ust 120 miles south of San Francisco on the Californiacoast, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea (pop. 3,684)prides itself on its white sand beach, lush urban forest,natural parklands, and roadside greenbelts, all within aone-square mile community that has long attracted artists,authors, photographers, art enthusiasts, and vistors.Carmel-by-the-Sea was founded at the turn of the centuryby James Franklin Devendorf, who, stunned by the area’snatural beauty, decided to create a residential, family-oriented community that respected and enhanced thenatural setting. In just a few short years the area becamerenowned for its art and culture, and in 1910 the Los Angeles Times declared it “the most amazing colony on
earth.” The City ocially incorporated in 1916 and passed
an ordinance in 1929 to protect the community focus bydeclaring that “business and commerce have in the past,are now, and are proposed to be in the future subordinatedto its residential character.”
Today Carmel-by-the-Sea oers residents premiumquality services and amenities that reect the community’s
commitment to its residential nature, the environment,and the arts. There are over 80 acres of parks locatedthroughout the City. An urban forest of over 13,000 treesalso grow on public property. Residents do not have homemail delivery and instead continue the village custom
of daily trips to the Post Oce, while the absence of
streetlights and formal sidewalks in the residential districtcontribute to the City’s treasured charm and forest-like atmosphere. Completed in 2001, the $21.4 millionrenovation of the City’s famous Sunset Center createdan outstanding venue for a number of impressive artistic
oerings, as does the Forest Theater, the rst outdoor
theater west of the Mississippi river.
Throughout the year, Carmel-by-the-Sea oers a diversity
of festivals and events designed to promote and enhancethe City’s creative traditions, including the Carmel ArtFestival, Bach Festival, Authors & Ideas Festival, and theConcours d’Elegance Car Parade and Display, amongothers. Annual community events include a variety ofcelebrations such as the Fourth of July, the City’s Birthdayand Parade, and the holiday tree lighting ceremony. Thecommunity also has a long history of being one of themost dog-friendly cities in the country.Given its beautiful coastal resources, rich cultural heritage,and historical interest, it is no surprise that Carmel-by-the-Sea attracts an estimated two million visitors annually.In November 2010, Condé Nast Traveler listed the Cityas one of its 10 Places to Visit, and TripAdvisor namedthe community the #1 Small City in the U.S. Visitors can
easily nd excellent lodging, outstanding recreation, ne
restaurants, and specialty shops adorning the streets ofthe business district, while civic leaders and residents workdiligently to balance their focus on sustaining a qualityresidential village with nourishing a vibrant tourism basethat supports and enhances the area.Carmel-by-the-Sea has a high median household income
and high property values. The Carmel Unied SchoolDistrict oers outstanding educational opportunitiesand has won state and national awards for excellence.
Opportunities for higher education are available nearby viaCalifornia State University at Monterey Bay and MontereyPeninsula College, with numerous prestigious academicinstitutions located a short distance away.To learn more about this incomparable municipality, visithttp://ci.carmel.ca.us/carmel/.
armel-by-the-Sea is a General Law City operatingunder a City Council/City Administrator form ofgovernment. The City Council is composed of theMayor and four Council Members, all of whom are electedat-large. The Mayor serves a two-year term and CouncilMembers serve staggered, overlapping four-year terms.Elections are held in April of each even-numbered year.The City Council appoints the City Administrator, City Attorney, City Treasurer and the City Engineer, while theMayor makes appointments to the City’s various advisory
boards and commissions, with conrmation from the
Council.In addition to the City Council, City Administrator, andCity Attorney, the government of Carmel-by-the-Seais comprised of the Departments of Public Safety; Administrative Services; Library; Public Services; andCommunity Planning & Building. The City is supported
by a professional sta of 54 full-time and 20 part-time