Weekly Update July 23, 2021

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Weekly Update July 23, 2021

Weekly Update July 23, 2021


Weekly UpdateCheck out Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko’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.


New City Manager Named: Earlier this week, the City Council appointed Tina Friend as the City’s new city manager. Friend, who has more than 16 years of management and executive level experience in coastal California local government, is set to start work in early September. Friend comes to Coronado after serving as city manager of Scotts Valley, California. Prior to that, she served for nearly a decade as assistant city manager for the City of Santa Cruz. She holds a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho. The interim city manager will go back into retirement. Former City Manager Mark Ochenduszko’s last day Aug. 27. Friend has local connections. She comes from a military family and her father was stationed locally. Her husband is a San Diego native and lifelong Padres fan. He and their 6-year-old son look forward to attending many games in the future. Read more about Friend a press release online.

Tina Friend Headshot

Free Summer Shuttle Ridership Update: By all accounts, Coronado is seeing more visitors, and hotels and the commercial corridor are busier than they have been in a while. However, ridership numbers for the first month of Free Summer Shuttle service, following a one-year break due to COVID-19, were lower than the same time period in 2019. It should be noted that ridership was down across all public transit agencies during the pandemic. In April of 2020, weekday ridership averaged 9 passengers. Comparing that to the average number of weekday riders from June 6 through June 30, when service resumed, that number rose to 486, representing a 5,090% increase. As people get reacquainted with public transit and being out and about in a safe manner, the expectation is that transit ridership will increase. Here are the numbers: In 2019, there were 32,370 passengers from June 6 through June 30. During the same period in 2021, there were 12,474. This reflects a more than 61% decrease. On July 3 and 4, 2019, there were 2,377 and 3,593 Summer Shuttle passengers respectively. In 2021, there were 506 passengers on July 3 and 1,170 passengers on July 4. That is about a 72% reduction. In 2019, the Cays Fourth of July shuttle only ran one day, on July 4, and had 557 passengers. This year, there were two days of free shuttle service to the Cays. The total number of passengers on July 3, the day of the parade, was 516. On July 4, a Sunday, there were 364. The City will continue to find ways to promote the Free Summer Shuttle.

Free Summer Shuttle near City Hall



Grand Caribe Shoreline Park 25th Anniversary: The Port of San Diego and the City will host a celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Grand Caribe Shoreline Park and its bronze artwork “Sheltering Wings” on Friday, July 30. The event will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the park, 598 Grand Caribe Causeway, and feature live music, informational booths and the opportunity to learn about “Sheltering Wings,” a blue heron sculpture, from the artist Christopher Slatoff. The park was created thanks to the Silver Strand Beautification Committee who worked diligently with the Port to protect the shoreline, enhance the existing natural and native plant communities, and provide an educational botanical setting for use by the public. Recognition of Grand Caribe Shoreline Park’s 25th anniversary is one of many ways the public can appreciate the infinite value parks bring to communities particularly during Parks and Recreation Month. The 3.7-acre park in the Coronado Cays officially opened on July 5, 1996. The event is free and open to the community. To register, call (619) 522-2633.

Sheltering Wings image

Dr. Shark’s Shark Shack Team Visit: On Thursday, July 22, the California State University Long Beach Shark Lab sent its Shark Shack team to Coronado. The Shark Shack is an educational and interactive booth staffed by Shark Lab students that helps educate and inform the public regarding the changing white shark populations along the California coast. There is a lot of misunderstanding and fear surrounding the white sharks off the Coronado coast but a lot of great research is going on. This will help lead to a better understanding of white shark population growth and behaviors. The Shark Shack will return to Central Beach on Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to ask questions, participate in interactive activities and learn more about white sharks. For more information, visit the Shark Lab webpage or the City of Coronado Shark Awareness and Information webpage.

Shark Shack

Armed Robbery: On Wednesday, July 21, at 9:47 p.m., Coronado Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Central Liquor located at 178 Orange Ave. Two suspects described as male, ages 17-21, one black and the other possibly Hispanic, entered the store and used a handgun to demand money. They then ran westbound on Second Street. Officers believe they got into a car and immediately drove over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. However, out of an abundance of caution, Coronado requested assistance from San Diego Police who used a helicopter to do a search of the area. It ended with so sightings of the suspects. The store employee was not injured during the incident. Please call (619) 522-7350 or SD Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 if you have any information.

Housing Element Update: The City Council approved an amendment to the General Plan earlier this week for the 2021-29 Housing Element Update. The Housing Element provides an analysis of a community’s housing needs and is required to be updated every eight years. The City’s approved update identifies parcels that can accommodate up to 344 new housing units and is an ambitious contribution to increase the region’s housing supply. It represents a 700% increase from the prior cycle. The reason for the dramatic increase is important to understand. In January 2020, the San Diego Association of Governments distributed its allocation of planned housing units under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment to Coronado and other San Diego County cities, as well as San Diego County. Coronado was assigned a stunning 1,001 new housing units, up 2,000% from the previous cycles. Coronado’s allocation was eventually reduced to 912 but remains a dramatic increase of about 1,700%. The City appealed the allocation to the SANDAG board and prepared an eight-minute video to explain its position. Although Coronado had the support of the majority of SANDAG members (14 of 19), the City lost its appeal based on a weighted vote of participating jurisdictions. Coronado and three other SANDAG member cities legally challenged the use of a weighted vote. A San Diego Superior Court judge dismissed their Sept. 24, 2020, legal challenge. Coronado, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove and Solana Beach have appealed the judge’s dismissal. Meanwhile, the City will continue to oppose the allocation for the following reasons:

  • The process was fatally flawed, based solely on the number of jobs and availability of high-quality public transit;
  • Coronado’s allocation was largely derived by assigning all Navy jobs to Coronado, including active duty members required to live on base;
  • Coronado is geographically constrained unlike any other regional jurisdiction and has only two links to the greater San Diego region with no easy or direct connections to regional transportation hubs;
  • The City has land use authority over only 2.2 square miles, making it the region’s second smallest city based on total area under its control;

Read more about the Housing Element Update and the Regional Housing Needs Allocation here.

Navy Fence Repair North Beach: On Monday, July 26, the Navy will begin work to repair the heavily corroded chain link fencing around four air strip lights located between North Beach and Dog Beach. The work will continue until early September. Crews contracted by the Navy will repair the fence and grade the area around the lights. No-parking signs will be set up this week in the area nearest the work and heavy equipment. Parking will be limited at the end of the cul-de-sac by the Navy entrance from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Navy Landing Strip Lighting two images



Sea Level Rise Survey, Workshop: Coronado has initiated a process to develop a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. The Vulnerability Assessment includes sea level rise projections, an inventory of public and private resources, and analysis of the City's exposure. The Adaptation Plan will include development of potential adaptation measures with a focus on addressing at-risk critical infrastructure, estimated costs for implementation, and a qualitative cost-benefit analysis of identified adaptation measures. The City is asking the community to participate in the process by signing in to Comment Coronado and filling out this survey. The community also may attend a community workshop to learn about the City's draft Vulnerability Assessment on Thursday, July 29, at 5 p.m. Register here: https://bit.ly/2TDXPZ0.

Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Survey

Historic Context and Survey Underway: The Citywide Historic Survey and Context Statement project is underway, and you can follow the progress and provide input on the Comment Coronado public engagement site. Tell the City about the places, people and events that have shaped Coronado’s history and built environment. Click here to find the survey. Historic Context Statements and Surveys are planning tools for understanding, identifying, evaluating and protecting the City’s historical resources. Context Statements provide the foundation for successful survey work. Historic Surveys are intended to identify potentially significant properties, provide information needed to make informed planning decisions, prioritize preservation goals and objectives, and increase the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the built environment. The goal of the project is to develop these tools for use in the City’s Historic Preservation Program. Currently, any structure in the City that is 75 or older must be reviewed for historic significance as a Historic Resource prior to demolition. Upon adoption of the completed Historic Context Statement and Survey, the number of properties in the City required to go through a Determination of Historic Significance review in association with a project or demolition would be narrowed down to only those properties identified as potentially historic in the Survey, providing clarity to the public and more certainty regarding whether a property may qualify as a Historic Resource.

Historic Context Survey

Trinidad Pump Station Upgrade:  The contractor performing upgrades to the Trinidad Pump Station set up required traffic control and construction fencing. This past week, work was done to remove the existing landscaping as well as pothole for utilities. A dewatering system is planned to be installed next week to allow the contractor to excavate below the groundwater level.

Avenida del Sol New Traffic Signal: A new traffic signal at Avenida del Sol has not been energized due to shipping delays of the accessible pedestrian push buttons. They are expected to arrive next week. The Hotel del Coronado’s contractor is scheduling pavement striping for the week of Aug. 2 and the signal should be operational later that week.  

Gubernatorial Recall Election - The Registrar of Voters is alerting all active registered voters in San Diego County that they will receive a ballot in the mail for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Ballots will be mailed the week of Aug. 16, giving voters nearly a month to mark their ballot and return it before Election Day. Voters can return their ballot in the mail, no postage necessary, or at one of many mail ballot drop-off locations around the county. In-person voting locations will be open across the County for four days, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, through Monday, Sept. 13. Voters can also take advantage of early voting starting Aug. 16 at the Registrar’s office. Hours will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Election Day, the hours will change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at both the in-person voting locations and the Registrar’s office.

Flag for Voting item

Heart2Art Dance Auditions: Coronado Recreation and Golf Services’ Heart2Art Dance (H2A) Program is hosting auditions for their award-winning competitive dance teams. Dancers ages 5-17 are invited to audition Aug. 17 at the Coronado Community Center. H2A is hip-hop focused yet it touches on a variety of technicalities, such as jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance styles. Throughout the 2021-22 school year, H2A Dance team members will perform at local events and compete in southern California Competitions. Rehearsals vary from once a week for the Minis, ages 5-8, and Juniors, ages 9-11; and twice a week for the Teens ages 12-15 and Seniors, ages 15-18. To register online, go to www.coronado.ca.us/register. Not ready for a team?  Beginner dancers can take Hip Hop, Jazz, Break, Shake and Groove and Twirl Spin and Jump classes this fall. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.

H2A Dancers two images


Coronado Playhouse Turns 75: The Coronado Playhouse is celebrating its 75th year in Coronado. Although the anniversary was last year, the Playhouse wanted to officially mark the milestone. For 25 years, the City has funded a community grant to produce an annual Free Classic Series. This year, the production is William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and it is available to watch online for free and on-demand now through Aug. 8. To access the play, click here.

Comedy of Errors


San Diego Writer’s Festival: The San Diego Writers Festival is a free, community-based event designed to celebrate the power of writing and storytelling. Register and tune into the online festival, co-sponsored by the Coronado Public Library. The final day of the free festival is July 31. The events consist of author lectures, poetry, workshops, and author talks. Click here for more information on this event and to register.

Writers Festival logo


Recreation’s Fall/Winter Brochure: The Recreation Fall/Winter brochure of classes and upcoming events is now available on www.coronado.ca.us/register. Online registration for residents begins Tuesday, Aug. 3.  Nonresident, walk-in and call-in registration starts Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Rec Fall Winter Brochure 2021

Coronado Youth Soccer LeagueThe Crown City Classic, a local youth soccer tournament hosted by the Coronado Youth Soccer League, will be held next weekend, July 31-Aug. 1, and again the following weekend, Aug. 7-8. The Crown City Classic has been held in Coronado for nearly 20 years. In the past, more than 170 competitive soccer teams from around Southern California participate. Games run from 8 a.m. until Sunset on Saturday and with the last games finishing on Sunday at about 8 p.m. The tournament uses various field locations, including Tidelands Park (except for Aug. 7), Sunset Park, Cays Soccer Field, and some Coronado High School fields. Additional trash receptacles and restrooms are placed at the Cays and Tidelands to manage additional traffic at the venues by the host.

Spreckels Center Cooking Demo: The Spreckels Center is teaming up with Sharp Coronado Hospital in July and August. First up is a Free Cooking Class demonstration, on Tuesday, July 27, from 2 to 3 p.m.  Registration is required as space is limited. Join Chef Roger Unger for a sizzling cooking presentation as he will prepare a Summer BBQ Chicken Salad. On Aug. 31 from 2 to 3 p.m., Sharp is offering a course called Eating for the Heart of It – Protein, Fats and Carbs that will provide tips for healthy eating. In addition, Sharp staff will offer free blood pressure and blood glucose screening from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The John D. Spreckels Center is at 1019 Seventh St.  Call (619) 522-7343 for more information. 

Healthy Eating Flyer

Community Center Movie Camp: The Recreation Avengers Justice League Movie Camp has openings. Make your own movie starring your favorite DC Comic characters or starring the main Marvel Universe superheroes in the New Avengers Justice League Movie Camp. Build your own Claymation Batman, Wonder Woman or the Flash and film Captain America, Iron Man and Thor using stop motion animation. This movie camp is open to all emerging filmmakers ages 7-12 the week of Aug. 9-13 at the Coronado Community Center. To register or for more information on movie camps or other summer programs, contact the Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department at www.coronado.ca.us/register or call (619) 522-7342.

Pool Closure: The Aquatics Center will be closed Sunday, July 25, for staff training. Staff trainings are held once a month on a Sunday and are required for required lifeguard certifications. The next scheduled training closure is set for Sunday, Aug. 29.  Thank you for your understanding.

Pool image

Regional Transportation Plan Update:  This month, the San Diego Association of Governments hosted two virtual public hearings on the draft 2021 Regional Plan at meetings of the SANDAG Transportation Committee and Board of Directors. The first was held July 16 at the SANDAG Transportation Committee meeting and the second was earlier today at the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting. Residents can provide their comments through Aug. 6. The draft long-term transportation plan was presented to the SANDAG board of directors and posted to SDForward.com. The future of the San Diego region, how it grows, connects people and places, how the environment is protected, are addressed in the plan. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on a number of projects around the City. These are the most recent:

  • Facilities Division crews have been working on methods to prevent and control corrosion throughout City facilities and park structures due to our coastal salt air atmospheric conditions.

Corrosion Concern three images

Pet of the Week: Great news. Scout, a 2-year-old Boxer mix, who was this week’s Pet of the Week, has been adopted. There are more dogs and cats looking to be adopted. To find out more about all of them, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Scout - Pet of the Week



Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission and the Parks & Recreations 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.


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 has a COVID-19 page on its website that has news, resources, features and information. Do you want 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.


Tina Friend New City Manager
Posted on 07/23/2021
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