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11/01/15

Welcome to the month of November.  Tuesday is the city and several school district Bond  or Override Elections. Please walk in your un-mailed early ballot or mark a ballot at your designated precinct station. Details on the City of Scottsdale Bond Projects are at this website http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/2015-bond. Don’t miss next Saturday on your calendar as it is an event-filled day in the city. See the details below.

CAA-50th-Anniv-dark_forwebTo celebrate Cowboy Artists’ of America’s golden anniversary and the contributions of its 77 artists to fine art and western culture, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West presents “A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America” and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West.” The exhibition opens at 9:30 a.m. this coming Saturday, November 7. 3830 North Marshall Way-south of Indian School Rd

Members of the Cowboy Artists organization will  provide painting and sculpture demonstrations. Sixteen of the Cowboy Artists will  autograph copies of B. Byron Price’s commemorative book The Sons of Charlie Russell: Celebrating 50 Years of the Cowboy Artists of America. The exhibition is included with museum admission and is free to museum members. Adults $13   Seniors $11  Students $8  Under 5 yrs old free.  Annual Memberships are great bargains at  $25 Students and Seniors 65 yrs plus, Contributing $125 and Sustaining member $500.

OPENING DAY SCHEDULE   9:30 a.m. ‒ 5 p.m.        Cowboy Artists of America exhibition opens to the public

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.     Book signing by Cowboy Artists: “The Sons of Charlie Russell: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Cowboy Artists of America,” a commemorative book by author B. Byron Price  Participants: Wayne Baize, Teal Blake, John Coleman, Tim Cox, Loren Entz, Bruce Greene, Martin Grelle, Oreland Joe Sr., Mehl Lawson, Paul Moore, Bill Nebeker, Jim Norton, Clark Kelley Price, Grant Redden, Ron Riddick and Jason Scull.  Find details on the rest of the festivities at www.scottsdalemuseum.org  

Grand Prix of Scottsdale Vintage Race Karts Saturday the 7th from 8 am to 6 pm. Several streets north of Indian School Road and west of Scottsdale Road will be closed beginning Friday evening at 9 pm and until Sunday, November 8th.  On Saturday the vintage cars will race at a top speed of 30 mph throughout the day. See the event schedule at this link www.grandprixScottsdale.com  There will be amplified outdoor music, food, retail sales and liquor sales. Although the applicant failed on page 3 to mark  “all events on city property....”, it will use Marshall Way bridge, Marshall Way, section of 5th Avenue, Craftsman’s Court, 3rd Avenue, Goldwater Blvd and Soleri. The city fee for this usage is $87 nonrefundable Submittal Fee and $159 total for the use of public property. This link is their Special Events Application.  http://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/planning/projectsummary/applicant_submittals/ProjInfo_115_SE_2015.pdf  They contacted 128 area businesses and only 6 had concerns about the event—parking.  Event contact is Sean Gillespie 480 652 1538 if you have questions.

WestWorld Friday, November 6th American Cup Championship Arabian Horse Show and Saturday, November 7th Arizona Reining Horse Association Autumn Slide Competition.  WestWorld is the city’s equestrian center at 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale.  (east of the 101 loop on Bell Road)

Update: The city’s new formatted website now has the following Events Calendar available: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/events 

MEETING TO FOLLOW ON CITY CHANNEL 11:   Thursday, 5 November at 6 pm in the Kiva (city hall) Transportation Commission  An important agenda item is a part of the Transportation Master Plan with proposed Transit Routes (7 maps) and Classification of Streets (32 maps) city-wide. These decisions affect your neighborhood and businesses that you might own or where you shop.  See details at this link. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Asset61472.aspx

Wednesday, Nov 11th from 8:45 am to 9:30 am, the Downtown Merchants’ will meet with Transportation Director, Paul Basha. COGS has been contacted by several Downtown merchants and property owners concerned that at a recent presentation of the Transportation Master Plan, that draft included narrowing Scottsdale Road to one southbound and one northbound lane from Camelback Road to 3rd Street. There are approximately 38 to 40 acres of retail shopping area south of Camelback Road yet according to the callers, there was never a working group representing the Downtown or representatives from the mature areas included in this Scottsdale Road plan.  There are approximately 40 to 50 lots in the Original Old Town with the value of at least $1 million per lot.  They feel strongly that this kind of impact on their land and business investment deserves to be heard as part of the planning and not as an announcement in an already written Master Plan draft. You may review the entire Transportation Master Plan draft at this link.  http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/news/transportation-masterplan-update-continues_s4_p21392  Ask questions, provide comments at the website or contact  pbasha@scottsdaleaz.gov or call Paul Basha 480 312 7651  The final recommendations go to city council in December 2015. Send your E mail to all of city council at citycouncil@scottsdaleaz.gov .

Is COGS going to recommend a YES or NO vote on the city Bond Election? As Tuesday election day nears we get this question more often. The answer is No. We have a broad and diverse membership as well as a large COGS E-Newsletter readership.  Our role is to provide links to the facts, encourage forum attendance and to report the positions expressed by the participants. Our members and readers are intelligent and critical thinkers. They will make informed decisions on the city election as well as the multiple school-related bond/override elections. Our individual COGS Board of Directors are free to express their own opinion on election matters as long as it is clear that he/she is not speaking for The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale.

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

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail sonniek@cogsaz.net 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     7904 E. Chaparral Rd., Suite 110, PMB 127

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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