Issue 06 | November 18, 2020
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

What are you thankful for? This is a pertinent question for all of us particularly during the Thanksgiving holiday and is especially poignant in the midst of this difficult year across our country and in our community. Thankfulness may admittedly not be top of mind with an unabated pandemic, political divisions, racial tensions and other issues facing us, but it is important and meaningful to find those rays of gratitude within us and express them to ourselves and others.  

There’s not room here to cover all that I’m thankful for but I’ll start with our first responders and medical personnel who work tirelessly 24x7 to keep our communities safe and healthy. These individuals include the Five Cities Fire Authority, Grover Beach Police Department and the doctors, nurses and medical staff throughout our area. I’m also thankful for our thoughtful and aspirational City Council along with our dedicated City employees who care deeply about Grover Beach and making it the best place it can be. I’m thankful for our local businesses who serve our community with all their heart and show their resiliency in the face of struggles. My thankfulness extends to our residents whose community spirit has been unwavering this entire year and who demonstrated their support for a better future for our city through passage of Measure F-20. Lastly, I’m thankful for my family, for their love and support including my wife Samantha and our three kids, along with our extended family who mean so much to us. 

As you enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday, I encourage you to ask yourself what you are thankful for to recognize the positive in our lives. If you’re so inclined, you can share your thoughts with us as part of our first-ever Thanksgiving Thankfulness Contest by emailing us at by 5 pm on Nov. 25 (photos are welcome). More information is available here. Thank you for being part of our community and as always let us know what your City government can do to help you at or (805) 473-4550. Have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving! 


Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
GB Public Safety Update
The Grover Beach Police Department has achieved significant reductions in crime, traffic collisions and false burglary alarm calls. Meanwhile, the Five Cities Fire Authority continues to provide local responsive fire and emergency medical services while also providing personnel to respond to wildfires across the State.
Celebrating Thanksgiving with Thankfulness and Turkey
The City of Grover Beach invites residents to kick off the holiday season by participating in its very first Thanksgiving Thankfulness Contest - and City staff has provided some examples to help inspire the community to participate in the fun! Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the City is once again finding ways to bring the Grover Beach community safely together.

Grover Beach is Going Green with Renewable Energy
The City is gearing up to go green thanks to the its membership in Central Coast Community Energy. Starting in January, over 7,800 residences/businesses will be powered by wind, solar, geothermal and other clean and renewable energy sources.

Street Repair Projects Continue in Grover Beach
Since the passage of Measure K-14 in 2014, the City has completed maintenance and repair for over 200 city blocks (approx. 50% of the local streets identified as part of the program). The next project consists of 16 blocks on 14th Street, North 8th Street and South 9th Street, with construction beginning by the end of 2020. This will be followed by a 22-block project on streets around Grover Beach Elementary School with construction planned for next year.

Staff Spotlight
Jon Groden & Simon Karapetian
City of Grover Beach IT Employees
Jon has been working with the City since 2003 when he started as a consultant. Then in 2017, he was hired on full time as City staff. Despite the hardships of COVID-19, Jon has tackled IT challenges and seen many projects to completion this year. This includes completing a full migration from in-house systems to the Office 365 platform, as well as helping transition all City staff to a work from home set-up due to COVID-19. Additionally, Jon led the charge in completing a long list of infrastructure projects connected to the updates made to Council Chambers, Police Department and other City facilities. In his free time, Jon likes to go skydiving, downhill skiing and playing board and computer games.

Simon was hired on as an intern in mid-June of this year and immediately hit the ground running. He has been essential to ensuring day-to-day operations run smoothly. Over the past several months, Simon has also completed a number of projects, including replacing all computers at City Hall and testing a new cabling system and security features for the Police Department. Simon enjoys motorcycle riding, archery and computer games.
Upcoming Meetings & Events

City Council Meeting
December 7, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

New City Council
Ceremonial Meeting
December 14, 2020 @ 6 p.m.

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
December 17, 2020 @ 6 p.m.
Check out our virtual Thanksgiving celebration to kick off the holiday season!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I stay safe this holiday season?

Did you know that unattended cooking is the #1 cause of house fires? While cooking this Thanksgiving, please make sure to:

  • Keep your kids at least 3 feet from hot food, liquids or stoves
  • Keep your cooking area clutter-free
  • Keep an eye on your food while it cooks
  • Use a timer
  • Check your smoke alarm to ensure it is working

San Luis Obispo County is currently in
the State's Purple/Widespread Tier.
Considering this, please continue to:

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance
  • Wear a face covering in public
  • Stay home if sick
  • Get tested if symptomatic or have been exposed
  • Avoid crowds
  • Stick to your social bubble
  • Keep social gatherings this holiday season brief, outside, small and symptom-free
City of Grover Beach
154 S 8th Street
Grover Beach, CA 93433
(805) 473-4550