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02/04/19 Newsletter




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CORRECTION: Can Scottsdale limit campaign donations per person? Answer: Yes. The governor signed off on a Tempe charter change incorporating campaign contributions of $500 for council candidate and $1,000 for mayor candidate.
BUT:  What happened to the Tempe ballot initiative to require disclosure of the names of 501 c 4 donors over $1,000? Answer:Tempe voters approved this (96%) for inclusion in the Tempe charter, but before it could be submitted for the Governor's signature, state legislators passed a law prohibiting such local initiatives.

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Attend and comment on the Museum Square project meeting with Councilwoman Solange Whitehead

Councilwoman Whitehead has launched her first term at full speed. She has organized a public conference on Saturday, Feb. 16th 2 pm in the Museum of the West library located on the NW corner of 2nd Street and Marshall Way—just south of the museum.  Public discussion/critique/recommendations for the Museum Square project will be the focus. The project will be heard by the Planning Commission March 13th and the City Council April 2nd.  Builders’ website:  City information website:


 News update on the Preserve Charter story in 1.22.2019 COGS edition (can read again on our website)The Scottsdale Charter change was implemented and confirmed at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission meeting on January 24th.   COGS has heard the rumors that city staff is attempting to implement some private accesses into the desert Preserve for the Storyrock development (old Cavalliere Ranch project), to implement their trail head host concept (people living in trailers inside the Preserve at some trail heads), and to allow E-bikes in the Preserve.  If proven accurate, the Protect Our Preserve supporters will surely address these and future issues.

Are you a Veteran or family
member or in a veteran-related organization?  A seven member Scottsdale Veterans’ Commission is being recommended by Councilman Guy Phillips at a special Kiva (city hall) meeting 4 pm, Tuesday Feb. 12th. “This commission would be a valuable resource to the council in recognizing veteran events, tributes and possibly special awards to local veterans and veteran groups”, stated Councilman Phillips. He continued, “With this new commission it is possible a member of each [existing veterans’] group could be on the board and enable them to share resources for our community as a whole”. Contact him at with any questions.
Contact the city council at to express your opinion prior to t
he 12th
. The COGS Board of Directors fully support this new commission.

What critical city projects will be on the next bond ballot?

City investment decisions by the 3 panel City Council member Capital Improvement Project subcommittee are being deliberated. Serving as Chair is Vice Mayor Guy Phillips plus Councilwomen Suzanne Klapp and Kathy Littlefield taking on the daunting task.
At the January 31st CIP Subcommittee meeting the following decisions were made:

  • Delay any bond election until November 2019 to provide maximum voter information and community input on projects to include on the ballot
  • Voted 2 to 1 [Phillips] to provide voter 4 to 6 public meetings that also include comments on a proposed Civic Center “iconic amphitheater” project estimated at $27.3 million in preparation for the Super Bowl 2022
  • Voted 2 to 1 [Phillips] to return the list of potential bond projects back to the subcommittee after community input then send on to council for approval. Councilman Phillips wanted the list to go directly to the city council after public input.
  • Recommended paring 99 unfunded projects ($529.2 million) by removing some city park projects, 20 storm drain projects except the Reata Wash Flood Plain and researching forming a Facilities District to underground utility lines along northern Scottsdale Road.
  • The new bond total could result in no change in property taxes or reduced taxes depending on the final critical projects list approved by the full city council.

What bonds are currently voter-approved? 
Scottsdale residents approved two bond questions --one to fund pavement replacement on city streets and the other to construct or reconstruct four fire stations. It is noted that southern voters approved all proposed projects but only two passed on a total city count.

(1) Street Pavement Replacement $12,500,000

(click to follow site details) Replace 140 Miles of Deteriorated Pavement on City Streets
2) Public Safety & Fire $16,350,000
Design and Build Fire Station 613 (Desert Foothills)
Design and Build Fire Station 616 (Desert Mountain)
Relocate Fire Station 603 (McCormick Ranch Area)

Renovate Fire Station 605 (75th Street & Shea Boulevard)

WHO tracks the spending?
Answer: Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee

The City Council appointed seven Scottsdale volunteer-residents to the a Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee January 26. The committee will receive reports about the progress of bond projects, review any proposed project changes and provide comments and recommendations to the City Council.


Wed Feb 6th thru Sun 10th

  • Wed 6th Museum of the West-Legends of Old West podcast
  • Fri-Sat. 8-9 FREE Museum of the West entry
  • Fri. 8th AZ Native Experience
  • Sat. 9th Parada del Sol (parade) 10 am -noon
  • Sat 9th Trails End 12 -4 pm
  • Sat 9th NEW Parada Museum-band-beer garden
  • Sat 9-Sun 10am  AZ Indian Festival Civic Center
  • Sun 10th Alaska Kodiak Alutiq language film 1 pm
  • Wed 20th Native Trails Performance 7:30 pm
  • March 7th-10th Parada Rodeo in WestWorld

Wear western clothing every day
to celebrate our Scottsdale

Contact Shelby Wray 517 812 4969 if you can volunteer to help before or during the parade.


Friday Feb 8th Watch the Hashknife Pony Express gallop to the Museum of the West as it completes its 200-mile journey from northern Holbrook AZ to deliver mail.  Experience living history with the oldest officially-sanctioned Pony Express in the world. The posse will deliver more than 20,000 pieces of mail at high noon to the front steps of Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with entertainment, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

Leave your car at home or park only once and ride the Free Downtown Scottsdale Trolley. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.  Runs every 10 minutes. 480-634-6850.

Downtown Scottsdale Cultural Trolley Tours. Second Saturday of the Month, 10:30 a.m. Begins and ends at Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850. Free.
Register for the Thurs. Feb 21 11:30 am luncheon to benefit Operation Fix It or attend FREE for the noon Mayor's State of the City Address at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This hotel is located off Scottsdale Road just north of the CAP canal—follow signage.  For Sponsorships or table purchases, call 480-312-2466.

Is your neighborhood planning a cleanup….and Spring Potluck?

The city is providing two FREE services under the Neighborhood Cleanup Program to residents who organize neighborhood cleanup efforts. (1)a loaded tool trailer (2) a 30 yard roll off dumpster. See details at this link  Program Guidelines (PDF). For more information or to register for either or both of the FREE services Go to this link Neighborhood Clean Up Program Application or call 480-312-3111

…in your neighborhood?

Historic Preservation Commission decisions on Villa Monterey homeowner requests: Approved: 7713 E Meadowbrook Ave, 5033 N 77th St., 4817 N 78 Pl., 7714 E  Pasadena Av, 7840 E Highland Ave.  Still Active awaiting decision: 7833 E Coolidge

Other Land Requests
(zoning, abandonment of right of way, site plans)

Downtown-2nd St & N Marshall Way. Request by owner to abandon the right-of-way segment located along the northern boundary of APN 130-13-404, with Downtown/Office Commercial Type-2, Planned Block Development, Downtown Overlay (D/OC-2 PBD DO) zoning.
Applicant's Submittal (PDF, 686.5 KB)

8700 E Thomas Road Request by owner for a non-major General Plan amendment  to change the land use designation from Employment to Commercial on a +/- 1-acre site  Applicant's Submittal (PDF, 198.1 KB)  Show on City Map

Windgate Crossing Shopping Center 17060 N Thompson Peak Pkwy Request approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new restaurant development with approximately 1,820 square feet of building area and drive-through service, on an approximately 0.2-acre pad site Applicant's Submittal (PDF, 2.6 MB)  Show on City Map

2240 N. Hayden Rd Request approval of the site plan, landscape plan, and building elevations for a new residential development, with 89 dwelling units in approximately 54,410 square feet of building area within two multi-story buildings, all on a 4.43-acre site with Multiple-family Residential (R-5) zoning. Applicant's Submittal (PDF, 2.7 MB)   Show on City Map

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Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 



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