Enjoy your Thanksgiving. We’ll be back Tuesday, Dec. 1.
COVID-19 vaccine update. Positive news continues from developers of COVID-19 vaccines. It is possible the Food and Drug Administration will approve a vaccine for emergency use this year. Maricopa County Public Health is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services, as well as local hospital systems, medical associations and others on a plan to distribute a potential vaccine. Read the draft plan here.
The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.
The city Call Center is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.
IN OTHER NEWS
Scottsdale’s bi-annual community survey will be reaching households soon. Some Scottsdale residents have been randomly selected to participate in a survey to measure their views on the community, city programs and services. The city will use feedback provided through the survey to prioritize initiatives, services and programs.
The National Community Survey allows residents to rate their overall quality of life and provide specific feedback about municipal services, public safety, customer service and their level of participation in community events and activities.
Initial notification to the 1,700 randomly selected households is being sent this week, followed by the survey itself next week.
The survey is designed specifically for use by local governments. Because similar surveys are conducted in hundreds of jurisdictions, Scottsdale can compare its results with other cities across the country. This survey also allows Scottdale to compare its current quality of service with years past because most questions remain constant year to year.
Don’t despair if you missed Scottsdale’s Virtual Town Hall. Listen to five dynamic panel members share how our culture is composed of many overlapping stories. This conversation provides an opportunity to listen and consider the many ways community stories might reveal something unexpected and enlightening. View the video on YouTube.
Reminder: Leave no trace in the preserve. With the holiday season upon us and more people throughout Scottsdale, we remind visitors to leave no trace in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Protect it as a natural space for people and wildlife to enjoy. The obvious items not to leave include dog waste, litter and graffiti. Please don’t leave holiday decorations either. While festive and fun, these items can be hazardous to wildlife and go against our leave no trace policy. Enjoy the desert's natural decorations such as the occasional quartz rock, a late blooming cactus or a special glimpse of a happy cardinal.
Scottsdale’s signature holiday celebration kicks off Friday. Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 27, as Scottsdazzle kicks off its monthlong holiday celebration. Begin the season with Scottsdazzle Stroll – a community event at the Scottsdale Waterfront that welcomes guests to take a stroll along the canal, view magical holiday décor and listen to lively holiday tunes. This is just one of the 16 reimagined events that allow residents and visitors to safely revel in the magic of the holidays. Get information on all the Scottsdazzle happenings.
Get your caboose to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Holiday Lights. Experience the magic of the holiday season – safely – on board the Paradise & Pacific Railroad as the park lights up Scottsdale with a winter wonderland. Holiday Lights runs most nights from 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2021. There are several big changes to this year’s event that will provide a safe and physically-distanced environment. Tickets for Holiday Lights are $15, with free admission for children two years old and younger.
Summer swim pass splash sale begins Monday. Buy a Summer Swim Pass for a reduced rate from Nov. 30-Dec. 21. You’ll get unlimited visits for public and lap swim from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Get cost here soon.
Scottsdale seeks input on 70th Street biking. Scottsdale Transportation is conducting a Neighborhood Bikeway Study for the 70th Street Corridor between Continental Drive/Roosevelt Road to the south and Main Street to the north. This 2.5-mile corridor will connect Tempe to Old Town Scottsdale, link the corridor to nearby biking routes and serve neighborhoods along 70th Street. Get details and participate here by Monday, Nov. 30.
This week's traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.