CVA needs your help with our legal defense fund!

CVA continues to advocate for protection of our valley way of life. In July, CVA prevailed in its appeal of Hilltop Ranch's effort to have special events at its residential property. CVA retained legal counsel Molly Erickson of Stamp/Erickson to help get that important win before the County Planning Commission.

Now Hilltop Ranch has appealed the issue to the County Board of Supervisors. CVA needs continued legal representation to fight this latest effort. The incursion of special events into our low density residential areas must be stopped, at Hilltop Ranch and elsewhere in our valley. Please help CVA with this challenge.

If you haven't made
a contribution yet, just

to donate online.

Or send a check to
Carmel Valley Assocation
PO Box 157
Carmel Valley CA 92924

Thanks again!

Valley Events
Exploring a Sense of Place

A Program of the Carmel Valley Association Natural Resources Committee

Encouraging increased awareness and appreciation for the Carmel River and watershed through the arts and sciences. Stories of the land and river will be shared: how do the plants, animals and natural systems interact to create and support the whole ecosystem? Opportunities to reflect through the arts are a part of the outings.

November 11, 2017, Location to be determined
Linda Yamane, Rumsian Ohlone basketweaver and storyteller, and Paola Berthoin

We look forward to your participation!

RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467

The Listening Place Readers Theater presents
"Over The River And Through The Woods" by Joe DiPietro
Monterey, CA.

Nick, a single Italian-American guy has every Sunday dinner with his beloved, stubborn, maddening and just plain adorable grandparents in Hoboken N J. On a surprise mid-week visit, he announces a job promotion will take him to the west coast. Thus begins a series of hilarious scenes as the grandparents scheme to keep Nick in NY.

TWO SUNDAYS: Nov 5 & 12 at 1:30pm
Monterey Museum of Art 559 Pacific Street, Monterey
Free to MMA Members, Free to general public with $10 museum admission

From the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library:

First Saturday Returns

Our regularly scheduled summer hiatus is over, and our beloved First Saturday series returns on October 7! Our next program features Dr. Pablo Davanso from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula's Behavioral Health Services division. Dr Davanso will teach us about bipolar disorder, a frequently stigmatizing illness of young adults that affects nearly 3% of the population of the United States, and is linked to many other medical and sociological challenges. We hope to see you all there!

Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!
Point Lobos

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair.  
We also have a presentation that we can show to your group or staff at your

Thanks to the Point Lobos Foundation we are now offering an entry waiver grant to many

Saturday, Oct. 21 - 10 am to noon - Sea Lion Point Wednesday, Nov. 1 - 10 am to noon - Sea Lion Point Saturday, Nov. 18 - 10 am to noon - Sea Lion Point Wednesday, Dec. 6 - 10 am to noon - Sea Lion Point

Highlights at Sea Lion Point - California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Otters,
Pelicans, Gulls and Cormorants - Whales in migration

For more information, see
or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator 
or 831 625-1470
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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 

Exploring a Sense of Place:
The Carmel River Lagoon

A free program of the Natural Resources Committee
of the Carmel Valley Association.

Encouraging increased awareness and appreciation
for the Carmel River and watershed
through the arts and sciences.

Stories of the land and river will be shared: 
how do the plants, animals and natural systems interact  to create and support the whole ecosystem?
Opportunities to reflect through the arts are a part of the outings.

October 14, 10 am-12:30 am Carmel River Lagoon
(meet at Calle la Cruz off of Ribera Road)

Frank Emerson, VP, Carmel River Steelhead Association

Wear hiking shoes and layered clothing, sun hat, sun screen, walking stick as

desired...bring journal and any painting and other drawing supplies.
Food and water!

RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467

Dinner ~ Dance ~ Fundraiser

Date: Saturday November 4, 2017

Time: 7:00 - 11:00 (Doors open at 6:30)

At: Hidden Valley 88 Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel Valley Village 93924

For: Carmel Valley Historical Society (CVHS) and
Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee (CVVIC)

Featuring: Bill Ingram & Old Adobe Road 7:00 - 8:00
Mike Beck & the Bohemian Saints 8:00 - 11:00

Dinner by: Chef Jerome Viel ~ Carmel Valley Market 6:30 - 8:30

Plus: Silent Auction & Raffle
No Host Bar ~ Carmel Valley Kiwanis

Tickets: $35 in Advance or $40 at Door (Dinner Included)

Available at: Do Re Mi Music ~ Carmel
Hacienda Hay ~ Mid Carmel Valley
Kasey's ~ Carmel Valley Village
Carmel Valley Business Service ~ Carmel Valley Village
The Running Iron ~ Carmel Valley Village

For further information: Marj Ingram Viales (831) 659-4204
Kim Williams (831) 659-1307

Area Residents Weigh in on 
Proposed Uses and Development
of Palo Corona Regional Park

At an October 5th workshop at Rancho Cañada, about 130 area residents were polled about possible uses for the park, which will consist of most of the former Rancho Cañada Golf Course and the existing Palo Corona Park.

Of the choices presented, most participants favored restoration, trails, and educational activities. There was also considerable support for a fenced area for off leash canine recreation and socialization.

The Regional Park district has established a web site on which it intends to update planning for the park and publish results of its surveys - As of this writing, results of the October 5th workshop haven't been published.
Valley Issues Update
Val Verde Development Denied

On September 12, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a motion of intent to deny the Carmel Rio Road subdivision. The supervisors agreed with CVA and the neighboring residents and businesses that the subdivision project does not fit the site or the county plans.

We thank Supervisor Jane Parker for making the motion to deny, and to Supervisor John Phillips for seconding the motion, and for their perceptive comments about problems with the project.

We also thank Supervisors Mary Adams, Simon Salinas, and Luis Alejo for voting for the motion. The final resolution of denial is scheduled for adoption on the Supervisors' October 10 agenda.  

Short-Term Rentals in Carmel Valley

The county is searching for answers to the complicated questions surrounding the issue. Among those being considered are: How should the difference between owner-occupied and absentee-owner properties be dealt with? Should there be limits on how many days a unit could be rented? What effects are short-term rentals having on overall housing market prices and on affordable long-term rentals?

It is very important that residents of Carmel Valley express their thoughts to the Planning Commissioners.

Please contact the Planning Commissioners as soon as possible about short term rentals. Email can be sent to the commissioners directly or:
to Melanie Beretti: (831)755.5285.
or to Jacquelyn Nickerson, Administrative Secretary: (831)755.5240

Rancho Cañada Opening Brief
Filed in Superior Court

The hearing has been moved from  October 6, 2017 to January 26, 2018.  The hearing will be in Department 1 of the Salinas Courthouse located at 240 Church Street. That is the new building adjacent to the County Government Building. (Some of you may have reported to jury duty in the basement.). Department 1 is on the top floor; there is an elevator. The Hon. Lydia M. Villarreal is the judge. 

Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
  Curious About CVA?

Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful community organizations in Monterey County. We are entirely volunteer, with no paid employees. Our mission is to defend the beauty, resources and rural character of our beautiful valley. We do that by working with residents, businesses, and government.
CVA was instrumental in the adoption of the Carmel Valley Master Plan and recently settled a lawsuit with Monterey County regarding traffic measurement and capping future development on very favorable terms for our valley. Our volunteer experts represent Carmel Valley's interest, testifying before governmental bodies concerning development, water, traffic, road signs, and other quality of life issues.

We keep valley residents informed about important issues and events with our online Calendar, our weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 850 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses .
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