Scottsdale Update - Aug. 9, 2018


Scottsdale election will wait until November. There will not be an Aug. 28 Primary Election in Scottsdale. Only five candidates are running for three City Council seats, making a Scottsdale Primary Election unnecessary. Scottsdale voters will elect three City Council members at the Tuesday, Nov. 6, General Election. The Scottsdale City Council also has called a Special Election to run concurrently with the Nov. 6 General Election. Voters will consider Question 1, a temporary tax increase to fund transportation improvements, and Proposition 420, an amendment to the Scottsdale City Charter proposed by initiative petition. Registered voters can in-person early vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20-24, at Scottsdale City Hall.

City continues to seek input on proposed Bicycle Ordinance revisions. Attend one of several meetings to provide input on proposed changes to the city's Bicycle Ordinance. Notable possible changes include clarifying prohibited parking areas for bicycles and similar vehicles. Those similar vehicles include electric mini-scooters and electric and motorized bicycles, skateboards and play vehicles. Conditions for impounding vehicles that violate parking ordinances are also outlined in the proposal.

Monsoon mess prompts Simply Better Service. The monsoon has left its calling card, toppling hundreds of Valley trees this season. Scottsdale resident Mary wasn't excluded from experiencing the windy wrath. When a summer storm caused her large Palo Brea tree to fall across the sidewalk and street, she picked up the phone and called Operation Fix-It Program Manager Michelle Holmes.


Meet two members of Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell's community engagement board. They'll share how they collaborate with the department to boost outreach and community involvement.


Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - An American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday year 'round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day, Aug. 21. The Via Linda Senior Center will transform into a fabulous five-star Vegas resort from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. The $5 registration fee for Scottsdale residents includes food, games and live entertainment.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Love Scottsdale? You're invited to become an Old Town Ambassador. Who are those helpful, red-shirted people in Scottsdale? You may have seen them walking around or riding the trolley. Most notably, you may have spotted them talking to people at one of two carts located in Old Town. They are Scottsdale Ambassadors. Our ambassadors number more than 100 volunteers; their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale.

Truth or myth about idling. Contrary to popular belief, cars do not need 30 seconds of idling to warm up. Today's fuel-injected engines are best warmed by driving at a moderate speed. 

Know what's below before digging. Aug. 11 is National 811 Day - the perfect day to remind yourself to always check before you dig. Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They're a sign that a contractor or homeowner has put safety first and had utility lines identified prior to excavation. Call 811 or go to E-Stake to request a utility line locate at least two working days prior to digging.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Scottsdale Fire offers free mouth-to-mouth CPR. While we tout the effectiveness of "hands-only CPR," it's just not enough in the event of a drowning. Mouth-to-mouth CPR is critical to stop the drowning process by providing the brain and heart the oxygen it desperately needs. Register here for free classes.

Registration opens Tuesday for Scottsdale Water Citizen Academy. Participants get an inside look at all aspects of their city water utility - one of the most advanced in the country. Academy sessions are from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesday nights, Sept. 12-Oct. 10. Please note that the first night begins at 4 p.m. Register here Tuesday.

Program helps emergency personnel enter senior citizens' homes. "Lockboxes for Seniors" allows first responders to enter seniors' home without breaking in during an emergency. Free lockboxes are available for seniors and others with special needs whose annual income is less than $25,000. There is a $25 charge to others. 

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