April 23, 2020
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Shop Safely!

Stay six feet or more away from other customers and shop people.
Cover your face and wear gloves!
Consultant Hired by Monterey County to Evaluate
Land Planning and Permitting -
Take Their Survey!

Monterey County has contracted with Citygate Associates, LLC, to conduct an organizational assessment of the Monterey County Resource Management Agency (RMA), with an emphasis on land use, development project review, and permitting, to identify opportunities for improving the County’s services in this area.
This online survey was designed by Citygate specifically to provide an opportunity to share experiences with Monterey RMA's land use, development review and permitting services. We couldn't help but notice that the survey's questions concentrate on the permit application process, largely ignoring enforcement of regulations. However, here are areas for comments, and if you share CVA's concerns about deficiencies in planning and enforcement, we suggest using those.

Responses will be sent directly to Citygate to ensure complete anonymity. A composite of survey results will be included in Citygate’s final report to Monterey County. This survey should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

Follow this link for the survey: www.citygateassociates.com/rmasurvey.
Please note that the survey will be available until midnight, April 30, 2020.
54 Acres
Imagine fifty-four acres in Carmel Valley sequestering carbon!

Imagine being part of the global commitment to sequester 20-35 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Imagine these fifty-four acres teeming with microbes to wake up and revitalize the soil through regenerative agriculture.

Imagine a table centered on our fifty-four acres abundantly laden with glorious flowers and life-giving food to joy gathered workers and guests.

Imagine a park, a play area, folks strolling, local restaurants harvesting and serving from these acres.

Imagine the pride in our hearts as we rejoice beside the land and community we’re cultivating.

All it takes is $10 million. Maybe you’d like to help raise it!

Contact: Rosemary Luke, CVA Member, 659-2545
Carmel High School Group
This Club Saves Lives
Providing Much Needed Community Service

The club delivers food boxes to employee housing both at Ventana and Post Ranch and has boxes available for community members to pick up at Big Sur River Inn. They also deliver to Rippling River residents in need and families and community members living in Cachagua. Anyone else who needs food can pick up a box on Thursdays between 10-11 at the Carmel Middle School gym. The Carmel School District is generously providing the gym as a Food Bank and is providing district vans for delivery on Thursdays between 11-12, to the above locations.

With the Carmel/Carmel Valley community's generosity, club members will be able to continue their efforts for as long as needed. Members of our communities will be suffering for a very long time, and This Club Saves Lives is providing an essential service in this time of need.

If you’d like to make a donation,
click the link below to visit

From the Big Sur Land Trust:

Stay healthy! Research continues to show that parks and open spaces provide health benefits beyond just physical exercise. Fresh air and organic compounds produced by trees may be a natural pharmacy that can help support our immune systems. Along with other important recommended precautions, none of us should forget our Vitamin N — Vitamin Nature!

If solo time in nature sounds right for you, visit our website and sign up for a self-guided hike on one of our spectacular conserved properties. In the meantime, to be cautious, we are suspending our guided hike program for the foreseeable future. We will let you know as soon as they are available again.

Be Well,

The Team at Big Sur Land Trust
F rom the District Attorney's office:

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office has received numerous complaints about ongoing construction activities that may be occurring in violation of Monterey County’s revised Shelter-in-Place Order, which was issued by the Monterey County Health Officer on April 3, 2020.

County Temporarily Bans Short-Term Rentals and B&B's

From Carl Holm, Director,
Monterey County Resource Management Agency:

In light of the Monterey County mandatory Shelter in Place Order issued on March 17th, 2020, and the California State Stay Home order issued March 19th, 2020 by the Governor of California, all transient lodging operations are asked to comply with best practices to protect the community health. The Resource Management Agency (RMA) conferred with the County’s Public Health Official and County Counsel who opined that transient lodging operations include hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and short term (less than 30 days) vacation rentals. These operations may stay open to support essential businesses and sectors but must not be open for “vacation or leisure activity”.

This is a courtesy notice that all vacation rentals must stop operating for vacation purposes while this Order is in place. Activity or advertisement to the contrary is subject to enforcement by the Sheriff Office.


Note: Please report any short-term rentals in your area to CVA at president@carmelvalleyassociation.org , and we'll notify the county. 
Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

From our friends at LandWatch:

This is the story of how LandWatch came to be, the tools we used to be successful, and ways in which we made progress protecting the quality of life in Monterey County.
This 40-page publication includes details on:

  • LandWatch’s formation, launch, and development; 
  • Its involvement across Monterey County to engage and educate residents, petition government, and change, support, and challenge public policies and development projects; and,
  • Important accomplishments over the past 23 years.

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 www.douglassteakley.com