May 26, 2022
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and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Wildfire Safety & Prepare Fair

Presented by Robles Firewise Group
Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Carmel Valley Community Park, 77 Carmel Valley Road
Free Public Event (Bilingual Materials Available)

Learn how to prepare & protect your family, your pets, and your home! 30+ Fire-centric vendors, insurance & emergency response agencies, home hardening & fire-fuel mitigation specialists, local volunteer organizations, food trucks, Sparky the Dog & a Firefighter obstacle course for kids! Presentations & demonstrations on all things wildfire, plus an Online Fundraising Auction!

District 5 Supervisor Mary Adams will speak on the issue of fire safety in our communities and KRML will broadcast live from the event from 11-2.

Presentations Include:

  • Robles Firewise will address purpose of event and kick it off
  • Vulcan Vents: Air-vent safety and ember infiltration
  • Valley Hills Nursery: Landscape hardening (Hard-scaping)
  • Chris Buich State Farm: Wildfire insurance/discounts for Firewise Communities
  • CA Fair Plan Association: Fair Plan insurance policy/Firewise Community discounts
  • MC Red Cross: Free smoke alarm program
  • SPCA: Evacuating large and small animals
  • Fire Safe Council: How to become a Firewise Community

For more information please visit
Experience one of the most enduring choral expressions of solace in mourning with the San José Symphonic Choir (SJSC), directed by Leroy Kromm and accompanied by St. Dunstan’s Music Director and organist Rodney Gehrke. Founded in 1924, SJSC is composed of volunteer singers whose concerts are dedicated to bringing to life large choral works, old and new.

The performance at St. Dunstan’s will feature some 50 singers, including a number of Monterey residents who perform with SJSC. Mr. Gehrke, a concert organist, harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, choir director, teacher, and liturgical musician, will be playing St. Dunstan’s magnificent Dobson pipe organ.

Sun, Jun 5, 2022, 4:00 PM PDT
Tickets $35
St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church
28005 Robinson Canyon Road
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923


Monterey County's Community Resilience Plan is a guide for making our community more resilient by bringing the whole community together to better understand our risks and capabilities during disasters and provide recommendations on how we can become stronger, smarter, and more capable of handling hardships that come our way.

The goal of the plan is to promote collaborative, whole-community efforts to increase resilience within the communities of Monterey County so that negative impacts of disasters can be removed or minimized, and our community is able to quickly recover and learn from any and all emergencies. The plan is meant to complement Monterey County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan and Climate Action Plan.

Read the Community Resilience Plan

Information for the plan was collected through meetings with community agencies and organization; previous surveys, projects, and plans; review of previous and current disaster experiences; and the Community Resilience surveys. Review the plan's Reference Page, Survey Analysis, and Resilience Monterey County Dashboard to learn more about the data used to develop the plan.

Monterey County Historical Resources Committee
Reaches Decision on the Historical Value
of the Mid-Valley Shopping Center
In a second hearing on April 7th, the Historical Resources Committee voted 6-1 to affirm the historical value of the Mid-Valley Center. The final decision will be made by the Board of Supervisors. More information can be found in the May issue of the Carmel Valley Voice and on the CVA website.
When Fun Isn’t Fun, Let CVA Know!

Spring is coming faster than ever this year, and before you know it, outdoor fun and festivities will be cropping up like wildflowers. While this is something we all often can enjoy, sometimes too much of a good thing is, well, too much.

Many residents have been contacting CVA needing help with problems tracing to special events, with issues ranging from traffic to noise, parking, trash, fire safety and more. CVA is here to help see that your concerns make it to the appropriate county representative and get attention. 

You can report incidents or areas of concern by

Conservation Fuel Management Handbook
Best Management Practices for Defensible Space

Conservation Fuel Management is a
collaborative community endeavor!

To Borrow Genista Removal Equipment
Call 831-624-9467
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.

You will find a comprehensive list of residential property insurance companies currently offering discounts for Fire Hardened Homes and/or Firewise Communities:

At present, FSCMC records show ten recognized FW sites in Carmel Valley:
Robles del Rio, Santa Lucia Preserve, Boronda-Garzas, Ranch House, Club Place, Rancho Tierra Grande, Carmel Views, Country Club, Tehama & Tularcitos, with another three communities actively pursuing recognition: Rancho del Sol, Sleepy Hollow, and Sky Ranch.
AirBus Service No Longer Available to Valley Residents

Apparently because of staffing shortages, the airport bus service is no longer available to residents east of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests Are Available at
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
Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts!
C. S. Noel, 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 1600 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