February 15, 2018
Desert Edge and the Challenges of Locating at Taliesin West
The analysis of alternative sites for Desert Edge continues. Here is the latest news on that subject.Desert Edge Advocates Views Newsletter
February 15, 2018Sneak Peeks: Support Scenic Drive, The Peak, Environment
February 15, 2018
Interested in Scottsdale Planning & Zoning? Review the latest issue of Scottsdale P & Z Link.
Check out the latest issue for information about Scottsdale planning and zoning applications and cases, related meeting agendas and minutes, information about registering for Scottsdale City Government 101 (a very useful class) and links to informative resources. These resources include links to zoning ordinances, the general plan. an online map that identifies neighborhoods and nearby activity, and much more. You will always find recent copies of this newsletter in the Planning & Zoning category.
February 12, 2018
City Council to consider $350 million funding plan for capital projects
The City Council will consider a plan Feb. 20 to fund $350 million in streets, parks, drainage and other capital improvements.
Those projects have been identified as community needs, but are not included in proposals for Scottsdale’s next fiscal budget or five-year capital improvement plan. The reason is cost. Not enough funding exists to pay for them. Instead, they could be funded by a variety of additional revenue sources as recommended by a Council subcommittee that has been studying how to prioritize and fund capital needs for the past 12 months.
At a Feb. 8 meeting, the subcommittee explored how some capital projects not currently funded in the budget could be paid for through a combination of general obligation bonds, sales tax, and an increase in the city’s storm water fee. Some of those options would require a public vote.
Scottsdale’s latest budgeting process has identified about 200 potential capital improvement projects totaling more than $800 million. The proposed city budget and capital improvement plan, however, has only identified funding for 31 projects, totaling about $33 million.
The alternative funding sources explored could close that funding gap to pay for a group of projects totaling about $350 million, which were identified by the subcommittee as the most pressing needs.
Capital projects are defined as “brick and mortar” assets – things like streets, libraries, parks, sewers and water lines. They are considered separate from a city’s operating expenses such as salaries, fuel and electricity.
The City Council Capital Improvement Subcommittee, composed of Vice Mayor Virginia Korte, Councilman Guy Phillips and Councilman David N. Smith, was appointed by Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane in 2017 to review the city’s capital needs and make recommendations to the City Council.
February 11, 2018
Is it practical to have Taliesin West as the home for Desert Edge?
The idea sounds interesting but does it make sense? This newsletter brings new information to a familiar topic.
Desert Edge Advocate
February 11, 2018
Watch Video: Scottsdale Council’s Push to Revise Arizona’s Non-Descrimination Laws Gains Support in Legislature
Watch the video that is included in the latest issue of One Community Newsletter.One Community Newsletter
February 6, 2018
Cactus Shadows High School Superintendent’s Student Cadre
New or Gently Used Blanket Drive
The CSHS Superintendent’s Student Cadre meets monthly with the Superintendent and is no stranger to service projects. For two years in the row, the students have conducted a sock drive for homeless senior citizens who frequent the Justa Center in Phoenix. A Cadre member makes the flyer and monitor collection bins which are placed at all CCUSD school front offices, at the district office and at the Education & Community Services office.
This year, CSHS Varsity Football Head Coach, Mike Hudnutt, asked the players to bring socks for the drive to their year-end banquet. Thanks for CSHS Football and the generosity of the schools, district office and ECS office, Superintendent Burdick and her husband were able to deliver a SUV full of socks to the Justa Center in December.
At their recent meeting, the Cadre voted on another service project for the spring – The Santa Rose Blanket Drive. Cadre member, CSHS Freshman Madison O’Sullivan, brought this need to the attention of the Cadre back in November. This service project is asking the CCUSD community to donate new or gently used blankets to benefit the victims of the fires/mudslides in Santa Rosa, CA. The service project will run from February 5 to March 1, 2018, with collection bins at all CCUSD school front offices, the district office and the ECS office.
Superintendent Burdick said, “I am so proud of this Cadre and their altruism, kindness and caring for others.”
For more information on the Cave Creek Unified School District, the number 1 school district for students achievement in Maricopa County, please visit our website at www.ccusd93.org or call 480-575-2000.
February 2, 2018
Here are three newsletters to check for February family activities.Desert Foothills Library Events & Classes Scottsdale Parks & Recreation Monthly Update (PDF) Scottsdale Public Library Newsletter (PDF)
February 2, 2018
Read the Cave Creek Unified School District’s February Superintendent’s Letter & Cactus Shadows High School Newsletter
These two informative newsletters are published every month in The Peak. You will find them in the Newsletters and Announcement category.
CCUSD: Superintendent’s Letter & News from the Creek Newsletter, February
February 2, 2018
Scottsdale reveals flag design finalists – which is your favorite?
Several months after an open call for design ideas, 10 finalists are in the running to be the city’s official flag. The public is asked to choose their favorite to help the City Council decide whether one of the designs will be selected.
When the challenge opened last October, the goal was to find a new design that would become an easily recognized symbol of Scottsdale and its blend of western heritage, natural beauty and modern art and culture.
More than 260 design concepts were submitted. The city’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission helped narrow that group down, selecting six of the finalists. In a similar process, a city staff team selected four finalists, resulting in the final 10 that the public can now weigh in on.
Online public feedback will close Feb. 28. After that, the City Council is expected to consider public feedback, plus commission and staff input before deciding whether to select one of the designs as the new Scottsdale city flag.
February 1, 2018
National Croissant Day at Local French Immersion School
Desert Sun Academy, a French Immersion school in Cave Creek Unified School District, celebrated National Croissant Day during lunch by encouraging its Kinder through 6th grade students to try something new. Many students had never tried the buttery, flaky croissant, originally brought to Paris by an Austrian military officer in 1939. And the verdict? Overwhelmingly delicious!
Principal Bagwell encourages students to move out of their comfort zone, “All of these new experiences will help build global competence in students – a workplace skill that will come in handy.” This first public school of its kind teaches students French and Spanish with the French immersion choice being 50% of the school day starting in kindergarten. #Nationalcroissantday
For more information regarding Desert Sun Academy, contact the principal at email@example.com or call 480-575-2900.
January 31, 2018
Scottsdale Video Network program guide, February
Tonight’s Moon spectacular is providing entertainment for many residents and visitors. Here’s the Scottsdale Video Network program guide, a pathway to entertainment and information during February.
The Peak publishes the Scottsdale Video Network program guide as part of its Community Events Calendar and with other electronic newsletters. In the February issue, you’ll find a program listings and YouTube videos about Old Town, aerial views of Scottsdale Stadium and hiking safety.
January 31, 2019
Learn About Innovation, Technology, Venture Capital Opportunities
Scottsdale Cure Corridor will be held on March 1st at the Western Spirit Scottsdale Museum of the West,Scottsdale Cure Corridor Information
January 19, 2018
The nonprofit One Community Foundation Calls for Support of Scottsdale Council’s Request to Revise Arizona’s Non-Discrimination LawsOne Community Foundation Announcement (PDF)
For Seniors (as in older folks, not students)
Now here is an email newsletter that is short and gets you to the main course quickly. It’s the Winter Edition City of Scottsdale Senior Quarterly newsletter. It’s published by City of Scottsdale Senior Services.City of Scottsdale Senior Quarterly (PDF)