October 7, 2021
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Greetings!
Don't Miss Our Annual Picnic!
Supervisor Mary Adams will Speak About the County's Recent Progress in Controlling Proliferating Short-Term ("Vacation") Rentals in Carmel Valley

This Sunday, October 10
11:30 am to 3 pm
Trail and Saddle Club
85 East Garzas Road

Catered lunch, fine wine donated by Vineyard Brands, music, silent auction, great company!

Entertainment by
Rick Chelew & Nick Leahy

Make your reservation now by phone to 831-320-9914
TICKETS $25/person (includes 1 year CVA membership for non-members) 
PLEASE RSVP 831-320-9914 
Pay at the Door ~ Children 12 & under free

To Contribute to our Silent Auction
Click This Link:
Fire Fuel Reduction Workshop

The Resource Conservation District of Monterey County (RCDMC) Fire Fuel Mitigation Program and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) are reaching out to residents in Carmel Valley, Big Sur and Salinas Valley with an opportunity to receive funding to help pay for fuels reduction work, forest health management and other vegetation management work. This is being offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, also known as EQIP. By enrolling in EQIP, landowners can save money by offsetting their costs of forest or fuels management activities on their lands. If you have at least two acres and are willing to register through the Farm Service Agency and the NRCS, we can help create plans with you to help accomplish this work and also compensate a portion of the costs associated with implementing this type of management.
 
If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity, join the RCDMC and the NRCS on Tuesday, October 12th at 5:30 pm in a virtual workshop to find out more and ask any questions you may have about this program. If applicants meet the criteria for the program, have the minimum amount of acreage and are looking to implement fuels reduction or forest management on their land, we encourage you to check this workshop out. The Zoom link is below.
 
Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting:

 
Meeting ID: 831 6966 8455
Passcode: 523701
One tap mobile
+16699006833,,83169668455#,,,,*523701# US (San Jose) 
From Monterey Geriatric Care Manager
JoAnne Roth:

MONTEREY WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S
SHIFTS TO WALK FORM HOME

Your health and safety are the top priorities for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Out of an abundance of caution — and in partnership with local leadership — we're asking you to Walk From Home on October 9th, as we will not be gathering together.

Walk is happening — we’ll just be safely participating in our own neighborhoods instead of all together. We’re disappointed that we won’t all be gathered in person, but the last year has shown us that even when we’re apart, we can still rally together to fight Alzheimer’s.

How to Walk From Home:

On Walk day, watch the prerecorded Opening and Promise Garden Ceremony via the app or your local event webpage. Visit the augmented reality Promise Garden in the mobile app, select a flower plant it among others, and review the route map to track your at-home Walk. Then, start walking! Be sure to wear purple and post photos to social media using #Walk2EndAlz and #ShowYourPurple.
 
 
ABOUT THE
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S:
 
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest fundraiser for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure.
 
Saturday,
October 9, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Thank you
 
JoAnne Roth MSHA
Geriatric Care Manager
565 Hartnell St. #525
Monterey, CA 93942
phone:831-204-2114
fax: 831-886-0405
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.

THANK YOU TO THE OVER 450 CARMEL VALLEY HOMEOWNERS
WHO HAVE EMAILED THE MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERVISORS CONCERNING COMMERCIAL VACATION RENTALS
IN RESIDENTIALLY ZONED AREAS!
It's still not too late to add your email by simply clicking the link below.

The Monterey County supervisors will be considering approval of a Vacation Rental ordinance when the environmental review is finished. We wish to present as many letters as possible. The ordinance, in its current form with the direction of the majority of the supervisors, would do the following:

  • Allow 200+ vacation rentals in Carmel Valley residential neighborhoods
  • Permit commercial interests to rent vacation homes 365 days a year with no on-site supervision
  • Transform quiet residential neighborhoods into commercial zones
  • Increase problems with trash, parking, traffic and noise 
  • Contribute to housing scarcity and costs for long-term renters
  • Create ‘mini-hotels’ that compete with traditional resort lodging

Over 75% of Carmel Valley vacation rentals are managed by commercial entities, not by homeowners. The Monterey County Grand Jury recently recommended that any revised vacation rental ordinance should protect homeowners with an effective and strong enforcement system. The next step will be to prepare an Environmental Impact Report, and it is important that our community be heard.

Click on the link below to send a pre-written email
to all Monterey County Supervisors now!

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 tentative date/time for the next quarterly meeting is Tuesday, November 9, 6:00 – 7:30pm.

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
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
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Sincerely,
Pris Walton, 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 1200 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