Scottsdale’s preliminary unofficial primary election results
Preliminary unofficial election results indicate that six city council candidates, including two incumbents have moved on to the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election. They will vie for three open seats. Below are the unofficial results for Scottsdale, according to the Maricopa County Elections Office, as of early Wednesday, Aug. 27. This total includes early voting and all precincts reporting. They do not include provisional ballots (ballots requiring additional verification) or unverified early ballots. Those moving onto the general election are noted with an asterisk. Incumbents are noted by an (i):
- Michael Auerbach - 7,747
- Bill Crawford - 8,043
- *Cindy Hill - 8,718
- *Kathy Littlefield - 11,167
- *Linda Milhaven (i) - 13,681
- *Jennifer Petersen - 11,888
- *Dennis Robbins (i) - 11,750
- *David N. Smith - 11,853
Most city offices closed for Labor Day, Sept. 1
Don’t despair, we'll still be there! Although most city offices will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, we will still collect trash as scheduled. Place containers where your trash is typically picked up by 5 a.m. that morning or the night before. Call 480-312-5600 for more information.
Community input continues for the General Plan 2035 draft update
The Scottsdale General Plan 2035 draft update continues to be revised based on public feedback. The next step takes place Monday, Sept. 8, when the General Plan Task Force meets to begin creating a final draft. The meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Community members are encouraged to attend and provide additional comments. The public also can review the plan and comment on the General Plan website through Sunday, Oct. 12. In November the task force will review remaining comments and finalize the plan. Next year it will go before the city’s Planning Commission for review and the City Council for consideration. The plan is tentatively scheduled to go before a public vote in November 2016.
Food bank needs your donations
Vista del Camino Food Bank needs food and other household supplies for families in need. Inventory runs lower than usual in the summer when household expenses, such as utilities, are higher. Items most needed include canned tuna, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, instant rice, boxed cereals, diapers and toiletries. There are several ways you can help:
- Drop off donations between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to Vista, 7700 E. Roosevelt St.
- Participate in the Fry’s Community Rewards program. Simply link your VIP card to Concerned Citizens for Community Health (identification #48978) and rebates will be directed to Vista del Camino.
- Eat at any Dos Gringos Mexican restaurant between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 20 percent of all sales will be donated to local food banks, including Vista’s.
Call 480-312-2323 for more information.
Nominations open for Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Awards
The Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Awards serves to thank those who provide counseling and education and acknowledges those employers that provide jobs for individuals with disabilities. In addition, it recognizes individuals with disabilities who have provided outstanding examples of courage, perseverance and love in the face of adversity. You can nominate people in various categories that honor teachers, students, employees and employers through Friday, Sept. 12. Get more information and the nomination form. The website also provides information on scholarship applications for students with disabilities. The awards program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.
Scottsdale business leads Arizona’s contingent of fastest growing private companies
Plexus Worldwide, a Scottsdale company that makes weight-loss products, body creams and other health-focused products, leads Arizona's contingent of fastest-growing private companies. The company ranks eighth overall on the list of 500 top U.S. privately held companies tracked by Inc. magazine. It's one of 13 Arizona firms, including seven in Scottsdale, to occupy top spots in the study. Plexus had three-year revenue growth of more than 16,000 percent. Scottsdale’s Blue Square Resolutions also cracked the top 25. Also in the top 100 are American Retirement Advisors of Scottsdale and the Joint, a Scottsdale company that franchises chiropractic clinics, along with Ethology, a Scottsdale digital-marketing agency. (Via AzCentral.com)
Scottsdale pools host public swim on Labor Day
McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers will be open for the last day of public swim on Labor Day, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Head out to the pools and enjoy this summer’s final ride down the slide.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare comes to WestWorld
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare comes to WestWorld Friday, Sept. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 1. Experience three haunted attractions – Captain Spaulding's 3D Clown School, The Lords of Salem black-out and The Devil's Rejects – in addition to the Bloody Boulevard with roaming monsters, music, games and more. The experience is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. WestWorld is at 16601 N. Pima Road. Get cost and additional information at Great American Nightmare.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
- Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.
- ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District.
- Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
- Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850.
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes and educational programs – ongoing.
- WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events.
- Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update eNewsletter.
- See more on the city's event calendar.
No traffic restriction on Loop 101 Pima Freeway for holiday weekend
Work continues to add lanes to the Loop 101 Pima Freeway between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. However, there will not be any traffic restrictions during the Labor Day weekend. As part of the $72.7 million project, one lane in each direction will be added to the 11-mile stretch of road. A second northbound lane will be added between the Loop 202 interchange and McDowell Road. For the time being, all lanes will be open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.
City Council commits to Unity Pledge
The Scottsdale City Council unanimously approved the city’s signature on the Unity Pledge. The pledge is a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and hospitality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies. The council’s action affirms the city’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and is a public expression of Scottsdale’s desire to be a welcoming place for all people – both as an employer and as a community.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality seeks video contest submissions
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality wants people to submit “No Burn” videos as part of a contest. The video should be 15or 30 seconds telling watchers about the importance of adhering to “no burn” days. The department will use the video in its 2014 winter no burn education campaign. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, Sept. 15.
City hosts open house to gather input on Major General Plan Amendments
The public is invited to an open house to review and comment on four proposed 2014 Major General Plan Amendment cases. The open house will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Copper Ridge School cafeteria, 10101 E. Thompson Peak Parkway. The cases include:
- Pinnacle Peak Patio (2-GP-2014): Request to change the land use designation from Commercial to Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 11 acres north of the Jomax Road and Pinnacle Peak Parkway intersection.
- El Regalo (3-GP-2014): Request to change the land use designation from Commercial to Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 6 acres north of the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Westland Drive.
- Cavalliere Flat (4-GP-2014): Request to change the land use designation from Commercial and Rural Neighborhoods to Rural Neighborhoods and Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 46 acres on the southeast corner of Alma School Parkway and Pinnacle Vista Drive.
- Greasewood Flat (5-GP-2014) Request to change the land use designation from Rural Neighborhoods and Natural Open Space to Cultural/Institutional and Public Use on about a 10-acre site on the northwest corner of the East Mariposa Grande Drive and 134th Street alignments.
These projects are defined as a Major General Plan Amendments per the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan Major Amendment criteria. Arizona requires one City Council hearing be designated each calendar year to consider all Major General Plan Amendment applications. In addition, there will be two separate Planning Commission hearings in September and October before the cases go before the City Council in December. Get more information on Major General Plan Amendments.
Fall hours at railroad park resume Monday
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park will resume fall hours Monday, Sept. 1. Here’s the schedule:
The park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Train and carousel rides and Hartley’s General Store operate during these hours.
- The park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Train and carousel rides and Hartley’s General Store operate during these hours.
- The award-winning model railroad building will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Park reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
- The park’s historic railroad museum reopens in October through May.
The 30-acre park is at the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads. Amenities include train and carousel rides, food concessions, two playgrounds, birthday party facilities, reservable and drop-in picnic areas, the historic railroad museum and model railroad building, a desert arboretum and retail shops.
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Neighborhood College classes resume in September
Registration is available for Scottsdale’s Neighborhood College, a series of free classes where residents can receive the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders. September classes include “Boards vs. Residents,” a lively seminar that will pit lawyer against lawyer to discuss both sides of the most popular HOA issues. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Registration is required.
Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride
For the second year, Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane is running a Constitution Day Contest to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1797, signing of the U. S. Constitution. This year’s contest has been expanded to include an art/video category in addition to the essay category. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups:
- First through fifth grades: $100 gift cards
- Sixth through eighth grades: $150 gift cards
- High school: $200 gift cards
Those wanting to participate can submit entries at any Scottsdale Public Library or at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Entries also can be submitted electronically to Rachel Smetana. Entries must be submitted, emailed or postmarked by Wednesday, Sept. 3. Mayor Lane will host a reception for contest participants and their families on Constitution Day, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service:
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Sept. 8.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Sept. 15.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Sept. 22.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Sept. 29.