I am honored to lead Scottsdale as Mayor. Thank you for supporting our vision of a city where the citizens are heard, where development is done responsibly and where families can thrive. I will work every day to make Scottsdale a better city for you and your family.
I look forward to working alongside the entire City Council. If we act wisely, our community can be healthy and our economy will rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic.
If we remain true to our values, we will ensure this great city remains a place of fellowship and opportunity. I look forward to fulfilling that commitment everyday.
With a grateful heart,
Mayor Dave Ortega: An Independent Thinker for an Independent Scottsdale
I ran for Mayor of Scottsdale because I know that Scottsdale is at its greatest when it strikes that perfect balance between quality growth, natural beauty, and strong and safe neighborhoods.
For over 41 years, working as a Scottsdale architect in the private sector, my experience has been pro-development. Scottsdale pro-development respects our Western heritage, honors mountain vistas and favors low density, whether in Old Town or near the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Our values distinguish Scottsdale and will not be cast aside.
My unwavering support for the Scottsdale Police Department began when I married into a law enforcement SPD family. Lt. Michael Gannon retired from NYPD in 1966 and joined SPD to modernize the force. Chief Gannon retired in 1989 and oversaw completion of SPD Via Linda HQ. In 1980, I married his daughter. Mutual respect for the sacrifice, vigilance, accountability and community policing to "Protect and Serve" are embedded at my core.
Mayor Ortega Accomplishments and Key Positions:
- Council unanimously approved Anti-Discrimination Ordinance to protect all residents, visitors, employees, and Scottsdale City employees, effective May 20, 2021.
- Police protection, Fire and EMT safety, quality reliable city services and fiscal responsibility are priorities during this COVID-19 crisis era. As mayor, working with the new council, we must efficiently align Level-of Service with revenues. On my watch neighborhoods, streets, businesses and schools will be protected.
- Unanimous Council approval of 2021-22 Budget funding Police and Fire Departments June 2021.
- Protecting neighborhoods from proliferation of short-term rentals and massive block apartments is a priority. As mayor, I will work with municipal allies to reclaim local control at the Legislature.
- Unanimous Council established Short Term Rental Study Group for actionable Options May 2021.
- General Plan 2035 written by all stakeholders must enhance our quality of life and support city economic vitality. We will move forward as a new council includes Distinctive Character to respect Downtown Core.
- City Council Adopts General Plan 2035 June 2021 which will be placed on November 2021 ballot.
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve improvements must be citizen-driven and voter approved. I voted YES on Prop 420. As mayor, I will ensure that gateways are completed and the Preserve remains pristine.
- Pima-Dynamite Gateway is nearing completion and dedication is scheduled September 2021.
- Buildout of citywide Bond 2019 capital improvements must move forward to expand our infrastructure.
- As of June 2021, $51M projects are completed of $ 319M citywide scheduled projects.
- Stronger ties to Scottsdale schools and Scottsdale Community College are vital. We are stewards of after school programs, joint use facilities, operations and recreation for our youth and seniors.
- Unanimous Council established Sub-Committee to meet directly with adjoining school districts.
- Voting Districts: Representation options must be discussed to give everyone a voice. In 2004 when I was vice-mayor, I advocated and brought the Voting Districts to the ballot, which did not pass. The fact remains that not since 2008 has a council member been elected who lives south of Shea, where 65% of residents live. As mayor, I will encourage healthy discussion and bring Voting Districts to the ballot in 2022.