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02/25/15

Good morning, COGS E News Reader: Yesterday-Pedalbus ordinance amendments "public input" had no value at last night's hearing hosted by the police department. The State of the City speech by Mayor Lane was the normal cheer leading to a luncheon audience of 450 at the Fairmont Princess Hotel. As too common, a COGS Board member was the only attendee at a public open house-this one to explain a proposed Galleria parking garage project. Thursday is our city founder's birthday and party. Please read the details below.

Lesson One: The Pedal-bus is different from the pedi-cab. The small vehicles that transport two riders and is propelled by a muscular bike peddler is different from the focus of the public hearing last night. The PEDAL-bus (thanks to our AZ state lawmakers)is now defined as a LIMO. That definition grants (1) no need for two amber lights in the front for nighttime use (2) additional 6 inches in width-up from 72 inches (3) permits passengers to consume liquor (wine and beer) in open plastic or paper containers while sitting on the traveling bar stool Note: the passengers bring their own beer and wine. (4) required insurance is reduced to $750,000 single limit liability and $300,000 for uninsured motorist coverage.(5) 15 passengers are permitted. Lesson Two: The public hearing hosted by the police department last night was attended by 8 residents-3 are COGS members. Because AZ state law trumps Scottsdale ordinances, the purpose of the meeting was educational on what WILL be approved by Council and not a time for public input to alter the planned ordinance changes....disappointing to say the least. If you can't get the image below on your computer, it is pedaling patrons/drinkers with open containers who are facing a center bar in an open metal frame. Because Scottsdale has a Traffic Safety Zone with boundaries from Camelback Road south to Osborn and from Miller Road to Goldwater Boulevard, we are able to limit these limos to 25 mph streets. Ordinance details at http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/codes/pedalbus

CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION LAST NIGHT: Council consensus was to not consider removing or gradually reducing the current city tax on home food purchases. Councilman David Smith (former city treasurer) challenged the rest of the council "If not now, when?". Arizona state and Maricopa County do not tax home groceries/food.

TOMORROW IS FOUNDER WINFIELD SCOTT'S 178th BIRTHDAY PARTY Join the free Chaplain Winfield Scott's 178th birthday at noon, Thursday, Feb. 26, in front of the Scottsdale Historical Museum, 7333 Scottsdale Civic Center. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane and local historians Joan Fudala and JoAnn Handley will offer brief tributes, and State Historian Marshall Trimble will be the featured speaker. Old fashioned picnic refreshments will be served following the program. The event is hosted by the Friends of Winfield Scott, founded by former City Council member Roberta Pilcher and the Scottsdale Historical Society. Contact JoAnn Handley at 480-945-4499 for more information.
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TODAY---ALL THINGS SENIOR EXPO offers information and insight on senior resources. Both Scottsdale senior centers are hosting this event to educate residents about available senior resources. The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

ARIZONA CANAL ART WORK now to March 1st.Canal Convergence celebrates unique canal culture and history Art, science and the elements combine when Scottsdale Public Art presents the Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event on the banks of the Arizona Canal at the Scottsdale Waterfront. This free event takes place Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 26-March 1 and offers something for everyone-innovative installations, hands-on activities, live music and the Artisan Market's urban marketplace experience. It will be a treat for the senses as high caliber local, national, and international artists activate the Scottsdale Waterfront with exciting day and night installations - floating, hovering, releasing, revealing and emerging in and around the water


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