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01/22/19 Newsletter

COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale- SENDS CONGRATULATIONS FOR

(1) The city charter is now officially changed to require YOUR vote to place non-trail construction inside the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and/or to use  collected Preserve Funds for non-trail construction and maintenance.

(2) Finally! The sign in Historic Old Town at the western entry to our Civic Center now reads Scottsdale Civic Center

For more than 10 years we have repeatedly requested that the city delete MALL from” Civic Center” on the entry sign. Our downtown tourists were rightly confused that it is not a shopping mall.  Originally it read “Scottsdale Civic Plaza” on the Drinkwater Blvd overpass arch, then it was changed to Civic Center Mall.   Meanings change and confusion reigned. Thank you, city staff.

Mural, mural on the wall..

So what’s the problem? Why was the painter on the John McCain “Maverick Mural” downtown wall stopped?. Drive by 4235 N. Marshall Way—just south of the horse fountain in the roundabout on 5th Avenue to view the site of the dispute.  Celebrating McCain’s service to Arizona and the nation is the purpose for a 30 ft tall by 200 feet wide original mural. The mural had preliminary approval by city staff in 2018; area owners within 750 ft were notified last fall 2018 of the proposed project and the Development Review Board approved it 6 to 1. The mural does not have to comply with Scottsdale’s Public Art Ordinance as the city will not own it but because of its size it went to a public DRB hearing.
Because the landlord /owner of the parking lot adjacent to the mural building complained about trespassing on his property for artists to reach the wall, the DRB approval added stipulations. (1) the installation would occur outside business hours (2) an articulating boom would be used to access the wall from the sidewalk and not infringe on the adjacent private property.  So, the painters will work nights on an extended boom. But it didn't end there. Councilwoman Littlefield brought it to council.
The council acted January 8th with a vote 5-2 (Korte and Milhaven) to hear the Appeal on the DRB approval. However, Bruce Washburn, City Attorney, cautioned the council that they may only discuss the color, size etc. and not the complaint of private property trespass. Watch for this on a February council agenda and tune in to city channel Channel 11 to watch the discussion.

Is there a  final plan for the new Papago Plaza?

Answer: Public input is still being accepted. Residents are encouraged to send recommendations that would improve the project to Director Randy Grant, Planning Dept. E mail him at,  Many residents spoke during the January 10th city-hosted public meeting held in a SkySong building. Another January or February public hearing is to be scheduled before the Design Review Board hearing in February. The existing Papago Plaza buildings will be demolished. The new plan includes a 118 room hotel,  274 unit apartment in a four story/65 ft tall set of buildings on the NW corner of the 11 acre parcel south of McDowell Road. Along Scottsdale Road are 2 restaurants and retail plus the Aldi grocery store serviced by a 4 story parking garage on the western boundary backing to single family homes. (image below)

Yet another Scottsdale bar is getting noise complaints.

The BLK Live bar at 7301 E Butherus Drive east of Scottsdale Road is the source of nearby Scottsdale residents’ noise complaints as well as Phoenix homeowners in the Kierland area west of Scottsdale Road. The bar has live entertainment on an outside patio advertised on their website   BLK Live has requested amendments to its existing Conditional Use Permit to approve a larger outdoor stage---which they already built without getting a city permit. On March 7th is a Civic Court Hearing regarding the violation of the current CUP and to defend the $500 fine.   For details contact Bryan Cluff, Planning Dept 480 312 7088.
If you want to support the residents’ petition with your signature to request the disapproval of the CUP amendment/renewal, contact one of the neighborhood leaders at



Approved 7-0  Scottsdale City Council has authorized the use of up to $80,000 to construct decking in the left-field area at Scottsdale Stadium, in addition to other site improvements. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the City Council unanimously approved the action on a consent agenda. The action approved construction […]Read the Whole Story >>

Approved 7-0 Flex-Office 3 story building with residential above and a four story 358 unit apartment building in the former Chapman Chevrolet Autoplex site at 6601 E McDowell Road.  This is adjacent to the canal and Papago Park.

Approved 7-0 Sienna Hills Phase 2  for 16 residential lots on the north side of Shea Blvd at 124th Street. The scenic corridor setback will average 85 ft from Shea Blvd and the homes will be accessed from 124th Street.


Parada del Sol Feb 9, Saturday event needs many volunteers to help with street setups, parade control and other tasks.Call Shelby Wray 517 812 4969. Organizations are welcomed. Complete your volunteer form by visiting  

Councilwoman Solange Whitehead is interested in hosting an informal meeting with residents (only, please)  in the Loloma-Museum of the West area regarding the planned Museum Square and related construction. E mail her at or if interested.  The location, date and time will be determined based on responses.


..ESL CLASSES: A variety of ESL classes are offered at libraries in Scottsdale. The beginner/ intermediate-level conversation class will take place at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. For more ESL classes, locations and times, visit the calendar at

Tech Talk

E-READER HELP: Contact the Eureka Loft of the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. to schedule  assistance in downloading material. Bring Kindle, Apple or Android device, login information for downloading apps and library card. For more dates and times go to.

HEY, SIRI: More and more voice- activated devices are coming to market. What are they? How do they work? How can they be most helpful? Learn more 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St.


Scottsdale Museum of the West showcases Barry Goldwater photos    Known as five-term U.S. Senator passionate about his native state of Arizona, Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998) was also a gifted photographer, serving for decades as one of the first and foremost photographers for “Arizona Highways” magazine, which published many of Mr. Goldwater’s iconic photographs. Through a collaboration between the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Foundation and […]
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City of Scottsdale's Events Calendar
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Calendar
Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Calendar
Yelp's Listing of Scottsdale Events
City of Scottsdale's list of Downtown Scottsdale Events
Westworld Events
Scottsdale's Museum of the West Events


When will the 68th Street bridge between Indian School Road and Camelback Road be finished? Answer: At the budgeted cost of $3.4 million the bridge will be totally replaced by the end of March 2019.
Why does the public only get 3 minutes to speak at council meetings?  Answer: Some cities don't allow any public to speak but Scottsdale (and with Mayor's discretion) can control public time. The rationale is that it is the Applicant's hearing on their case and only in recent years has their  presentation time been limited.
What controls smoking in Scottsdale?  Answer:
The State Statutes seem to control the issue."It is permitted in outdoor patios so long as tobacco smoke does not enter areas where smoking is prohibited either through entrances, windows ventilation systems, or other means." 

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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