Issue 14 | July 30, 2021
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

I hope everyone is having a good summer and enjoying some well-deserved time with family and friends. We have been through so much as a community that having a moment this summer to pause, reconnect with others and travel if feasible feels like a big step forward for us. I was able to take some time this month on a road trip with my family and it was so worthwhile for us to have this time with each other after the year that we’ve had. 

One of the beloved community activities is our Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park. Now in its 19th year, the free concerts have become the place to be on a Sunday afternoon to listen to great live music, enjoy local food and beverages and connect with others. Our first concert since 2019 was held on July 4 which drew over 800 people and was followed by subsequent concerts on July 11 and 25 which each drew nearly 1,000 people. These concerts symbolize the cool, casual and community-oriented vibe of Grover Beach and are a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon outdoors. Thank you to our Parks and Recreation staff for putting on these concerts and thanks to the sponsors and partners who help us make the concerts successful. Our next concerts are on August 1, 8, 15 and more information is available at www.GroverBeach.org

Beyond our concerts, we’re delighted to officially unveil our new playground at 16th Street Park. This state-of-the-art playground offers something for kids of all ages including a soft surface that doesn’t track wood chips or sand in the house like other playgrounds. My seven-old-year son loves it and your kids or grandkids will too! The ribbon-cutting for the new playground is Tuesday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m. as part of our annual National Night Out community safety event also at 16th Street Park. The Police Department will have lots of activities for the family including photo opps with Storm Troopers (calling all Star Wars fans!).  

I also want to take a moment and highlight all the construction going on around the City this summer. This work includes street repairs, water main replacement, sewer line upgrades and traffic safety improvements at our busiest intersection Oak Park Boulevard and West Grand Avenue. We’re also replacing the decades-old existing street signs with brighter, more reflective signs in a beachy blue color befitting our coastal location. These and other improvements coming underscore our efforts in building a better city for everyone as we carry out the largest set of capital projects ever in the City. 

As I close, I want to again remind our community about the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination. We see rising case numbers once again which could impact the very activities and openness that we’ve all valued after a year of restrictions. The vaccine is safe and effective and I urge everyone to get it for yourselves, your family and friends, and our community as a whole. 

Thank you for being part of our community and 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 Police Department to Host National Night Out Celebration in Conjunction With Playground Grand Opening
Continuing an annual tradition, the Grover Beach Police Department will host a community recognition for National Night Out in conjunction with the ribbon-cutting for the new 16th Street Park playground. The events will take place on Tuesday, August 3 from 6 to 9 PM at the park located at 1700 Mentone Avenue.

The 2021 event will be one of the most exciting yet, featuring food, music, gardening, a reptile petting zoo, raffles and even photo opportunities with live Storm Troopers! Most importantly, community members will have the opportunity to get to know our dedicated public safety officers.

The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting ceremony with City Council and Parks, Recreation and Beautification Commission members.
Grover Beach Continues Significant Investments to Improve City Infrastructure
Continuing a long trend of investments in our community, the City is abuzz with a variety of capital improvement projects to continue improving the quality of life in Grover Beach. The 2021-22 Capital Improvement Program includes $13 million for 22 proposed projects in the new fiscal year, which is the City’s largest ever single year of capital projects to improve public infrastructure in Grover Beach.

Grover Beach Encourages Additional Water Conservation Given Drought Conditions
In light of the worsening drought, residents are reminded about the need to follow all mandatory water conservation measures and to be mindful of everyday water consumption. Water conservation is necessary to help Grover Beach preserve water resources as we work with other cities in our region to create additional water supply for our community.

City of Grover Beach Hosts Second Districting Hearing
The City of Grover Beach hosted its second of four legally required public districting hearings on Monday, July 26. At this hearing, National Demographics Corporation provided another presentation on the districting process and introduced DistrictR, one of the mapping tools that residents can use to draw maps for Council consideration.

Staff Spotlight
Fred Mendez | Fleet Maintenance Coordinator
Alfredo “Fred” Mendez was born in San Luis Obispo and raised in Grover Beach. Along with his wife, four daughters and two stepsons, Fred now resides in Santa Maria. He is a proud grandfather to seven grandchildren.

Fred has worked in the Five Cities area his whole life. He started working at the age of 12 on summer jobs in local strawberry fields down the street from his parents’ home. He then ventured into odd jobs, such as work at local grocery stores and local landscaping outfits. During high school, Fred worked at Hero Farm helping with pigs and other livestock. His first steady full-time job came right out of school at Joe’s Buggy Haus in Grover Beach, where he worked for eleven years as a Volkswagen mechanic. He was then hired by the City as an Equipment Mechanic 1 under the leadership of Jerry Ross (City Mechanic), and was promoted to Equipment Mechanic 2 after six months. He now holds the title of Fleet Maintenance Coordinator, having been employed by the City for more than twenty-one years.

"I have learned a lot working with a bunch of great guys over here in my department," said Fred. "I enjoy my job working with great people and a good organization. I consider myself very fortunate to be working in such an amazing area. It is wonderful to see how the City has grown, and to be a part of that process for twenty-one years has been an amazing experience."
Upcoming Meetings & Events

Planning Commission Meeting
August 3, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission Meeting
August 19, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
August 23, 2021 @ 6 p.m.


The Grover Beach Summer Concert Series is continuing Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through August 16! The community is invited to enjoy a variety of live bands at Ramona Garden Park at 993 Ramona Avenue.

Compliance with all applicable state and local health guidelines for events will be required as part of the concerts.


Frequently Asked Questions
How can I provide feedback on the districting process?
Districting for cities is the process where voting district lines for city councils are drawn and later redrawn every 10 years based on Census data, ensuring each council member represents about the same number of constituents.

One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?

How to Participate
Share your specific thoughts, draw a map or attend an upcoming workshop or hearing to get involved!
  • Submit written testimony about your community, the districting process or a specific map to districting@groverbeach.org.
  • Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map. 

At the hearings and workshops, we encourage members of the public to share one or more of the following items:
  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Explain why you believe districting is relevant to your community
  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all four districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations
  • Ask questions or provide general comments about the districting process

As the districting process continues to advance, the City will regularly update the districting website to include additional details on future public hearings, mapping opportunities, new FAQs and more.

Follow the City’s FacebookTwitterInstagram and Nextdoor to keep up with the latest districting news.
Know the Code: Grafitti
How the Grover Beach Municipal Code (GBMC) City Rules Affect You
What is Graffiti?
GBMC Article III Chapter XV Section 3998.02 states graffiti “includes any unauthorized inscription, writing, lettering, word, figure, marking, drawing or design that is marked, written, etched, scratched, drawn, or painted or otherwise placed on any part of building, structure, facility or surface, regardless of the nature of the material.”

Section 3998.04 states that “it is unlawful for any person, regardless of age, to place graffiti upon any property, even if it is personal property, when the graffiti is visible from any public or private property.”

What Should You do if You See Graffiti?
If you see someone in the act of Graffiti vandalism, please call the Grover Beach Police Dispatch Non-Emergency line at (805) 473-4511. 

If you see Graffiti in the city but did not see someone in the act, please call Code Compliance at (805) 473-4523 to report it, or fill out an online Code Complaint Form here

Who is responsible for cleaning/removing Graffiti?
GBMC Article III Chapter XV Section 3998.04 (B) states that it is “unlawful for any person to knowingly allow graffiti to remain on their property for longer than seventy-two (72) hours after having been given notice.”

If a property owner is notified of graffiti on their property, it is their responsibility to remove the graffiti. 

The City of Grover Beach does have a Graffiti Abatement Agreement. By filling out the form and returning it to City Hall, the City Public Works crew will have access to your property to remove the graffiti. More information regarding the City’s Graffiti Abatement can be found here.

Have More Questions About Graffiti?
Contact the Code Compliance Department at (805) 473-4523
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