City of Coronado
Monday, November 2, 2020
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Avenue of Heroes Virtual Ceremony

The City invites the community to a special Avenue of Heroes Banner Dedication Ceremony to be held “virtually” on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and Avenue of Heroes Committee postponed the first of their twice-annual Hometown Heroes ceremonies of 2020 -- traditionally held in May and November. The decision was then made to hold the canceled spring ceremony in November via Zoom.

At the Nov. 7 ceremony, 16 Hometown Heroes will be honored with banners hung along Third and Fourth streets, Coronado’s official Avenue of Heroes and a designated Blue Star Memorial Highway. The City, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2422, the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association, the Hometown Banner Committee and the Coronado Historical Association worked together to develop the Hometown Hero Banner program in 2014 to recognize those who call or have called Coronado home and who have honorably served their country.

Organizers plan to make the event as special as it can be. At the ceremony, each honoree’s biography will be read and, during the reading, there will be a video-photo essay of each honoree presented. This will include their banner, as it will appear along Third and Fourth streets between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard. Banners have been installed for Group XI and will remain up for six months. They are provided free to the families or honorees once retired from the Avenue of Heroes.

The virtual ceremony will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon via Zoom, which is free. The webinar format will allow up to 1,000 separate attendees or households to attend. First-time users need to download Zoom. An account is not required if you are simply a participant. See below for a link to Zoom frequently asked questions.

The City is actively accepting nominations for future banner candidates. In a town known for its military presence, Coronado has plenty of candidates. To learn more use the link to the banner program's brochure below. View the ceremony live by clicking on the Zoom link by 10 a.m. on Nov. 7. If you want to watch it later, find it in the days following the ceremony on Coronado TV. Find the link below for live Coronado TV and the TV schedule. You can also watch it on the City's YouTube channel. Click the link below.
Nov. 3 General Election

Coronado’s super poll location is the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. The Coronado Public Library and Coronado Community Center are both official Mail Ballot Drop-off locations for the Nov. 3 General Election. On Election Day, Nov. 3, Registrar staff will be at the drop-off locations from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All mail ballot voters may drop off their ballot at these locations, not just residents of Coronado.

Election Results Reporting

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters office reminds voters that while the first election results will come in shortly after 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, up to 45 percent of the total votes cast are not included in election night results. The Registrar explains that many of the 1,950,000 ballots mailed out this election will not be received in time to verify and process by 8 p.m. Mail ballots must be scanned, sorted and signature checks completed before the ballots are removed and tabulated. Mail ballots can be accepted up to 17 days after Election Day, if postmarked on or before Nov. 3. It could take up to two weeks to count all mail ballots. Additionally, the Registrar must account for provisional ballots, touchscreen ballots, and damaged ballots. Write-in candidates also take time to review and tally. Updated results will be released by the Registrar daily through Nov. 13 and as needed until the final certified results are posted on Dec. 3. As the official results will not be in before the City’s regularly scheduled Dec. 1 meeting, the City will not hold its reorganization meeting with newly elected officials until the regularly scheduled Dec. 15 meeting.
1,325 Served at City's Trick-or-Treating Drive-thru Event

Although the City discouraged door-to-door trick-or-treating, the City of Coronado and Coronado Mainstreet encouraged residents to sign up for a Drive-thru Trick-or-Treating Coronado Goes Ghostly event and participate in several social media Halloween "Best Of" contests.

A total of 1,325 "ghouls" were provided with an estimated 1,000 goodie bags filled with Halloween treats. The drive-thru trick-or-treating events were held on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Cays and the Village.

The community was able to submit entries for the social media Halloween contests for the following categories: Most Delightful Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume; Most Haunting Home Decor; Most Creative Kids Costume; and Best Group Costume. Winners will be announced soon.
City Launches 'Comment Coronado'

The City has launched “Comment Coronado,” a community engagement space that allows residents to get information on current projects and share ideas. In this uncertain time, this online tool is vital for connecting with residents.

Comment Coronado offers a variety of ways to connect through surveys and interactive maps, and through discussion forums and spaces to post ideas. Residents can hear about and engage on topics that matter to them and receive updates on new projects.

Currently, the website highlights three featured projects: The Climate Action Plan, Housing Element Update and Cays Park Rehabilitation Master Plan. The new Comment Coronado site will allow residents to receive updates on new projects. Future projects will include programs from other departments, including the Coronado Public Library, which is planning to hold the voting for the final selection for the 2020 Coronado Community Read.
Virtual Climate Action Plan Workshop Nov. 5

The City has begun the process to develop a Climate Action Plan, which will provide a roadmap for the City to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and plan for an increasingly sustainable future.

The City has already conducted a review of City documents and is implementing community outreach. This engagement process will look at reduction targets and measures.

The City's Climate Action Plan will provide an aspirational menu of community and municipal greenhouse gas reduction measures to achieve targets.

The Community Development Department is inviting the community to get involved. It is hosting a virtual, interactive public workshop at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, to help in the creation of the Climate Action Plan. This meeting will provide a roadmap to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as document and showcase current and ongoing sustainability efforts. The workshop will be recorded and posted for public viewing.
San Diego County Remains in Red Tier 2

The County of San Diego remains in the Red Tier 2 level, the second most restrictive tier in the state's blueprint for reducing COVID-19. The blueprint, which went into effect Aug. 31, has criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

The four-tiered, color-coded system allows counties to show consistent success in coronavirus transmission before allowing more businesses and activities to reopen or resume. The County has been in the Red Tier since the blueprint was issued.

Closures are based on data showing the spread of the virus among residents. The state system tracks three COVID-19 metrics: average daily case rates per 100,000 population, the percentage of positive tests, known as the positivity rate, and the health equity metric.

At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier.
Business Lifeline Loan Program Update

The City Council voted recently to approve allowing current Lifeline Business Loan recipients to delay the repayment of their loans for an initial six-month period, up to one year.

Borrowers can contact Assistant to the City Manager Dominique Albrecht at to request forbearance.

Through the Lifeline Business Loan Program, the City issued $1.7 million in loan funds to 94 businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Business Lifeline Loan program closed on July 21. The Council approved loans of up to $20,000 for local businesses who have been forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the ongoing pandemic.
Coronado 130 Virtual Event Medal, Gear Pick-up

Finisher medals and T-shirts are in for the Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge, an event designed to help the City celebrate its 130th anniversary and participants stay healthy during the ongoing pandemic. 

Locals may pick up finisher medals and other ordered packages at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays: Nov. 6 and Dec. 11.

Medals may be picked up only if you have logged more than 130 miles on the leaderboard. When picking up gear, please practice social distancing and wear a mask. 

The challenge asks participants to complete 130 miles by running, walking, cycling, golfing, paddle boarding, surfing, inline skating or any other activity by Dec. 11, the date the City was incorporated in 1890.

If you are interested in joining this challenge, you can still sign up. The challenge is free and a medal goes to all who complete more than 130 miles. There are doubles and triples where for a fee, participants may receive more commemorative gear.
Electric Leaf Blower Virtual Event 2 

Last week, the City hosted the second virtual webinar with STIHL manufacturers to help inform residents about the gas-powered leaf blower ban that will go into effect Jan. 1 and to display various models of electric leaf blowers on the market.

The video of the virtual webinar will be posted soon to the City Manager's Weekly Update and the City's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Contact Kelli Maples at if you have any questions regarding the electric leaf blower ordinance.
Housing Element Virtual Workshop Held

The City held a public workshop on Oct. 22 via Zoom for residents interested in learning about the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements.

Viewers may still participate in a related survey. A copy of the presentation is also available in the documents section of the Comment Coronado site. During the video recording, there are polling questions available for you to provide your feedback until Nov. 4. To participate in the poll, click on the link below and follow the directions below:
  • Enter the code 29 32 57 8
  • You will be logged into the survey
  • The survey will move along at your pace as you answer each question
  • You will only be able to respond to each question once
  • Please fill out each response as completely as possible

Watch a recording of the Housing Element Virtual Workshop below.
Coronado Island Film Festival Events

The Coronado Island Film Festival is hosting its fifth festival Nov. 11-15.

Due to the pandemic, the majority of the festival has gone virtual but organizers have not lost their commitment to celebrate the magic of film and to spotlight the gifted filmmakers who have poured out their creativity, passion and hearts for all to view and enjoy.

The City continues to sponsor the film festival through its Community Grant Program. The festival will host a safe and socially distanced in-person event on Thursday, Nov. 12, when the festival heads to the South Bay Drive-in for the official 2020 Opening Night feature from Searchlight Pictures “Nomadland.” Winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival, it continues to draw critical acclaim. Opening Night at the South Bay Drive-in one-vehicle entry is $100 and includes a snack package. 

An all-access pass is $125. There are several other options. For more information or to purchase a pass, click on the link below.

Coronado SAFE

With the COVID-19 pandemic, technology use has exploded. Tech experts have sounded the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social media. Now it’s time to talk about it.

On Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m., Coronado SAFE and the Coronado Island Film Festival are bringing together multidisciplinary experts for a must-see panel discussion on "The Social Dilemma" film. They’ll bring their insight; you bring the questions.

As social media continues to rapidly advance, we need to pause and thoughtfully consider the kind of power social media has– mentally, relationally, politically, and beyond. The Coronado Film Festival is partnering with Coronado SAFE with the hopes that "The Social Dilemma" will spark conversation at home with your family and the Coronado community at large at the Panel Discussion. Parents and whole families (ages 13+) are especially encouraged to attend together as we know the challenges of navigating the ever-changing landscape of both raising youth and being an adolescent.

No matter what stage of life you’re in, if you’re on social media, this event is for you. About "The Social Dilemma:" The technology that connects us also controls us. It polarizes us, distracts us, and monetizes us. Discover what’s hiding on the other side of your screen. We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. Watch now on Netflix and register for The Coronado Film Festival Panel on Nov. 15.

Free Osher Lecture Online

The free Osher Lecture this week is “A Twentieth-Century History of Coercive Persuasion: The Patty Hearst Affair.” Osher lectures are brought to you through the City of Coronado John D. Spreckels Center’s continued partnership with the University of California San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Viewing of this video is available now through Sunday, Nov. 8.
"A Twentieth-Century History of Coercive Persuasion: The Patty Hearst Affair" Synopsis: This is one lecture in a series that discusses how coercive persuasion or brainwashing developed in the twentieth century in government-sponsored studies and in individual religious and criminal groups. When Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, she was 19 years old. Within one year, she had apparently adopted the group’s violent ideology and robbed a bank. When she came to trial, it became an occasion both inside and outside the courtroom to debate the nature of dark persuasion. Was she responsible? Was she guilty?

Presenter: Joel Dimsdale is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. He is the author of more than 500 scientific papers as well as the recently published book "Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals." He is currently at work on a history of how brainwashing developed in the 20th century
Blood Drive in Coronado

The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross hosted yet another successful blood drive on October 29 in the Coronado Community Center. Fifty units (119% of the goal for the day) was collected last Thursday which can go to save up to 150 lives. The next blood drive is scheduled for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. To schedule an appointment please use the link below. The Red Cross has introduced RapidPass, a new tool that allows blood donors to help save lives in less time. The smart phone App is free and makes the donation easy as pie!
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 than click subscribe and provide your email address. News may also be found on the City’s website: You can follow the City on social media and check the City of Coronado COVID-19 page.
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