Council Candidate, General Plan

From the Scottsdale Republic’s “City Notes” this morning:

Businessman eyes council seat

Scottsdale resident Michael Auer­bach  has formed a candidate’s campaign committee to run next year for City Council.

Scottsdale will ask voters to fill three seats in a primary election Aug. 26, 2014 and a general election Nov. 4, 2014. The city can skip the 2014 primary if no more than six candidates — two for each va­cancy —  file nominating petitions.

In his committee’s statement of or­ganization,  Auerbach is listed as a self­-employed  business owner.

Auerbach and his treasurer, Mark Huettner, did not respond to requests for comment.

[I have sent Mr. Auerbach an email asking about his positions and what he has to offer. I will publish his response when I receive it.]

To be listed on the ballot, candidates will have to file petitions and nomination papers with the city between April 28 and May 28, 2014. At least 1,000 valid sig­natures are required. Another potential candidate, John Lit­tle,  has formed an exploratory commit­tee  to test the waters for a possible run. Little is a former Scottsdale city man­ager  and president of Diversified Ven­tures  Development LLC.

General Plan hearing Monday

Scottsdale’s General Plan 2014 Task Force will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road.

The task force will consider, among other items, an updated work plan. There will be presentations on Scotts­dale’s  demographics and elements of the 2014 plan.

The City Council formed the task force to create and recommend a draft General Plan 2014, a planning document that will guide the city’s long-term growth and character. State law requires updates of voter-adopted General Plans every decade.

The group is expected to meet twice a month through June 2014.

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