East meets West with Taiwanese Little League visit to Scottsdale
The baseball tradition of Tainan City resonates across the globe. Teams from that Taiwanese city have captured five Little League world championships – more than any other locale. Tainan City’s team is touring Scottsdale during the next week and writing another chapter in its rich history. The team will be participating in several local baseball tournaments, christening a Taiwanese baseball exhibit at Scottsdale Stadium and making a literal splash at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center – sampling its lazy river and water slides. An interactive tour of the Scottsdale Police and Fire training center and a trip to the Grand Canyon are also in the lineup. The visit came about when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane visited Taiwan in November 2013 to discuss sports tourism opportunities between the two countries. The public is invited to attend the Tainan City team’s exhibition games and many other activities. Learn more.
Mayor Lane receives AZBio Public Service award
The Arizona BioIndustry Association honored Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane with the AZBio Public Service award. Lane was lauded for the launch of the “Scottsdale Cure Corridor,” an area that stretches from Shea Boulevard to the Scottsdale Airpark. The corridor includes activities to promote the innovative practices occurring around biotech and life sciences industries. It includes a workforce of about 27,700 people and an annual direct economic output of $2.5 billion and indirect output of $3.5 billion. Watch a video about the Cure Corridor.
City Council set to meet Monday after summer break
The Scottsdale City Council will reconvene after its summer break Monday, Aug. 18. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Review the meeting agenda.
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.
Scottsdale sees surge in health industry jobs
Three health care companies are adding more than 700 jobs in Scottsdale. They include:
- Theranos, a consumer health care technology company, has leased a 20,000-square-foot wing at SkySong and plans to hire 500 employees. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Theranos’s clinical laboratory offers comprehensive laboratory tests from samples as small as a few drops of blood at low prices. The company also operates wellness centers at several Scottsdale-area Walgreens.
- Accolade plans to hire more than 200 employees over the next two years. The company provides concierge services to employees of major corporations by assisting in finding them the right care. The Pennsylvania-based company began operating in Scottsdale in December and has 60 employees.
- ZocDoc plans to double its number of employees to about 120. The company provides a free service that allows patients to find nearby doctors and dentists who accept their insurance, see their real-time availability and instantly book appointments. The New York-based company plans to eventually hire 650 employees.
Contact Economic Development Director Danielle Casey at 480-312-7601 for more information.
Ice Cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Connect with friends and get a cool treat at the Granite Reef Senior Center’s Ice Cream Social. It runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. The event is free, but registration is required using class code #110006.
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.
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.
Loop 101 Pima Freeway weekend closure
Work is underway to add lanes to the Loop 101 Pima Freeway between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. The freeway will be closed southbound between Shea Boulevard and Via de Ventura from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Southbound drivers can travel west on Shea Boulevard, south on Hayden Road, then east on Via de Ventura to return southbound on the freeway. 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 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 goes before the City Council in December. Get more information on Major General Plan Amendments.
In-person voting continues; early ballot request deadline tomorrow
Registered voters can cast ballots for three open council seats at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Voting is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday, Aug. 22. More election information:
- Early ballots: Registered voters must request an early ballot by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, through Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or online to have the early ballot mailed to them. Registered Independents or those with no party affiliation must designate which ballot they want.
- Election Day voting: Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 26. Find polling locations. View a map of polling locations.
- View the candidate information pamphlet.
- Watch a candidate forum on Scottsdale’s Channel 11.
- Learn more about the election.
Volunteers needed to fill board and commission openings
Scottsdale residents are invited to apply for volunteer positions on nine city boards and commissions. The positions will be filled in September. The City Council relies on these citizen-based boards and commissions to research issues, reach out to community members and recommend policy direction. Find information about the openings and functions of each board and commission. The application is available here,and is valid for one year. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, Aug. 22. The Council will nominate from the applicant pool Monday, Aug. 25. Those nominated will be interviewed at the Tuesday, Sept. 9, special City Council meeting. Following the interviews, the Council will appoint residents to three-year terms.
Senior center accepting applications for 31st annual Arts & Crafts Fair
Let the planning begin! The Granite Reef Senior Center is accepting applications for its annual Arts & Crafts Fair. This year’s event will be Saturday, Nov. 15, at the center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Applications and more information are available online or by contacting Jessica Johnson at 480-312-1734
School’s back – check out Water Conservation’s “educational toolbox”
Now is the perfect time to check out Water Conservation’s “educational toolbox” for students, parents and teachers. You’ll find valuable information on classroom presentations and discovery tours at the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden.
Enroll your kids in the “Thrive After Three” after-school programs
Scottsdale’s Thrive After Three after-school programs run concurrently with the Scottsdale Unified School District calendar. Programs start at school release through 6 p.m. including early release days. Registration is $30 a month or $300 for the school year; financial assistance is available.
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 #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Aug. 18.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Aug. 25.
- 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.