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Good evening, COGS E News Reader. Where were the Scottsdale Bond voters? Only 24.8% decided the investing or not investing in proposed city projects. City Council will hear a $1.5 million supplemental funds request from the Cultural Council. Where is Starbucks going to use the liquor?

Who voted and how? Here is a detailed breakdown (you'll need a PDF reader ) of how southern, middle and northern voters marked their ballot. Of the150,964 registered voters only 24.8% or 37,406 voted. As shared with you in the November 5th newsletter, the margin between approval and rejection on most questions was very close.

Tuesday, 10 Nov at 5 pm City Council Agenda items of interest:  Consent Agenda (single vote for all items) Agenda #7 Three Starbuck''s request liquor license approvals--7369 N via Paseo del Sur, 3530 N Goldwater Blvd and 15811 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Agenda #14 Cochise Estates final plat on the SE corner of Shea and 128th St of 10 lots on 9 acres seeks approval.  Agenda #15 Fox Haven (Astoria) at 7930 E. Gold dust and 7949 E Cochise Rd has 7 single-family homes for approval.  Agenda #16 Requests $1,866,868.15 for the multi-use canal path improvement between Chaparral Rd and Indian Bend Road. Agenda #18 Tightens the ordinance text to control livestock grazing on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The city lost a May 2015 case because the current text was not specific enough to enforce Preserve protection.

Regular Agenda #22 The city current pays $4,381,833 for FY 2015/2016 to the Cultural Council to manage the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Arts plus administer the Public Art Program. They are requesting supplemental funding of $1,500,000. Watch Channel 11 for the live discussion. City Treasurer, Jeff Nichols, states the Unreserved Fund balance is $2.38 million, the General Fund Reserve is $24.6 million and the Operating Contingency is $3 million. He identified $2 million that is greater than the adopted budget.

The Western Spirit: Museum of the West had a resoundingly successful week of events. Last week famed Cowboy Artists of America taught classes and held discussions at Loloma Art School. Friday night was a Members Only Grand Opening  that began on the outdoor plaza with live western music, 2-step dancing and BBQ and gelato offerings. The 1200 patrons were then invited into the museum where the 17 cowboy artists stood near their works and held interesting western history conversations.

Watch for the announcement about the Smithsonian Institute partnering with our newest museum.  Great work, Michael Fox and the Board of Directors!
Congratulations to all the Highway Warriors who picked up 2 tons of trash and litter during the Adopt A Road Saturday. The next city cleanup is April 16th. Call Judy Melton 480 312 2821 to organize your group or neighborhood team.


  • Wednesday, Nov 11th 8:45 am to 9:30 am Downtown merchants will meet with Transportation Director, Paul Basha in the Design Studio at 75th/Indian School Road. The discussion will be the Pros and Cons of narrowing Scottsdale Road from Camelback Road  south through Downtown.
  • WestWorld Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th from 10 am to 5 pm. Plan a dream vacation hosted by KJZZ 91.5 (NPR). Experts will share AZ hiking and travel suggestions plus foreign adventure opportunities.
  • 2nd Annual Southern Scottsdale Home Tour will be January 10th 2016  and trolley reservations will be limited. Go to their website to purchase your home tour trolley ticket.

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

     Sonnie Kirtley, Chair e-mail 

     Coalition of Greater Scottsdale

     8924 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Suite G5, PMB 518

     Scottsdale, AZ 85250

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