November 21, 2019
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
And Don't Miss This Year's

Sunday, December 8
Hidden Valley Theater
4 – 7 p.m.
Music by the Dick Whittington Trio
Dinner by Jerome Viel Catering

Meet old friends ~ Make new ones! 

Free one-year CVA membership for nonmembers
with ticket purchase.

If you can, bring an unwrapped gift for the Angel Project,
a book, or jacket for a child from tot to teen.

RSVP: 831-320-9914
Pay at the Door $30.00 per person
Carmel Valley Land Use Advisory Committee 
Mid-Valley Shopping Center

Monday, December 2, 2019 
5:00 PM at Tularcitos Elementary School, Bobcat Hall 
35 Ford Road, Carmel Valley 


File Number: PLN190140 
Project Location: 9550 CARMEL VALLEY RD CARMEL 
Assessor's Parcel Number(s): 169-234-007-000 & 169-234-008-000 
Project Planner: RICHARD “CRAIG” SMITH 

An Opportunity to Preserve Carmel Valley's Agricultural Heritage
There is an incredible opportunity to preserve the legacy of the Wolter
family farm. Their Down to Earth Farm was part of the original organic certification program initiated by Rodale Press’s Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine in 1971. Russel Wolter was a founding member of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and received a Stewards
of Sustainable Agriculture (Sustie) Award in 1994.

Now is the time to purchase the land and create a Regenerative AG Learning Center. Carmel Valley residents Jason Wachs and Emily Underwood have provided a vision that would teach students from grade school through post-graduate studies and lay people alike in these practices. The center could be called the Wolter Family Farm, Center for Regenerative Agriculture.

The Carmel River Valley, with its unique and diverse habitats, is a singularly
important landscape that is fast disappearing. Preservation of agricultural
land is imperative. Raising the funds needed is no small task. With your
financial commitment and involvement, we, as a community, can make
this happen.

Contact Paola Berthoin at 624-9467,
or by email at ,
to share how you would like to be a part of this visionary opportunity!

“The land gets inside of us; and we must decide one way or another
what this means, what we will do about it.” Barry Lopez
Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

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:

Carmel Valley Events
Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Sponsored by the Angel Project

November 28, noon to 3pm, at the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center, 25 Ford Road. Free to Carmel Valley residents. Donations are welcome. Sponsored by the Carmel Valley Angel Project. 

The Angel Project Store: Carmel Valley families needing a little help during the holidays are welcome to call for an appointment to shop for their kids' gifts at the free store. Shop by appointment only. Call Alicia at 831-298-7425 by December 8. Residents can support the Angel Store by donating new gifts in barrels placed at shops around the valley. You can also borrow a barrel for a holiday party by calling Christine at 659-1307. 

You can also support both projects by making a tax-deductible donation at, or checks can be sent to The Angel Project, PO Box 1305, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the dinner should contact Oliver at 831-402-1937 or oliverwhittaker1@gmail. To volunteer for the store, contact Kathleen at 702-326-9031. 
Saturday December 7

Speaker: Jen Hunter
Jen Hunter is Resident Reserve Director of Carmel Valley's
Hastings Natural History Reservation.
Jen will discuss the beautiful black and white
animal we know as skunk.
Madrigal Affair – Great Holiday Gifts!

Saturday, Dec. 7, 10-1 and Sunday, Dec. 8, 9-12
at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
28005 Robinson Canyon Road

Browse a curated, discounted selection of women’s and men’s apparel from Madrigal in Carmel, bid on Silent Auction treasures, and take home a luscious bakery sweet, jam, or handmade gift. Proceeds will fund grants to community nonprofits and parish ministries.
831-624-6646 or
Carmel Valley Santa's Fly-In
December 14, 2019
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM PST

Santa and Mrs Claus will arrive by helicopter at the Carmel Valley airstrip on Ford Road, Carmel Valley on Saturday, December 14,
enthusiastically greeted by children of all ages.
Hospice Giving Foundation has launched a movement called HOPEGives. To kick off the movement we are hosting a launch event at Hidden Valley Music Seminars on Saturday, January 11th. This is a free event for the community to discover resources, information, and have conversations about end of life.

HOPEGives is a community health movement to shift societal attitudes about death. By deepening understanding and acceptance, HOPEGives helps individuals and families experience peace of mind through advance planning and compassionate end-of-life care.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
12 PM - 4 PM
Carmel Valley Library
Homework Center
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3 PM - 6 PM
Thursdays, 2:30 PM - 6 PM
Fridays, 3 PM - 5 PM
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. 
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Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
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Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
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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Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley