Issue 19 | December 21, 2021
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

December is a natural time for reflection and there is much to reflect on looking back at 2021. We began the year experiencing one of the toughest moments our country has faced as we were in the grips of a pandemic surge along with an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that shook the foundation of our democratic institutions. We shortly thereafter began an unprecedented vaccine rollout that offered hope to bring the pandemic to an end and has provided a degree of protection to our community despite the rise of recent variants. 2021 also saw the return of beloved events like our summer concerts, Halloween event and holiday parade which all saw record attendance as people returned to outdoor public spaces in the community they love. 

I also reflect on the work by the City of Grover Beach this past year in addressing community needs with our Major City Goals of Economic Development, Housing and Homelessness, Public Safety and Street Improvements. From new businesses to housing units and from new police officers to street repairs, we have made substantial progress in each area that will benefit Grover Beach for years to come. Earlier this month, the City Council approved a 53-unit affordable housing project for individuals and families who struggle to find housing in our area. The Council also issued the next $10 million street repair bond from the $48 million authorized by Measure K-14 to continue our progress in the coming years in fixing local streets. These issues represent two critical parts to continue strengthening our foundation for those who live and work in our community. I’d like to recognize our City Council for their visionary and inspiring leadership and our staff team for their dedication and results in serving our community. 

We still have challenges and uncertainties in our midst, but I believe 2022 will shape up to be a positive and productive year for our community. I look forward to welcoming our new Deputy City Manager Kristin Eriksson joining us in January, and we recently welcomed new Police Commander Jim Munro, along with saying goodbye to retiring Commander Angelo Limon and Sergeants Roy Ituralde and Celis Rabena. Lastly, as you enjoy the holiday season with your family, check out the nearly 40 submissions in our annual Holiday of Lights decorating contest (see our interactive map here). I want to recognize the Grover Beach community spirit that has shined bright this year and will lead the way to an even brighter 2022. Thank you for being part of our community and I wish you a happy and safe holiday season! 

Sincerely,

Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
Create Holiday Cheer... and District Maps!
As you create memories with your loved ones this holiday season, you can also help shape the future of Grover Beach by holding a Grover Beach districting mapping party!

Districting Mapping Holiday Party Essentials:
The Grover Beach districting process will determine which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into each of the City's future four voting districts. By drawing a map, you are helping ensure that communities have the strongest voice possible in expressing their district preferences. When voters with similar interests are drawn into a district together, their combined voices give them a greater opportunity to express their views and elect council members of their choice.

In order for your map to be reviewed at the third districting public hearing on January 24, 2022, please be sure to submit your paper or online draft map by Thursday, January 6, 2022. Mapping tools, as well as other districting information, can be accessed by visiting groverbeach.org/districting.
Grover Beach Council Approves Landmark 53-Unit Affordable Housing Project
New housing options are coming to Grover Beach thanks to a newly approved project at 164 South 13th Street and 1206 West Grand Avenue. Local nonprofits People's Self-Help Housing and the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo will serve jointly as the developers on this project, making quality housing more accessible to all those who currently, or would like to, call Grover Beach home.

Ringing in the New Year with New Bond Funding To Continue Accelerated Pace of Street Improvements
Grover Beach will ring in the New year with $10 million in bond funding to support street improvements throughout the community in the coming years. Thanks to this funding mechanism provided through Measure K-14, the City is on track to repair all remaining local streets over the next eight to 10 years.

Grover Beach Plans for Next 20 Years of Water Supply
With the State of California currently experiencing its second driest year on record despite recent storms, Grover Beach is making strides to prepare for the continuation of quality public water supply over the next 20 years. While supply is sufficient to safely meet demands for the planning horizon, conservation measures are still necessary in light of the ongoing drought.

Staff Spotlight
Join Us in Welcoming New City Leadership!
We are pleased to welcome Kristin Eriksson as Deputy City Manager for the City of Grover Beach beginning in January. She joins the City with 16 years of local and state government experience, most recently as an Administrative Analyst in the County Administrator’s Office for the County of San Luis Obispo. In this role, Kristin was the liaison analyst for the departments of Public Works, Information Technology, Probation and the District Attorney and also served as staff coordinator for numerous special projects including the 2020 Census and the supervisorial redistricting. Prior to working for the County, she served as the Purchasing Manager for the City of San Luis Obispo and as a research attorney and contracts administrator for the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Kristin has an undergraduate degree in political science from California Lutheran University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She is also a credentialed California County Executive with the Institute of Excellence in County Government of the California State Association of Counties. 
On November 15, 2021, the Police Department welcomed James “Jim” Munro to the department as the new Operations Commander. Jim will replace Commander Angelo Limon who is retiring in December. He joins the Grover Beach Police Department from the Clovis Police Department where he was serving as a Lieutenant and Public Information Officer for their department. Jim started his law enforcement career 24 years ago as a part-time dispatcher for Clovis working graveyard shifts and weekends. After some time, he attended the police academy where he then became a sworn officer. Since becoming an officer and promoting his way to Lieutenant, he has shown a passion for law enforcement and technology that can help staff work both efficiently and smarter. Jim has experience managing patrol shifts, special details and all technology-related projects within a police department. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership. He’s also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute class #403 and is a member of the California Police Chiefs Association Emerging Technologies Committee. 
Upcoming Meetings & Events
City Schedule

City Hall Closed for Christmas
December 24 & 27 (observed)

City Hall Closed for
New Year's Day
December 31 (observed)

Planning Commission Meeting
January 4 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
January 10 @ 6 p.m.

City Hall Closed for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
January 17

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
January 20 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
January 24 @ 6 p.m.
Community Events
Holiday of Lights Virtual Decorating Contest
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual Holiday of Lights Virtual Decorating Contest! 🌟 Grover Beach went all out with festive, creative designs to bring a little sparkle to our community this holiday season.

Frequently Asked Questions
How is the City of Grover Beach doing?
Grover Beach completed its third community survey to gauge community sentiment and feedback on key community issues and satisfaction with City services. Results reveal community priorities and show a high degree of support for progress made in recent years. Highlights include:
41% of residents believe quality of life has improved in Grover Beach over the past five years (34% in 2019)
Top issues identified facing the City: 1) homelessness, 2) street and infrastructure improvements and 3) affordable housing
70% of respondents indicated the City should do more to address homelessness through shelter space, outreach and encampment clearing
72% of respondents are satisfied with City services
(65% in 2019)
Most important City services identified: 1) rapid emergency calls response, 2) fire/emergency medical services, 3) street maintenance and 4) police patrols and crime prevention
Top resident sources of information: 1) word of mouth, 2) City website (GroverBeach.org), 3) Facebook, 4) local television and 5) newsletters (like the Grover Gazette!)
Thank you to all those who participated in the community survey and provided important feedback to guide the City’s future efforts and initiatives. The survey is one of many ways the City engages residents to get input on key issues facing the community and the effectiveness of City services. To view the full survey results, click here.
Know the Code
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
Noise 🔊
GBMC Article III Chapter 1.01 Section 3120(B) says “It is unlawful for any person willfully to make or continue to make, or cause to be made or continued, any loud, unnecessary, or unusual noise which disturbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or which causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person of normal sensitivity residing in the area.

What times are considered quiet times?
GBMC Article III Chapter 1.01 Section 3120.8 and 3120.9 states that both interior (40 decibels) and exterior (55 decibels) noise limits are allowed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. For construction or building projects within a residential zone, noise limits are allowed between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. All other times are considered “quiet times”.

What are the exceptions to the Noise Standards?
GBMC Article III Chapter 1.01 Section 3120.11 lists some exceptions as “public activities, conducted in public parks, public playgrounds, and public or private school grounds, including, but not limited to, school athletic and school entertainment events. The use of any mechanical device, apparatus or equipment related to or connected with emergency activities or emergency work to protect life or property. Noise sources associated with work performed by the city or private or public utilities in the maintenance or modification of City or Public Utility facilities. 

What should you do if you feel that a noise exceeds these noise standards?
The Grover Beach Police Department handles all noise-related complaints from barking dogs to car alarms to a loud party next door. If you feel that a noise exceeds the noise standards listed above, please call the Grover Beach Police Department Non-Emergency line at (805) 473-4511. 
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Police Officer - Lateral Transfer/Academy Graduate
City of Grover Beach
154 S 8th Street
Grover Beach, CA 93433
(805) 473-4550