Weekly Update Dec. 11, 2020

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Weekly Update Dec. 11, 2020

Weekly Update Dec. 11, 2020

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 to Offer COVID-19 TestingThe City Council has approved a COVID-19 testing site for Coronado. Testing for COVID-19 is recognized by public health officials as an important cornerstone to beat the pandemic. However, general public testing is not available in Coronado, and testing for Coronado residents is inconvenient. The City has teamed up with a private partner to implement a COVID-19 testing site. Testing will begin the first week of January, on Jan. 4 and Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing is envisioned to occur two days per week but may be expanded if needed. Insurance is accepted. If a tested individual’s insurance does not cover the cost, the insured would work directly with the company to recoup payment. 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 also available for $65. A webpage with all the details and a link to the reservation system are being finalizedFor information, contact the City Manager's Office at [email protected]

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County Under Regional Stay Home Order: The governor announced late last week a Regional Stay Home Order that prohibits gatherings, closes operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing. State officials say the Regional Stay Home Order will help prevent overwhelming regional ICU capacity. The new order takes effect in regions where the availability of ICU beds falls below 15%, which is the case in this region. The local Stay Home Order became effective Dec. 6. San Diego County will follow a new set of rules for three weeks. At that time, the order will end if projected capacity at its ICUs improves or remain in effect if capacity worsens.

Stay Home Order flyer

What Coronado Facilities are Open, Closed? Here’s what the Regional Stay Home Order means for the City of Coronado:

  • Coronado Public Library: Operations will continue at 20% capacity, similar to retail stores. Extra cleaning and safety precautions such as temperature checks remain in place. The Library has reinstituted its Curbside Pick-up Service which will run during opening hours, not just in the morning.
  • Playground and Parks: A day after cordoning off playground equipment, the City reopened them after the order was updated to reverse the order. Parks, beaches, parking lots and bike paths also are open.
  • Golf Course, Aquatics Center, Tennis Courts: The Coronado Golf Course will remain open. The Golf Course concessionaires will follow the most recent guidelines.  The Aquatics Center will be available for lap swimming following the same practices currently in place. The City’s tennis courts will remain open. The Boathouse will remain open with the same schedule.  
  • Youth Sports and Youth Day Camps: Youth Sports cannot play games or host scrimmages but they can continue to meet in small groups and practice. Youth Day Camps will continue to meet in limited cohort groups.

Playground Closed

Businesses, Routines Impacted by Regional Order: The new stay-at-home restrictions will impact businesses and people but is expected to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials advise against any gatherings including backyard parties, dinners and events and inviting people into your home who are providing non-essential services that they typically offer only from their brick and mortar stores. Essential businesses such as supermarkets, grocery stores, laundromats and pharmacies will remain open.


Currents Newsletter: The latest edition of the City’s newsletter Currents should be on doorsteps and available via the Dec. 9 edition of the Coronado Eagle & Journal. Find links through the Coronado Times. It’s also available on the City’s website. Here are some highlights of what you will find in the newest volume:

  • Latest COVID-19 News
  • City Launches Comment Coronado
  • Coronado 130 Challenge, Anniversary
  • Important News Items
  • Arts & Culture in Coronado
  • Avenue of Heroes Held Virtually
  • What’s Going on Around Coronado?
  • Safe Holiday Activities Planned

Coronado Currents

2021 Coronado Community Read: Voting is underway for the fifth annual Coronado Community Read, a program designed to unite the community through the shared reading of a single book. Voting for the Community Read ends on Monday, Dec. 14. Click here to read about the five finalist titles and find links to each author’s online biography.

  • “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

Community Read Book Finalists

Coronado Holiday Schedule 2020-21: The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, all municipal facilities will be closed. There will be some adjusted hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve as noted in the schedule below. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on either holiday. EDCO will not perform regular residential trash collection on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. The Golf Course will be open on both holidays and the Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services, if listed below, will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Here is that schedule:

City Holiday Schedule

Coronado Provides Safe Holiday Fun: To help get residents in the spirit, the City is planning safe, festive and fun holiday activities for the whole family. Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain, Holiday Parade and Breakfast with Santa are canceled but check out these events that can be enjoyed safely:

  • How to Contact Santa in 2020
    1. Letters to Santa – Children receive a written response from Santa. Put your letter into the “North Pole Express Mailbox” at the Community Center through Dec. 16.Include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    2. North Pole Hotline - Santa will make a personal phone call to all the boys and girls in the home. Register online at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342 toselect a time from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 14-18.
                  Santa's Mailbox
  • Home in Coronado for the Holidays

    The City is hosting a free drive-thru holiday event for the whole family on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Families can “cruise” down Candy Cane Lane (City Hall, 1825 Strand Way), make a stop at the Gingerbread House, take a holiday photo at Santa’s Village and visit the North Pole. Participants will receive holiday cookies and cocoa, fun activities to enjoy at home, a professional holiday photo, goodie bags and surprise treats. Registration is required. Call (619) 522-7342 to register.

    Holiday Drive-thru flyer

  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Bring the holidays to life inside and around your home with these Holiday Photo Contests: Deck the Tree, Deck the Doors or Festive Holiday Décor. Decorate, give your creation a name, snap a photo, tag us at #92118holidays2020 on Facebook or Instagram or email [email protected] One photo per contest per person.  Call (619) 522-7342 for details.


  • Library Holiday Competitions

The Coronado Public Library offers two safe and fun holiday challenges this season:

  1. The first is to build a winter wonderland-themed sandcastle. Participants can send photos of their sandcastle creations to [email protected] or tag @nadolibraryteens on Instagram. This challenge will run through Dec. 23. Click here for more information.
  2. The second challenge gives Coronado residents the opportunity to design their own cookie cutter. Participants can use Thingiverse or Tinkercad to create their cookie cutter designs. Once completed, participants can email their finished designs to [email protected]. The Library will then create the cookie cutters with its 3D printer. Participants can send in their designs through Dec. 24. Click here for more information.


The City also is planning a virtual holiday-themed painting class with a local artist, "Cocoa and Canvas." Cost is $5 and includes a kit to create a holiday masterpiece, and cocoa. Also planned are virtual storytimes with the Coronado Public Library; a holiday-themed sandcastle building contest; virtual mocktails and cooking videos; and a Community Food Drive. Check Coronado TV for more events such as cookie decorating, holiday cooking and floral arranging. Call (619) 522-7342 for Recreation events or (619) 522-7390 for Library events.

Holiday Events Schedule

Sea Level Rise Planning: The City is learning more about the potential effects of sea level rise and possible mitigation strategies with its sea level rise planning process. It will begin with the preparation of a Vulnerability Assessment, followed by an Adaptation Plan. The Vulnerability Assessment will identify areas that are subject to projected sea level rise, rising tides, storm surge, coastal flooding and erosion through 2100. The Adaptation Plan will provide possible strategies the City and property owners can use to address impacts. The City is working with residents, business and all stakeholders. Visit commentcoronado.org and go to the Sea Level Rise page.

Sea Level Rise Plan

Election Results: The Registrar of Voters office has released the official results of the Nov. 3 General Election. Incumbent Mayor Richard Bailey has been reelected. Casey Tanaka and incumbent Councilmember Mike Donovan will fill the two open seats on the City Council. As the official results were not known before the City’s regularly scheduled Dec. 1 meeting, the City will hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials at the regularly scheduled Dec. 15 meeting.

Power Outage: A power outage in the Village area of Coronado earlier this week was caused by a Mylar balloon. The balloon was caught in a power line which resulted in a fire in some lines on the 600 block of H and I avenues. The Fire Department responded to the fire and the Police Department evacuated residents in the immediate area and closed the roadway until SDG&E could repair the damaged lines. Power was restored within 1.5 hours. The City would like to remind residents that mylar balloons and power lines are a dangerous combination and can cause fires.  

Mylar Balloon

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ban Reminder: There are three weeks left before an ordinance banning gas-powered leaf blowers in Coronado goes into effect. The City Council adopted an ordinance in 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, which goes into effect Jan. 1, also establishes a time limit for residential use from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The City instituted the ban to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality. The City has 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

Holiday Musical Special: Ms. Jean, Mr. Mike and special guest accordion player Mark Danisovsky will be performing a holiday musical story time on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon. There will be multicultural stories and songs to celebrate the holiday traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. This event will be live streamed on the Library’s Facebook page. Click here for more information.

Musical Story Time

Cookie Recipe Exchange: The Coronado Public Library is hosting a virtual cookie recipe swap on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Join other Coronado residents to share recipes, tips and tricks for holiday cookies. Click here to register for this event and receive a Zoom link.

Cookie Exchange


Code Your Own A.I.: The Coronado Public Library will be hosting a virtual workshop for students that will cover the basics of “machine learning” and use Artificial Intelligence in code and game creations. This workshop will also include a “Careers & Innovations” component that will explore how Artificial Intelligence is involved in today’s most interesting technology trends and careers. This workshop will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Click here to register for this event.

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

Library Acoustic Wall


Street Preventive Maintenance: The annual Street Preventive Maintenance project is nearly complete. Most of the roadways targeted for this year’s work have received the protective slurry seal. Public Services will paint the striping on the pavement by Friday, Dec. 18. A section of Pomona Avenue currently undergoing a gas main replacement will be deferred and slurry sealed after SDG&E has completed its work, which is estimated to be competed in February. The City asks that residents avoid driving on the recently slurry sealed roadways until the sealant cures.

Slurry Seal Image

SDG&E Gas Main Replacement: SDG&E has hired a contractor to conduct work to replace a deteriorated gas main within Pomona Avenue between Seventh Street and Marina Place. The work will include replacement of the gas main and service laterals to the adjacent residents. This work is expected to be completed by mid-February. Please watch for and obey all traffic control and detours around this construction site.

City Hall/Community Center Water Lines:  The contractor has resumed excavation of the trench between City Hall and the Community Center after having encountered an unforeseen utility conflict. Most of the trench has been fully excavated and the new pipe material has been delivered for installation. Welding and pressure testing will take place next week. Trench backfill, asphalt and concrete repairs, and connections to the existing portion of the waterline loop are expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Water Lines Replacement project

Pet of the Week: Polo, an 11-month-old Chihuahua, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Polo was found as a stray near Sharp Hospital and brought to PAWS. Polo is energetic, yet shy, and looking for a forever family. He is timid to go on walks and play with toys, but once he is comfortable with his surroundings, he loves to play. To find out more about Polo, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.  

Polo, Pet of the Week


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 of the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

City of Coronado Board Vacancies

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.


Why Stay Home Flyer
Posted on 12/11/2020
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