Issue 27 | August 18, 2022
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

I hope you all had a good summer and enjoyed our beautiful area. Today marks the beginning of the school year, which is particularly notable in my household as we now have kids in high school, middle school and elementary school. As the season shifts from summer to fall, we continue to have great community events to connect with one another while we also continue to work hard at improving our infrastructure both for those who live here today and for future generations. 

August is full of community events for all to enjoy. Our first event was the annual National Night Out event on August 2 at 16th Street Park. This nationwide event promotes community safety and engagement. This year’s event featured displays of Police and Fire vehicles and equipment, booths from local nonprofit groups and food trucks. On August 13, we hosted a free kids basketball clinic at Mentone Park led by the Cal Poly men’s and women’s basketball teams. Over 75 kids participated in this clinic, which our City has hosted for many years. This month also wraps up our 20th Annual Summer Concert Series at Ramona Park. This year’s concert series has been especially fantastic, with crowds of up to 2,000 people at the weekly concerts. The concert series is one of the best around with a friendly and fun vibe that personifies Grover Beach. We close the month with the Stone Soup Music Festival on August 27-28 put on by Clark Center for the Performing Arts. Ramona Park and the surrounding streets will be filled with music and local vendors at the largest annual event in the City. 

Moving from events to infrastructure, we continue to work diligently on building a better City from the ground up. We have nearly $6 million in street repair projects planned for this year, with our next Measure K-14 local street repair project about to begin on 23 blocks of streets. Our work also includes the West Grand Avenue Streetscape project, which will greatly improve our commercial corridor from 4th Street to 8th Street. We’re pleased to be awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments to help fund this project. Water continues to be a critical need for our City, and we’re working closely with Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande on creating additional water supply with the Central Coast Blue project. The City Councils of the three cities will hold a joint meeting to receive a project update on September 14 at 6 p.m. at the South County Regional Center. We encourage the public to attend and find out more about this important project for our region. 

As always, thanks for being part of our community. Let us know what we can do to assist you at (805) 473-4567 or I’d like to close by recognizing the amazing contributions of Lynn Steele-Pearson, who is retiring from the City after 28 years of exemplary service to our community. Best wishes to Lynn on her well-deserved retirement!


Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
Local Business Façade Improvements
The City of Grover Beach offered Small Business Façade Improvement Grants to enhance buildings and outdoor seating areas for local businesses this year. A few businesses already put these funds to use:

  • Pono Pacific Kitchen created their beautiful new patio looking out toward West Grand Ave.
  • Surfside Deli added new planters to bring some life to their outdoor seating area. 
  • The Spoon Trade upgraded their iconic sign and enhanced their patio seating.

This investment in our local businesses' exterior helps make Grover Beach more attractive and invites consumers to explore the great experiences happening inside.
The City of Grover Beach Releases Annual Water Quality Report
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires water systems to provide an annual water quality report to all consumers. The 2021 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) prepared by the Grover Beach Public Works Department is now available on the City’s website. Drinking water for Grover Beach is analyzed and tested on a regular basis to ensure compliance with all State and Federal water quality standards.

The City of Grover Beach Continues Citywide Infrastructure Improvements
The Grover Beach Public Works Department is undergoing several projects to improve streets across the City, enhance the appeal of West Grand Avenue and upgrade the sewer mainline.

“We continue to invest in the safety, functionality and visual appeal of Grover Beach by prioritizing infrastructure projects that maintain high quality of life for our residents,” said Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee.

Grover Beach Police Department Hosts Annual National Night Out Celebration
The Grover Beach Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out celebration on Tuesday, August 2 at 16th Street Park. Grover Beach joins neighborhoods across the country to celebrate National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August. This tradition is centered around building relationships between police and the communities they serve to make their neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live.

Staff Spotlight
Lynn Steele-Pearson Announces Retirement
Lynn Steele-Pearson has served the Grover Beach community for 28 years. Throughout that time, Lynn has been nominated by her peers as “Employee of the Year” 21 times and received the award a record-breaking five times. 

Lynn started her career with the Parks & Recreation Department as a Recreation Specialist in 1994. By September of 1996, Lynn was the Administrative Secretary for the Grover Beach Fire Department, which was fully run by volunteers at the time. Lynn worked tirelessly with other staff members to identify the funding necessary to transition to a fully staffed career department. This eventually led to the department merging with neighboring agencies to form the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) in 2010.
Serving with the Fire Department was life-changing for Lynn. Not only was she passionate about the work, but she also met, fell in love and married her life partner, Captain Bart Pearson. Their son, Andrew, followed in his father’s footsteps to become a firefighter in 2006. Bart now works at Five Cities Fire and Andrew is with CalFire.
As the Fire Department transitioned to FCFA, former City Manager Robert Perrault gave Lynn the opportunity to assist the newly hired Public Works Director, Greg Ray, in establishing the City’s first-ever standalone Public Works Department. After multiple promotions, Lynn finished her career as a Management Analyst in the Public Works Department and found the last few years to be incredibly rewarding.
“I have been blessed to work with some very smart, talented people over the years who have been gracious enough to take the time to share a bit of their knowledge with me, which is really what led to my success in the positions I have held with the City,” said Lynn Steele-Pearson.
When asked what she will be doing in retirement, Lynn joyfully states, “Everything and nothing.” She plans to relax while road tripping around the country with her husband and their two dogs. Lynn will also continue to serve as the part-time Administrative Manager for the California Training Officers’ Section of CalChiefs. Most of all, Lynn is looking forward to being an active member of the Grandma Club at her grandson Tucker’s elementary school, as well as the loudest cheerleader at his brother Maverick's soccer games.

“It has truly been the honor of my lifetime to serve our citizens and get to know many of them as family. I look forward to continuing my service as a volunteer at City-sponsored community events and with our local non-profit groups.” 
Upcoming Meetings & Events
City Hall Schedule

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
August 18 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
August 22 @ 6 p.m.

Labor Day - City Hall Closed
September 5, 2022

Planning Commission Meeting
September 6 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
September 12 @ 6 p.m.

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
September 15 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
September 26 @ 6 p.m.
Community Events
Stone Soup Festival and
Annual Dune Run and Walk
Grover Beach is hosting the Annual Stone Soup Music Festival presented by the Clark Center on August 27 and 28. The community is invited to celebrate diversity through food, arts and crafts while enjoying the constant flow of music at two stages from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 33rd Annual Dune Run and Walk on Sunday, September 18. Residents of all ages can enjoy a run or walk over the scenic boardwalk and beach. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at Beach Plaza at the end of West Grand Ave.
Frequently Asked Questions
What homeless resources are available in Grover Beach?
The City of Grover Beach is committed to addressing homelessness. Between Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo County and 5 Cities Homeless Coalition, there is a wide range of resources available to homeless individuals, including:

  • Individuals may go to any of the three Coordinated Entry locations for a preliminary assessment and referral to available services resources.
  • CalWORKs Homeless Assistance Program can provide temporary and permanent shelter for eligible families who are homeless. 
  • The City is currently working with 5CHC and SLO County to develop two non-congregate shelters in Grover Beach. One temporary emergency shelter on 16th Street and a future temporary housing facility on 4th Street.
  • During the winter months, there are multiple Warming Centers across SLO County for those who need a warm, dry place to sleep. Call 211 for current information on centers throughout the County.

Know the Code
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
Weed Abatement Requirements

We are in the midst of fire season in California, and the Five Cities Fire Authority (5CFA) encourages the community to maintain their property for fire safety. 

All weeds and grasses, on or in front of residential properties and alleyways, are required to be no taller than four inches in Grover Beach. All property owners are also required to abate combustible vegetation from their property throughout the fire season. For lots that span one acre or more, property owners must mow or disk a thirty-foot wide break around the property perimeter.

Abatement of your property is a requirement per California Health and Safety Code, Section 14900.5. Please contact fire administration at (805) 473-5490 with questions.
We're Hiring!
Work with us! City Employment Opportunities Include:
Administrative Assistant I - The Grover Beach Administrative Services Department is seeking an organized and resourceful candidate with great customer service skills. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for greeting and assisting customers with inquiries in person and over the phone. This position is also responsible for organizing documents, reports, and communication throughout the office. Apply today!

Recreation Coordinator - The City of Grover Beach is seeking an energetic and experienced candidate for the Parks and Recreation Department. The Recreation Coordinator is responsible for organizing and implementing recreation programs and special events for residents of all ages. Apply by August 21 to join the Parks and Recreation team!

Police Officer Trainee

Police Officer - Lateral Transfer/Academy Graduate
City of Grover Beach
154 S 8th Street
Grover Beach, CA 93433
(805) 473-4550