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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Residents Encouraged to Get Involved in Grover Beach Government

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“Public service allows people to impact the lives of not only your neighbors but people throughout our community,” said Wendi Sims, Grover Beach City Clerk. “Running for elected office or serving on a commission is a tremendous opportunity to serve the Grover Beach community.”

CityCouncil 
The City Council is comprised of five (5) members elected at large to represent the city. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month, with special meetings or workshops as needed. Elected officials receive a stipend of $600 per month for the office of Council Member and $750 per month for the office of Mayor. Additionally, the Mayor and Council Members attend various committee and board meetings throughout the County to which they are assigned, as well as represent the City at numerous functions. Additional stipends and reporting requirements apply for serving on certain outside agency boards.

The office of Mayor is directly-elected for a two-year term, while the office of Council Member is a four year term, with terms expiring at staggered intervals. During this coming November’s General Election, there will be two (2) seats for the office of City Council Member and one (1) seat for the office of Mayor that will be up for election. The nomination period for Grover Beach City Council candidates begins Monday, July 13, 2020 and runs through Friday, August 7, 2020.

To be eligible to become a candidate, you must be a resident of and registered voter in the City of Grover Beach. The filing fee for nomination papers is $25, plus an optional deposit towards the printing of a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications in the sample ballot. Candidates must also file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) and certain Campaign Statements as required by state law. For additional information and filing resources, please visit the City of Grover Beach Municipal Elections webpage.

Planning Commission
The Planning Commission is a body of five (5) residents that meet on a monthly basis, usually the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. It is an advisory board to the City Council along with serving as a planning body that makes land use decisions. The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations on the community’s General Plan. Major areas of involvement are real estate development projects and business uses.

There will be two (2) seats opening on the Planning Commission. The first vacancy is a result of a term expiration in May 2020 and is a four-year term (2024), while the second vacancy will be to fill a currently existing term that is set to expire May 2023.

Individuals serving on the Commission must also apply to be considered for re-appointment. Applicants must be registered voters of the City of Grover Beach. Applications are available online and can be mailed to or dropped off at the Office of the City Clerk, located at 154 South 8th Street, Grover Beach, CA 93433. Applications may also be submitted via email to the City Clerk (contact information below). Interviews with interested applicants are typically held before a City Screening Committee, with recommendations forwarded to the City Council for consideration and appointment(s) at a regular City Council meeting.

If you are interested in serving on the Planning Commission or City Council, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 473-4567 or send an email to wsims@groverbeach.org. Please note that potential City Council candidates will need to schedule an appointment sometime after July 13 with the City Clerk to receive the necessary nomination papers and candidate forms