September 5, 2019
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Have you taken our survey concerning the proposed "Market Place @ Carmel Valley "? The survey solicits your comments on the following proposed changes: the paint color of the shopping center, native plants, the style of lighting, the use of artificial turf, and inclusion of areas for socializing and entertainment.

Your answers will be used to inform the owner and the County as the process goes forward. Included graphics are from the Stanley Group website and plans submitted to the County. Your answers are important to the process and will be kept anonymous.

Here is the link to the survey:
Please share the link with your friends and neighbors.
Exploring a Sense of Place:
A free program of the Natural Resources Committee
of the Carmel Valley Association.

at the Los Padres Dam Environs

with Doug Smith, CSUMB professor
and reflecting on the Carmel River with Paola Berthoin
Saturday, September 14, 2019
8:45 am - 1:00 pm

Meet at Carmel Valley History Center at 8:45 a.m.
Wear hiking shoes and layered clothing, sun hat, sun screen, walking stick as
desired. Drawing materials. Food and water!

It is a twenty-minute walk to the dam with one downhill and one uphill.
Going to the river requires a short downhill walk. We may also go to the Birthing Rock, a fairly easy walk.

RSVP - We will carpool from the Carmel Valley History Center
 Please call Paola Berthoin to reserve. 624.9467
From CVA Natural Resources Chair Paola Berthoin:

Open call to investors who might wish to preserve forty-eight acres of prime agricultural land in Carmel Valley! The Wolter agricultural land across from Quail Lodge on Valley Greens Drive, tended since the 1930’s, is for sale.
This prime land was zoned for homes when the Carmel Valley Master Plan was updated about ten years ago. However, that doesn’t mean it has to happen! Policy CV-6.3 states “Cropland and orchards shall be retained for agricultural use.” This is an opportunity to preserve the rural quality and natural resources of Carmel Valley. What a real shame it would be to see this historic, organically-tended land cut up into ranchettes. 

Please contact me at the number or email below. Let’s make this happen!

Than k you.

Paola Berthoin


        Summary of recent activities and efforts to acquire the Carmel Valley airstrip property.
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

Our Current Understanding of Climate Change
Saturday September 7, 10:15 AM
Speaker: Mike Clancy
Former Technical & Scientific Director,
Fleet Numerical Meteorology Center

The Greenhouse Effect, and its impact on surface temperatures of the Earth, has been known for over a century. Scientists have long understood that burning fossil fuels would lead to a warming of Earth and a changing climate. Mike Clancy will review our current understanding of climate change and its consequences, explore the science of what drives this change, and discuss strategies for mitigating climate change in the future. Popular myths put forward by climate change deniers will be identified and addressed.
Mike Clancy earned a B.S. in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Meteorology from the University of Miami. He has worked for Science Applications International Corporation and the Naval Research Lab. Mr. Clancy joined the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) in Monterey in August 1983, and was selected as Technical and Scientific Director of the same in 2005. He has authored over 100 publications in meteorology, oceanography and information technology, and received over 50 professional awards—including the Navy’s highest civilian award—prior to retiring from Federal Service in 2011. Mike Clancy was inducted into the FNMOC Hall of Fame in 2015, and is currently a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL).

Saturday October 5
Speaker: Meredith May
Author of “The Honey Bus,”
a personal narrative of her childhood in Carmel Valley

Saturday November 2
Speaker: Chris Chase
Returning the WESTERN FLIER fishing boat
(made famous by John Steinbeck) to Monterey Bay in 2021
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. 
The pool will be open for the next few weekends from 12 - 5.  
Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!

Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts!
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.

or reply to this email 

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

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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley