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05/07/2022 Newsletter

  • Should construction sites be allowed to close or block traffic lanes on public streets with lumber, employee trucks and equipment in-front of other businesses?
  • Should Scottsdale divide into districts? What are the merits and faults for electing city council members by geographic area?
  • How can the Arizona cities gain back their authority to regulate Short Term Rentals?
Charter member, Darlene Petersen passed away in her 90s recently and is well known as a longtime activist in the city.. She will be remembered as the “scolding Grandma” at city council meetings when she would shake her finger at the city leadership and admonish them for such lapses as failure to water street trees.

Members elected COGS Board of Directors, Andrew Scheck (Camden North), Copper Phillips (Rural), Jim Davis (Estancia) and Stan Morgenstern (Rural).

The Spring COGS Buffet was an outdoor evening of dynamic conversations, interesting members and guests, and a buffet with few leftovers. Next buffet will be in the late Fall after November election returns.

COGS celebrated its 16th year as a reliable resource and advocate for Scottsdale residents, neighborhoods, HOA boards, other advocacy groups, and business owners and merchants.

Members’  opinions captured on an extensive survey on city issues and policies is posted on our website

COGS donated to our 2021-22 charities  SNAP--Scottsdale Neighborhood Arts Project and Scottsdale Heritage Fund/Friends of the Library.

 City Council candidates completed an in-depth questionnaire and are being interviewed prior to determining any endorsement(s).  Six questionnaires are available for your review on our website . The 7th Candidate, Pamela Carter, did not respond.

Election information
Are you ready for the Scottsdale 2nd August Primary ?  Not every voter will receive a ballot.  Please make sure YOU do.  If you’re on the county’s Active Early Voting List, you recently received a “90-day notice” in your mailbox. This is a legally required notice
Independent Voters: You must request a ballot.. Do it  HERE. Both ballots [ Republican and Democrat] will include the City Council race. More information under "Upcoming Key Election Dates"is  HERE. Not home on August  2nd?  Mail in ballots will not be forwarded with your mail.  Visit HERE to get a ballot, click "Voting Information"

DON’T KNOW ANYTHING about the Scottsdale City Council candidates? Check these out
  1. Official city link:
  2. COGS’ Candidate questionnaire responses are here

City Council decisions:
5 to 2 (Ortega & Littlefield)   Artisan Scottsdale 3-ZN-2021 and 3-DA-2021 Rezone SW corner Indian School Road and Marshall Way for 83 units and 1% approx. commercial on 1.92 acres
7 to 0 Consent agenda  Sereno Canyon Replat Phase 4  16-PPP-2017 #25 requested consent to reconfigure 18 resort units in an approved project. Located along 128th St at Alameda Rd and East. of Pinnacle Peak Rd

7 to 0 Consent agenda Westworld Sports Complex Multiuse Sport Field Phase Services Resolution 12452
6 to 1 (Littlefield) Transportation Action Plan 2022 Resolution 12434 determined street changes, traffic policies, and includes narrowing southern portion of Hayden Road.

Planning Commission decisions:
6 to 0  Frank Lloyd Wright Storage  rezone to C-3 backing to AZ Canal at Loop 101/FLW on 3.38 acres. 16-UP-2021 and 8-ZN

Cases coming next week: 92 Ironwood previously withdrawn. Returning with a new site plan 231-PA-2021#2 and on Consent Agenda is 7700 Indian School Rd rezone S-R to C-1.
New proposed project may come to Loop 101 east of the Nationwide building. At the NE corner of Hayden Road and Loop 101, Banner Health Facility proposes to build a hospital and other medical uses located  on approx. 45 acres. Case: 1209-PA-2021

The Marshall Way Bridge splash pad is coming soon Later this month, the revitalization of the splash pad will begin with the pouring of a concrete wall and bench. After the concrete cures, the mosaic artwork “Pinball Wizard” will be installed in early June. The splash pad enhancement project is funded by the city's Downtown Cultural Trust. 
Sky Room, 
a new storytime room in the Civic Center Library is completed. Stop by the open house and enjoy a variety of activities between 1 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Civic Center Library. Capital Improvement Funds primarily paid for the renovation.
Chestnutt Park (north of Navajo Grade School) public parking has been expanded and paved.
Roundabouts Yes, more roundabouts are planned within our city. Do you kno
w the rules? View this St.Louis instructional video.
Civic Center renovation is in a cost-overrun financial situation, but will be ready for the 2023 Super Bowl activities planned in the new amphitheaters and grounds.
 HB-2158 was signed into law  by the Governor.   Arizona finally has a law protecting homeowners' right to participate in the governance of their communities and affirming their fundamental rights of free speech and freedom to assemble peacefully. See Bill text here with a summary of the bill Here .

Scottsdale's Vista del Camino Food Bank is low on food.
 Participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by placing nonperishable food near your mailbox Saturday, May 14. Your letter carrier will pick up and deliver items to food banks.

In-person lunches are back at both Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers. Monthly lunch menus are available, and reservations are required. Call the senior centers directly to reserve your spot. Lunch times vary by location.
Granite Reef Senior Center: 480-312-1700
Monday – Friday; doors open at 11 a.m.
Via Linda Senior Center: 480-312-5810
Tuesday and Thursday; doors open at 11 a.m.

Help bring summer relief to low-income, home-bound and isolated seniors by donating to the city’s Beat the Heat outreach program. Donation items are being accepted now through May 27 and can be dropped off to Via Linda Senior Center at 10440 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
For more information on how to donate and a full list of items needed, please visit, search "Beat the Heat"

June and July Special Olympics Swimming Skills and Development Program at Eldorado Pool. Sessions are Saturdays. Group 1 is ages 7 to 18yrs. from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Group 2 are 19 yrs and older from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Athletes must be able to swim. This is not a beginner swim program. Complete your Registration .
June 6 to July 22nd Summer camp registration available online. Summer camps  for kids in first through eighth grades. Activities include weekly excursions, arts and crafts, sports, high energy games and more. Summer camps will be held at the following locations:

Purchase your summer family swim pass. Passes are valid from Memorial Day through Labor Day for daily entry into Eldorado, Cactus and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic facilities for lap swim, fitness centers and waterparks.

Congratulations for another successful Adopt A Road city-wide cleanup by residents and organizations. Several tons of trash were removed from our city streets from McKellips Road north to Carefree Highway.


Ongoing Events and Activities: 

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market
Sunday concerts at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
View All Events for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts
Wednesdays, now to May  18 at 10 a.m.  Family Storytime at McCormick-Stillman RR Park. 7301 E Indian Bend Rd. 85250
Thursday, 12 May between 1-4:30 p.m. view the new Sky Room in the Civic Center Library on Drinkwater Blvd.
Saturday, 14 May at 7:30pm The Scottsdale Concert Band will complete its 43rd season with a free concert, "Magical Musical Tour" in the Performing Arts Center at Scottsdale Community College. Details at this link: event
Saturday, 14 May Scottsdale's Vista del Camino Food Bank..Help the Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by placing nonperishable food near your mailbox. Your letter carrier will pick up and deliver items to food banks
Thursday, 19 May at 5 pm Scottsdale Historian, Joan Fudala, hosts “Hometown Happy Hour,” is  a new library program focused on history, arts, architecture and the natural desert environment. At 5 p.m. is a non-alcoholic “mocktail” and a light snack, then enjoy the program, Park It!, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Register
Friday, 20 May at 6:30 pm free  BINGO   Test your geography during a night of "State Bingo" as you  learn about the 50 nifty United States! Space is limited, register online here. Location: Adaptive Service Center 8102 E Jackrabbit.  Ages 16 yrs and older.
Friday, May 20 to Sunday May 29th Spring Arizona Restaurant More than 100 participating restaurants around the state and in Scottsdale will have showcase menus awaiting you. Details: Spring Arizona Restaurant Week
Saturday, May 21 at 7 pm enjoy Disney’s “Encanto” (2021),. Admission is FREE, and registration is not needed. Location: Oak/Miller in the Eldorado Aquatic Center.
Wednesday, May 25 to June 29 at 10:30 a.m.  Littlest Scientist (ages 2-5yrs) ) Think like a scientist while engaging in playful exploration! Each week of the program brings new challenges. Space is limited, so please see a staff person prior to the start of each program to pick up a ticket which will be your registration. Civic Center Library 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd. 85251

Wednesday, May 25-29th  Inaugural  Pac-12 Baseball Tournament Scottsdale’s partnership with Pac-12 and The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission create a conference championship event for baseball. The top eight teams from the Pac-12 compete in a double elimination tournament. The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Get your tickets now. Event is at the Scottsdale Stadium on Osborn Road.

Wednesday, June 1st at 1 pm The Entertainment Extravaganza returns with hometown seniors performing FREE on the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts stage.
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