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Sunday, December 10
3:30 ~ 5:30 pm
Hidden Valley Music Seminars

Music by Andrea's Fault Trio
Food by Jerome Viel

The Carmel Valley Association invites the community to join us for a holiday get-together with music, food, neighbors and friends!

Share the cheer by bringing a children's gift to fill the Angel Project donation barrel.

Members free, or join the party and the CVA for $25 individual or $40 family at the door.

Challenges to our Valley's
Rural Character Continue

Our successful appeal of Hilltop's special event venue is behind us, but our lawsuit challenging the approval of the Rancho Cañada subdivision is to be heard next year (see article below), and our legal defense fund still needs your help.

If you haven't made
a contribution yet,

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


CVA Is Creating a Record of Issues and Problems That Occur in Our Valley.

to record a problem you have or would like help in reporting
to authorities.

Valley Events
Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec 2 at 4:30
in the Community Park

David and Linda Mullally,
featured speakers at
Carmel Valley Library's
First Saturday Series

December 2, 2017
at 10:15 am.

Linda Mullally.
Inspired by nature and love of dogs, Linda Mullally, with her photographer-husband David, has written numerous hiking guides. Some of the best-known titles include "Best Dog Hikes Central California", "Hiking Pinnacles National Park" and "Coastal Trails of Northern California Including Best Dog Friendly Beaches."

This free program at the Carmel Valley Branch is being hosted by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the popular First Saturday Program Series.  Refreshments will be served.  Seating is limited.  For information, please call the Library at 659-2377.

Two Holiday Events at
St. Dunstan's Church

 Madrigal Affair Holiday Boutique

Sip, shop and savor Saturday, Dec. 2, 3-6 pm at "A Madrigal Affair" boutique at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley. 

Browse a curated, discounted selection of clothing and accessories from Madrigal in Carmel, bid on the fabulous Silent Auction, and take home a luscious bakery sweet. 

Be serenaded with sounds of the season as you enjoy wine, beverages, and small bites.  

Admission $20 advance purchase, $25 at the door. Sale continues Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 am to 1 pm (free admission Sunday).  

Free child care available. Proceeds fund grants to organizations meeting urgent needs in Monterey County.


 Christmas Organ Concert & Holiday Reception

Saturday, December 9th at St. Dunstan's Church

Dr. Angela Kraft Cross will perform a holiday concert Saturday, December 9th on the Dobson Tracker organ at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley.

Music Director, Steven Denmark, promises "The wonder of Christmas will be heard in a variety of Christmas compositions from composers that include the German J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms, two French composers, Louis Daquin and Louis Vierne, the British Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the American Angela Kraft Cross.

The holiday celebration will begin with a reception with the artist at 2:15 pm, featuring eggnog and Holiday treats. The concert begins at 3 pm. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $20; students and those under 18 attend free.

Reserve at or call 831-624-6646.

59th Santa Fly-In
December 9, 2017
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Carmel Valley Community Youth Center will bring to the Monterey Peninsula the 59th Annual Santa's Fly-In at the Carmel Valley Airfield on Ford Road in Carmel Valley, California. This jolly event will begin at 10:30 am, rain or shine, with all eyes looking up at the crisp winter sky awaiting the delivery from helicopter of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Greeted by holiday music, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their way through the crowd to their sleigh which will begin the parade through the quaint and walk-able Carmel Valley Village enroute to Carmel Valley Community Youth Center on Ford Road.

Christmas at the Chapel

Tuesday, December 12
7:30 pm
Carmel Valley Community Chapel
located at the intersection of Paso Hondo and Village Drive in Carmel Valley Village

Join us for a festive musical Christmas celebration featuring violinist Eldar Khudyev; pianist Rick Yramategui: the Carmel Valley Singers, Anne Burleigh, director; and other guests artists.

Admission: Suggested donation of $25 per person. (but any amount will be gratefully accepted)

For more information call 831-659-2278

  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

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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Douglas Steakley 
Survey Results Online for Palo Corona Workshop

Workshop #1 at Ranch Canada Clubhouse

The Regional Park District has published results from surveys taken at three workshops and online. 127 responses came from the workshops, and 982 online. Trail connectivity, hiking and walking, and environmental restoration were favored uses by both groups. Major concerns were traffic, overuse, and human impact on the natural environment.

Second workshops were held November 15 and 16, with the stated purpose of refining ideas from the first. However, the three plans presented featured, in addition to the recommended three from the first survey, event staging areas, disk golf, camping, community gardens, a fitness course, pavilions, and "art in the park."

If you are interested in restoring the natural, rural nature of the park, we strongly suggest taking the second survey!

CVA's Position on Short Rentals:
Our Letter to the County Planning Commission

Carmel Valley Association
Position on Short-Term Rentals (STRs)
November 24, 2017
CVA's mission is to preserve the Carmel Valley's natural resources and rural character, as well as to work to protect the health and safety of the Valley residents.  As such, we are concerned with the intensification of tourism in Carmel Valley and its impact on the health and safety of Valley residents due to its concomitant increase in traffic on its roads, many segments of which are already operating at Level of Service (LOS) of F.  With 385 unregulated Carmel Valley short-term rentals listed on VRBO alone, CVA recognizes the need to implement enforceable regulation without further delay.
First and foremost in the drafting of a new ordinance, CVA believes that Carmel Valley should have its own ordinance reflecting its unique conditions and that it be consistent with, and included in, the Carmel Valley Master Plan. Thus CVA recommends that, rather than creating a new regime to permit short-term rentals, the County create an enforcement regime for the present ordinance that requires rentals be a minimum of thirty (30) days in duration. Enforcement of the 30-day minimum would not only reduce traffic on the overburdened Valley roads, but it would also encourage long-term rentals, thereby providing much needed affordable and work force housing in Carmel Valley.
Enforcement of the 30-day minimum requirement could be done simply and cost effectively now that there are services available such as Host Compliance that can inexpensively and regularly scan the internet for listings of illegal short-term rentals and notify the County. This would provide the county with the necessary basic data on the numbers and types of short-terms rentals that exist in Carmel Valley and throughout the county.
By utilizing such services, and by imposing significant fines on offenders, the County could readily generate more than sufficient revenue for the County to be able to effectively enforce the existing ordinance.
As a distant second alternative to enforcement of the present 30-day requirements, CVA would recommend a balanced short-term rental ordinance that is clear, reasonable, simple and enforceable, so that owners will obtain a license, follow the rules and pay the TOT. Otherwise, unregulated STRs will continue, a situation which is disruptive and stressful for neighbors and aggravates relations with the County.
The Carmel Valley Association recognizes that short-term rentals have the potential to have negative impacts in residential areas, especially when unlimited, concentrated and unregulated. Control of STRs is necessary to ensure that they will be compatible with surrounding residential uses and will not harm or change the residential character of existing neighborhoods.  Additionally, we are very concerned about ensuring that STRs do not further increase traffic on our over-burdened roads and intersections.
A review of local and non-local ordinances in other jurisdictions indicates that the following elements are critical to effectively control potential negative impacts of STR's:
  • Short-term rentals must have permits and be regulated.
  • Rental properties must comply with zoning and building codes.
  • Number of occupants must be limited and parking adequate, preferably on site.
  • Safety and health codes must be maintained by periodic inspection.
  • Wells and septic systems must be inspected, maintained and meet public health standards.
  • Density of STRS must be limited in neighborhoods to control their residential character.
  • Nuisances must be controlled (such as noise, lights).
  • Rentals must be subject to the County's Transient Occupancy Tax and initial fee must be paid in person directly to the County.
  • Notice to, and approval by, neighbors of STRS must be required.. Permission of neighbors to use private road or shared driveway must be required.
  • Owners/residents must live on site and be available and responsive.
  • The ordinance must be enforced and adequate funds provided for that enforcement.
We will have other recommendations as well, as the process moves forward. On behalf of the Carmel Valley Association, we thank you for the opportunity to provide these recommendations.
Pris Walton, President, Carmel Valley Association
Carmel Valley Road Advisory Committee
Holds Workshop on Corridor Study

5th District Supervisor Mary Adams and the Carmel Valley Road Advisory Committee held a public workshop on the 2014 Carmel Valley Road Corridor Study on November 20. Supervisor Adams and county traffic engineer Dr Mohammad Qureshi chaired the meeting. Our new Monterey County CHP head, Captain Kelly Cardoza was introduced.

The Traffic Committee's scope of work is to:

1. Provide input on the prioritization of the road improvements, as outlined in the CVTIP, necessary to mitigate the traffic associated with the growth envisioned in the CVMP.

2. Review the Project Summary Report prior to the commencing of any CVTIP project design.

3. Review implementation of the fee program.

Discussion centered on the changes in valley traffic since the study was completed, especially the impact of the huge increase in wine tasting venues and the limitations of the study which only extended as far east as Boronda Road. The proposed roundabout at Laureles Grade and other possible improvements were discussed, as were inadequate bike lanes and general lack of maintenance.

Options presented were:
  1. Finalize the 2014 study.
  2. Finalize the 2014 study updating traffic counts.
  3. Commission a new corridor study.
A final committee recommendation will be determined at the December 19th meeting.

From the Carmel Valley Angel Project:

We are pleased to announce that our organization has recently been awarded a generous grant from the Yellow Brick Road in Carmel to support our work. This gift is a big tribute to our fine programs!
Over its 29 years, the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shops have donated more that $5.5 million to Monterey County nonprofits.

To help continue this philanthropy, they need more volunteers. Please call (831) 626-8480 or visit

Valley Issues Update
County Supervisors re-affirm the Planning Commission's Decision
to to Deny Appeal for " Director's Interpretation"
at Hilltop/Cima Colima by a Vote of 4 to 1!

Carmel Valley residents breathed a sigh of relief as the Monterey County Board of Supervisors decided to deny the Appeal by Hilltop to overturn the Planning Commission decision.  After testimony from neighbors, CVA members, and attorneys, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors denied Hilltop/Cima Colima's appeal to allow extensive commercial activities and events at Hilltop Ranch. Despite abundant evidence provided by residents and their attorney, HillTop/Cima Colina's attorney claimed that the activities at Hilltop were "educational activities" and a "marketing strategy" and not events.

Opponents successfully pointed out that commercial events are not permitted in areas zoned low density residential, and that allowing them at Hilltop would set a dangerous precedent for all areas zoned as low residential in the county. It would have meant that planting a few acres of grapes (about 3 acres in this case) in a residential area would automatically allow events.

The supervisors' decision comes not only as a great relief to Hilltop neighbors, whose tranquility had been shattered by the noise and traffic generated by Hilltop, but to all county residents who live in residential areas.

Thank you to CVA members and Carmel Valley residents who turned out in force to testify, to our attorney Molly Erickson, and to contributors to our legal defense fund, which allows us to continue to represent valley residents' interests. We also thank the Hilltop neighbors and their attorney Tony Lombardo for their vigorous testimony that helped win the day.

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.

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.

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