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Meet Niko, a sweet and handsome boy who wants nothing more than to be by his human friends’ sides. The Japanese word “niko” means “smile,” and it’s obvious why it suits Niko perfectly. Niko is happy, smiley, and up for any adventure.

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Coronado Promenade Concerts resume in Spreckels Park beginning June 20 with concerts every Sunday through Sept. 5, except on July 4.

The City Council will consider a request by the Concerts’ board of directors to add an additional concert for Sept. 12 since no concert will be held on the Fourth of July.

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The Orange Avenue Banner Program, initiated by the City in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado Community Enhancement Grant, displays banners on the Orange Avenue corridor from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The banner program includes two series open to local nonprofit organizations seeking to display banners along Orange either during the September 15 through T hanksgiving series or the January through March series.

Visit CoronadoARTS.com to download the Orange Avenue Banner Policy documents and an application to be considered for the open banner series under the Opportunities Menu on the website. The Discover Coronado grant funds the costs of production and installation of 30 sets of banners. Applying organizations must submit camera ready art for consideration.

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“We are well under where we need to be in our fundraising,” said Coronado Fourth of July Committee [CFOJ] President Todd Tanghe. The committee has raised $26,000 and needs another $38,000 to reach its goal.

The CFOJ is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that plans and funds the community-wide celebration. “Most people don’t realize that although the City of Coronado supports the event [Council approved underwriting the fireworks show at a cost of $30,000 and pays for extra city staff and police] the planning and fundraising are the sole responsibility of our non-profit group.” said Tanghe.

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The state will officially retire its Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system Tuesday, lifting capacity and physical distancing restrictions for most businesses and activities in the region. This means that almost all sectors of the economy can return to pre-pandemic capacity limits tomorrow.

Certain COVID-19 guidance will continue to be in place for large-scale event settings. Organizers of these so-called mega events with more than 5,000 people indoors, or more than 10,000 people outdoors will need to take extra steps to ensure the safety of attendees.

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Our third featured artist in the Coronado Spring Banner Series is painter Matt DeGree. His banner’s artwork is titled Kids on Coronado and is located on Orange Avenue near RH Dana Place. All banners in this series are currently on display from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas through the end of June.

Matt DeGree was born on Coronado into a Navy family that traveled the world, moving every few years since

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Residents can provide their comments on the San Diego Association of Governments draft 2021 Regional Plan through July 30.

A virtual meeting is being planned for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, to present an overview of the long-term transportation plan and opportunities for public engagement. The City is working on acquiring copies of the plan to place at the Coronado Public Library and at City Hall for the public to review.

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George McGovern: South Dakota’s Legendary Legislator

On Thursday, June 17 at 3:00 pm the Coronado Historical Association is honored to present this month’s Hybrid Lecture: George McGovern: South Dakota’s Legendary Legislator. Author Sarah

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Can you help us identify this photo? Please call CHA with any information about the following photo. This photo features five female students and their teacher at the Beach School. Alix (Sisty) Brooks is identified as the student seated second from the right on the back in hand-written scrip…

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Prior to beginning the business portion of the June 3 Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board meeting, the Board heard 55 minutes of public comment on items that were not on the meeting agenda. The majority of the comments concerned the ‘No Place For Hate’ (NPFH) school climate program adopted at all four of the district schools. Some speakers also addressed the district’s Equity Committee. Those who brought up concerns with NPFH cited the program’s overreach and its connection with the Anti-Defamation League. The majority of speakers who supported the program shared direct positive student experiences from participation in program events in both elementary and high school. Elected officials are prohibited from discussing non-agendized subjects at the meeting so there was no further information from the district.

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After registering a case rate of less than two COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks, the County will move to the Yellow Tier of the state’s reopening framework beginning Wednesday, June 9.

As of today, the County’s new adjusted case rate is 1.2 cases per 100,000 people after declining to a case rate of 1.7 cases last week. The Yellow Tier means there is minimal spread of COVID-19 in the region.

“You did it, San Diegans. You have followed the public health guidance and got vaccinated when the vaccine became available to you,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “These actions have resulted in a significant drop in COVID-19 cases in the region. Now we need San Diegans to continue getting vaccinated so that we can get closer to herd immunity, and that includes second doses for those who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.”

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The City and Sharp Coronado Hospital opened a vaccination site in Coronado in January. Since then, more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered at the Coronado Community Center site by a variety of volunteers.

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Sunset, Cays and Tidelands parks will be closed at various times during the month of June.

Through June 13, the Sunset and Cays fields will be closed for Public Services to perform maintenance, such as aeration, and to allow the turf to rest so that is may be strong enough to withstand the summer traffic and heat.

From June 14-27, the Tidelands Park sports fields will be closed for similar maintenance.

Dog park, playgrounds, all

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On June 1, 2020, for the first time in over a year, the City Council began its meeting with an invocation led in-person by Floyd Ross. 

Citizen RIMS police activity mapping program

Following the invocation, the first order of business at the June 1 meeting was a presentation from Police Captain Jesus Ochoa introducing a public information initiative recently implemented by the Coronado Police Department. The system is called ‘Citizen RIMS’ and is an incident mapping program that allows CPD to make selected incident data available to the public. The department actually began using the system in July 2020 but it is now fully developed and implemented.

In a memo to the City Manager, Police Chief Chuck Kaye wrote “Today, the public is used to looking up just about

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BC (short for Big Cat) came to PAWS through our coalition partners at San Diego Humane Society. BC is a handsome and hardy tabby gentleman looking for a forever family who will appreciate his sweet and affectionate nature and provide him with a calm and quiet forever home.

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The City has settled its lawsuit filed against the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and the Airport Land Use Commission challenging the October 1, 2020, adoption of the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for Naval Air Station North Island.

On June 3, 2021, the parties approved a settlement agreement that clarifies the Airport Land Use Commission’s interpretation of the ALUCP. The terms of the agreement ensure the right of existing single-family residential property owners to build out their home’s gross floor area to the maximum square footage permitted under the City’s existing regulations.

The settlement agreement provides relief to the City’s approximately 450 residential property owners, many of whom expressed concern regarding the ALUCP’s far-reaching restrictions during the plan’s five-year planning process.

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Coronado’s Free Summer Shuttle is back. As of Sunday, June 6, residents and visitors can take a free ride around Coronado. Take a courtesy ride to the beach, the Coronado Public Library, grocery or drug store, area hotels or the Community Center. Buses will run seven days a week every 15 min…

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Todd Tanghe, Coronado Fourth of July president, receives a $2,000 donation from the Coronado Woman’s Club during the Coronado Woman’s Club Luncheon held at the Coronado Brigantine on June 2. President Besty Vernetti, center, and treasurer Emily Williamson, far right, show their club support …

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CHA’s annual Preservation Symposium, a partnership with Coronado MainStreet and the City of Coronado, was a successful capstone to the month-long celebration of National Preservation Month on Thursday, May 21.

As part of the Symposium program, the Coronado Historical Association announced the much-anticipated winner of the 2021 Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award.

Dave Landon, President of the Coronado Historical Association presented the award to Anne and Taylor Stockdale for their restoration of the Stockdale family home at 547 A Avenue. When presented the award, Anne and Taylor described the restoration work that they did to bring the home back to life and earn the GEM Award. Watch the video and read more below to learn about all of their hard work.

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The Library will begin reinstating fines and fees for overdue items starting June 15. Charges were not applied during the stay at home order at the request of the Library Board of Trustees. Patrons with outstanding items will receive an email letting them know that charges will resume. The Library will continue its policy of automatically renewing items up to two times, except for when a request has been placed on the item.

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Join us tomorrow, Thursday, June 10, at 1 pm for a presentation by CHA Staff historians about CHA’s Island Icons initiative and feature in Coronado Magazine. The monthly column is the product of a special archival project conducted by CHA’s volunteers. True to its mission to serve as Coronad…

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Swim Lessons will begin June 21 at the Coronado Aquatics Center for all ages and skill levels. Lesson details can be found in our online Summer Recreation Guide at www.coronado.ca.us/register. This summer our Aquatics Division will offer lessons for kids, ages 6 months to 8 years old. Also, we have teamed up with Legacy Swim Academy, who will teach lessons for kids and adults starting at age four years and older. These lessons will focus on improving technique and swim stroke refinement. Visit https://legacyswimacademy.com/ for details about their lessons.

Registration for swim classes will be available for residents beginning May 26 at 9 a.m. and June 2 at 9 a.m. for nonresidents. Registration will be available online at

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The City’s Parks and Recreation Committee held a meeting last week that included an update on plans to improve Coronado Cays Park, the largest City-owned park  and joint-use sports fields.

At the May 17 meeting, City staff provided Commissioners and the community with a summary of tasks completed on the project before the pandemic to develop a Coronado Cays Park Master Plan as well as efforts being developed to re-start the project. Many in the community provided input at the meeting.

“The City wants to hear from residents,” said Coronado Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszko. “We plan to continue to listen to community feedback before we identify any conceptual improvements.”

The City is aware that the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association is conducting an online survey to understand whether community opinions about the project have changed over the last year. The City plans to review the results as soon as they are made available, sometime around the end of June, and provide a project update to the Parks and Recreation Commission, along with recommendations from City staff on how to proceed.

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Sue Gillingham, Executive Director of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, presented a 2021 Coronado business update at the Coronado Roundtable’s monthly meeting in May conducted by ZOOM. “Business is hanging on after a difficult year and a dire outlook,” said Gillingham. Approximately 40 busin…

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Meet adorable Kiki, a sweet and understated lady with a sly sense of humor. While she initially comes off as shy with new people, it doesn’t take long for Kiki to warm up and shower her people with love and attention. She’s looking for a forever family who will do the same for her!

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Visit Coronado Public Library to see a new art display on loan from Revision Project featuring works from two of its resident artists, Charlotte Voitzwinkler and Jack Medved. Both artists are locals as well. The exhibit will be on display near the adult reference desk by the computers from May 6 through August 31.

The display features five paintings of Coronado scenery by Voitzwinkler. These include the Coronado Bay Bridge, the

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Impact Activities is hosting a Tennis Day on Saturday, June 5, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Coronado Tennis Center. The event is for the tennis community to meet and greet the new management. There will be four courts of level-based adult tennis and one court for junior play for the first h…

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Mayor Richard Bailey will be hosting an outdoor town hall meeting on Tuesday, June 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, located at 30 N Caribe Cay Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118.

Items to be discussed include the 1,000 RHNA housing units and proposed zoning changes, Orange Avenue enhancements, the Tijuana sewage issue status,

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Memorial Day Services were held Monday at Coronado’s Star Park. The event annually is hosted and organized by VFW Coronado Post 2422, with support from both the military and civilian communities.

Last year, due to the virus, Memorial Day Services were filmed, but no physical event took place. This year the VFW suggested in advance that attendance to this event would be limited. They only set up 100 chairs, and it proved most adequate.

There was a turnout of nearly 200 people, sitting, standing, and both in the park and fringed along Star Park Circle. What they found was an amazing and thought-provoking salute to our fallen military, and there couldn’t have been a dry eye in the place.

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Ok Coronado, get ready to dance … the Coronado Promenade Concerts Board of Directors today unveiled a 12-concert schedule for 2021. With musical acts ranging from classic rock to soul, yacht rock to country, the series will deliver a variety of styles, all designed to fit the comfortable and exquisite setting of Spreckels Park.

This year’s summer concert series will run from June 20, 2021 (Father’s Day and the first day of summer) with concerts every Sunday thru Sept. 12, 2021. Very different this year is the entire summer series will be underwritten by the Coronado Promenade Concerts Board of Directors as their gift to the residents, guests and the city of Coronado.

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Coronado is displaying the fifth class of 15 new art banners on Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas, celebrating local artists through the end of June. This week we are featuring artist Lisa Ambler’s banner featuring her painting Succulent, which is located on Orange Avenue and First Street.

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The Coronado Free Summer Shuttle kick-off event will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, on the first day of service.

The program was canceled last year due to the pandemic but is back. The kick-off event will be held at the southwest corner of Spreckels Park with guest speakers, refreshments and a ride on one of the buses.

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Treasure Zimmerman, 101 years old, walked over from the Coronado Shores to get her COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, May 19. Here she sits with the Dr. Fauci cutout at the Coronado Community Center after receiving her shot, awaiting the ok to head home.

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In addition to adding new challenges to public education, COVID related issues continue to influence the traditional aspects of running a school district. The May 20, 2021 Coronado Unified School Board Governing Board meeting contained elements of both.

Covid Relief Funds Spending

In March 2021, the California legislature approved a COVID relief package that included $4.6 billion for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants to public schools. The funds are allocated proportionally based on the state’s current per pupil funding formula, which is calculated by average daily attendance and student demographics.

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Are you looking for a fun fiesta? Meet the Fiesta kittens, Beans, Tequila, Taco, and Serrano. These fun and frisky felines are ready for some fun with their new forever families!

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Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m., the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will proudly host Memorial Day services at Coronado’s Star Park. Being a military town, turn-out for this emotional event has always been high.

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The Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) has selected Michelle Gilmore as its next president and chief executive officer.

“We are so delighted that Michelle is coming back to CSF in her new role. She comes with so much enthusiasm and will hit our post-pandemic world running!” announced CSF Board Chair Russ Haley.

Gilmore, a Coronado resident, previously served as CSF’s Director of Development and Marketing (2014-2018), before taking a position at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) as Senior Development Director.

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The May 18, 2021 City Council meeting began with a report from Interim City Manager Mark Ochenduszco. He has met with the Fourth of July Committee and is planning for full city staff support for the holiday events, including the parade. He reiterated that the San Diego County Public Health Department will provide further guidance on June 15 and plans could adjust after that announcement. 

Ochenduszco also reported that the Parks and Recreation Commission held a meeting on May 17 and heard an update on the Cays Park Master Plan. He said that a community survey indicated the public does not want any major changes and the plan is moving forward. 

Note: the City staff recommendation for the Cays Park Master Plan at the May 17 Parks and Recreation

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The City and nonprofit group Emerald Keepers have installed a new information poster at the kiosk at Central Beach near the Main Lifeguard Tower. The kiosk poster, which was installed on Friday, May 7, contains helpful tips on how to care for the beach and ocean, including picking up trash. …

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Welcome Garage Buena Forchetta one of our newest sponsors for the announcers station at the 1100 block of Orange Ave. We are so happy to start this relationship with Garage Buena Forchetta, they have been great partners within the community and deserve our patronage. Please show them your ap…

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The City has received complaints about park rules being violated at the Port of San Diego’s Grande Caribe Shoreline Park. The concerns center around late night activities, beach fires, people swimming to private docks, off-leash dogs, and people leaving trash throughout the park.

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Public Services’ Beach Division reinstalled the eight North Beach fire rings as more restrictions are lifted in the area. Elite Security, in coordination with the Police Department and Public Services, will have a security guard present per an agreement currently in place. Beach crews placed…

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The City and American Red Cross have scheduled a blood drive on Sunday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. In 2020, the City sponsored nine blood drives, that attracted 367 participants …

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On Friday, May 14, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents who are 12 to 15 years old. Since children and teens can be infected, get sick and even

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Lily is an adorably unique super-mutt. Sweet, friendly, and fun, Lily is looking for a new forever family that will show her the ropes and appreciate her zest for life and her love of toys and games.

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There remains much uncertainty regarding when and if public health restrictions due to COVID-19 will be further eased. However, City staff is hopeful and has been preparing for the possibility that Fourth of July festivities in Coronado may involve more of the traditional celebratory events.…