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Good evening, COGS E-Newsletter Reader.  Just 5 quick items for your review this evening.  Mayoral Forum Thursday....Candidate Questionnaires online for your evaluation...Is our downtown really a No-Sign zone for campaigners?   Members: Your candidate survey return deadline is 20 September.

      ASK YOUR questions of the Mayoral Candidates-- Bob Littlefield and Jim Lane tomorrow night-- Thursday Sept. 15th in the Granite Reef Senior Center at 1700 N.Granite Reef (just north of McDowell Road). The public forum begins at 6:30 pm and ends 8:30 pm and is co-hosted by the Community Council of Scottsdale and COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale.

      READ all six city council candidates' responses to the COGS Questionnaire.  Compare the responses.  Which candidates supports your vision of the future Scottsdale?...your neighborhood in the future?  Review them at     

Current COGS members have received a Monkey Survey from the COGS Political Committee requesting members to provide their Scottsdale city council candidate input. The collection is totally anonymous. When the last co-hosted COGS and Community Council of Scottsdale public forum is completed on Wednesday, October 5th, the COGS PC will determine endorsement(s).  Their options are for mayoral position—none or one.  For city council three positions—none, one, two, or three.  Membership input is an important contribution to their decision along with the candidate questionnaires ( website), candidate interview and careful listening at multiple public forums. The response deadline is 20 September. If you believe that you are a currently paid ($10) member and did not receive the survey, please contact         

      When is a NO SIGN zone in the downtown not a no sign zone? COGS has been getting e mails from residents and merchants complaining about all the large campaign signs in the downtown area. We have reviewed the city website about the political sign ordinances ( Search Political Sign Ordinances) and found no clarity other than "not in pubic right-of-way".   Apparently if a private property owner allows signs it is legal although quite degrading to the Tourist Experience.

       Is your home association a member of this non-profit group? If not, they would benefit from the educational programs.The Scottsdale Council of Homeowners Associations (SCOHA) is an educational, non-profit organization composed of Scottsdale homeowners associations. SCOHA’s goal is to provide a place for its members to gather, analyze, exchange, and distribute information important to the community associations in which they live. SCOHA supports its members’ communities through education in order to protect their members’ investments in their homes and their quality of life. Since its founding in 1974, SCOHA’s membership has grown to over 80 Scottsdale associations.

SCOHA luncheon meetings are held at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding the summer months and December. Speakers present program topics pertinent to associations. Topics may include legal seminars, legislative updates, landscaping, insurance, budget/reserves, etc. A crowd favorite each year is the legal seminar that allows the members to ask questions of SCOHA’s legal expert. Luncheons are $15 and require reservations: please contact us at 480-427-2884 or to inquire about membership or attending one of these luncheons.

The September 27 SCOHA meeting will include a “meet the Scottsdale candidates” event. The October 25 meeting will address HOA insurance issues, and the November luncheon will discuss litigation issues.  Web site:

Not good news for the day:  COX TV went digital today and dropped channels for many viewers who didn't signup for the $2.99/month box for EACH TV in the home.  Imagine the financial hit for our Scottsdale hotels where they must rent the digital box for every room!

   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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