Carmel Valley resident hopes to kick start effort to spruce up shabby-looking walls

By Karen Billing

Staff Writer

Just as Del Mar Highlands Town Center has given itself a makeover, a Carmel Valley resident hopes to do the same in her neighborhood. Resident Donna Staubin-Vehar hopes to “reimagine” her neighborhood, specifically the walls along Carmel Creek Road, from Carmel Country Road to just before Mykonos Lane.

The not-so-white-anymore walls are “nasty,” stained and deteriorating, much in need of a fresh coat of paint, Staubin-Vehar said. The need was highlighted after a recent graffiti attack was painted over, the new white sticking out like a sore thumb, she said.

“I love this neighborhood and I don’t want to see the quality of living to go down,” said Staubin-Vehar.

She hopes to present the issue to the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board at its next meeting and see how the board might be able to help.

“This is really an important issue, for all of us to take pride in this community. We need to consider it because it affects people’s impressions coming into our neighborhood,” said Staubin-Vehar, noting the walls are across from the community’s “prestigious” middle school and are along a street used to access area shops and restaurants.

Besides the cost involved, Staubin-Vehar can’t just start painting walls on her own—the walls in the right-of-way are owned by individual property owners in the Baldwin Homes development. She hopes the planning board will be able to help solve the legality questions and perhaps a fundraiser could be held to raise money for paint. Community members could then take part in a “clean-up day.”

As Staubin-Vehar is a recently retired San Diego Unified School District English teacher, she wondered if the project could be something local students at Carmel Valley Middle School or Torrey Pines High School could take on.

“I think it would be a wonderful way to give back to the community,” Staubin-Vehar said.

CVWALL: PHOTO BY KAREN BILLING: A Carmel Valley resident hopes to get these walls on Carmel Creek Road looking fresh again.