Issue 24 | May 26, 2022
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

One of the things I love most about local government is all that we do to help make communities better. Grover Beach is a vibrant City where people enjoy living, working and visiting, and has a proud history dating back to the 1800s. As communities are always changing, our goal as a City government is to help create the right environment for positive changes that improve the quality of life for our community. 

This month’s Grover Gazette features a number of things we’re doing to help support our community. Our new pickleball court at Mentone Park is a pilot effort to test out a co-located tennis and pickleball court so players of both sports can use the facility. We have a long track record of supporting our local businesses, with the latest example being our façade improvement grants available to small businesses in the City. Up to $10,000 is available per business to improve their building exterior and outdoor seating areas. The City Council has also recently taken action to allow onsite cannabis consumption areas at existing cannabis retailers, allowing them to expand business activity which will be carried out in a safe and responsible way.  

This month’s newsletter also highlights continued challenges we’re addressing, such as water supply. Continued drought conditions have decreased our available water at Lopez Lake and in the groundwater basin. These conditions led to the Council’s declaration of a Stage 2 water shortage requiring a 10% reduction in water consumption. We know this will be challenging, but Grover Beach residents have already done an amazing job in reducing water use as we have one of the lowest water consumption rates in the state. Development of the Central Coast Blue recycled water project is key to providing the additional water supply we need for our residents and businesses today and tomorrow. 

Another challenge is the discharge of illegal fireworks which are not the “safe and sane” fireworks sold at permitted stands (applications to operate a stand will be taken through May 31). Catching individuals setting off illegal fireworks is difficult since police officers have to observe the fireworks going off, but we’ll have extra officers on patrol along with our new drone unit. We’ll share more information with the public as we get closer to the July 4 holiday to send a clear message that we have zero tolerance for using illegal fireworks in Grover Beach. 

Pursuing improvements and addressing issues is the hallmark of a responsive and effective City government, and we work hard to achieve this in Grover Beach. Lastly, if you’re looking for a way to serve the public in a forward-looking organization, please check out our open positions in the Police and Public Works departments. Come work for us in our beautiful beachfront community! 


Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
Pickleball Courts Now Open!
Pickleball courts are officially installed at Mentone Basin Park! The two pickleball courts are co-locating with the existing tennis court, and there are designated times for each sport. 

Grover Beach is looking for volunteers to help keep this program running smoothly.

For questions about the program or volunteering, please email
Application Period for Façade Improvement Grants for Local Small Businesses
The City of Grover Beach opened the application period for the Small Business Facade Improvement Grants Program that offers up to $10,000 per business to improve their buildings and outdoor seating areas.

Grover Beach Adopts Stage 2 Water Shortage Declaration
At the May 9 City Council meeting, the Grover Beach City Council voted to adopt a resolution, declaring a stage 2 water shortage. The resolution immediately requires residents to adhere to a mandatory 10% reduction in water consumption. The Council also voted to significantly reduce turf watering at the Mentone Basin Park and Costa Bella Park.

Grover Beach Adopts Ordinance to Allow Onsite Cannabis Consumption Areas at Retail Businesses
At the May 23 City Council Meeting, the Grover Beach City Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 22-05, amending Chapter 18 of the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) to allow and regulate onsite cannabis consumption areas and temporary cannabis special events.

Staff Spotlight
Gabriel Muñoz-Morris, Senior Engineer
Introducing Gabriel Muñoz-Morris! Gabriel started working for the City in November 2020. Prior to accepting the position of Senior Engineer for the Public Works Department, Gabriel worked for the City of Huntington Beach Public Works Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, where he worked in a variety of Civil Engineering disciplines in a combination of office and field assignments. Gabriel has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Irvine and a Master's in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach. 

Gabriel was born in Granada, Spain and moved to Atascadero with his family when he was young. He met his wife while studying at UC Irvine and they married in 2020 just before moving back to the Central Coast and starting work at Grover Beach. They have two dogs that they take hiking, to play soccer, to the beach and just about anywhere else they go. Gabriel enjoys playing soccer, watching FC Barcelona play, surfing, hiking, spending time with family, being an uncle to his nine nieces and nephews and traveling to new places he has never been. Gabriel is also involved in local professional organizations that advocate for engineering, educate local youth about careers in engineering and host events where local professionals can network and collaborate. 

Gabriel enjoys working for Grover Beach and finds the small beach city atmosphere refreshing. He appreciates the fast-paced work, variety of projects and City efforts he works on, as well as interaction with constituents. Gabriel is proud of the amazing work that his fellow Public Works employees do every day to plan, design, construct, manage and maintain the infrastructure that the citizens and visitors of Grover Beach rely on to live, work and play!

Upcoming Meetings & Events
City Hall Schedule

Memorial Day - City Hall Closed
May 30, 2022

Planning Commission Meeting
June 7 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
June 13 @ 6 p.m.

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
June 16 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
June 27 @ 6 p.m.

Community Events
20th Annual Summer Concert Series
From June 5 to August 21, the City will be hosting live concerts at Ramona Garden Park every Sunday from 3 PM - 6 PM. Don’t forget your low back chairs, sunglasses, sunblock and dancin’ shoes! For more information, please visit the City's website or email the Parks & Recreation Department.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I conserve water at home?
There are simple ways you can conserve water at home. Grover Beach is encouraging residents to do their part to help our region get through this severe drought.

You can save water indoors by:
  • Turning off the water while brushing your teeth and/or shaving.
  • Turning off the water while washing dishes by hand. If you have two wash basins, fill one side with wash water and the other rinse water.
  • Refrain from using the garbage disposal and compost instead.
  • Running your dishwasher only when it is full.
  • Using washing machines for full loads only.
  • Installing water-efficient appliances such as toilets, shower heads, washing machines.
  • Installing aerators on your faucets.

You can save water outdoors by:
  • Watering your lawn only when it needs it during the early morning or later in the evening to minimize evaporation.
  • Checking your sprinkler systems for leaks and to ensure they are only watering your lawn.
  • Putting a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool.
  • Weeding your lawn and garden regularly.
  • Implementing a water-efficient irrigation system such as drip irrigation system for your trees, shrubs and flowers.
  • Adjusting your lawn mower to a higher setting for better moisture retention.
  • Using a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, walkways and patios.
  • Washing cars and boats with a bucket, sponge and hose with a self-closing nozzle.

For more information about the City's water conservation programs and how to save water, visit
Know the Code
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
Sale of Fireworks Code

It is unlawful for any person to sell any "safe and sane" fireworks without applying and receiving a permit. The fee for a permit to sell these fireworks is determined in the Master Fee Schedule that is updated as necessary.

Applications for permits to operate firework stands are now open until May 31, 2022. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office on a written form and accompanied by the established permit fee.
We're Hiring!
Work with us! City Employment Opportunities Include:
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Engineer Technician
  • Management Analyst/Public Works
  • Police Officer - Lateral Transfer/Academy Graduate
  • Police Officer Trainee
City of Grover Beach
154 S 8th Street
Grover Beach, CA 93433
(805) 473-4550