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3/30/18 Newsletter

What city decisions were made in March?

Be informed:  Public Comment...Recent city council discussions...coming agenda items of projects in your area..April events to enjoy..COGS Political Committee and city council candidates' survey coming your way

                    PUBLIC COMMENT at recent city council meetings:
Ancala residents spoke in opposition to a proposed roundabout on Via Linda between 124 and 128th St.   A southern Scottsdale resident showed images of blocked sidewalks and driveway aprons that obstruct his wheelchair route to the grocery store and result from him not able to  leave his home for basic needs.  Another requested council to support new bonds, prioritizing matching fund projects and stated a preference for the ballot language format to provide detailed project descriptions.  More than one public speaker encouraged the council to consider a location for the Desert Edge project outside the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Proposed sources of new revenue for the city

  • Increase the sales tax (currently lowest of cities)
  • Issue General Obligation Bonds
  • Increase the Storm Water Fee (approved $2 increase last council meeting)

Suggested by various council members

  • Increase the sales tax 0.03% with 0.01% going to Capital Improvement Projects and 0.01% for Transportation projects and 0.01% to offset elimination of the current Food Tax

  • Don’t request both the sales tax increase and the GO Bonds the same year

  • Remove tourism-related projects from the capital improvement list (pay for them with other sources such as the Tourism Bed Tax) i.e. stadium, WestWorld and Civic Center upgrades

  • Eliminate the home consumption Food Tax that only Scottsdale charges the public

  • Continue to charge the Food Tax to capture shoppers from other cities who use our grocery stores but establish a Food Rebate to those qualified by a specific criteria

  • Consider a “Quality of Life” sales tax

  • Set the requested GO Bond at $350 million…or $420 million to include the $70 million additional projects of critical need

  • Consider removing the Via Linda roundabout projects to another funding source but request the Director of Transportation verify the need at those locations opposed by residents

  • Maintain the Bond Oversight Committee (council appointed) to ensure transparency related to any approved General Obligation Bond projects spending and updates

  • Schedule future comprehensive discussions on tax reform proposals.


Item #7  4221 and 4223 N. Scottsdale Rd and 4216 N Winfield Scott Plaza   Winfield Hotel & Residences Rezoning, Infill Incentive District, and Abandonment (7 ZN-2017, 1-II-2017, and 3-AB-2017) requesting approval of an Incentive Infill District application and Zoning District Map Amendment to build a mixed-use development of 244 “travel accommodation rooms” and 26 dwelling units in a 90 foot tall building.

Item #8  Northside of Shea Blvd, west of the NW corner of Shea and 124th Street Sienna Hills Phase. 2 Non-Major General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Abandonment (6-GP-2017, 15-ZN-2017, and 13-AB-2017) request to approve a nonmajor General Plan Amendment land use from Rural Neighborhoods to Suburban Neighborhoods on 8 acre site.


Granite Reef Watershed/Storm Drain city project: If you live near or drive across 86th Street between McDonald Drive and Camelback Road then you are well aware of this project to control future flood waters draining southward through the city west of Pima Road. Kincaid Civil Construction has been diligent in closing street access and controlling local traffic during the deep digs into 86th Street with minimal interruptions. Unfortunately, a homeowner near McDonald Drive emptied his swimming pool into the sewer system (illegal action) and that flooded the construction site creating delay while it dried out to continue work. Details on the project are at then search “Granite Reef Watershed” or contact Elaine Mercado 480 312 7985 with your questions.

Don & Charlie proposed hotel and 2nd floor outdoor swimming pool update (1) it will be solely for hotel guests (2) it will have strict hours as most hotels do---usually a 10 pm closure (3) it is not an entertainment venue like the W party pool (4) it will remain on the northern side per the project submitted plan as changing to the southern side because of noise is not cost effective because no noise problem is anticipated. (5) the size of the pool is considerably smaller than the W pool. (6) the developer has heard the neighborhood pool concern and will respond with greater details as the final plans are confirmed.  Case file details are at this link.

  • Western Spirit: Museum of the West 3830 N. Marshall Way (south of Main Street half a block)
    Wednesday April 4th at 1 pm   Arizona’s Official Historian Marshall Trimble takes a look at some of the curious and crazy approaches to frontier medicine, proving that laughter is the best medicine.

  • Friday April 6th  at 1 pm  Susan Folwell , Santa Clara Pueblo potter, shares processes grounded in conventional clay and firing techniques that reflect a range of contemporary viewpoints on social and political ideas as well as traditional patterns. Her most recent work involves interpretations of the Taos Society of Artists.

  • Saturday, April 7th at 11 am “The American West in Film and Television: Changing Times, What Happened to TV Westerns?”  Enjoy Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur’s delightful narrative of western themes through the years to today.

  • Sunday, April 8th at 1pm   Pioneers Turned Millionaires: Levi Strauss (a Smithsonian Channel film) Learn the true story of the blue jeans billionaire who came from Germany to America to move from rags to riches.



April Shredding Event

  • Date: April 7, 2018

  • Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Location: Northsight Walmart parking lot Map it

  • 15355 N. Northsight

  • Scottsdale, AZ

  • Cost: $4 per box or grocery paper bag


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Tuesday, April 3rd DONATE to your favorite cause !!

April 11th to 15th  Arizona Bike Week  Enjoy a bike ride on our Scottsdale designated Bike Tour Routes through the downtown, Greenbelt and canal paths.

On Civic Center lawns…Saturday and Sunday April 14th and 15th Scottsdale Culinary Festival  Way too many food events within this festival to share with you here.  Details here. Multiple ticket prices are based on demonstrations, food tasting and drink tasting your select.

In downtown Phoenix….Saturday-Sunday April 7 and 8th  2018 Pride Festival and Parade  In Phoenix Steele Indian Park—joint community event sponsored by Bank of America.
COGS NEWS:  Postcard reminders to renew your $10 annual membership dues will be US postal sent soon. You can go on line at if you wish to use PayPal.  Yes, new members are welcome. We are totally volunteers—no one is paid.  The dues are used for printing costs for documents shared with city council and various commissioners.  We also support the SNAP Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Program that provides art and music for all ages if you are searching for an Arizona Invests Day group to support.
COGS Political Committee News: The COGS PC committee are preparing a city council candidate survey to receive feedback from current COGS members. Comprehensive questionnaires were sent to the seven candidates and responses received were carefully studied by the 8 member volunteer team. Returned candidate questionnaires will be uploaded to the COGS  PC website this coming week for your review.  As always, the membership input is valuable to determine the final COGS PC endorsement(s). Their e mail is  Copper Phillips is the chairperson.


Q: Why isn’t the Cultural Council (managers of the Performing Arts, Public Arts, and Museum of Contemporary Art) as well as the city’s public relations firm, Experience Scottsdale, required to be competitive bid contracts?  Answer.  They partner with the City of Scottsdale and are not independent contractors/vendors.

Q: Where do I catch our free trolley for downtown?....for my neighborhood?  to use the Thunderbird/Scottsdale Rd Park and Ride lot?   Answer:  We have 4 FREE trolley routes: Downtown Loop, Miller Road, Camelback to SCC and Neighborhood Route. You can connect with 8 Valley Metro bus routes and the Tempe FREE Orbit Earth bus.
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Quiz:  Do you know our state bird?.....state flower?

Thought for the Day: Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

Safe travels for our winter visitors heading home

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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