Angel Project
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."

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
New Year's Eve at Hidden Valley
Café Musique
with their unique blend of

Music * Dancing
No Host Appetizer Bar
Midnight Celebration

9:00 pm
Hidden Valley Theatre
104 West Carmel Valley Road

(831) 659-3115

Information about the performers and samples of their music can be found at

Organ Concert at St. Dunstan's

Jonathan Dimmock, one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents, returns to St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church Monday, January 7, 2019, to perform Oliver Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur: Nine Meditations for Organ. His will be the first concert of St. Dunstan's 2019 organ concert series.

The concert begins at 6 pm. Guests are invited to arrive earlier, at 5 pm, for wine and cheese and to meet the artist. Mr. Dimmock will perform on St. Dunstan's magnificent Dobson Tracker pipe organ, commissioned by the parishioners of the church and installed in 2015. Three more concerts are planned for 2019.

Admission is $20; students and listeners under 18 admitted free.

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church is located at 28005 Robinson Canyon Road in Carmel Valley. For more information, visit or call 831-624-6646.

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, 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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Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
Our 2nd Annual CVA Holiday Party Was a Wonderful Success!

A very special Thank You to Hubert Fabre for his steady support of CVA. We thank him for the excellent French wines he donates year after year for our holiday event and our annual picnic.  And thanks to Doris Fabre for joining in and helping serve the wine. We truly appreciate your dedication to our Carmel Valley community!

We also don't want to forget Jerome Viel, who prepared a sumptuous feast, and the Carmel Valley Market workers who helped serve it. We can always count on you for fine food and service.

Thanks to our musicians, K. (Kathi) Mello & Mike Mahoney, who serenaded us throughout the evening.  

And thank you CVA Board Member Mibs McCarthy and her team for organizing the event that drew more than 100 people.

And last but not least, we thank all of you wonderful CVA members who help our organization thrive through your support and donations. 
Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association

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 Cañada 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. 

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.