Scottsdale Update - March 21, 2019

HEADLINES

Scottsdale earns high marks from residents in citizen survey. People who live in Scottsdale enjoy a high quality of life and consider the community an excellent place to live, according to responses in the National Citizen Survey conducted in November and December 2018. Respondents gave the city high marks as a place to live, with 97 percent rating Scottsdale "excellent" or "good" in that category. Other areas earning high marks include overall quality of life (96 percent) and neighborhood safety (98 percent), while 96 percent of residents would recommend living in Scottsdale to someone. Read more. 

Scottsdale Stadium renovations move forward. The city of Scottsdale, San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Charros, partners in the city’s spring training venue, advanced a plan that will modernize the facility to improve the baseball experience and increase the stadium’s usability for non-baseball events and activities. The City Council approved the construction contract required to begin building improvements at the city-owned facility at its March 19 regular meeting.

It's bracketology madness! The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has advanced to the Elite Eight in the ELGL Knope Best Parks & Open Spaces challenge. The tournament is all about recognizing community pride in local government places and nobody has more community pride than Scottsdale. Give the railroad park your vote. The park receives double points for every selfie photo shared on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ELGLKnope and the name of our park.

Don't be spoofed by this phone scam. Don't be fooled if you get a sales call from a city prefix, 480-312-XXXX. The city "owns" the entire 480-312 prefix (10,000 numbers). According to our in-house IT experts, these are ROBO callers that pick any number to hide their identity. They also seem to completely ignore the “Do Not Call” lists that legitimate companies do their best to adhere to. The scammers usually use several city numbers at random for a few days and then move on. Unfortunately, the city does not have a way to stop them or control the numbers they pick. If you get one of these calls, simply ignore it.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane delivers the 2019 State of the City Address, Feb. 21, 2019.


EVENTS

Attend free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Sunday. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. Pieces to be performed include: Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 (Reformation); Saint-Saens: Dance MaCabre; and Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.

Participate in Eldorado Park's annual Wedge Skate Jam, March 30. The fun rolls from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the skate park. Entry fees are free, but participants must fill out a waiver to compete. Competitors younger than 18 must have a legal guardian with them to register.

The Boys of Summer heat up March. Catch the San Francisco Giants as Cactus League action continues at our award-winning Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets may be purchased at 1-877-4SFGTIXonline or in person at the Stadium Box Office during Spring Training.

Celebrate cycling! April is Valley Bike Month. Spring and bike helmets are in the air as we head toward April, also known as Valley Bike Month among folks partial to peddling. Scottsdale is joining the month-long cycling celebration with a variety of events.

Throttle the thrill … at Arizona Bike Week, April 3-7. Attend the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest at WestWorld. Highlights include hundreds of world-class vendors, stunt shows, live music, demos, exhibitions, contests, flat track racing, auctions and bike shows. Each night ends with a concert featuring big names in the rock world.  

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon-4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.

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

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Report says Scottsdale's development impact fees are appropriate. An outside agency concluded the city is appropriately planning future water and wastewater infrastructure and equitably using development impact fees to help pay for it. A comprehensive review of Scottsdale’s land use assumptions, infrastructure improvement plans and development impact fees for the water and wastewater systems was recently completed. The biennial certified audit is required by state law, as is a public hearing on its results. That hearing is on the Tuesday, April 2, Scottsdale City Council agenda. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Learn more.

Scottsdale Leadership accepting applications for Class 34. Scottsdale Leadership is a community leadership development organization that directly strengthens Scottsdale and the Valley. The eight-month program provides an understanding of "big picture" issues and community leadership opportunities. Learn more here or by attending the Class 34 Applicants Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Learn how to stay cool with radiant cooling at April’s Green Building Lecture. Forty-three percent of all electricity consumed in metro Phoenix homes is used for air conditioning. Learn efficient ways to remove heat while improving thermal comfort and saving energy. The free program runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.  

Show us your best "Arthur Murray" moves. The Granite Reef Senior Center hosts the city's longest-standing ballroom dances at 1 p.m. each Thursday. Live music and refreshments! Entrance fees are accepted at the door. 

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