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01/18/20 Newsletter


Southbridge II approved multiuse project: Case file:22-ZN-2018


  • Dec 4, 2019 City Council approved Southbridge II project by a 4 to 3 vote
  • Dec. StandUpForOldTownScottsdale was formed to challenge the council vote
  • Slightly less than 12,000 valid signatures are needed to move their referendum to ballot
  • 17,116 signatures were collected by the PAC on a Southbridge II referendum
  • If the minimum count is validated, this specific project will be on the November 2020 ballot for voter approval or rejection
  • Referendum process: The city clerk received the signed Referendum sheets on the Friday, January 3rd deadline. During the next weeks she reviewed each page. The sheets then go to the Maricopa County. Valid Registered Voter status is inspected. COGS is told that signatures are compared to a person’s Driver’s License signature.
  • In the meantime SpringCreek Development is allowed to confirm each signature and initiate any challenge(s).
  • The exact timeline is unknown when the county will make a decision.
    Note: Secretary of State’s office requirement: “ Ensure any paid or out-of-state circulators have registered with the Secretary of State's Office” Apparently the hired Petition Pros company does not have an active license with Arizona but it may not affect the legality of their hired signature gatherers.     
    11885318 PETITION PROS, INC. Domestic For-Profit (Business) Corporation Pinal
    JANEVA HIBBARD CPA Statutory Agent Inactive


Every Thursday night enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday year-round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Every Saturday morning Veg out at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.

Once a month: Marshall Gallery Concert Series for 2020. RSVP for a variety of music from jazz, blues, pianists, vocals, and stringed instrument performers. Dates are Jan 24th, Feb 14th (Valentine night out?), March 20 and April 17. Space inside the gallery is limited to RSVP soon. or go to the website  $25 per concert  7106 E. Main Street in Arts District.

French Designer Jeweler Show for 2020
. Unique, high-end original jewelry events  Jan 30-Feb 2nd Barbara Heinrich; Feb 13-16 Atelier Zobel; March 19-22 Alex Sepkus; March 5-April 5 Ring Invitational and April 2-30 Claribel Cone. 7148 E. Main Street in Arts District. Mon-Sat 10 am to 5 pm and Thursday Art Walk night 6 pm to 9 pm.

Now through Sunday, Jan 19th is the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction It's the granddaddy of all car events. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction returns to WestWorld bringing hundreds of the world's finest collector automobiles and thousands of spectators to Scottsdale. The auction also features an exhibitor marketplace and hours of live worldwide television coverage.  See link above for details on street entries, parking, hours and ticket fee.

Sunday, Jan 19th Sunday A'Fair minifestivals returns Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon-4 p.m. most Sundays through March 29, on the Scottsdale Civic Center.  Dates: Jan 12,19,26;Feb 16,23; Mar 1,8,22,29

Jan 27 to Feb 2nd  2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open   SRP customers get $10 off a ticket going to and use the code SRP2020WMPO 
Feb 1st Saturday 10 am to 2 pm Local Author Book Sale Meet talented AZ writers at Civic Center Library and buy books for all ages and interests. SUPPORT local writers, please.

Feb 5th, Wednesday All Things Senior is an Expo & Tradeshow offering information on commercial and human services held in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts/Civic Center.

Feb 6th Thursday 7 to 8:30 pm Living an Edible Landscape Life Be inspired to grow as urban gardeners share benefits and how to grow your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in the desert…including food-tasting! Another great city’s Green Building program held in the Granite Reef Senior Center near the NW corner McDowell Rd and Granite Reef Rd.

Western Week in Historic Old Town Scottsdale

Thursday Feb 6  from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Gold Palette ArtWalk…The 45th year of outstanding art and jewelry on Main Street and Marshall Way in the unique Arts District. Details at

Friday, Feb. 7 from 11 am to 4 pm  At noon the Hashknife Pony Express gallops to the front steps of the Museum of the West on Marshall Way/1st Street with 20,000 pieces of US Postal mail. (You can send a letter in that pouch from Holbrook AZ to Scottsdale!) Come to witness the oldest sanctioned Pony Express in the world.  The afternoon free event features Hashknife Boot Camp for kids, free museum admission, live entertainment, family-friendly games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, onsite food truck and more.

Saturday, Feb. 8th from 10 am to  noon The 67th annual Parada del sol Parade south on Scottsdale Road from Camelback Road, west to the Museum of the West and ending in Historic Old Town. Colorful floats, mounted horse riders, marching bands, wagons and stagecoaches representing many cultures from Mexican to Native American to Arabian to Western.  Trails’ End Block Party is after the parade. Experience the Western Block Party for the whole family---great kids’ area with pony rides.  Multiple stages will feature Native American and Hispanic dancers, and western musical group.  Details at
Saturday, Feb 8th from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 9th 10 am to 4 pm Arizona Indian Festival in the Civic Center. This celebration honors AZ Indian culture and most of the 22 tribes will be featured. Savor the traditional food, storytelling, dancing, singing and explore the native dwellings. Details


Feb 13 through 23 Arabian Horse Show at WestWorld. Scottsdale’s Signature Annual Event dazzles audiences with international competition for riding expertise, Arabian costumed riders, young stallions and seasoned Arabian horses on display, super-fancy “stalls/barns” individually decorated and so much more. Info and Tickets at  Note: WestWorld is in final competition for the largest Arabian Worldwide competition event---stay tuned!

Feb 16-23  Arizona Musicfest in northern Scottsdale held in four local churches.

Feb 26th, Wednesday Winfield Scott (our city founder) Birthday party. Join locals and tourists in front of the Scottsdale Historical Museum/Little Red Schoolhouse in Civic Center near the Main/Brown western entry. Enjoy a free lunch of traditional fried chicken, potato salad and cake!

Feb. 29th-March 20th Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show at WestWorld. Another incredible audience experience including barrel racing, youth to adult riders, and exciting major competition. Details at


50th year Scottsdale Arts Festival March 13-15, 2020.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts full year’s schedule at

Museum of the West events schedule

State of the City , April 16, Thursday    5:30 pm registration  6 pm cocktail hour   7 pm dinner Held at the Scottsdale Stadium.  This is the final city address by Mayor Jim Lane as he terms out. Current Council members Suzanne Klapp and Virginia Korte have announced to run for that office in Nov. 2020.
                             Browse the city calendar for more events.
CENSUS 2020 needs paid help in the neighborhoods east of Hayden Road in southern Scottsdale. The pay is excellent—including pay during training.  You will probably be assigned in or near your own neighborhood and your own flexible hours.. Learn more at www.2020Censusgov

CITY OF SCOTTSDALE LAND CASES  (your city properties and ordinances)

Civic Center repairs to the water leaking fountains and damaged Drinkwater Bridge are completed The area that connects the Kiva (city hall) and Civic Center Library to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts now boasts a concrete plaza and open space for festivals, concerts and public art. The LOVE statue is permanently re-located here to access much easier for the selfies, family, special event and tourists’ pictures. To review the entire Civic Center renovation plans go to and enter in the white box “What are you looking for?”Then fill in “Civic Center master plan”.
The city’s Sky Song complex is adding a #7 office building on 2.75 acres.  It will be 6 stories with a 7-level parking garage for 1,361 spaces. The case is 58-DR-2019   [DR=Development Review Board ] to review the site plan, elevation and landscaping. Public comment is always welcome.
Indian Bend Wash Master Plan for the greenbelt from Thomas Rd south to McKellips Rd will be heard at the Planning Commission hearing Wednesday, Jan. 22nd at 5 pm. This is the “final” concept presentation. Public comment has been received at multiple open houses hosted by city staff.  Review the plan at (and add your comments to public record)  Case 9-UP -2019

Proposed new freeway signage  The case is 4-TA-2019  [TA means Text Amendment so would apply citywide if approved by council.]    City staff is currently introducing a proposed freeway 101 signage for nearby mixed-use developments (such as the Crossroads East near the curve in 101).  The image shared with COGS leadership is a 50 to 55 foot free-standing pylon/tower and located within 600 feet of a freeway right of way with business names on it. There could be an additional “Freeway Gateway Sign” at the entrance to the large development with maximum height of 20 to 25 feet. The new sign ordinance if approved by city council, would also allow building wall signs displayed at the top of a building but not above the roof line. Interestingly, it states these would only be allowed for qualified developments if the freeway travel lanes are at grade or above grade.   This could be in effect from north of Raintree Drive and continue to the city border at Scottsdale Road. Public open houses are tentatively scheduled for Wed-Thurs Feb 5th and 6th. One will be in the Grayhawk Community Association offices at 7940 E Thompson Peak Parkway. Another open house for southern and central residents’ convenience will be held at Granite Reef Senior Center north of McDowell Road/Granite Reef Road.


Short Term Rental re-zoning request near Civic Center   Case 26-ZN-2018 is Continued until Feb 4th for a delayed city council hearing. The Planning Commissioners denied sending approval to the council. At the scheduled January 14 council meeting the applicant requested the delay.
Papago Plaza requesting to subdivide into three lots Case 6-ZN-2018 #2 will be heard on Jan. 22nd, Planning Commission hearing in the Kiva (city hall) at 5 pm


Following are significant road construction projects and traffic restrictions taking place in Scottsdale Jan. 17 - 26. For more information, contact Traffic Engineering at 480-312-7250.

Multiple road closures for Sunday's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon races Scottsdale lane restrictions will occur Sunday, Jan. 19, for Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona Marathon events. For a map of the race routes and all road closures, please see the race website.

Loop 101 widening project
The Arizona Department of Transportation has begun a project to widen and improve Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. To learn more about the project and upcoming traffic restrictions, please visit ADOT’s project webpage, where you can also subscribe to project alerts.

Traffic in both directions on the Loop 101 between Scottsdale and Hayden roads is shifted around a work zone in the freeway median while a new bridge is built over the future Miller Road extension. The traffic shift will be in place until approximately August 2020. There will be no reduction in travel lanes during the shift.

Local Streets
*McDonald Drive restricted from Pima Rd to Cattletrack Rd Jan. 27 - Feb.10
*Sweetwater Avenue and 100th Street intersection restricted Jan. 21 - 31
*Northbound Hayden Road restricted from McKellips Road to Moreland Street Jan. 20 - 31
*Legacy Boulevard and Hayden Road intersection restricted through Jan. 24
*Multiple restrictions at McDonald Drive and Hayden Road Jan. 10 - 28

Traffic Restrictions Map
View minor traffic restrictions throughout the city in the Scottsdale Map Center. View road construction projects and traffic restrictions anytime.
 Visit and search "traffic restrictions" or View current restrictions on city streets in the Scottsdale map center. Or get the latest information on traffic conditions and accidents on
COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale Member Update


A party was held Jan 9th at the Granite Reef Senior Center for Darlene with a room full of well-wishers for this longtime activist.  Police Chief Rodbell gave her a plague designating her as an honorary Scottsdale Police Officer.  She is known to give the council a "wood shed" talk at the microphone if she didn't like their decisions.
If you are a current 2020 member of COGS you should have received a Members' Only newsletter to your computer by January 13th--if not, let us know.  It detailed activities of your board and member volunteers since January 1 on neighborhood and city government issues.  It includes some organizational updates and a call for volunteers to serve on important ACTION committees .  We are now a 501c4 non-profit organization and in this election year, our members will have important input to guide our positions on candidates, city issues and more.  Members will be active respondents to multiple surveys. 
The annual membership dues is $35 that can be paid/renewed on the website.A family can join for the $35 and will have ONE vote on COGS elections and opinion surveys. Each family member who pays $35 will have their own personal vote.

Your 501(c) (4) Founder's Opportunity Remember that no officers or other volunteers are paid salaries The treasury is important to fund a Legal Team on retainer ready to call into action when needed. Scottsdale residents learned many years ago when COPP's (Coalition of Pinnacle Peak) legal team challenged some pending land cases that would have devastated our northern Rural zoned areas. Recently in 2019 the Protect Our Preserve team hired legal counsel to prepare the Referendum signature forms and language that was successful on the city ballot by a 70% voter approval. That Charter change required that you will vote on any non-trail/non-maintenance project proposed in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  From NOW ON, no city council can make that decision by a simple majority vote. This year the Save Old Town Scottsdale  group hired legal counsel. It is not cheap to legally challenge your own city government!

Therefore, a supporter of the COGS mission statement may pay $500 and receive lifetime membership and know that they are strengthening our clout when Legal Funds are needed.

The popular Spring COGS patio buffet
has not been scheduled yet..stay tuned!

 COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale Updates for members

Board of Director 2020 officers   contact
Vice President               Chris Schaffner                              Las Sendas
Treasurer                       James Davis                                  Estancia
interim Secretary            "Copper" Phillips                            Rural North
Executive Director/City Liaison   Sonnie Kirtley                   Caballo Ranchos
Read bios on our website under
Who We Are and info on other Board Members



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