Scottsdale Update - Nov. 4, 2021

HEADLINE NEWS 

Here are Scottsdale’s current unofficial Special Election results. Proposition 463 asked voters to consider whether or not to ratify the “Scottsdale General Plan 2035.” 

  • Yes – 25,920 (53.45 percent) 

  • No – 22,577 (46.55 percent) 

Ballots that were received in the mail earlier this week, along with ballots that were dropped off at voting locations Tuesday, will not be counted until later this week. Maricopa County will provide daily updates until all ballots are counted. Learn more.  

Canal Convergence returns this weekend and next to the Scottsdale Waterfront with a new theme: "Art & Technology." Cutting-edge technologies combined with public art create some of the most innovative artworks you'll see at Canal Convergence. Through this year’s theme, alongside the event’s perennial themes of Water + Art + Light, Interactivity, and Sustainability, Scottsdale Public Art hopes to expand the public’s understanding of technology’s role in artmaking.  

Canal Convergence hours: 

  • 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 5 and 12; and Saturdays, Nov. 6 and 13 

  • 6-9 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 7 and 14 (closing night) 

City continues to seek input on Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan & Zoning Ordinance. The city is hosting more in-person open houses on updates to the Old Town Character Area Plan and the downtown sections of the Scottsdale Zoning Ordinance. Three sessions are offered from 8:30-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at SkySong, 1365 N. Scottsdale Road. The same content will be presented at each session; and it's the same content presented at earlier open houses.  

The city also offers an online, self-guided, open house series that allows participants to provide input on topics such as the Old Town Plan vision values, the provision of quality development and public open space in Old Town.  

To participate in the open house or the online series, please register on the city webpage.  

Investing in our Scottsdale: City opens the Camino Campana Interpretive Trail at the Fraesfield Trailhead. This trail is named in honor of former Scottsdale Mayor Sam Campana, who played a pivotal role in the establishment and success of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. She has helped guide Scottsdale’s nurturing of the preserve for nearly three decades. Learn more about Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve


COVID-19 UPDATE:
 

COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.  

CDC recommends vaccine for children 5-11 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends children 5-11 receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 cases in children can result in hospitalizations, deaths, inflammatory syndromes and other long-term complications. Vaccinations, along with other preventative measures, can protect children from COVID-19. Clinical trials show that vaccinations were nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among this age group. Get more information and read CDC’s media statement

COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in Arizona, according to a new study by the Arizona Public Health Association. According to the association’s numbers, since March 17, 2020, more people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 than cancer, heart disease or any other cause. Data was sourced from Arizona Department of Health Services data dashboards and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wonder Online database. Globally, five million people have died from COVID-19 in the last two years, and it is now the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke. Your best defense against COVID-19 is to get the vaccine. Find one or attend a city pop-up event. (see below). 

The city is hosting additional COVID-19 vaccination locations through early December. Scottsdale will continue to host these free COVID-19 vaccination events: 

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 12 and 26; and Dec. 10. 

  • Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays Nov. 15* and 29; and Dec. 13.  

*Nov. 15 event runs 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. Visit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more information

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.  


EVENTS: 

Have reel fun at Scottsdale International Film Festival, Nov. 5-12. Founded in 2001, Scottsdale International Film Festival is an annual event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 20-year history, the festival has presented more than 700 films – ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered independent gems – to more than 110,000 attendees. 

Not just pizza! Italian Association Pizza and Wine Festival offers a lot “a-more.” Try authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto and hand-crafted sandwiches. Entertainment will be available throughout the day, including music and face painting. The event runs from noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, near Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Get more details and cost. This event receives funding from the city's Community Event Funding program. 

Participate in Arizona Hidden Heroes’ 5K and Friendsgiving gathering. Arizona Hidden Heroes are family members who care for a disabled veteran. Lace up your running shoes Sunday, Nov. 7, to celebrate the hidden heroes in our communities by signing up to run/walk in their honor. In addition, plan to attend the Friendsgiving gathering, a family-fun day, military-caregiver and veteran resource fair, raffle and lunch at Vista del Camino Park. You do not have to participate in the 5K to attend Friendsgiving, and only one registration is needed per family.  

Veterans Day commemoration features future USS Arizona ship sponsor. Nikki Stratton, whose grandfather survived the attack on Pearl Harbor as a crewmember aboard the USS Arizona (BB-39), will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Veterans Day commemoration in Scottsdale. Stratton is serving as the sponsor of the next USS Arizona (SSN-803), a Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine that will join the U.S. fleet upon completion. Scottsdale’s Veterans Day Commemoration takes place at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public. Get more details. 

*Most city offices are closed Thursday, Nov. 11. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected. 


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES: 

Don’t miss the season’s final Neighborhood College class...the stories of Scottsdale history series. Find out about the man from a small Arizona town found dead in his brother’s Scottsdale apartment in 1976. The suspect was apprehended quickly but the masterminds in the case were harder to convict. Learn about this fascinating case and its implications for Scottsdale and Arizona from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Register

Join in on a free Green Building webinar: “Electric Vehicles, Battery Storage and Electrification.” Electric vehicles (EV) contribute to cleaner air, and electric utilities are preparing for the increasing number of them expected to hit the roads in the coming years. Learn how SRP and APS are committed to reducing carbon emissions and supporting EV charging infrastructure. The program starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. Register for the webinar. Learn more about the Green Building Program


FYI:

Adopt-a-Road program breaks cleanup record stats. Sixty-three volunteer groups participated in the October Adopt-a-Road citywide cleanup for National Make a Difference Day. A total of 416 people cleaned more than 130 miles of road and removed more than two tons of trash during the event. Each group selects at least a mile-long road to clean three times per year. Learn more about the program

Singing Cowboy serenades Old Town visitors starting Saturday. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Singing Cowboy Gary Sprague and his trusty horse from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through April 30, 2022, in Old Town. Catch Gary mostly along Main Street and First Avenue, between Brown and Scottsdale Road. 

Water hauling to halt January 2023 for non-residential customers. In response to the water supply shortage on the Colorado River and the activation of Stage One of Scottsdale’s Drought Management Plan, Scottsdale Water will stop water hauling services for customers residing outside the city’s boundary. Customers who use these services will receive letters from the utility stating that they must provide proof of residency, or business location, within city limits and the reason for the hauling. Learn more.  

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list

 

 

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