Council unanimously approved Scottsdale Anti-Discrimination Ordinance to protect all residents, visitors, employees, and Scottsdale City employees, effective May 20, 2021.
Police protection, Fire Training safety, quality reliable city services and fiscal responsibility are priorities during this post-pandemic 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.
The 2023-24 Budget increased funding for Police and Fire Departments by 10%. Under Mayor Ortega's leadership, the 2023-24 Budget provides for a new Fire and Police facility and STEP salary rates for Scottsdale Police personnel to support retention and fair compensation.
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.
Council enacted Ordinances to clamp down on Short Term Rental disclosure, disturbances, and increase enforcement and fines. Mayor Ortega represented the City to get legislative actionable reform.
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.
Mayor Ortega championed Prop 463-General Plan 2035-which voters APPROVED! GP-2035 assures quality of life, public safety, the arts, tourism, sustainable environment, keep Old Town character, economic vitality and so much more, for the next 10 years.
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.
Mayor Ortega dedicated Pima-Dynamite trailhead, the 12th and final gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Pima-Dynamite has 300 parking spaces, bike and equestrian access, and the Art DeCabooter Amphitheater were Stewards, researchers, hikers and visitors can learn.
Buildout of citywide Bond 2019 capital improvements must move forward to expand our infrastructure.
As of February2024 $75M projects are completed, or underway citywide. Mayor Ortega directed that the Thompson Peak Off Leash Dog Park be advanced to open in 2024--instead of in 2027.
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.
Mayor Ortega chairs the Sub-Committee authorized by Council to meet with Scottsdale Community College and SUSD on topics such as internships, safety and career development.