October 21, 2021
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
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. There are now 5 Firewise recognized communities in Monterey County: Rancho Tierra Grande, Robles del Rio, Club Place, Boronda Garzas and Pattee Ranch.

Multiple other CV communities have undertaken the Firewise recognition process and are in various stages of completion. These communities include Carmel Views, Country Club Drive, Ranch House Place, Santa Lucia Preserve, Sleepy Hollow, Tehama, Tularcitos Ridge, Via Los Tulares, and Via Quintana.

 The next quarterly meeting will
Thursday, Nov 4 from 6 - 7:30 PM

The topics of discussion are participant directed, so I would like to enlist your help in determining what you would like to see addressed. Please respond to the following questions to aid in that process:

  • What is/are the greatest benefit(s) of the Firewise program?
  • What is/are the greatest challenge(s) in the Firewise process?
  • What Firewise support programs would you like to see from the Fire Safe Council for Monterey County?
  •  What 3 topics would you most like to see discussed? .
  • Given sufficient participation, I would like to invite guest speakers. What are some topics are of special interest to you? (ie grant access, controlled burns, chipping, fuel breaks, evacuation planning, firesafe landscaping)     

Please join your CV neighbors who are taking direct responsibility in the protection of their community from the threat of wildfire, by becoming a Firewise community yourself. For additional information about Firewise USA please email me directly at firewise.fscmc@gmail.com or visit NFPA firewise.org or FSCMC firesafemontery.org
From Monterey County Community Resilience Coordinator
Lubna (Luna) Mohammad:

Hi all, I just wanted to make you aware of some funding and training opportunities available in our community. Read Below and please share with anyone who could benefit. Thanks!

WILDFIRE RELIEF FUNDING FOR IMMIGRANTS impacted by fires in 2020 in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties- www.sccvonline.org/wildfire-relief-support-for-immigrants.html
To apply, please call (831)225-0545 to leave a voicemail anytime, stating your full name, phone number, and best times to reach you.
PANDEMIC RELIEF FUNDING FOR THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY – including small producers, processors, distributors and farmers’ markets - https://plantingseedsblog.cdfa.ca.gov/wordpress/?p=23425
Applications must be submitted through the portal https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by Monday, November 22, 2021

ZOOM TRAINING ON DISASTER PLANNING FOR ANIMALS AND PETS on October 26, 2021 10am to 11:30am - https://cityofconcord.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdOGopjgrEt2-QG2blFDVJqEHjzZ8YGHm
I can send you funding or training flyers if you email back a request. Hope this information is helpful!

Lubna (Luna) Mohammad
Community Resilience Coordinator
Monterey County Office of Emergency Services
Community Foundation of Monterey County
United Way Monterey County
Address: 1322 Natividad Road Salinas, CA 93906
Work: 831-796-1923
Cell: 818-941-2837

Embodiology Workshop

December 12-17 | Hidden Valley Music Seminars

During this one-week Embodiology Immersion workshop, participants will exponentially increase their capacity to innovate, whilst enhancing their wellbeing, vitality and empathy. Fostering innovation regardless of your field of expertise, this experience is suitable for all walks of life, and is recommended for dancers, actors, musicians, teachers, and anyone seeking connection, joy, and wellbeing. The experience serves as a PREREQUISITE for Embodiology®’s Teacher Training. 
Embodiology® praxis involves meditation, cognitive and sensory investigation, reflective journaling, and movement practice. The experience will engage exercises and tasks that use African and diasporic principles of dynamic rhythm, fractal code, inner sensing and balance, as well as mindfulness practices focusing on the relationship between breath and rhythm.
Embodiology® is a product of action research in Ghana, mainly from an Anlo-Ewe community, and uses specific principles from indigenous performance methodologies to shape an optimizing mind-body practice. In respect to drawing upon their indigenous knowledge, resources are returned to their community each time Embodiology® principles are shared in full or in part.
  • Age 16+
  • Desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute
  • Proof of vaccination
For more information and to register, click the button below.
November 15 @ 5:00pm PST
All registered participants are eligible and welcome to apply for financial aid. Instructions are outlined on the Embodiology® Immersion webpage. 

Update from Supervisor Mary Adams' Office on the Carmel River Floodplain Restoration and Environmental Enhancement Project (CRFREE):

CRFREE Project and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan was approved by the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors June 15, 2021. This begins a two-year pre-construction and permitting phase.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated its analysis of the Project as part of its consideration of the $22.9 million grant funds proposed for the CRFREE project, inclusive of funding for Carmel Area Wastewater District’s project to underground its force main and sewer outfall pipes spanning the south arm of the Lagoon.

Construction and permitting is in progress. The current implementation schedule anticipates construction to begin in early 2023. Construction will last approximately twelve to eighteen months. The Project will work with Caltrans, community members, event organizers and other stakeholders to minimize impacts or disruptions along Highway One during construction.

The Big Sur Land Trust and the County are working with consultants to initiate environmental permitting that kicked off with Project approval in June.

Grant funding is estimated to cost approximately $42 million. Approximately $11 million in grant funds have been awarded, with a further $30 million applied for and pending. The California State Coastal Conservancy will award the amount of $4.25 million, pending acceptance of the award by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors – anticipated in September 2021.

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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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