Coalition of




Home Who We Are COGS E-News- letters What We Do Issues Join / Renew Calendar / Events Links Contact Privacy
You are here: HOME > NEWSLETTERS > 01/05/16



Good afternoon and Happy New Year.  COGS appreciates your interest in your city and the time you take to be informed.  Thank you.

Abandonment Question: If it is publically owned Scottsdale land and this city council approves it to be abandoned to new ownership of developers or an adjacent property owner, do they receive it without any market value payment to the City of Scottsdale? Current examples: (1) abandonment of the 175 feet long alleyway located along the NW boundary of 1723 N Scottsdale Road/case Z-AB-2015 (2) abandon 33 feet along the N, E, and South property lines 1/4 mile north of E. Raintree Drive along 101/case 8-AB-2015 (3) abandon 90 feet of right-of-way at 5703 and 5755 N. Paradise View Street/case 12-AB-2015 (4) abandonment of 127th St south of Shea Blvd for a new charter middle & high school/case 11-AB-2015  (5) abandon roadway easements and right-of-ways E Rio Verde Drive and North 136th Street/case 11-AB-2014 and (5) abandonment of 176 square feet of right-of-way along North 73rd St. and approx. 86 square feet of right-of-way at the intersection of Minnezona Ave/73rd Street./case 9-AB-2015.

Monday evening COGS attended a Scottsdale & Chauncey Lane Neighborhood Open House on the proposed retail-residential project on the eastern side of Scottsdale Road and north of the Henkel building. (north of 101). The 4 story residential portion of 308 units wraps around a 5 story garage on the northern, Chauncey Lane side of the site. The retail/restaurant 35,552 sq. ft. and office 17,200 sq. ft. face toward Scottsdale Road in 4 separated buildings. “Walkability” throughout the two complexes are achieved by broad sidewalks and landscaping. For those concerned about increased Scottsdale Road traffic, the total parking provides 283 residential spaces and 178 commercial spaces. Details on the Crossroads East Planned Community District case is 1138-PA-2015 and  19-ZN-2002 and 19-ZN-2002#2.


7350 E Silverstone Drive is a request to approve a site plan, landscape plan and building elevations for a new 174 single-family community on 21.8 acres.Case 9-PP-2015. This is south of Pinnacle Peak Road at 74th Street.

SW corner Miller Road and Camelback Road is a request for a Conditional Use Permit to build a new gas station at 7555 E Camelback Rd. Long time residents will remember a gas station there many years ago. It has been a vacant corner lot since removal of the tanks and buildings. [Consent agenda 1-11-2015]

Le Cordon Bleu will close in January 2017. Former Governor Fife Symington and other notables took chef classes in the famous Le Cordon Bleu classroom kitchens at Camelback Road and Hayden overlooking the former Monterey Golf Course . They will close the secondary classroom in the Galleria as well.

EVENTS for your calendar:

Wednesday, 6 January Did you know that Arizona is the only state that is taxing Fine Art that is purchased in the state and shipped out of state? (By contrast, Barrett-Jackson auto auction does not pay such taxes on their millions of dollars of sales.) It is bad for our art businesses and for Scottsdale tourism. Tomorrow at 5 PM, upstairs in the Legacy Gallery on Main/Scottsdale Road, Brad Richardson will explain strategies for a new AZ bill to exempt Fine Art sales from this punitive sales tax. Supporters are encouraged to attend—described as the “last chance to push for the repeal of the current tax”. Please RSVP .

 Thursday, 7 January—Public meeting on Intent to Rezone AZ state Trust Land within the Crossroads East Planned Community District (east of Scottsdale Road and south of Grayhawk). Attend anytime between 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Scottsdale Airport Terminal Lobby 15000 N Airport Drive. Case 346-PA-2002.

Also Thursday--6:30 to 7:30 pm  Western Spirit: Museum of the West event--Discover a deeper understanding of life in the West with American photographer Scott Baxter called "Behind the Lens:  Photographers of the American West”. A professional photographer for more than 25 years, Baxter's work has appeared in American Cowboy, Arizona Highways, the NY Times, and Cowboys and Indians. Location: Marshall Way south of Main Street.

Also Thursday--City’s Green Building FREE Lecture Series. Learn about environmentally appropriate alternatives for older homes that will reduce the amount of home indoor and outdoor pollutants. Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m. No RSVP needed.  Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road (northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store) Speakers are: Gerard Windstein, Owner, Organic Living and Jeff & Kim Grout, Owners of Clean Air Lawn Care

Sunday, 10 January Southern Scottsdale Home Tour plus viewing the Portales complex at Goldwater & Chaparral Road. This year's tour, called "Innovation MOD," will feature some of Southern Scottsdale's most iconic Mid Century architecture and innovative Contemporary Modern homes.  The event will be held from 11 AM to 4 PM. Registration begins at 10:30 AM at "77 on the Park" apartments located at 1350 N. 77th Street on the east side of El Dorado Park. Tickets cost $25.00  Details at the website

Monday, 11 January next CITY COUNCIL meeting.  Begins at 4 pm with an Executive Session on the Desert Discovery Center LLC contract negotiation. No public is allowed.  Consent Agenda (one vote for all items) includes $75,000 max. for Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic in the Scottsdale Stadium on April 23rd. (hmm—months after the Fiesta Bowl?)  Also $75,000 max for 2016 PRCA Wrangler Champion Challenge Feb. 28th in WestWorld arenas. The organizer is David Alford’s group, Parada del Sol Inc. Two marijuana dispensaries seek approval-- 14980 N 78th Way and 15190 N Hayden Rd. Regular Agenda: Item 32 has the RockBar back for alley lease renewal. You may recall that COGS worked with the Craftsman’s Court merchants in 2015 to get the RockBar 18 ft wide “window” closed during live entertainment and received a successful city council vote. The fact that they had a lease for many years on the adjacent alley restricted for “dining” was bogus as they had NO KITCHEN in their bar. Merchants’ further attempts to rescind their city lease on the party-drinking alley was not successful. This city council majority gave RockBar a pass as the property owner claimed he had “just taken out a kitchen installation permit this week”. In the new Lease Agreement it states that they are required to serve kitchen-prepared entrees although the text gives them an out to bring food from “the outside”/vendors as well. There are more than 50 merchants on Craftsman’s Court and some are open beyond 6 pm and subjected to Entertainment District style activities, live music and some unruly patrons.

February 4-7th--Tournament Players Golf in Scottsdale. The Waste Management Phoenix Open returns to the TPC Scottsdale. Again the final round is scheduled in conflict with Super Bowl Sunday. Activities on and around the course start on Monday, Feb. 1. Volunteers are always needed.


Run - Hide - Fight

This video, recently produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, dramatizes an active shooter incident in the workplace. Its purpose is to educate the public on how to respond during such an incident. Warning: The initial sequence in this video may be disturbing.

Update Your Inventory List

With all the holiday presents opened, the Scottsdale Police remind you that it  is a good time to make sure you have an inventory list of your possessions in case of theft or fire. Any item that has a serial number should be recorded and photographed. Why is the serial number so important? Without it, there is no way to prove who the owner is when police recover stolen property. You can use your phone to take a picture of the make, model and serial number of each item and then save the image to your “cloud” storage.

Speaking of your phone, it has an IMEI number, not a serial number. IMEI stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity" number and serves as the serial number. Record that number along with the actual model number of your phone. This information is usually located on the box when you purchase a phone.

 2016 is a SCOTTSDALE ELECTION YEAR for non-partisan 3 seats on city council and the mayoral seat.  This COGS is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit dedicated to informing the public. The COGS Political Committee is a separate organization registered with the city to legally be involved in candidate endorsements and activities. This volunteer group conducts a rigorous set of procedures that involves candidate questionnaire, in person interview and attending all available public forums and candidate rallies. The COGS Political Committee then endorses those candidates who most closely support the residents’ vision for Scottsdale as written in the approved General Plan, Character Area Plans and who have a solid record of city involvement that evidences their commitment. Christopher Schaffner is the chairman and can be reached at   The PC website is and includes a volunteer application.

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

If you wish to support our all-volunteer group the "dues" are $10 per year. Click HERE to join or HERE to subscribe without joining.



 If you experience issues or problems with this page, please contact the COGS Webmaster by clicking HERE