March 9, 2023

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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,

A Very Well Attended and Successful Annual Meeting

Last Sunday at Hidden Valley

With Presentations by Supervisors Adams and Church

and Sheriff Nieto

County Supervisors Glenn Church and Mary Adams

and CVA Task Force Chair John Heyl

Speak to an Attentive Audience About Short-Term Rentals in Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Association would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to

the many CVA members and friends of Carmel Valley who joined our annual

meeting this past weekend for a really special afternoon.

It doesn't get better than socializing with community amidst the magical atmosphere of Hidden Valley Music Seminars in the acoustic excellence of theirauditorium, listening to the dulcet tones of Hidden Valley's Steinway grand piano with Bobby Phillips masterfully tickling the ivories, sharing favorite tunesboth old and new.

All was accompanied by a scrumptious spread of delectables from Jerome's Carmel Valley Market, while raising a glass together on this special day, and enjoying the luscious notes of Hubert Fabre's exquisite wines. A big thank you to all our Valley business friends. Aren't we all so lucky to have such variety and bounty in our Village!!

Thanks too, to all our speakers who were so generous with their time and assessment of the many issues and opportunities open to our community in a wonderfully engaging, interactive and informative panel forum. Supervisors Mary Adams and Glenn Church, and Sheriff Tina Nieto, thank you for spending your afternoon with us, and addressing the many questions our audience had for you.

And most of all, thanks to everyone for attending and bringing our community together for such a warm and friendly occasion.

C. S. Noel, President
Carmel Valley Association

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in Our Efforts to Preserve

Carmel Valley!

Our hard-working all volunteer board and committee members continue to work to preserve, protect, and defend the natural beauty, resources, and rural character of Carmel Valley, but our true strength is our many hundreds of members.

Please join us now, either with a credit card on our secure PayPal site or by printing our application form and sending us a check. Our successes are possible because only of members like you!





CVA's Newly Created Natural Heritage Committee

Will Soon Need Your Help!

As you may have heard, the Carmel Valley Association has recently created a new Natural Heritage Committee.

The committee's mission is to help celebrate, protect, restore and sustain Carmel Valley’s natural ecosystems; the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic benefits they provide; and the vital linkages between people and nature -- past, present, and future.  

While this mission can seem challenging, it is increasingly vital in our times if we want to save what we treasure most about the Carmel Valley.

And, we need help to meet that challenge. Once the new Committee has met, we will update this page with information about how to become a member or to contribute as a volunteer or intern. Look for updates in early to mid-April, 2023.

Community Bridges Storm Recovery Webinar Recording Available

If you missed last week's webinar, you can view a recording at

This Link

Sons of Norway Meeting

Saturday, March 11, 2023

2:00 p.m.

St. Philip’s Lutheran Church

8065 Carmel Valley Road

The next meeting of Sons of Norway, Aasgaarden Lodge, will feature a showing of the Academy Award winning documentary “Kon Tiki”. Filmed in Norway in 1947, this Norwegian film shows the expedition led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl.

It has an introduction explaining Heyerdahl’s theory on the original expedition with diagrams and images of the building of the raft and its launch from Peru. However, more recent studies show another theory based on DNA evidence. A discussion period ,will follow the film, as well as refreshments and a short meeting.

We hope to see you there at our first meeting together after Covid and at a new site. Masks optional.

Monterey County Composers' Forum:

Music for a Vernal Equinox

On Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 pm, the Monterey County Composers’ Forum will present “Music for a Vernal Equinox,” a concert of new

music by local composers and songwriters.

Featured performers include Igor Poklad, clarinet; Rick Yramategui, piano; and the Ad Hoc Chorale. Composers presenting new works include Jose Chaidez, Steve Ettinger, Paula Kaiser and Julie Roseman, Carleton Macy, Edward Moncrief, Douglas Ovens, Karl Schmidt, Dale Victorine, and Rick Yramategui.

The concert is at Hidden Valley

Music Seminars, 104 West Carmel Valley Road; admission is $15.

Covid vaccinations are required and masks are optional.

For more information, contact Carleton Macy at

From the Big Sur Land Trust:

Race for Open Space Registration is now open!


This April, Big Sur Land Trust is hitting the trails once again for our annual fundraiser to save open space and care for the lands you love in Monterey County! Whether you want to go fast, slow, solo, or with others, this year's Race for Open Space has something for you.


Throughout April, you can run/walk/hike through Big Sur Land Trust’s nature preserves in Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Greenfield, and Salinas. And, thanks to our partners at Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, California State Parks, Santa Lucia Preserve, and Santa Lucia Conservancy, on Saturday, April 1 you have several options to experience conserved lands that are not usually open to the public. You can choose the 8.5-mile, 9.5-mile, or 21-mile Adventure Courses — or from our new 2-mile fun run! During the rest of the month, we will also lead guided hikes at additional open spaces that are rarely open to the public. Live out of the area? You can participate virtually on your favorite local trails.


These treasured open spaces represent the vitality of Monterey County. Please join us and support healthy lands, healthy people, and healthy communities! You’ll be supporting our mission to inspire love of land across generations, conservation of our unique Monterey County landscapes, and access to outdoor experiences for all. Click to get more details and sign up.


Thank you!


Ashley Gora

Big Sur Land Trust Race Director

From the American Institute of Architects,

Monterey Bay Chapter:

2023 Arts + Architecture Lecture Series

Housing: Finding Solutions with Architecture

Housing: Finding Solutions with Architecture

Our 2023 lecture series is focused on the critical issue of Housing. The fact this has gotten to a crisis point in California and especially in locations like the Central Coast has been obvious for many years. Ever increasing housing prices have kept out not just people below the poverty line and the homeless but a significant percentage of the population from owning a home, and thereby preventing them from achieving the traditional American dream and the primary form of wealth creation.  

Thursday, March 16

9 Way to Make Housing for People

Daniel Simons, FAIA and Pedram Farashbandi, AIA

David Baker Architects has been designing multifamily housing for more than four decades with an award-winning design portfolio of more than 15,000 homes—affordable and market rate—throughout the Bay Area and across the country.


Thursday, April 27

Brooks+Scarpa: Housing Solutions

Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA and Angela Brooks, FAIA

This presentation will explore new models that have transformed affordable and low-income housing into cutting edge architecture.


Thursday, May 18

Housing on the Central Coast: Community Panel Discussion and Forum

Moderated Panel Discussion with Community leaders in public office, planning, housing advocacy and project development.

All events will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at SandBox Sand City, a community and performance space at 440 Ortiz Avenue, Sand City, CA

Tickets: $10 for AIA Members and Sponsors, $25 for the general public

Click here to register

When Fun Isn’t Fun, Let CVA Know!

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


Removing Invasive Genista?

CVA has two weed wrenches to loan -

making the work of removing genista much easier.


Paola Berthoin

25440 Telarana Way

Carmel, CA 93923


RisingLeaf Restoration Consulting



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

Free At-Home Covid-19 Tests Are Available at
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Issues of Concern to Residents of Carmel Valley

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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 1650 residents, and our quarterly Newsletter, which is mailed to over 7,000 valley addresses.

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Douglas Steakley