Angel Project
Thanksgiving Dinner a Success.
Angel Store Opening Soon!

The Carmel Valley Angel Project will be opening its Angel Store soon. Families that could use some help with gifts or food this holiday season should call 298-7425 to schedule an appointment to "shop."

The Angel Project again hosted a successful community Thanksgiving Dinner last Thursday, with about 300 valley residents enjoying a delicious holiday meal. Congressman Panetta was also there to help serve. Many thanks to Terry Pershall, Angel Project president, and his able crew, and to the Community Center for providing the venue!

If you would like to volunteer to help in the store, call Ann at 659-5449. Donations to the Angel Project can be made on the website or by mailing contributions to CV Angel Project, PO Box 1305, Carmel Valley, CA 93924.

Carmel Valley Events
From the Carmel Valley Historical Society:

   Join Us
   at the
   History Center

Annual CV Historical Society Holiday Party
   Saturday, December 1
   3:00 - 5:00 PM
77 W. Carmel Valley Road
Come visit with old friends, meet some new
friends, greet our Board Members, shop in our bookstore, and enjoy the exhibits.
If you can, please bring a finger-food
hors d'oeuvre or dessert, or
a bottle of white wine.

From the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library:

"Plate Tectonics & Geology of the Carmel Valley"

H. Edward Clifton, PhD
10:15 AM
Saturday, December 1, 2018

A native Ohioan, Ed Clifton earned his PhD in geology from Johns Hopkins University and then joined the US Geological Survey on the San Francisco Peninsula. During his 28-year career, he studied coastal sediments and the rocks that they form, earning honors for his work in this study. He also served as an adjunct professor at Stanford University, chief of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and president of the USGS Pacific Branch of Marine Geology.

Dr. Clifton became one of the first geologist-aquanauts in 1969, when he and 3 other scientists lived and worked underwater for two months on Tektite 1, the first nationally sponsored scientists-in-the-sea program. 

Seating is limited and complimentary refreshments are offered. For further information, please call the library at 659-2377.

Saturday, Dec. 1
1 - 4 PM

A Madrigal Affair

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church

  Browse a curated, discounted selection of women's and men's apparel from Madrigal in Carmel, bid on the Silent Auction, and take home a luscious bakery sweet, jam, or handmade gift.  Be serenaded with sounds of the season as you enjoy refreshments.

Free admission. Free child care for ages 3-8. Proceeds will fund grants to community nonprofits and parish ministries. 

28005 Robinson Canyon Road.  831-624-6646 or

Hidden Valley Theatre
104 West Carmel Valley Road

Saturday, December 8
2:30 pm

Under the direction of Music Director Stewart Robertson, Concertmaster Roy Malan will lead sixteen of Northern California's finest string players.

Admission is $25.00 general, $10.00 student.
Tickets are available at or (831) 659-3115

From CVA member Mark Angel:

I was hoping that you could include in your weekly news letter that I teach Qi Gong exercise at the Gazebo at the Carmel Valley Community Center each Friday at 9 am. 

I do ask for a $5-$20 contribution, if people ask, but I do not require payment to attend the class.

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:

Wednesday December 5
Wednesday, January 2
Thursday, January 17
Wednesday, February
Thursday, February 21

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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Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Don't Miss This Year's Holiday Party!
You are invited to join us for a holiday get-together. Join your neighbors and friends for music and a festive dinner.

DATE: Sunday, December 9
PLACE: Hidden Valley Music Seminars
104 W Carmel Valley Rd
TIME: 3 - 5 PM

Dinner by Jerome Viel
Wine from Hubert Fabre
Music by K. (Kathi) Mello & Mike Mahoney

RSVP Please 831-320-9914
$25 individual or $40 couple.
Nonmembers - ticket includes a new CVA membership

From CVA member Jason Wachs:

Non-Native Trees and Fire Danger in Carmel Valley

For years I have watched the proliferation of cypress, eucalyptus, and pine trees  soaring throughout Carmel Valley.  These non-native trees were primarily responsible for the loss of over 2,000 homes during the Oakland-Berkeley hills fire.  Paradise burned to the ground because conifer's exploded embers onto residential roofs. Will our paradise be next? I cut 8 mature pines on one of my property lines decades ago, fearful they would shower my home's shingle roof with fire, should a wildfire start around me.
Isn't now the time to consider a county ordinance banning non-native tree fire threats from the mid and upper Valley areas?  Our native oaks pose minimal threat, as they basically just burn in a puff of smoke, without the ember shower and explosive nature of conifers and eucalyptus.  It's mainly the ill-placed pines and Eucalyptus, foolishly planted as privacy barriers by unknowing landowners, that are the problem.

Isn't it ironic how most pines, cypress, and eucalyptus fail to provide privacy, as they grow tall, drop lower branches, and become blockers of other's views? A special  tax assessment district could be formed to  fund the cost to property owners as they remove their "toxic" trees.

I believe that without the pines, cypress, and eucalyptus, a Paradise-type fire could be avoided here. 

It seems like almost every CV neighborhood has stands of pines and eucalyptus, waiting like I.E.D's.  It's not right that a few property owners, whose fireball trees are allowed to pose such a formidable threat to their neighbors and neighborhoods, and Carmel Valley as a whole.
Arguments in favor of tree removal:
  • Most of the problem trees were planted by previous, not current property owners.
  • Views of distant hills would be opened up for the masses.
  • blue gum eucalyptus are considered a top invasive species in the state.
  • The removal costs could be mitigated with an assessment district.
  • The fire threat is worsening due to climate change AND with fire-threatening trees growing bigger and bigger. Our local fire fighters are often fighting fires elsewhere, not here to protect us, and it's going to get worse.
  • County should support plan, as better views = higher property values = higher tax revenue.
  • Lowered fire threat = lower insurance rates.
  • Insurance companies will be supportive.
On another topic, Jason, a former member of the Carmel Valley Land Use Committee (LUAC), shares CVA's concern that the county has, without public notice, curtailed LUAC's oversight responsibilities. He is asking former LUAC members to contact him. Please reply to this email with your contact information, and we'll forward it to Jason.

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.

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 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. 
Hilltop Ranch has 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.  

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

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 are in negotiations with the developer and the county which we expect will alleviate many of the project's shortcomings. 

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.

  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.