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.
ur legal defense fund still needs your help.
If you haven't made
Or send a check to
Carmel Valley Association
PO Box 157
Carmel Valley CA 92924
SUDDEN OAK DEATH BLITZ
SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH, 10 AM - NOON
GARLAND RANCH REGIONAL PARK MEETING ROOM,
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN WHEN WE GET TOGETHER TO SAMPLE CARMEL VALLEY FOR THE INVASIVE PATHOGEN THAT CAUSES SUDDEN OAK DEATH. WE PROMISE TO HAVE A SHORT INDOOR MEETING (<1HR), AND SEND YOU ON YOUR WAY TO SAMPLE WHEREVER YOU WANT. RETURN YOUR SAMPLES BY MONDAY MORNING AND GET RESULTS PUBLISHED BY OCTOBER, ALL FOR FREE. GO TO WWW.SODMAP.ORG FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION.
Come and Share the Wonders of
Easy Access Adventures!
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
or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator
or 831 625-1470
In Times of Emergency
by David Burbidge
Important steps we all should take to prepare for fire, flood, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer
From Our Natural Resources Committee:
Exploring a Sense of Place at Hastings Natural Reserve
April 14, 8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
This outing is a special opportunity to learn from Dawn Reis, wildlife and aquatic ecologist, and Rada Petric, researcher at Hastings.
Dawn has a keen and knowledgeable eye for tracks and birds. She will help bring to life in our imaginations the animals who have been traversing the land, minutes, hours or days before our arrival.
We will also learn about the intricacies of deer mice from Rada. It will be a day of gentle walking, listening, and learning. We look forward to your participation!
Wear hiking shoes and layered clothing, sun hat, sun screen, walking stick as
desired (some short hills) Bring binoculars, journal and drawing supplies.
Only nine places left.
We will carpool from Jerome's Carmel Valley Market
2 Chambers Lane
RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467
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 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 next month.
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