From our natural resources committee:

The Exploring a Sense of Place 

Birding with Rick Berg November 10,
from 8:00 am -10:30 am

Palo Corona Regional Park
It will be a gentle walk on flat ground.
RSVP Paola Berthoin at 624.9467

Carmel Valley Events
Pacific Brass

An Authentic British Brass Band
Jim O'Briant, Conductor

Hidden Valley Theatre
Sunday, October 21st
5:30 pm
Admission Complimentary
For information about the band: Pacific Brass Band


Saturday November 3, 2018
6:00 - 10:30 PM
Hidden Valley 104 West Carmel Valley Rd.
Sponsored by the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee (CVVIC)

Featuring: The Money Band
Dinner by: Chef Jerome Viel - Carmel Valley Market 6:00 - 8:00

Silent Auction & Raffle
No Host Bar ~ Carmel Valley Kiwanis
Tickets: $35 in Advance or $40 at Door (Dinner Included)
Available at: Avant Garden & Home - Carmel Valley Village
Hacienda Hay - Mid Carmel Valley
Kasey's - Carmel Valley Village
Carmel Valley Business Service - Carmel Valley Village
The Running Iron - Carmel Valley Village
For further information: Jeffrey Andrews 831 594 1111

CANCELLED: The Svyati Duo, with regret, has cancelled their Oct. 24 organ and cello performance at St. Dunstan's Church in Carmel Valley because of illness.  They hope to return at a future date.

An Organ and Cello Tryst at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

Svyati Duo
Julian Collings, Organ
Rebecca Hepplewhite, Cello

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

6 pm:  Wine and cheese reception with the artists
7 pm: Concert

$35; students and 18 and under free

This noted duo from the United Kingdom will be making a stop at St. Dunstan's during their U.S. tour. Do not miss the opportunity to experience this exquisite pairing of organ and cello!

Listen to a preview  HERE. 

"The duo has quickly risen to prominence in the UK and beyond through its innovative
programming and exceptional musical standards. Both performers are artists of the highest
Rebecca Hepplewhite combines unbridled passion with brilliant virtuosity, richness of
tone and color, rhythmic control, superb intonation and musical sensitivity.
Julian Collings
combines technical aplomb with collaborative sensitivity and stylistic understanding. This is
an excellent representation of an instrumental pairing that deserves to be heard more
often." -- The American Organist

St. Dunstan's is located at 28005 Robinson Canyon Road, Carmel CA 93923. Details and directions at

Hidden Valley Concert

On Sunday, November 11, at 3 PM, the Monterey County Composers'
Forum will present "Peace of Mind" at Hidden Valley Music Seminars, 104
West Carmel Valley Road. 

The concert will feature music composed by
Ettinger, Kaiser, Kwiek, Moncrief, Peterson, Price, Rentz, Roseman,
Victorine, and Yramategui. 

There is a $10
suggested donation for
admission to the concert. Donations will also be accepted to benefit
Monterey County Stand Down.
From the Water District:

Effective 6 pm, October 16, 2018, the Division 5 representative to the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Board of Directors has resigned. 

The Board of Directors is scheduled to fill the vacancy by appointment at its regular monthly meeting on November 19, 2018, at 7 pm, 5 Harris Court, Bldg. G, Monterey, CA.

The Board requests that individuals interested in representing Division 5 submit letters of nomination and statements of qualifications to the Water Management District office by 5 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Note: District 5 includes Carmel Valley and Carmel.

Monthly  Senior  Lunch
1st Monday of the Month
Free! All Carmel Valley Seniors Invited!
Seating starts at 11:30 am for 12 noon hot lunch buffet.

CV Community Center
25 Ford Rd
Carmel Valley Village

  Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!

Point Lobos

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair.  

We also have a presentation that we can show to your group or staff at your
location. Be sure to see the information regarding applying for FREE entry, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Point Lobos Foundation.

Sea Lion Point Tours
10 AM - Noon:

Thursday, October 18
Wednesday, November 7
Thursday, November 15
Wednesday December 5th

Highlights at Sea Lion Point - California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Otters,
Pelicans, Gulls and Cormorants - Whales in migration

For more information, see
or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator 
or 831 625-1470
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Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Carmel Valley Branch Library hosts
Carmel Valley Road Traffic Safety Forum II

The Carmel Valley Branch Library of Monterey County Free Libraries (MCFL) will be hosting the second Carmel Valley Traffic Safety Forum on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM. Librarian and Branch Manager Eddy Hamelin will be the moderator for this important community event. The forum panel will consist of Mary Adams, Monterey County District Five Supervisor; Grant Leonard, Associate Transportation Planner from Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC); Karolyn Stone from the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee; and Joseph Hertlein from the Carmel Valley Road Advisory Committee.

The event is free and open to the public. This forum will be an open discussion, between local organizations and citizens, on traffic safety and related issues concerning Carmel Valley Road. Seating is limited, but reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served.
This event is part of Monterey County Free Libraries' mission to bring ideas, inspiration, information and enjoyment to our community.

For more information, please call Librarian Eddy Hamelin, Branch Manager of the Carmel Valley Branch Library, at 831-659-2377.

CVA Advocacy Project
Want some help?  CVA Is Creating a Record of Issues and Problems That Occur in Our Valley and helping residents find solutions.

 to let us know what the problem is,
and we'll begin working with you on a solution.

Monterey County Launches 24/7
Complaint Hotline for Short-Term Rentals

The Resource Management Agency of Monterey County announced that it has launched a 24/7 hotline to collect complaints related to public nuisances resulting from short-term rental activity in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County.

"We launched the complaint hotline to better understand the community's nuisance concerns about short-term rentals," said Chief Building Official Neville Pereira. "As we work to develop a better policy solution to this important issue, we want to be in touch with the community on all sides."

"Our policy must be enforceable," added Pereira. "The hotline gives us a way of taking code enforcement into consideration and gives the community a chance to be heard."

The short term rental hotline offers two reporting options, by telephone at (831) 900-4441, or by an online form at

Valley Issues Update
Rio Ranch Commercial Development
Draft EIR Published

Foothill Partners is proposing to build a commercial retail development on approximately 3.8 acres of land located at 3705 Rio Road within the County of Monterey's Carmel Valley Master Plan Area in unincorporated Monterey County, California. The retail development would consist of four commercial retail buildings, including a maximum 23,000 square foot convenience market/grocery store and three smaller buildings ranging from approximately 5,000 to 8,335 square feet. The development would additionally include two commercial retail farm sheds of 250 square foot each. In total, the project would involve the construction of 42,310 square feet of commercial space, and the building footprint of all buildings would occupy 26 percent of the 164,421 square-foot site.

Cima Collina Winery Sues the County
Over Denial of Special Events at Hilltop Ranch
In late 2017 the Monterey County Board of Supervisors re-affirmed the Planning Commission's reversal of the "administrator's interpretation" that Cima Collina's "Hilltop Ranch" be allowed to hold special events because some grapes are grown on the property.   The board's decision was that special events and large marketing events are not part of viticulture in the low density residential zone.  That was the position strongly advocated by CVA and the neighbors. 
In January 2018 Hilltop Ranch sued the county, claiming that opponents (including CVA) waited too long to contest the administrator's interpretation and that neither the county supervisors nor the county planning commissioners had jurisdiction to hear the matter.  Hilltop Ranch withdrew its petition (its initial legal pleading) after the county objected.  Hilltop Ranch then filed an amended petition.  The county again objected.
On July 11, the Superior Court heard oral arguments on the county's demurrer and motion to strike Hilltop Ranch's amended petition.  The court sustained the county's demurrer with leave to amend.  This means Hilltop Ranch got another opportunity to attempt to frame its legal claims in a new amended document. 

In August, Hilltop Ranch filed a third version of its initial pleading with the court.  In it Hilltop Ranch again argues that the county planning director's "interpretation" became final for all purposes ten days after it was issued - even though the planning director gave it only to Hilltop Ranch, and not to anybody else.

Representatives for CVA and the neighbors have attended the court hearings and they continue to monitor the situation.
Reversal of the County Supervisors' ruling, and the precedent set by it, would have an extremely negative impact on our valley!

September Ranch

Clear Peak Group has purchased previously approved development rights for September Ranch. The Group's purchase comes with a tentative map and well permit, as well as 190 conditions for the 891-acre property. Planned is a Tehama style project with 73 residential lots, sized at 2-4 acres and priced at $1-1.5 million. The project also calls for 22 affordable housing units (15 inclusionary and 7 deed-restricted workforce housing). The equestrian center fronting Carmel Valley Road will remain in place.
The partners anticipate obtaining a final map and starting construction by April-June 2019. Phase 1 will develop primarily the east ridge of the property. The new entrance to the project will be toward the east side of the property, across from Brookdale Drive. As approved in 2011, conditions for that intersection specify a signal light.
More in keeping with current road policy, CVA is asking for a roundabout, not a signal light, on Carmel Valley Road at the new entrance.  In that regard, we are pressing for that option with the County and with our Supervisor's office.

Rancho CaƱada Court Case
Decided in CVA's Favor

On April 24, 2018, the court issued its statement of decision in Petitioner Carmel Valley Association's favor. As a consequence of the court's decision, the County of Monterey must set aside its approvals of the subdivision, including the County's certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The Carmel Valley Association prevailed on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and affordable housing.  The developer can appeal, restart the process with new documents, or abandon the project. We understand the the developer has begun work on a revised Environmental Impact Report.

Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
In Times of Emergency

by David Burbidge

Important steps we all should take to prepare for fire, flood, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

Safely Dispose of Your
Sharps and Meds!
  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 online Calendar, our weekly email Bulletin, which goes to over 900 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.