Good morning, COGS E-Newsletter Reader: This was a week of
meetings and COGS attended and has summaries below for your
review. The Tourism Development Commission distributes the
collected millions of dollars from the bed-tax. The Tourism
Advisory Task Force works on a long-term plan to develop and
market our city as THE Arizona destination. Please notice the
citizen volunteer groups and reports of their activities toward
the end of this newsletter. Have a good weekend-perhaps a dry one?
What happened at the two Tourism meetings earlier this week?
Behind the Planning Commission as the most powerful council
appointed group is the Tourism Development Commission. They
distribute the collected millions of dollars in bed-tax. At this
meeting, $65,000 was granted for a one day April 2015 Rugby
Tournament and up to $75,000 for an NFL event called "Taste
of NFL" and the Kick Hunger Challenge to occur at WestWorld.
References were made to previous $900,000 to the Museum of the
West and $1,150,000 to the TPC golf tournament. Controversy arose
on the current city treasurer's request to to remove $1,115,000
from dedicated tourism bed-tax funds to ["bailout" ] the
Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center costs. Ex-City Treasurer, David N.
Smith, spoke as a citizen and strongly discouraged approving the
request citing Financial Policy 37 and stated that their needed
dollars should come from the General Fund. The current treasurer
stated there isn't enough money in the General Fund to pay for the
Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) scheduled. One commissioner
responded that in business if you don't have the money, then you
cut operating costs or you delay some projects. The commissioners
voted 7-0 to deny the request.
Additional information: (1) Jeep Tours in the Preserve were
extended by city council to May 2015. Meanwhile negotiations for
an Agreement for Scottsdale to pay Tonto National Forest to accept
the tours inside their boundaries instead is underway. (2) $75,000
was approved for the Arizona Center Project-see description below
in the Tourism Task Force meeting notes. (3) Sky Harbor signage
directing to Scottsdale is not forthcoming. (4) The city plans to
hire an Events Manager. (5) The WestWorld public art piece of the
enormous metal Arabian horse will be changed from the planned
entry location to the NE street intersection as it would have
blocked ease of entry for Barrett-Jackson transports and auction
Then there is the 2nd Tourism Group-- 11 member appointed
Tourism Advisory Task Force begins year two with projects titled:
(1) Downtown Events & Shoulder Season (2) Festivals (3) World
Class Biking (4) Arizona Central (5) Generational Change and (6)
Crisis Response Reserve. The most focused seems to be the Arizona
Central. It would be a facility located near our
canal-Waterfront-Marshall Way area. Touring vacationers would come
to plan their travel experiences not just in Scottsdale but the
region. Tours could be booked and practical information received
on Points of Interest and the specific type of activities the
tourist/visitor is seeking. The Scottsdale Convention and
Visitors' Bureau would be inside. As COGS sat in the meeting
taking notes, it summarizes to be similar to the Tourist
Information services throughout most of Europe. The goal is to
become the hub for the Arizona tourist industry through services
and to highlight Scottsdale as a destination city.
Readers will be happy to learn that the Parada del Sol will no
longer be the best-kept-secret and that the city will provide
marketing funds in 2015. The Entertainment Solutions firm
presentation included expanding the single event to several days
with additional family events and activities. To remove conflict,
the 2015 Parada will be February 14th because of the Super Bowl
and TPC Golf Tournament dates.
CITIZEN GROUP REPORTS:
Congratulations to the Community Council of Scottsdale for
hosting last night's Scottsdale School District Board candidate
forum. There were more audience questions then time to answer. The
Common Core definition controversy continued. Candidates described
it is as nothing more than MINIMUM national standards so students
could transfer across the country and be accountable at their
grade level. The curriculum and lesson plans are determined at the
local level. Some in the audience thought the federal government
was dictating WHAT and HOW teaching occurs. Apparently governors
from all the states conferenced and developed the Common Core
concept. Please contact any and all of these candidates and get
your questions answered.
Welcome back to the Scottsdale Coalition as Chairman Nancy
Cantor announced that she is re-activating their organization.
Nancy is a one-woman dynamo currently focused on Aging in Place,
transportation route improvements and southern Scottsdale housing
issues. She was a strong voice to save Tonalea Grade School and to
move all the students intact to an existing campus south of
Coronado High School.
Scottsdale Gateway Alliance (a southern Scottsdale grass-roots
group also) was featured in the Fall 2014 McCormick Ranch
Lifestyle magazine. Their members are the driving force to
revitalize the McDowell Corridor-both with the business and
residential properties. Mark your calendar for Sunday, November
9th, and tour some representative 1950s and 1960s homes of early
Scottsdale. Details will be in future COGS E-Newsletters.
What is "under voting"? When the voter can select
more than one candidate for vacancies and they chose to mark less
than allowed-that is under voting. Why do it? Some use it as a
strategy in the Primary Election with the hope that their
candidate will get 50% plus 1 vote and win outright-no General
Election race for him/her. However in the General Election such as
the Scottsdale City Council race, there will be 3 winners measured
by their total vote count. As a voter you should become informed
and we recommend that you select three on your ballot who
represent your vision of our city.
MEET AND GREET ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR ANY SCOTTSDALE CITY COUNCIL
CANDIDATE: Send the date, location and information on your private
or group Meet n Greet or public invitation fund-raisers for city
council candidates. We will publish it with the encouragement that
all voters should attend and PERSONALLY meet each candidate. An
informed November decision is important to our city's future.
Negative advertisements cost a lot of money and any involvement by
a candidate should be of concern to everyone. Feel free to ask all
candidates hard questions---get around the campaign fluff! If they
are not an incumbent a good question is "How many city
council meetings did you attend prior to being a candidate?"
"Name some city boards and commissions that you have served
on prior to being a candidate."
COGS Members: Visit the COGS Political Committee website at
Information on endorsed candidates and future Meet and Greets plus
other informational items.
For the Coalition of Greater
Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors,
Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail email@example.com
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