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Good morning, COGS E-Newsletter Reader. Hopefully today or tomorrow you will stroll 5th Avenue shops west of Scottsdale Road and enjoy their Art Festival. Ride the free Downtown Trolley to Old Town for a full day of exploring your unique city. The last newsletter had an extensive list of family and friend events for December. We will publish updates and add events through January 2015 next week. Now that all the election hype is over and you have digested the Thanksgiving meal, COGS hopes you will continue to keep informed on city issues. We are your free research service to find neighborhood answers on issues or to connect you to the appropriate city resource. Thanks for reading further.

NEED HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AND IDEAS? The Angel Store on 5th Avenue is now open under new ownership, Grady Soine, with special entertainment today through the 7th and artisan trunk shows. Throughout 5th Avenue is their annual Arts Festival today 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

OLD TOWN MERCHANTS' COWBOY CHRISTMAS weekends begin next week-Dec 13/14 and again 20/21. Music, western actors, children activities and super shopping and great foods. Free stagecoach rides with Santa for adults, too.
COUNCIL ACTIONS: All the major General Plan amendments and their rezoning applications were approved Monday night and the Cavalliere Ranch rezoning was approved Tuesday night. Howard Myers organized the project list into this chart:

Project Name



Council Vote

Reserve at Pinnacle Peak Patio



E. Jomax Road &

E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway.


Littlefield, Phillips NO

Cavalliere Flat



SE corner of N. Alma School Parkway and E. Pinnacle Vista Drive


Littlefield NO

Cavalliere Ranch


Between E. Ranch Gate Road and E. Pinnacle Peak Road and between N. 128th Street and N. 134th Street


Littlefield, Phillips NO

El Regalo



NE corner of E. Westland Drive and N. Scottsdale Road


Bahia Work Live Play



16576 N. 92nd Street


Littlefield NO

Mr. Myers comments: "The first 3 are located in or near Troon and will have a major impact on traffic in and through Troon, especially Cavalliere Ranch that will add about 3,000 vehicle trips per day, above what the property originally would have generated, through Troon on Ranch Gate Road and Happy Valley. It also triples the density in a very sensitive area of the land adjacent to the Preserve. A parade of supporters (about 17) spoke in favor of the project, most of whom are builders or business owners who think they will get something out of it. Only 3 people spoke against it, me, Jim Heitel (chairman of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission), and one resident from Troon. While lack of significant opposition from Troon didn't help, in reality the council had already decided to approve it, so it was unlikely any additional speakers against it would have had any impact. Hopefully when David Smith and Kathy Littlefield join the council in January, things will change. At least it will be harder to pass major General Plan amendments and the council will start looking at the cost of development to the city and its impact on our tourists and residents." [end of quote]

Did you hear gunshots this week near your Camelback Road neighborhood? POLICE REPORT WED. 3 DEC: " 2 am, Scottsdale PD responded to a shooting call at the Mint nightclub at 7373 E Camelback Rd. Responding officers learned of the following situation: Several subjects were involved in an altercation inside of the nightclub. The parties involved in the altercation were kicked out of the "Mint" and the altercation resumed in the parking lot. The male suspect then produced a handgun and fired several rounds at the victim. The victim was struck at least one time. The male subject then fled the scene in a unknown vehicle. The victim of the shooting is a 28 year old male and he was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. The investigation is on-going and no further information is available at this time. Sergeant Ben Hoster" [end of quote]

Attend a Public Open House to rezone existing Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve land from old Residential (R-1)zoning to Conservation Open Space in the Environmentally Sensitive Land district (COS/ESL). There will be no formal presentation--just information boards and staff available to answer your questions. Mon.8 Dec 4 to 7 pm Legend Trail Community Center then Tues. 9 Dec 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Anasazi Elem. School cafeteria 12121 N. 124th St and the last one at Florence Ely Nelson Desert Center 17 Dec from 4 pm to 7 pm.

Remember this.....The nicest thing about the future is that is always starts tomorrow.

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

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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