City of Coronado

Friday, April 10, 2020
Top News
Bridge Lane Configuration Change

The California Department of Transportation is expected to announce that it will keep the San Diego-Coronado Bridge lane configuration static with three lanes heading out of Coronado due to low traffic volume during the health emergency.

Caltrans says traffic has been reduced on the bridge by about 60%. This change is not expected to impact traffic heading into or out of Coronado.
Virtual Meetings to Resume Next Week

The City plans to resume certain commission meetings in the coming weeks. However, they will be held virtually. The first meeting planned is the Tuesday, April 14, Planning Commission meeting.

The next meeting will be the Historic Resource Commission meeting on Wednesday, April 15, followed by the Design Review Commission meeting set for April 22. Commissioners will be using an internet-based meeting app and none is expected to physically attend.

The meeting agendas will be posted as they normally are, and members of the public may comment in advance. The meetings are subject to cancellation depending on COVID-19.
Weekly Update Video

Check out the City Manager’s Weekly Update video focusing on COVID-19. If 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.
Blood Drive a Success, Second Drive Set

An American Red Cross Blood Drive was held Thursday, April 9, at the Coronado Community Center. Fifty people gave blood, including 40 first-time donors.

Red Cross officials said they collected 45 units, which can go on to save up to 135 lives. The blood drive filled appointments very quickly.

The City will partner once again with the American Red Cross for a second blood drive on May 12. Donors are urgently needed. This event is by appointment only. Click here or on the image below for an appointment.
Sharp Connections
Coronado has a long history with Sharp Coronado Hospital. We are fortunate to have a hospital in Coronado. During this health crisis, the hospital and the City have helped each other out. Last week, we reported tha the Coronado Library, in a practical use of staff and equipment, was creating face shields for doctors and others at Sharp Coronado Hospital. Using the Library’s 3D printer, Library staff worked quickly to produce two prototypes for a National Institute of Health-approved face shield. Sharp approved one design and the Library began printing the shields. Production began April 1. Each frame takes about 3 hours to print and a few minutes to assemble. So far, the Library has delivered 25.
Earlier this week, the City provided a special Easter treat to go with the Coronado Unified School Districts Grab-and-Go Meal Service. The City's Recreation Department had a supply of Easter eggs and goodies left over from the canceled annual Easter egg hunt. Abut 640 meals were handed out on Monday, April 6, to families with children 18 and under that included free breakfast and lunch meals. The City was happy to provide some fun.

Recreation staff decided to make some Easter goodie bags for Sharp Hospital staff as well, delivering bags for doctors, nurses and others working at this time. Recreation Programs Supervisor Stacy Berman (pictured below) dropped off 50 bags to Sharp Community Relations Manager Christine Santos on Friday, April 10. The goodie bags were geared toward the hardworking hospital staff who are on the front lines. The City thanks you all.
As soon as City staff made the request, Sharp Hospital created informative slides to help the community understand proper hand hygiene, social distancing and recognizing COVID-19 symptoms.

The slides below will be used on Coronado TV and on the City website and social media platforms. The City thanks Sharp Coronado for their help.
Neighbor to Neighbor Program
Neighbor to Neighbor

The Neighbor to Neighbor, or N2N, program is a new venture created through a partnership of local volunteers and your neighbors along with the support of the City to help people look out for one another.

The program is run by local volunteers and services four areas in Coronado -- the Cays, the Shores, the Village and Navy Housing. Each area has a different approach in organizing.

The Cays were way ahead of this effort. Organizers began an outreach effort prior to the N2N initiative. The Cays agreed to join up with the N2N effort but established their own protocol and are working with the 10 villages of the Cays. Those leading the Cays effort say they had several volunteers that helped carry out the delivery of letters last week to every home in the Cays and approximately 30 residents who have offered to assist neighbors during this emergency.

If you are interested in helping or if you need help, call the Cays organizer Dawn Richards at (301) 535-5832 or email her at In the Village area there is still a need for 18 more block captains. If you live in the Village on one of the pink blocks on the map below, contact Amy Steward at or call her at (619) 972-5509.

Residents of the Coronado Shores are encouraged to contact building managers for information and assistance. Shores resident Kathleen Hanlon is also attending the N2N weekly leadership briefings and can be reached at Residents in Navy Housing may contact Eve Depree at

The map just below is a zoning map for the Cays and is an illustration of how the N2N program is using the different villages to reach residents.
PAWS Needs Foster Volunteers
PAWS Helping Paws is a program that PAWS of Coronado is providing to support local pet owners during the COVID-19 outbreak in the event that they become too ill to care for their animals. If you are not well enough to care for your pet, PAWS is available to provide temporary housing and coordinate foster families as needed to make sure your pets are cared until you are able to do so yourself. Please refer to the program application and checklist for more information or contact us at 619-522-7371 or .


Safe at Home but Not Alone
In partnership with the Library, Recreation Department and Cultural Arts Commission, the City continues to create new content daily. Tune in to Coronado TV (Spectrum 19 or AT&T 99) to see chair yoga classes, Library Storyhour and Cultural Arts videos. The City is engaging staff, local creatives and teachers to provide programming that otherwise would not be available during this time.

Coronado Call Center
Stay Safe, Shop Local
The Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet have pages dedicated to local restaurants and businesses, those that are open, their hours, addresses and websites. Check it out if you need a meal or want to know the hours of gas stations, pharmacies and grocery stores. As things are changing hourly, call in advance to be sure a business is open. Thanks to the Chamber and MainStreet for this service.
Many local restaurants are open for carry-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery. In an ongoing effort to support our local businesses during this time Coronado MainStreet delivered bright green signs to identify those businesses who continue to offer carry-out options. Additional signs are available for pick up at Island Pasta or Saiko Sushi. Look for the signs and support Coronado restaurants by ordering meals but eating at home.
You Are Not Alone -- Help is Available
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can provide support for people in distress. Call (800) 273-8255 for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices and building awareness.
Stay Informed
The City issues this newsletter – the COVID-19 Update – which contains the latest on the pandemic every weekday via Constant Contact. This is a great way to stay informed with the latest information.

The City's dedicated Coronavirus Information webpage outlines the additional precautionary measures Coronado officials have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The  page  can be found on the City's website and includes links to the San Diego County Public Health and Human Services Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, which contains information on how to keep safe. Click here to visit the web page.
COVID-19 Health Resources and Links