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

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Stay Safe!
On July 8, the Monterey County Planning Commission met to consider the a letter to the Board of Supervisors asking for guidance on their consideration of a draft ordinance on short-term rentals (lately re-named "Vacation Rentals") which the commission had previously asked a committee four members to draft. Here is the first page:

Dear Chair Lopez and Members of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors:

The Monterey County Planning Commission is taking the unusual step of writing a letter to you about the draft regulations for vacation (short-term) rentals to accompany your staff report. At our June 10 Planning Commission hearing, we were unable to provide a recommendation on the draft proposed ordinances until several fundamental policy questions are addressed and further detailed analysis is conducted. This letter outlines policy questions we believe the Board of Supervisors
should address so we can proceed to an efficient and effective environmental review.

The draft ordinances represent county Staff’s best effort at addressing a variety of issues and concerns that have been raised by both the Public and Planning Commissioners over the years. Many provisions specifically reflect direction from the Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
However, in our most recent hearing, we still lack clarity about the basis for several underlying assumptions in key policy areas.

In order to make best use of the environmental review process, among many other requirements the following questions will need to be carefully considered:

• Affordable Housing: How will a new Vacation Rental ordinance affect affordable housing?

• Support, Monitoring and Enforcement: How will we effectively support, monitor and enforce new vacation rental ordinances?

• Character and Intensity: Staff assumes vacation rental is a ‘similar use’ consistent with character and intensity of residential use. Is there sufficient evidence to support this assumption?

• Visitor Serving Unit Caps: How do Vacation Rentals affect Visitor Serving Unit counts in areas with Visitor Serving Unit caps, if at all?

• Unique Neighborhoods: Some developments claim unique circumstances. Should developments such as this be provided with special rules?

The Carmel Area Waste Water District's estimate of COVID-19 cases in the area they survice differs from the county's. Here is an exerpt from their report:
COVID19 case estimate - 219 Cases Currently

We measure the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 in sewage. We convert our measurements into a COVID19 case estimate using the following basic equation: Number of infected people = (total amount of virus per day) / (virus shed per infected person per day).

Comparing with confirmed clinical cases

Our COVID19 case estimates may not match the confirmed case numbers in the community for a variety of reasons. Clinical testing may not represent the entire infected population.

The SARSCoV-2 virus may start being shed before patients develop symptoms and seek testing. We encourage you to share these reports with your local public health officials to compare our case estimates with the number of confirmed cases in your local community.

Removing Invasive Genista?

CVA has two weed wrenches to loan -
making the work of removing genista much easier. 


Paola Berthoin
25440 Telarana Way
Carmel, CA 93923
RisingLeaf Restoration Consulting

From the Monterey County Resource Management Agency:

Rancho Ca ñ ada Subdivision Project

“Notice is hereby given that the County of Monterey is seeking written comment on the Second Revised Draft Environmental Report (SRDEIR)…We welcome your comments on revisions made in the SRDEIR during the public review period from Jun 22, 2020 through August 11, 2020."

Comments can be submitted by post or email to

Carl P. Holm AICP
Monterey County
Resource Management Agency
1441 Schilling Pl., 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-5103

The revised DEIR is available HERE.

The developer is still appealing his loss in Superior Court, but has decided to issue a second DEIR. The new DEIR does not appear to rectify some of the issues on which Judge Villarreal ruled in CVA's favor, such as affordable housing.

Our attorneys will be responding, and we welcome responses from our members. Further information about the project, and our successful lawsuit is available on our website.
From the Carmel Valley Library:

Curbside Pickup Service is here!   The Carmel Valley Branch Library is taking part in a trial run of doing curbside pickup service. Our hours for Curbside Pickup Service this week will be Tuesday, June 23 from 1 PM to 5 PM and Saturday, June 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  If you cannot pick up your holds during those times, we can still send your materials to you via Library by Mail (please see below).  Here is a cute short video that explains how the  Curbside Pickup Service  works. Need help with placing a hold?  Call 831-883-7555 between 10 AM and 6 PM and a MCFL staff member can help you! A video on how to place on hold is in the works.

Carmel Valley Branch Library will have their Curbside Pickup Service set up on the west side parking lot near the drive-up book drop. If you have visited the branch during our Lunch at the Library program, the setup will be quite similar, but instead of picking up lunch will be picking books and DVDs from your library! If you have questions about this new service, you can email me at  hamelinep@co.monterey.ca.us  or call the branch at 831-659-2377 when on Tuesday or Saturday when we are providing the Curbside Pickup Service.
Unfortunately, the branches are still not open to the public, but we are working toward that goal. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we follow the state and county guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Book Drops open!   Both book drops will be reopened fully starting on Tuesday, June 23 at 1 PM! Please remember that the book drops are for library materials only! We must quarantine materials for 72 hours before we can handle them, and we have limited space to quarantine materials safely. Please hold on to your book donations for a little while longer.  THANK YOU!
  COVID-19 - The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them

An Article by Comparative Immunologist and Professor of Biology (specializing in Immunology) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

From the April 28 edition of the Scientific American:

How the COVID-19 Pandemic Could End
Recent epidemics provide clues to ways the current crisis could stop.

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
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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