February 17, 2022
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
Greetings!
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

QUESTION: WHAT'S BETTER THAN A WILDFIRE?
ANSWER: Knowing you are as prepared as you can be!!

This year our fire season started on January 21, 2022 with the Colorado Fire in Big Sur.

Wow! That's before any of us even kicked off spring cleaning!!

If you haven't started thinking about fire season yet, the best time to start is EVERY SUNDAY!

Head to Mid-Valley Farmer's Market, and look for the Carmel Valley Firewise table. You'll find folks there to answer your questions about how to make your home and property fire safe, AND how to start your own neighborhood FireWise community. You'll be fire safer and can save big time on your fire insurance too. See you Sunday!
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.
From the Village Workshop
8 Pilot Road, CV Village:

The Village Workship is offering a
Free Store for the community

On the second Saturday of each month, we will host a Free Store at Village Workshop, 8 Pilot Road, from 10 am-noon. Community members can donate and/or participate in the Free Store at no cost and with no requirement to provide items.

This is a great opportunity to bring items you no longer wish to keep, such as furniture, art, books, clothing, hardware, records, pottery, kitchen tools, etc., and share them directly with your local community.

Every community member is welcome to attend and take items for free. We ask that those participating in the Free Store be mindful of how much they take, as we would like the concept to remain sustainable for everyone involved. We ask that donated items are in reasonable condition, able to easily be reused and taken home again if no one takes them. Any items left behind at the close of the Free Store will be donated to Goodwill. Village Workshop is unable to accept appliances, mattresses or any large items that cannot easily be transported. We also cannot accept any hazardous materials.

The Free Store is not only an accessible opportunity to find items you may want or need, but it is also an opportunity for community gathering, community action in sustainable living and a chance to meet other local neighbors. If you have any questions, please contact Daniela Estlin at villageworkshopcv@gmail.com
Decision on the Historical Value
of the Mid-Valley Shopping Center Postponed

Over 80 valley residents attended the February 3rd meeting of the Monterey County Historical Resources Committee, the overwhelming majority requesting the center be disignated architecturally significant. However, at the request of the developer's attorney, Anthony Lombardo, the commission postponed its decision until the final Enviroment Impact Report is published, probably in April.

A copy of the draft EIR and appendices is available at the Carmel Valley Public Library and at this site:


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
Carmel Valley Good Egg Awards 2022

Hidden Valley Music Seminar Theatre (hiddenvalleymusic.org)
Sunday, April 3rd at 5pm

This event, presented by the CV Chamber of Commerce, was planned for January 16th, but it has been postponed. In the month of March we will re-announce these plans and begin to collect RSVPs at cvgoodegg@gmail.com. By then the pandemic will have less of an effect on events.

Meanwhile, please congratulate Tess Arthur and Jeff & Cherie Ohlson, they are the 2022 Good Eggs that will be honored this spring. 
You’re Invited to:
California Wildlife Day
Connecting Communities: Wildlife & Watersheds

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Garland Ranch Regional Park and online
700 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Come rain or shine!

California Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on the spring equinox. The Carmel Valley event is sponsored by Carmel River Watershed Conservancy
and Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.

Come learn from wildlife experts, exhibitors from wildlife & other environmental organizations, student exhibitions of art, poetry, and science projects. Allow nature and wildlife to be your inspiration.

Educational talks with experts will now be online (website for the links and program is provided) from 10 am-12:30 pm on March 19.

The guided nature walks for all ages with field experts will take place at Garland Ranch Regional Park from 1- 3 pm. There will also be other activities for kids on site as well as snacks and water. There is a link to register for guided walks on the flier. Student artwork and science posters will be displayed online and on site.

Join us locally at Garland Ranch Regional Park or celebrate and share CWD in your own community and register it at www.cawildlifeday.net

For more information, visit: www.cawildlifeday.net or email us at: carmelriverorg@gmail.com.

Cosponsored by Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and Carmel River Watershed Conservancy
Ballare Carmel
Spring Fling FUNrasier
Thursday, April 14
6:30 pm
at Blue Fox Cellars
25 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley Village

To support unforgettable dance in an unforgettable place, Carmel Dance Festival presents Monterey County Penisula's foremost dance company, Ballare Carmel, in their first annual FUNraiser. Proceeds will help create productions that tell local stories through world-class dance.

The evening will entail in-person, live performances by Ballare Carmel's extraordinary dancers as well as a special appearance by violinist EDWIN HUIZINGA. Tickets are $100 and include a glass of wine and charcuterie.
Seating is limited. County Covid guidelines will be followed.

To purchase tickets: carmeldancefestival.org/funraiser
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Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley
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Sincerely,
Pris Walton, 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 www.douglassteakley.com