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Good evening, COGS E News Reader. Hopefully you experienced the lunar eclipse last night—spectacular with binoculars and probably awesome with a home telescope! Hot Issues continue: (1) Latest on the Downtown businesses challenging the Special Events Ordinance (2) Parada del Sol route for Feb 13, 2016  (3) public Bond Election forums and election deadline dates
Downtown businesses challenge temporary vendors on public property.  (Review  or “Can you hear me now?” ) 2014 March—thirty-three  5th Avenue merchants signed a petition opposing Artisan Market on the public property, Marshall Bridge; 2014 April Artisan Market presented thirty-seven signatures in support with some signatures not from area merchants; 2015 June Thirty-six fine art gallery owners sent an opposition letter to City Council; 2015 July Scottsdale Gallery Association held a well-attended meeting of city officials and gallery owners to discuss their concerns; 2015 August More than 200 Old Town, Main Street, Marshall Way and 5th Avenue owners and merchants signed and submitted  specifically listed items in a petition to City Council. 2015 August 31st and September 21st Council held Work Study sessions and identified a number of considerations and revisions in the 2016 Special Events Ordinance. Staff was directed to return October 6th with procedures for planned public input before updating the 1992 ordinance.
NOW: Tuesday, October 6th Agenda Item #15: The city attorney responds to the Petitioners’ requests related to the Artisan Market permit for 2015-2016  (1) Denial. to have the council rescind their permit.  “permit issuance is governed by the current ordinance and the Council does not have the ability to revoke or rescind a special events permit” (2) Denial that the Special Events Ordinance is solely for private property per the exact text in that ordinance. “The Streets Ordinance provides for special events on public right-of-way and directs that they be governed by the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance dealing with special events.” (3) Denial that granting this permit twice a week for seven months  by the city constitutes a prohibited gift to the vendor. “The  fees charged for this event were issued per the fee schedule approved by the City Council and include a permission to work in the right-of-way base fee of $159”  (not per event day) and $87 pre-application $ 246.  The city does not own the canal banks area of bridges and paths; “these are  city rights-of-way across federal property. Because “the city cannot charge rent...there cannot be a violation of the Gift Clause or the City Charter for the city to fail to do so”.
BUT WAIT—Some of the Artisan Market is held on city property so is that a GIFT?  Staff conclusion: “..has determined that administrative fee charged is consistent with the customary and usual charges in the area when a city is trying to provide this type of event for its citizens.”.        Got any Reader’s comment?
Did you see this in the Arizona Republic about the east valley restaurant owners concern about food trucks?
Parada del Sol will be Valentine weekend 2016 again. The revised route will head south on Scottsdale Road again from Camelback Road and turn into Old Town on 1st Street to Brown Avenue as it did in 2015. Concerns continue this year about the full day closure of Scottsdale Road and business streets in the area. Additionally it is reported that some non-Scottsdale vendor tents are being erected infront of current businesses and selling the same products. Parking is always a scarcity and people will be encouraged to ride the free trolleys from outside areas into the Downtown.The Parada del Sol committee is encouraged to engage in constant communication with the Old Town Merchants’ Association that results in a success for everyone..
Public Bond Forums to attend this week: Wednesday, Sept 30th at 6:30 pm at St Patrick’s Catholic Church located at 10815 North 84th Street (just north of Shea Blvd)  and Saturday morning , October 3rd at 10 am in Scottsdale Bible Church 7601 East Shea Blvd. Forum speakers will be Scottsdale City Council members. The audience will be encouraged to ask Bond project and related questions.
The Special Bond Election informational pamphlets begin arriving in mailboxes next week  Scottsdale voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to consider a variety of bond-funded civic improvements totaling $95,960,000.  The informational pamphlets for the Nov. 3 election, listing all the bond projects and arguments “for” or “against” the bond questions, will begin arriving in Scottsdale voters’ mailboxes next week, Sept. 28-Oct. 2.  A number of key dates occur in October pertaining to the Scottsdale Special Election. They include:

  • Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote in the election
  • Oct. 7 is when early ballots are mailed
  • Oct. 23 is the last day to request to receive an early ballot in the mail
  • Oct. 30 is the last day to cast an early ballot at an early voting site

The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $0.11 per $100 of net assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes.  For more information on Scottsdale’s Special Election, go to the city’s home page at and search “elections”
The Transportation Master Plan provides a vision and guide to the community’s residents, businesses, and officials as Scottsdale’s transportation system grows and develops in the future.  You can learn more and provide feedback as the update is drafted at a series of meetings through November.  Meetings, hosted by the city’s Transportation Commission, will be at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, Oct. 15 – 6 pm in city hall General Discussion
  2. Thursday, Nov. 5 – 6 pm in city hall General
  3. Thursday, Nov. 19 – 6 pm in city hall Final Discussion and Recommendation

Scottsdale Video Network will televise the meetings live.   Based on the input received, a final plan will be prepared for adoption by the City Council.  Learn more by visiting and searching “transportation master plan.”
Do you live in southern Scottsdale and want to volunteer? The Scottsdale Gateway Alliance announces  the launch of a yearlong, comprehensive identity building exercise to create positive momentum for the continued revitalization of Southern Scottsdale and the McDowell Road Corridor specifically. The SGA has partnered with the Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority to connect with thousands of local residents and business owners to gather community input and create a dialogue that will lead to the development of a new brand, create a sense of “place” and generate renewed pride in our community.The SGA is currently seeking volunteers to help with the grassroots outreach efforts. Volunteers will be asked to talk to and engage with people in their neighborhood, at local parks, coffee shops, retail stores, businesses, and civic and social clubs in the area. The goal is for the volunteers to recruit friends, neighbors, (and sometimes complete strangers) to participate in the branding exercise. If you are interested in volunteering for this community project, please email
Thank you so much for taking your valuable time to be informed.  Apologies for such a long COGS E-Newsletter but there is so much information to share with you.

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