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01/18/15

Thank you for reading the COGS E-Newsletter. This is a lengthy edition as it includes (1) the map for the February 14th new Parada del Sol route (2) Council action on two citizen petitions (3) Link for information on the Super Bowl FanFest on the lot north of Fashion Square (4) Sales Tax rules in Scottsdale-answer to the many auto auction sales question COGS has repeatedly been asked (5) Full alert on last week's recent home break-in tactics being used in Scottsdale. Please read AND DON'T BE A VICTIM. (6 ) Report on the Anti-police demonstration yesterday at police headquarters.

THE NEW PARADE ROUTE for the Parada del Sol February 14th is attached. It begins at Stetson Drive south of Camelback Road and ends on Indian School Road after looping east on 2nd Street then northward on Brown Avenue through Old Town. The Trails End party is still planned for families, stagecoach rides and special music and entertainment events in the Old Town area.

TWO CITIZEN PETITIONS WERE ACCEPTED BY CITY COUNCIL. The City Manager has been directed to investigate (1) the request from Carol Ziffni and her petition signers to extend bus route 72 (Scottsdale Road) by 1.9 miles that will take it north of the CAP and service the Appaloosa Library, hospital and nearby residents. (2) the request from Deanna Peters to revise the homeowner's vacation rental ordinance that currently requires the minimum of 30 day-rentals in a single-family residential zoned area. Both directives were supported by all seven council members.

FAN FEST SCOTTSDALE LAUNCHES BIG GAME WEEK ON JAN. 26
Fan Fest Scottsdale, Scottsdale's signature, week-long FREE fan celebration event, kicks off on Jan. 26 to celebrate the Big Game and showcase the ESPN broadcast. Fan Fest Scottsdale is taking place on the north side of Scottsdale Fashion Square and is where ESPN will be broadcasting all week long, Jan 26. - Feb. 1. The Fan Fest Scottsdale line-up includes chef cooking demos, the NFL Players' Wives Fashion Show, interactive gaming areas for family fun, team VIP lounges and more. For more information, visit FanFestScottsdale.com.

SUPER BOWL EVENT SPOTLIGHT: TASTE OF THE NFL
Held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX at WestWorld of Scottsdale, this year's star-studded TASTE OF THE NFL (TNFL) Party with a PurposeŽ fundraising event features exceptional cuisine and prominent chefs from around the country. NFL players, coaches, legends and more will also come together to support the fight against hunger. This strolling food and wine event features more than 32 restaurant stations, one from each NFL city, which provide fabulous food and wine pairings for guests to sample. There is also an NFL player (either current or alumni) seated at each food station. Guests can enjoy getting photos with and autographs from our celebrity chefs and players. Also featured this year are five Valley-based restaurants that will be showcased in the exclusive "Flavors of the Valley" area. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at TasteoftheNFL.com.

Do you wish we had more activities in the DOWNTOWN all year? The City of Scottsdale has sought entertainment for the specialty retail districts in order to enhance the visitor experience and compliment downtown events such as ArtWalk. Scottsdale hosted an estimated 9.1 million visitors in 2013, and visiting downtown is within the top three activities participated in by Scottsdale visitors. The City's five-year strategic plan for tourism also identifies the need for an animated downtown, making it a lively place to be and to visit. The City of Scottsdale received sealed submittals from contractors, entertainment brokers and producers for musical entertainment, street performances and art demonstrations for various locations in downtown Scottsdale. The deadline was last Friday the 15th. Let's hope some great ideas were received.

SALES TAX CHANGES IN ARIZONA
Starting in 2015, if a customer is physically in an Arizona location, regardless of whether they are shipping and using an item out of state, they will be required to pay state transaction privilege taxes. It is the physical location of the buyer that determines whether it is a taxable transaction or not. An exemption continues to exist for all out-of-state buyers. For example, if a gallery owner takes an order over the phone from an out-of-state buyer and ships them the painting (or any other item) out of state, they are still exempt from tax. Nothing has changed for the City of Scottsdale, just for Arizona. Scottsdale only exempts from tax those transactions where the purchaser was out of state and the item was shipped out of state for use out of state. The City has always considered it a taxable transaction when the purchaser was physically in the store location and they were having an item shipped out of state and used out of state. So, if a car is sold at auction and will be delivered out of state, Scottsdale receives no sales tax. You can assume that millions of dollars in auto auction sales this past week slipped across the state lines.

FULL ALERT ON RECENT HOME INVASIONS: Scenario One: A well-dressed man comes to your door and states that he is a "contractor" and your block wall has many cracks and needs repair. You walk around the side of your home as he points out the section. While your front door remains unlocked, his crime partner darts into your home and steals all jewelry and easy-to-carry valuables. Scenario Two: The sliding glass door on the back of your home is easily entered from the back alley. If you don't have strong locks on it, they lift one section out of the frame. Pillow cases are used to quickly load and carry out valuables. Scenario Three: A child or small person is sent through the dog door and the door is unlocked from the inside for the adults to enter and raid your home. Please be alert to strangers at your door-the City of Scottsdale requires a visible PERMIT on legitimate sales people in neighborhoods.

ANTI-POLICE DEMONSTRATION HELD AT SCOTTSDALE POLICE HEADQUARTERS. Yesterday morning 10 am to 11:30 am less than 10 young people demonstrated at Scottsdale Police headquarters at Indian School Road & Granite Reef Road. The demonstrators were delivered by their parents (too young to drive or no licenses??)! One boy had a German/Gestapo type uniform on and was doing the Heil Hitler arm sign. Another male wore a pig nose and a third male kept his face hidden behind a scarf. They were totally outnumbered by supporters for our police department thanks to the Blue Knights (motorcycle group that does the Veterans-to-the-Cemetery escort) and sign and American flag holders from the Scottsdale Realtors, COGS and other community supporters. The young people were not identified as living in Scottsdale. They were rude and disrespectful. Perhaps these young demonstrators will improve their behavior---they surely were surprised at the turnout of Scottsdale residents.

INTERESTING STORY IN THE PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: "The city of Tempe has terminated a development deal with a Chinese-backed Scottsdale company that wanted to build a $1 billion project on Tempe Town Lake"

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