______City Manager's Weekly Update
January 21, 2022
The following is provided as an update regarding programs, services and issues within the City.
Weekly Update Video
Community News & Updates
City Hall Closed Due to Employee COVID Cases

Coronado City Hall is temporarily closed to walk-in visitors due to employee COVID-19 cases. Staff is available by telephone to assist customers seeking to make an appointment. Residents seeking help should call (619) 522-6380. City Hall will remain closed to walk-in visitors until Jan. 28 if no new positive cases are reported. Signs have been placed on the building letting the community know of City Hall’s modified services. The City is doing its best to minimize exposure and control and identify visitors in case contact tracing is required and is closely monitoring the situation. Other public City facilities are unaffected and remain open, including the Coronado Public Library, the Community Center and Spreckels Center. Please check their web pages for any changes and program cancellations due to the increase in COVID cases in the region. Police, Fire and Public Services staffing are not affected.
Free At-home COVID-19 Tests Available via USPS
The federal government’s website to order free at-home COVID-19 tests is up and running. Residential households can place an order to receive four free tests per address through the U.S. Postal Service. The orders will begin shipping in late January. Four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are included. Visit COVIDtests.gov and enter your name and address. Tests should be used if you have symptoms; at least five days after exposure; or before gathering indoors with unvaccinated people or those at higher risk for COVID-19.
City Responds to Tsunami Advisory Issued off Pacific Coast
Orange Avenue Palm Pruning Begins Jan. 22
Burglary Suspect Arrested After Citizen Call to Police
On Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 8:50 a.m., an alert citizen called the Coronado Police dispatch center and reported a suspicious U-Haul truck parked in the 1400 block of Ninth Street. A patrol officer contacted two men sitting inside the truck and noticed a stack of vehicle titles belonging to a local golf cart business and mail from a local address. Officers contacted the owner of the golf cart business who reviewed his surveillance cameras and confirmed that video footage showed the suspects inside the business earlier that morning. The mail was taken from a different location as they were fleeing the area. The two men, ages 27 and 45, were charged with burglary, conspiracy and identity theft. The driver also was charged with possession of fentanyl. The City and its Police Department would like to thank the citizen who called to report the suspicious behavior. Neighborhood Watch works.
Coronado Cays Park Master Plan Update
Council Approves Timeline for Cays Park Master Plan Restart
Earlier this week, the City Council accepted a proposed schedule for the Coronado Cays Park Master Plan project, which is getting a restart. The City Council agreed in December to restart the master planning effort to include development of three draft master plan alternatives and a transparent, comprehensive community outreach. Currently, the Master Plan consultant is reviewing Coronado's park usage history and developing best practices for the Council's consideration, likely at a City Council meeting in March. After receiving Council direction and using all of the feedback received since 2019, the consultant will develop three draft Master Plan alternatives. Those plans will be the subject of extensive community outreach to gather input. The City will conduct two public workshops and an online survey available to all of Coronado. Based upon this feedback, a final Draft Master Plan will be developed and presented to the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association, the Parks and Recreation Commission and, finally, the City Council in December.
Cays Park Master Plan Restart Public Outreach
The restart of the project includes a robust public outreach campaign -- Restart, Review, Engage and Approve – which aligns with the Council-approved schedule to promote public awareness of the project. This will be accomplished using a combination of strategies and platforms, including press releases, social media posts, banners, news ads as well as print and video materials tied to upcoming public meetings and key project dates and deadlines. The City will provide regular updates to the dedicated Cays Park Master Plan project page on CommentCoronado.org and to a dedicated section in the Weekly Update. Direct mailers to Cays community members and other regular project updates will be sent out to notify the entire Coronado community of the process and provide information on how to stay up to date.

Public Services & Engineering Project Updates
SDG&E Gas Main Replacement Project: SDG&E commenced concrete and asphalt restoration work on Wednesday, Jan. 19, after having completed the gas main replacement and testing in early December of 2021. SDG&E crews are working to replace the gas main in the 100-500 blocks of the alley between J Avenue and Alameda Boulevard. The work is starting at the north end of First Street and will head south toward Sixth Street. The work is estimated to be completed in 3-5 weeks, including concrete, asphalt, and striping.

Water Main Replacement Project: The asphalt contractor working for California American Water completed asphalt resurfacing on Thursday, Jan. 20. This was after the water company had a large section of its water main replaced by another contractor late last year. The project area is in the 1700 block of Miguel Avenue, the 700-800 blocks of Glorietta Boulevard and the 1900 block of Monterey Avenue. Roadway striping and marking restoration dates are still pending but will be communicated to the public once scheduled.
Photo: 800-block of Glorietta Boulevard after water main replacement and before asphalt restoration.
Parker Pump Station Replacement Project: The Parker Pump Station project was presented to the Design Review Commission at its Dec. 8 meeting, however, a decision was not reached. The Commission recommended minor changes to the project and the revised plans will be brought back for consideration at a Jan. 26 meeting. The revised plans and updates on the project can be found on CommentCoronado.org Parker Pump Station page.
Annual Slurry Seal Work to Begin: The City is preparing to begin its annual slurry sealing of certain streets in town. Starting later this month, the public can observe minor work such as crack-filling, striping removal, and dig-out repair operations on those streets before work begins along those streets receiving the pavement work this year. Slurry operations will tentatively start the first week of February with the goal of completing the work before Presidents Day, Feb. 21. The City applies slurry seal to extend the life of its streets. Each street gets a slurry seal every seven years. The City also will restore striping and complete several priority improvement projects recommended by the City’s Active Transportation Plan. Exhibits illustrating the proposed improvements can be viewed by clicking the Slurry Seal link below. Slurry seal is composed of asphalt emulsion, fine aggregates, mineral filler, various additives, and water, all of which are mixed and applied from a truck. It is a cost-effective and proven way to extend the life of roads.

Streets and parking lots to receive slurry seal:

  • Orange Avenue from First to Second streets

  • Fifth Street from Alameda to Glorietta boulevards

  • Tenth Street from Alameda Boulevard to Orange Avenue

  • Olive Avenue from D Avenue to Alameda Boulevard

  • Alameda Boulevard from First Street to Olive Avenue

  • J Avenue from First to Tenth streets

  • I Avenue from First to Tenth streets
Recreation & Golf Services Project Updates

Driving Range Closure: The driving range at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course will be closed next week, from Jan. 24 through Jan. 28 to repair and replace the netting around the range to keep everyone safe. Recreation Services will provide updates to the community if this timeline changes. Thank you for your patience. 

Park Field Closures: Park field closures for annual maintenance have begun. Cays Park and Sunset Park fields were closed from Jan. 3-16. From now until Jan.30, Tidelands Park sports fields will be closed. The turf will be closed for aeration and maintenance. All other public areas will be open and available for use.
Community Meetings
Public Meeting Calendar
Please note, all meetings subject to cancellation.

Tuesday, Jan. 25; 3 p.m.
Planning Commission
City Hall Council Chamber

Wednesday, Jan. 26; 3 p.m.
Design Review Commission
City Hall Council Chamber

Thursday, Jan. 27; 2 p.m.
Traffic Operaitons Committee
City Hall Council Chamber

City Council Actions
Find out how the City Council voted at its Jan. 18 meeting by clicking the link below.

The next City Council meeting is Feb. 1.
Community Programs & Events
Coronado Public Library
Community READ 2022 Voting Deadline Feb. 6: The deadline to vote on this year’s Coronado Community READ from among five final titles is Feb. 6. The Community READ and its programs will take place during the month of April. Votes can be cast over the next two weeks online at CommentCoronado.org or by paper ballot at the Coronado Public Library, Bay Books and Coronado Historical Association. Now in its sixth year, the Coronado Community READ is designed to unite the community through the shared reading of a single book. The program encourages discussion and participation in planned community-building events around the theme of the title, selected by you, the readers.

New Exhibit Featuring the 1960s: The Coronado Public Library is staging a new exhibition, “As He Saw It … Photographs by Major Morris,” which will be on view in the Library’s Exhibit Corridor from Jan. 21 through March 5. Morris was a photographer known for his depictions of life in the 1960s United States. The exhibition includes more than 60 black-and-white images that focus on everyday life from that decade.
Recreation & Golf Services
American Mah Jongg Beginner Class: The community is invited to learn to play American Mah Jongg on Wednesdays this February at the John D. Spreckels Center. This is a four week class that will begin Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Mah Jongg is known to help people enhance memorization, and observation skills while having fun. Registration is required for this course. To register online, click on the link below. The Spreckels Center is continuing classes as scheduled. Face coverings are required in City facilities and social distancing is encouraged. In addition, windows and doors will be open to increase air flow.
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.

Allegra, a fun and social 5-year-old Retriever mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Allegra means cheerful in Italian and that’s what she is. She also is affectionate and spunky. She loves walks and does so nicely on her leash. She is a medium-sized dog and at her age is past the puppy antics. Her adoption fee is $125. To find out more about Allegra, call Paws of Coronado, which runs the city’s Animal Care Facility at (619) 522-7371.

Boards, Commissions & Committees
Boards, Commission, Committee Vacancies