Apr 17, 2023

Celebrating 36 Years of Community Service

"Mock City Council Session" Wednesday April 19th, 7-8 PM With the support of CRA Board Members Ken White & Graeme Robertson, our City Council, City Staff and Carmel High School (CHS) Leadership host this Student Government Day (or evening). 12 CHS Students take the roles of City Council and City Staff in a serious relevant (and possibly humorous) meeting on the annual budget. HERE.    (photo below from 2022)

PS: if you've missed the CHS SandPiper Newspaper...this is an impressive publication with the voices and issues from our Village's next generation.  https://thesandpiper.org/

"Third Thursday" April 20th, 4-7 PM in Devendorf Park - City Activities hosts this every Third Thursday April through October, with Fun, Food, Music and Activities for all.  AND, this Thursday your CRA Board Members will be hosting the 'Adult Beverage" area serving wine & beer with your requested donations to CRA programs.

"Earth Day" Saturday April 22nd from 10AM-2PMCity Celebration in Devendorf ParkMultiple booths will showcase programs, products, and services that support climate action and to engage community members (kids too) with environmentalism.  Learn more HERE.

Big Sur Marathon Sunday April 30th - Runners are coming to town...ready set go! Details available here.

Parking and Traffic Management Project - Be sure to attend one of these public meetings in Carpenter Hall on Monday May 1 at 10AM, Wednesday May 3 at 4PM, Tuesday May 9 at 6PM, Thursday May 11 at Noon. In addition to our topic CRA page, visit this new city project webpage for details.

Thursday May 18th 5:30-8:30 CRA's Members Only Annual Meeting at Carmel Woman's Club with a Q&A Chip and Dave. Beverages and finger foods will be provided. More details and past years programs can be found HERE. 

Tuesday May 23 at 6-8PM Fire Management Community Workshops in Carpenter Hall with Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer covering wildfire protection plans and more. Register to attend HERE.  

For those of you who plan ahead - check out the CRA home page for more CRA Members Only June & September events you won't want to miss. 

Looking Back....

March 29th - the SPECIAL Planning Commission Meeting was held to review new draft of the Wireless (Cell Tower) Ordinance and for public comments.  Here are the City meeting details and documents.  Please also visit this CRA page for detailed feedback championed by the citizen group SCTCN.

April 4th - the Regular City Council Meeting was held. HERE is the meeting packet and HERE is the YouTube link. Big topics including directions on a future Design Review Board (highlights can be found on our Architecture webpage) and Mills Act policy.  In the public comments of this Council meeting, many concerned citizen offered their comments on the upcoming RHNA/Housing meeting. 

April 5th - the SPECIAL Capital Improvement Projects HERE was the staff report and presentation. Here is the meeting YouTube link. This was part of the FY 2023/2024 budget drafts coming our way in May and June. 

April 6th - Housing Element & RHNA Initiative 3rd public meeting was held. This is a critical, challenging and controversial effort and picking up steam, visit the CRA Housing page for details, past meetings and parallel push back possibilities. In addition to this CRA page, be sure to check out the City's new program website at homecarmelbythesea.com

April 13th - Forest & Beach Commission meeting was held, with an important update on the amazing work of our Public Works team through these "Atmospheric River" Storms. Visit this "Trees" CRA page for the recording and presentation on this important Village update. 

...and beyond these important City Meetings...there was much more!

March 26th - Celebrating Donna Jett our 2023 Citizen of the Year - Donna's 25 years of local philanthropy and volunteerism was recognized by City, County, State and Federal Representatives, her family and friends....and of course CRA.  Learn more about Donna and this event HERE (with more details, picture's & video (Courtesy of House of 8 Media))


Check out our April 5th No Host at La Balena  A small but mighty gathering indeed.  Sorry if you missed it.  

Beach Clean Up Saturday April 15 again was outstanding. Thanks all.  And mark your calendars for every 3rd Saturday through October, our next one is May 20th - Join us. 

CRA at Carmel Farmers Market.  Please stop by our Community Table every last Thursday each month. Find us there next Thursday April 27th 10AM to 2PM.  (Of course Carmel's Farmers Market is every Thursday, but you can find us there once per month, January - October) 

A local initiative....for your consideration


"We have long believed that approaching the neighbors first for their endorsements will be the most respectful method of applying for the Residential Curatorship of the Flanders Mansion. This is why we are contacting you today with the help of the CRA before you read it in the Pine Cone.

As residents of the Flanders Mansion, we will bring our experience as Carmel documentarians, accomplished partners, and regarded community organizers to promote public awareness of the benefits of Carmel preservation, thereby increasing community pride in the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Please watch our brief film and consider pledging your support of us as the family you’d like to have live at the Flanders Mansion by adding your name to our growing list of enthusiastic endorsers.

With your endorsement, we would like to take care of this home once and for all to bring public benefits to our village"

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Reply or email to [email protected]

Carmel Residents Association
PO Box 13, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921
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