CVA Advocacy Project
Want some help?  CVA Is Creating a Record of Issues and Problems That Occur in Our Valley and helping residents find solutions.

 to let us know what the problem is,
and we'll begin working with you on a solution.

O ur 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


Carmel Valley Events
MEarth Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018 10am to 4pm
at the award-winning Hilton Bialek Habitat at the mouth of Carmel Valley.

Join 1000 of your friends and neighbors at our day long celebration of sustainable living in honor of Earth Day! In the beautiful setting of our organic garden, LEED Certified classroom, and native plant landscape, enjoy fun activities for all ages, sample some delicious food, bid in our silent auction, and learn more about MEarth's long-standing commitment to environmental education for all of Monterey County.

The Listening Place Readers' Theater presents Thorton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play

The Skin of Our Teeth

Two Sundays, April 15 &22 Monterey Museum of Art

$10 general admission, free to museum members.

  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

Saturday, April 21 - 10am to noon - Bird Island

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

Highlights at Bird Island - Nesting Brandt's & Pelagic Cormorants, Black-crowned
Night Herons, Pelicans and Gulls, Harbor Seals (pups April & May), Otters,
Whales in migration

For more information, see
or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator 
or 831 625-1470
Safely Dispose of Your
Sharps and Meds!
In Times of Emergency

by David Burbidge

Important steps we all should take to prepare for fire, flood, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Rusticating in Carmel Valley: 1870s - 1940s

Carmel Valley Historical Society Annual Meeting & New Exhibit
Saturday, April 21

A story of the resorts, ranches and camps of the time period and the activities (wild & otherwise) that enticed people "to take in the rural environment."

Free. 4:00-6:00 PM. Refreshments.
History Center
77 W. Carmel Valley Road

Work Continues on Highway One Climbing Lane
2-12-18 to 5-31-18

The project consists of widening northbound Highway 1 from Rio Road to Carmel Valley Road to provide a truck climbing lane. The truck climbing lane will connect to the existing climbing lane north of Carmel Valley Road. Construction of the Climbing Lane Project will provide better access and reduce congestion in the area. 

Staff will make every effort to keep the community updated on the progress of the project as well as the impacts of the traffic controls and road closures. Visit the Monterey County Website for up-to-date information regarding the project. 

For more information, please contact Christine Poe, Management Analyst II at (831)755-5025.


Judge Villarreal
Judge hears Rancho Cañada Case

On Friday, February 2, the Superior Court heard arguments from both sides in the suit brought by the CVA against Monterey County in response to the Board of Supervisors approval of the Ranch Cañada Village Subdivision in December 2016.  Bill Parkin and Pearl Kan represented CVA.

Here are the links to the brief filed by CVA and our reply to the county's response:

The hearing lasted approximately an hour and a half.  The Court took the matter under submission, and we hope for a decision soon.
Valley Issues Update
CVA Continues Work on Alternatives
to the County's Proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Although CVA continues to believe that the best outcome for valley residents would be a complete ban on STRs, we feel that a realistic compromise would allow owner-occupied rentals but prohibit investor owned properties which are in essence hotels in residential zones.

According to our February survey conducted by the San Francisco firm Host Compliance, 78% of the 198 STR listings are investor-owned "whole houses," and only 18% are locally owned "partial homes," local residents renting out a room or two.

Cima Collina Sues the County
Over Denial of Special Events at Hilltop Ranch

After the Monterey County Board of Supervisors re-affirmed, 4 - 1, the Planning Commission's reversal of the "Administrator's Interpretation" that Cima Collina's Hilltop Ranch be allowed Special Events, the winery is suing the county, claiming that opponents waited too long to contest an April approval of events there,  and that neither supervisors nor county planning commissioners had jurisdiction to hear the matter.

As far as we can determine, no court date has yet been set, but we'll keep you informed. Reversal of the board's ruling, and the precedent set by it, would have an extremely negative impact on our valley!
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 900 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses .

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