Sept 4th 2023

Celebrating 36 Years of Community Service

DRUM ROLL!  CRA's Hot Topics Survey Results are HERE

For your reading pleasure, the full results of our Survey are available now - all 42 pages! Many thanks to the 18.6% of you who participated. The anonymous results are shown in graphs plus all open comments are included. These findings are very insightful as a barometer of the views of our participating members. On many topics we are closely aligned; on others we have more diverse opinions.

These results are being sent to our City Council and City Administrator for their consideration of their constituents views as they make decision in the months to come.

The background on this survey with all press mentions will continued to be posted on our August 2023 Survey webpage

September/October Issue of The Voice - coming your way

This printed issue will arrive at the Post Office early this week for processing.  But for those who can't wait for it to arrive...HERE it is as a PDF. 

Articles include: The Culture of Carmel, President's Musings - We Persist - Our Village - Our Home, One Size Does NOT Fit All - Reach out to Sacramento Representatives, The New Pine Cone - first 50 years, Reese Leads the Cherry,  The City's Housing Element Survey Says...., Supporting (a proposed Constitutional Amendment for Local Control), Still here - Civic Topics, Events Past & Coming Up in Town and CRA too, Feast in the Forest - Opa!, Please join us on the CRA Board, and more.

Speaking of Survey's...Our City Needs Your Car Week 2023 Input

Whether you live, work, visit or play in Carmel-by-the-Sea - the City's Activities
Team and Leadership want to know your views on this year's events and goings on
in our Village. 

An "After Action" Report on this year's Car Week experience is planned for the
October 3rd City Council Meeting, where these results will be shared.  Please chime in.

PS:  Heads Up - Another City sponsored Survey will be coming our way shortly.  This time the topic will be on Trees and our Forest in Carmel. We will share this on local Social Media and a CRA email update.

September 9th - CRA's Feast in the Forest - Attendees Update!

As anticipated - we have a sellout!  Thanks to those who are joining us and to those who sponsored our raffle.   
An attendees only email with details and updates will be coming your way on Wednesday or before.  We look forward to seeing you there!
For those joining us or otherwise - our event web page will continue to be updated including post event photos and more.  Our this year's Greek themed food, beverage and fun gathering is all coming together.  OPA! 

Please Consider This - Joining Your CRA Board

Whether nominating a fellow member or possibly yourself - we look forward to hearing back from you. We have openings NOW. To learn more, visit this page for more on how we do what we do and how our Board supports the CRA Mission.  

City Council Session Highlights - from/for August 30 & September 12 
     Note important topics moved to October

August 30 - the City Council Hosted the 1/2 Yearly Strategic Priorities Workshop

For those of you so inclinded: Here is the full PDF Agenda Packet; Here is the YouTube from this 4+ hour session.  This session is where the Council, Department Leaders and the community gathered to recieve an update on and review the top 22 priorities in an expanded open listening session.  Specific decisions on adding or shifting priorities are targeted for the September 12th City Council Meeting.  (Updated 9/8, topic now also scheduled for October 3 City Council) 

This agenda originally included Paid Parking - but inputs and discussions were pushed entirely to the October 3rd City Council Meeting for decisions/directions. Please check out our Survey results on this topic and the Carmel Chamber Survey results on this item as well.  Also the Addresses project was discussed live - but also moved to the October 3rd City Council Meeting for an update with request for Council decisions/directions.   

There are many topics on the City priorities that align to the CRA Survey items. Also some are fully committed and are ongoing priorities that are being addressed at City Council or the relevant City Commission over the coming months. Examples include: Design Traditions, Design Review Board, ADUs, Cell Towers, Housing etc.  We ask the City Leadership to consider our Survey results as they make the next round of important decisions ahead. 

There was especially significant passion expressed by our community members in this session on the following topics: Addresses, Safety, Fire Prevention, Trees and Undergrounding of Utilities.   More to follow!

September 12 City Council

As mentioned above, the Addresses and Paid Parking topics that were previously targeted for this September meeting are now reset for the Tuesday October 3 City Council Meeting. 

The final agenda for this September 12 Council Meeting will be posted here.  However, based on items covered in the City's Friday Letter here and other mentions this week...we anticipate these topics to be discussed: 
- Strategic Priorities List Decisions/Directions by Council (<-- now set for Oct 3rd)
- First Reading of the updated Wireless/Cell Tower Ordinance
- Pine Inn Parking Lot proposal
- JB Pastor Building Wall right to review

 SEPTEMBER's Key Dates Calendar

Sept 9 CRA’s Feast in the Forest at Indian Village in Pebble Beach 4-8pm click here
Sept 9 The 28th Carmel Annual House & Garden Tour click here
Sept 9 Weedies at Mission Trail Nature Preserve
Sept 9 Carmel Art Walk 4-7pm  click here
Sept 12 City Council Regular 4:30pm (delayed to 2nd Tuesday due to Labor Day) click here
Sept 16 The 60th Annual AIAMB & Carmel City Beach Sandcastle Contest click here
Sept 16 CRA’s Beach Clean Up end of Ocean Ave 9:30-Noon click here
Sept 21 Carmel City’s Third Thursday in Devendorf Park 4-7pm click here
Sept 22-24 The 66th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival click here
Sept 23-30 Carmel City’s – Good Neighbors Week click here
Sept 28 CRA at Community Table at Carmel Farmers Market 10am-2pm
Sept 30 Carmel City’s Community Groups Fair – Devendorf Park click here

OCTOBER's Key Dates Calendar

Oct 3 City Regular Council (returns to first Tuesday each month) click here
Oct 5 The 34th Annual Taste of Carmel, at Carmel Mission click here
Oct 7  Poodle Day at Crossroad’s Rio & Hwy 1, then Carmel Beach click here
Oct 14 Carmel’s Meet the Makers Art & Wine Walk
Oct 19 Carmel City’s Third Thursday in Devendorf Park 4-7pm click here
Oct 21 CRA’s Beach Clean Up end of Ocean Ave 9:30-Noon 
click here

Oct 26 CRA at Community Table at Carmel Farmers Market 10am-2pm
Oct 28 Carmel’s Annual Pumpkin Roll, on Ocean Avenue  click here
Oct 31  Carmel-by-the-Sea’s 107th Birthday & Halloween Parade click here

   Keep your feedback coming anytime! 
And if you have updates, additions or corrections - please let us know.

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