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The City of Coronado has launched “Mask Up! Coronado,” a campaign to educate visitors, residents and businesses about the importance of wearing a mask in public.

The City held several mask giveaways earlier this month and more free masks giveaways are planned. Over the next few weeks, City Council members and City staff will be walking the business district delivering Mask Up! Coronado window clings as well as Coronado logo masks.

Council and staff are asking merchants to hang the plastic fliers in their windows in support of the City’s message to spread kindness not COVID-19.

The demand for the City’s logo mask was so high, the

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Sweet Crista came to PAWS when her family could no longer care for her. Crista seems shy at first, but her affectionate side quickly comes out. She would appreciate a new forever home that is calm and quiet.

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At the conclusion of their single-topic, 93-minute meeting, held July 28, 2020, the City of Coronado’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny three permits requested by partners Crown Manor Owner Christopher Bower, and Co-applicant the Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton. If passed, the permits would have allowed overnight accommodations and events at the 1015 Ocean Boulevard location, which was built in 1902.

Specifically the agenda item called for consideration of a Major Special Use Permit, approval of a Parking Plan, and a Coastal Permit for the location, which is in a R-1A single family residential zone. Crown Manor was designated as a historic resource in October 2001, and a Mills Act property in October 2002.

There is a portion of the Coronado Municipal Code which according to the City Staff report on the agenda

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Prioritizing public health, and in alignment with COVID-19 State and County public health orders, Grand Caribe Shoreline Park will be closed starting Thursday, August 6, 2020 until further notice. In partnership with the City of Coronado, the Port reopened the park in May. However, due to heavier than normal use, enforcement of the State and County’s health orders, which requires measures to ensure park visitors are social distancing from others, has become a challenge. Therefore, the park will be closed until gatherings are allowed without restrictions.

Closed signs will be posted at the park, and the Coronado Police Department will be assisting the Port with enforcement of the park closure.

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Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing. As Coronado and the rest of California reopens, c…

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As you already concluded from the headline above, the primary topic of the three-hour City Council meeting of July 21, 2020, was the Coronado Community Grant program. In years past, the funding total for local non-profits was plus or minus, in the $1 million range. The targeted goal not long ago for Fiscal Year 2020-21 was 1.65 percent of General Fund revenues, or $1 million, whichever was less. However, that was pre-COVID-19, before the City’s revenues took a severe hit, particularly in the Transient Occupancy Tax and Sales Tax categories.

When this agenda item was presented, City Councilmembers made it clear the revised total grant

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Five or six times a week, Coronado residents and Emerald Keepers Anne and Rick Wilcoxon can be found along Ocean Boulevard or on either end of the beach collecting trash. They have owned a home in Coronado since 2001, but didn’t make Coronado their permanent home until four years ago when they moved from Napa County in Northern California, and Las Vegas,

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Do you have a question for us? We’ll get you the answer! Librarians are available to help with your inquiries, questions and research. While the library building is closed, you can send an email to askalibrarian@coronado.ca.us including as much information as possible and a phone number where you can be

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The next Dine Out! Coronado is set for this weekend, July 31-Aug. 2. All you need for your organized picnic is a takeout order from your favorite local restaurant and a reservation.

The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet thank residents for making the events a success during this difficult time for local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

“Residents are really responding to our outdoor picnics,” City Manager Blair King said. “We are hearing great things from those who participate and we are happy to encourage people to pick up a

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Beautiful and vivacious Stella came to PAWS when her family could no longer care for her. This fun loving gal is looking for a new family who will appreciate her spark and her zest for life.

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Coronado Unified School District had an opportunity to provide shareholders updated information regarding the 2020-2021 school year and the reopening of our Coronado schools. CUSD facilitated five town hall meetings, one for CUSD staff and one for each of the four school sites. The virtual town hall meetings, held via Zoom, were well attended and followed a similar format, including a short presentation covering reopening protocols, guidance and plans, and an informal component that allowed for district officials to respond to questions that staff and parents submitted ahead of the town hall meetings during the prior week.

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The City of Coronado Spreckels Center hopes you enjoyed last week’s lecture, “Getting the Vote: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the United States.” This week‘s lecture will provide scientific and historical insight into pandemics as they present “Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and Smallp…

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June 26, 2020, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board of Directors exercised their weighted vote option to approve the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for 2021-2029, the die was cast. The assessment, which features a 2,000 percent increase in the required number of low income and moderately priced housing units which must be constructed in Coronado during the cycle, given existing constraints, is simply impossible for the city to attain.

In response, the Coronado City Council approved as part of the Consent Calendar for their Tuesday, July 21, 2020 meeting, the hiring of the law firm of Sloan, Sakai, Yeung and Wong, LLP, with offices in Sacramento and Berkley, as special counsel. The firm will explore Coronado’s legal options with SANDAG.

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Coronado Unified School District is announcing its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and/or the district/agency’s central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party on request.

Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals. To apply, complete one application for all children in the household and submit to the school for processing.

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A garage door at Fire station 36 that rolls up when opened stopped working. Public Services Facilities Division dispatched a contractor to inspect the failure. After a thorough inspection, a broken spring was discovered caused likely by simple wear and tear. A new spring and barrel were orde…

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While summer is traditionally the season we excitedly vroom off on a road trip, fly to a distant shore or explore a new city or culture, 2020 is all about the staycation. Coronadans may have the great advantage of being based in paradise, but it’s easy to slip into familiar habits and forget just how many wonders our little island has to offer, which is where the new OrangeAvenue.com website comes in…

This 250+ page resource showcases every store, restaurant, entertainment venue, salon, spa, gallery, tour, and outdoor recreational activity in Crown City. And with over 1,000 new images, you are sure to see Coronado with fresh eyes!

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Handsome Banjo came to PAWS when he and several other cats were found in a box. This charming guy is ready to add some fun tunes and love ballads to your life.

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The City will offer a second chance for residents to enjoy a picnic dinner at an outdoor dining venue at Spreckels Park this weekend.

The City, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet hope residents join them in supporting local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic by picking up a take-out order on Friday or Saturday, July 24 or 25.

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Coronado entered into a unique agreement in May with local nonprofit Coronado MainStreet to help local businesses comply with San Diego County’s Safe Reopening Plan during a very uncertain time.

It was mid-May when Coronado restaurants and retail shops, after being closed for months due to the public health emergency, were being allowed to reopen for limited indoor dining and shopping. Since then, much has changed and restaurants were recently required to again close their indoor dining. The City heard from many of its

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The current rules in regards to face coverings, as stated by San Diego County, are as follows. You must wear a face covering anywhere that you will be within six feet of other people. You do not have to wear face coverings with members in your household, children under 2 are also not required to wear face coverings. If you are swimming, running, walking, or biking with members of your family or alone, you don’t have to wear a face covering, but you should bring one with you in case you come within six feet of others.’

In regards to businesses, San Diego County instructs that businesses should, “Require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face

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Beginning Monday, July 27, the Coronado Skatepark will observe new summer hours and will require a user fee.

The summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The skate/scooter fee is $5 for a one hour reservation. Annual passes are available for purchase. The annual pass fees are $60 for those under 18, $100 for adults, 18-64, and $60 for those 65-plus. Advance reservations are required. The rental fee for any equipment is $5.

Adult participants and the parents/guardians of minor participants must establish an account with the Recreation and Golf Services Department and complete the waiver before using the Skatepark facility.

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A Public Hearing will be held by the Planning Commission of the City of Coronado, in the City Council Chambers, located at Coronado City Hall, 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, California, Tuesday, July 28, at 3 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible.

This public hearing is scheduled to consider: PC 2020-05 and -09, CP 2020-03 Crown Manor; a Request for a Recommendation to the City Council of a Major Special Use Permit,

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The unabated presence of the COVID-19 Pandemic has added several pages to the City of Coronado’s proverbial playbook, with new options designed to assist small businesses struggling in the city. Last Thursday, July 16, 2020, the City Council held a 51-minute Special Meeting, to consider two agenda items. The first of which was, ‘Discussion and consideration of waiving the alcohol prohibition for Spreckels Park, for the Spreckels Park Outdoor Dining Room.’

After thanking the City Council for attending the meeting called on short notice, City Manager Blair King delineated the background of the first agenda item, designed to help local restaurants, and modeled on a concept that met with success in the City of Paso Robles. “In their Central Park, they set up picnic tables, had a maître d’ escort diners to their table, and people brought food from their favorite restaurant. When they

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Coronado Unified School District will open this fall within a distance learning environment.

On Friday afternoon Governor Newsom released clear guidance for districts across California which define conditions needed for a physical return to school in the Fall. These reopening requirements, developed in an abundance of caution to support the health and safety of staff and students, have not been reached in San Diego County.

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Challenging times are shining a light on the compassion and togetherness that have always made this community a special place to live. City officials, local businesses, organizations, and neighbors are in constant communication to coordinate Coronado’s response during these unprecedented times. Integral to the effort is Coronado SAFE, a nonprofit that has been dedicated to improving and maintaining the emotional and behavioral health of Coronado youth, families and the community as a whole, for more than 20 years.

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The Coronado Unified School District will host four school-site specific parent forums next week. The Zoom forums will provide parents with specific information on plans and options as they relate to our three potential reopening scenarios:

· Virtual Learning

· Students on campus

· “Hybrid” model (contingency plan)

Presentations by staff will include:

· Scheduling and structures

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The deadline to submit entries for the next nonprofit series of banners for the Orange Avenue Banner Program installation is Aug. 1.

Banners will be installed the week of September 15 and will remain up through the Thanksgiving holiday. The program, initiated in 2016 and funded through a Discover Coronado grant, displays banners on the

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Many people have questions and concerns about the current state of COVID-19 in San Diego County. It can be hard to separate fact from fiction with this virus, as we’re learning new things about it every day. With all the overwhelming information coming in daily, what does it mean specificall…

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As a trustee on the CUSD Governing Board, I find myself faced with the toughest, most complex decision that I have been asked to make in my nearly six years on the Board; that being the reopening of our four school sites amidst the continuing pandemic. It is not so much the decision to reopen that I find so difficult, we need to reopen, but the how and when to do so is what makes it complicated.

Here at CUSD, we are “public

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After being totally closed to the public for 90 days, the 132-year old Hotel del Coronado is rapidly re-opening for business. “I’m just happy we’re open,” said Hotel Del General Manager Harold Rapoza, Jr. over the weekend. “Our last day of operation was March 26, 2020, and we re-opened the Beach Village at the Del and 190 rooms in the Victorian Building June 26, 2020. There was no revenue coming in prior to our closing. We have great owners and they wanted to make sure to protect this landmark and keep it in good condition when we re-opened.”

As for the decision to close the hotel for the first time, Rapoza explained, “It wasn’t a requirement of the state at that time. It was more about the business world internationally and in the U.S. We started feeling the business impact in early March when conventions started to cancel and our leisure travel business decreased to almost nothing.

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CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw recently discussed what employers should do if an employee tests positive with COVID-19.

Shaw tells Frank that while there is a lot of guidance available, there are only a few steps employers need to take should an employee test positive for COVID-19:

Step 1: Send the Employee Home

The first thing an employer needs to do is to send the sick employee home right away.

Even if a business is deemed an “essential business,” any employee who is sick needs to stay home, Shaw says.

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The Coronado Unified School District’s Governing Board held a special meeting July 9 to receive report 4.1: CUSD Fall Reopening. The report outlined reopening safety guidelines and presented an overview of on-campus and virtual learning options.

The meeting opened with the presentation of public comments that had been submitted beforehand. These comments focussed largely upon concerns for the safety and health of students, teachers and parents if on-campus learning were to resume (or not resume) in the fall.

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Beautiful and elegant Cookie came to PAWS when her former owner relinquished her. This lovely lady is settling in at PAWS and would appreciate a calm and quiet forever home to live out her golden years. 

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This week’s Osher lecture has been a hot topic in the news for the last several months, “The Global Oil Market Crisis and the COVID Crash.” This lecture is brought to

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“Good morning. My name is Rear Admiral Philip Sobeck, and I am the Expeditionary Strike Group THREE commander. I’d like to start by thanking the people of San Diego, National City, Coronado, and all the other communities in San Diego County for their continued support. 

For more than 48 hours brave Sailors from commands all across San Diego have been working tirelessly alongside Federal Fire San Diego to get this fire under

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Starting Friday, Coronado residents may enjoy dinner at an outdoor dining venue sponsored by the City in support of local restaurants impacted by the ongoing pandemic.

The City, with help from the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and Coronado MainStreet, is working to promote the outdoor dining venue, which will debut at Spreckels Park on July 17. Residents are invited to make a reservation beginning Wednesday, July 15, by calling the Chamber of Commerce at (619) 435-9260.

“All we ask is that you pick up a takeout meal from your favorite restaurant in town and join your Coronado neighbors outside while maintaining social distancing, and don’t forget your mask,” City Manager Blair King said. “We think this will be a great way to help businesses who have struggled to keep up with all the

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Following new state guidance, the County will be closing indoor operations for certain sectors effective July 15.

They include:

Gyms and fitness centers

Places of worship

Personal care services, including nail salons and massage and tattoo parlors

Hair salons and barbershops

Indoor malls

Offices for non-essential sectors

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The IBWC Citizens’ Forum on July 2 was held via teleconference to inform the board and the general public on the latest news. USIBWC Operations Manager Nicolas Chapa gave a presentation on the commission’s projects in the California-Tijuana, Baja California region and projects to be developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Doug Liden, EPA environmental engineer Region 9, San Diego Border Office discussed

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CUSD is excited to announce a new partnership with Champions to provide before and after school childcare and enrichment opportunities beginning this Fall.

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The Governing Board received a report on our current reopening approach during a Special Board meeting yesterday; no formal action was taken.

The update outlined reopening safety guidelines and presented an overview of on-campus and virtual learning options as well as hybrid model contingency planning. A recording of the meeting is available here. Staff will host a town hall forum on July 23 to solicit input and respond to community questions. Additional information and instructions on how to participate/submit questions will be provided on Friday, July 17.

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Fun and handsome Wyatt came to PAWS after he was found outside the animal care facility. Wyatt is a playful and affectionate guy who is looking for a fun and active family to take him along on all of life’s adventures.

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Coronado Island Film Festival is all about movies, so naturally we love it when we find one that gets everything right: the writing, the directing, the acting, the cinematography, the location, everything. “Broadcast News” (1987) is one of those.

Even though it was nominated for seven Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, we had almost forgotten about it until we were scrolling through Facebook and came across a post by Ken Fitzgerald that he’d watched it with his family and “it still holds up.” You know Ken – a well-written political opinion piece with his name on it is most likely included in this week’s edition of this newspaper.

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Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing. As Coronado and the rest of California reopens, c…

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San Diego County’s public health officer announced that effective Tuesday, July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses across the region, must close if they operate indoors.

Following three days on the state’s Monitoring List and as part of the County’s Safe Reopening, the following businesses were closed unless they can operate outdoors. The closures go into effect July 7 and will last three weeks:

• Dine-in restaurants (outdoor settings, pickup, delivery and drive-thrus still allowed)

• Wineries and tasting rooms

• Movie theaters

• Family entertainment centers (including bowling alleys, arcades)

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Three Coronado restaurants are temporarily closing their doors after reporting cases of their employees contracting COVID-19. The Henry, High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen, and McP’s Irish Pub have all had employee’s test positive, and will close temporarily in order to follow San Diego County Health Department orders.

The major points within current guidelines that are in place as stated by the California Department of Public Health are as follows: The restaurant should notify their local health department about any suspected or confirmed positive cases. They should provide their local health department with a roster of their employees and then begin testing, and “the employer is responsible for ensuring all employees are offered or provided testing.”

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San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The County order is in effect until further notice.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES

ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER AND EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

(Effective July 7, 2020)

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code sections 101040, 120175, and 120175.5 (b) the Health Officer of the County of San Diego (Health

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce designed a banner to support Essential Coronado's campaign to turn Coronado Red, White and Blue for July 4th. The City did a wonderful job turning this around so swiftly and you can now view this on the median by the library.