August 1, 2019
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Community Meeting with new Mid-Valley Center Owner Organized and Hosted by CVA

There was a full house at the meeting Wednesday night, August 6, at Paolo Corona Regional Park to discuss the Mid-Valley Shopping Center's current status and future. After introductory remarks by CVA President Pris Walton about the goals of the meeting, Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams took over and introduced the center's new owner, Russel Stanley, the architect for the project, Henry Runke, and the current RMA Chief of Planning, Brandon Swanson. Supervisor Adams explained the format for the meeting which would allow community review of materials about the project's design, as well as provide a question and answer period. Community responses to, and suggestions for, the project were encouraged. For those who were not able to attend, or for those who have additional comments, they may be submitted via email to: . All materials received will be given to the owner and architect for their consideration.

The owner and architect anticipate taking the community input into account and returning in a month for another presentation. Mr. Stanley, who has already sent a letter to the community outlining some of his thoughts, apologized for the way things had begun, explained that he has been meeting with current tenants, and expressed his hope that the center can be a greater success in the future. 

All questions from the public were directed to Supervisor Adams, who then asked the appropriate person to respond. A few questions were asked of the audience: Would you be in favor of community events at the shopping center? Would you want an outdoor park at the center? Would you want more outdoor eating and drinking facilities at the center? The first two were answered quite definitely in the negative, but the third was not as strongly opposed and their were a few more who expressed an ambivalent answer.

Common concerns included parking, landscaping, lighting, traffic, signage, tenant leases, and the painting that was done and which has subsequently been halted. Brandon Swanson explained that the county cannot comment on cases which are in progress, but he expects the issue of the center's designation as an historic site will be handled expeditiously, at which time a decision about the white paint can be made.

The workshop was well-organized and especially well-officiated by Supervisor Adams. It is obvious that the community is concerned about the center's future as one that serves Carmel Valley first and which provides financial success to the businesses located there. There will certainly be numerous additional public hearings about the project. 

           "The 1989 Centennial, But Was It?" 

New Carmel Valley History Center exhibit showcases this huge community celebration 30 years ago that actually was held in the wrong year-a recently discovered historical surprise! It was a gala affair by every account and evolved into today's annual Fiesta.

Stop by the History Center Museum during Fiesta hours to learn about this great story. 77 W. Carmel Valley Road.
Unregulated Vacation Rental
or Party House in Your Neighborhood?

Under pressure from CVA and community groups, the county has initiated a hotline for residents to report problems with short-term rentals in their neighborhoods:

by telephone at (831) 900-4441, or by online form:

Learn About Invasive Genista and How to Remove it!

Carmel Valley Events
Concert at St. Dunstan's

Sunday, August 18, 3 pm: Music at St. Dunstan’s welcomes San Jose native and trumpet virtuoso Cortez Montalbo in concert with Steven Denmark, organist and director of music at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley. 

Mr. Montalbo and Dr. Denmark will perform together on works pairing trumpet and organ and trumpet and piano. Their program will include Bach’s Agnus Dei from the B minor mass and a collection of seven Spanish songs. 

“This trumpet recital includes an assortment of traditional and modern works which place style and lyricism at the focal point of this exciting musical collaboration,” Mr. Montalbo says. 

Tickets are $20; students and under 18 free. 28005 Robinson Canyon Road.; 831-624-6646.
Senior Activities at the Youth Center

Senior activity hours are Tuesdays, 1-4 pm. in the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center community room. CVCYC board members and local volunteers are collecting books, games, cards, art supplies, and puzzles. Anyone is free to bring in games that they may want to play or refreshments to share. Movement activities are planned and other ideas include organized bus trips, walking groups, and writing programs. Donations are suggested but not required.

Those who wish to provide informational presentations or entertainment, donate supplies, or direct an activity, are invited to contact Teresa Goldberg by email at or call the center at 831-659-3983. 
Other Carmel Valley Community Youth Center Activities:

  • Pool is open 7 days a week (12-5 pm daily).

  • Aqua Aerobics classes are available on Saturdays at 11 am beginning Saturday, June 8th (no membership required, $10/class).

  • Swim lessons for all ages and abilities begin Monday, June 10th. Lesson registration is available online at

  • Adult Lap Swim is available Monday-Friday from 4:00-5:00 pm beginning June 10th.

  • Swim team practices Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening from 5:00-6:30 pm. Please email for more information. 

We can’t wait to see you this summer! 
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Curious About CVA?
Carmel Valley Association is one of the oldest, largest, and most suc cessful 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 weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1200 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Member Richard Cheatham has created a video about our beautiful Carmel Valley and CVA's role in preserving it.

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