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The City of Coronado has named John Kim as its new Administrative Services Director. He is set to start work on April 26.

Kim is currently the vice president of finance and administration for the Oahu Transit Services in Honolulu, HI. Oahu Transit Services is the public transit operator for the city and county of Honolulu and one of the largest employers in the state.

Kim is a certified public accountant with a background in governmental accounting. He oversees a staff of 50. Prior to his current

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The Coronado Historical Association looks forward to seeing you in person as the museum reopens. Enjoy the new community exhibition “Coronado Responds: Student Artwork of the Pandemic” now open for in-person viewing at the Museum.

Over the past year, CHA has been collecting materials that

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April is the Month of the Military Child and Coronado Public Library is celebrating with a special series of programming in partnership with the Naval Base Coronado School Liaison program, Village Elementary School, and Silver Strand Elementary School.

Silver Strand Elementary School Principal Jenny Moore remarked, “These kids are so strong and compassionate. We are fortunate to be a part of a community that celebrates them.” There are three military bases in Coronado and it is

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Rotary Club, business, and residential community support, has provided the Sharp Coronado Vaccine Site volunteer lunches since opening day. A proud milestone of the 2000th volunteer lunch was served on Wednesday March 31.

Sue Gillingham, Executive Director of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the volunteer lunch initiative and began a call-to-action to the public to donate funds to benefit the cause. Gillingham said, “I initially expected the program to last for just a couple of weeks, but through the giving spirit of the community, the lunches, which cost about $250 each day, have been able to continue with donations lasting through April!”

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Here is the COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through April 4.

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On Tuesday, April 6, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference to announce updates on the state regarding COVID-19. First and foremost Newsom related the latest numbers of vaccines administered with California reaching a milestone 20 million doses given, putting California as the leading state in vaccinations in the U.S. With death and mortality rates decreasing and case rates stabilizing across the states, the governor announced a planned reopening of the state on June 15, should these trends continue.

At the time of the governor’s conference, California was at a 1.6% positivity rate with 1,367 cases statewide.

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Beautiful Harper is a wonderful example of all things German Shepherd: she is loyal, discerning, affectionate and sweet with her people, and deeply intelligent. Harper also has some physical limitations, and her new family will need to help her navigate through those. 

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Naval Air Station North Island re-opened Runway 18/36 several days ahead of its originally scheduled April 1 projected completion date. NASNI closed runway 18/36 at the end of the summer in 2020 in order to complete much needed repairs. The project included physical and electrical improvemen…

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As the long-awaited reopening of the John D. Spreckels Center nears, the City is pleased to announce that it has filled a position to manage the facility and its programming. Dana Welch will join the Recreation and Golf Services Department as a Recreation Services Supervisor and will be char…

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Dashing and diminutive, Andre is a handsome fellow with a sweet and affectionate nature. This long-legged looker is sure to shower his forever family with love and attention.

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The City’s testing site for COVID-19 has permanently closed. The decision to close the site was due to a significant drop in the number of tests administered. The site had recently reduced operations to one day a week.

The drop is good news

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On Wednesday, March 24, the Coronado Public Library held a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss renovation of the library’s Winn Room. The meeting began with an introduction to the project from Director of Library Services Shaun Briley, followed by a presentation of design concepts from Project Architect Mark Steele [M.W. Steele Group], and concluded with questions and comments from residents.

Briley began by saying,“This is not a done deal... we are still listening.” He then provided background information on the site. The current library building was constructed in 1973 and renovated in 2005. The Winn Room was not part of the 2005 renovation. The room is 2,719 square feet with a capacity of 114 people, low ceiling, and poor acoustics. It has always been available for free to community groups, and events held there are required to be open and free for the public. The Library Board approved the concept of the Winn Room renovation in 2018. In January 2020 City Council authorized a contract with M.W. Steele to explore expansion and renovation concepts for the Winn Room. A community stakeholder committee was formed to help refine design concepts, and in November 2020 the project moved to schematic drawings to be presented for public input.

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With one month until City Manager Blair King’s last day on the job, the City Council has determined the timeline and process for hiring an interim and eventual replacement for King.

A recruiting firm has been selected to identify qualified candidates. In late 2020, Coronado conducted a solicitation for executive recruitment services. Ralph Andersen & Associates, a national executive job search and consulting agency, was selected at that time, and as the process was conducted less than six months ago the results of the solicitation are still valid. 

On April 6, the City Council will officially engage Ralph Andersen & Associates to conduct the City Manager search. The Project Director has been

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The City is excited to announce that Coronado Junior Lifeguards is back. Dates for required swim tests and the program have been announced. A swim test is required prior to registering for Junior Lifeguards. The City made the difficult decision last year to cancel the entire Junior Lifeguards and Surf Awareness program due to the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This year, the City is able to provide the Junior Lifeguard program to those ages 9 to 17. The Surf Awareness will not be held this summer due to staffing issues. The City hopes it will return next year.

The Junior Lifeguard program will look different this year. Classes will be split into three age groups and broken down into cohorts groups with one instructor for every 10 students. Students are required to wear a mask unless in the water and pass a health screening daily.

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It’s time to clean up after the pandemic!

The Coronado Woman’s Club will sponsor a shredding event for business and mail papers on Saturday, April 10. Bring your donations from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to the parking area behind the Union Bank, 800 Orange Avenue, at the corner of Eighth Street and Orange Avenue.

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It is difficult to imagine that it has been a year and a half since Coronadans danced and sang together on summer evenings in Spreckels Park. Coronado Promenade Concerts [CPC] is the non-profit organization that produces and manages the summer concerts-in-the-park series; a tradition in the community for five decades. CPC President Cathy Brown said that although the pandemic temporarily brought the gatherings to a halt, the CPC Board has remained active and is prepared for the future.

“We have continued to meet and we are constantly strategizing. We have a five week series ready to go,” said Brown. The 2020 season was canceled and 2021 requires flexibility with almost weekly changes in COVID-related restrictions.

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Public libraries have always been great resources not just for reading material, but as places of information and assistance in many aspects of life. The Coronado Public Library has provided residents of Coronado and visitors alike with a wide variety of programming and services for many years, and even when they had to close briefly in 2020, it has not stopped the library’s personnel from looking for ways to assist the public.

Elizabeth “Beth” Skelly, local resident and longtime library employee, used her time while the library had to be closed to help at the City Manager’s Office last summer where many questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines were coming in.

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The Coronado City Council made several decisions at the March 16, 2021 meeting related to building requirements and permitting. The first, an ordinance amending municipal code to clarify that development projects which include a new single-family residence and an Accessory Dwelling Unit [ADU] are required to comply with Floor Area Ratio and other applicable development standards, passed unanimously after being pulled from the group of Consent Calendar items. The council heard a staff presentation and discussed the amendment at a previous meeting but no councilmembers offered comments prior to the vote.

Next up the council conducted a public hearing and unanimously approved a one-lot tentative parcel map to allow for the building and ownership of two residential condominium units at 941-943 F Avenue. The parcel is in the R3 multifamily residential zone and the project

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Welcome to getting to know a formidable organization in our backyard called Coronado MainStreet. I must confess, as a long time vacationer and now resident of Coronado, I had no idea that MainStreet existed. I am happy to not only get to know MainStreet, but also to bring attention to a worthy cause for the neighbors of our Island home.

Coronado MainStreet Ltd. was started by the City of Coronado in 1988 when the downtown area had a vacancy rate of 35% and the structures were deteriorating. The City decided to meet this head on by adopting a national “four point approach” that is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, promotion, economic vitality, organization, and design. The goal was to revitalize and improve the commercial area we now appreciate as we eat, shop and walk down the main street of Orange Avenue and beyond. But this didn’t happen overnight or without the dedication of volunteer board members and tireless efforts for funding.

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Emerald Keepers and the Coronado Public Library are pleased to announce this year’s Earth Day Poster Competition. The theme is “Restore the Earth by Being an Emerald Keeper.” The categories include grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Entries must be on 18”by 12” paper or posterboard and be dropped off at the Coronado Public Library front desk by Thursday, April 8.. Only one entry per student is allowed. The following information is required on the back of each poster: artist’s name, grade, school, phone number, and email. Winners will be announced on Monday,

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Why should the canine candidates have all the fun? For years the pet pooches of Coronado and their people have elected a Canine Mayor biennially. Now it’s time for our felines to get in on the fun! PAWS presents the first Cat City Manager campaign, to be held biennially, to find the cat in C…

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This Spring, join Coronado Recreation & Golf Services in celebrating new beginnings by taking part in festive craft activities that will brighten your day.

Make your own vibrant Tie-Dye Easter Eggs this year. Amazingly simple, this craft is meant for all ages, so no one is left out. Follow along with a step by step instructional video located on demand on CoronadoArts YouTube or on Coronado TV. Kits prepared by Recreation & Golf Services will have everything you need. Call 619-522-7342 to purchase your $5 kit and let the fun begin!

Nothing says Spring like a beautiful Spring wreath! In keeping with the season, let you creativity bloom by making your own. For $10, you will receive a craft kit with everything you need. What a perfect opportunity create a wreath with a flair that is all your own.

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Sharp Coronado Hospital is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank on Tuesday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blood drive will take place at 265 Soledad Place, park next to the auditorium. There will be antibody testing of each blood donation, but this is not …

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The March 11, 2021, Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board meeting began with multiple tributes to Coronado High School (CHS) teacher Ray Yannaccone who recently passed away. Yannaccone came to CHS in 1999 and was an English teacher and the advisor for the CHS Improv group. Many noted his warm personality, booming voice, talent as a thespian, and the colorful ties he wore. In lieu of flowers, Yannaccone’s family has requested donations be made to the Coronado School of the Arts.

As the district continues to grapple with COVID-19 related issues the Board heard reports from each department and approved the most recent Interim Budget report. 

Deputy Superintendent Donnie Salamanca presented the second of two Interim Budget reports for fiscal year 2020-21. Maneuvering to adapt to constantly changing realities in both revenues and expenses is a regular

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Meet Asher, a charming fellow with stunning good looks and a devilish twinkle in his eye. This spunky dude is fun and frisky, with just a touch of snuggle bug mixed in. He is looking for a forever family who will keep up with his energy and appreciate his hijinks.

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The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s Virtual Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series continues its 2020-2021 season of free lectures with Dr. Joellyn Zollman. Her lecture titled, “Anne Frank: A Young Woman, Her Diary, and the Creation of Holocaust Memory in America’’ will take place virtually …

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On April 29, 2021 Blair King’s tenure as the City Manager for the City of Coronado will come to an end. King formally submitted his resignation at the March 16, 2021 City Council meeting and announced he has accepted a position as City Manager of Bainbridge Island, Washington.

“It has been my honor to serve as your City Manager,” King read in a statement to the council. “I am pleased that I was able to continue the trajectory of a financially strong municipal cooperation, addressing the long-term replacement of capital facilities and mitigation of pension costs.”

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On Friday, March 13, 2020, with the confusion of a potential pandemic sweeping the nation and the world, Coronado Unified School District announced it would be closing schools “in an abundance of caution” for the next two weeks. One year later the situation is far from resolved and the long term consequences are yet to be known. By all accounts, despite good intentions and best efforts, there has been and will continue to be, a substantial academic and emotional impact on school age children. 

Decisions made by CUSD have consequences for the personal lives of thousands of people: 2,600 students, more than 5,000 parents and caregivers, and 415 district employees. The reality of public education in California during the pandemic left each family to face tough choices about what was best for them. One year later, some are back on campus in a limited format, some are still distance learning and teaching through CUSD, some are in private, charter, or home schools. There was, and still is, no “right answer.”

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On Thursday, March 18, at 5:30 pm, the Coronado Historical Association is honored to present this month’s virtual Wine & Lecture: Eyewitness to History - A Personal Account by Lou de Beer.

Resident and recipient of the Coronado Avenue of Heroes Award, Lou de Beer will present a personal account of his WWII and Korean War experiences. He will share rarely seen period photographs and

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There have been endless questions related to the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine since the shots became available nationwide. In order to help our community stay up to date on eligibility as we move forward fighting this virus, please look for updates in the Eagle and online.

Coronado Island has two pharmacies, Walgreens and Rite-Aid, that have been designated vaccination sites through the Federal Retail Pharmacy program; Imperial Beach has CVS. However, Walgreens is currently not administering the vaccine due to a delay in supply. Rite-Aid is currently vaccinating those eligible to receive the vaccine. The eligibility factor in the tier system created by the federal government is part of what has been the most confusing for all of us. The current guidelines to receive the vaccine are as follows:

- Age 65 and over

- Teachers K-12, daycare/preschool and staff

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InclusioNado, a local organization focused on Coronado schools’ embracing diversity, has launched a Little Library diversity book program. Every month InclusioNado selects an award winning book promoting inclusion and diversity and gathers donations of 20 copies of the book. After labeling the books as an InclusioNado diversity pick, the books are distributed in the Little Free Libraries around Coronado.

The first book selected is the children’s book (recommended for ages 10 and up), “Ninth Ward,” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. “Ninth Ward” tells the story of a young black girl in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

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Last week Coronado SAFE and The Soroptimist Club to teamed up to host a Coffee Talk on Online Trafficking presented by Officer Grace Del Bagno and an officer from the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force.

San Diego is identified as the top 13 high-intensity child prostitution areas. While the average age of entry for commercial sexual exploitation is 16 years old, according to the San Diego County District Attorney. In the age of social media coupled with the strain of social isolation and online distance learning, youth are more vulnerable than ever to

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The Coronado Floral Association is disappointed to cancel the Coronado Flower Show again this year due to COVID-19. However, look for a great comeback in 2022 with a special celebration of the Flower Show’s 100th anniversary. The Coronado Floral Association is working on the next year’s even…

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The City and American Red Cross have scheduled the third blood drive for 2021. This next drive will be held on a weekend, Sunday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh Street. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

In 2020, the City sponsored nine

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Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is still accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year. Students can apply to one of five CoSA Conservatories: Classical and Contemporary Dance; Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Game Design, and Graphic Design); Instrumental Music; Musical Theatre …

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 3, as the Easter Bunny is making his annual appearance in Coronado for 2021. In honor of this special day, the Recreation and Golf Services Department has carefully planned fun activities for you!

The annual Easter

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Mayor Bailey began the March 2 Coronado City Council Meeting with a proclamation recognizing Girl Scout Week and commending the scouts for “delivering life-changing, girl-led programs that encompass life skills, STEM, the outdoors, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.” Carol Dedrich of Girl Scouts San Diego joined the meeting virtually to accept the proclamation.

A second ceremonial presentation was made by Emerald Keepers Board members Amy Steward, Ginger Cox, and Christina Slentz in appreciation of the city for promoting sustainable practices. “We would like to acknowledge the City of Coronado’s effort to make measurable contributions to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. We appreciate the work you have done to implement sustainable best practices,” said Steward.

City Manager Blair King used his report to honor the work

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Are you in it to win it? It’s all fun and games until you get the chance to win thousands of dollars for Coronado schools! A Coronado tradition like no other, the 34th Annual Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) Telethon is set to turn your living room into a festive, competitive game show on Wednesday, March 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. with local hosts, student and teacher performances and tons of winning drawings and raffles. (New golf cart, anyone?)

Hosts Coronado City Councilmen Casey Tanaka and Bill Sandke, Coronado School Board Member Stacy Keszei, and Coronado Sign Guy, Stefan Freeman, along with four Coronado High School seniors—Jenevieve Joseph, Noah Wahamaki, Samantha Lorr, and Amelia Hawley—will lead contestants through the spirited games to see which players topple their competition.

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Thanks to donations of soil, plants, and money from many generous community members, Katie Quinly’s classroom garden at Coronado High School will be growing and thriving in no time! Quinly, her students and classroom aides are grateful for the support.

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The Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room has long been the center of free cultural enrichment in Coronado. It is the “one venue” in Coronado that offers a wide range of free cultural programs. There is no charge for the local nonprofits providing programming and no charge to those attending.

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Coronado Playhouse (CHP) proudly presents “Harlem Duet,” the critically acclaimed play by Djanet Sears, streaming on-demand from March 19-April 18. “Harlem Duet” received Canada’s highest literary honor for dramatic writing, the Governor General’s Literary Award, in 1998. That year it also received the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

In what could be a prelude to Shakespeare’s “Othello,” Djanet Sears’s ​“Harlem Duet” recounts the story of Othello and his first wife, Billie (before Desdemona). Their history is told through the lives of three couples during eras of special significance in the Black American Experience. This is a weighty play that leaves the viewer with no easy answers.

Set in contemporary Harlem at the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Boulevards, the tale tows the line of racial identity,

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Although Enzo came to PAWS with some issues related to his life of neglect, he still has a sweet, happy wiggle and a love for people that is frankly hard to explain. This good-natured guy would love a soft spot to land for his golden years. 

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Coronado Fire Department personnel responded Wednesday afternoon to reports of a fire on the Coronado High School campus.

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‘Personalized Learning’ has long been a buzzword in the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) community. Now it is coming to Coronado High School (CHS) in the form of a new bell schedule designed to promote deeper learning, broader course offerings, flexibility, connection to higher education, and opportunities for both remediation and acceleration. That is a lot of promise. CUSD Director of Learning Dr. Megan Battle and CHS Principal Shane Schmeichel outline how the new schedule will live up to its expectation.

Beginning in August 2021, CHS will adopt a 4x4 schedule in which students will take up to four classes in fall term and four in spring term for a total of eight classes per year. Each class period will be about 90 minutes. Currently CHS is on a traditional six period year long schedule.

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The City of Coronado has been making measurable contributions to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions. They are working toward implementing sustainable best practices.

During the past two years, the City has earned the Institute for Local Government’s Beacon Program’s Spotlight Award (Silver Level in 2019 and Gold Level in 2020) for actions in 10 areas of sustainability. Some actions celebrated by Emerald Keepers are listed below:

All new City buildings are required to be built

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San Diego County health officials have announced that vaccinations will be expanded to include three new sectors – emergency service personnel, childcare and education, and food and agriculture -- starting Saturday, Feb. 27. With vaccination delivery back on schedule following severe winter weather, the City and Sharp Coronado Hospital Vaccination Site continues to administer the Moderna vaccine.

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The Rotary Club of Coronado is presenting its 25th Annual Jim Laslavic Charity Golf Tournament at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course on Friday, March 19, 2021.

The annual Jim Laslavic Golf Tournament began in 1998 and is played on the beautiful Coronado Municipal Golf Course located adjacent to Glorietta Bay with stunning views of the Coronado Bridge. The Coronado Rotary Club annual Golf Tournament is the first yearly fund-raising event for the club’s Foundation which supports over sixty projects each year with financial grants.

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With his indelible charm and his handsome “goatee,” Beau has been turning heads at PAWS since he arrived around Valentine’s Day. This fun loving guy is looking for a forever family who will enjoy his kitten antics and appreciate his affectionate side.