Summer Reading Program - Reading is Delicious!
Monterey County Free Libraries
Calendar of Special Performances:
June 19th, 4pm - Cascada de Flores - Bilingual Folktales/Dance
June 20th, 3pm - Edible Illustrations Workshop with artist Jose Ortiz (for tweens)
June 22nd, 2 pm - Movie in the Library (with popcorn!)
June 26th, 4 pm - Boswick Turnstyle, Jr. - Magical Clown
June 28, 2 pm - Movie in the Library
July 3rd, 4 pm - Something Ridiculous - Juggling
July 10th, 4 pm - Puppet Art - Puppet Show
July 13th, 2 pm - Movie in the library
July 17th, 4 pm - Timothy James - Magic
July 19th, 3 pm - Kiki Wow Presents Music and Fun in the Library Garden!
July 24th, 4 pm - Tales and Trails - Storytelling
For information, call the Library at (831) 659-2377
CVA Holds Its 64th Annual Meeting
Carmel Valley Association held its annual meeting Sunday, March 24, at Del Mesa Carmel. It was a chance for association members and board members to share ideas, questions and answers. As members arrived they voted, as it turned out, unanimously, to add "rural character" to our mission statement, making our mission: "To preserve, protect and defend the natural beauty, resources and rural character of Carmel Valley."
Outgoing board members, Treasurer Edward Surprenant and John Walton, were recognized and thanked for their years of outstanding service. The new 2013 board members were introduced: Axel, Binneboese, Luana Conley, Tim Sanders, and Cynthia Walter. The officers for the year are Mibs McCarthy, president; Rich Fox and Priscilla Walton, co-vice presidents; Sandra Schacter, secretary; and Axel Binneboese, treasurer. Tim Sanders, Christine Williams, Glenn Robinson, and attorney Ron de Hoff were recognized for their work on the successful mediation with the County over the measurement of traffic on Carmel Valley Road.
Dylan Wade, from Water Systems Consulting, Inc., explained the reasons for removing the San Clemente dam and described the new route for machinery and vehicles, all on CalAm property and existing roads. He showed a map of the project and explained how the dam materials will be used and the river, re-routed. Dylan answered many questions from the audience.
Janet Brennan, of LandWatch Monterey County, spoke about the history of the local water crisis and its current status. Her full report can be found on the LandWatch website. She said present proposals could fail because of uncertain water rights, insufficient water in the aquifer, or legal issues. The Public Utilities Commission is expected to select a project in January, 2014. The Monterey Peninsula Water Management District is working on a back-up plan. Again, a lot of questions were asked and answered.
Christine Williams, Land Use Chair, reported CVA has a new office on Ford road next to the Village Community Center. It will be used for small meetings and record storage. The Val Verde development application was incomplete, and the development is stalled for now. September Ranch is asking for a four-year extension on its development permit. Rancho Canada Village development is in flux for a few years. In the General Plan mediation, CVA negotiated a lower cap of 190 new units, in addition to the 350-450 lots of record. CVA will work with the county to develop new ordinances for the General Plan.
Members in attendance were asked to brainstorm about the meaning of "rural." Following is a list of comments: clean air, horse farms, low density development, subdued lights and paint, preserve ag land, commerce designed to conform to the valley, trail access, appropriate signage, businesses consistent with open space that complement outdoor life, not just wine-tasting rooms, preservation, innovative tourism, no curbs or sidewalks in residential areas, "landscape overlay," concern for history, traditions preserved, discourage over commercialization, preserve ability to raise animals. We would love to hear more ideas from you!
Margaret Robbins, Roads and Trails Chair, reported a new bike trail along the river. The Big Sur Land Trust is working on extending the Carmel River trail. There is no trail information for Carmel Valley on the Master Plan. We need to find out where the easements are.
Donna Kneeland, Outreach Chair, reported a new homeowners association group has been convened by CVA with 20 representatives attending. The most urgent concern is CalAm's billing for water use.
Our present membership is 613 as reported by Dick Stott, Membership Chair. Dick also assembles the weekly e-bulletin and issued a request for information on all events of interest to Carmel Valley residents so they can be posted on our calendar.
Carmel Valley Happenings
BY PETER QUILTER
May 24, 2013 - Jun 23, 2013
Come and share the wonders of Point Lobos
Easy Access Adventure!
You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos, and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive!
June 15 1:30-3:30
July 13 1:30-3:30
Saturday, August 10 1:30-3:30 Sea Lion Point/Sand Hill Trail
Highlights: Sea Lions (from Sea Lion Point trail), otters, and harbor seals may be viewable from 20-60X scopes). A possibility: blue whales and humpback whales viewable from shoreline. (Gray whales have finished their migration.)
For information, contact Melissa Gobell
Friday, July 26th
Wednesday, June 19th, 7:15pm
Unitarian Universalist Church at Highway 1 and 68, on Aguajito Rd
evening August 2nd, 6 PM
MEarth Summertime Sustainable Chef Series
Showcasing sustainability in a delicious new way with some of our extraordinary chef friends in the community! Each month we will feature a local chef who will create a sustainable feast for 30 lucky attendees. Guests will enjoy produce grown just steps away in the surrounding organic gardens or sourced directly from small farms in our region.
Sunday, JUNE 23rd | Chef Yousef Ghalain
Thursday, JULY 11th | Chef Ted Walter
Green Building at The Habitat
Ranch Regional Park
Monterey County Board of Supervisors Ratifies Settlement
of CVA Lawsuit Concerning Traffic
on Favorable Terms for Carmel Valley Residents
On February 12th, the Board of Supervisors ratified settlement of our lawsuit against Monterey County for violating the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
As part of the county’s new General Plan, Monterey County had proposed using a new model for traffic assessment on Carmel Valley Road that would count decreasingly smaller fractions of cars as traffic increased along the often congested roadway.
CVA argued that using this new methodology would systematically undercut traffic reporting, thus artificially diminishing traffic impacts from new development.
CVA Traffic Expert
Tim Sanders and
Attorney Ron De Hoff
The settlement calls for continuing to use the historically established traffic counting system for which there are over two decades of data, in addition to reporting the model calculations. CVA president Mibs McCarthy lauded the settlement as “a victory for common sense.”
The settlement also lowers new development in Carmel Valley under the General Plan from 266 new units to 190 units, as well as strengthensing environmental protections.
McCarthy noted that without the outstanding traffic analysis by CVA volunteer Dr. Tim Sanders and legal representation by Ron DeHoff, as well as the considerable efforts of former CVA presidents Glenn Robinson and Christine Williams, this victory for the residents of Carmel Valley “would not have been possible.”
Learn More About the
Carmel Valley Association
about our sixty year effort to preserve, protect, and defend
Land Use Update
Our Event Calendar is provided by Keep and Share.com(R)