet for the new traffic signal will begin. The new signal will be coordinated with the existing light at Orange and Pomona avenues.

Avenida del Sol image


Golf Course Lighting Improvement Project: The installation of the hardwired parking lot light bollards continues to improve the safety and security of the parking lot and pathways at the Coronado Golf Course. New tree and walkway up-lights at the Clubhouse entry have been installed. The contractor has confirmed that there will be no parking impacts with the rest of the project.

Golf Course images

CoraMart Art Rehab: In December 2018, the CoraMart building next to Vons got a temporary public art makeover to hide the deteriorating façade. The initial plan was for the mural to be up for not more than 18 months due to the expansion at Vons. The mural features a Volkswagen bus, a surf theme and the colorfully painted word “Coronado” and was the result of a public-private partnership between the city and the property owners. The “temporary” installation has now exceeded its life expectancy. The ink has faded and the vinyl is peeling. The Vons remodel is on track to start in the next few months but, as a private project, the schedule is determined by the property owner. The city has decided not to leave the deteriorating sign as-is and will spruce it up with a new vinyl of the same image this weekend. New permanent art is slated to be featured on the façade when the remodel is complete.

Coramart Art

Binary Basics Library Event: Children from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the Coronado Public Library and Fleet Science Center for a fun workshop on binary basics. This workshop will teach attendees about computer programming through patterns and games. Pick up a kit from the Library before the event starts. The event will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. Click here to register.

Binary Event Library


Online Privacy Event at the Library: John Hoagland, from Tent City Tech, will be teaching about the best practices on how to keep your online information safe while using the internet. The event will be hosted over Zoom on Friday, May 7, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Click here to register for the free virtual Library event.

Online Privacy Flyer



Orange Tier Updates: As a reminder, with the recent reduction in COVID-19 restrictions and the expansion of vaccinations, City staff is making the following updates to various schedules:

  • Beginning Sunday, May 2,  the Coronado Aquatics Center will begin Family Swim in the Recreation Pool only. Family Swim will be available in 50-min increments and will be limited to 5 family groups of 4 individuals each. Family Swim hours will be on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations may be made online or over the phone every Thursday at 2 p.m., starting on April 29. Additional details about the reservation system are on our website at www.coronado.ca.us/aquatics.
  • Starting Monday, May 3, the Spreckels Center will allow play on seven of the eight Lawn Bowling rinks and a total of 36 people will be allowed to play at one time. Reservations will continue to be required and the facility will only admit members.
  • Starting Monday, May 3, Coronado parks and beaches will allow 50 people at a time for celebrations of life and wedding events only. Park and beachgoers may bring allowed equipment. Exceptions to equipment are loose items, such as flower petals. Application and permit fees will be charged. No vendor loading zone permits will be issued.
  • Starting on Monday, May 31, the Coronado Boathouse will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Reservations will continue to be required.

Pool Image

Recreation Summer Brochure Available: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services’ Summer Brochure is available now. There are youth camps that appeal to all interests, sports and water activities for all ages and virtual fitness classes to keep you active. Online summer registration starts May 5 for Coronado residents and for everyone May 19. If you have other questions about summer youth programs, please contact the Recreation and Golf Services Department at (619) 522-7342.

Summer Brochure Cover


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following position is open on the Civil Service Commission. Responsibilities, qualifications for appointment, term of office and deadline for receipt of applications can be found at the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Vacancies Ad

Pet of the Week:  Tucson, a 5-year-old Orange Tabby, is this week’s Pet of the Week. He is calm, friendly and gets along well with other felines. The 11-pound mellow cat is looking for a home. To find out more about Jay, calls PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Tucson Pet of the Week


May Blood Drive: The City and American Red Cross have scheduled a blood drive on Sunday, May 23, 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.


May Blood Drive

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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Posted on 04/30/2021
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