By popular demand, the CRA is happy to announce that our Holiday Gala event will be at La Playa Hotel, Saturday, December 1st. Your CRA Board and the hotel staff are working to make this an enchanting evening with friends, food and spirits!
Dear CRA friends,
The location of our Dines Out! has been changed. The Village Corner chef has moved to the old Lafayette Bakery location, just a few doors north of The Village Corner on Dolores. Soerke Peter’s new restaurant is a French American Bistro called Etats-Unis. The menu remains the same, nothing has changed except the location.
See you at our sold-out dinner October 17 at Estat-Unis.
Every 2 years, for the past 30, the Carmel Residents Association has sponsored the Carmel Candidates Forum. These 15 Forums have allowed voters to assess candidates seeking election to mayoral and council positions. What makes this election different from the others is that for the first time in its history, Carmel will hold its Municipal Election in November, coincidental with the national election. Public interest in reducing costs of our municipal elections made it inevitable that the stand-alone Carmel election would merge with the national as all other Monterey Peninsula cities have done.
A person or persons posting under assumed names – and using a Facebook group name similar to the CRA’s Facebook group – continues to write attack messages deriding specific city council candidates and endorsing one named mayoral candidate. These posts do not come from us. Please know that the CRA as an organization has decided to neither endorse nor oppose candidates for public office. Individually, members can, of course, endorse or oppose any candidates they wish.
Last week we reported here that CRA member Darlene Mosley was nominated to fill an open spot on the Forest and Beach Commission. This week we can confirm she was approved by the city council to join the F&B, one of Carmel’s key oversight bodies. The five commissioners, who are unpaid, serve four-year terms.
A Facebook group page with a similar address to the CRA’s web site is posting scurrilous attacks on named public officials and others. The posts are written under an assumed name. We want all readers to know that only www.carmelresidents.org represents and speaks for the CRA. Nothing else. We emphatically disagree with the posts in question and are not associated with them in any way.
Darlene Mosley, a CRA stalwart, has been nominated to serve on the Carmel-by-the-Sea Forest & Beach Commission. The F&B commission has five members who serve four year-terms. Members are volunteers and are unpaid. Mosley’s nomination will be heard and decided by the city council at its June 5, 2018, public monthly meeting at city hall, east side of Monte Verde Street just south of Ocean Avenue. Commissioners are approved by garnering at least three favorable votes from the city council.
By David Armstrong
More money for an ambitious police department expansion, potential funding for a so far notional Restaurant Business Improvement District, and approval for a new downtown bicycle shop to rent bikes – overriding a split planning commission – dominated the city council’s Tuesday, April 3 meeting.
The Carmel Residents Association’s bimonthly print publication, The Voice, is now accepting paid advertising, in line with a decision made last year by the CRA Board of Directors. Our new policy goes into effect beginning with the May/June 2018 issue.
By David Armstrong
The Carmel-by-the-Sea Planning Commission voted 4-0 on Wednesday, March 13, to put a hold (a ‘continuance’) on its approval of a design concept for a three-story Eighth Avenue building project. The project would result in the loss of 16 trees to accommodate the owner of the adjoining property who wants to use 1,103 square feet of city right-of-way for his ambitious development.
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