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06/21/20 Newsletter

Do you have cabin fever?
--or just a cleaned out garage and house closets plus a finished reading list?

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE
MAYORAL AND CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES ?

www.cogsaz.net is your link to learn about all city candidates.

  • Who is running for mayor?    for city council?
  • What does the candidate look like?
  • How do they respond to COGS questions on city issues and city decisions?
  • Are they specific on constructive strategies for the city’s future?
  • What groups and individuals are financing their campaign?

The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale—COGS—has collected candidate responses that help you to be an informed voter. Our website www.cogsaz.net has a special section with candidate's extensive responses to important city issues. What will the candidate bring to the city that is constructive and solution-driven? How experienced is the candidate?  Has the candidate served on volunteer city boards, commissions, and task forces?  Has the candidate been a volunteer in other organizations?---a leader?

Grab a cool drink. Sit in your easy chair.  Open WWW.COGSAZ.net

and read the COGS questionnaire responses from those willing candidates

Keep checking the COGS website for election updates

COGS will continue to publish updates on their Financial Reports and include any links to new newspaper articles providing additional information about a candidate. We will also alert you to opportunities to hear/see a candidate.  We have requested that all candidates provide us with dates & times for Meet n Greets, organization-hosted forums and other opportunities to evaluate them for the mayoral or council position. These will be published in our COGS Newsletter and posted on our website..

SCOTTSDALE ELECTION INFORMATION

Register to vote by Monday 6 July for the Primary Election that will be held Tuesday, 4 August.
Register to vote by Monday 5 October for the General Election that will be Tuesday 3 November.
Early ballot will be ready for the Primary Election on Wed, 8 July. and for the General Election Wed, 7 October.

Quoted from the official Scottsdale website: “Voters who are not affiliated with any political party and who are on the Permanent Early Voting List will not automatically receive a ballot for Scottsdale’s August 4, 2020 Primary Election, and will have the option of requesting a political party ballot of their choice or a Scottsdale-only ballot. These voters must notify Maricopa County Elections (602-506-1511) of their selection to receive a mail-in ballot for the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Ballot selections also may be made online at:  https://recorder.maricopa.gov/earlyvotingballot/earlyvotingballotrequest.aspx
 

 
HAVE YOU BEEN COUNTED YET?....takes a couple of minutes

GO TO my2020census.gov to complete the very few census questions  Did you check your mail for your invitation to respond to the 2020 Census? Your census ID is included in the letter. The 2020 Census gives you the option to respond ONLINE, BY PHONE, or BY MAIL…NO personal information will be given to outside agencies. 

 

HOW DOES YOUR CENSUS answer BENEFIT SCOTTSDALE?

The results of the census determine the number of seats for each state in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Arizona growth we should get more) and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.  

With more Scottsdale population, it increases federal funding for:
Improving vital services for schools
● Upgrading emergency services
● Assisting hospital needs
● Hiring adequate police and fire services

 

SUPER TOUGH TIMES FOR MANY PEOPLE

Food & clothing    Vista del Camino  7700 E Roosevelt Street    west of Hayden Road and south  of McDowell Road next to the Greenbelt.

Job Seekers     Companies are hiring and Scottsdale businesses need you now more than ever. Check out the job board, Scottsdale.Jobs for Scottsdale based positions.
Employers    Are you in need of top talent asap? Posting positions is free on Scottsdale.Jobs The city will continue to post job opportunities to our community. 
NextDoor.com  Residents post FREE items from furniture, utensils, clothing and more...  Also super low-cost bargains to help your budget

 

Tired of your home cooking?

Try these local restaurants    
Restaurants available for take-out


WHAT IS OPEN AND WHEN?
 

The Governor issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services on Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, May 11th. However it is up to the owners/managers to decide to accommodate the rules for sit-down. Face masks, distancing, safety protocols are all required. Several Old Town restaurants are still limiting to Take Out service.

Where can you go for FUN and EXERCISE?

Scottsdale’s outdoor tennis courts, pickleball courts and the McDowell Mountain Ranch skate park opened for the public Friday, May 8.

The neighborhood tennis and pickleball courts will be available regular park hours, from sunrise until 10:30 p.m. (Note: Cholla Park pickleball courts was undergoing construction, and that construction should have been completed this past weekend . Check the Cholla Park webpage for the latest updates.)

The Scottsdale Ranch and Indian School Tennis Centers were available beginning May 8 for reservations only during modified operating hours: 7:30 a.m. to noon; 3 to 9 p.m. daily. No drop-in play will be permitted – a maximum of four players/coaches per court will be enforced. Showers and locker facilities are closed.

The city is planning to reopen other public facilities and programs as statewide restrictions are relaxed. A phased opening of city pools is planned beginning Memorial Day pending further direction from the state. The city is also preparing to re-open some libraries on a similar time frame. Details will be announced later in May.
 

Summer recreation program registration postponed.

 With summer fast approaching, you may be wondering when to register for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer program offerings. At this time, summer 2020 program registration is postponed. This includes:

Summer Special Events

  • No Mighty Mud Mania on June 6th (45th year)
  • Postponed McCormick-Stillman RR Park summer concert series
  • Hopeful for the September 45th anniversary Railroad Park celebration
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ARE ANY NEW Walkable CITY PARKS PLANNED?  ....YES!

 

Imagine a small park at Drinkwater Boulevard and Indian School Road
and in 10 to 12 locations around our Downtown

 Scottsdale Public Art are creating an artist-designed pocket park that will enhance the pedestrian experience in Old Town Scottsdale. This concept comes from the Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan and will help city officials demonstrate how a pocket park can be designed and integrated into Scottsdale’s urban environment as a pilot project to eventually design and support between 10 and 12 pocket parks. The parks will be strategically located along key pedestrian areas with the ultimate goal to help draw visitors between key focal downtown points. The selected artist will create a design for a pocket art park, a space that incorporates seating, shade and sound, infused with a public art component. Potential content for the design includes public art, xeriscape landscaping, green space, gardens; pedestrian benches, tables, planters, bike rack accommodations, increased shade respites with additional trees. Wayfinding/maps, Wi-Fi and recycle bins. Funding for the project comes from The Downtown Cultural Trust, which applies to private development projects in zoning districts requiring a contribution. The Trust receives contributions generated by the valuation of private development projects in the downtown area that elect not to commission and install original artwork in its projects. These funds are then strictly used for the cost of artwork on property in the Old Town area.

 

Are you missing your strolls through the Western Spirit: Museum of the West?

  Sit on your patio by the pool or inside your air-conditioned home and check out the new landing page for exciting, digital content  We aren't disclosing more---experience for yourself until the museum opens again.


Starting that Garden? Need help what to plant?
Check out this helpful website https://happydiyhome.com/full-sun-plants/
 

LAND CASES AND ORDINANCE CHANGE REQUEST

Hearing date is May 19th,Tuesday 5 pm with City Council   Rezoning for 21 lot subdivision SW corner of Happy Valley Rd and N. Alma School Rd. named-Happy Valley 18   case 13-ZN-2019

7000 E McDowell Road  Southdale  new 4 story 267 unit multi-family development  5-ZN-2020

NE corner of Oak Street and 62nd Street.  New 2 story, 89 unit residential unit 3-GP-2020 and 7-ZN-2020  Lunda on Oak

SW corner Shea Blvd and 74th Street   New residential healthcare facility  6-ZN-2020 & 2-GP-2020

Zoning Ordinance request:  1-TA-2020   Request to amend the city hours of operation for medical marijuana uses currently 6 am to 7 pm.  Request is to extend to 10 pm

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SPECIAL MESSAGE TO COGS MEMBERS ($35/year)

Please go to the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale website www.cogsaz.net and review all the city candidates' questionnaire responses.  You will be receiving a COGS Member Survey in the next couple of days. Please respond and guide your organization to endorse (or not) any candidate for city council and one for mayor. Details will be included with that survey.  Send any questions to cogspc1@gmail.com


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 COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale Updates for members

Board of Director 2020 officers   contact  board@cogsaz.net

Vice President               Chris Schaffner                              Las Sendas
Treasurer                       James Davis                                  Estancia
interim Secretary            "Copper" Phillips                            Rura North
Executive Director/City Liaison   Sonnie Kirtley                   Caballo Ranchos
                   
   
Read bios on our website under
Who We Are and info on other Board Members

 

 

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