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11/06/17 Newsletter

TODAY--WHAT future will your city council direct for your Preserve--Desert Edge construction or ballot box first ?

Is the ballot box the only option for Scottsdale residents to be heard? Filling the Kiva (city hall) isn't sufficient message to the majority of the city council that there is a citywide groundswell of opposition to the proposed project and/or the pending $62 million plus annual operating costs for the Desert Edge project inside the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Councilwoman Linda Milhaven challenged the Scottsdale residents to prove their opposition to constructing a 6 acre complex inside the Preserve by acquiring enough signatures to place the question on the 2018 General Election ballot. It is the opinion of some council members that only a small minority with lots of noise are opposing.  Apparently not only the crowds (see picture above) at council hearings but the ability of this group to collect $103,000 for legal fees is also insufficient to catch the council's attention and respect.

Open support for the public's right to vote on the Desert Edge issue comes from Councilwoman Littlefield and Councilman Phillips. Mayor Lane is blowing in the wind with earlier support for the public vote then recently negating that position with proposed ballot language that denies the voter the right to say NO to the Desert Edge construction project. See the Laurie Roberts column in today's Arizona Republic newspaper at this link.  
You will be frustrated by the Desert Edge 43 second  promotional video that keeps popping up on your screen while you are reading her column.
WATCH CHANNEL 11 TONIGHT OR ATTEND THE 4 PM COUNCIL WORK STUDY SESSION to follow the discussion. No vote/action but they will "direct staff to ...." for a future agendized/action meeting.


WHY is there opposition to a storage facility on 116th Street
on the southern side of Shea Boulevard?

Residents in Montana Ranch, Mirage Crossing and Scottsdale Ranch are opposed to the re-zoning from S-R (office/service/residential) and Rural residential to C-1 (commercial). They fear council approval because C-1 allows car washes, gas stations, live entertainment, tatoo and beauty parlors, nurseries, retail and veterinary facilities. If the new zoning is acquired and the owner sells, any one of these uses can occur without further city approval. The adjacent homes to the east market from $700,000 to over one million. The desert land is currently vacant and with substantial power line right of way and easements. COGS is working with these community leaders.

Yes, COGS has a Political Action Committee. 

The editor of this E Newsletter is Coalition of Greater Scottsdale. It is a 501 c (3) nonprofit so we are legally a separate entity from COGS PC who support city council candidates.  COGS-Regular Brand provides the readers with Scottsdale information on city council and commission hearings, proposed development projects, and provide numerous free land use help to individuals and neighborhoods. See our website for details on who we are and what we have been doing for 11 years.

The following message is from the COGS Political Committee:

You do need to be a $10/year dues-paying COGS member to be a PC volunteer. PayPal is available on our COGS website.

"The COGS Political Committee is reorganizing to become stronger, more effective and more supportive of candidates who want to represent resident opinion, input and voices.  That means we need to expand our talent pool of committee members who have the skills and desire needed to help our candidates win in 2018.  We need COGS members and supporters who have one or more skills in these areas:

  • Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Fundraising
  • Hotel and restaurant connections
  • Videography/filming
  • Event Organizer/Coordination
  • Community connections
  • Planting campaign signs
  • Petition signature gathering
  • Pamphlet, flyer and mailer design
  • Distribution networks

The COGS Political Committee will continue to survey the COGS membership for input on candidate endorsements, but will do so much sooner to maximize candidate support efforts. Please contact the COGS Political Committee to volunteer your expertise!  Email us at:"


  Attend the Downtown Scottsdale promotions update and networking event 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at Scottsdale's Museum of the West on Marshall Way south of Main Street.  It will include updates on key Downtown promotions -- Scottsdazzle, Western Week and spring training plus the Downtown brand and marketing campaign status and timeline. The city of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Charros are co-hosting this evening of updates and networking complete with light refreshments and beverages. . REGISTER HERE


What are your experiences and perceptions of the Downtown area. Your input will provide the Tourism & Events Department with valuable information that will help guide future marketing strategies to increase business in Downtown Scottsdale throughout the year.

To start the survey, please click HERE.
BrandOutlook, an independent market research firm, is administering this survey on behalf of the City of Scottsdale.


What did the Tourism Advisory Task Force accomplish in their 18 months of monthly meetings?  One of their hired consultants, CSL, published this product called Downtown Scottsdale 2.0 Feasibility Study. Grab a cool drink; sit back and browse their recommendations to re-activate our Downtown. click  here.

The TATF primary goal was to develop a five-year tourism strategic plan to advance the success of Downtown Scottsdale as a sustainable, 365-day destination.  A presentation and work study session with City Council is scheduled for 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.


New Downtown trolley stops--view the route, just click here.

City map center has information on proposed development and capital projects. View a map with information on active and completed Downtown development projects and locations. 

View additional maps for more information on amenities, services, zoning and traffic restrictions. Traffic restrictions viewable on a map and also via a weekly notice.View a map of city-wide traffic restrictions or subscribe to receive weekly notices.


Discover India Festival: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Civic Center Mall.
Southern Scottsdale Home Tour  Sunday, November 12th from 11 am to 4 pm  $25 No shuttle this year so self drive or bike once you get the map. Click here for more information

ArtWalk Gold Palette Demonstrate!: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, on Main Street and Marshall Way.

ArtFest : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at Civic Center Mall.

Scottsdazzle Holiday Tree Lighting and Holiday Sing-A-Long: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Soleri Bridge.

Veg out at Old Town Farmers Market: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday on the corner of First Street and Brown Avenue.

Downtown Scottsdale Artwalk: 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday along Main Street and Marshall Way.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   


Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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