August 4, 2022
preserving, protecting, and defending the rural character
and natural resources of Carmel Valley since 1949

Carmel Valley Association
Weekly Bulletin
From the Carmel Valley Kiwanis:

August 5 - 8

Friday - HOOPLA BBQ 

CV Community Park August 6th
8 AM Pancake Breakfast CVCYC
8 AM Horseshoe Tournament
10 AM - 6 PM Park Activities
10 AM - Horseshoe Tournament
10 AM - 6 PM Free Concerts

CV Community Park  August 7th
8 AM Pancake Breakfast CVCYC
10 AM - 4 PM Park Activities
10 AM - 4 PM Free Concerts
3 PM Raffle Grand Prize

​Sunday - Mountain Run
2nd Annual Carmel Dance Festival
Ballare Carmel at Folktale Winery & Vineyards

Friday, August 5th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 6th at 6:00 pm
Sunday, August 7th at 3:00 pm
at Folktale Winery & Vineyards
8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Carmel Dance Festival featuring Ballare Carmel in an unforgettable immersive contemporary dance experience at Folktale Winery and Vineyards. Chicago-based choreographer Noelle Kayser's new piece inspired by the pioneering women writers of Carmel will begin along a cobblestone pathway and secluded courtyard, continue in a vineyard with the Santa Lucia Mountains as the backdrop, and then culminate in a tucked-away luxurious villa. Current Monterey County Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.

All tickets are VIP and include onsite parking, served canapes, and extraordinary dance for $125.

FREE Community Class
Saturday, July 30th from 10-11:00 am
At Hacienda Hay & Feed
This hour-long movement class is designed for people of all ages and abilities. No previous dance experience is necessary; great for families, older adults, and folks who want to have fun! The experience will take place outdoors on faux grass. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring water to stay hydrated. Welcome to wear athletic shoes or dance barefoot. RSVP:

MASTER CLASS with Noelle Kayser
Sunday, July 31st from 10-11:30 am
Cost: $30

Carmel Dance Festival is pleased to offer a 90-minute Masterclass for experienced movers with Chicago-based choreographer Noelle Kayser. Don't miss this inspiring opportunity to learn from an expert in the field and dance along side Ballare Carmel's extraordinary company members.    
EDGE Gallery
Cordially Invites You to Join Us
for our Celebration of 
EDGE Gallery
Hours: Thursday - Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
8 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley Village, CA 93924
(831) 659-4192
A Benefit Evening for Tatum’s Treehouse
in Carmel Valley

Date: Sat, August 13 
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Location: 1 E Carmel Valley Rd

Please join us for a memorable evening as we kick-off this community fundraiser for Tatum’s Treehouse! Spend an evening at The Wine House with wines by Joyce Wine Company, beer by Alvarado Brewing Company, delicious food, and live music (Bubba Pickens Band), all while browsing great auction items!

The proceeds from the event will go towards the capital fundraising campaign for Tatum’s Treehouse, a unique, 8500 sq ft. all-inclusive treehouse-themed playground in the heart of Carmel Valley Village.

$50 per person. Click to Order Tickets.
Native vegetation thinned, trimmed, and pruned

Conservation Fuel Management Handbook
Best Management Practices for Defensible Space

Conservation fuel management is a
collaborative community endeavor!

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.
What Next, Mid Valley Center?

Although at its June 14 meeting the Board of Supervisors denied that the project was eligible for historical listing, it nevertheless certified the Final Environmental Impact Report finding the project would have a significant and unavoidable impact on historic resources. The staff also filed a Notice of Determination with the state indicating the project was approved and would have no significant impacts - neither of which is correct. CVA has requested the notice be withdrawn.

The supervisors’ decision overrode recommendations to list the center as an historic resource by county planning staff presentation at the meeting, by the Monterey County Historic Resources Review Board, by the EIR findings that the developer’s plan would have “significant and unavoidable” impacts on the integrity of the center’s design, and by extensive reports from Page & Turnbull and Painter Associates, two highly regarded firms specializing in historic architectural evaluations.

At the end of the hearing, the applicant said he planned to withdraw his application and submit a new one. He also said he would meet with the community to discuss paint colors. As of this time, the application has been withdrawn. How the permitting process will be handled and the type of environmental review are yet to be identified by staff.
When Fun Isn’t Fun, Let CVA Know!

Summer is here, and outdoor fun and festivities are sure to 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

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
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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