Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is offering a variety of after school enrichment camps this winter and spring. Your child can learn how to examine real-world STEM applications as they develop engineering skills in our LEGO Engineering Camps on Mondays at 3:20 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. These hands-on camps will have participants designing and building with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Five to ten year old participants will build leaping dolphins, buzzing beehives and towering giraffes in a
Streets Division continues to remove parking meters in the commercial corridor. The work, which should be completed by mid-January, was delayed several weeks because of reduced crews due to COVID precautions and exacerbated by the City’s responsibility to remove holiday lights and banners. P…
The Coronado Police department is a vital part of our community and the stories of those who dedicate their lives and time to protecting us should be shared.
Amanda Savatski is one of our first responders who has been a dispatcher with the Coronado Police Department for two years. Not only is Amanda part of the Police Department (PD), she has been an officer in the Naval Reserves for eight years as a Master At Arms.
“I began being a dispatcher when I was deployed on active duty to Bahrain from 2017-2018”, said Savatski. “I spent my time dispatching at the military base there covering the security duties. I truly loved what I did during my deployment, and wanted to continue once I was back in the U.S. I only applied to the [police department] in Coronado. I was drawn to the community and to the size of the Navy presence on the island”.
In a 3-2 vote at the Jan. 5, 2021 meeting, Councilmembers Tanaka, Donovan and Mayor Bailey negated previous council action and re-opened discussion on the Ocean Boulevard Improvement Project.
On Dec. 1, 2020 the city council approved a measure to widen the sidewalk along the entire length of Ocean Boulevard at a cost of $1.9 million. The action was approved in a 3-2 vote with Heinze, Sandke, Benzian in favor and Donovan, Bailey opposed.
A procedural policy [Council Policy 9] allows for a newly seated member to request reconsideration of a decision that he/she was not party to. Tanaka, who was not on the council when action was taken to approve the project, asked for the decision to be reconsidered.
Tanaka explained his request. “I have great concerns about
In early March, EDCO will launch an Organic Recycling Program to help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. When the new program starts, customers will be able to place food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard waste in their green waste container to be recycled. Org…
Sweet and sporty Teddy spent the first 12 years of his life as a loved companion. He came to PAWS when his human could no longer care for him. This active senior needs a soft spot to land for his golden years, and will return the favor with companionship and adorable entertainment.
Coronado residents can now get a COVID-19 test in town, just outside of the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way, by the bay. The City of Coronado has partnered with Kahala Biosciences to make the following COVID-19 tests available: a RT-PCR (viral) test to check for an active infection, a rapid RT-PCR test (more expensive for immediate results), and an antibody test to detect antibodies in the immune system that may tell you if you had a past infection.
The testing site is set up into two parts. Check-in and registration is available outside the front the Boathouse building (facing the street) where staff will verify IDs, which test(s) an individual would like to have done, and insurance and/or payment logistics. Individuals are then given a testing tray and move around to the outside
U.S. Navy Capt. Stewart Shirley Reynolds, son of Capt. Ziba Wells Reynolds (Supply Corps), was born in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, in May 1896. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
Construction on the new Mathewson Park playground began on Nov. 30 and is estimated to be completed by early February. The new play equipment structure and safety surfacing were installed and passed a third-party safety inspection. Remaining construction includes relocating existing concrete…
The opinions and decisions of community leaders, policy makers, individuals, and organizations in 2020 will likely be analyzed for many years to come. The constantly changing and often conflicting facts and information regarding COVID19 came at dizzying speeds. Even now, as we head into the new year, disease case numbers are increasing while the glimmer of hope brightens daily with the distribution of the
The City of Coronado, working with Sharp Coronado Hospital, will provide a vaccination site in Coronado beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, to help the region more quickly move on to the next phase.
Sharp Coronado, the local hospital receiving and distributing the vaccine, and the City are now listed as a partner on the San Diego County website vaccination clinic location list. Coronado Firefighter/Paramedics have received training and, along with Sharp medical personnel, will administer the vaccines at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Appointment registration is required. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, starting Jan. 13. The facility will be closed Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Site preparation is underway.
The City of Coronado is partnering with Kahala Biosciences to provide walk-up COVID-19 viral and antibody testing services. (Tests offered include RT-PCR for active COVID-19 infection: results in up to 72 hours, antibody detects antibodies in the immune system, not the virus itself; results …
After the County of San Diego fell back into the most restrictive tier in November, when restaurants were required to move outdoors, the City offered curbside pickup spaces. Now that restaurants have been closed indefinitely for on-premises dining due to the Regional Stay Home order, the Cit…
The City of Coronado takes a look back on a busy 2020. Here is a list of items the City did this past year.
2020 in Review:
Oversaw the COVID-19 Response: offered free outdoor dining venue in Spreckels Park; provided free masks; provided interest free loans to Coronado tax-producing businesses; allowed businesses to expand outdoors; allowed gyms and fitness centers to use public parks free of charge; authorized the purchase of equipment to protect workers’ and the public’s safety; encouraged outdoor activities; abated rent for City tenants; authorized seeking disaster assistance; endorsed a
The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Babysitter Training Camp is calling all teens between the age of 11-15 to take part in this excellent certification course. On Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. come learn to care for and mentor younger children. This seminar covers h…
The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled a 10th blood drive at the Coronado Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To schedule an appointment, log on to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: CityBD. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Sign up now to give.
At their Tuesday, December 5th meeting, City Council members discussed a variety of economic development options to help local small businesses as COVID19 pandemic challenges threaten their survival. The struggle they faced was not if they should help, but what assistance would be most effective and most prudent.
To date the City has spent $1.7 million of the previously allocated $2 million set aside for a ‘lifeline’ loan program. The discussion about the program included what to do with the remaining $300,000. The loans are zero interest and were available to small businesses that pay sales tax in Coronado.
One option discussed was to reopen the program and offer an additional $3,000 to current loan holders. Another option was to extend the repayment date out until an economic recovery begins. A final option, favored by Councilmember Sandke, was to forgive the loans altogether.
Another assistance option discussed was whether or not to approve a staff recommendation to allocate $20,000 to the Chamber of Commerce to facilitate what City Manager Blair King referred to as a virtual “Coronado Food Court.”
A native of San Diego and son of Rear Adm. Walfrid Nyquist and Irma Beske, John Walfrid Nyquist resided with his family in 1941 in Honolulu awaiting Navy housing. On Dec. 6 of that year, Nyquist’s father took command of Destroyer Division 1 in Pearl Harbor. The next day he led his ships into World War II.
Sweet and sensitive Noelle came to PAWS after she was found as a stray along the 400 block of Pomona. Noelle is looking for a patient family who will understand that she needs time to warm up to new situations.
Old Goats and Kids Who Care delivered desserts to the staff at Sharp Coronado Hospital on Friday, Dec. 31 as a way to show their appreciation. “The staff was so appreciative on New Year’s Eve!” said Christine Santos, CMP, CHCP, Community Relations and Event Specialist at Sharp Coronado Hospi…
On Friday, Dec. 18, David Shaw, MD, was the first caregiver at Sharp Coronado Hospital to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Attached is a photo of Amber Arredondo, LVN, administering the COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Shaw.
The City of Coronado and EDCO are sponsoring a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 9, for Coronado residents at the City Hall north parking lot, 1825 Strand Way.
EDCO limits items, such as bank statements and personal records, to two bankers boxes or containers measuring no greater than 10”x12”x15” per household.
The Coronado Recreation Department, with help from Santa, compiled a list of some of the more honest, funny, creative, caring components of the letters written to Santa.
Naughty or Nice
“Santa, you can choose if I was good or bad. If you choose good, I would like… If you choose bad, I get nothing!”
“I will listen to God.”
“I listen to mommy when she says to do my schoolwork.”
An annual holiday tradition at Sharp Coronado Hospital carried on this year in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharp Coronado Hospital Auxiliary volunteers sewed, knitted and crocheted quilts and afghans for patients in Sharp Coronado’s long-term care units. While the volunteers were not permitted to go inside this year, they loaded up carts with the blankets outside the doors of the units shortly before care team employees, such as Victoria Risovanny and music therapist Haley DiPane, strolled down the hallways and helped hand out the blankets to patients.
English as a Second Language programs offer non-native English speakers the chance to learn or improve their communication skills. In Coronado’s Adult Education Multi-Level Zoom Class, students are able to practice their English with fellow students from around-the-world. Whether you live in…
Local chef Ken Irvine teamed up with friend and tech entrepreneur Ralph Burleson to fill what they saw was a much needed platform for retail companies to help smaller, local businesses compete with the likes of Amazon. As they developed this technology, COVID-19 hit and drastically affected restaurants worldwide and a new idea was born – Dine.Direct.
“[Ralph and I] were chatting about Uber Eats, Grubhub, and other delivery services and how they were raking industry with exorbitant fees, eating profits that restaurants would be making and going to these big tech companies,” Irvine said. “We were making the product and Uber Eats was making all the money.”
The City of Coronado and EDCO are sponsoring a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 9, for Coronado residents at the City Hall north parking lot, 1825 Strand Way.
Newly elected Coronado Unified School District Trustees Whitney Antrim and Stacy Keszei were welcomed to their first Governing Board meeting on Dec. 17, 2020 after being sworn in two days prior. The meeting was virtual and live streamed on the district’s website.
Each December the school board holds an organizational meeting to elect board positions and establish the yearly calendar. The Board elected Lee Pontes as President, Esther Valdez-Clayton as Vice President, and Helen Anderson-Cruz as Clerk of the Board.
Following the organizational business, Director of Student Services, Niamh Foley, presented an update on the newly established Equity Committee. “We have now held two sessions of the committee,” Foley reported. Slides and information from the meetings can be found on a new ‘Equity’ page under Student Services on the district website.
Foley said that the committee is made up of 44 volunteers, including 22 staff members, along with parents and students from each of the four school sites.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, raised in both Alabama and North Carolina, and a star high school and collegiate athlete, Capt. Thomas R. Mitchell, III, U.S. Navy, graduated from Auburn University in 1965 and was commissioned an Ensign via Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. While attending flight training in Pensacola,
Congratulations to Claudette Harshberger! Claudette was the first place winner of Coronado MainStreet’s Shop Small Saturday raffle, and she won $250 in Coronado Currency! Coronado Currency is accepted at most stores and restaurants in Coronado and makes a great gift for everyone. Visit coron…
Epic duo June and Cash were found as strays wandering together on Isabella Avenue. This bonded pair is looking for a quiet and comfortable forever home where their new people can build up their confidence and shower them with the love they deserve.
Capt. Anthony “Tony” Jaramillo entered the Navy in July 1984 and completed basic training in San Diego. Upon completion, he was designated an Airman and soon transferred to Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, Tennessee, where he completed Aviation Structural Mechanic “A” school.
The three gentlemen sworn into office at the Dec. 12, 2020 City Council meeting were all veteran public servants. Between the three of them there are 22 years of experience as decision makers serving on Coronado’s City Council.
Prior to the swearing-in ceremonies, outgoing councilmember Whitney Benzian was presented with a proclamation, key to the city, and other gifts of appreciation. He thanked his colleagues, City Manager Blair King, and his family, for their support during his four year term.
The City will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Friday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Jan. 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, all municipal facilities will be closed. There will be some adjusted hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve as noted …
To help get residents in the spirit, the City is planning safe, festive and fun holiday activities for the whole family. Coronado’s traditional Snow Mountain, Holiday Parade and Breakfast with Santa are canceled but check out these events that can be enjoyed safely:
Born in 1894, Rear Adm. Herbert John Grassie was one of three children of a lobster fisherman with Portuguese ancestry. His grandfather had come from the Azores Islands of the Atlantic in the 1850s to Massachusetts.
The City will soon offer a COVID-19 testing site in Coronado that will be open to the general public.
Testing is set to begin the first week of January and will be held every Monday and Thursday, starting Jan. 4 at the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse facility, 1985 Strand Way. Testing may be expanded if needed.
“Testing for COVID-19 is recognized by public health officials as a major factor in beating the pandemic, however, there are no options for the general public here,” City Manager Blair King said. “The City wants to make it as easy as possible for residents to get tested in Coronado.”
Though most long-time residents and regular visitors are familiar with “Candy Cane Lane” - Country Club Lane at Sixth Street - for 11 months out of the year, there’s always something new to see. It’s a fun treat for locals and visitors alike.
Begun in 1962 by “Chief Elf” Helen McKinley, with the assistance of local artist Ouida Reilly who did the initial drawings, the colorful and often magical event has been a Coronado tradition for over 50 years.
Each year, a neighborhood meeting was held, and a new theme was chosen. In 1969, the Bicentennial of San Diego was selected, and a plywood representation of the San Diego Mission
In a unanimous decision on Dec. 3, the Advisory Board of Discover Coronado approved a new community initiative that addressees the urgent need for customers at local restaurants. As Covid-19 compliance guidelines continue to change, Coronado restaurants are in survival mode. With little or n…
Veteran Coronado Detective Amy Beebe has hosted a presentation “How to Spot and Avoid Scams” for Coronado TV. This public service message is to inform viewers on the ways that scammers reach the public and what information they are trying to get. Whether they are acting as a fake charity or trying to sell you a fake product, scammers prey on caring and conscious citizens to access their bank account, passwords or personal information.
First came Shop Small Saturday - the annual American Express and MainStreet tradition that shines a nationwide spotlight on independent retailers. Never have Coronado businesses needed your patronage more and it was an absolute delight to hear local retailers buzzing about all their happy customers - as Colette of Geppetto’s Toys marveled, “Our sales soared so much it felt like Christmas Eve!”
Then came the bad news - another lockdown. Although all Coronado retail will remain open at a 20% capacity throughout the next three-week period, shopkeepers know that foot traffic will be
Rear Adm. William W. Cobb Jr., U.S. Navy, called Reginald “Fritz” Gaylord a distinguished naval officer and gentleman of the highest order: “He was incredibly intelligent, and nobody knew more about ships,
Meet Polo, a handsome young chihuahua who came to PAWS after he was found as a stray near Sharp Hospital. Polo is a fun and energetic guy who is looking for a forever family who will show him the ways of the world.
The following letter from Superintendent Karl Mueller was sent to Coronado Unified School District staff and families on Tuesday afternoon. the superintendent held a zoom meeting with all district staff at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, to deliver the news and set expectations for distance learning over the next two weeks.
We are making the difficult but prudent decision to temporarily suspend on-campus experiences for students and return to full-time BRIDGE instruction, effective immediately, through Dec. 18, start of Winter Break.
We have no evidence of any COVID outbreak on any of our CUSD campuses. Having no outbreaks on campus is a result of high safety standards, consultation and partnership with public health officials, and
The Dec. 1 Coronado City Council meeting began with a ceremonial recognition of the City’s 130th anniversary of incorporation on December 11, 1890. The milestone anniversary was commemorated with a five minute historic video and a city-wide exercise challenge that encouraged people to get outside and exercise during the pandemic. After the video presentation, Jamie Monroe of Easy Day Sports reported that 2,677 people had signed up for the 130 Virtual Challenge. The goal for individuals is to complete 130 miles running, walking, swimming, or biking between July 4 - Dec. 11.
The agenda item that drew the most public attention, with 16 written comments attached to the agenda and one phone-in during the meeting, was the Ocean Boulevard Street Improvement Project. The public comments recorded were 11-5 against improvements; however, many of the letters in
Julie Russell and Maria Simon were honored for their service as Coronado Unified School District Governing Board trustees. Simon was elected twice and served for eight years, three years as board president. Russell served four years on the board and as president in her final year. Their fina…
Sweet Soles has walked away with the top prize for Coronado’s Best Holiday Retail Window Display!
The sophisticated design, best described as Christmas Couture, features a gold mannequin resplendent in a ballgown with an ivy velvet bodice and floor-length skirt that doubles as a light-studded Christmas tree. The details are exquisite - the red ribbon-sash at the waist, the glittering mask-tiara - and that’s just the first window!
The second panel features a unique cluster of 500 ornaments strung on rustic twine reflecting the colors of the jewels winking in the sunlight at the highest point of the display - sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Embellished metallics add texture and flair.
Community engagement and communication are important values to the City. Due to the pandemic, it has been difficult to find new ways to reach residents and businesses.
The City’s Administrative Services Director Jim Krueger is moving on after serving the Coronado community for five years. He will return to Idaho, where he has family and a new position as chief financial officer for the City of Pocatello. Krueger came to Coronado with more than three decade…
December is here and along with all of the holidays to celebrate, there is an anniversary for the incorporation of the City of Coronado. December 11 will mark 130 years since our idyllic resort town become incorporated as its own city. “Coronado 130,” a new video created by the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission as a 130 Production, details the founding of Coronado as a city and the multiple attempts it took to do so.
The Coronado Beach Company first began laying the groundwork for Coronado’s incorporation in 1885 after purchasing the peninsula and submitting the first official map of Coronado at the county recorder’s office. Following this, the Coronado Beach Company was also largely responsible for creating the framework of Coronado as a fully functioning town by installing water, gas, sewers, and telegraph lines.