______City Manager's Weekly Update
February 18, 2022
The following is provided as an update regarding programs, services and issues within the City.
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Community News & Updates
Community READ 2022 Selection: 'West with Giraffes'
The Coronado Public Library is excited to announce this year’s Coronado Community READ. "West with Giraffes" by Lynda Rutledge was selected following a months-long process of public input. The book is based on the true story of two giraffes who made the long journey from the East Coast to the early San Diego Zoo in the 1930s. The journey captivated and uplifted the nation during the difficult and uncertain pre-war period of rising international tensions and the Great Depression. In addition to the main Community READ title, children’s and teen companion titles were also selected. The children’s pick, "Ty the Quiet Giraffe" by San Diego Zoo authors Carrie Hassler and Barbara Bell, tells the story of a quiet giraffe who isn’t noticed by anyone until he shows them that he has something important to say. The teen title, "Turtle in Paradise: The Graphic Novel" by Jennifer L. Holm and Savanna Ganucheau, is an inspiring story set in 1935 Key West full of family secrets, treasure, and a little bit of fun. This year marks the sixth year of the program that strives to strengthen the fabric of the community through the shared reading of a single book. The Library, with help from local partners including the San Diego Zoo, Coronado Historical Association, the Coronado Unified School District, Bay Books and others, will provide a series of events in April. Events include book discussions, movie showings, live music, and lectures, and will conclude with a concert of music from the interwar period by the High Society Jazz Band on April 30.
Construction to Begin Soon on Ocean Boulevard Improvements
Construction will soon begin to make improvements along Ocean Boulevard. The project will improve access and pedestrian mobility on the sidewalk along the ocean side of the boulevard. The current sidewalk width is very small. Add open car doors, people unloading beach gear, walkers, runners, bicyclists, strollers, and dogs on leashes and it gets tight. Last fall, the City Council approved a design after considering a variety of options. Residents and those driving in the area can expect traffic impacts as the project progresses including parking restrictions on both sides of the street and lane closures during working hours, particularly during pavement rehabilitation work when traffic will likely be reduced to one lane for both directions. Traffic control is likely to change each day so the public should use caution when traveling through the area and expect delays. The City will notify the community about the work and impacts once the contractor’s schedule is set. Construction is likely to begin in the next four weeks. The approved design includes sidewalk widening to provide a minimum of 8 feet of clear pedestrian space. This will mean moving trash bins, benches and some light standards out of the pedestrian path. The project includes new asphalt on Ocean Boulevard from Ocean Drive to the crosswalk at Flora Avenue. Design features include curb bulbouts on the west side of Ocean Boulevard that will allow pedestrians to be seen better by motorists when crossing the street with no loss of on-street parking. In accordance with the City’s Active Transportation Plan, pavement striping improvements along Ocean Boulevard will include high visible ladder-style crosswalks to replace the traditional two-stripe crosswalks and “share the road” pavement stencils,or sharrows, in both travel lanes to remind drivers that cyclists may use the full travel lane.
Community Grant Applications Available for Fiscal Year 2022-23
The Council approved revisions to the City's Community Grants program earlier this week and authorized the release of the Fiscal Year 2022-­23 Community Grant Program applications. The City will accept applications beginning Friday, Feb. 18, and the deadline is April 1. The Coronado Community Grant Program was developed to strengthen a sense of community by enhancing Economic Development, Social Services, Arts and Culture, and Community Pride/Sense of Place through partnerships with local nonprofits. These groups administer events, services and activities for the benefit of the Coronado community. Last year, the Council awarded $950,500 in community grant funding.
Agenda Management Software Improves Public Access, Experience
The City has implemented a new software program called PrimeGov to automate the process of agenda management and board, commission and committee applications. PrimeGov automates and easily facilitates review by key staff members responsible for creating staff reports and agendas. Automation streamlines the process, is more efficient, creates consistency across departments, and minimizes errors related to Brown Act posting requirements. For the public, the agenda will be available in the web programming language known as HTML and in PDF. HTML allows for active links for easier online viewing and navigation, as well as optimized content from desktop to mobile devices. The public may click on specific staff reports and attachments rather than scrolling or using bookmarks, and provide comments directly on each item. With PrimeGov, agendas and staff reports will be available to search by keywords starting this year and going forward. The City expects increased transparency, better access, and an improved experience for citizens with the new agenda management software.
Here is an example of what you will see when you visit PrimeGov:
Council Receives Tijuana River Environmental Issues Update
The City Council received a report this week on the status of projects to address water pollution from the Tijuana River Watershed. The report discussed the background, how Congress allocated $300 million for border sewage in the United States Mexico-Canada Agreement. The Environmental Protection Agency then developed a proposed suite of projects to address sewage flows in the Tijuana River and in Mexico. The list of projects include input from City of Coronado and other stakeholders in the South Bay region, including the other cities, the Navy and the U.S. Border Patrol. Total project cost is in the range of $600 million. City Council agreed to continue to work with EPA on environmental review and project implementation and encourage Congress to allocate additional funds for remaining projects. In addition, all stakeholders will continue to seek opportunities for project funding through government and private investment.
Residential Organic Recycling Program Began One Year Ago
EDCO launched its residential organics program nearly one year ago. The program allows single-family households to dispose of food scraps in their green waste bins. EDCO’s Organic Recycling Program is voluntary for residents but required for California businesses by state law to help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. Residents may place food scraps and food-soiled paper only along with yard waste in their green waste containers to be recycled. The recycling occurs at EDCO’s Anaerobic Digestion Facility, which opened in March 2021. At the facility, microorganisms are broken down from food and yard waste and transformed into natural gas. The natural gas will be used to run EDCO vehicles. Food waste accounts for more than 40 percent of materials in waste streams. Because food waste cannot properly break down in landfills, it emits large amounts of greenhouse gases. Those planning to collect organic waste may use any reusable container but EDCO is offering a free kitchen caddie for household use. Newspapers can be used to keep caddies clean, then everything can go directly in the trash bin. Visit www.edcodisposal.com and click on the Residential Service’s Organics page to order one. Visit the Organic Recycling page on CommentCoronado.org.
City to Observe Presidents Day Holiday Feb. 21
The City of Coronado will observe the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 21, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities around town will remain open. Public Services crews will not sweep streets on the holiday. EDCO will perform regular residential trash collection on Presidents Day. Certain City of Coronado departments and services will be open with varying hours of operation.
Coronado Cays Park Master Plan Update
City Launches Cays Park Master Plan Public Outreach
Community Meetings
Public Meeting Calendar
Please note, all meetings subject to cancellation.

Tuesday, Feb. 22; 3 p.m.
Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chamber

Wednesday, Feb. 23; 3 p.m.
Design Review Commission
City Hall Council Chamber

City Council Actions
Find out how the City Council voted at its Feb. 15 meeting by clicking the link below.

The next City Council meeting is March 1.
Community Programs & Events
Coronado Public Library
KidsWrite! Poetry Contest: Teen poets are invited to submit their work to this year’s KidsWrite! poetry contest, sponsored by the Coronado Public Library-based San Diego Writers Festival. On Saturday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 3 p.m., Iowa Writers Workshop graduate and KidsWrite! judge, Tania Pryputniewicz, will lead a workshop based on this year’s contest theme: “Here Comes the Sun.” A Zoom link will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event. Register to receive the Zoom link.
Composting 101 Class: Join Coronado Librarian and Master Composter Tara Davies for Composting 101 on Sunday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. Bring your composting questions about how to get started or troubleshoot problems with your pile. Take a look inside the Coronado High School Emerald Keepers Club's active compost pile as Davies demonstrates best practices for turning the pile and adding material. This event will take place at the Coronado High School Community Garden, between Coronado High School and Village Elementary.
Recreation & Golf Services
Newcomer Tour at the John D. Spreckels Center: The John D. Spreckels Center invites the community to a tour of the facility on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This event was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are happy to offer it now. Attendees will meet facility staff, hear about the programs and classes offered and enjoy light refreshments and hot coffee. Participants will receive an informational packet containing details that will provide an expanded awareness of the Spreckels Center as a valuable community resource. We’re confident you’ll learn something new. The center has no membership requirements, serves adults 50-plus and is centrally located at 1019 Seventh St. across from Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue. For more information, please call (619) 522-7343. 
Babysitter Camp: Recreation and Golf Services’ Babysitter Training Camp is back. If your young teen is interested in caring for and mentoring younger children, starting a babysitting business is the perfect choice. Babysitter Training is Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call (619) 522-7342 to register or register online by clicking on the link below.
Aquatics Center Update: The Aquatics Center will be closed on Sunday, Feb. 20, for all-staff training and will have modified hours on Monday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Presidents Day.
Arts & Culture
Four on Friday: Find out the four hottest upcoming arts and cultural events going on in Coronado with "Four on Friday," a feature brought to you by CoronadoARTS.com. Click on the Four On Friday logo to view this week's edition.
The Animal Care Facility has more than dogs and cats. A few weeks ago, we featured Tobias and Gob, two adorable Guinea pigs. They are still available and looking for that perfect home. Guinea pigs are sweet, social and low maintenance. Tobias and Gob are great examples of everything that is fun about having a guinea pig as part of your family. Tobias is a mature male adult guinea pig, brown, orange and white. He would thrive in the company of other Guinea pigs. Gob is a young male adult with black and white coloring. He is highly social with people and loves treats. They could be adopted together or separately. Adoption fee is $25 each. To find out more about Tobias and Gob, call Paws of Coronado, which runs the city’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Boards, Commissions & Committees
Boards, Commission, Committee Vacancies