CVA needs your help with our legal defense fund!

CVA continues to advocate for protection of our valley way of life. In July, CVA prevailed in its appeal of Hilltop Ranch's effort to have special events at its residential property. CVA retained legal counsel Molly Erickson of Stamp/Erickson to help get that important win before the County Planning Commission.

Now Hilltop Ranch has appealed the issue to the County Board of Supervisors. CVA needs continued legal representation to fight this latest effort. The incursion of special events into our low density residential areas must be stopped, at Hilltop Ranch and elsewhere in our valley. Please help CVA with this challenge.

If you haven't made
a contribution yet, just

to donate online.

Or send a check to
Carmel Valley Assocation
PO Box 157
Carmel Valley CA 92924

Thanks again!

CVA Is Creating a Record of Issues and Problems That Occur in Our Valley.

to record a problem you have or would like to report to authorities.

Valley Events
Chamber Music Monterey Presents Morgenstern Trio in Concert

Winners of the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio award and many others, this much lauded ensemble has skyrocketed to the top as a most sought after international ensemble.

The Washington Post wrote "The group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio."

Friday, November 10th, 2017, at 8:00 PM
Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Pre-concert lecture with Kai Christiansen in the theater at 7:15
The Listening Place Readers Theater presents
"Over The River And Through The Woods" by Joe DiPietro
Monterey, CA.

Nick, a single Italian-American guy has every Sunday dinner with his beloved, stubborn, maddening and just plain adorable grandparents in Hoboken N J. On a surprise mid-week visit, he announces a job promotion will take him to the west coast. Thus begins a series of hilarious scenes as the grandparents scheme to keep Nick in NY.

SUNDAY Nov 12 at 1:30 pm
Monterey Museum of Art 559 Pacific Street, Monterey
Free to MMA Members, Free to general public with $10 museum admission

St. Dunstan's Church Madrigal Affair Holiday Boutique

Sip, shop and savor Saturday, Dec. 2, 3-6 pm at "A Madrigal Affair" boutique at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Carmel Valley. 

Browse a curated, discounted selection of clothing and accessories from Madrigal in Carmel, bid on the fabulous Silent Auction, and take home a luscious bakery sweet. 

Be serenaded with sounds of the season as you enjoy wine, beverages, and small bites.  

Admission $20 advance purchase, $25 at the door. Sale continues Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 am to 1 pm (free admission Sunday).  

Free child care available. Proceeds fund grants to organizations meeting urgent needs in Monterey County. 

Reserve at or call 831-624-6646.

Christmas at the Chapel

Tuesday, December 12
7:30 pm
Carmel Valley Community Chapel
located at the intersection of Paso Hondo and Village Drive in Carmel Valley Village

Join us for a festive musical Christmas celebration featuring violinist Eldar Khudyev; pianist Rick Yramategui: the Carmel Valley Singers, Anne Burleigh, director; and other guests artists.

Admission: Suggested donation of $25 per person. (but any amount will be gratefully accepted)

For more information call 831-659-2278

  Come and Share the Wonders of
Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventures!

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair.  
We also have a presentation that we can show to your group or staff at your

Saturday, Nov. 18 - 10 am to noon - Sea Lion Point Wednesday, Dec. 6 - 10 am to noon - Sea Lion Point

Highlights at Sea Lion Point - California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Otters,
Pelicans, Gulls and Cormorants - Whales in migration

For more information, see
or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator 
or 831 625-1470
Header photo by
Carmel Valley Photographer 
Douglas Steakley 
ALERT: Hilltop Ranch Special Events Appeal November 14th

The hearing on the Hilltop Ranch appeal is set for November 14. The neighbors' attorney, Tony Lombardo, cannot be present that day and has requested a continuance so he can be present. The County staff made the following statement:

"Staff is still moving forward with the recommendation as reported. The Board may decide to continue at their discretion."

So, out of an abundance of caution, CVA asks its supporters to show up on November 14 at 1:30 PM at the County Government Building and speak in support of CVA's position that the appeal be denied. In the event that we hear today or Monday that the hearing is postponed, we'll send you an update.

Exploring a Sense of Place

A Program of the Carmel Valley Association Natural Resources Committee

Encouraging increased awareness and appreciation for the Carmel River and watershed through the arts and sciences. Stories of the land and river will be shared: how do the plants, animals and natural systems interact to create and support the whole ecosystem? Opportunities to reflect through the arts are a part of the outings.

10 - 11:30 AM
November 11, 2017
Garland Park

Linda Yamane, Rumsian Ohlone basketweaver and storyteller, and Paola Berthoin

We look forward to your participation!

RSVP /questions call Paola Berthoin 624.9467

From the Regional Park District:

Palo Corona Park Workshop #2 Next Week

Thank you to everyone who participated in Public Workshop #1! The Online Survey is now open until November 10.

UPDATE: We will host two presentations of Public Workshop #2 in Seaside on Wednesday, November 15th and in Carmel Valley on Thursday, November 16th. You are welcome to attend both meetings; however the presentations will be the same. The details of the meetings are listed below. Please come to review the results of the polling from all three Workshop #1 meetings and online survey, and provide your feedback on several site plan alternatives.

Seaside Public Workshop #2
Wednesday, November 15th - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Seaside Oldemeyer Center, Bayonet Room
986 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955

Carmel Valley Public Workshop #2
Thursday, November 16 - 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Rancho Cañada, Fiesta Room
4860 Carmel Valley Road
Carmel, CA 93923

From the Carmel Valley Angel Project:

Valley Issues Update
Val Verde Development Denied

On September 12, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a motion of intent to deny the Carmel Rio Road subdivision. The supervisors agreed with CVA and the neighboring residents and businesses that the subdivision project does not fit the site or the county plans.

We thank Supervisor Jane Parker for making the motion to deny, and to Supervisor John Phillips for seconding the motion, and for their perceptive comments about problems with the project.

We also thank Supervisors Mary Adams, Simon Salinas, and Luis Alejo for voting for the motion.

Short-Term Rentals in Carmel Valley

The county is searching for answers to the complicated questions surrounding the issue. Among those being considered are: How should the difference between owner-occupied and absentee-owner properties be dealt with? Should there be limits on how many days a unit could be rented? What effects are short-term rentals having on overall housing market prices and on affordable long-term rentals?

It is very important that residents of Carmel Valley express their thoughts to the Planning Commissioners.

Please save the date for an anticipated hearing on the Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance: Monterey County Planning Commission, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, time to be determined.

And contact the Planning Commissioners as soon as possible about short term rentals. Email can be sent to the commissioners directly or:
to Melanie Beretti: (831)755.5285.
or to Jacquelyn Nickerson, Administrative Secretary: (831)755.5240

Rancho Cañada Opening Brief
Filed in Superior Court

The hearing has been moved from  October 6, 2017 to January 26, 2018.  The hearing will be in Department 1 of the Salinas Courthouse located at 240 Church Street. That is the new building adjacent to the County Government Building. (Some of you may have reported to jury duty in the basement.). Department 1 is on the top floor; there is an elevator. The Hon. Lydia M. Villarreal is the judge. 

Pris Walton, President
Carmel Valley Association
Safely Dispose of Your
Sharps and Meds!
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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.

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