From our natural resources committee:
Exploring a Sense of Place 

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

We will take a gentle walk on the floodplain of Palo Corona Regional Park
while listening and looking for birds.

Sharing of bird poetry and time for reflection will be a part of the outing.
Bring a poem to share!

Wear hiking shoes and layered clothing, sun hat.
Bring binoculars, journal and drawing supplies. Snack and water.

Limited to 10 participants, so reserve your spot soon!
RSVP Paola Berthoin at 624.9467

Carmel Valley Events
Thursday, November 8th 7:30 PM


Admission Complimentary
Hidden Valley Theatre
104 West Carmel Valley Road 

The public is invited to enjoy the rich and varied talents of renowned Early Music faculty members at two free concerts featuring the music of Italy, England, and Spain from the 13th - 18th centuries . . . and some modern composers too.

Tish Berlin & Frances Blaker head the two-week Road Scholar Early Music Workshops

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.
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

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:

Thursday, November 15
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
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!
Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Distribution of the 143 Carmel Valley Short-Term-Rentals
Listed on the Internet on November 6, 2018
[Click for satellite image and color key]

Pacific Grove Voters Passed Measure M,
Severely Limiting Short-Term Rentals.
Is the County Listening?

The Monterey County Resource Management Agency (RMA) continues to work on an ordinance regulating and perhaps legalizing the over 140 now illegal short-term rentals (STRs) in the Carmel Valley area.  After several delays, RMA has announced that it intends to issue a draft STR ordinance in December.

Working with the Mal Paso Creek Property Association, the organization Preserve Carmel Highlands, and property owners in Big Sur, CVA has proposed a reasonable compromise, limiting STRs to owner-occupied residences.

The Resource Management Agency 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.

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

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

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
  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.

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