Scottsdale commemorates Pride Month. Pride Month is recognized annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. Read the city’s proclamation.
The Scottsdale City Council in April voted unanimously to adopt an anti-discrimination ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The ordinance represents the city’s commitment to anti-discrimination and fair treatment of residents, visitors and employees in the Scottsdale community, and the City Council’s support and value for diversity and inclusiveness. Learn more.
Emergency housing vouchers available to those in need. Scottsdale was recently awarded 34 emergency housing vouchers through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The vouchers will increase housing options for Scottsdale residents who are facing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence and experiencing other extenuating circumstances. Learn more.
High ozone pollution advisory continues through Monday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Monday, June 14. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between noon-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.
Welcome new City Treasurer Sonia Andrews. Andrews joined the city June 1, following a national recruitment and appointment by the City Council. She previously served as Peoria, Arizona’s, chief financial officer where she led the Finance Department and oversaw the city’s annual budget process. Prior to that, she served as Peoria’s deputy finance director and was the chief financial officer in Bend, Oregon, before moving to Arizona in 2014. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. She is also a member of the Government Finance Officers’ Association and an Arizona Border Collie Rescue volunteer.
Prevent wildfires. As we’ve already seen this year, fires can start and spread quickly in the dry brush found throughout many parts of the Valley. Prepare now so you know what to do when and if the threat becomes a reality. Report brush fires immediately by dialing 911. Become fire-wise and protect your family and property.
The IT GIS team was honored twice recently for outstanding achievements. The team received a 2021 PTI Solutions Award under the Geospatial Information Systems category for the “Good to Go Business Interactive Map” that was developed during the pandemic. The map was released in May 2020 in cooperation with the Economic Development department to help residents and visitors easily identify which businesses were open during the height of the pandemic. GIS Analyst Mele Koneya was a first place winner in the GIS Certification Institute’s contest for his entry “Preserving the McDowell Mountains.”
Scottsdale Police and Fire are hosting 24 teens for the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy. This week's academy offers teens 14-18 the opportunity to learn about careers in law enforcement and fire service. Teens participate in a variety of activities including firefighting skill stations, hands-only CPR awareness, basic first aid and triage, police riot control techniques, decision shooting scenarios and criminal investigations. View public safety’s social media to get a bird’s eye view of the participants’ experience:
Monsoon Awareness Week runs June 13-19. Each year, a variety of weather-related dangers affect the Southwest. Official monsoon season starts Tuesday, June 15, and runs through Sept. 30. A period of extreme heat is typically ongoing at its onset, followed by daily rounds of thunderstorms that often strike suddenly and with violent force. Lightning strikes, high winds, dust storms, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding and extreme heat cause numerous deaths and injuries along with tens of millions of dollars of damage each year. Learn how to protect yourself and your family.
Scottsdale’s Juneteenth Freedom Celebration is June 19. The city has partnered with a local group, GenerationBLK, to host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery – more specifically the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas, who did not receive the news until two years after abolition.
Expect a relaxed community vibe, a DJ and live music, food from AZ BBQ Shack, snow cones, games, and historical information. Beer permits are available for purchase. Families can bring chairs or a picnic on the lawn. Park amenities feature the Scottsdale Charros merry-go-round and the train ride. Tickets for these rides are $3 per person.
The Arizona Historical Society published this article, which provides an overview and some local knowledge about the history of this celebration in the Valley.
Sign up for the June 29 PTSD Summit. There are about 8 million people in the United States with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Higher rates of PTSD are found in veterans. The Phoenix VA PTSD Clinical Team has partnered with the Northern and Southern Arizona VA PTSD Clinical Teams, along with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, to host the First Annual Arizona Department of Veteran Affairs “Summit on Post-Traumatic Stress.” It will be held virtually from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 29. It is free and open to the public. Register here.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list here.