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Good evening, COGS E-News Reader.  Here is a Quiz for you to ponder: Is the 42 year old Scottsdale’s ArtWalk on Thursday nights one of the city’s Signature Events?
Current action in the downtown Arts District:  Following multiple meetings with city officials, members of the Scottsdale Gallery Association and other gallery and art-related business owners have crafted a Petition to present to city council.  It lists six specific requests in support of the existing businesses in the downtown Arts District. Attached is that petition. You may provide your support by e-signing it and sending to or stopping by at Pejman Gallery 7165 E Main Street or Carsten’s Fine Art Studio and Gallery at 7077 E Main #5 to sign in person.  You may also print the attached petition and collect signatures from other residents and supporters.  With the loss of 61 galleries in recent times constructive actions must be taken or Scottsdale’s 42 year tradition of an ArtWalk and fine art galleries will be but a memory. (Please read the background on this issue in the August 10th COGS E-Newsletter on our website)  ....Quiz answer: No
 August 31st City Council Agenda items of interest: Consent Agenda: (no public comment and one council vote on all items unless removed by request of a council member) 11 liquor license renewals; Scottsdale Ranch wireless two flagpoles renewal at 10585 North 100 Street; new grade and high private school conditional use permit at 9522 E San Salvador; final approval of the  El Regalo gated 25 lot single-family home subdivision at NE corner Scottsdale Road and E.Westland 34155 N Scottsdale Rd  details at ; Outside law firm contract to the maximum of $150,000 for District Court case Fuciarelli VS City of Scottsdale etal; and ending Consent Agenda with the May 2015 city financial report.
Regular Agenda: (public may speak 3 minutes) Agenda #31. Council decision to allow McDowell Corridor banner displays for public/government purposes within the city’s right-of-way for a period of two years from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2017.     Agenda # 32. Rockbar Outdoor city property rental lease termination:  Readers will recall that earlier this year, RockBar on Craftsman’s Court was the focus of street merchants’ complaints regarding 18 feet of open service windows  during live entertainment.   Council voted to have those closed. When the location was Acme Grill, the city-owned alley on the northern side of the building was rented as a dining patio.  Today the RockBar pays the meager sum of $1,278.20 per year with no dining. With the change to RockBar, the interior kitchen was removed and the alley is used exclusively for drinking patrons. Councilman Smith pointed out that this undoubtedly is a violation of the agreed and specific lease terms and not an appropriate use for city property.  The council is encouraged by area merchants and COGS to give 60 day notice and terminate the lease as the current use is clearly in violation and has been for some time without enforcement.  Additionally, what is the vision of this sitting council for the western side of downtown Scottsdale Road ?
Another Council meeting is August 31st with a presentation, discussion and possible direction to staff concerning the results of a solicitation for an operator/manager for the Desert Discovery Center (DDC)  There is currently no background information on the city website. COGS will provide details when available. Also during the 4 pm work study  session, the council will be giving the Special Events committee directions on the content of that ordinance update and call for more public input.   This is a major concern of the Arts District—When is an approved “special event” actually a regularly scheduled  pop-up tent business ?
New Museum of the West seeks volunteers.  Register for Docent Training Classes by Friday, September 4th  Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is recruiting volunteers who wish to help the museum fulfill its role as the storyteller of the American West. Those with previous museum volunteer experience, or a background in education or Western studies, are especially encouraged to volunteer. The museum, which opened in January of this year, is located in downtown Scottsdale’s Arts District at 3830 N. Marshall Way (one block west of Scottsdale Road, and one block south of Main Street). The rotating exhibitions feature hundreds of Western artworks, rare historic artifacts and cultural treasures on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions.
The museum’s docents lead tours of the exhibitions and tell the stories of the American West, including those of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The fall docent training courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, September 9 through October 14. Attendance at all six sessions is required of prospective docents. Volunteers are also needed to welcome museum visitors, answer general questions and provide directions within the museum. Volunteers interested in staffing information tables at community events or providing administrative support are also encouraged to apply. A minimum of two, three-hour sessions per month are required of volunteers.
Interested individuals should respond no later than Friday, September 4 online at or by contacting Education Manager Wade Weber at or 480-686-9539, ext. 212
Projects that might be in your neighborhood: 7575 East Earl Drive  new 96 bed inpatient building by Banner Behavioral Health...9011 E. Via Linda request to change the exterior of the existing shopping center buildings at Via Linda Crossroads....SE corner Paradise View St and Palo Verde Lane request to rezone from R1-43 single family to smaller lots of R1-18 and R1-35 single family...3126 N.71 Street request to abandon 30 ft. of roadway along the west boundary of the property for the Gallery...64th Street and McDowell Road -request to rezone the Infinity autoplex to Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning that allows 48 feet height. Two neighborhood meetings were held last week at the site. The Open Space on the northern boundary would not be developed. 94th Street north of Cactus will be a request to rezone existing horse acreage to single family complex....96th St/Shea Blvd CVS pharmacy rezoning request will be heard by the Planning Commissioners Sept. 16th.


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     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

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