City of Coronado

Thursday, April 2, 2020
City Manager's Weekly Update
Top News
City Meetings to Resume
The City plans to resume certain commission meetings in the coming weeks that will be held virtually. The City added a third meeting. The Historic Resource Commission will hold its next meeting on April 15. The other two are the April 14 Planning Commission meeting and April 22 Design Review Commission meeting. Commissioners will connect using an internet-based meeting ap p and none is expected to physically attend. The meeting agendas will be posted as they normally are, and members of the public are encouraged to comment in advance. The meetings are subject to cancellation depending on COVID-19.

The April 7 City Council meeting will be held as planned at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way. Click the link below for a link to the agenda and information on how to comment in advance.
City Council Closures

The Council took several actions at a special meeting on March 31, including the indefinite closure of the dog washing station at Dog Beach, playground equipment at all parks, the bandstand at Spreckels Park and the City’s tennis courts.

Most parks will remain open. However, due to people congregating at Sunset Park following the beach closure, the City shut down Sunset Park. The City Council will reevaluate the closures April 7.
Osher Lectures
The John D. Spreckels Center in partnership with the University of California San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering the prerecorded April Osher lecture “Marine Debris in the Pacific Ocean – micro plastic pollution” free. Plastic pollution is receiving more attention than ever before in public media and in the scientific world. The lecturer, Jenni Brandon, has been studying microscopic plastic fragments more than seven years and is an expert in quantifying and identifying the existence of these microplastics in order to determine the affect they have on the food chain. To watch the lecture, click below or visit:

This video is available now through Sunday, April 5. Each Monday through April, the Spreckels Center will post a link to a new Osher lecture which will be available for viewing free through the following Sunday.
CUSD Grab-and-Go Meal Service

A reminder that the Coronado Unified School District will begin Grab-and-Go Meal Service for all families with children 18 and under that will include free breakfast and lunch meals on April 6. Starting Monday, families can pick up the meals via curbside pick-up. Each child will receive a bag that contains 5 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District. This is free for everyone regardless of free/reduced/paid meal status. Details can be found here .
Mental Health and Well-being
This may be a difficult and overwhelming time for many. There are many ways to deal with stress, including staying active, getting involved and finding something enjoyable to do. The City has ways to address all of those. The City also has links to resources to help the community get help.

Staying active: The City has been filming videos of exercise classes held at the Spreckels Center and airing them on Coronado TV. Also airing are storytimes and cultural arts videos. There's something for everyone. PAWS of Coronado also is looking for volunteer foster homes for animals whose caretakers get sick. See the special topic items below for more on the "Safe at Home but Not Alone" and PAWS foster programs.

Getting involved: The City began working with concerned residents who may not be able to get out to get medicines or food or just need to talk. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program is working to reach out to every residence in Coronado to check on people's well-being. Email or call the Coronado Call Center at (619) 522-6380 for more information.

Virtually visiting the Library: You might be very surprised to discover how many services and special events are available online at the Library. You can read newspapers, magazines and of course books. You can watch movies and listen to audio books. You just need a Library card (easy to get) to begin discovering all that is offered. Visit the Library's website or call the Call Center at (619) 522-6380 for more details.

Reaching out: It can be hard to talk about mental health, particularly if you’re struggling. But reaching out for help or to offer help is a necessary step to take in feeling better. We have some ways to reach out for yourself or for friends outlined below
Safe at Home but Not Alone
The City began its Safe at Home but Not Alone community outreach to connect with the community through programming on Coronado TV and via social media.

The City is broadcasting programs it typically offers at the Library, Spreckels Center and Community Center such as chair yoga, Library Story hour, Cultural Arts videos and Recreation dance programs for kids. In partnership with the Library, Recreation Department and Cultural Arts Commission, the City is creating new content daily. The City is engaging staff, local creatives and teachers to provide programming that otherwise would not be available to our citizens during this time.
Volunteer Opportunities and Resources
Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) is a program created through a partnership of local volunteers and your neighbors along with the support of the City of Coronado. N2N is a program built on neighbors looking out for and helping one another and is entirely voluntary and run by local volunteers. During these uncertain times, it is important to maintain a sense of community. This week, N2N program letters are being distributed to 173 blocks in the Village and all villages in the Coronado Cays. You are urged to fill out the information and return it to your block captain listed on the letter. Residents of the Coronado Shores are encouraged to contact your building manager for more information. If you want to participate or need assistance, please contact the N2N program coordinator at or call the Coronado Call Center at (619) 522-6380.
May 12 Coronado Blood Drive
The City of Coronado is partnering with the American Red Cross for a second blood drive on May 12. The April Blood Drive in Coronado filled 90 appointments very quickly. Donors are urgently needed. This event is by appointment only. Click on the image below to make an appointment.
PAWS Needs Foster Volunteers
PAWS of Coronado is looking for volunteers to be ready to foster animals if people cannot care for their pets due to COVID-19.

PAWS and the Coronado Animal Care Facility need people who are willing to temporarily foster a cat or dog in the coming days and weeks. If you are a dog-savvy or cat-savvy person interested in helping a Coronado resident who is too ill to care for their pet, please submit our  online foster application .

When an animal that needs temporary care arrives, the PAWS Foster Team will review all submitted foster applications and place the animal with the applicant who is the best fit for him/her. We will contact you to make the foster arrangements. PAWS will provide food and any necessary medication for each fostered animal.

Please remember that according the American Veterinary Medical Association, there is no evidence to suggest that pets spread COVID-19 to humans. 

If you have questions regarding this foster program, please email .
Call Center
The City takes calls from residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week during this emergency. Coronado has set up a call center to help answer questions and hear the concerns of residents. Please call (619) 522-6380 if you are concerned about a neighbor or family member, have concerns about food and other resources, or if you have questions about our local schools, City services or City business. Don't hesitate to call. 
SAFE Counseling Services
Due to the mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, SAFE's counseling services now provides free brief wellness checks available to all community members, particularly to those most vulnerable or at-risk of anxiety and depression via teletherapy. At the end of the check-in, appropriate resources and referrals will be made. SAFE can also help residents navigate other resources within the community and greater San Diego County.

Coronado's residents with experience in counseling, therapy and emotional-behavioral 
supports are going to be needed during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Proactively supporting our community will be key to reducing the rates of loneliness, anxiety, depression, abuse and relational problems that are expected to increase. If you are retired or currently active in this area, please email info@CoronadoSAFE or call 619-478-4066.
(619) 478-4066
211 Call Center
As a local nonprofit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year, 211 San Diego is the region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social and disaster services. By simply dialing 211 the call is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages. 211 provides access to 6,000-plus services, resources and programs through its online database. Check out this informational animated video on 211. Visit the San Diego Health Care resource page for additional services and resources.
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 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.
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