Monday, September 29, 2008

Elzéard Bouffier’s Generosity of Spirit: An Inspiration to All Individuals Who Plant Trees

The Carmel-by-the-Sea WATCHDOG! highly recommends reading the short story "The Man Who Planted Trees" (1953) by Jean Giono and/or viewing the short film “The Man Who Planted Trees” (1987) by Frédéric Back, Winner of the Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Short Animated Film:
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES (1987)
(L'HOMME QUI PLANTAIT DES ARBRES)

Narrated by Christopher Plummer
Duration: 30 minutes 07 seconds

Short Story:
"The Man Who Planted Trees" (1987) By Jean Giono
Pages: 8

About the Author:
Jean Giono later wrote an American admirer of the tale that his purpose in creating Bouffier "was to make people love the tree, or more precisely, to make them love planting trees."

Credit:
Upon the recommendation of Greg D’Ambrosio, former City Forester of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Greg D'Ambrosio worked for our city for thirty-three years, including twelve years as city forester, responsible for managing the city's forestry, parks and beach programs, and twenty-three years serving in a wide range of administrative leadership roles.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Phase One “Design Plans Only” for Second Permanent Restroom Approved by City Council

ABSTRACT: At the City Council Meeting on September 9, 2008, the City Council considered a Resolution entering into an agreement with Carver + Schicketanz to prepare plans and bid documents for the proposed new permanent restrooms at Santa Lucia and Scenic Road in an amount not to exceed $55,759. The Resolution covered design plans and the preparation of bid documents only, not construction of the proposed permanent restrooms. A Description of the Scope of Work, as presented in the Agenda Item Summary, is described and the City Council’s modifications to the Resolution (Phase One only) and unanimous vote is presented. A COMMENT is made with regard to the City’s Local Coastal Program and the belated actions of the City Administrator and the City Council.

View of Temporary Restroom Facility, W/s Scenic Rd. @ Santa Lucia Av. from Carmel Beach

View of Temporary Restroom Facility, W/s Scenic Rd. @ Santa Lucia Av. from Steps to Carmel Beach

AGENDA
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 9, 2008


X. Resolutions

B. Consideration of a Resolution entering into an agreement with Carver + Schicketanz to prepare plans and bid documents for the proposed new permanent restrooms at Santa Lucia and Scenic Road in an amount not to exceed $55,759

SYNOPSIS:
Description of the Scope of Work, including Phase One and Phase Two, Time Completion and Cost Estimates, as follows:

Phase One
• Gather information regarding permit requirements from various public agencies;
• After initial project analysis, meet with the appropriate Boards & Commissions to seek project input; and
• Develop a schematic design.
Complete within 180 days of Contract Signing
Cost: $18,664

Phase Two
• Complete architectural design;
• Prepare bid documents; and
• Perform construction administration (as needed).
Complete within 180 days of final Planning or California Coastal Commission Permit Approval.
Cost: $37,095

TOTAL COST: $55,759

The ESTIMATED TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST is $314,655, according to the consultant Robert M. Carver, President, of Carver Schicketanz Architects. And the proposed location is Scenic Road & Santa Lucia Av., in the vicinity of the existing portable toilets. The site will be dug in and earth sheltered with a floor level about 10 feet below the elevation of Scenic Road and have a planted “green roof.”

After deliberation, Council Member ROSE moved approval of a Resolution to enter into an agreement with Carver + Schicketanz for Phase One minus an outdoor shower and foot shower, waste and recycling receptacles for the proposed new permanent restrooms at Santa Lucia and Scenic Road in an amount not to exceed $18,664, seconded by Council Member TALMAGE, and carried by the following roll call:

AYES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: HAZDOVAC, ROSE, SHARP, TALMAGE & McCLOUD
NOES: COUNCIL MEMBERS: NONE
ABSENT: COUNCIL MEMBERS: NONE
ABSTAIN: COUNCIL MEMBERS: NONE

COMMENT:
Even though City Administrator Rich Guillen acknowledged in his City Council Agenda Item Summary that the Local Coastal Program mandates that restroom facilities must be provided consistent with the volume of visitors to the beach and Beach Bluff Pathway (and states the usage of the facilities is high) and makes reference to replacing the current restroom facility with a permanent constructed facility, it has taken five years since certification of the Local Coastal Program in 2003 for the City Administrator and City Council to only now consider “design plans only” for a second permanent restroom facility south of 8th Avenue.

REFERENCES:
Regular City Council Meeting, September 09, 2008 Video (2:24:00 - 2:36:44)
X. Resolutions
B. Consideration of a Resolution entering into an agreement with Carver + Schicketanz to prepare plans and bid documents for the proposed new permanent restrooms at Santa Lucia and Scenic Road in an amount not to exceed $55,759

AGENDA PACKET
Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Architect hired to design Scenic restrooms, MARY BROWNFIELD, The Carmel Pine Cone, September 26, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The 2nd Annual Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival

WHAT: The 2nd Annual Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival Presented by the Carmel Ideas Foundation

WHO: Authors (alphabetical, by surname)
Tamim Ansary

Reza Aslan

Sylvia Boorstein

Leo Braudy

Cecil Castellucci

Gennifer Choldenko

Michael Datcher

Philip Fradkin

Andrew Fraknoi

Mark Frost

Khaled Hosseini

Roger Housden

Terri Jentz

Jane Juska

Michael Krasny

Wendy Lichtman

Fred Luskin

Irshad Manji

Greg Mortenson

Markus Naerheim

Gina Nahai

Sandra Day O'Connor, Justice

Kathryn Otoshi

Elaine Petrocelli

Michael Pollan

Frank Portman

Michael Pritchard

James Ragan

Michealene Cristini Risley

Kemble Scott

Don Shula

Gail Tsukiyama

Rick Wartzman

Jan Yanehiro

Jeffrey Zaslow
Note: Click on Author's Name for Author's Website or information about each Author.

WHEN: Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26: 3:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.
Saturday, September 27: 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Sunday, September 28: 8:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WHERE: Sunset Theater
E/s San Carlos St. @ 9th Av.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

EVENT TICKETS:
$515.00 each (includes facility handling charge)
Includes one seat for all Festival General Sessions

SUPPORTER: $1000.00 each

FOUNDING: $5000.00 each

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

City Administration: Are Carmelites Getting Their Taxpayers’ Dollars Worth?

ABSTRACT: For Fiscal Year 2008/09, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s General Fund Budget is a total of $ 14,294,494. Of that $14,294,494, $ 806,999 is budgeted for Administration, $ 994,753 for Administrative Services, $224,763 for Information Services/Network Management, $ 164,434 for Legal, $9,300 for Engineering and $2,400 for Treasurer. “City Administration” expenditures, including salary/benefits and materials/services, total $2,202,649 or 15% of the total budget. The most recent data for salaries for the “City Administration,” as presented on the City’s website, are compiled, including employee groups. GENERAL COMMENTS and SPECIFIC COMMENTS are made specifically regarding the performance of the City Administrator. At Will and General Employee Benefits are presented as REFERENCE.

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Administration:


Rich Guillen, City Administrator
Employee Group: At Will
Monthly Salary: $11,500.00/ $138,000.00 Annually

Molly Laughlin, Executive Assistant
Employee Group: At Will
Minimum Monthly Salary: $3,873.00/$46,476.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $4,708.00/$56,496.00 Annually

Heidi Burch, Asst City Administrator/ City Clerk/
Employee Group: At Will
Minimum Monthly Salary: $7,905.00/$94,860.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $9,608.00/$115,296.00 Annually

Stephanie Pearce, Administrative Coordinator
Employee Group: General
Minimum Monthly Salary: $3,699.00/$44,388.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $4,498.00$53,976.00 Annually

Joyce Giuffre, Administrative Services Director
Employee Group: At Will
Minimum Monthly Salary: $7,482.00/$89,784.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $9,093.00/$109,116.00 Annually

Jane Miller, Human Resources Manager
Employee Group: At Will
Minimum Monthly Salary: $6,840.00/$82,080.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $8,314.00/$99,768.00 Annually

Karen Love, Finance Specialist
Employee Group: General
Minimum Monthly Salary: $3,888.00/$46,656.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $4,726.00/$56,712.00 Annually

Steve McInchak, Information Services Manager
Employee Group: At Will
Minimum Monthly Salary: $6,840.00/$82,080.00 Annually
Maximum Monthly Salary: $8,314.00/$99,768.00 Annually

Don Freeman, City Attorney
Employee Group: At Will
Monthly Salary: $7,500.00/$90,000.00 Annually

Dewey Evans, City Treasurer
Contractual Services: $2,400.00 Annually

Clayton Neill, Jr., City Engineer
Professional and Contractual Services: $9,300.00 Annually

GENERAL COMMENTS:
For a city of 4,081 permanent residents, only 1 square mile area and 68 full time employees, the City Administrator of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is arguably highly compensated at a salary of $138,000/year and benefits compared to other City Administrators and City Managers. And while that compensation may be at a level which reflects the competitive market environment and the financial position of the City, it arguably does not reflect the individual’s annual performance. Specifically, in over eight years as City Administrator, Rich Guillen has not proactively and competently administered to the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, as evident in the following:

The City Administrator, over an eight year period, has not demonstrated an adequate knowledge of municipal affairs, good judgment, planning ahead, anticipating needs and recognizing potential problems, such as his failure to educate the public and address the consolidation of the Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey and Pacific Grove Fire Departments. Moreover, he has exhibited a poor quality of analysis that accompanies recommendations and he has not shown a good sense of timing in bringing issues to the City Council for action.

The City Administrator, over an eight year period, has not demonstrated sufficient knowledge of financial matters, such as the appropriate amount of reserve funds relative to the annual budget, use of consultants and outside contractors, et cetera.

The City Administrator, over an eight year period, has not been effective in assuring staff makes a positive impression on citizens, such as refusing to allow employees with the requisite background, knowledge and experience to directly respond to citizen queries.

The City Administrator, over an eight year period, has generally not made a positive impression on citizens and is not respected as a competent administrator in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Moreover, he appears to not have sufficient leadership characteristics and rarely shows initiative in dealing with issues, but rather waits for “policy direction” from the mayor and city council on a myriad of basic issues.

SPECIFIC COMMENTS:
Overemphasis on consultants and outside contractors and under emphasis on long-term employees with institutional memory; and a general failure to advocate for the funding and implementation of consultants’ studies recommendations, such as the recommendations of the Nichols Consulting Pavement Management Study, Forest Studies, et cetera.

Underfunding and understaffing of critical and essential City Departments, such as Forest, Parks and Beach Department.

Underfunding Capital Improvement Projects, such as critical infrastructure street maintenance/repaving projects and a failure to adequately budget for such projects on an annual basis.

Failure to advocate for the funding and implementation of the Forest Theater Master Plan in phases over time.

Failure to advocate for the funding and completion of permanent Carmel Beach restrooms on Scenic Road, as recommended by the City’s Local Coastal Program since certification in 2003.

Multi-years delay in the funding and completion of the 4th Avenue Riparian Habitat Project, years after the removal of the Eucalyptus trees.

Failure to advocate for the adequate funding of Harrison Memorial Library, particularly with regard to opening the Library on Sundays.

Failure to advocate for the funding and completion of ADA compliance upgrades and improvements to the Scout House so the City’s Community Center could be reopened to the public and user groups.

Overemphasis of and overfunding for Marketing and Economic Revitalization without tangible results and commensurate funding for tourist accommodations, e.g., adequate number and quality of public restrooms.

Overall, a lack of investment in specifically resident-oriented items, such as reforestation, streets/avenues/roads maintenance, City assets e.g. Flanders Mansion, Scout House, Forest Theatre, Public Works building, et cetera, by annually budgeting for the maintenance and upgrades of these items.

REFERENCE:
Classifications Definitions:

At Will
Cafeteria Plan: $0.00 + 0% Deferred Compensation: $25.00
Health Insurance: $1,306.01 Life Insurance: $11.84
Long Term Disability: $0.00 Retirement Contribution: 17.3%
Retirement Pick-up: 0% Social Security: 0.0% Medicare: 1.45%

BENEFITS
Health Insurance
Employer contributes up to $1230.32 month for medical, coverage. Medical insurance is provided through the CalPERS Plan. Dental and Vision insurance is City-funded at an average cost of $75.69/mo. per covered employee.

Other Benefits
At-Will employees are hired through individual, negotiated contracts, therefore, benefits will differ. In general, At-Will are afforded the same benefits of the Management Association (except Union-only benefits), or those which may be otherwise negotiated.

General
Cafeteria Plan: $0.00 + 0% Deferred Compensation: $0.00
Health Insurance: $1,119.00 Life Insurance: $11.84
Long Term Disability: $0.00 Retirement Contribution: 17.3%
Retirement Pick-up: 0% Social Security: 0.0% Medicare: 1.45%

BENEFITS
AD&D
Coverage is $30,000, employer covers 100% of the premium at a cost of $1.20/month.

Bereavement Leave
3 days/year.

Deferred Compensation
Voluntary 457 plan, no employer contribution.

General Leave
8 hours/year.

Health Insurance
Health Insurance: Medical coverage is available through CalPERS (PEHMCA). Employer contributes up to $401.27/month for employee only, $802.55 for employee plus one, $1043.31/month for employee plus 2 or more for medical insurance (Amounts include the mandatory employer contribution to PERS)Dental and Vision insurance: Employer covers 100% through a self-funded program at an average cost of $75.69/month, which provides annually for a $25 deductible and $1,500 cap for dental and $45 for eye exams, $50 for Single, $70 for Trifocal, $140 for Lenticular, and $50 for Contact lenses, each eye.

Holidays
12 days/year.

Life Insurance
Coverage is $30,000, employer covers 100% of the premium at a cost of $11.84/month.

Long Term Disability
Coverage is 60% of salary, 60 day waiting period, no employer contribution, voluntary employee paid plan at a cost of 1.2% of salary.

Retirement
PERS 2% @ 55, employer contribution rate is 17.3%, employee contribution rate is 7%, employer does not pick-up the employee contribution. (4th level 1959 Survivor is available at an employee paid cost of $2/month) Military Service Credit, Single Highest Year, and Service Credit for unused sick leave is provided.

Sick Leave
96 hours/year, employees with at least 5 years of service may cash out 25% if terminated, or 50% if retired, up to a maximum of 150 hours if terminated, or 300 hours if retired if hired after November 1984, no maximum if hired prior to November 1984.

Supplemental Retirement
Employer paid at rate of $1.08 per hour worked for employees represented by LIUNA Local 270 and hired prior to December 7, 2005, administered through Laborers International Union of North America; Employees hired on or after December 7, 2005 who work 20 hours or more shall pay premium of $1.09 per hour worked for supplemental retirement benefit.

Vacation
1 - 4 years = 80 hours/year, 5 - 10 years = 120 hours/year, 11 - 15 years = 160 hours/year, 15+ years = 176 hours/year, maximum accrual is 2 times annual rate, no cash out plan. Employees may cash out up to 40 hours/fiscal year, subject to the provision of MOU.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Carmel Art Association Presents LECTURE/DEMO – OIL PAINTING DEMONSTRATION

WHO: Painter Gerard Martin, Carmel Art Association Artist Member

WHAT: Oil Painting Demonstration; in conjunction with Gerard Martin’s Center Room exhibit, “Agriculture: Revisited,” Gerard Martin shares his techniques and tips.

WHERE: Carmel Art Association
W/s Dolores St. between 5th Av. & 6th Av.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 P.M.

NOTES: Free Event, No Reservations Necessary.
View Gerard Martin's "Agriculture: Revisited" exhibit oil paintings, as follows:
"Speckles Harvest"
"Harvest of Heaven"
"Teamwork"
"Spreckles Barn"
"Morning Harvest"
"The Team"
"Land and Color"
"Morning Crew"
"Near Gonzales"
"Evening Warmth"
"Break Time"
"View from the Trees"
"Hot and Dry"
"Red Farmhouse"

Friday, September 19, 2008

Noel Beutel vs. City of Carmel-by-the-Sea: Trial (Phase I) Ongoing

ABSTRACT: In March 2005, the City’s storm drain at Mission St. & 10th Av. failed causing a “gushing stream” to flow into Carmelite Noel Beutel’s residential property at Junipero Av. & 10th Av. In December 2005, Carmelite Noel Beutel filed a lawsuit against the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea alleging the City’s design and maintenance of the storm drain at Mission St. & 10th Av., west of her residence at Junipero Av. & 10th Av., were “faulty in that improper materials were uses, there was no plan for detection of deterioration in the storm drain, and faulty maintenance procedures were employed.” (Noel Beutel vs. City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County Superior Court Case No. M77046) Beutel’s lawsuit seeks reimbursement for the expenses of repairing her residence, appraisal, engineering and attorney’s fees, which are now approximately $400,000. Finally, after numerous delays, Phase I of the Trail commenced on Monday, September 8, 2008. A SYNOPSIS is presented, including information about the ongoing Trial by Judge (Phase I) and upcoming Trial by Jury (Phase II). Each Trial Phase is anticipated to last 2-3 weeks. A GLOSSARY of pertinent legal terms is presented.

SYNOPSIS:
Winter Storm of March 2005: Failure of Storm Drain at Mission St. & 10th Avenue resulted in a “gushing stream” in the front yard of Carmelite Noel Beutel’s residence at Junipero Avenue & 10th Avenue, N.W. Corner.

June 2005: Carmelite Noel Beutel filed a claim against the City, which denied the claim and referred it to St. Paul Travelers, the City’s insurance company.

August-September 2005: St. Paul Travelers determined it would not cover the damage to Noel Beutel’s residence because the City did not have prior knowledge of the storm drain’s condition.

December 1, 2005: Noel Beutel filed a lawsuit in Monterey County Superior Court alleging the City’s design and maintenance of the storm drain were “faulty in that improper materials were uses, there was no plan for detection of deterioration in the storm drain, and faulty maintenance procedures were employed.” (Noel Beutel vs. City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey County Superior Court Case No. M77046) Moreover, Grice Engineering and Geology determined her residence “showed severe settlement and some stress,” and concluded the shift occurred rapidly as a result of “the subsurface erosion of the adjacent soils by the corroded storm drain.” Beutel’s lawsuit seeks reimbursement for the expenses of repairing her residence, appraisal, engineering and attorney’s fees.

April 2006: The City filed response with court, denied any wrongdoing and argued the damages were “caused by the plaintiff’s own conduct or that of a party or parties other than the defendant,” and that she “has not suffered the monetary damages whatsoever,” because of the City. The City requested the court dismiss her suit “with prejudice.”

Jury Trials scheduled for February 5, 2007, August, 13, 2007, December 10, 2007, April 28, 2008 and September 8, 2008.

Trail commenced on Monday, September 8, 2008 with Hon. Susan M. Dauphiné presiding in Courtroom 15, 2nd Floor, Monterey Courthouse. Plaintiff Noel Beutel is represented by Robert E. Rosenthal, Bohnen, Rosenthal & Dusenbury; Defendant City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is represented by Stan Linker, Kennedy, Archer & Harray. The Trail has Two Phases:
1. Judge Trial; issues involve negligence and inverse condemnation; anticipated time duration about 2-3 weeks.
2. Jury Trial: issues involve damages; anticipated time duration 2-3 weeks.

Sources:
Noel Beutel, Carmel-by-the-Sea Resident

LAWSUIT OVER FAILED STORM DRAIN HEADING TO COURT, MARY BROWNFIELD, The Carmel Pine Cone, March 23, 3007

GLOSSARY:
damages
n. the amount of money which a plaintiff (the person suing) may be awarded in a lawsuit.

negligence
n. failure to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the circumstances, or taking action which such a reasonable person would not.

inverse condemnation
n. the taking of property by a government agency which so greatly damages the use of a parcel of real property that it is the equivalent of condemnation of the entire property. Thus the owner claims he/she is entitled to payment for the loss of the property (in whole or in part) under the constitutional right to compensation for condemnation of property under the government's eminent domain right.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Eclectic Courtyards & Passageways of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea: #45

Map Delineating #45 Sunset Community and Cultural Center Terrace and Plaza

45. Sunset Community and Cultural Center Terrace and Plaza
View of Terrace

View of Terrace

View of Terrace

View of Plaza from Terrace

View of Plaza towards Terrace

View of Plaza

Office, Rooms & Tenants:
Center for Photographic Art

The Center for Photographic Art is a non-profit organization that presents major international photographic exhibitions throughout the year, as well as educational workshops and lectures. The organization endeavors to promote a better understanding and awareness of many different approaches to the photographic medium.

CPA is celebrating over 30 years of fine art photography exhibitions in the same gallery, which was originally established as the Friends of Photography by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and other classic artists.

Sunset Center Office
Executive Director: Peter Lesnik

The Sunset Center is a community gathering place, where citizens of the region meet to enjoy the full spectrum of performing arts, view visual-arts exhibits, exchange ideas, learn, and attend organization meetings and educational events. The Center is also home to some of the region’s leading performing-arts organizations, visual and arts service organizations, and volunteer groups.

Artists, local citizens and regional neighbors come together to share talents, ideas and enjoyment of one another in a carefully maintained, state-of-the-art historic facility, governed in a fiscally prudent manner that responds to the dynamic environment of the region.

Marjorie Evans Gallery
Ongoing art exhibits. Gallery is open Mon - Fri 9am to 5:00 pm.

Bingham Room

Chapman Room

Arts Council for Monterey County
Executive Director: Paulette Lynch

The Mission of The Arts Council for Monterey County is to improve the quality of life in our region through the arts.

Our programs nurture and promote access, participation and excellence in all arts disciplines. The Arts Council provides arts education to over 10,000 students thanks to support from local PTAs, foundations, businesses and individuals. We provide promotional, technical and financial support to over fifty arts organizations thanks to funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Babcock Room

Sunset Theater
The historic Sunset Center Theater is an ideal venue for live performances – from piano recitals to lectures and debates, musicals, rock-n-roll, operas, ballet to full-sized orchestral and theatrical productions.

The 718 seat theater allows for several stage configurations, including an orchestra pit or thrust forestage. Complete lighting and sound controls, the option for an in-house sound board and backstage amenities ensure that staff and artists can plan a program for the optimal enjoyment of the audience.

THE END

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Eclectic Courtyards & Passageways of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea: #42, #43 & #44

Map Delineating #42 Bell Tower Court, #43 Heather Glen Court and #44 Sunset Terrace

42. Bell Tower Court
Entrance to Bell Tower Court, E/s San Carlos St., south of 7th Av.

Entrance to Bell Tower Court, S/s 7th Av., east of San Carlos St.

Shops, Businesses and Gallery:
Renate Fine Art Gallery

Tiger Lily Florist & Gifts
Extensive selection of orchids, other exotic flowers and assorted plants. Specializes in loose European design and carry a unique line of gifts. Weddings are their forte.

Heart 2 Heart

The Elegant Set
More than 20 years in the same location, features the most elegant assortment of crystal and table linens on the Monterey Peninsula. They sell the finest crystal made - Lalique, San Luis - and the highest-quality hand-worked linens in the world. All the items in the shop are purchased individually, usually in their country of origin, by owner Ken Derrick.

43. Heather Glen Court
Heather Glen Court Sign

Entrance to Heather Glen Court, W/s Mission St., north of 8th Av.

View of Courtyard

Shops, Businesses and Law Offices:
Coastal Luxury Management

Carmel Coin & Stamp Shop

Thomas V. Nash, Attn
Aggressive Trial Counsel with Extensive DUI Experience
• DUI in Monterey County
• DUI
• CA Department of Motor Vehicles & DUI
• Drug Crimes
• Domestic Violence
• Juvenile Cases
• Other Felonies
• Other Misdemeanors
• White Collar Crimes

Catalyst Wealth Management, LLC.
Synergist Wealth Advisors LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, provides comprehensive, integrated financial strategies to individuals, executives, institutions and families.
(Catalyst Wealth Management LLC, the holding company)

Jill’s of Carmel Fashion Boutique
Jill's of Carmel features one primary designer women's clothing line at a time. Rotates the brands every 4 to 8 weeks, giving the customer an opportunity to return frequently to an absolutely new shopping environment!

Linda M. Masten Attorney At Law

Mast Restaurant Management
Carmel’s Best Restaurants. Anton & Michel, the Grill on Ocean Avenue, PortaBella, Village Corner Mediterranean Bistro, Merlot! bistro and Flaherty’s

44. Sunset Terrace
Entrance to Sunset Terrace, W/s Mission St., north of 8th Av.

View of Sunset Terrace

Entrance to Sunset Terrace, N/s 8th Av., west of Mission St.

Shops, Businesses and Restaurant:
Knapp Hardware
Complete hardware department. Plumbing and electrical building materials. Plywood, power tools and specialty items. Prefab cabinets, shutters and Corian and formica counter tops.

The Mane Attraction Hair & Nail Salon

Sunset Massage Therapy
Scott D. Flewelling, CMT
• Swedish
• Deep Tissue
• Therapeutic
• Hot Stone
• Sports
• Chair
• Relaxation
Nationally Certified through NCTMB, Member ABMP

J.L DiBenedetto Construction
General Contractor

Carmel Appraisal Service
H.K. Bartron SRA Reed Bartron
Members Appraisal Institute
State Certified Residential Appraisers

Mark S. Askew Appraisal Service
Real Estate Appraisal

Level Ledgers Bookkeeping & Payroll Services

Richard Vieille, PhD
Psychologist
Specialties include Anxiety or Fears, Personality Disorders, Depression, et cetera.

Hanagasa Japanese Restaurant Sushi Bar
Japanese.Hanagasa Japanese Restaurant features authentic Japanese food and a full sushi menu.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Eclectic Courtyards & Passageways of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea: #40 & #41

Map Delineating 40. Hampton Court and 41. Reimers’ Stonehouse Terrace

40. Hampton CourtEntrance to Hampton Court, S/s 7th Av. between San Carlos St. & Dolores St.

View of Hampton Court

View of Hampton Court

View of Hampton Court and Entrance to Passageway in background

Entrance to Hampton Court, W/s San Carlos St., south of 7th Av.

Shops, Businesses and Gallery:
Nancy Dodds Gallery
A charming gallery that is home to the work of some of Northern California's most engaging contemporary artists. Features delightful watercolors, etchings, oil on paper, lithographs and monotypes. Includes works by artists Jane Mason Burke, Carolyn Lord, Stephen McMillan, Chris Newhard, Gail Packer, William Hook, Teresa Onoda and many more.

Alan Bienenfeld Fine Jewelry Salon
One of Carmel's premier jewelry designer, offering the best in reputation, quality and craftsmanship. Quality jewelry purchased.

Exclusive Realty by Judy Ivey
Judy Ivey Exclusives is a premier property management and real estate sales business. Over 25 years as licensed real estate agent, Ivey Specializes in highly personalized service and offering only prime properties for rent and sale.

Artista Studio
Creative Safaris for Women
Manifesta Safaris has offered World Premier Vacations for Women for nearly ten years. In 1997, founder Bev Sanders and friends launched Las Olas Surf Safaris for Women with the idea that women can learn more easily in the company of other women.

Manifesta Corporation
Travel Discovery Adventure
Manifesta Safaris offers women's vacations that combine fun, relaxation and new experiences, while fostering friendships, confidence, and self-esteem. The Manifesta team operates successful art, golf, and active safaris for women.

Tiara Accessories

41. Reimers’ Stonehouse TerraceReimers’ Stonehouse Terrace Sign

Entrance to Reimers’ Stonehouse Terrace, W/s San Carlos St. between 7th Av. & 8th Av.

Close-Up of Entrance to Reimers’ Stonehouse Terrace, W/s San Carlos St. between 7th Av. & 8th Av.

View of Reimers’ Stonehouse Terrace

Entrance to Reimers’ Stonehouse Terrace, W/s San Carlos St. between 7th Av. & 8th Av.

Shops, Businesses and Restaurants:
La Dolce Vita
Italian. La Dolce Vita has a cozy dining room and rooftop patio seating, providing a romantic and charming atmosphere to enjoy Italian and Mediterranean food in Carmel.

The Pasta Palate Fresh Pasta Factory

Wittpenn’s Antiques
A wide selection of Antiques, Art and Collectibles. Buys and Sells Antiques, Art and Collectibles.

A Bead Above
A full service bead store that sells beads from around the world - glass beads from India and Germany, beads from Japan, stone beads cut in China, beads from Africa, fresh water pearl beads, garnet beads, many semi-precious beads, metal beads, as well as beading supplies, beaded jewelry and much more. All the colors of the rainbow in glass plus semi-precious gemstones, wood, shell, crystal, metal and bone. They also have a large selection of size 11 seed beads, as well as bead findings and unique centerpeices. Everything you need to create beautiful beaded jewlery.

Nancy’s Hair Design
An original Carmel salon in the true tradition and creative spirit that is Carmel. For 37 years they have offered the comfort, relaxed atmosphere and warm hospitality you would expect in Carmel. They specialize in special-occasion updo's, weddings and on-location services, color and color correction, permanents, highlighting and precision haircuts. Also feature permanent makeup using pigments, not dyes and offering multiple color choices from dramatic to soft and subtle tones, suitable for your personality.

Monterey Peninsula Appraisers
Monterey Peninsula Appraisers was established in 1972; a full service Real Estate Appraisal Company serving Monterey and San Benito Counties. Provides quick, affordable and high quality appraisals for Sales, Refinance, PMI Removal, Relocation, Divorce, Litigation, Insurance Claims, Property Settlement, Mediation, Trusts, Partial Interest and Retrospective Valuation purposes.

The Carmel Pine Cone
Carmel's weekly newspaper founded in 1915, which covers politics, the environment, the arts and real estate news from Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach and Monterey. The newspaper is published every Friday.

Flipside Design, Inc.
Flipside Design provides design and strategy services for all of your product development and package needs, trademark design for brand image and package prototyping and injection mold design and tooling of product components for presentations, focus groups and patents.

Nancy Callahan, CPA, CFP
Accounting/Auditing/Bookkeeping

Law Offices of Michael Lykken

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Eclectic Courtyards & Passageways of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea: #39

Map Delineating 39. Carmel Plaza

39. Carmel Plaza
Area near Entrance to Carmel Plaza, S/s Ocean Av. between Junipero Av. & Mission St.

Entrance to Carmel Plaza, S/s Ocean Av. between Junipero Av. & Mission St.

View of Carmel Plaza Courtyard from Ocean Av. Entrance Level

View of Carmel Plaza Courtyard from Ocean Av. Entrance Level

View of Carmel Plaza Courtyard

View of Carmel Plaza Courtyard

Carmel Plaza Courtyard Area

FOUNTAIN OF WOOF

FOUNTAIN OF WOOF Plaque

Entrance to Carmel Plaza, E/s Mission St., south of Ocean Av.

Entrance to Carmel Plaza E/s Mission St., north of 7th Av.

Entrance to Carmel Plaza, W/s Junipero Av. between Ocean Av. & 7th Av.

Entrance to Carmel Plaza, W/s Junipero Av., north of 7th Av.

Shops & Restaurants:
Anthropologie
Dedicated to providing women clothing, jewelry, and home objects that inspire the imagination.
Ocean Avenue Level
(831) 624-2129

Anubee
Anubee features toys, games, and children's wear. Designer baby & children's clothing and related accessories, shoes, baby & children's furniture, baby & children's toys, baby & children's gift accessories.
(831)626-1070
Courtyard Level

Bistro Beaujolais on the Plaza
Carmel Plaza Brasserie is a first-class, full service, sit-down, upscale cafe and bistro featuring high-quality menu offerings and other food for on-site and off-site consumption
Courtyard Level

Bottega Veneta
Men's and women's high-end fashion and accessories.
(83)1) 622-0518
Ocean Avenue Level

Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar
Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar is a quaint coffee shop in Carmel Plaza, offering a variety of coffees, teas, hot drinks, pastries, panini sandwiches, and more!
(831) 622-0660
Courtyard Level

Carmel Plaza Concierge Center
Please call Carmel Plaza's Concierge Center for any assistance; located on the Ocean Avenue level next to Cole Haan (Suite 219A) to assist in all your guest service needs!
(831) 624-1385
Ocean Avenue Level

Coldwater Creek
Specializing in women's apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts.
(831) 625-4248
Courtyard Level

Cole Haan
Featuring high-quality men's and women's footwear, iconic handbags, personal leather goods and hand-tailored coats.
(831) 624-2650
Ocean Avenue Level

Cos Bar
This upscale cosmetics boutique has something for everyone! Known for their exquisite, hard-to-find makeup and skincare lines, you'll also find an amazing selection of designer frangrances and much more!
(831) 626-6249
Ocean Avenue Level

Flying Fish Grill
Chef/owner Kenny Fukumoto creates a menu featuring fish prepared in a California-Japanese style and served in a charming, cozy ambience. Recommended by Bon Apetit and Frommer's Guide. Located on the Courtyard Level at the Mission Street entrance.
(831) 625-1962
Courtyard Level

Georgiou
Specializing in women's sophisticated suits, contemporary lifestyle clothing and elegant special occasion attire.
(831) 625-5600
Ocean Avenue Level

Hanson Gallery
Established in 1975, this gallery showcases an international collection of established and emerging artists, including sculptures by Frederick Hart, whimsical pastels from McKenzie Thorpe and works by Bill Tossetti, Charles Dwyer, Sam Park and many more.
(831)625-6142
Courtyard Level

Hidesign
Specialty leather apparel and accessories.
(831) 624-7100
Ocean Avenue Level

ILORI
A high-end, luxury sunglass store, featuring high-end fashion sunglasses. Brands to include Burberry, Chanel, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Oakley, Prada, Versace, and many more.
(831)624-3976
Ocean Avenue Level

Impressions: Fine & Fashion Jewelry
Impressions carries gold, silver, diamonds, and chic, modern, clunky fashion jewelry. This is a certified jeweler and does jewelry repairs.
(831)620-0312
Ocean Avenue Level

J. Crew-by-the-sea
A specialty J. Crew store, featuring high-end women's clothing. Offering a wider selection of cashmere, leather, and other fine products including formalwear. An iconic American brand known worldwide for its sophisticated, fun clothing and accessories to live, work, play and even get married in.
(831) 624-2803
Ocean Avenue Level

J. Jill
Offers women's apparel, accessories, and footwear.
(831) 620-0430
Courtyard Level

Jeffrey Collection, The
Unique to Carmel, original jewelry designs with diamonds and rare colored stones.
(831) 625-2050
Courtyard Level

John Thodos, Architect
A full service firm for commercial and residential architecture, planning and interiors. Committed and dedicated to excellence, you will find the office on the exterior of the Plaza at the corner of Mission and Seventh.
(831) 624-0866
Courtyard Level

L'Occitane En Provence
L'Occitane En Provence's products include body care, cosmetics, skin and hair care products, candles, oils, and fragrances.
(831)626-7055
Courtyard Level

Louis Vuitton
Luxury French fashion and leather goods including luggage, handbags and fine accessories.
(831)622-7400
Ocean Avenue Level

Madrigal
Contemporary classics - Men's and women's apparel.
(831) 624-3477
Courtyard Level

Mark Fenwick
Sophisticated styles for the modern woman.
(831) 624-1174
Ocean Avenue Level

Ms. Fabulous
A contemporary women's boutique offering quality brands, including Veronica M., See Thru Soul, Miss Me, Kersh, and more!
(831)625-0920
Courtyard Level

Parts Unknown
Casual contemporary clothing. Lines include Tommy Bahama, Brighton, Reny and Scully.
(831) 626-6323
Ocean Avenue Level

Patisserie Boissiere Restaurant
French European Restaurant and Bakery. Lunch daily from 11:30 until 4:30. Dinner Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 5:30.
(831) 624-5008
Courtyard Level

Posh
Posh carries high-end women's fashion including St. John Knits, Stuart Weitzman, Escada, as well as only the best of the best in high-end furs.
(831) 626-4295
Ocean Avenue Level

Runes & Jewels
An unique jewelry store containing a beautiful range of custom-made symbolic jewelry and specializing in unique sterling silver and gold jewelry.
(831) 620-1688
Courtyard Level

Sur La Table
The best place for cooks to shop for premium-quality culinary tools.
(831) 626-6433
Courtyard Level

Sylvie Unique Boutique
Specialty, European women's fashions and accessories.
(831) 620-0980
Courtyard Level

Talbots
Offering women's, men's and children's apparel as well as shoes and accessories.
(831)626-1702
Ocean Avenue Level & 3rd Level

The Cheese Shop
A gourmet lover's "mecca" cheeses, coffees, wines and gourmet food products from around the world - since 1975 !
(831) 625-2272
Courtyard Level

The Dutches
A unique collection of women's apparel and accessories.
(831) 625-5050
Ocean Avenue Level

Tiffany & Co.
Offering premier jewelry as well as one of a kind gifts since 1837.
(831) 626-4040
Ocean Avenue Level

Tommy Bahama Men's
As the purveyor of island lifestyles, Carmel Plaza's Tommy Bahama Men's has a variety of casual and comfortable sportswear, golfwear, swimwear, footwear and accessories for men.
(831) 620-0302
Ocean Avenue Level

Tumi
Tumi is the leading international brand of luxury travel, business and lifestyle accessories. Commitment to design excellence, functional superiority and technical innovation has made it the brand of choice for the world's most discerning and demanding consumers. Today, Tumi's award-winning products range from luggage, business cases and handbags to wallets, writing instruments and watches.
(831) 624-1680
Ocean Avenue Level

Wilkes Bashford
Simple. Elegant. Sophisticated. Presenting impeccable clothing and unparalleled service to stylish men and women.
(831) 626-6262
Ocean Avenue Level

Yves Delorme
Fashionable linen collections for the home.
(831) 625-8600
Ocean Avenue Level

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eclectic Courtyards & Passageways of Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea: #35, #36, #37 & #38

Map Delineating 35. Red Eagle Trail, 36. Redwood Court, 37. Court of the Fountains and 38. Carmel Square

35. Red Eagle Trail
Red Eagle Trail Sign

Entrance to Red Eagle Trail, E/s San Carlos St., south of Ocean Av.

Entrance to Red Eagle Trail, W/s Mission St., south of Ocean Av.

Law Firm:
The Whitaker Law Firm

36. Redwood CourtEntrance to Redwood Court, W/s Mission St. between Ocean Av. & 7th Av.

Entrance to Redwood Court from Red Eagle Trail

Shops, Businesses and Restaurant:
Viau Estate Jewelry
Fine estate jewelry bought and sold, representing the best in jewelry design from the mid 19th century to the present, hand selected by owner Earl Viau, a Graduate Gemologist. Large collection of European and Oriental antiques and fine paintings.

European Intima Lingerie
Find that special gift for her! European lingerie at its best. Featuring beautiful 2004 collections from Simone Perele, France's leading manufacturer of lingerie.

Tommy’s Wok
Chinese. Tommy's Wok restaurant is the source for Szechuan, Hunan and mandarin cuisine in Carmel. Everything on the menu is house-made. Tommy's Wok serves fresh, organic produce and cooks with only only cold-pressed canola and olive oils.

37. Court of the Fountains
Entrance to Court of the Fountains, W/s Mission St. between Ocean Av. & 7th Av.

View of Courtyard

View of the Courtyard

Entrance to Court of the Fountains, W/s Mission St., north of 7th Av.

Entrance to Court of the Fountains, N/s 7th Av. between San Carlos St. & Mission St.

Shops, Businesses and Restaurant:
Anton & Michel Restaurant
European. Anton and Michel, a Carmel landmark restaurant for the past 20 years, offers creative continental cuisine and Old World elegance. Anton and Michel has been called the epitome of the Carmel experience. This sentiment is reflected in their menu, which includes fresh Monterey Bay seafood, filet mignon, fresh-farmed abalone, and house specialties such as rack of lamb and Chateaubriand carved tableside.

GBG Shoes
GBG Gourmet Women’s Clothing


Lisa’s Studio
Lisa Bryan, one of Carmel's most prolific artists, offers a diverse selection of impressionistic watercolors and oils depicting life on the Monterey Peninsula. Visit her in her unique atelier-style studio gallery in the Court of the Fountains and discover her delightful paintings, prints of local scenes, books and maps. Specializing in commissions of horses, dogs and homes.

Her two books, the first 'Sketches of Carmel' and now the new 'Carmel a Treasure' book including a two-year calendar, also a brand-new artistic village map, a terrific new guide to Carmel sold as a two-piece set. The book describes Carmel Bohemians past and present illustrated with colorful renderings of Carmel.

Jean Newhart Antiques

Maxine Klaput Antiques
Features 18th and 19th period furniture, silver, porcelains and paintings. Specializes in matching sterling silver flatware.

The Mole Hole
Known for imaginative home accents & accessories. Their Collectibles include Disney Classics Collection, Swarovski Silver Crystal, Swarovski Crystal Memories & Jewelry, Wee Forest Folk, Netsuke-like faux ivory boxes. Juried artists contribute to their selection of gifts.

Outstanding collection of distinctive and unusual gift lines, with an emphasis on fine art glass, including Orient & Flume, Peter Ridabock and many others. As exclusive representatives of Murano Glass from Italy, they have introduced the Rosin Collection, elegant free-hand sculptures in glass.

38. Carmel Square
Entrance to Carmel Square, E/s San Carlos St., north of 7th Av.

View of Courtyard

Entrance to Carmel Square, N/s Carmel Square, Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot

Shops, Businesses and Restaurants:
Gem Restaurant
European. The Gem serves a variety of European and American specialties including local seafood, steaks, pastas, lamb, frog legs and the house specialties--steak Diane and cassoulet.

Ody’s Tavern
The highest quality meat, seafood and locally fresh produce using personal recipes with great attention to detail…wonderful food at fair prices.

Findings A Sewing Emporium
A resident-serving business sells notions such as ribbons, trims, buttons, patterns, thread, needles, imported and domestic fabrics, with the added plus of delightful handmade, upscale accessories by local artisans.

FezQ of Carmel
Interior Plants and Uncommon Home Accents

Ron’s Liquors
Liquor, chilled wine, cigarettes, cigars and beers. Magazines, snack food, ice, discounted prices and delivery service. LOTTO.

Perspectacles
Owner/Operator Mike Brown
Sun Glasses & Sun Goggles
Opticians & Optical Goods, Glasses, Contact Lenses

Bill Bates Gallery
Cartoons capturing the spirit and essence of Carmel