February 13, 2020
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
From our Natural Resources Committee:

Many thanks to these Weed Wranglers for an outstanding job in pulling out fifteen foot tall genista plants and more! Three huge piles attest to what can be accomplished by dedicated volunteers! Small plants and large, there is a way to help and get a good workout!

Next Date:  Sunday, Feb 23, 1-4 p.m.
Garland Park, Cooper House
Call for questions: 624-9467
Exploring a Sense of Place
A free program of the Natural Resources Committee
of the Carmel Valley Association,
encouraging increased awareness and appreciation
for the Carmel River and watershed through the arts and ecology.

Nature Journaling with Melinda Nakagawa

A special opportunity to hone your
observational, drawing, and naturalist skills,
cultivate curiosity and wonder, and improve your memory!
Learn tips on how to start a journal and sketch in nature.
You do not need to be an artist or naturalist to join us -
no previous experience necessary.

Saturday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Palo Corona Regional Park (meet at sculpture by pond)
Wear hiking shoes and layered clothing, sun hat, sun screen.
Bring journal, pencil and sense of curiosity!
Optional: small folding stool/chair or pad to sit on,
your favorite supplies (pens, watercolor, colored pencils, etc), binoculars.
Snack and Water!

RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467
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.

California Wildlife Day
Palo Corona Regional Park
March 21 from 10 am-3 pm
Free to the Public

Steelhead Trout, Red-Legged Frogs,
meet a Great Horned Owl, 
and the Peregrine Falcon,
Butterfly Garden Planting Project, 
Students' Art and Science Projects,
River and Nature Walks.

All Day: Arts and Crafts Corner hosted by
Santa Lucia Conservancy and MEarth.
Interactive booths sponsored by
local conservation organizations.
Food and beverages

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and the
Carmel River Watershed Conservancy
Palo Corona Regional Park
Here's a web site to check to see
 if your area is scheduled for a power outage:

Unregulated Vacation Rental
or Party House in Your Neighborhood?

Under pressure from CVA and community groups, the county has initiated a hotline for residents to report problems with short-term rentals in their neighborhoods:

by telephone at (831) 900-4441, or by online form:

Carmel Valley Events
Supervisor Mary Adams Fireside Chats

Supervisor Adams has scheduled the following 2020 fireside chats:

  • March 18, City of Monterey Fire Station – 600 Pacific St., EOC Room, Monterey, CA
  • May 20, Monterey Regional Fire District Office – 19900 Portola Drive, Salinas
  • July 15, Cypress Fire Station, Rio Road, Carmel
  • September 16, City of Monterey Fire Station, Pacific Street, Monterey
  • November 18, Monterey Regional Fire District Office, Portola Drive, Salinas
You are encouraged to contact Supervisor Adams or her Chief of Staff, Yuri Anderson, with your concerns at (831) 647-7755 or andersony@co.monterey.ca.us
Anne Forman will be hosting

Sound Circle
an hour of meditative/peaceful time
every 4th Saturday, 1:30-2:30
at the History Center,
77 CV Rd.
No fee.

Come and sit as part of the circle, and try it out........
Join us for the next interesting speaker and topic during Carmel Valley Library’s FIRST SATURDAY PROGRAM SERIES, held most 1st Saturdays of the year at 10:15 am.

Saturday March 7
Speaker: Daniel Bianchetta
No 1st Saturday speaker in February, but on March 7 Daniel Bianhetta will speak on THE ANCIENTS OF THE SEA—THE WHALES. Daniel, an internationally-published nature photographer and Esalen Institute archivist/historian, has spent more than 15 years photographing dolphins and whales with Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

Jeff Ohlson will be speaking May 9, 10:15 am about the history of the VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE that was in place for many years. (NOTE: this is the SECOND Saturday in May - an anomaly, but true!)

This free program at the Carmel Valley Branch is being hosted by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the popular First Saturday Program Series. Program begins promptly at 10:15 am and lasts about an hour. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited.

For information, please call the Library at 659-237
Carmel Valley Library
Homework Center
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3 PM - 6 PM
Thursdays, 2:30 PM - 6 PM
Fridays, 3 PM - 5 PM
Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!

Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts!
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