Weekly Update Feb. 26, 2021

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Weekly Update Feb. 26, 2021

Weekly Update Feb. 26, 2021

Weekly Update
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2021 Community Read: The 2021 Coronado Community Read is wrapping up its programming this week and the Coronado Public Library thanks everyone who participated. This year’s Community Read title was “Stamped from the Beginning,” by Ibram X. Kendi. More than 900 people participated through book discussions, two moderated panels, movie showings and other events. The virtual panel, “Race in the News,” was streamed live on the CBS 8 website. Another stand-out event was the virtual panel on “Building Inclusive Communities,” that featured Supervisor Nora Vargas, Shawn McClondon, Genevieve Jones-Wright and Dr. Steven Miller.  Multiple residents reached out to the Library to say they enjoyed the book and the programming on the important topics of race and inclusion. View recordings of the two panels and the illustrator talk:

CCR Events

EDCO Organic Recycling ProgramConstruction of EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion facility is nearly complete, which means starting Monday, March 1, Coronado residents may recycle food waste in their green trash bins. The EDCO Organic Recycling Program is voluntary for residents but is required for California businesses by state law to help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. Customers may place food scraps and food-soiled paper only along with yard waste in their green waste containers to be recycled. The anaerobic digestion facility breaks down microorganisms from food and yard waste and transforms it into natural gas that will be used to run EDCO vehicles. Any reusable container can be used as a kitchen caddie to collect organic waste, but EDCO also has an optional free kitchen caddie for your household use. Visit www.edcodisposal.com and click on the Residential Service’s Organics page to learn more about how to place a caddie order. The City is working with EDCO to inform residents about the state mandated program and will soon launch an informational page on the City’s Comment Coronado public engagement site. To read more about the anaerobic digestion process, click here. Click here to watch an informational video on the Organic Recycling Program.

Organic Food RecyclingAnaerobic Digestion Facility

Beach Incident Leads to Arrest: The Coronado Police Department made an arrest on Wednesday, Feb. 24, after a woman reported that her husband had just attacked her on the beach. The woman called 911 at about 9 p.m. telling dispatchers that her husband also tried to throw her in the ocean and bury her in the sand. Police and paramedics responded and found the woman with injuries on the Ocean Boulevard sidewalk. Paramedics transported the woman to a trauma center in San Diego. The suspect fled the scene but was found later in the back yard of a nearby home. He was arrested on charges of assault, domestic violence, false imprisonment, attempted murder and parole violation.

Ride to Live Program: The Coronado Police Department hosted its most recent “Ride to Live” motorcycle training class last Saturday, Feb. 20, at Silver Strand State Beach. It was the third class offered since the department was awarded a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety funding program. The class had 22 participants, all of whom were awarded certificates of completion. Participants spent the day interacting with Coronado motorcycle officers and learned riding skills designed to improve their safety on the road. The next Ride to Live class will be held in May, but all scheduled classes are full. Riders interested in participating should contact Cpl. Anthony Flores at [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list. The Police Department has applied to renew its grant award and is hoping to have more classes available to the public as early as October.

Ride to Live Event

Centennial Park Retaining Wall Project
Work to install a new retaining wall at Centennial Park is set to begin on Monday, March 1. Most of the work is expected to be completed by April 18 or sooner. The Port of San Diego, in partnership with the City, will remove and dispose of existing wood logs, concrete, and rock revetments, and install a new retaining wall built of steel and concrete that will structurally hold the embankment, prevent erosion, and retain beach access for the public. Work will take place on the park’s west side, adjacent to the small sandy beach north of the Ferry Landing where Orange Avenue ends at First Street. A portion of the park and beach where contract work is being conducted will be temporarily closed to the public during construction. Otherwise, the park is expected to remain open to the public during construction. For additional information, contact Noemi Aquino, Port of San Diego Project Manager, at (619) 686-8033 or Shane Peterson, Port of San Diego Construction Manager, at (619) 725-6050.

Centennial Park Construction

Centennial Park Construction Map

COVID-19 Testing Site Update
: Starting Monday, March 1, the City’s site for COVID-19 viral, rapid and antibody testing will operate one day a week – on Mondays. This is due to a reduction in the number of people seeking testing. The site, at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The City has offered this testing site for the convenience of Coronado residents since January. Insurance is accepted but individuals may be tested and 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 Vaccination Site Update: San Diego County health officials have announced that vaccinations will be expanded to include three new sectors – emergency service personnel, childcare and education, and food and agriculture -- starting Saturday, February 27. With vaccination delivery back on schedule following severe winter weather, the City and Sharp Coronado Hospital Vaccination Site continues to administer the Moderna vaccine. For two days last week, Sharp administered the Pfizer vaccine and will email those patients to reschedule for a second Pfizer dose. San Diego County residents may make appointments by using the County’s Vaccination Sites and Locations site. Emails will be sent to those who received their first dose in Coronado with a link to available dates for a second dose. Appointments are required. If Coronado residents do not have a computer or family to help make an appointment, staff and the City’s Library are available to help. Call (619) 522-7390. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Free Shredding EventResidents who may have missed the last City of Coronado and EDCO free shredding event will have another chance on Saturday, Feb. 27, to clear out old paperwork. The event will also allow residents to get rid of unwanted electronics. Residents may bring up to two banker’s boxes of documents to be shredded on site. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the north City Hall parking lot, 1825 Strand Way. On the same day, the City will hold one of its twice-monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection days at the Public Services yard from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EDCO Free Shred Event

Golf Lighting Upgrade: The City will begin installing new parking lot lighting at the Coronado Golf Course that will close accessible parking in three phases beginning Monday, March 1. The lighting at the Golf Course is more than 20 years old and at the end of its useful life. A project to replace the lights was approved in late 2020 and includes removing and replacing the existing bollards, adding upgraded LED bollards to improve illumination and energy efficiency. Measures were taken to reduce light trespass on the surrounding neighborhood. Twenty-two bollards will be removed and 36 hardwired and 24 solar-powered light bollards as well as eight new wall sconces will be installed. Signs for the first phase closure notification were installed Friday, Feb. 26. The closure dates are anticipated to be as follows:

Phase 1 Closure: March 1-10
Phase 2 Closure: March 11-19
Phase 3 Closure: March 20-April 2

Phase 1 Lighting Work

Phase 2 Parking Lot
Phase 3 Lighting Work

Vons Update:
For those interested in the status of the temporary public art installation at the old Cora Mart building next to Vons, here is an update. Based on a submittal by Vons to rehabilitate that space and what the City believes to be the imminent start of work there, the City will not freshen up the mural, which was installed temporarily in 2018 to cover the building and provide for a more vibrant appearance to the old storefront and the Orange Avenue Commercial Corridor. The new construction includes three new artistic murals on the façade.

Coramart Art

Police Services Records Management System
: The Coronado Police Department is working to launch the public portion of a powerful and comprehensive records management system. The system allows officers and other personnel to better organize, track, and access the vast amount of information that flows through the agency every day. The goal of the system is to make the department’s statistics more readily available to the public via an online tool. This selected data is anticipated to include incident mapping, crime mapping, arrests, online vacation house check requests, patrol requests, security camera registration, among other data. This is the modern-day version of the old-fashioned police scanner. More details will be released when the roll-out date is determined.


Comprehensive Maintenance Agreement
: The City Council authorized staff to execute a comprehensive grounds maintenance/landscaping and refuse management services contract to deliver a higher level of service for Coronado’s parks, medians, parkways and other City-owned public spaces. The City’s current service agreement is nearing the end of its maximum term. The goal of the program is to maintain a clean and safe environment that inspires public confidence, creates an aesthetically pleasing and beautiful landscape throughout the City and maintain the “Coronado” appearance that many come to expect with a world-class destination. The contract requires a premium level of service for the City’s most visible areas and includes higher standards of maintenance for the highway medians on the Silver Strand. One unique and important feature of the contract is that it requires third party, independent, quality control inspections and reporting. The City will sign a contract with Benchmark Landscape Services.

Mathewson Park Playground RenovationA virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for the Mathewson park playground, which opened recently after a renovation that included universally accessible structures. Delivery of the drinking fountain/botte filler and the second bike rack is delayed until March. The City will host a virtual ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include remarks on the playground features and a history of the park. Click here for the Zoom link. Here’s another link to the invitation.

Mathewson Park Virtual Ribbon-Cutting Event


Port Art Piece Restoration: The Port of San Diego began restoration of “Sea Passage,” the art piece by James Hubbell commissioned by the City, in 2019. During that restoration, it was discovered that tiles at the front of the fountain, which sits between City Hall and the Community Center, were cracked or missing and plans were made to make the repairs. However, the specialty glass tile availability coupled with the shutdown by COVID-19 delayed the completion of the project. Work has resumed and the new tile installation will be completed by Friday, Feb. 26.

Hubbell Fountain


Fact or Fiction
: The City of Coronado website contains a page where residents can find answers to rumors and questions that are circulating in the community. The “Fact or Fiction” page provides official information and answers. The City uses this page to correct information and present facts. In recent posts, the City has responded to a few topics including affordable housing, the lawn bowling green, the Golf Course Recycling Project, and more. Truth and transparency are keys to a healthy and vibrant community. Click here to view the page and check in from time to time to see what has been addressed.


Discussion with Ruby Bridges
: The Coronado Public Library, in partnership with Village Elementary School, will be holding two Read Across America events. Both events will highlight civil rights icon, activist and author, Ruby Bridges, who will read and speak to Coronado children and families about her experience during the desegregation of schools in the 1960’s. The first event is geared towards K-2nd graders and will take place on Tuesday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. The second event is geared towards 3rd-5th graders and will take place on Tuesday, March 2 at 5:45 p.m. To register for these events or view more information, click here.

Recreation and Golf Services Winter 2021 CampsThe first session of Recreation and Golf Services Winter Camps begins Tuesday, Feb. 16. Residents may still register for these camps through PerfectMind. 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. 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

Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission, Mobility Commission and Design Review 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.

Board Vacancies

Pet of the Week: Royce, a 1.5-year-old pit bull mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Royce is very social, loves to play, and is easy to train. Because he is still young, Royce is looking for a forever home that will continue to train him and practice leash walking. To find out more about Royce, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.




Public Services
: City crews have been working on multiple projects around the City. Here are a few of the most recent:

  • Streets Division repaired a section of road along the 800 block of Pomona Avenue.

    Streets Division Repairs

  • Streets Division replaced nearly 45 feet of sidewalk on the 100 block of G Avenue.

Streets Division Sidewalk Repair


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 02/26/2021
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