Mark Your Calendar -
Don't Miss Our Annual Meeting!

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Del Mesa Carmel, Redwood Room


George Riley, General Director of Public Water Now, a community-based organization committed to achieving the lowest cost, most sustainable water supply for the Monterey Peninsula through public ownership.


Supervisor Mary Adams will give an update on county issues related to Carmel Valley.


From the CVA Natural Resources Committee:

Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:45 am-2:00 pm

Tracking at Hastings Natural Reserve

Dawn Reis,Wildlife and Aquatic Ecologist

Wear hiking shoes and layered clothing, sun hat, sun screen, walking stick as
desired (some short hills) Bring binoculars, journal and drawing supplies.  Outing limited to 12 participants. 

We will carpool from Jerome's Carmel Valley Market
2 Chambers Lane

RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467

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.

Carmel Valley Events

California Wildlife Day

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 10 am - 3 pm
at Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley
Come rain or shine!
Be a part of this first annual California Wildlife Day celebration!

California Wildlife Day will, from now on, be recognized on the Spring Equinox of each year.
Join us for this special inaugural celebration of California's wildlife!
Native American Linda Yamane will give a blessing during the opening ceremony.

Come to enjoy interactive booths, arts & crafts, special presentations, nature and
discovery walks, and art, poetry, and poster contests.

For more information:
or call 831-372-3196 ext.109 or 831-659-6065.

Co-hosted by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy.
Sponsored by MEarth, the Santa Lucia Conservancy, G16 Coalition, and the Carmel Valley Association.

From MEarth:

The 2018 restoration season is in FULL swing!

Join us at North Dunes at Carmel Beach for a fun morning of native plant restoration. All volunteers will receive training and a special presentation on how to help protect the California Legless Lizards who make their home in the dunes.

March 10
March 24

All ages welcome! Children under 14 must be with an adult. Come dressed to work (closed-toed shoes, layers) and with a positive attitude! Snacks and coffee will be provided.

RSVP required, by clicking HERE. For more information, please contact or 831.624.1032.

  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, March 17 - 10am to noon - Bird Island
Wednesday, April 4 - 10am to noon - Bird Island
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
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by David Burbidge

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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Dr. Steven Brabeck
April 9, 1950 - February 26, 2018
Steve Brabeck
at the Quail and Olive

We mourn the recent loss of former CVA Board Member and Treasu rer Dr. Steve Brabeck. Steve was a dedicated  cardiologist and proprietor of the Quail and Olive in the village.

A Memorial Mass was held Tuesday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.


Final Palo Corona Park Survey Closes March 16th

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.
CVA's counsel argued that the county has failed to comply with its General Plan and that the project approval violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  CVA's attorneys pointed out that the County has failed to create and implement a required Development Evaluation System (DES) to which this project should be subject, and that it has failed to update its affordable housing ordinance as required by the General Plan. The County General Plan required that the DES be completed within a year of adoption of the 2010 County Master Plan. It has still not been completed.

The General Plan also requires that the county's affordable housing ordinance be updated to increase the percentage of affordable housing units in new developments from 20% to 25%. The county has still not increased the affordability requirement in its local ordinance. 

Importantly, the Rancho Cañada Village site is ideal for much needed affordable housing in Carmel Valley and was originally designated to exceed the General Plan's minimum 25% requirement, requiring 50% affordable units. Yet, the county reduced the affordable housing requirement for the site to below 20%.

CVA also contended that the project EIR was fatally flawed, in that it improperly conflated the infeasible original 281-lot proposal promoted by a different developer, which is no longer contemplated, with the new 130-lot version. Thus, the EIR failed to include an accurate project description, confusing the public and skewing alternatives analysis.

The Court took the matter under submission. 
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


Valley Issues Update
Our January 22 Memorandum to the County
Concerning Visitor Serving Units

The memo to the Planning Commission, excerpted below, concerns the allowance in the CV Master Plan of a total of 285 visitor serving units in the valley:

CVA is concerned that visitor-serving unit limits of 175 (west of Majorca) and 110 (east of Majorca) in subsections d & e, section CV-1.15 of the Carmel Valley Master Plan Supplemental Policies amended in 2013 should be adjusted downward to zero, given current traffic, water and other environmental conditions.  And, in accordance with subsection g, the examination should now be undertaken to confirm that the limits should be adjusted downward to 0.

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
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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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