September 22, 2022

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

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Dear Richard Stott,

From the San Francisco Section

of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES):

IES Fundamentals of Lighting

This 9-part evening webinar series, offered in partnership with the PG&E’s Energy Centers, provides a technical introduction to lighting for those entering the field, including designers, salespeople, energy specialists, contractors and specifiers. Each 2.5 to 3-hour module covers a different aspect of lighting and is taught by an industry professional. Topics include properties of light, human vision, light and color, color temperature and color rendering; metrics for measuring light and energy efficiency; daylighting; light sources, fixtures and controls; calculations; and lighting applications.

More Info | Register

Dates & Times:

Wednesdays, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

September 21 – November 16, 2022

Location: Online 

Fee: Free

Contact: Linda Sanford

Comments on Revised Vacation Rental Notice of Preparation (NOP)

Due by October 6th

CVA President C. S. Noel and members of our Land Use Committee attended the meeting on September 6th at the county's Alisal office in Salinas and commented on shortcomings in the initial NOP (which is supposed to designate areas of potential environmental impact). The NOP has been revised. The revised document can be viewed HERE.

Comments on the revised document can be sent to

Monterey County Housing and Community Development Department

Attn: Melanie Beretti, AICP, Principal Planner

1441 Schilling Place, 2nd Floor South Salinas, CA 93901 

or emailed to

Be sure to include your name and address on comments and the subject heading in your email should read: “Vacation Rental Ordinances Draft EIR NOP Scoping Comments."

Carmel Valley Trail & Saddle Club

invites you to attend

The Annual 2022 Ranch Round-up

Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th


Howdy Partners! Mosey on down for a galloping good time at the Annual Ranch Round-up. You’ll get Free Admission to a weekend of fun and competition with local ranchers, families and friends that showcases ranching skills and traditions.

As in the past, there will be stock horse classes, branding and roping events, ranch trail classes, cattle sorting and other ranch related games for both adults and children. But not all the fun is in the arenas! On our shaded lawn, you’ll find fabulous vendors, a silent auction, great food and a Kiddie Korral for the youngest buckaroos.


Located at 85 East Garzas Road

Carmel Valley, CA 93924

[Please note: Dogs are not allowed on the property during this event.]

When Fun Isn’t Fun, Let CVA Know!

Summer is here, and outdoor fun and festivities abound throughout the Valley. 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


Native vegetation thinned, trimmed, and pruned

Conservation Fuel Management Handbook

Best Management Practices for Defensible Space

Conservation fuel management is a

collaborative community endeavor!



Read the Manual in English

or in Spanish

Ballare Carmel

Sunest Center

November 4-5, 8 PM

Carmel Dance Festival's resident company has leaped into the forefront of Monterey Peninsula's local arts scene. Artistic Director Lillian Barbeito's ensemble is quickly becoming known for its extraordinary dancers and superb choreography that collaborates with local artists and tells regional stories, myths, and exploits through contemporary dance. Ballare Carmel will perform 3 WORLD PREMIERES by prominent choreographers;


~ Brooklyn-based JENNIFER ARCHIBALD's new piece inspired by the life and work of LANGSTON HUGHES includes special guest performer MADDOX HABERDASHER.


~ Los Angeles-based JAMES GREGG's new work Here Lies is set to Bach's Chaconne featuring fiddle master EDWIN HUIZINGA.


~ Zurich-based IHSAN RUSTEM'S new work Just Don't End Up In The Pine Cone, Honey includes original paintings by MARK BAER.

Purchase Tickets

From Distict Fire Chief Kevin Kamnikar:


Now’s the time to be sure you’ve got all the punch list items covered regarding your property’s fire safety readiness. An important step is to confirm whether your property is located in an SRA area.

Monterey County Regional Fire District’s Division Chief/Fire Marshal, Kevin Kamnikar says, “If you live in what is called the State Responsibility Area (SRA), you have a responsibility, and are required to maintain your property to a certain level. Requirements fall under PRC 4291 in the California Code, and compliance is required.

Compliance responsibilities, at a minimum, include:
  • Maintain a 100-foot defensible space that includes:
  • 30-foot lean, clean and green zone;
  •  70 feet of fuel reduction where trees are limbed up six feet, brush is thinned out and annual grasses are mowed down to a maximum four inches
  • You are also required to remove tree branches from within 10 feet of chimney or stove pipe
  • Remove all leaves and needles from the roof and roof gutters
  • Remove all dead limbs away from the home.
  • In addition, starting January 2023 for new homes and 2024 for existing homes, there will be a new zone where no combustibles will be allowed and only fire resistant plants and materials will be allowed within the first five feet of your home.

It’s easy to check if your residence is located in an SRA. And by completing all PRC 4291 code requirements, you, your family, and your property will not only be much safer from Wildfires, but you will also be providing added protection for our dedicated firefighters, and that really gives them a fighting chance to protect your home in the event of fire.

To find out if your property is located within an SRA, go to CA.GOV’s link at:

Scroll down the screen, and click on the text link that says, “Click Here to Launch SRA Viewer.” Enter your complete address including zip code in the search box at the top left corner of the Viewer’s map, then click the search icon to see if your property is in an SRA.
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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Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley