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09/15/18 Newsletter

Why is it soooo confusing whether to vote YES or NO?

Recently "PROTECT......PRESERVE" appear to be the same sign on street corners but they are different. . One says. Protect OUR Preserve and the other Protect YOUR Preserve.  One encourages you to vote YES for Proposition 420 and the other encourages you to vote NO.
At the bottom of this COGS newsletter is the link to the complete ballot text for Prop 420 to help you in your decision to approve the Charter Amendment change or to not approve it.
Who are these two groups?  YES Prop 420 is supported by the volunteers who collected the 37,608 registered voter signatures to put it on the November ballot.  No Prop 420 opposition support construction inside the Preserve and some of their names can be found in the Voter $100 per entry pamphlet commentary..

               The  COGS Political Committee has endorsed one position. See details as

                       DONATION OPPORTUNITY

TAXES PAID?  With your Estimated Taxes for the 3rd quarter paid perhaps you have some $$ left over to donate to the “Preserve Scottsdale History” project in the Civic Center Library. Raised funds will construct the Scottsdale Heritage Connection (SHC). The extensive collection of Scottsdale history collected and digitalized over 40 years by city library staff includes 10,000 photographs and images, 2300 audio-video interviews, 400 books and yearbooks and local newspaper clippings since the 1950s. The goal is $500,000 and to date $336,000 has been donated.  If taxes depleted your September giving why not put them on your December tax-deductible list. More information here.

EVENTS you will not want to miss FOR YOUR CALENDAR

  • Saturday, Sep, 22-2018

10:30 AM Bicycle Station Study Open House
The Transportation Department will provide an update on its study to evaluate and recommend locations and amenities for bicycle parking in south Scottsdale. Please note that the open house will More...

10 am to 5 pm Free. 14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day --- “Museum of Ideas” 3830 N Marshall Way to explore Native American and Western art, artifacts, community and culture stories of the Old and New West.

  •   Tuesday, Sep, 25-2018

5:00 PM City Council – Regular Meeting – 09-25-18   More…

  •  Thursday, Sep, 27-2018

7:30 AM 2018 Scottsdale Mayor & Council Economic Development Breakfast
Save the Date for the Scottsdale Mayor and Council Economic Development Breakfast. The Annual Scottsdale Mayor and Council Breakfast features Curt Kremer, Managing Partner at George Oliver Companies and 

7:00-9  PM Scottsdale ArtWalk

Cost: Free Contact: For more information visit Description: Celebrate an American Original – the Scottsdale ArtWalk. More…

·  Saturday, Sep, 29-2018

5:00 PM Lights On After School eventCost: Free. Contact: Lights On After School Description: Free family-friendly fun – including culinary, interactive booths, entertainment and art.  More…



Tuesday, Oct 4th 6 pm Turning point: how 1968 shaped Scottsdale and its residents 
A presentation and panel discussion with people who were in Scottsdale in 1968, hosted by historian Joan Fudala.Civic Center Library
Thursday, Oct 11th 10:30 am Street dedication: Bennie Gonzales Way
Join city leaders to rename First Avenue between Drinkwater Boulevard and 75th Street as “Bennie Gonzales Way.” Gonzales was the architect of Scottsdale City Hall, the Civic Center Library, the original Civic Center and other iconic Arizona buildings.  north of Scottsdale City Hall
Thursday Oct 11th to 14th on view. The Art and Architecture of Bennie Gonzales
View rarely seen Bennie Gonzales artworks, admission is free Thursday.  at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Thursday Oct 11th 6 pm “Celebrate ’68!” presentation and discussion 
Enjoy a photo-rich presentation about this historic year in Scottsdale by historian Joan Fudala and architect Doug Sydnor. Civic Center Library,
Thursday  Oct 11 6:30 to 9 pm Gold Palette ArtWalk – “Demonstrate! Artists Celebrating Scottsdale”
See local artists at work and shop Scottsdale’s world-class galleries. along Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale
1968 launched modern Scottsdale with the opening of our Kiva (city hall) and Civic Center Library. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of these iconic landmarks, Scottsdale is repeating that 1968 opening with rock ‘n’ roll music, art, classic cars and fireworks (but no speeches).  Note that Main Street from Brown Avenue in Historic Old Town to 69th Street through the Arts District will close at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 for event set-up and will remain closed for the event.
Saturday, Oct 13
5 to 7 pm Art and architecture at City Hall and Civic Center Library
Get to know some of Arizona’s most iconic public buildings during an open house and behind-the-scenes tours.
 Scottsdale City Hall and Civic Center Library
5 to 7 pm Celebrate ‘68 Scavenger Hunt 
Search for clues around Scottsdale Civic Center to earn a chance to win prizes including a night at the Hotel Valley Ho. begin outside Scottsdale City Hall
5 to 8 pm Main Street Car Meet featuring Barrett-Jackson
Stroll Main Street alongside classic cars from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, including special selections from the Barrett-Jackson collection, along with Walter the Bus and other street entertainment.  Main Street from Brown Avenue to the Hotel Valley Ho
6 to 8 pm Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Showdown
A live music tribute to the Fab Four and the Rolling Stones, legends of rock who dominated the charts in the late 1960s.under the stars at the Hotel Valley Ho
7 pm March with the Mariachis and Finish with Fireworks
Join the public procession walking from Scottsdale City Hall to the Valley Ho behind a mariachi band in a flatbed truck — just like they did in ‘68 — and close the evening with a short firework show above the Valley Ho.
 beginning at Main Street and Brown Avenue


. FREE from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 Granite Reef Road.thScottsdale’s Green Building Lecture Series begins Thursday, October 4

Don’t throw it out, REUSE IT. The series kicks off its new season with “The Circular Economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reconsider and Re-imagine,” a discussion of the reuse and recovery of materials and products we use every day. In a traditional linear economy, products are made, used and disposed of in the landfill. In a circular economy, resources are kept in use for as long as possible to extract maximum value, then recovered to regenerate new materials. Circular economies divert waste from landfills, reduce environmental impacts, conserve energy and water, save money, and create jobs. Come hear about community initiatives, business opportunities and what you can do to support a circular economy.
The featured speaker is John Trujillo, principal of Circonomy Solutions. As former City of Phoenix Public Works Director, he reinvented the city’s waste collection and recycling programs to dramatically move the city toward zero-waste. John will share business and public sector efforts to recover material resources for reuse and regeneration in an economically viable and environmentally compatible way.
 John will be joined by Steve Caldwell, Vice President of Operations for GreenSheen Paint. Steve is responsible for the national expansion of latex paint recycling facilities. He will discuss the process of recycling used latex paint (otherwise destined for the landfill) into a premium quality architectural grade paint.


 CITY PROJECTS and Calendar Alerts

Electronic Recycling collection  is Saturday, October 6th and December 1st from 7:30 am to 2 pm at the 9191 E. San Salvador Drive city parking lot. Check the website for what is allowed and what is rejected. search “solid waste”.

Scottsdale trolley, bus routes changes set for Oct. 22 include expanding free trolley service to Mustang Transit Center and the Via Linda Senior Center while reducing redundancy among current transit routes and eliminating route segments with low ridership,  […] Read the Whole Story >>


Old Town banners As part of the Old Town Scottsdale branding and awareness campaign, the city is placing Old Town Scottsdale streetlight banners along Goldwater and Drinkwater boulevards. The banners will remain year-round except when temporary wayfinding banners are in place for special events.


5th Avenue repaving update The last phase of this repaving project will take place Sept. 4-8. Following, utility adjustments will be made and the project will finish Sept. 16. For more information please visit the project webpage.


Drinkwater Boulevard bridge and underpass closed indefinitely Drinkwater Boulevard and the Civic Center overpass will be closed to all activity through November, possibly longer. The city is working to determine the length and extent of the closure. Staff and Scottsdale Arts are working with existing events planned for this fall on Civic Center to ensure their success. Please visit the project webpage for information and updates. 


Streetline parking system rollout delayed The public launch of the Streetline parking system has been postponed until parking spaces in the northeast area of Old Town can be stenciled with individual numbers. The numbers are necessary for parking enforcement and management. The stenciling is scheduled for completion in the next few weeks. Streetline and its associated parking App “Parker” should be fully operational soon after. 

Fire Station No 616 was approved Scottsdale City Council has approved a measure allowing for the construction of Fire Station No. 616 at 10905 E. Loving Tree Lane on the designated 3.3 acres of rural.

Aviation department proposes Butherus Drive renaming The city of Scottsdale Aviation Department is proposing to rename Butherus Drive to Aviation Way from Scottsdale Road to Airport Drive. This is being done to promote the airport and aviation heritage through aviation-related street naming, according to a press release. This proposal aligns with the City Council adopted Scottsdale Greater Airpark Character Area Plan. […]Read the Whole Story >> 



VOTER DATES: October 9th is the  last day to register and vote in the General Election.  October 10th Early ballots are mailed to voters    November 6th General Election is held at walkin precincts. Mail in ballots must be received by 7 pm in the election centers.  [Robocalls are legal even if you are on the Do Not Call List.]

REMINDER:  Scottsdale city council election is NON PARTISAN.  Candidates should not be declaring their political party as part of their marketing.  And it is inappropriate for a city council candidate to be invited to a political party event then not allowed to speak while other candidates who are “of” the hosting party ARE given time to speak to the audience.

Forum:  Sunday, Sept. 30th 2 to 4 pm Scottsdale School District/School Board candidates’ Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters’ of Arizona. Held in the Civic Center Library downstairs auditorium. Get your free ticket online here and bring it with you.

On the Scottsdale Ballot*:   Question 1: Shall the City council be authorized to increase the rate of transaction privilege and use taxes in the city of Scottsdale by 0.10 percent (0.10%) for a period of ten (10) years to provide funds for Transportation Improvement Projects?   Yes______No_______

Proposition 420: Shall Article 8, Contracts, of the Charter of the City of Scottsdale be amended to add Section 12, prohibiting the alteration of the natural state of Preserve land and Section 13, limiting the use of
Preserve Funds?   Yes______No ______

   *Complete ballot text can be reviewed here here and WHO is donating to a council candidate is reported at this city website

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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