Wildfire SLO and Kern Co line, 4/30/18

From a traffic accident. Here is the CHP dispatch below.

Fire dispatch: just had a response for a veg fire on Hwy 41….east of the “Y” at cottonwood pass…..3464, 3469, Dozer 3441, Questa crew 1, and A/A 340…..haven’t heard a tankers being dispatched….so they may not be out here yet, MoCo sent 4669.

Detail Information
3:21 PM 23 [87] 9-8B COPIES AS SOON AS SMOKE CLEARS WILL TRY AND RELIEVE SOME OF THE VEHS ON SCENE
3:20 PM 22 [86] 1039 FRENSO TMC TO CLOSE SB SR41 AT SR33
3:19 PM 21 [85] 1039 CALTRANS DIST 5 – NOTIFY FRESNO TMC FOR CLOSURE AT SR41 AT SR33
3:17 PM 20 [83] 9-14B: ASC IF 8B IF CLOSURE IS NEEDED IF SO START IT FRM BOTH SIDES // 9-8B AFFIRM CLOSURE IS NEEDED – HILLSIDE ALSO CAUGHT ON FIRE – CLOSURE AT LEAST 45 MINS TO 1 HR
3:15 PM 19 [78] [Notification] [CHP]-NEUMANN W/ AIROPS LL // REQ NOT A71 AND H70 THAT CAL AIR CRAFT ARE IN THE AREA // CAL FIRE FREQ 123975
3:12 PM 18 [75] [Appended, 15:13:43] [13] SEMI ON FIRE
3:10 PM 17 [59] B9-008B GO AHEAD AND ISSUE SIGALERT
3:08 PM 16 [57] 1039 CALTRANS TO ACTIVATE CMS BOARD EB SR46 AT JACK RANCH – USE SR46 // 9-8B COPIES FRM THE WYE
3:08 PM 15 [56] [Notification] [CHP]-PER ADDITONAL CALLER SEMI HAS NOW CAUGHT ON FIRE
3:06 PM 14 [63] [Appended, 15:13:43] [1] OPEN LINE BO CONNECTION
3:03 PM 13 [47] 1039 CALFIRE LINE 44
3:02 PM 12 [46] [Notification] [CHP]-SLOSO LL H70 IS ENRT ETA 20
3:01 PM 11 [42] 1039 FRCC
3:00 PM 10 [38] 9-14B SHANDON CALTRANS OF POSS CLOSURE
2:56 PM 9 [16] 1039 CALFIRE
2:55 PM 8 [12] RP ADVSD VEH IS ON FIRE
2:55 PM 7 [10] OFF RDWY NEG BLKG
2:54 PM 6 [9] 1039 SLOSO
2:54 PM 5 [8] SEMI TK IS JACK KNIFED
2:54 PM 4 [5] PER DUP, MUSTANG VS HINDS NURSERY SEMI TK W/2 TRLRS
2:53 PM 3 [4] RP ADVSD HORRIBLE TC
2:52 PM 2 [2] BIG RIG VS FORD MUS
2:52 PM 1 [20] [Appended, 14:57:18] [2] SIMI VS VEH
Unit Information

 

New & Improved Inciweb

Getting ready for the 2018 fire season? Beside weed whacking and brush clearance, you might want to bookmark this site – of course, it is on my blog in the right column, also. It is really cool. Go check it out BEFORE you need it. There is a wildfire in Shasta/Trinity called the Grape. Only a couple hundred acres and 30% contained, but this will show you what the site is like!

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

Use the map or search bar to locate wildland fire and other natural resource incidents. Click a marker on the map and use the “Go to Incident” button for detailed information. From the incident page you can access announcements, closures, news, maps, and photographs from the menu below the map (on mobile phones tap the menu button).

The redesigned site has a modern layout and can be viewed from your phone, computer, or tablet.

Map options:
Cog Icon for map settingsChange map properties
Location IconFind your current location
Back arrow icon for resetting mapReset map position

Highway Closure Update, 4/30/18

Here is the relevant info re Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide. The rest is pretty much the same:

Mud Creek (PM 8.9)

Mud Creek had a major slide on Saturday, May 20, 2017, losing over 5 million cubic yards of material. Caltrans continues with its plan to realign the existing terrain. The Department has announced a new target of mid-September to get lanes re-opened to traffic. Caltrans will continuously evaluate the opening date as work progresses so we anticipate providing an update in July. It’s expected that even after the highway is re-open, intermittent lane closures and roadwork may continue. The updated current cost is at $54 million.

This week: Work continues on the north cut, middle and north fills, and on north berm.

There is currently no public/local access through the Mud Creek area since this remains an active, emergency construction zone.

Paul’s Slide (PM 21.6)

Paul’s Slide was cleaned up last week from debris and slide material. It is still active but the 24/7traffic signal remains in place and temporary guardrail.

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A Highlands response to the CVA Letter on STRs

 

There are some serious problems and omissions in the CVA position that will need to be addressed for it to have my support, for example a 4 bedroom home could legally have 2,912 guests per year. And in fact, they could rent rooms by the hour if they wish.
The CVA position is:
No absentee owners, property management companies, corporations, or LLC’s would be permitted. The owner would be required to be a permanent year-round resident, and the home would be his or her primary residence. The owner would be required to live in and be present on site during the short-term rental period. Owners would be limited to no more than one STR. Parking at STRs must be provided off-street for both visitors and residents, fires must be limited to existing barbecue pits, and STRs must be spaced at least 1000 feet from each other.
 
Finally, we wish to point out that STR’s must, of course, be counted as Visitor Serving Units (VSU’s), as defined in the Carmel Valley Master Plan (CVMP). When STR’s are added to other VSU’s, the combined total must not exceed the caps for VSU’s of the Carmel Valley Master Plan. The vast majority of such permissible VSU’s have already been allocated. A count by the organization Host Compliance states that as of April 9th there were “143 unique rental units that fit the STR definition” within the Carmel Valley Master Plan area, 120 of which were “entire homes.” Most, if not all, are unpermitted. This number far exceeds what remains of the Carmel Valley Master Plan VSU allowance. Limiting STRs to home stays would help to bring the number of VSU’s under the Carmel Valley Master Plan limits, which must be done. The Carmel Valley Association requests that the Short Term Rental Ordinance being developed by Monterey County, to be consistent the Carmel Valley Master Plan, include this proposal.
Additional Requirements Needed for My Support:
  • The “Home Stay” cannot be the owner’s principal source of income, nor be the only source of income to pay the mortgage.
  • The owner has to provide some proof they are there during the STR. This can be done by video or some other form of proof posted to a social media site. Otherwise the ordinance is completely unenforceable.
  • The County must do a study on required personnel and resources to enforce the ordinance, and then provide those resources.
  • The limits on Visitor Serving Units under the Master Plan needs to be observed for all areas, including Carmel Highlands and Big Sur. In Carmel Highlands generally there are only 28 additional Visitor Serving Units allowed. Big Sur is also near its limit (300 cap).
  • No rentals of less than one day.
  • The total number of STR guests cannot exceed 2 per the number of permitted bedrooms, less one bedroom for the in-residence owner.
  • No advertising of unpermitted rentals, and Host Compliance or equivalent service is required.
  • Leach fields must be maintained to commercial standards.
  • ADA Compliance (I need to think about this given all the restrictions)
  • Camping STR’s on unimproved land shall also be counted as Visitor Serving Units and subject to the same rules.

STRs – Carmel Valley Letter

The issues and concerns are similar. I suggest that each of you interested in this issue for Big Sur write to the county so concerns are recorded. The Carmel Valley letter does not address the issue of shared private roads and/or easements, which is filled with potential litigation.

CVA Letter to County Supervisors and Planners Regarding Short Term Rentals

Date: April 20, 2018

To: Supervisors, Planning Commissioners, Monterey County RMA Staff
From: Carmel Valley Association
RE: Short Term Rental Ordinance

The following is a supplement to our previous correspondence to you regarding Short Term Rentals:

The Carmel Valley Association strongly recommends that within the Carmel Valley Master Plan area, short-term rentals (STRs) be limited to “home stays.”  “Home stays” are defined as short-term rentals that are owner-occupied and managed. No absentee owners, property management companies, corporations, or LLC’s would be permitted. The owner would be required to be a permanent year-round resident, and the home would be his or her primary residence. The owner would be required to live in and be present on site during the short-term rental period.  Owners would be limited to no more than one STR.

This requirement would minimize the impact of STRs on the housing supply, discourage the conversion of long-term rentals to tourist use, and help address the shortage of affordable, decent, safe, long-term housing for people of all income levels in Carmel Valley.

Residentially zoned areas traditionally permit non-intrusive business activity. Examples of such permitted activities are home offices, bookkeeping services, and music instruction. Such services are conducted by owners or residents who live on the property and generally have a minimal impact on neighborhoods. Allowing non-owner-occupied STRs, which are, in essence, hotels in residential areas, would be inconsistent with residential zonings and would risk significant disruption of quiet neighborhoods.

Many California cities have dealt with this problem.  San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Bishop, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica, among others, have passed ordinances limiting STRs to home-stays. The opinion of the 6tth District Court of Appeal in a case involving the City of Carmel is especially applicable to STRs where the resident owner is not present:

“Such rentals undoubtedly affect the essential character of a neighborhood and the stability of community. Short-term tenants have little interest in public agencies or in the welfare of the citizenry. They do not participate in local government, coach little league, or join the hospital guild. They do not lead a scout troop, volunteer at the library, or keep an eye on an elderly neighbor. Literally, they are here today and gone tomorrow — without engaging in the sort of activities that weld and strengthen a community.”(Ewing v. City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, 234 Cal. App. 3d 1579.)

In addition to our recommendation that STR’s be limited to home stays, for the peace and safety of residentially zoned neighborhoods, we urge that parking at STR’s must be provided off-street for both visitors and residents, fires must be limited to existing barbeque pits, and STRs must be spaced at least 1000 feet from each other.

Finally, we wish to point out that STR’s must, of course, be counted as Visitor Serving Units (VSU’s), as defined in the Carmel Valley Master Plan (CVMP).  When STR’s are added to other VSU’s, the combined total must not exceed the caps for VSU’s of the Carmel Valley Master Plan. The vast majority of such permissible VSU’s have already been allocated.  A count by the organization Host Compliance states that as of April 9th there were “143 unique rental units that fit the STR definition” within the Carmel Valley Master Plan area, 120 of which were “entire homes.”  Most, if not all, are unpermitted.  This number far exceeds what remains of the Carmel Valley Master Plan VSU allowance. Limiting STRs to home stays would help to bring the number of VSU’s under the Carmel Valley Master Plan limits, which must be done. The Carmel Valley Association requests that the Short Term Rental Ordinance being developed by Monterey County, to be consistent the Carmel Valley Master Plan, include this proposal.

We appreciate your consideration of our proposals.

Sincerely,

Pris Walton
President, Carmel Valley Association

It is very important that residents of Carmel Valley express their thoughts to the Planning Commissioners.  The draft ordinance and correspondence relating to this discussion can be found by going to the County Website.

Here is the County’s Current Policy (July 2015)

Map of Carmel Valley STRS as of February 2018

Fire Season in MoCo is off and running, 4/26/18

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
San Benito-Monterey Unit
CONTACT: John Spooner RELEASE
Duty Information Officer DATE: April 26, 2018
Vegetation Fire near Parkfield (Monterey County)
Parkfield, CA – At approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon CAL FIRE responded to a vegetation fire near the intersection of Slacks Canyon Road and Vineyard Canyon Road, about 5 miles northwest of Parkfield (Monterey County). CAL FIRE responded with a Battalion Chief, a helicopter, four fire engines, a hand crew and a fire investigator.
On arrival, firefighters found a burn pile that had escaped into surrounding vegetation. The fire was contained at 2:42 p.m. at 2 acres, but due to heavy mop- up of the fire, it was not controlled until 6:21 p.m.
CAL FIRE wants to remind the public that as we approach the end of the authorized burning period, wildland fire fuels become more receptive to ignition. Greater care and judgement must be exercised when conducting controlled burns. An escaped control burn could result in criminal charges and/or suppression cost recovery.
Who: What: When:
CAL FIRE
Vegetation Fire, 2 acres
April 26, 2018; Dispatched: 2:00 p.m.; Contained: 2:42 p.m.; Controlled: 6:21 p.m.
Slacks Canyon Road and Vineyard Road (Monterey County)
Where:

Marathon & Rio Highway Construction, 4/26/18

Work at State Route 1 Climbing Lane Project to Stop During Big Sur Marathon

Work on the State Route 1 Climbing Lane Project will not be performed during the Big Sur Marathon to help participants and spectators better enjoy the event.

The regular weekday schedule of 7:30 am to 3:30 pm will run through Friday, April 27th   and resume Monday, April 30th.  While no work is scheduled for the weekend to accommodate the marathon, the contractor will be onsite Sunday to relocate several k-rails to provide access, breaks and barricades for the race.

What is happening this week on the Climbing Lane Project:

  • The project contractor continues grading the north side of the project
  • Traffic controls have been modified to facilitate northbound movement

Additional information about the Climbing Lane Project can be found at:

http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/resource-management-agency-rma-/public-works-facilities/current-major-projects/highway-1-climbing-lane