Issue 10 | March 17, 2021
Grover Gazette
Message From the City Manager
Greetings City of Grover Beach,

Spring is a time for renewal and this is certainly welcomed after the difficult times we experienced this winter. Last month’s column touched on the growing optimism around us and I believe this optimism is now more pronounced as our COVID numbers continue to go down and more of our businesses and activities open up. Our active cases countywide are now fewer than 300 compared with 3,500 at the height of the winter surge in mid-January. Our COVID situation is improving rapidly given the expanded pace of vaccinations and continued diligence in following public health guidance. We can’t let up with this diligence as we get more people vaccinated and get even closer to the normalcy that we’re all looking for. 

I wanted to take a moment and highlight our #BuyLocal program carried out in partnership with the South County Chambers of Commerce. This innovative program supports our local businesses by encouraging local spending by residents and visitors in our community. For each $100 spent at a Grover Beach business, a customer can earn a $25 gift card to one of over 20 local businesses signed up for this program. The program was launched on February 10 and has already recorded $32,000 of local spending at local businesses and also demonstrates hope and care for our businesses in the economic recovery from COVID-19. To participate, just upload your receipts from Grover Beach businesses to the Grover Beach #BuyLocal portal. Thank you to the South County Chambers of Commerce for leading this important effort. 

Lastly, I wanted to highlight various projects underway to improve our infrastructure and quality of life. We have three active street repair projects including a Measure K-14 project currently under construction on North 8th Street, South 9th Street, and 14th Street. Our next Measure K-14 street repair project will begin this summer on a series of streets around Grover Beach Elementary School including Manhattan Avenue, Trouville Avenue, South 10th Street, South 11th Street, and others. You can see our progress and upcoming projects on the City's Measure K-14 webpage. We’re also working on the final design of a street improvement project on South Oak Park Boulevard between West Grand Avenue and Mentone Avenue with construction anticipated this fall. Other projects underway include new water and sewer mains at various locations, new playground equipment at 16th Street Park, and new street signs throughout the city. We are committed to continuing our steady progress in creating an even better city from the ground up.  

Thank you as always for living, working, investing, or playing in Grover Beach. . Let us know what we can do to assist you at (805) 473-4550 or


Matthew Bronson
City Manager
In the News
Earn Gift Cards to Local Businesses through Grover Beach #BuyLocal Program
In partnership with the South County Chambers of Commerce, the City launched the #BuyLocal program as part of an ongoing effort to stimulate the economy, retain local jobs and help small businesses recover and thrive. Spend $100 or more at small businesses in Grover Beach and submit your receipts to receive a $25 gift card! 
Grover Beach Council Advances Next Phase of Improvements on West Grand Avenue
The Grover Beach City Council provided direction to City staff to develop an upcoming project to install additional landscaped center medians and street trees from 4th Street to 8th Street. Other improvements, such as diagonal parking, parklets, and sustainability features like solar panels and storm water filtration, will also be considered.

16th Street Park in Grover Beach to Be Transformed with New Playground Equipment
Exciting changes are coming to one of the Grover Beach community’s most popular parks! The Grover Beach City Council awarded a construction contract for moving forward with replacing the park’s old playground equipment with a more modern and inclusive design.

Staff Spotlight
Selene Solis
Administrative Assistant II
Selene Solis started working for the Public Works Department as our Administrative Assistant II in July of 2016 after a life-long career in the restaurant business. Selene helps customers with water billing and conservation questions among the many duties she carries out in her role.
Selene grew up in Southern California and fell in love with Grover Beach while visiting for vacation as a child. When she and her husband, Amador, were looking to relocate back to California from the mid-west with their daughter Pearl, they decided the almost year-round sunshine and outdoor activities offered by the Central Coast made Grover Beach the place to be.
Selene loves walking on the beach with her family and their two dogs, Dodger and Pancho. She rides her bicycle as often as possible, and enjoys barbecuing and playing horseshoes with her family in their beautiful outdoor space. 
One of Selene’s hidden talents is her ability to create the most unexpected and resourceful Halloween costumes. She has a knack for creating something fantastic out of simple household items, exhibiting her ability to think outside the box. She brings that creativity and common sense into her everyday work life. Her coworkers appreciate her can-do attitude and wonderfully relaxed sense of humor which brings a nice balance to the demanding environment of the Public Works Engineering division. 
Upcoming Meetings & Events

March 22, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

April 12, 2021 @ 6 p.m

Parks, Recreation, & Beautification Committee Meeting
April 15, 2021 @ 6 p.m.

City Council Meeting
April 26, 2021 @ 6 p.m.
In honor of National Arbor Day, plant a tree and share photos/videos to social media with the hashtag #GroverBeachArborDay! For more information, visit
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools we have to end the COVID-19 pandemic. San Luis Obispo County is currently vaccinating seniors age 65 and older, as well as frontline workers, residents with high-risk health conditions and others identified as eligible in the Phase 1a and 1b tiers. More appointments are added as additional supply becomes available.

Visit to get more information about COVID-19 vaccination distribution in San Luis Obispo County and to sign up for a vaccine appointment based on eligibility.

How will my water and wastewater rates change over the next five years?
The City recently worked with Willdan Financial Services to conduct a Water and Wastewater Utility Rate Study which is recommended every five years to determine future utility system needs and rates (the last study was done in 2016). The study found that current revenues do not address projected operational and capital expenses for the water and wastewater systems and a 2% increase in rate revenues is recommended beginning on July 1. The study also recommends changing the residential rate structure to a three-tiered structure with higher rates for customers using higher amounts of water. 

Based on current water usage, the average bi-monthly residential customer bill would decrease from $197 to $169 and would be the second lowest average utility bill in the county. Though most residential customers would see this decrease, customers with higher water consumption including commercial customers would see increases in their bill given the cost of providing this higher volume of water. A public hearing to consider these rates is scheduled for the May 10 City Council meeting. The City is also sending out a notice to each customer about these recommended rates and will post this notice and other information on the City’s website.
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