Issue 17 | October 20, 2021
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

Last weekend, I met up with another parent at 16th Street Park for a playground get-together with our kids. I hadn’t been to the park in a while, so it was a good opportunity to see it from the eyes of a parent simply enjoying a community amenity. I saw a new playground that attracts kids from all over to play in a modern, accessible, and safe space for kids. I observed a festive birthday party with bounce houses at a picnic area that’s booked solid with parties through the end of November. I also saw another party nearby with the smell of barbecued food wafting over the park and a makeshift dance floor on the grass. Our kids played baseball for a bit at Ekbom Field before moving on to an impromptu soccer game with other kids and ultimately back to the awesome playground. By the time we left, the park had cycled through a wide array of people of different backgrounds, all enjoying a space for the community. 

My time at the park was a reminder of the power of safe and accessible community spaces and our role in local government of creating and maintaining them. 16th Street Park has been in our city for a long time and has long been a popular place for the nearby neighborhood to meet. However, we’ve made a concerted effort in recent years to improve the park through tree planting, lighting, restroom renovations, and, most recently, a new playground. We also added security cameras for safety, along with a wi-fi network last year to help students with distance learning needs. Over the past few years, we’ve also improved the streets around the park so that drivers aren’t dodging potholes when arriving at the park (we’re improving other streets, too!). 

Community spaces aren’t like Disneyland and we have to address issues that arise in a city environment. Our challenges at the park range from teenagers with inappropriate language and music at the playground to graffiti displayed on park equipment to an unhoused individual parked in his car whom we’ve attempted to connect to services and housing. City staff, from our maintenance crew to our police officers, deal with these issues in a calm, competent, and compassionate manner as they do their best to maintain this and other community spaces as assets for all who wish to use them. 

I often talk about the services the City provides and the projects we do and these are critical foundations of the role of local government. But just as important is the role of building community for those who live and work here. I’m proud of the way that our community in Grover Beach works together, plays together, deals with issues together, and enjoys life together as families, friends, and neighbors. This sense of down-to-earth, family-friendly authenticity is one of our greatest strengths as a community and what residents often point to when they’re asked what they like most about Grover Beach. 

I’m proud of the role we play in city government in helping make Grover Beach a true community for all. Thank you for being part of our community and keep letting us know what we can do to assist you at (805) 473-4550 or CityHall@GroverBeach.org

Sincerely,

Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
Grover Beach Dedicates American Rescue Plan Act Funds to COVID-19 Recovery and Other Programs
The Grover Beach City Council approved the allocation of $1.6 million for various COVID-19 recovery and relief programs and other high priority community needs. These population-based funds were provided to the City this fiscal year by the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). It is anticipated that an additional $1.6 million will be provided the following fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022.

New Sidewalks Planned Throughout Grover Beach to Enhance Pedestrian Accessibility
Grover Beach residents will benefit from more complete sidewalks throughout the city in coming years. This will encourage the use of alternate forms of transportation as well as reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality and provide a healthier and safer way for residents to travel short distances. 

Festive Fall Activities in Grover Beach
The Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for a season of fun community activities to mark the beginning of the holidays. With friendly contests and prizes on the line ranging from bragging rights to a full Thanksgiving feast, everyone can participate in sharing the fall holiday spirit.

Staff Spotlight
Becky Robledo
Administrative Assistant III
Becky Robledo has been with the City of Grover Beach for sixteen years. She has four children, all of whom were raised on the Central Coast. She enjoys spending time at the beach.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
City Hall Schedule

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
October 21 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
October 25 @ 6 p.m.

Districting Workshop
October 27 at 6 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting
November 2 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
November 8 @ 6 p.m.

City Hall Closed for Veterans Day
November 11
Community Events
Thanksgiving Thankfulness
What are you thankful for this season? Share your answer with the Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department by emailing GBParks@GroverBeach.org by 5 p.m. on November 18. Accompanying photos are encouraged.

Three winners will be announced on Friday, November 19th ahead of the November 25th Thanksgiving holiday. The grand prize entry will win a dinner for four from The Spoon Trade while the second and third place winners will receive a Cornish game hen and Thanksgiving dessert! 
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Oct. 27 Grover Beach Districting Workshop?
The State of California released its official adjusted data from the U.S. Census and the City of Grover Beach, like other California cities moving to district elections, is using this data to establish voting districts. 

Districting determines how neighborhoods and communities are grouped together for the purpose of electing a City Councilmember. Residents have an opportunity to participate in the districting process by drawing their own map using the adjusted U.S. Census data.

The City is offering residents a variety of mapping tools to gain insights about the city and draw maps for consideration, and is hosting a virtual community workshop on October 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to demonstrate how to use these tools.

How to Participate in the Workshop
The workshop will be hosted via Zoom Meeting. In addition to learning about the mapping tools, residents will have an opportunity to ask the City’s demographer questions and provide insights on communities of interest and feedback on preferred district boundaries.

What Happens to Submitted Maps?
Once the City receives map submissions from the community, the draft maps will be reviewed by the City’s demographer and posted on the districting website. All submitted maps will be taken to the City Council to consider for final adoption. 

As the districting process continues to advance, the City will regularly update the districting website to include additional details on future public hearings, new FAQs and more. You can also follow the City’s FacebookTwitterInstagram and Nextdoor to keep up with the latest districting news.
Know the Code
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
Poultry (Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Pigeons, etc.) & Rabbits
GBMC Article III, Chapter 5, Section 3517(B) says “No person shall keep upon any premises in the City any poultry or rabbits: Within fifteen (15) feet of any dwelling or if more than ten (10) in all of any such rabbits or poultry are kept within thirty-five (35) feet of any dwelling.


Do I need a license to give away eggs?
You do not need a license to give eggs away, but to sell eggs you would need to have a Grover Beach Business Tax Certificate. Contact the County Public Health Department to see if you need any additional permits.

Can I keep a rooster?
Section 3517(B) goes on to say that no rooster of crowing age is allowed to be kept in the City within one hundred (100) feet of any dwelling. Again, this includes your own residence.

Do I need a permit to construct a coop or a hutch?
Any structure that is more than 120 square feet in size or has electrical / plumbing installed is required to have a permit.

How can I report a code violation?
To report a Municipal Code violation, please call Code Compliance at (805) 473-4523 or you can fill out an online Code Complaint Form here and it will be looked into.
City of Grover Beach
154 S 8th Street
Grover Beach, CA 93433
(805) 473-4550