April 21, 2022
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Greetings!
Carmel Valley Historical Society
Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 23/4:00 – 6:00pm
History Center, 77 W. Carmel Valley Road
Program:
Review Accomplishments & Finances
Elect board members
Reconnect with friends & enjoy light refreshments
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Monterey County SOD Blitz
April 22nd-25th

Join Monterey County residents and enthusiasts for the annual sampling of Sudden Oak Death anywhere in Monterey County the weekend of Friday April 22nd through Monday April 25th. The SOD Blitz Survey Project is a popular 17-year old citizen science program that allows volunteers from all walks of life to be involved in the fight against Sudden Oak Death in their local community. SOD is a deadly disease of oaks and related tree species present in 16 California Counties and is caused by the exotic pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. Oaks affected by SOD become highly flammable and, by burning at very high intensity, they contribute to the spread of wildfires and heighten the threat of ignition for homes and buildings. SOD-affected oaks are also at greater risk of failure and may become hazardous for any person or structure close to them.

Anybody can participate in the SOD blitzes in the spring of each year after an easy 1-hour long online training (found at www.sodblitz.org) and after picking up the necessary collection materials at a local SOD Blitz collection/drop-off station.

2022 Monterey County SOD Blitz is Friday April 22nd- Monday April 25th
SOD Blitz Station located at the entrance to the of
Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, Palo Corona Discovery Center
4860 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

Contact your local Blitz coordinator with further questions:
Kerri Frangioso kfrangioso@ucdavis.edu
Carmel Valley
GARDEN SHOW
April 30th & May 1st
“Fun in the Sun Again”

CARMEL VALLEY GARDEN CLUB
Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley Village

Planning is underway by the Carmel Valley Garden Club to create this spectacular annual event to benefit the community of Carmel Valley. Proceeds of the event are used to make grants to nonprofit organizations in Carmel Valley that contribute to the natural beauty and sustainability of our area. 

  • Multi-category flower competition
  • Large plant sale with expert advisors
  • Plant photography competition
  • Experienced local docents
  • Food, music, children’s garden
  • 20+ gardening & craft vendors
  • Silent auctions & raffle twice daily
  • Info: http://www.cvgardenclub.org
Monterey County Historical Resources Committee
Reaches Decision on the Historical Value
of the Mid-Valley Shopping Center
In a second hearing on April 7th, the Historical Resources Committee voted 6-1 to affirm the historical value of the Mid-Valley Center. The final decision will be made by the Board of Supervisors.

When Fun Isn’t Fun, Let CVA Know!

Spring is coming faster than ever this year, and before you know it, outdoor fun and festivities will be cropping up like wildflowers. While this is something we all often can enjoy, sometimes too much of a good thing is, well, too much.

Many residents have been contacting CVA needing help with problems tracing to special events, with issues ranging from traffic to noise, parking, trash, fire safety and more. CVA is here to help see that your concerns make it to the appropriate county representative and get attention. 

You can report incidents or areas of concern by

Conservation Fuel Management Handbook
Best Management Practices for Defensible Space

Conservation Fuel Management is a
collaborative community endeavor!

To Borrow Genista Removal Equipment
Call 831-624-9467
QUESTION: WHAT'S BETTER
THAN A WILDFIRE?
ANSWER: Knowing you are as prepared as you can be!!

This year our fire season started on January 21, 2022 with the Colorado Fire in Big Sur.

Wow! That's before any of us even kicked off spring cleaning!!

If you haven't started thinking about fire season yet, the best time to start is EVERY SUNDAY!

Head to Mid-Valley Farmer's Market, and look for the Carmel Valley Firewise table. You'll find folks there to answer your questions about how to make your home and property fire safe, AND how to start your own neighborhood FireWise community. You'll be fire safer and can save big time on your fire insurance too. See you Sunday!
Creating a Firewise Carmel Valley
 
Richard Bates
Firewise Chair, FSCMC
 
The current wildfire crisis in California shows no signs of relenting. The combination of drought, climate change and historical forest practices are now creating extreme wildfire events with alarming frequency.  It is time to replace reactive practices to the threat of wildfires with pro-active measures.
 
The nonprofit Fire Safe Council for Monterey County (FSCMC) serves local communities and individual property owners by creating awareness, presenting information, facilitating access to available resources, and aiding with coordinating efforts to better prepare for wildfire. FSCMC has joined forces with the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise USA® recognition program to help neighbors to reduce wildfire risks at the local level.

You will find a comprehensive list of residential property insurance companies currently offering discounts for Fire Hardened Homes and/or Firewise Communities:

At present, FSCMC records show ten recognized FW sites in Carmel Valley:
Robles del Rio, Santa Lucia Preserve, Boronda-Garzas, Ranch House, Club Place, Rancho Tierra Grande, Carmel Views, Country Club, Tehama & Tularcitos, with another three communities actively pursuing recognition: Rancho del Sol, Sleepy Hollow, and Sky Ranch.
AirBus Service No Longer Available to Valley Residents

Apparently because of staffing shortages, the airport bus service is no longer available to residents east of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests Are Available at
Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts!
Sincerely,
C. S. Noel, 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 weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 1600 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley www.douglassteakley.com