October 3, 2019
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Mid Valley Shopping Center
Survey Results

The Stanley Group, LLC, the new owner of the Mid Valley Shopping Center, is proposing extensive alterations to the center and rebranding it as "The Marketplace @ Carmel Valley." An ad hoc committee of community members agreed to produce this dozen-question survey to learn how the community is responding to proposed changes. The survey was open to the entire Carmel Valley community, and was distributed widely through various groups and shared by individuals and through social media. Nearly eleven-hundred local residents responded.

The PDF of the quantitative results is available at the link. The comments are under analysis and will be released shortly. The respondents represent the entire community. This process was not limited to any group or limited to members of the Carmel Valley Association.

The answers and comments will be used to inform the owner and the County as the process goes forward. The graphics are from the Stanley Group website and plans submitted to the County. The survey was anonymous, with emails collected only to assure one answer per person. Stay tuned for the next CVA forum on this issue.

If you have a technical problem or questions, call Luana Conley at 659-4958.

Second Meeting of the CV Weed Wranglers!

Genista Removal at the “You are Entering Carmel Valley”
sign on Carmel Valley Road.

Saturday, October 5, 8:30 am.

We will be continuing our work about 100 feet from the “You are entering Carmel Valley” sign.

Let’s set an example that genista needs to go!
Call Paola at 624-9467 to sign up.

Learn About Invasive Genista and How to Remove it!
From CVA Natural Resources Chair Paola Berthoin:

Open call to investors who might wish to preserve forty-eight acres of prime agricultural land in Carmel Valley! The Wolter agricultural land across from Quail Lodge on Valley Greens Drive, tended since the 1930’s, is for sale.
This prime land is zoned for homes. However, that doesn’t mean it has to happen! Policy CV-6.3 states “Cropland and orchards shall be retained for agricultural use.” This is an opportunity to preserve the rural quality and natural resources of Carmel Valley. What a real shame it would be to see this historic, organically-tended land cut up into ranchettes. 

Please contact me at the number or email below. Let’s make this happen!

Than k you.

Paola Berthoin
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
Saturday October 5, 10:15 am. 
Speaker: Meredith May
Author of “The Honey Bus,”
a personal narrative of her childhood in Carmel Valley

When Meredith was five, her mother moved, with her two children, to Carmel Valley to live with her grandparents. The child of a disordered and violent family, Meredith was drawn to her grandfather, Franklin Peace, a beekeeper. Curious, yet fearful of the bees, she learned the art of beekeeping in the gentle and the wise care of this extraordinary man. The Honey Bus, as mentioned in the book’s title, was a World War II Army bus bought at auction on Fort Ord and permanently parked in Grandpa’s back yard on Via Contenta, in Carmel Valley Village. Franklin Peace constructed a honey processing facility inside the bus, where he prepared honey to be sold throughout the area. Meredith May’s book, The Honey Bus, is a memoir of loss and courage; it’s a story of a girl saved by bees.
Meredith May worked at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1999 to 2015. She has been awarded the PEN America Literary Award for Journalism. Ms. May was also short-listed for the Pulitzer. During her tenure at the Chronicle, she placed bee hives on the living roof of the newspaper building; when she departed the Chronicle, she took the hives with her, relocating them. 
The Honey Bus will be available for sale at this event.

For further information, please call the library at 659-2377.

Saturday November 2
Speaker: Steven Webster
Coral Reefs and Climate Change

Saturday December 7
Speaker: Jen Hunter
Jen Hunter is Resident Reserve Director of Carmel Valley's
Hastings Natural History Reservation.
Jen will discuss the beautiful black and white
animal we know as skunk.
Native Plant Sale

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 — 10 am to 1 pm
MEarth at Hilton Bialek Habitat – Carmel Middle School – 4380 Carmel Valley Road

In its 5th decade, the annual fall native plant sale of the Monterey Bay Chapter of California Native Plant Society is THE source for beautiful PLANTS, on-topic BOOKS, and sage ADVICE, whether you are new to or well experienced in the fun of landscaping with CA native plants.

CNPS members receive discounts on plant and book purchases. Not yet a member? Join the day of the sale and start receiving benefits of membership immediately.

A list of the Plants available for sale will be posted on the chapter website in the next day or so. Click Here to access the list.
Annual Road Scholar Big Band Dinner/Dance
featuring 1940's style Big Band music
Conductor: Craig Buhler
 Thursday, October 10th
Hidden Valley Theatre
104 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley, California

6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Live Big Band Music & Dancing

Dinner/Dance $35
Dance only $20

(831) 659-3115

Carmel Valley Library
Homework Center
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3 PM - 6 PM
Thursdays, 2:30 PM - 6 PM
Fridays, 3 PM - 5 PM
Senior Activities at the Youth Center

Senior activity hours are Tuesdays, 1-4 pm. in the Carmel Valley Community Youth Center community room. CVCYC board members and local volunteers are collecting books, games, cards, art supplies, and puzzles. Anyone is free to bring in games that they may want to play or refreshments to share. Movement activities are planned and other ideas include organized bus trips, walking groups, and writing programs. Donations are suggested but not required.

Those who wish to provide informational presentations or entertainment, donate supplies, or direct an activity, are invited to contact Teresa Goldberg by email at teresa@cvcyc.org or call the center at 831-659-3983. 
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Easy Access Adventures!

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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Douglas Steakley www.douglassteakley.com