Weekly Update June 11, 2021

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Weekly Update June 11, 2021

Weekly Update June 11, 2021


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COVID-19 Update Final Issue: As cases continue to drop and public health restrictions are slated to end, the City of Coronado will discontinue the COVID-19 Update this week. The final issue was June 10. The City worked diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic via this online newsletter, which was initially published daily and then, as public health restrictions eased, on an as-needed basis. The newsletter contained COVID-19-related news, resources, features and information on how Coronado was dealing with this unprecedented virus.

Final COVID-19 Update

Region in Yellow Tier, Blueprint to End: This week, San Diego County moved into the Yellow Tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy less than a week before the state is planning to lift capacity and distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities. All sectors may return to usual operations on June 15. The exception is with large-scale events, which will have some restrictions, through at least Oct. 1. When California fully reopens the economy June 15, people can expect things to feel more like normal, pre-COVID. Restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and most everyday places will be open as normal with no capacity limits or social distancing required. People are encouraged to wear a mask anytime they feel vulnerable, are at a large indoor or outdoor gathering or simply indoors. Over the summer, the state will continue to track vaccination and infection rates and keep some guidelines in place until at least Oct. 1.

Fourth of July: The Fourth of July in Coronado is traditionally the City’s biggest holiday event of the year. With most COVID-19 restrictions soon to end, the City is expecting to attract many residents and visitors. The City wants the community to be prepared for the three-day holiday weekend and created a list of frequently asked questions including when the medians open, where road closures will be, how to deal with towed vehicles and where will buses run. The Council approved allowing the popular parade, a rough water swim and the Crown City Classic run to be held Saturday, July 3, and the fireworks display and a Navy parachute demonstration on the Fourth of July. The holiday is observed on Monday, July 5. State public health officials announced the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions June 15 with no restrictions on capacity for outdoor settings. However, for outdoor “mega-events,” such as parades, the state recommends, and the City will communicate to the public, that attendees be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event, or wear a face covering. Pay attention to parking restrictions, road closures and safety zones. Locals should use alternative transportation, such as the Free Summer Shuttle and bicycles.

Coronado Safe Summer Graphic



COVID-19 Response ‘By the Numbers’: Despite the pandemic and all it wrought on the region and beyond, the City of Coronado and its dedicated staff, many of whom continued coming in daily, worked diligently to ensure that City services continued to be delivered at levels residents have come to expect. Here is a "By the Numbers" handout the City created outlining most, but certainly not all, of the numerous ways the City stepped up during this extraordinary year.

By the Numbers - Coronado During the Pandemic



Free Summer Shuttle Back in Service: After a one-year pause due to the pandemic, Coronado's Free Summer Shuttle is back in service. Residents and visitors are using the service to get to the beach, the Coronado Public Library, grocery or drug store, area hotels and Community Center. A kick-off event was held on June 6, the first day of service, at Spreckels Park. The Free Summer Shuttle will run through Labor Day, Sept. 6. Check out this handy web page for all you need to know about the Summer Shuttle 2021. The classic VW bus-themed artwork is back and a big thank you to sponsor Discover Coronado. Buses will run seven days a week every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and an hour later on Friday and Saturday. The City is providing free day passes for Cays residents to allow them to connect to the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village. In addition, there will be special free bus service to the Village on July 3 and July 4 for Cays residents from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. in 30-minute intervals. On July 3 and 4, the Free Summer Shuttle in the Village will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Free Summer Shuttle Kick-off

Cays Passes details 



Council Extends Outdoor Dining Waivers: In addition to moving this week into the least restrictive tier on the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the California Department of Public Health announced last month that restrictions related to the pandemic, including limitations on indoor dining, would be removed effective June 15. It is expected the County of San Diego will align with the modified state guidance. The City Council recently extended a waiver of parking requirements and temporary outdoor seating permits through Sept. 30. The extension allows restaurants to benefit from the increased business during the summer season and more slowly return to pre-COVID operations. Concerns have been raised about dining furniture encroaching into pedestrian walkways. Staff will work with restaurants to ensure sidewalks are passable, and that all applicable fire safety standards are followed. Noncompliant restaurants may be prohibited from using the outdoor spaces.

Outdoor Dining Flyer

Vaccination Site Closing Next Week: Due to the current decline in vaccination demand, the Coronado Community Center vaccination site operated by Sharp Coronado Hospital will close next week. The final day to receive a vaccine is June 15. Sharp officials will relocate the site to the Sharp Coronado Hospital’s retail pharmacy adjacent to the hospital. Many Coronado residents, as well as people from across San Diego County, received their vaccines at the facility. The City is grateful to Sharp officials who helped so many Coronado residents receive their vaccinations. The Sharp Retail Pharmacy will begin operations on June 16.

Climate Action Plan Update: The City continues to develop its draft Climate Action Plan working with its consultant, community members and local stakeholder groups. The most recent stakeholder is a recently formed climate advisory group comprised of industry professionals in sustainability and clean technology. The City also acknowledges a local partner, Emerald Keepers, a community-based organization working to help educate the public on a cleaner coastline, offer community service activities to help the environment, and promote ways to get involved. A draft Climate Action Plan is tentatively scheduled for review by the City Council in mid-August. Updates on the Climate Action Plan process will be provided on the City’s Comment Coronado webpage.

Spreckels Center Phased Reopening:  The John D. Spreckels Center will reopen after being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spreckels Center staff, and the facility's new Recreation Supervisor Dana Welch, will welcome the community to return June 16 to say hello and reacquaint themselves with the building, which was completed in 2017. The Spreckels Center was designed to serve the City's vibrant 50-plus community and will offer a wide variety of programs and services, including health, fitness and wellness programs, volunteer and civic engagement opportunities, educational and arts programs, and inter-generational programs. In-person classes will begin in a phased manner, beginning June 21. A welcome reception is planned for Dana Welch on June 22 at 3 p.m. Additional programs will kick off around mid-July. A full staff is expected aboard by the fall.

Spreckels Center Reopening plan




Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Repairs: The Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Ramp, between the Community Center and Glorietta Bay Park, was closed for repairs to damaged coverboards from 4 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 11. Signs were posted to let the community know. The Port of San Diego and the City thank the boating community for its patience.

Glorietta Bay Boat Launch Closure

Trinidad Pump Station Upgrades: Construction on upgrades to the Trinidad Pump Station on the northeast corner of Coronado Cays Boulevard and Port of Spain Road has been delayed due to material supply issues. The project will upgrade the wastewater pump station by replacing pumps, pipe work and electrical service, and install a new water service. The work requires the closure of the No. 2 lane of Coronado Cays Boulevard as well as the adjacent sidewalk. The City asks that motorists and pedestrians adhere to traffic control signs and avoid the area of work if possible.

SDG&E Gas Main Replacement: SDG&E has notified the City that crews are replacing about 2,500 feet of gas pipe. Work will continue through about Sept. 27. The project is in the alley flanked by Alameda Boulevard and J Avenue, from First to Sixth streets, as well as the street crossings in between. Mailed and door hanger notices were delivered to residents to announce the construction project. Resident access to the alleys will remain open throughout construction with exceptions. When the crew is actively excavating or laying new pipe material, access to the alleyways will be limited.

Spreckels Concerts to Resume: Coronado Promenade Concerts resume in Spreckels Park beginning June 20 with concerts every Sunday through Sept. 5, except on July 4. The City Council will consider a request by the Concerts’ board of directors to add an additional concert for Sept. 12 since no concert will be held on the Fourth of July. Coronado Community Band will open the concert series, part of a double-header that starts at 4:30 p.m. on June 20. Coronado’s own It’s Never 2L8 will play immediately after. Six of the 12 acts are local bands and the others are returning favorites. The schedule for this year’s concerts can be found here on coronadoarts.com. In preparation for this year’s summer concert series, Public Services crews have stationed the City’s two portable restroom trailers at Spreckels Park to accommodate the expected crowds.

Community Band

Concert Trailers Restroom 

Library to Resume Late Fees: The Coronado Public Library will resume collecting late fees starting June 15. Any materials checked out on or after June 15 will be subject to late fees if they become overdue. Library materials will now automatically renew a total of two times. Items on hold for another patron will not auto-renew and will be due back at the end of the borrowing period. For more information, call (619) 522-7390.



Electric Vehicles 101: Join the Coronado Public Library for “Electric Vehicles 101” on Thursday, June 17, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This program is part of the Coronado Public Library’s eco-focused lecture series, presented in partnership with Emerald Keepers. Elaine Borseth, vice president of the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, will discuss how functional electric cars can be, as well as common misconceptions. Register at www.cplevents.org to receive the Zoom link to participate in this event, which will also be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing on the Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages following the presentation.

Electric Vehicles Talk

Upcoming Park Field Closures: Sunset, Cays and Tidelands parks will be closed at various times during the month of June. From June 1-13, the Sunset and Cays fields will be closed for Public Services to perform maintenance, such as aeration, and to allow the turf to rest so that is may be strong enough to withstand the summer traffic and heat. From June 14-27, the Tidelands Park sports fields will be closed for similar maintenance. Dog park, playgrounds, all paved pathways and facilities, such as the tennis courts, will still be available for usage.

Field Closures flyer cropped



Public Services Updates: Public Services crews have been working on a number of projects and here are some of the most recent.

  • Facilities crews have replaced and upgraded mechanical equipment in the Police Station due to the equipment’s useful lifespan.

    PD Equipment Replaced


  • Facilities have re-carpeted offices in City hall due to wear and tear.  

         City Hall Recarpeting



Pet of the Week: BC, a very large cat, was this Week’s Pet of the Week. BC, which stands for “Big Cat” has found a home. But to find out more about all the adoptable pets still available, call PAWS of Coronado, which runs the City’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

BC Pet of the Week

Regional Transportation Plan Update: Residents can provide their comments on the San Diego Association of Governments draft 2021 Regional Plan through July 30. A virtual meeting is being planned for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, to present an overview of the long-term transportation plan and opportunities for public engagement. The City is working on acquiring copies of the plan for the public to review. The draft 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 2021 Regional Plan is open for public review and comment. The draft Environmental Impact Report will be released summer 2021. The SANDAG board will consider adopting the plan in late 2021.

June Blood Drive Red Cross Bus: The City and American Red Cross have scheduled the next blood drive for June 21 at the Coronado Community Center. The agencies have worked together during the pandemic to host monthly blood drives as available blood supplies were low. Each month, the Coronado community came through to support this worthy cause. This next drive will be held at the Community Center in the Red Cross Bus as the former site will be reopened to the community. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since last year, the City held about a dozen blood drives. Coronado had the highest collection total for the year in the Central-South San Diego region. Click here to schedule an appointment.

June Blood Drive



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 June 2 2021

COVID-19 Information: The City is working diligently to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus pandemic. The City publishes its news regularly 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.

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.


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Posted on 06/11/2021
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