Weekly Update March 19, 2021

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City Manager Personal Note: It has been my pleasure to serve the Coronado community these past 10 years. However, effective April 29, I am resigning my position as City Manager. I have accepted a city manager position in the state of Washington. An interim city manager will be announced soon. An executive recruitment firm will be engaged to assist with the search for Coronado’s next city manager.  I expect a smooth transition with minimal disruption. Coronado has a strong and capable staff. I will miss Coronado greatly.

Red Tier Update: Beginning Wednesday, March 17, establishments across San Diego County, including in Coronado, were allowed to start moving operations indoors with capacity limits, as the region moves from the most restrictive Purple Tier into the less restrictive Red Tier. In response, effective Monday, March 22, the City Hall lobby will be open during business hours. New signs will be installed to ask visitors to self-check their health, wear a mask, and maintain distance. Meetings held in the City Council Chamber may soon open to the public. However, be aware that there are strict limits on the number of people that may be inside the Council Chamber at any one time. The hours at the Coronado Public Library will remain the same for the time being but the Community Center Fitness Room will reopen on Monday March 22. Operating hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by calling (619) 522-7342.

CCC Fitness Room Reopening

Shark Lab Presentation: Dr. Chris Lowe, a professor in marine biology and director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, provided a presentation to the City Council at its March 16 meeting. Dr. Lowe, an expert in the behavior of sharks, rays, and gamefishes, has been conducting research of sharks off Coronado over the past several years and spoke about his work and its importance to the City.  Dr. Lowe and his research team use real-time buoys to track the movement of sharks. Last October, Shark Lab research team members, aided by Coronado Lifeguards, placed receivers in the water off the Main Lifeguard Tower to begin monitoring sharks. Since then, the team  has returned to Coronado multiple times to tag sharks. The City has provided $2,450 in in-kind staffing and $1,500 in in-kind equipment so far to aid in the team’s efforts. At the meeting, the Council directed staff to propose a plan to add more receivers to expand the Shark Lab operation. The plan, including associated operational costs, will be presented to the Council for review in the upcoming 2021-22 budget proposal. The meeting is archived here and the Item 10b.

 Shark and Surfer

Winn Room Renovation Town Hall Meeting: Coronado residents may weigh in next week on a possible renovation of the aging Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library, long the City center of free cultural enrichment programs. A Virtual Town Hall meeting is set for Wednesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Residents are encouraged to provide input on conceptual plans for a new facility – The Winn. Project architect, Mark Steele, will present the plans and residents will have the opportunity to ask questions. Click here to register for the town hall meeting and receive the Zoom link. The town hall will also be live streamed on the Library’s Facebook page. Poor acoustics and sight lines to the stage and limited capacity have hindered the presentation of certain events. It is the one venue in Coronado that offers a wide range of free cultural programs. There is no charge for the local nonprofits providing programming and no charge to those attending.

Winn Room

Winn Room Renovation Town Hall Flyer


COVID-19 Testing Site to Close: The City’s site for COVID-19 viral, rapid and antibody testing, which reduced operations to one day a week in recent weeks, will soon permanently close. The operator said there has been a significant drop in the number of tests. The drop may be attributed to the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases, availability of testing in other areas, and the increase in the number of vaccines administered in San Diego County. The site at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. one final day -- March 22. The City has offered this testing site for the convenience of Coronado residents since January. Visit the City’s COVID-19 testing webpage for more information and a link to the reservation system.

Testing Site image

Coronado Vaccination Site Update: San Diego County has updated its list of eligible groups to receive the vaccine to include people with high-risk medical conditions and disabilities. Due to vaccine supply availability and the tier expansion, residents trying to get appointments can expect delays. Staff at the Coronado Public Library have been helping residents without access to email or help from nearby family. If you need help, call the Library at (619) 522-7390. San Diego County residents must make appointments by using the County’s Vaccination Sites and Locations site. Those who received their first dose in Coronado will receive an email with available dates for a second dose. Appointments are required. Site hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

Administrative Services Director Update: Six candidates are being interviewed Friday, March 19, for the Administrative Services director position. Interviews will be conducted by two different panels. The panels will include a former council member; retired Administrative Services Director Leslie Suelter, representatives from the Coronado Unified School District and Chamber of Commerce; City staff; and the city managers of Solana Beach and Imperial Beach. The candidates come from a broad and diverse field. There is one in-house candidate. Final interviews with the top candidate is expected to occur next week. A new director should be on board by mid-April.

Golf Lighting Upgrade: The project to install new parking lot lighting at the Coronado Golf Course continues. Parking is impacted by the concrete lighting base installation, which should be largely completed by next week. The final work will be the installation of the hardwired bollards by early May.

Temp Lights at Golf Course

Burglary Suspect Arrested
On the morning of March 13, Coronado Police dispatchers received a call from a resident regarding a possible garage burglary in progress around Second Street and Orange Avenue. The suspect vehicle description matched several burglaries in the Cays and Village area earlier this month. Officers located the vehicle in the 1000 block of Fourth Street and initiated a traffic stop. After the driver failed to yield, a pursuit across the bridge to southbound Interstate 5 began. The suspect drove to his apartment in south San Diego where he was taken into custody without incident. The 27-year-old man was arrested for several counts of burglary and felony pursuit/fleeing. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail. Additional charges are pending. The City thanks the resident who called 911 and encourages all residents to call the Police Department if they notice suspicious behavior.

Remotely Monitored Bike Arrest: Last week, dispatchers were notified that the remotely monitored bicycle was moving away from where it was locked. Officers located the bicycle in the 900 block of G Avenue parked next to the suspect. The suspect, a 28-year-old man, was arrested for on charges of grand theft, and possession of stolen property and burglary tools. Officers also located bolt cutters on the man. Due to COVID-19 jail booking restrictions, the suspect was issued a citation and released from the scene. This is the 104th arrest of the bicycle.

EDCO Organic Recycling ProgramEDCO launched its residential organics program this month, allowing single-family households to dispose of food scraps in their green waste bins. EDCO and the City are working together to let the community know about and meet state mandates by diverting organics from landfills. Microorganisms in recycled food waste are broken down and transformed into natural gas in EDCO’s newly constructed Anaerobic Digestion Facility. The facility is actively producing renewable natural gas that will be injected into the pipeline to provide fuel for their “Near Zero Emissions” trucks. To read more about the anaerobic digestion process, click here. The EDCO Organic Recycling Program is voluntary for residents but by participating, residents can help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. Residents may use any reusable container to collect food waste, but EDCO is offering a free kitchen caddie to conveniently dispose of food scraps. So far, 289 households in Coronado have ordered and received their free kitchen caddie. Many people use liners or newspapers to help keep their caddies clean and easy to use. The City launched an informational page on the City’s Comment Coronado public engagement website so residents can learn more about the program. To learn more about this program or to request a kitchen caddie, click here

EDCO's Anaerobic Digestion Facility


City Hall Water Lines Replacement: Work is complete on the project to replace the hot and cold water lines that connect City Hall and the Community Center. Before the final sign-off, the City contractor will repair the unanchored wheel stops along the Strand Way parking stalls and the “T” and “L” shaped parallel parking corner markers by the Community Center.

POV Film Screening: The Coronado Public Library will be holding a free screening of the POV Documentary, “The Way We Get By,” directed by Aron Gaudet. POV is an award-winning independent nonfiction film series on PBS. The free screening will take place on Tuesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Click here to learn more about the featured film or register for this event.

POV Documentary


March ‘Spice It Up’: Each month, the Coronado Public Library invites residents to explore different spices used in dishes around the world. This month’s “Spice it Up” will feature galangal powder, a Southeast Asian spice popular in Thai cuisine. Click here to register for the event that will take place on Friday, March 26, at 2 p.m. Once registered, participants will receive instructions on how to pick up the spice packet. Click here to see photographs and recipes from participant’s dishes from past months.

 March, Spice it Up

Easter EventsCoronado Recreation and Golf Services is bringing a number of Easter-related events to the community to celebrate the changing season, blooming flowers and warmer days. 

  •  Recreation and Golf Services’ annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza event will be held as a drive-thru Easter activity on Saturday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents may register for this event now, and registration for nonresidents will open on March 22. This event is free. A “to-go” egg-hunt kit will be provided for each car and the event will feature Easter themes including Bunny Bakery, Candyland and Bunny Boulevard. To register for this event, call (619) 522-7342. 

Easter egg-stravaganza event

  • Learn how to create hand-made Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs on the CoronadoARTS YouTube channel. Tie-Dye Easter Egg kits are available for purchase for $5 from the Recreation and Golf Services Department by calling (619) 522-7342. Click here to watch the Tie Dye Egg Craft instructional video. 

Tie-Dye Easter eggs

  • Teens, adults, and seniors can learn how to create personalized spring wreaths by following along with the Spring Wreath Craft’s instructional film on CoronadoARTS YouTube. Wreath kits are available for purchase for $10 at the Recreation and Golf Services Department. Call (619) 522-7342 to reserve your kit. Click here to watch the Spring Wreath instructional video.

Spring Wreath Craft


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.

Boards, Commission, and Committees Vacancies


Pet of the Week: Asher, a 3-year-old domestic medium-hair cat, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Asher is fun, engaging and loves people and fellow felines. He is looking for a family who can match his energy. To find out more about Asher, call PAWS, which operates the City’s Animal Care Facility, at (619) 522-7371.

Asher, Pet of the Week

Public Services: Public Services’ Streets Division has been working on a number of projects around the City. Here are a few of the most recent:

  • Earlier this week, Streets Division started replacing the faded “No Parking” signs posted in the alleys. Crews will work to replace all of the faded signs from the north end of the City to the south.

No Parking Sign in Coronado Alley

  • City crews noticed that the Bayshore Bikeway as it crosses Rendova Road was becoming faded. Crews replaced the asphalt and repainted the striping.

Bayshore Bikeway and Rendova Road

  • Four concrete sidewalk panels in the Coronado Cays sunk. The panels were removed and replaced.  

Sidewalk panels at Coronado Cays Park

March Blood Drive: The City and American Red Cross have scheduled the third blood drive for 2021. This next drive will be held on a weekend, Sunday, March 28, 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.

March 28 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.


Blair King
Posted on 03/19/2021
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