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The City was awarded a $221,000 adaptation planning grant from the California Department of Transportation in October 2019. The grant will be used to prepare a sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation plan. The plan will forecast anticipated sea-level rise through the year 2100 to identify critical public infrastructure and private

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The City Council agreed earlier this week to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots, other dedicated parking spots or other open areas near their restaurants.

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During the past couple of years, Major League Baseball (MLB) has been downgraded from “America’s Past-time,” to being labeled a sport of regional interest only. As much as I hate to admit it, despite MLB generating $10 billion in revenue in 2019, it has long since fallen behind the National …

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Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan died this past week at the age of 78 and most of the articles written about the four-time All-NBA First Team Defensive player allude to his toughness on the court. And believe me it was a characterization that was well-earned. In 1974-75, I was working for the Kansa…

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We continue to categorize Thought Exchange data into three prevailing themes: uniform distance learning structures and schedule, importance of direct interaction (teacher/student, peer/peer), and clear expectations with accountability. Professional development and training for staff, parents and students was also a key focus. We will share a more comprehensive report with our community on Wednesday, May 27.

Our staff development focus in June will center on lesson design for remote learning which aligns with research and evidence-based practices. Delivery of instruction will incorporate feedback from our staff and shareholders.

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The generosity of our community abounds and is even more meaningful at times like these. It has been over two months since CHA closed its doors to members, researchers, and guests to protect our community and volunteers. We canceled all of our programming, the museum store, and our two major fundraisers of the year, the Gala and the annual Mother’s Day Home Tour. While closing and canceling are the correct decisions to protect our community, the closure has compromised CHA’s financial health. We appreciate our community coming forward to financially support us through memberships and donations.

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It is such a joy to see Coronado retail and restaurants welcoming customers and in-house diners once more. However, rather like a garden with flowers coming into bloom at different times, each store and eatery is re-opening at a different pace and to a different extent! One of the best ways to suss out the new lay of the land is to take a leisurely stroll down Orange Avenue and familiarize yourself with the new, safety-conscious ways of doing business.

As a customer, the main thing to remember is to enter the establishment wearing a mask and check the guidelines posted by the front door so that you know how many customers are permitted inside at one time.

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Remind me not to play poker with Coronado Chief of Police Chuck Kaye. As nearly as I can tell, the warrant and arrest process described in the sidebar to this story occurred at or near the time of our in-person interview Friday morning at the Coronado Police station. Kaye kept his cards clos…

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WWII Paratrooper and Navy Region Commander Recognize 76th Anniversary of D-Day

On Saturday, June 6, World War II paratrooper Tom Rice and Commander Navy Region Southwest Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar will ring the Liberty Bell at Naval Air Station North Island for the 76th anniversary of D-Day. The event will occur globally at 6:44 p.m. (local time) to symbolize June 6, 1944. The Freedom Rings initiative will begin in Normandy, France and will be carried out through the world.

Local Coronado native Tom Rice was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment known as the “Screaming Eagles”. Rice parachuted into Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 to help liberate France from Nazi Germany. In 2019, for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Rice parachuted into Carentan, Normandy in the same drop zone as he did on D-Day. Rice was 97 years old then.

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Historically, on Memorial Day, Coronado’s Veterans of Foreign Wars gather with friends and families at Star Park to honor our fallen warriors, an emotional event they have orchestrated for decades. This year, because of social distancing and fear of the Coronavirus disease, officers at the VFW, along with staff and elected officials at the City of Coronado, worked together to produce a 40-minute Memorial Day tribute.

This very emotional and thought-provoking video had quite an adventure on social media Monday as it made its way from Facebook pages to news pages to favorite FaceBook groups, over and over again. By mid-day, it was estimated more than 100,000 people had viewed it, far more than could ever have attended physically at Star Park.

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On Sunday evening, May 17, the Evening After Hours Optimists gathered to support local business, Spiro’s Greek Cafe, ordering dinner to take home. For the past 49 years, local businesses have been generous in their donations to the Coronado Optimists Annual Sports Fiesta which sadly will not…

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The City installed new banners on the median recognizing the work of our public safety first-responders, Public Service workers and all the essential service workers who have continued working to keep us safe during the COVID-19 emergency. Last week was National Public Service Workers Week i…

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It’s not always about the money, but that’s the place to start as we summarize the Coronado City Council meeting of Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Due to the financial fallout created by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new financial reality is in store for Coronado. One year ago, Fiscal Year 2019-20 General Fund revenues were projected at $61.135 million; the revenue actuals for FY 2019-20 are going to be close to $53 million; and the budgeted FY 2020-21 General Fund revenues are $48.910 million.

Since General Fund expenses are projected at $52.68 million, an increase of $2.1 million over last fiscal year mostly due to wage and benefit adjustments and increased pension costs, City Manager Blair King and City Director of Administrative Services Jim Krueger had to get creative.

King spoke first to the Council and compared the budget preparation to being in a whirlwind. “Consistency, predictability and sustainability are important,” King said. “We are on a gentle glide

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The Coronado Historical Association will host its free annual Historic Preservation Symposium on Thursday, May 28, at 3 p.m. The event, co-hosted by the Coronado Historical Association, Coronado MainStreet and the City of Coronado, will be conducted remotely this year via Zoom, and it will a…

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The Coronado Public Library resumed its street-side book drops for returns and curbside pickup services last week. The response has been overwhelming. Over the course of six hours on the first day of service, May 11, Library staff received 92 calls, took 483 book requests and checked in 1,69…

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On Friday, May 15, The Old Goats saluted the health care workers with a flyover banner reading “Navy Old Goats love (heart) our health care heroes.”

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Dr. Heidi Hofelich and Dr. Andrew Keating were married on Feb. 22, 2020. The bride and groom are both doctors of traditional Chinese medicine and work at “The Center for Health and Wellbeing,” and Heidi owns and operates “Gem & Tonic,” a five room acupuncture clinic and herbal apothecary.

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Islander Athletic Director Robin Nixon dropped a line the other day to say the Coronado High School Top Senior Athletes for the 2019-20 school year had been selected. That list includes: Casey Harris-Cross Country and Lacrosse; Crista Izuzquiza-Golf; Elsa Ostermarker-Tennis; Raden Perry-Base…

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Coronado hosted a second blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, at the Coronado Community Center. The drive had 34 donors, from whom 32 pints of blood were collected. The drive attracted 23 first time donors. During the COVID-19 emergency, the Red Cross has had a great ne…

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In honor of the conclusion of the documentary, “The Last Dance,” I have one additional Michael Jordan anecdote. My 12-year career in the NBA included a two-year stop with the Miami Heat, the first two years the organization was in the league. And as an expansion team for the 1988-89 season, …

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club presented the May Spot of Beauty to Peohe’s Restaurant at 1201 First Street. Accepting the award from Marilyn Williams, right, is group sales manager, Alisa Atkins, left.

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This week’s lecture is “The Arc of Western Art and the Great Disruptions of the Renaissance and Impressionism.” The presenter, Linda Blair, is one of the most popular art lecturers in San Diego. She is well known for her wonderful lectures on art history. We hope you enjoy this informative a…

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Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave., will not reopen following its closure as part of the state’s COVID-19 mandated shutdown.

The popular family-owned and operated Italian restaurant has long been a cornerstone of Coronado. Husband and wife, Cristos and Jeannette Stavros, opened Primavera in 1989. Following Cristos’ passing, Jeannette and their daughter, Denise Stavros, have been operating the restaurant since 2014. Prior to the order for restaurants to close, Primavera has had some of its best years, yet.

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Lorton Mitchell would have turned 61 on May 23. A master builder, Lorton and his team built many homes that serve as reminder of his knowledge and skill. Also, Lorton shared his love of sports and the outdoors with countless hours of coaching and mentoring Coronado’s kids. So if you , or one…

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It would be fair to say that Spring 2020 was equal parts memorable and forgettable. One positive from the quarantine we are all undergoing to some extent, is there exists a lot of time that needs to be creatively filled. My new personal entertainment mixture includes reading books, listening…

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Morgan Smith (CHS ’81) is about as Coronado as you can get. The son of Morgan Sr. and Barbara Smith, Dad was a Commander and Navy fighter pilot, while Mom worked as a leasing agent at the Oakwood Apartments, now known as the Broadstone Apartments. After focusing, at least partly on surfing during his high school years, Morgan matriculated to the University of San Diego, where he majored in Computer Sciences and was a scholarship student in the NROTC Program.

After graduating from USD, Smith took a path familiar to many Navy Veterans, being commissioned as an Ensign and trained at the Flight School in Pensacola, Florida.

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“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.” ― Charles Hart

My music teacher, Ms. Pender, never smiled or complimented me. She never asked me personal questions, but she was the perfect teacher for me. I would ride my bike to lessons each week before school and sit on her porch until my time, no matter how cold it was. Entering her house was like entering a funeral home. The only light was an arm lamp on the piano which was aimed at the music. The house was always dark.

Her black crepe dress, sprinkled with either white powder or dandruff, was perfectly plain with long sleeves, no jewelry. Her white rolled curls, which matched her white powdered face, were pinned in place with black bobbi pins. Her appearance never changed from one lesson to the next. Her black and white appearance matched her drab personality and colorless house. As an adult, I now wonder what her story was, since I know nothing personal about her.

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In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25, 2020, EDCO will not be performing residential collection services, and all buyback centers and customer service offices will remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the Memorial Day holiday, collection w…

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With Memorial Day upon us, Coronado Island Film Festival invites you to journey back to 13th century Scotland for a spectacular three-hour reminder that war is hell and freedom is never free. Mel Gibson’s 1995 tour de force, “Braveheart” tells the story of young, kilt-wearing Scotsman William Wallace as he leads the quest for independence from England’s brutal ruler, King Edward I, aka “Longshanks.” (Amazon Prime for a small rental fee.)

Directed by, produced, and starring Gibson, this epic stunner was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography (John Toll), and Best Makeup (Lois Burwell). It’s a movie about a savage time, not a family film by a long shot, but oh my, it is brilliant in every way!

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Coronado skies showcase some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If you have captured this artistry with your camera, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce would love to see your photographs, with a view to featuring them on the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website.

The brand new design by Raindrop Marketing is launching this summer

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In addition to a virtual celebration of the nine employees of the year, the Coronado Unified School District Governing Board took action on numerous items at their May 14 meeting. Included in the action items on the agenda were three significant matters; teacher pay increases, a new high school bell schedule, and a Resolution authorizing the district to borrow $12 million through a Lease-Purchase Agreement. 

After months of negotiations a Tentative Agreement was reached between representatives from the Association of Coronado Teachers (ACT) and CUSD. Included in the Agreement was a one percent salary schedule increase effective July 1, 2020 and a .54 percent pay increase in the form of one additional non-student day annually to be used for professional development. Other details included a nine percent salary differential for specialized training for the District Nurse, and 15 days of paid maternity leave. The impact to the district budget for the 1.54 percent salary increase is $300,911. The Board voted 4-1 to ratify the Agreement, with Trustee Julie Russell voting “No.” Russell later explained that her

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Good morning,

We appreciate the overwhelming response to our Distance Learning Thought Exchange survey. There were over 800 ideas and 20,000 ratings shared; this level of engagement is a true testament of the investment from our community in our district. Frustrations expressed in the survey are valid. We know that our remote learning experiences need to improve and are committed to continued growth.

Beginning on June 1, CUSD will embark on training and staff collaboration to design our remote learning structure for the fall.

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May is Bike Month in Coronado and although we are in the midst of a public health emergency, we can all thankfully still ride our bikes.

It’s spring and that means the weather is perfect for getting outside. With the proper social distancing measures in place and keeping in mind that riding alone is best, new

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Aria is a sweet and sporty girl who came to PAWS after she was found wandering on B Avenue. Aria is initially shy when meeting new people, but when she warms up she shows her sweet and silly side.

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Aging & Independence Services (AIS) is excited to announce the launch of a new program that will help older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic to get meals delivered to their homes. It is called Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors.

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The Air Force Thunderbirds paid a quick call to San Diegans as they flew in formation in F-16 Cs and Ds around noon on Friday, May 15. Their plan was to fly over all the hospitals in San Diego. “It is an honor for our team to salute the countless Californians who have committed to keeping th…

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Coronado Playhouse announces more changes to its current 2020 season due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Because of the county-wide shutdown and in accordance with Governor Newsom’s plan for re-opening, the Playhouse is forced to cancel the upcoming productions of “Richard III,” originally schedul…

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This week the City of Coronado begins processing applications from Tier 2 businesses as part of their $2 million Lifeline Loan program, designed to offer support to local businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Approximately 270 Coronado businesses are classed as Tier 2 but, in order to be eligible, the business in question must pay sales tax to the state of California. For example, a service-based business like a hair salon or yoga studio would also need to sell products to customers, and collect sales tax on those items. Professional or personal services that do not sell any products are not eligible for this loan. For example, a real estate office that does not charge sales tax, would not be eligible.

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Dan Gensler, Founder and President of Coronado, California-based wealth management and financial planning firm, the Gensler Group, was named to the 2020 edition of the Financial Times (FT) 400 Top Financial Advisers. The annual list recognizes top financial advisers from across the United States.

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The Library has begun converting its collection from a barcode to a Radio Frequency Identification system. The new system allows multiple books to be checked out or processed by staff in a stack, as opposed to opening each item to find a barcode and running it under a light.

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Coronado is displaying colorful art banners that celebrate local artists. The banners are installed in the medians along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas through June. The Cultural Arts Commission supports local artists through this annual banner series, which highlig…

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ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls ages 15–18 for the next academic year. Students from all over the world – places like Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Ukraine, to name a few – have

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The City’s Household Hazardous Waste disposal location at 101 B Avenue will resume operations but on a reduced schedule for now. The program will open on the following Saturdays: May 16, May 30, June 13 and June 27. Typically, the program is held every Saturday. A reminder that the program i…

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The City of Coronado is working closely with state and San Diego County health officials to monitor the coronavirus health emergency and provide information to the community. The City put together the following list for residents and businesses on questions staff has been receiving. The list is not complete but it includes the following:

Coronado’s Beach: 

The beach is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for running and walking. Dog Beach and the North Beach fire pits, however, remain closed. Those who go to the beach may not loiter, sit or lay on the sand or gather in groups of any size. Surfing, swimming and kayaking are allowed in local ocean and bay waters. Parking remains restricted per San Diego County. A recent County Public Health Order requires wearing a mask or face covering in public if you are within 6 feet of another person, effective May 1. Please

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Ayona Hudson of Southwestern College (SWC) is the 2020 recipient of the Coronado Democratic Club’s $500 John F. Kennedy Scholarship. Hudson is a political science major with a 3.44 GPA. Her volunteer work in promoting inclusion and equity at Southwestern as well as her work with the homeless…

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One of the fun things that has happened to Your Natterer of late, was that for a four-second period of time, I was part of ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” better known as the Michael Jordan documentary. In the fourth hour of the show, 20 minutes in, a disembodied voice introduces Scottie Pippen in his first All-Star Game, which occurred in 1990 at the Miami Arena. That voice was me. In the game itself, Pippen played 12 minutes, scoring just four points. The talent on display in that game was formidable, with the East Team’s starting lineup including Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. The subs for the East included Robert Parish, Kevin