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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Memorial Day services have been held nationally to honor our fallen warriors since 1868. In Coronado, the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has hosted a tribute annually, for decades, at Star Park. It is so well-attended that people spill out into the street surrounding the event.

This year, however, the physical assembly to celebrate Memorial Day has been temporarily cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead of gathering at Star Park on Monday May 25, Coronadans will be able to watch a half hour tribute to Memorial Day on Coronado TV, the City of Coronado’s government access channel.

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We want our students back. Desperately. Yesterday. All of them. As an educator and as a parent, the fact that our children are missing out on day to day interactions with our staff and with one another is heartbreaking. We also need to keep them safe and healthy. We want to get them back as soon as public health officials declare it is safe by lifting restrictions and mandated school closures.

It seems each day introduces a new vision for what public education may be in the fall. Each with obstacles due to problems related to safety, equity, logistics, or practicality. In listening closely to staff and community voices and discussions with the Governing Board,

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The EDCO Coronado Spring Cleanup Event will continue to take place during the week of May 18 through May 22. Simply place the items you’d like picked up out on the curb with your regular trash containers on your regularly scheduled collection day during the cleanup event.

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Do you have a favorite photograph (or 20) of your pup enjoying the dog-friendly wonders of Coronado? Your Coronado Chamber of Commerce is inviting photographic submissions for the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website, launching this summer. The fresh and stylish design has been creat…

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Coronado’s City Council performed double duty last week, with their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, May 5, 2020, followed closely by a Special Meeting called for May 8, 2020. How to best address business and economic issues presented by the continuing COVID-19 health crisis played prominent roles in both sessions.

The May 5 session lasted 34 minutes and included the passage of 11 items on the Consent Calendar, with two of them being notable. First, the 200-word limit for local candidate statements will continue at that level for the 2020 Presidential Election. Second, the Council approved the cancellation of the popular Free Summer Shuttle through the City for 2020, along with the 1,000 bus passes proposed for purchase to benefit residents of the Coronado Cays.

The balance of the meeting took the form of a series of updates from City Manager Blair King to the City Council. King began with a discussion of the City’s Lifeline Business Loan Program, which was approved by the Council April 21,

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Last week, the contractor on the Third, Fourth and I Avenue Storm Drain Improvement project began trenching operations on the 100 block of I Avenue and installation of the 48-inch storm drainpipe. Minor amounts of groundwater were encountered, slowing productivity slightly. Work within the 1…

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The City is advising residents who have been using the Golf Course to walk or run that beginning Friday, May 1, the Coronado Municipal Golf Course is open on a limited basis to players only.

This means that it is no longer safe to be anywhere on the course, even on the outskirts, unless you are golfing or an employee. The City asks the community to abide by its posted signs along Glorietta Boulevard.

San Diego County’s public health officer announced that starting May 1, restrictions would be relaxed for parks and golf courses, allowing for them to be reopened if cities can enforce social distancing. Cities are required to create and post a plan for how they will do that. The City submitted its plan for the Golf Course to County officials and is beginning to implement a phased reopening of the Golf Course.

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Silver Strand State Beach officially reopened on Tuesday, May 5, according to local state beach officials.

A few of San Diego County’s state beaches reopened earlier this week with restrictions, including Carlsbad, South Carlsbad and Torrey Pines, per the

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On Monday, May 4, at 9:31 p.m., our Communications Center received several 911 calls regarding a shooting that had just occurred in the 900 block of Orange Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and found one victim on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a San Diego area hospital

At this point in the investigation, it appears the 18-year-old male victim had arranged to meet the suspects to sell jewelry over an internet app which pairs buyers and sellers. At some point in the transaction, the suspects grabbed the jewelry and shot the victim as they ran off. The suspects are still outstanding. The investigation is ongoing.

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As of May 5, the City has processed 68 applications for the Coronado Lifeline Business Loan Program and paid loans to eligible Tier 1 businesses totaling $985,000.

The City Council approved the Lifeline Business Loan Program on April 21, and implementation progressed rapidly. Council members wanted to help local businesses as soon as possible who have been forced to close or vastly reduced their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Within a week, City staff developed application forms and loan agreements, and began issuing checks May 1.

On Tuesday, May 5, the Council approved opening up the loan program to Tier 2 businesses on May 18, a week earlier than planned.

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is serving as the portal to issue and receive loan applications. Contact Sue Gillingham at sue@coronadochamber.com or (619) 435-9260.

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Are you ready to return your library books? Have you been waiting to pick up your holds? Would you like to check out more items? We have good news! The Coronado Public Library will be opening our book drops this week and providing curbside pickup and answering your reference questions starting Monday, May 11.

Library customers will be able to pull up in front of the library and pick up their requested items between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A staff member will take care of the checkout procedure and deliver items to your car. Here is how it works:

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In celebration of Mother’s Day 2020, the Coronado Recreation Department is asking Coronado school children to create a homemade Mother’s Day card for local mothers and grandmothers who may not be able to see their children or grandkids due to the stay at home orders.

The cards, which can be a design of your choosing, will be delivered or mailed before the holiday to someone who liv es alone or lives or works in a local nursing home, assisted living facility or hospital.

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During this unprecedented time in our nation’s history everyone at Sharp Coronado Hospital hopes you and your loved ones are healthy and well. While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain uncertain, they are inspired by the local community’s response to the immediate needs of Sharp Coro…

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COVID-19 has left an indelible impression on the world at large and certainly Coronado has not been spared economically or culturally. Last week two of the city’s iconic events, the Fourth of July Parade and all that day’s attendant events were cancelled. The following day Concerts in the Park was cancelled, with a glimmer of hope existing that a concert or two could be held.

Concerts President Cathy Brown provided her thoughts on what would have been the 50th Anniversary of Concerts in the Park. “The best we can hope for is maybe, and this is a big maybe, the last week of August and/or Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 6. These dates are based on the schools being back in session and we get the okay from the City. Also, only Coronado local bands would play those dates. Of course, if anything changes, and we’re allowed to have the concerts, the Board can make it happen very quickly. We will celebrate our 50th Anniversary next year in 2021. I can’t wait to see you all again, dancing at the Concerts.”

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Coronado Beach Hours 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

The City has recently reopened the beach to walking and running, and ocean and bay waters also have been opened to recreational sports such as surfing, swimming and kayaking.

City Lifeguards and Police, however, took note of a large number of people on the beach after the beach closed the very first day it reopened. The City implemented its reduction of beach and water restrictions on Monday, April 27, part of a coordinated multi-phased reopening plan.

The Police Department did not receive any complaints about crowds or gathering concerns Monday. However, Police Officers issued 357 verbal warnings to beachgoers from 6 p.m. to midnight that evening for not obeying the closure hours.

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One year ago, the Coronado City Council passed their FY 2019-20 budget. Generally speaking the financial outlook was rosy, with the City’s big three sources of revenue in order, Property Tax, Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT or sometimes referred to as the ‘Hotel Tax’) and Sales Tax, either holding their own or showing modest gains. TOT was conservatively expected to grow by $708,000 to $16.735 million.

One year later the COVID-19 Crisis has sent the TOT projections spiraling downward to $10.835 million for the current fiscal year which ends June 30, 2020. Virtually all TOT income is derived from hotel bookings which occurred in the first three quarters of FY 2019-20. With the city’s two largest destination hotels, the Hotel Del Coronado and the Loews Coronado Bay Resort currently closed, a reasonable expectation would be another TOT revenue decline in FY 2020-21.

A concept that was born out of the Recession of 2008, was the Coronado Tourism Improvement District, established June 15,

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One of Coronado’s distinguishing characteristics is our vibrant and eclectic downtown. Each small business that dots our commercial district represents one person’s dream made reality in the form of a restaurant, office or storefront. Together these small businesses weave the fabric of the community. From championing local causes to serving as community leaders, local entrepreneurs have always invested directly in Coronado.

As we all struggle to navigate this uncertain time, it is small business owners who are bearing the brunt of the economic shutdown. Through no fault of their own, no lack of planning

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In coordination with regional partner agencies, and with public health measures remaining in place to continue to minimize the spread of and exposure to COVID-19, kayaking, paddle boarding, and swimming will be allowed on San Diego Bay beginning at sunrise on Monday, April 27, 2020. This follows and complies with the County of San Diego’s modified public health order. Gatherings of any size are still not allowed, which means these activities may only be done solo or with members of your own household, and social/physical distancing from those outside of your household must continue to be followed.

The Port is taking a phased approach to reopening public spaces in compliance with County Health guidance and in coordination with other coastal jurisdictions. San Diego Bay remains closed to recreational boating, and Port parks, parking lots, piers, and launch ramps remain closed at this time.

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The City Council approved a carpeting project for the Library while it is closed during the public health emergency. The Council agreed to award a contract on Tuesday, April 21. The project’s appropriation was $220,000.

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The City Council directed staff at its April 7 meeting to establish curbside restaurant pick-up locations on Orange Avenue to help local businesses that can no longer offer sit-down dining and are suffering a significant decline in sales. Due to County public health orders, some Coronado res…

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The Coronado Historical Association recognizes that today’s current events surrounding the new coronavirus have historic significance around the globe and in our own community. As the primary organization that documents Coronado’s history, CHA is committed to collecting and archiving this moment.

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The City Council directed staff at its April 21 meeting to develop and implement a cost-neutral independent Coronado-centered community COVID-19 serology testing program in partnership with a health care provider and that it collect pertinent aggregate data.

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The Coronado Public Library remains closed until further notice. However, the Library has just joined a new service that will provide patrons with even more eBooks and eAudio items.

This week, the Library became a part of Cloud Link, a cooperative eBook sharing project with other libraries, operated by Cloud Library.

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In cooperation with San Diego Coastal cities and in response to San Diego County’s recently amended health order, ocean water activity may resume on Monday off Coronado beach and running and walking with restrictions will start again on the sandy beach.

Regional coastal agencies announced earlier this week a coordinated regional plan for the phased reduction of restrictions on beaches in San Diego County. The plan was developed and approved by regional lifeguards and police agencies. It did not address the timing of the reduction in beach and water activity restrictions, which depended on when the County’s Public Health Official determined it was safe.

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Dear Coronado Business Community,

Below are the instructions and introduction to the City of Coronado's Lifeline Loan Program. For the complete packet, go to the Chamber's webpage and print off the application.

The City Council recognizes how important having a vibrant business community is to the well-being of Coronado and its residents. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many of our small businesses to close or drastically scale back their offerings. This, in turn, means that the sales tax revenue generated from those businesses is considerably smaller,

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Mary of Sun Baked Cookies SD snapped this super-sweet pic of her children playing happily on the Orange Ave beach towel she won in a special competition run by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce. Designed to celebrate our iconic street, the towels are made by URT Clothing thanks to generous fu…

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Block Captain Katy Roberson and the 200 block of F Avenue began a friendly challenge with the adjacent block. This became a friendly competition to see whose block could make the most noise to show support for our first responders and hospital heroes on Saturday nights. A picture of the block in action appeared on Fox News last week. Both the Broadstone and the Shores began a similar show of support.

Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) joined with the 200 and 300 blocks of F Avenue, Broadstone, and the Shores in a display of support this past weekend. With this, Coronado has begun a tradition of

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The City Council approved a lifeline business loan program at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting that will portion out $2 million in City funds in no-interest potentially forgivable loans of up to $15,000 each to eligible stores, lodging and restaurants.

Council members said they want the program implemented as soon as possible to help the City’s local businesses that have been forced to close or vastly reduce their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A resolution with the terms of the program was adopted and outlines how the program will work. The City will reserve $2 million in General Funds for the loans and enter into an agreement with Cal Private Bank, with an office in Coronado, to assist with the loan administration and marketing.

Cal Private Bank is partnering with the City to facilitate a process by which loans can be made quickly to qualified businesses. To provide quick and efficient loan processing, the City will be providing an online application and will be qualifying the businesses “in house.”

The loan terms for three tiers of Coronado businesses are $15,000 for each

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In a joint decision made this week, the Coronado Fourth of July Committee and the City have decided to cancel the 72nd annual Fourth of July Parade as well as the fireworks display due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is the City’s biggest holiday celebration of the year,” City Manager Blair King said. “Unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made.”

Along with the cancellation of the two-hour parade and the City’s fireworks display, other July 4 events also will be canceled, including a 12K run and 5K run/walk, a mile sprint fun run, a rough-water swim, community vendors, a photo op/demonstration and the following events held at Spreckels Park: Art in the Park and the Community Band concert.

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Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) has implemented the Department of Defense (DoD) requirement for all personnel to wear face coverings on military installations and other properties following the release of U.S. Navy administrative message, NAVADMIN 100/20, April 5, 2020.

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The City’s next Hometown Banner Program honoring Coronado veterans has been postponed due to the public health emergency and will be held in the fall.

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The City has been receiving complaints from the community about dogs running loose around the Coronado Golf Course and people on bikes racing over the greens. Dogs can burn the grass and a lot of damage can be done with bicycles on the sensitive greens.

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Dear Coronado Business Community,

I am writing about a proposal by the City for a Local Business Lifeline Loan Program. It will be discussed and voted upon Tuesday, April 21st. Please read the description and provide your comments directly to the City (links provided below).

We are four weeks into a quarantine with a huge percentage of our businesses closed and some of our restaurants clinging to whatever revenue that can be generated by takeout food.

The initially attractive federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are out of money with few of our local merchants having received approval. More funding may be coming but everyone already in line must reapply.

To help our businesses, the City is proposing $20,000 loans,

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Public Comments During The COVID-19 Emergency

As several public meetings are set to occur over the coming weeks, some virtually, to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the City encourages members of the public to submit their comments in advance.

Governor Newsom’s executive order permits members of the Coronado City Council/Successor Agency, City Boards, Commission and Committees and staff to participate in public meetings via teleconference.

If you wish to register your position on an agenda item without attending, you may do so using one of two forms on the City’s website. Please submit your comment no later than 2 hours before the start of the meeting. Written comments will be posted on the City’s website in lieu of being read aloud at the meeting.

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Due to several important issues addressed by the Coronado City Council at their Special Meeting of March 31, 2020, and their regularly scheduled meeting of April 7, 2020, for the past two weeks we have run shorter meeting recaps that ran the day following the meeting in this publication. There were several other actions taken by the Council of importance to the Coronado Community that should be noted in the following re-cap.

During their April 7 session, the Council passed a resolution confirming the closure of Coronado Beaches as of April 3 for the length of the current public health emergency. This action was previously ordered by City Manager Blair King, who is also the City’s Director of Emergency Services. The motion passed unanimously.

The resolution includes a list of parking restrictions throughout Coronado with the goal of reducing exposure of the public and city staff to the COVID-19 virus. The following parking restrictions went into effect at midnight April 4, 2020, and like the beach closures, will be in place until the public health emergency has subsided. The locations include:

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The Orange Avenue Banner Program displays colorful, artistic banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The fourth in the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission’s annual series, “Celebrating Coronado Artists,” is now on display for the spring.

Initiated in 2016, the banner program is funded entirely through a yearly Discover Coronado Community Enhancement Grant. Discover Coronado Chairman and Hotel del Coronado General Manager Harold Rapoza said the program infuses local art, color, history and information throughout the City,

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The next distribution day will be Monday, April 20 at 11:00 AM in the Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street) and Silver Strand Elementary. All families with children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals via curb-side pick-up. Each child will receive one bag that contains 5 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Meals may consist of packaged, refrigerated, and/or frozen items (heating instructions will be provided).