Scottsdale Update - Aug. 15, 2022


Primary election results. City Council incumbents Kathy Littlefield and Solange Whitehead won re-election by receiving a majority of the votes cast for each Council seat; Pamela Carter and Barry Graham will vie for the third open council seat in the Nov. 8 general election. Get more information at Scottsdale.Vote.

Key dates to remember for the Nov. 8 general election:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 11: Last day to register for the general election

  • Wednesday, Oct. 12: Ballots mailed to every registered voter; voting centers open and drop boxes available

  • Friday, Oct. 28: Last day to request a ballot by mail

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: Recommended last day to mail completed ballot 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8: Election Day

Storm response update. Strong winds from a powerful monsoon storm late last week knocked down power poles and dropped more than three inches of rain in some locations. Scottsdale’s public safety and storm response teams worked around the clock to rescue stranded people and re-open roads as quickly as possible. Here’s what’s impacted:

  • Cactus Park is closed but the aquatic center is scheduled to open this afternoon. The south side of the parking lot remains closed.

  • The trail at Pinnacle Peak Park is open from the trailhead to the Owl's Rest Overlook (about halfway), but will be closed beyond that for several days while crews repair the hazard areas.

  • Horizon Park is closed today; it may reopen tomorrow.

  • There are no major road restrictions – some smaller streets may be closed or restricted due to storm runoff or debris. Do not cross or drive around barriers.

  • Arizona Public Service reports that power has been restored to most customers – crews continue working to repair storm damage and return service.

  • The storm substantially impacted WestWorld, knocking down a fence and eroding the hillside along the main entrance road. The Scottsdale Police Mounted Unit barn located at WestWorld flooded – the police horses were moved to safety during the storm. The large event tent at WestWorld suffered a few tears and minor damage.

  • The storm damaged some fencing and several aircraft at Scottsdale Airport, but there are no ongoing operational impacts.

Register for the United Diversity Business Summit. Attendees will discover innovative tools to unite and ignite businesses growth opportunities through diversification and inclusion initiatives. This second annual event takes place 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St. It features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking opportunities and resources for the business community. Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the city are presenting the event. Learn more and register

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Civic Center. Curious how things are looking at the Civic Center? Watch how the renovations are progressing. Learn more about this $27.3 million project


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up:

Learn about our various Boards and Commissions and how you can serve.


SMoCA hosts Trivia Night. Comedian Anwar Newton is back for an evening rich with movie, television and music references to test your pop culture IQ. This hybrid event takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Join the fun in person or from the comfort of your own home. In-person capacity is limited, so reserve your spot now. Virtual attendees will receive detailed information on how to participate via Zoom once a ticket is purchased. In-person attendees will receive one free drink and snacks. Learn more and register

Explore plant life in and around Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Mustang Library hosts “Flora in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – Cacti, Trees, and Large Shrubs” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. We live in the most diverse desert of the world; learn more about the vegetation found here. Presented by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Register


  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Internationally known as a mecca for art collectors, Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Get more events information.


To improve efficiency and serve digital customer requests, Permit Services recently changed its Wednesday hours. Walk-in service hours are from 1-5 p.m.; and cashiering service hours are from 1-4 p.m. The schedule remains the same for other weekday services – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. You can submit a request digitally online 24/7. View a list of our online services.

Don’t hate … mediate! Do you have a neighbor whose barking dog is getting you down? Wish someone on your block would be a team player and trim that tree? Are your neighbor's security lights spoiling your mid-summer night's dreams? If you've tried talking with your neighbor and you're not sure what to do next, text MEDIATE to 3111 for info on Scottsdale's free Mediation Program. We can help you work it out so you can get back to those neighborhood BBQs in no time. 


The city is widening the Indian Bend Wash multiuse path between Camelback Road and Glenrosa Avenue. The path is being widened from 8 feet to 10 feet and will be closed during construction. Users can enjoy the path on the east side of Hayden Road as an alternative. The project is slated for an October completion. Get details

Featured Job of the Week: Community Services Operations Supervisor – Adaptive Services. This position is responsible for providing on and offsite programs and services for those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Our state-of-the-art Adaptive Services Center hosts a variety of activities and features a multi-sensory room, gaming space and a fully-accessible kitchen. Learn more and apply.

Because of you, life doesn’t stop – donate blood. Participate in a Vitalant blood drive 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the city’s North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador, Wrangler Room. Schedule an appointment using blood drive code “corpblood.” 

The Jan. 22 Arizona Concours d’Elegance is seeking spectacular automobiles for show and competition. This event, to be held on the renovated Civic Center, will feature about 100 automobiles – including such classic brands as Bugatti, Duesenberg and Pierce-Arrow. They will be joined by vehicles ranging from early 20th century horseless carriages to the latest in exotic supercars. Showcase your car! Visit, and click on “Vehicle Submission” to enter your vehicles for consideration.

Police Department invites you to listen to its podcast “ShopTalk.” Scottsdale Police Chief Jeff Walther hosts a community chat to answer your questions. Each episode features a community guest or member of the department. Take a listen. Let us know what you’d like the chief to discuss: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Scottsdale Airport receives more than $5.4 million in FAA grants to improve the efficiency, safety and capacity at the airport. These grants will provide funding to construct an aircraft runup area, reconstruct a portion of the taxiway and taxiway connectors to current FAA safety standards, and rehabilitate a taxiway connector. The project will start this fall. Completion is anticipated by the end of the year – just in time for Scottsdale’s event season. Learn more.


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