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COGS E-Newsletter Reader:  Thank you so much for taking your time to be informed about our city issues and the decisions that are affecting your Scottsdale life. Apologies for such a long newsletter this Sunday evening BUT the coming council agenda is huge!    And..we didn’t want you to miss out on some great events this coming week to enjoy.  Also, there are two opportunities to interact with the Desert Discovery Center issue.  See details below.

 WHAT IS ON THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR THIS COMING TUESDAY?  Warning—if watching on Channel 11 be prepared for a very long meeting. 4/19 Consent Agenda (one vote on all items) 2 liquor license cases, Impact Church/Sunrise Luxury Living Perimeter Exception 15333 N. Hayden Rd,  White Horse/Camelot Homes for a 50 lot residential subdivision N. Pima & Los Gatos Rd, new  multi-use path along CAP Canal between 124th and 125th St, $397,086 for WestWorld Path and Trail Connections, Thomas Road Corridor Intelligent Traffic System Improvement grant in the amount of $368,713 acceptance, Housing Rehab Program Guidelines Revision with loan increase from $35K to $50K and permit fee waiver associated with participation in the Housing Rehab Program.  Instead of hiring full time city judges, the request is for ProTem Judges –four with 2-year terms and two with 4 year terms and final Consent item is Budget Director, Judy Doyle’s Monthly Financial Report available at

 4/19 Regular Agenda (public comment allowed, council discussion and vote) Proposed 2016/17 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan Public Hearing on Community Development Block Grant Program (HOME funds),

 Shoeman office building Rezoning 4419 N. Scottsdale Road for 96 foot high-rise north of the Galleria and parking garage. Details and drawings of the building are at this link Transportation Capital Improvement Project Grants –acceptance of three federal grants totaling $4,778,228 and 1 grant of $1,214,450, then the Monthly Financial Update as of March 2016.

 Agenda Item #17 Citizen Petitions. Any citizen (with only one signature) can submit a petition to city council. Any member of the Council may make a motion to be voted on by the council (1) Direct the City Manager to agendize for further discussion—at a later meeting (2) direct him to investigate the matter and prepare a written response to the Council and a copy to the petitioner or (3) take no action.

   Agenda Item #18 Request by the Mayor to have a future agenda on Council Districting.   He is recommending 3 council members be elected from 3 geographic areas of the city the other 3 and the mayor would be elected At-Large.  If a majority of the council agrees, it would be on a future agenda.

 Agenda Item #19 Board, Commission and Task Force Nominations. Volunteer interviews will be May 3rd.

 MUSEUM OF THE WEST EVENT: Tuesday, April 19th 10 am “Awakening in Taos. The Mabel Dodge Luthan Story”—a documentary.  From 1917 when she arrived in Taos and married a Tiwa Indian, Mabel Luthan influenced writers and artists such as D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Andrew Dasburg, John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe. She wrote the first book on Taos artists, “Taos and Its Artists” in 1947.  More information at   Then Wednesday, April 27th at 1 pm is Marshall Trimble “Arizona: Anomalies, oddities and Tamales”

 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE DESERT DISCOVERY CENTER Plans? There are two opportunities this week to listen to DDCS representatives and to share your vision and opinions. Wednesday, April 20th 5:30-6:30  pm in the Scottsdale Museum of the West auditorium at 3830 N Marshall Way (south of Main Street).  The same presentation is Thursday, April 21st from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Highlands Church-Student Center/High School Room at 9050 E Pinnacle Peak Rd.  More information is available at  Topics you can expect to be discussed are (1) Why aren’t locations other than in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve being considered?  (2) Where would the funds come from to pay for the project? (3) Why has the size of the complex increased from the original to include a commercial restaurant, retail shop  and night amphitheater activities? (3) Can our city afford the projected million dollar plus operating expenses? (4) If the area subdivisions strongly oppose the Preserve location, will another location be considered?

 APRIL EVENTS:  Cycle the Arts today was a success (once again).  Many casual bike riders pedaled between public art locations throughout the city. Beginning at 7:30 AM the small groups were led by individual city staff tour guides. Valley Bike Month continues on Wednesday, April 20th, with Valley-Bike-to-Work. You are encouraged to send a photo of your commute to Susan Conklu at    [ridiculously long isn’t it!]  

Thursday, April 21st FreeFind and Fix Leaks that are Draining your Budget” in the Civic Center Library 6 to 7 pm. Register 480 312 READ (7323)   and Thursday ArtWalk 7 to 9 pm on Main Street and Marshall Way north of Indian School.  Ride the free trolley to 9 pm.

Saturday, April 23rd    8 am Old Town Farmers’ Market across from the Old Mission Church on Brown Ave.....then an evening event Rugby & Balloon Classic in Scottsdale Stadium 7408 E Osborn $12 early purchase and $22 for grandstand. All children 12 and under are FREE.  5:10 pm ASU vs Mexico....7 pm Hot Air Balloon Glow...until 10 pm GLOW Nightclub.  

   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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