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Good evening, COGS E-Newsletter Reader.  Check out this City Council’s priorities in their strategic report.  Celebrate our baseball stadium’s 60th birthday this coming Saturday. Attend and add your comments on changes to the Civic Center; apply to be on the Bond Election Task Force or help pick up litter on Scottsdale Road. Thank you for being an informed and active part of your city.

WHAT are this City Council’s priorities and what is their progress on achieving them? The latest version of the organization strategic plan, which includes status updates through Sept. 30, 2015, is on the city’s performance webpage. These are the last status updates for this version of the strategic plan. The updated priorities are based on feedback provided at the City Council’s strategic planning workshop in February and approved by the City Council in July.

Happy 60th Birthday on Saturday, November 21st to Scottsdale Stadium. The family friendly party begins at noon. The first 500 fans into the stadium will receive a limited edition, 60th anniversary commemorative pin. Cheer for a team at the Arizona Fall League Championship Game’s first pitch beginning at 1:08 p.m. The contest will be nationally televised by the MLB Network, streamed online by MLB.TV, and broadcast across the nation on satellite radio via MLB Radio Network. Before and after the game, fans will be treated to interactive baseball activities, historic memorabilia displays and exhibits delving into the science of baseball. Fans will be able to earn free admission by bringing four cans of non-perishable food items to the game. The donations will support Scottsdale’s Vista Del Camino Food Bank. Without a donation, tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and those 17 and under. Stadium History: Long-time residents will remember the original Scottsdale Stadium that opened in November 1955 and could comfortably seat the town’s population of 3,500. The Baltimore Orioles became the stadium’s first spring training tenant a few months later-- one of four teams in the fledgling Cactus League.  Today, Scottsdale has a population of about 228,000 and the Cactus League has 15 teams and spring training is a multimillion-dollar industry. The San Francisco Giants made Scottsdale Stadium their spring training home in 1982 and continue to be its marquee tenant. The stadium was completely rebuilt on its original site in 1992. Besides Cactus League and Fall League games, the stadium annually hosts dozens of sporting and special events, including soccer, rugby, date nights and food festivals.

Bond Election follow-up: Two of the Bond Election Questions were voter approved and will be funded. Next week the City Council will appoint seven Scottsdale residents to a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. This committee will receive reports about progress as the approved projects move forward, review proposed project changes, and provide comments and recommendations to the City Council. Residents interested in serving on the committee can submit an application now at, search “board vacancies.

Attend one of the two Civic Center planning public meetings Thursday, Nov. 18th. Help to prioritize the results of a recent survey about the Civic Center Master Plan which addresses infrastructure, upkeep, economics and public amenities. The meetings will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.  The first session will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. and the second session from 6 to 8 p.m. The same material will be presented at each.  For years COGS and many residents have supported the removal of MALL from the name of Civic Center Mall. 2015 meaning makes this a confusing misnomer for tourists who expect a shopping center.

On Saturday, November 21st, Friends of the Scenic Drive clear roadside litter on northern Scottsdale Road. NEW VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME. Volunteers are assigned a relatively small area for less than 2 hours of labor. The result is 13 miles of litter-free Scottsdale Road roadside from Happy Valley to Carefree Hwy, PLUS a generous amount of volunteer personal satisfaction. There are convenient sign-in locations on Scottsdale Road, a friendly welcome, complimentary donuts and water, plus safety vests and supplies. Details at



  • 17 Nov. Tuesday 5 pm City Council Work Study session following the Regular Meeting. The agenda item is to discuss a staff report on a proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance.

  • 18 Nov. Wednesday 5 pm Planning Commission. Agenda item: The Gallery project 3126 North 71st Street

  • 19 Nov Thursday 6 pm Item 7 Transportation Commission.  Agenda item #7 Transportation Master Plan discussion


     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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