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Good evening, COGS E-News Reader Thank you for attending public meetings with candidates. Being an informed voter is a serious responsibility. You will have other voters asking you, "Who should I vote for?" Share your experiences and your impressions of each candidate. Is it campaign fluff or does the candidate have experiences and proven actions that fit your city vision? Are you aware that political mailers and advertisements do not have to be truthful?...much less accurate and complete information. Sometimes they simply insult our intelligence. Then there are boatloads from Undisclosed Donors-what do they want in return for their expenditures? Please don't let anyone BUY your vote. Take advantage of the events below to MEET candidates personally. Thank you.
Tomorrow, Monday 29 September: 3 events:

  • 6 pm Learn about the Scottsdale Unified School District Maintenance and Operation (M & O) Override that will be on the November ballot. Go to the Lecture Hall at Coronado High School (Miller and Virginia south of Thomas Rd)[ The speaker will be SUSD Chief Financial officer, Daniel O'Brien. Bring your questions regarding the budget and how the M & O budget is funded.
  • 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Allyn home at 8344 E. Mustang Trail (from Shea/84th St turn south to Arabian east to 84th Pl, south to Mustang, west to 4th house on right) meet Michele Reagan's husband, David Gulino, and city council candidates Cindy Hill and Kathy Littlefield and talk with sitting Scottsdale Councilmen Bob Littlefield and Guy Phillips.
  • beginning at 7 pm and hosted by the DeCabooters at 7912 E. North Lane (south of Shea Blvd on Hayden Rd then west on Gold Dust and north on 79th Street then east on North Lane) discuss issues with David N. Smith, city council candidate.

Tuesday, September 30th the Scottsdale Leadership class hosts the All City Council Candidates' Forum 10 am to 11:30 am in the Kiva (city hall). We had the date incorrect in the last COGS E-Newsletter so it is great news that the event has not already happened. Please do spend this important time hearing and meeting the candidates. Yes, you may bring your morning coffee.

Wednesday, October 1st, 6 pm hosted by Clean Elections is a debate between John Kavenaugh and Paula Pennypacker (AZ senate candidates District 23) in the Kerr Cultural Center -Studio Room at 6110
Scottsdale Road.

Wednesday, October 8th 6 pm to 8 pm The Scottsdale School Board Candidates' Forum will be hosted by Independent Newsmedia, Inc. (Scottsdale & Paradise Valley Independent newspapers). Location is Montelucia Resort on the SE corner of Tatum Blvd and Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.

Thursday, October 9th beginning at 6 pm Meet with Paula Pennypacker (District 23 Senate candidate), and Kathy Littlefield and David N. Smith (Scottsdale City Council candidates) in a home located at 4752 North 75th Place, in Villa Monterey (south of Chaparral Road then west on Rancho Vista beyond the swimming pool) RSVP 480-425-0470 or

GONE GONE ...The former Plaza 777 on Scottsdale Road is now a vacant lot. Remember the used book store? The Pitre Buick dealership on McDowell Road near 64th Street/canal is dirt with the exception of the concrete garage that will be re-used for the residential development. Apparently Forever Dirt will be the Solis site on Camelback Road east of the AZ Canal along with the Blue Sky high rise apartment towers site north of the Camelback and Scottsdale Road intersection. Remember the former Safari Resort and the Brown Derby restaurant near that location ?....oh to dream of such elegance there again! Fry's approved teardown and rebuild at Indian School Road and Miller Road has been delayed. COGS will keep you updated.

EVENTS COMING WITH OCTOBER: Scottsdale International Film Festival featuring 55 films from 31 countries is October 9th through 13th at Harkins Shea 14. Link: 
Scottsdale Fall Festival with the family costume contest, haunted forest, pumpkin carving and ending fireworks show. Saturday, Oct 25th, South Eldorado ball field 1909 N Miller Road  October 23rd, Thursday from 5 to 7 pm is the Historical League Fall membership open house. The event will be at the historic Rancho Joaquina House 4630 E Cheery Lynn Rd in Phoenix. This nationally registered historic estate is 80 acres and was surrounded by orange groves. Contact Margaret Truman Baker at for more information.

Welcome back to our City Manager, Fritz Behring who was off on medical leave. His expertise as the city leader is greatly appreciated.

     For the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS) Board of Directors, 

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

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     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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