Scottsdale City Hall re-opens today at reduced capacity for public meetings. Beginning today, Tuesday, June 22, Scottsdale will re-open City Council and other meetings to the public at reduced capacity.
To provide physical distance between meeting participants, audience size for meetings in the City Hall Kiva is limited; seats will be available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the adjacent One Civic Center building, where the audience can watch a video live stream of the meeting. People can come into City Hall from the overflow room for public comment and as space becomes available.
While attendance at meetings was restricted, the city developed ways for the public to view meetings live online and comment remotely via telephone. Those options will remain for City Council and board and commission meetings while capacity is reduced. Learn more.
Join the celebration for Scottsdale’s 70th anniversary of incorporation. The city is hosting several family-friendly events and invites the public to join in on the fun and learn about Scottsdale’s history. Activities include taking a retro ride through seven decades; participating in a Legacy Quest expedition; viewing photos and memorabilia; and helping donate 70 pints of blood in honor of our 70th year. Get all the details!
Scottsdale Gallery Association hosts Gold Palette ArtWalk in conjunction with June Days. Join the fun from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, June 24, throughout the Scottsdale Arts District for this special event honoring the city’s 70th anniversary. It features refreshments and live entertainment designed to celebrate summer in Arizona while inspiring a vacation vibe.
Attendees also can get a look at Alice Cooper's Andy Warhol painting before it goes to auction in the fall. "Little Electric Chair," the black-and-blood-red silkscreen legendary rocker Alice Cooper discovered in storage, will be available for public viewing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane.
Watch this week’s “Scottsdale Fast Five.” See Alice Cooper’s Warhol, celebrate Pride Month and learn how to take part in our 70th Anniversary Legacy Quest. These are just three of five things happening in Scottsdale that you need to know and highlighted in this episode of Fast Five. Watch now.
From plans to move-in, Scottsdale can turn things quickly for businesses. Scottsdale continues to be a top city for business, and the recent move of Lifestance Health to Scottsdale is a prime example. The company had a full-floor tenant improvement project requiring quick turnaround to accommodate necessary out-of-state staff moves and a critical open for business date. A smooth transition hinged on an in-concert partnership between the city and Lifestance Health's architectural team to turn things around quickly.
In many cities, this type of plan review takes at least two weeks, and sometimes can take up to four weeks. Scottsdale, working with the client's design team at Evolution Design, turned the plan review around in just three days.
Learn more about Scottsdale’s responsive tenant improvement.
Three fire captain positions to focus on community risk reduction. Their responsibilities will include fire inspections; investigation coordination; Firewi threats. Captains Pete Earls, Steve Hunter and Kelly Cavner are filling these inaugural positions. The new program replaces the shift Deputy Fire Marshal positions developed in 2017. The captains will begin in their new roles July 13.
“Addressing specific risks in our community is a responsibility of every member of the fire department,” says Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “The new positions will allow SFD to quickly respond to a variety of these on a 24-hour shift schedule.” Learn more.
Maricopa County sees rise in heat-related deaths. Learn how the Heat Relief Network keeps people safe. More than 320 people in Maricopa County lost their lives due to the heat last year -- a 62.3 percent increase from 2019 and nearly 15 times higher than in 2001. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) launched the Heat Relief Network in May with warnings that all residents are at risk, no matter their age or circumstance.
The network provides relief by offering cooling centers, hydration stations and bottled water for those suffering in the extreme temperatures. Heat relief locations can be found on an interactive map, available online at the Heat Relief Network.
Follow these tips to reduce heat-related illness:
Increase fluid intake regardless of activity level. Staying hydrated is extremely important.
Limit exercise or outdoor activity between the hours of 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
When outdoors, wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 and reapply often. Wear a hat, lightweight clothing and sunglasses.
Rest frequently in shady or cool areas to give the body's temperature a chance to recover and cool down.
Respectfully check on elderly neighbors to make sure their air conditioning is working and in use. Take advantage of free air-conditioning by visiting locations like shopping malls, the library or other heat refuge locations provided on the map.
Maricopa County Attorney's Office: Summer Safety Series: Utility Scams. As temperatures continue to heat up and utility bills increase, scammers impersonating utility companies will use phone calls, text messages, emails, and in-person visits to demand payment for "overdue bills." Falling for this type of scam could cost you hundreds of dollars, put your personal and financial information at risk and require time and effort to be sorted out. Families aren't the only ones at risk. Small businesses and companies are also targeted with employees wanting to resolve the issue as fast as possible.
The best way to protect yourself from utility scams is to learn about them. This summer remember these warning signs and prevention tips to avoid becoming a victim. The county’s Keeping Families Safe initiative includes topics to help with Identity Theft, Scams & Fraud, Situational Awareness and more.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list here.