June 3, 2024

Celebrating 37 Years of Community Service

City Budget FY 2024/2025 & City Council - "Show Me the Money"

With this as everyone's favorite topic, the City is approaching the last mile to approve this coming fiscal year's budget at the Tuesday June 4th Regular City Council Meeting at 4:30 PM in Council Chambers. HERE is this upcoming meeting Agenda packet.   
This is likely the last opportunity to provide public comment on this important use of dollars coming in & going out for the upcoming 12 months - pointing out that a mid-year review is a part of the routine public process.  And the earlier the inputs are provided the more likely changes can be implemented.
At the May 21st Budget Workshop, there was a good exchange on cost saving considerations, including possible suggestions on postponable Capital (building/infrastructure) projects. And they also reviewed "Fund Balance" utilization across Restricted, Reserved & Unassigned categories that was insightful to better understand available unspent dollars. Documents, presentations, videos from this May 21st session are on our CRA Budgets webpage.

Our Village Security Cameras (Flock)

 A Flock Camera Ad Hoc and Community Input/Update session is set for Monday July 10th at 4PM in Council Chambers with review of the systems, process, policy, placement etc.  Visit our CRA webpage for prior meetings, press and other background information that may helpful. Please join in this meeting to ask your questions on this rollout and use.

Our Village Forest/Trees

 A Community Workshop was held May 24th gathering structured feedback to aid in guiding the work-in-progress Forest Master Plan revisions. This Workshop had great attendance and as one point our community provided resounding reinforcements to focus on only native trees.  The materials and findings from this workshop are posted on our CRA webpage and the City website.
Join in at the upcoming Thursday June 13th Forest & Beach Commission meeting 3:30 PM in City Chambers, where they are planning a review of the results from the workshop and will explore the next steps.

Our Village Parking & New State Requirements

Yet again our representatives in Sacramento have delivered a "one size fits all" approach to parking this time.  AB413 limits parking on the approach side to downtown sidewalks for pedestrian safety (a worthy goal). A Community Update Session was held May 29th, to provide more insights on this legislation and its potential impact to the scarce parking available in our Village.  Additional work is underway to prepare for the Community Planning Commission and City Council updates are expected in the month(s) to come. Please visit our CRA Parking webpage for materials from this meeting, and added background and press coverage that will be helpful as we look to learn more over the months to come.   

Our Village Police Station Project Update

The next public review/listening session is set for Thursday June 6th at 3:30 in Council Chambers. In this session, Paul Tomasi will be reviewing the needs and wants of his team, as requested in the prior project listening session in early May.  All of the background, documents, videos etc are shown on our CRA Police Building Project webpage.

REMINDER - Thursday June 6th 5:30 - CRA Annual Meeting
with Historic Photos of our Village+

We invite our members to our annual meeting where we introduce our current Board and provide a brief update on our organization. We then share Village worthy topics - this year a noteworthy visual Village History. We recognize and award a significant Carmel Business. And we mix/mingle while we munch & imbibe  


Please Join Us - June 6th - 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Carmel Woman's Club for this do not miss annual tradition. This meeting is not open to the public. Your membership will be checked at the door. 
5:30-6:00  Doors open/arrival, everyone grab finger food, a beverage and be seated
6:00-6:15  Graeme Robertson, CRA President, welcome to all, introduction of our Board, and brief update on your CRA organization
6:15-7:00  Keynote -  James Perry of Monterey County Historical Society with Carmel area photos from the Pat Hathaway Collection
7:00-7:15  Graeme recognizes our Business of the Year and additional announcements
7:15-8:00  Mix/Mingle - grab another beverage or food items and connect with fellow members plus

As we are all stewards of the future of our town - we are exploring the heritage of our amazing Village through the Pat Hathaway Collection of over 80,000 historic images.  As residents, businesses, property owners, city staff and frequent visitors, we are responsible for preservation and oversight of changes in Village in the Forest by the Sea.  Especially given careful and constant change we've reached out to the curator of the Pat Hathaway extensive and historic Monterey County photographic collection, James Perry will take us back through the historic images of our Carmel area, both familiar and unfamiliar. 

More details and updates will be posted on this CRA Annual Meeting Event webpage HERE.
Everyone receiving this email is welcome to join us Thursday.

As always - we look forward to connecting in town and at many of these
Village Meeting & Events+ - June thru August

May 31-June 8 Carmel's Culinary Week HERE
June 4        CITY - Regular City Council Tuesday 4:30 Council Chambers HERE
June 6        CRA's - Annual Meeting with Historic Photos 5:30 HERE
June 6        CITY - Police Station Project Ad Hoc Session 3:30 in Council Chambers
June 7        Sunset Center’s Outdoor Concert 5:30PM HERE
June 10      CITY - Security(Flock) Camera Community Session 4:00 in Chambers
June 12      CITY - Planning Commission 4:00 in Council Chamber
June 13      CITY - Forest & Beach Commission 3:30 in Council Chambers
June 14      Sunset Center’s Outdoor Concert 5:30PM HERE
June 15      CRA's - Carmel City Beach Clean Up 9:30-12 HERE
June 16      Father’s Day Celebrations
June 20      Carmel’s Third Thursday 4-7PM in Devendorf Park
June 21      Sunset Center’s Outdoor Concert 5:30PM HERE
June 22      Carmel Tree Walk 10 & 12:30 Reservations HERE
June 28      Carmel Plaza Summer Concert Series 6PM  HERE
July 4         Independence & Monterey County Pops Concert in Devendorf Park
July 5          Carmel Plaza Summer Concert Series 6PM HERE
July 9          CITY - City Council Meeting (nonstandard date) 4:30 in Chambers
July 10        CRA's Program - a Conversation with Mary Adams 6:30 HERE
July 10        CITY - Regular Planning Commission 4:00 in Chambers
July 11        CITY - Regular Forest & Beach Commission 3:30 in Chambers
July 12        Carmel Plaza Summer Concert Series 6PM HERE
July 13-27  Carmel Bach Festival HERE
July 18        Carmel’s Third Thursday 4-7PM in Devendorf Park
July 19        Carmel Plaza Summer Concert Series 6PM HERE
July 20        CRA's Carmel City Beach Clean up 9:30-12 HERE
July 26        Carmel Plaza Summer Concert Series 6PM HERE

Aug 24        Monterey County Winemakers Celebration HERE

Plus more weekly
      Thursdays Carmel Farmers Market 10-2 around Devendorf Park
and more monthly 
      2nd Saturday's - Mission Trail Nature Preserve - Weedies 9:30-12 
      2nd Saturday's - Carmel Art Walk 4-7 PM 
      3rd Saturday's - CRA Carmel Beach Clean Up 9:30-12 
...All of these and more are tallied on the CRA Calendar HERE

AND please save the date for...
Wednesday July 10th - 
CRA Hosts A Conversation with 
Mary Adams - our Monterey County District 5 Supervisor.  This program is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 PM at the Carmel Woman's Club.  Program details are available HERE. This is especially timely as we look for Mary's insights relevant to all of our Carmel area regarding affordable Housing challenges and more.

There's always something to participate in and enjoy...and so it goes.   New news, events, photos, and activities are posted on our Carmel Residents Assoc Facebook page HERE

We welcome your questions, feedback and suggestions always.

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