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Sunday, March 14, 2021 4:45 PM

Anti-discrimination ordinance.


The Scottsdale City Council is expected to approve an anti-discrimination ordinance that would extend protections to the LGBTQ community in April, just months after voters elected a new mayor and council majority. 

Monday, March 1, 2021 4:28 PM

Mayor Ortega sworn into office and reimposes face coverings

Within minutes of taking office on January 12, Scottsdale’s new mayor, David Ortega, declared a proclamation of emergency in response to the pandemic. This was followed by a second proclamation the next day, reimposing face coverings to combat rising cases. 

“I was ready to take immediate action by preparing between the November election win and shouldering the oath of office,” Ortega said. “I have been building consensus with newly elected colleagues, council members and fostering trust with city staff.”

Ortega replaced Jim Lane, who was Scottsdale’s mayor for 12 years. The courteous transition between the two included briefings on critical issues facing the city and region, which helped the new mayor zero in on his main goals for the next few years. 

His objectives include ensuring quality police, fire and EMT services throughout this economic recovery period and protecting local neighborhoods and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. 

“Families and businesses will thrive in a stable environment,” Ortega said. “We must protect our neighborhoods from massive block apartments and proliferation of short-term rentals, which disrupt our quality of life. By working with other cities and legislative allies, we can get the Arizona Legislature to restore local control.”

He also plans to enact council districts and an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Friday, November 6, 2020 10:30 AM

Ortega takes early lead for Scottsdale Mayor

Ortega takes early lead for Scottsdale mayor

By Wayne Schutsky, Progress Managing Editor

Results were updated at 9:00 a.m. on 11/6/20.


Returns in Scottsdale’s mayoral election show David Ortega maintaining his lead over Lisa Borowsky.

Unofficial results from the Maricopa County Recorder’s office show Ortega leading Borowsky with 53 percent of the vote, down two percent from his initial lead when the county dropped the first round of returns on Tuesday night.

Ortega has received 69,399 votes to Borowksy’s 62,416.

A record number of voters turned out in Scottsdale’s election on Nov. 3 to cast ballots for a new mayor, City council members and a slew of other local, state and national races.

According to the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office, 133,383 Scottsdale voters cast early ballots in the election, exceeding the previous record for total ballots cast in the city set when 128,244 residents voted in the 2016 Presidential Election.


Monday, August 3, 2020 11:29 AM

Scottsdale Independent - Short-term rentals

Ortega: Confronting short-term rentals  

Last night, another shooting at a Scottsdale short-term-rental. The looting at Fashion Square was planned and staged from a nearby STR.

Often seen, occupants at STRs jumping off patio roofs into pools. What is the city doing to halt the general disruption in our neighborhoods, overstuffed trash receptacles and misused recycling containers?

All of the above are intolerable in our family-friendly neighborhoods. Near my house are four short-term rentals, excess cars on the street, the occasional long limo and six passenger beer buggy.

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