Issue 29 | October 25, 2022
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

Fall is in the air these days with crisp evenings and warm sunny afternoons. The end of October also marks the beginning of the busy holiday event schedule, and we have some great events lined up beginning this week (more on that below). Fall is also a great time for cities to make progress on construction work as summertime crowds wane and winter weather is still a ways off—though we will take rain whenever it falls!   

Construction is definitely in the air on over 20 blocks of streets including Nacimiento, Margarita, Angello Terrace, Ocean View and others. These streets are part of the 14th street repair project under Measure K-14 bond funding approved by voters in 2014. We’ve repaired over 260 blocks, or approximately 2/3 of local residential streets, since the measure was approved. From the policy leadership of the City Council and the implementation work of our Public Works Department, I’m proud of the City team for delivering the community’s expectation and investment to fix our streets. Though we have many more streets to improve, our work has been noticed, as other cities in our area are taking similar actions to improve the conditions of their streets. Better streets throughout the Five Cities area benefits all of us as residents who often crisscross our area to go to work, take kids to school, dine, go shopping and simply enjoy life here. 

Speaking of enjoying life, the South County Chambers of Commerce recently had their Annual Dinner and Recognition Awards, and we were delighted that two awards were given to Grover Beach businesses. Congratulations to Grover Station Grill for winning the 2022 Business of the Year Award and to the Exploration Discovery Center for winning the 2022 Ken Talley Youth Service Award! This marks the second year in a row that a Grover Beach business has been the Business of the Year (The Spoon Trade won in 2021). These awards recognize the tremendous work of our businesses in providing economic vitality and jobs to support our community. The City has worked closely with the Chamber over the past year to help our local businesses through the Buy Local program, Visit Grover Beach tourism marketing, The Launchpad co-work space and childcare grants. Additionally, the City has worked with local businesses to provide Small Business Façade Improvement grants, assisting our local businesses while improving the City’s overall aesthetic. We’re also working with Astound, who is building the first citywide broadband fiber network on the Central Coast with service starting in 2023. 

Lastly, our holiday events kick off this Friday, October 28 with our Halloween activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ramona Park. The event features a carved pumpkin contest, games for the kids and a “trunk or treat” sponsored by the Grover Beach Rotary Club. This is one of my favorite City events and one that my kids look forward to each year. Our Thanksgiving Thankfulness contest, Holiday Parade and Holiday of Lights contest will be here soon, so stay tuned for more information! 

Thank you for being part of our community and helping us make Grover Beach even better. Don’t forget to exercise your right to vote by November 8! Let us know how we can help you and if we can answer any questions about City services or projects at (805) 473-4567 or gbadmin@groverbeach.org.

Sincerely,

Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
Award-Winning Grover Beach Businesses
Congratulations to two Grover Beach businesses for winning awards at the South County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Recognition Awards! Grover Station Grill won the 2022 Business of the Year for South County due to ample recognition from community members. Exploration Discovery Center won the 2022 Ken Talley Youth Service Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to youth in South San Luis Obispo County and includes a $1,000 grant to the local youth organization of their choice.

The City of Grover Beach Makes Progress on Street Improvement Projects
The City of Grover Beach’s Public Works Department continues to improve the structure and quality of residential and major streets across the City. To date, the City has completed maintenance and repair of over 260 City blocks or approximately two-thirds of the streets included in the Measure K-14 Street Rehabilitation Program.

Residents Encouraged to Participate in Grover Beach’s First District-Based Election on November 8
With Election Day quickly approaching, the City of Grover Beach encourages all residents to make their voices heard this election season. The November municipal election marks the first district-based election for the City of Grover Beach, and District 1 and District 2 seats as well as the at-large Mayoral seat are up for election. Grover Beach voters can submit their vote by mail, in a local dropbox or in-person on November 8.

Grover Beach Recognizes National Fire Prevention Week
In celebration of National Fire Prevention Week, the City Council proclaimed October 9-15 National Fire Prevention Week during their meeting on September 26. Consistent with this year’s theme of “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”, the City and Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) reminds Grover Beach residents to have a home fire escape plan and stay prepared for potential wildfires.

Staff Spotlight
New Public Works Employees: Javier Garcia and David Perry
Meet the new Public Works employees, Javier Garcia and David Perry! 

Javier was born in Santa Barbara and spent most of his life in Solvang. He got his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and M.S. in Water Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Javier brings years of agricultural and water infrastructure engineering experience to the City of Grover Beach.

Javier also earned his Engineering in Training certification from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying and is working towards becoming certified as a professional engineer. Beyond using his engineering skills to enhance his community, Javier enjoys working out, traveling and spending time with his family.

David previously worked as a foreman and operator for a grading and paving company in Modesto. After getting married in 2020, he moved to Grover Beach and worked for the City of Paso Robles on the Street Maintenance Crew.

The Public Works Department is dedicated to providing quality infrastructure and services that enhance economic growth and civic vitality in Grover Beach. Read more about the department on the City of Grover Beach website.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
City Hall Schedule

Joint City Council & Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
November 1 @ 6 p.m.

Veteran's Day - City Hall Closed
November 11, 2022

City Council Meeting
November 14 @ 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Holiday - City Hall Closed
November 24-25, 2022

December 5 @ 6 p.m.

December 6, 2022, 6:00 PM
Community Events
Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest and Halloween Activities
The City is hosting its Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest and Halloween Activities on October 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ramona Garden Park. Residents are encouraged to bring their carved or decorated pumpkins to the event for a chance to win fun prizes for every age category. Businesses can enter to win bragging rights, and children 6 years old and under can enter a separate contest for decorated pumpkins only. 
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register to vote? Where can I vote?
The deadline for registering to vote passed, but those who missed it can still register through Same Day Voter Registration. Voters who use this process will be able to vote on Election Day and their ballots will be counted once the County Elections Office has completed the voter registration verification process. Residents can complete this process at any of the in-person voting locations on November 8 or go to the San Luis Obispo County Elections Office at 1055 Monterey Street before Election Day. 

Grover Beach voters can submit their vote by mail, in a local dropbox or in-person on November 8. If residents decide to vote by mail, they are encouraged to mail their ballots at least seven days before Election Day. Grover Beach residents may sign up for California’s Where’s My Ballot tracking tool to keep track of their personal ballots. 

In partnership with SLO County, Grover Beach also has an official dropbox location at City Hall that is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ballot box is locked and secured with camera surveillance and brought inside City Hall every night. There are also five voting centers where residents can vote in-person or drop off their ballots which will be open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. on Election Day:


SLO County’s election webpage has more information on voter registration as well as resources for voters, including voter information guides, election result information, ballot measures in SLO County and much more.
Know the Code
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
What do I need a permit for?

The City of Grover Beach requires a building permit for a wide range of home construction projects. Permits are required to ensure that new developments meet the health and safety standards set forth in the Grover Beach development code. The following projects require a permit:

  • Signs
  • Fences taller than six feet
  • Adding or removing square footage
  • Remodeling, including adding or removing walls
  • Electrical work, including adding extra wiring or installing an electric car charging system
  • Plumbing installation or replacement, including replacing a water heater
  • Mechanical equipment, including installing a furnace or heater
  • Making your home a Short-Term Rental (STR)
  • Sheds larger than 120 square feet or that have electrical wiring, mechanical equipment or plumbing

For more details, please visit the building permit webpage or contact the Community Development Department at (805) 473-4520.
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