Issue 15 | August 30, 2021
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

I had just begun my service in Grover Beach in summer 2016 when I was in my City Hall office and heard a sound that was both jarring and celebratory. It was the sound of an asphalt grinder removing decades-old pavement on nearby North 7th Street as the first step in reconstructing the street. Despite the loud and abrupt nature of the machine, it was cathartic as this street was one of the early streets repaired under the Measure K-14 street rehabilitation program and embodied the investment made by the community in 2014 when voters authorized up to $48 million in bond funds to fix our streets. 

Five years later, I’ve seen a lot of asphalt grinding as we fix streets across the City. We are on track for completing 13 separate street repair projects by early next year which will have provided repair of approximately 240 blocks or 60% of local streets in the City. The City has invested an average of $4 million per year over the past five years to achieve this result which has improved streets and provided consistent local construction jobs for the community. I was speaking recently to an employee with a company the City works with and he expressed not only appreciation for the continual job opportunities but also pride in helping carry out these improvements as a local resident. 

This comment illustrates a key point of our street repair work as it instills a greater sense of pride in the community along with helping residents, employees, and visitors get around our City. Better streets with more sidewalks, corner ramps and bike lanes also helps encourage others to invest further in their properties. The City Council recently programmed remaining local streets into future projects that span the next 10 years and provided direction to consider issuance of another $10 million bond to continue funding these improvements over the coming years to meet the community’s expectations. We have more work to do and look forward to continuing our work to take care of this core responsibility of local government. I’d like to thank our Public Works Department for their hard work in helping us build a better city. 

I also wanted to highlight the great community events over the past month. We unveiled our new playground at 16th Street Park on August 3 to the delight of kids young and old and finished our successful Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series which resumed after a 2020 hiatus. We wrapped up the month with the beloved Stone Soup Music Festival now in its 31st year and put on by the Clark Center for the Performing Arts with support from the South County Chambers of Commerce and the City. These events helped bring people together in a safe outdoor environment which is even more important after the difficult year we’ve had. We have more fun outdoor events planned in the coming months, so stay tuned for more information. I also want to recognize our Parks and Recreation Department for their great work on putting on these safe events for our community. 

Thank you for being part of our community and we urge you to continue to take steps to be safe and healthy in these times. Let 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 Retired Street Sign Program Generates $11k for Community Beautification Projects
This summer, the Grover Beach Public Works Department replaced street signs throughout the community for improved visibility and safety. As part of this process, Grover Beach residents had the opportunity to own a piece of City history by purchasing the old signs. Over 500 signs were sold, generating approximately $11,000 to reinvest in flowers, trees and public art!

To inquire about remaining signs, please contact PublicWorks@GroverBeach.org.
Beloved Music Festival Closes Out Summer in Grover Beach with Exciting Upcoming Community Activities
As the summer season winds down, the Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce a robust schedule of outdoor community programs and activities for the fall. From live music to volunteer opportunities to athletic events and programs, there is something for everyone to enjoy over the next few months in our beautiful outdoor setting.

Grover Beach Plans for Repairing Remaining Local Streets with Measure K-14 Funds
The Grover Beach City Council renewed its commitment to investing in the rehabilitation of local streets with the approval of eight new projects and the issuance of the next Measure K-14 bond later this year. To date, approximately 60% of the City’s streets have been repaired and the newly added projects will address all remaining unimproved streets over the next 10 years.

Grover Beach Invites Community Participation in Development Code Workshop
Residents are invited to participate in a joint City Council/Planning Commission workshop on updating the Development Code on September 7 at 6 p.m. Through community feedback and expert insights provided at the workshop, the City is looking to remove barriers to the creation of sustainable, affordable housing and attract developers to create more housing units to meet diverse needs.
Staff Spotlight
Luis Garcia and Matthew Goodman
2021 Cops and Kids Honorees
Luis Garcia started his dispatching career with the Grover Beach Police Department in December 2005 after a distinguished career serving in the United States Air Force. In 2008, Luis earned the department’s Dispatcher of the Year award and continued to progress as a public safety dispatcher. After a short stint with the Santa Maria Police Department in 2013, Luis returned to the Grover Beach Police Department where he continued his dispatching duties and became a trainer for new dispatchers. In 2017, Luis was once again bestowed the department’s Dispatcher of the Year award and in 2019 he was promoted to Lead Dispatcher. Over the years, Luis has been thanked and acknowledged by community members and colleagues alike for his calm demeanor, professionalism and knowledge while serving as public safety dispatcher. 
Detective Matthew Goodman was hired with Grover Beach Police Department in 2013 and is currently assigned to Investigations.   He previously served as a Senior Police Officer and is also a Field Training Officer. Recently, Detective Goodman has taken on the role as one of our Department Range Masters and Use of Force Instructors.  Detective Goodman has actively mentored to our younger officers in the process for search warrants and other investigative procedures. He is also coordinating research for our department’s new Unmanned Aerial Systems “Drone” program, taking the initiative to contact vendors about drone technology, attend training and research applicable laws. Detective Goodman defines what it means to be a dedicated and hard-working officer for our department, and we value and appreciate his service to the Grover Beach community.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
City Hall Schedule

City Hall Closed for Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2021

Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting
September 7, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
September 13, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
September 16, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
September 27, 2021 @ 6 p.m.
Community Events
School House Roll at Hero Park
Saturday, September 4 • 4 to 6 p.m.

Join us for a free, fun and family-friendly event roller skating, skateboarding and scootering at Hero Park. Co-sponsored by the SLORoll Community Initiative, this is a special roll as we will be collecting supplies to help fill the unmet needs for local school kids and their families. All participants will need to provide a release of liability and bring their own equipment.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony
Saturday, September 11 • 9 to 11 a.m.

Commemorating 20 years since the tragic events of 9/11, join us live on Facebook for a special memorial flag ceremony and Estrella Warbirds flyover on September 11. This will be the final 9/11 ceremony hosted by Grover Beach.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I submit my gubernatorial recall election ballot?
All registered voters in Grover Beach should expect to receive a ballot by mail to cast their votes in the 2021 Gubernatorial Recall Election. A secure ballot dropbox is available in front of the Police Station at City Hall located at 154 S. 8th Street. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, the ballot box is locked and secured with camera surveillance and brought inside City Hall every night. For more information about the election and ballot dropoff locations, please visit the County Elections Office website.
Know the Code
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
City of Grover Beach Parks FAQ
City parks are designed for the recreational and leisure needs of local residents of all ages. This information pertains to private park gatherings for special events with attendance of over 100 people.   

Do I need a special event permit for my gathering?
The following events/activities are examples of what would require a Special Event Permit:
  • Any gathering of 100 or more attendees
  • A festival, concert, vehicles show or assembly consisting of persons, animals or any combination thereof
  • Use of any public street, sidewalk or other City-designated public right of way including: public streets, sidewalks or other publicly owned, controlled or maintained by the City;
  • Any other activity or event on public property which requires the placement of a tent, canopy or other temporary structure.

How can I reserve a park facility?
Park facilities such as barbecue pits, basketball courts, pavilions etc. can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To make a reservation, a completed application must be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department with the appropriate maintenance and security deposit.

Can I ride my skateboard, rollerblades or scooter in the parks?
GBMC Article III Chapter I Section 3114(B) states that it is unlawful for any person to use or operate any cycle (defined as a Bicycle, motor scooter, motorcycle and mini-bike), or wheeled toy (defined as all wheeled objects, except cycles, used for human conveyance, including roller skates, skateboards, in-line skates, coasters and scooters) upon any paved portion of a public recreational area (defined as any tennis court, basketball court, park or other facility used for recreational purposes) within the City, except in areas designated by City Council resolution

Where can I ride my skateboard, rollerblades or scooter?
The South County Skate Park at 1750 Ramona Avenue offers a 13,234-square-foot facility available for skateboarding and in-line skating. 

Have additional questions?
Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 473-4580, GBParks@GroverBeach.org or visit us at 1230 Trouville Avenue. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor for updates.
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City of Grover Beach
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Grover Beach, CA 93433
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