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APS Deadline Approaching, Homeowners Must Act Now
omeowners must sign up for solar and have an APS Solar Reservation approved by APS by end of day September 30 in order to receive and be grandfathered in to the current cash price for solar system production exported to the grid. Homeowners who go solar after the September 30th deadline will receive a substantially lower cash credit.
A typical rooftop solar system produces a large surplus of power in the Arizona spring months when we have abundant sunshine but little or no need for air conditioning. This power is sold to APS at the price set by the ACC and the cash credit is added to the customer’s account. For systems that are designed to produce the same power per year as the homeowner consumes per year (1:1 ratio), the homeowner will sell 50% to 60% of their solar production back to APS, which creates a cash credit that will be used to pay APS for the additional kWh’s needed in the summer months when the system is producing a deficit amount of the power needed. This ends up being thousands of kWhs sold every year and so the price per unit is very important. The less homeowners get paid from APS, the less cash credit their spring production will generate and the more the homeowner will have to come out of pocket to cover the summer bills. With the exception of 2020 when the ACC voted to postpone the price drop to October 2021 due to the pandemic, the price APS pays the customer for their credits has been dropping yearly since 2017 when the ACC approved ending Net Metering and replacing it with a form of Net Billing, known as RCP. Prior to 2017, customers who installed solar were grandfathered into Net Metering, which provided homeowners a 1:1 kWh credit, which meant they are getting full price for their production as compared to what they were being charged. A system designed to
produce 100% of the customer’s usage would leave them with a $20 remaining bill for APS fees and other taxes. Since September 2017, homeowners have been getting grandfathered into the RCP program and their credit is based on the price that APS is required to pay in the year that they sign up. In 2017/18 that price was 12.9 cents. In 2018/19 it was lowered to 11.6 cents and then dropped again in 2019/20 to 10.45 cents where it is today and will be until September 30. At the current buyback rate a homeowner that has a 1:1 or 100% usage to production design will experience a $40 to $80 average remaining APS bill depending on system size. This has increased from the $20 per month under Net Metering and will increase again for customers that go solar after September 30. The good news about RCP is that, unlike Net Metering, homeowners can reduce their annual APS net bill to $0 per year by increasing the number of panels to produce enough additional cash to cover the APS differential in prices, fees and other taxes. Once the buyback rate drops in October it will take more panels to get the net to zero. There is very little, but enough time left, to get a solar system custom designed for your home and have the APS reservation submitted and approved before the deadline. Contact Sunsolar Solutions today at 623-562-9009 to have the design prepared for your home free of charge. Michael O’Donnell is a partner and Vice President of Sales for SunSolar Solutions, a local Arizona solar sales and installation licensed contractor.
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Scottsdale Water Continues to Be Rewarded for Energy Savings Efforts
Participation in APS Peak Solutions is beneficial for both organizations FOR THE ELEVENTH YEAR IN A ROW SCOTTSDALE WATER PARTICIPATED IN THE APS PEAK SOLUTIONS ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM, EARNING A CHECK WORTH $121,030. Since the program’s inception in 2009, Scottsdale Water has received $1,235,685 for its energy saving efforts. Each year Scottsdale Water voluntarily reduces power during peak energy times in order to help reduce the energy load to APS and its customers. To meet electricity load reductions, Scottsdale Water must rely on reserve water and alternative energy sources while minimizing building cooling systems – a feat challenged by the coinciding peak period for water customer demand. “This accomplishment is not an easy task,” says Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian Biesemeyer. “But through careful planning and serious operational controls, we have been able to achieve success year after year. We view this challenge as an important role in being
good stewards in energy reduction and saving rate-payer dollars.” Scottsdale Water has not only produced the largest energy load reduction within the APS Peak Solutions for Business but has also been the largest municipal savings contributor within the program. This collaboration allows APS to stabilize its power distribution system in times of high demand and assist other power providers including SRP and California energy companies. These operational adjustments are only sustainable for a few hours a day, a few days a year, and require extensive planning, coordination and resiliency by Scottsdale Water staff. Their oftenunheralded efforts not only epitomize Scottsdale Water’s commitment to environmental and financial stewardship but are a large part of the reason APS has been able to meet the needs of all their customers throughout the extreme heat of Arizona’s summer, according to the city.
The funds from this mutually beneficial partnership with APS allow Scottsdale Water to provide further quality control
measures and execute infrastructure system updates, ultimately leading to reduced costs for Scottsdale customers.
Cool Partnership: Scottsdale and ASU Team Up to Focus on Heat Mitigation SCOTTSDALE HAS PARTNERED WITH ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY (ASU) TO IDENTIFY STRATEGIES FOR A COOLER CITY. In Arizona, high temperatures lead to more than 200 premature deaths each year associated with heat exposure and thousands of cases of heat-related illness that require formal medical attention. ASU is conducting a series of assessments that will aid in prioritizing programs and policies to provide city staff and residents with a better understanding of current risks and vulnerabilities facing Scottsdale, and strategies to address heat challenges. The study will provide a comprehensive technical report that includes maps and charts, along with short- and long-term actions that the city could take to enhance its heat mitigation and adaptation efforts. 4 • August 2021 • SCOTTSDALE NORTH NEWS
Earlier this summer, the university’s team used a mobile weather station called MaRTy to measure Mean Radiant Temperature (MRT), which quantifies the heat load on the human body and gauges how someone may experience heat in a few city locations, including Old Town, the Waterfront, the Airpark Promenade, and Skysong. “Our team at ASU has been thrilled to work with Scottsdale on this project. We think it’s so important for local leadership to prioritize reducing heat as much as possible,” says Mary Wright, a Ph.D. student with the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Wright is the primary data analyst for this partnership and works with satellite imagery and geographic (GIS) data to identify heatrelated characteristics of different parts of the city. “Heat is already an issue that impacts everyone in
Scottsdale, and we only expect it to become more of an issue as heat waves become more frequent and intense due to climate change,” says Wright. “We’re happy to support the city to make Scottsdale more vibrant and livable now and into the future.” Some residents may also notice temporary ASU weather stations. Three were installed in the Indian Bend Wash and three in the neighborhoods adjacent to it, east and west, for a total of nine. These are expected to be taken down in early to mid-September when the study is complete. A draft of the report will be presented in the fall to Scottsdale City Council, Scottsdale Environmental Advisory Commission, and city staff to get feedback. This is an ongoing project and reports will be posted to scottsdaleaz.gov/sustainable-scottsdale when available. myhyperlocalnews.com
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A Scottsdale Golfer and Local Business Team Up for a Shot at the LPGA GOLF LEGEND BEN HOGAN ONCE PROCLAIMED, “THE MOST IMPORTANT SHOT IN GOLF IS THE NEXT ONE.” Local business owner Noah Kendrick of Kendrick Wealth Management has embraced that philosophy throughout his career with a history of philanthropy supporting local nonprofits, student scholarship programs, and various other forms of financial support throughout the community over the past 17 years. Kendrick is pleased to announce the sponsorship of a young woman in pursuit of her next shot: earning a spot on the LPGA professional golf tour. After playing a round at Scottsdale’s Desert Mountain Golf Club with local golf pro Nishtha Madan, Kendrick knew he wanted to play a role in supporting her journey to succeed in the world of golf. Madan is currently playing on the Symetra Tour, just one step below the LPGA. In her first year as a pro, she racked up five tour wins, but like many young athletes, the local resident
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Scottsdale Organizations Encouraged to Donate Memorial Wreaths for 9/11 Display THIS YEAR MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACKS THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF NEARLY 3,000 PEOPLE ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. In recognition, the City of Scottsdale is hosting a free 9/11 Memorial Tribute, September 3-12, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 12 beginning at noon for the ceremony.
The tribute includes a mini-museum in the center’s atrium. The exhibition features the three-story National Unity Flag, photos and video from 9/11, and supersized props of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and large metal flag made of steel, brass and polycarbonate. These specially built models will display a memorial card of every individual who lost their life on Sept. 11 in the attacks. The memorial cards were created and donated by Scottsdale resident Lisa Vella.
This year, the display will also feature Memorial Wreaths from City of Scottsdale departments, as well as other service organizations and groups. The intent of the wreaths is to honor the memory of the event as well as recognize the importance that the day is also known as a Day of Service. Those interested in participating with a wreath should send an email to email@example.com. “This week-long tribute is a chance for all of us to remember and reflect on the impact this event had on our community,” says Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “Out of the sorrow of 9/11 came a commitment to give back. At this year’s 9/11 Tribute, we encourage individuals to pledge to help a person, our community, or our nation through an act of kindness or service.”
There will be a special ceremony on Sept. 11. The reading of the names of those who lost their lives will begin at 1 p.m. in the atrium. The 9/11 Remembrance ceremony begins at 3 p.m. in the adjacent Virginia G. Piper Theater. Additional events will be announced as September 11 approaches. Visit scottsdaleaz.gov/fire to learn more.
Registration Now Open for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb THE SALT RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BE HOSTING THE FIFTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL STAIR CLIMB AT SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK ON SEPTEMBER 11 TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THE FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11. The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is not a timed race event, but a way to honor the New York firefighters (FDNY), police and emergency medical services (EMS)personnel who selflessly gave their lives on September 11, 2001. Registration is now open for the event.
Towers. Through firefighter and community participation, they hope to ensure that each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 10 EMS personnel are honored, and their sacrifice never forgotten.
Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, police officer, or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Each climber will be issued a tag with the name and picture of one of the fallen to carry throughout the climb, symbolically completing their journey to the top of the World Trade Center
The event takes place on Saturday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 North Pima Road. Registration is $30 and includes a commemorative t-shirt designed by State Forty Eight and entry into the event. Learn more and register at discoversaltriver.com/9-11stair-climb.
The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is an official climb of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Stair climbs events help NFFF create and maintain programs that support fire service survivors and provides assistance to the surviving families and co-workers of the fallen.
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City News Scottsdale’s FY 2021/22 Budget Continues Pandemic Programs, Supports Recovery Efforts By Kelly Corsette
Five Money Myths to Ignore Renee A. Hanson, CFP®, ChFC®, CEP®, CDFA™, CFS®, BFA®, APMA®
hen it comes to personal finance, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. That’s why money misconceptions can be so dangerous. Here are four common money myths you may have heard – and perhaps even believe – that need to be put to rest. MYTH #1: ALL DEBT IS BAD REALITY: Few people could afford to buy a home, if they didn’t have a mortgage. You might not have gone to college without taking out a student loan. Instead of avoiding all debt, make sure you have a plan to pay it off by addressing high-interest loans first. MYTH #2: AVOID ALL CREDIT CARDS REALITY: Credit cards offer flexibility that cash and debit cards can’t. Most card companies offer zero liability for any fraudulent transactions, while most debit cards have little protections if you find the fraud after a certain date. Plus, you can earn extras through your credit card rewards, like airline miles for your retirement travel plans. Instead of nixing credit cards, plan to pay back the balance in full each month, avoiding the high interest charges.
investor’s chances are nearly microscopic. Meanwhile, you lose out on gains if your money sits on the sidelines while you seek the perfect moment to play. Stock markets are notoriously unpredictable in the short term and they should not drive investment strategy for most investors. MYTH #4: PAY OFF YOUR DEBT BEFORE SAVING FOR RETIREMENT REALITY: If the interest on your student loans is 3.5%, but the expected returns in the market are 5%, then consider adding funds to your retirement account, since you’re making more than the loan costs. You could lose out on opportunities, like the benefits of compound interest, if you’re only focused on debt repayment. MYTH #5: YOU DON’T NEED A FINANCIAL ADVISOR REALITY: Many believe that a financial advisor’s only job is to beat the market. To believe that would be to miss the main point of why it’s helpful to have a professional in your money corner. At its core, a financial advisor’s job is to keep you on track towards your financial goals. Whether it’s retirement planning, saving for college or meeting other goals, an advisor can help you determine how to approach some of life’s biggest financial decisions. Having a trusted advisor, you can feel more confident in your financial future.
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WITH A HISTORIC YEAR BEHIND US, THE SCOTTSDALE CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY ADOPTED THE FISCAL YEAR 2021/22 BUDGET THAT SUPPORTS SUSTAINED COMMITMENT TO PANDEMIC RESPONSE AND RECOVERY AND CONTINUES INVESTING IN AN ARRAY OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS. The city’s fiscal year began on July 1. Despite the continuing negative effects of the pandemic on the city’s key travel and tourism sectors, revenue growth is projected to rebound substantially in the year ahead. However, the budget reflects a cautious and conservative approach given global uncertainties that remain – ongoing revenue sources exceed ongoing expenditures. General fund sales tax collections are projected to increase $21.6 million from the previous year as the city’s travel and hospitality industries emerge from the pandemic. This expected rise will also lead to additional state shared revenue (the city’s proportionate share of state sales and vehicle license taxes). The most substantial new spending allocation comes in the form of a $40 million pay-down toward the city’s unfunded public safety pension liability – the first significant payment from the general fund PSPRS reserve designation that was established specifically for this task several years ago. The budget also continues employee pay and benefits programs that keep Scottsdale competitive as an employer of choice. A handful of new staff are included to provide more frontline customer service support, improve the city’s cybersecurity program, and address increased workloads in several maintenance, inspection, and administrative areas. With lessons in hand about how the pandemic disproportionately affected lower income people in Scottsdale, the budget includes a $10 million appropriation for affordable housing initiatives.
STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING PROGRAMS In the previous fiscal year, the City of Scottsdale received $29.6 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (via the state’s AZCares Fund). The City Council approved using this money to provide programs and services for residents and local businesses in need (via rent and utility assistance and other programs) along with public health communications and facility upgrades to improve air cleaning and sanitizing systems in city buildings and venues. CARES Act money not yet spent was carried over to the FY 2021/22 budget. In addition to AZCares funding, Scottsdale is also slated to receive $29.2 million in federal funds over two fiscal years from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). While the city has not yet determined how this money will be used, the FY 2021/22 budget includes spending authority for the first half of the city’s ARPA funding allocation ($14.6 million). CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The FY 2021/22 Capital Improvement Program anticipates spending $284 million in critical capital infrastructure projects in a variety of areas. Voter-approved bond projects that strengthen city services, improve quality of life and support reigniting the city’s economy will begin or be completed in the year ahead, including: • Build a modern fire department training facility to ensure Scottsdale Fire personnel are best prepared to handle the full range of medical and emergency response needs in the community. • Replace the outdated Police Department Computer Aided Dispatch and records management system. • Expand Pima Road to six lanes from Pinnacle Peak Road to Happy Valley Road. • Expand Happy Valley Road to four lanes from Pima Road to Alma School Road. • And more (see website for more details). Local residents can review the FY 2021/22 city budget and capital improvement programs at ScottsdaleAZ.gov by searching “budget.” myhyperlocalnews.com
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Education CCUSD Names New Cactus Shadows High School Principal
t a recent Governing Board Meeting, the Cave Creek Unified School District’s Governing Board approved Mrs. Sarah Barela as Cactus Shadows High School’s new principal. Mrs. Barela just finished her twentieth year in education, all of which have transpired within the Arizona public school system. Graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2000, she began her career as a high school English teacher at Sunrise Mountain High School where she also coached the spirit line and was a student government class sponsor. While teaching, she also attended Northern Arizona University and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She says that the 13 years in the classroom and two years as an instructional coach were very formative in her growth as an educator as it provided a solid foundation of quality leadership, curriculum, instruction, and decisionmaking. In 2016, she accepted a job as the Assistant Principal at Saguaro High School. She spent a year at Saguaro over special education, 504s, student activities, and testing. In 2017, she was promoted to the Assistant Principal over Educational Services at Chaparral High School. She has spent the last four years as a Firebird over seniors, AP, the guidance department, graduation, and master scheduling.
“I am honored to become a member of the Falcon community at Cactus Shadows,” Mrs. Barela says. “In the interactions I have had with faculty, staff, and students it is clear that Cactus Shadows is a great place to be and the sense of community is strong. I look forward to continuing to make connections with all of you as we move through this next school year.” On a personal note, Mrs. Barela shares that she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Her oldest daughter will start her journey as a Wildcat at the University of Arizona this fall. Her other daughter will be a sophomore in high school and her son will be a third grader. “My focus is to build relationships with the Cactus Shadows learning community,” she says. “You will find me out in the mornings, during passing periods, and at lunch. You will see me at school and community events cheering on our Falcons. Our job is to educate our future. I will work diligently with our team of teachers, support staff, and district administration to ensure that students leave Cactus Shadows with the education and tools to be successful wherever their dreams and goals take them.”
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id you know that August 22 marks National Tooth Fairy Day? This special day is a great way to start a discussion about oral health with kids and have a little fun at the same time. By celebrating a lost tooth, parents can reinforce the importance of good oral health in a fun and engaging way. Here in the United States, the Tooth Fairy is best known for collecting a child’s tooth or teeth from under his or her pillow, replacing the tooth with money. How much money these days, you ask? According to a new survey from Delta Dental of Arizona, the Tooth Fairy is getting more and more generous! Findings from Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll show that the Tooth Fairy’s
average cash gift reached its highest point in the 23-year history of the poll for a total of $4.70 per tooth. Here in the West, the Tooth Fairy upped her giving by nearly $2 over the last 12 months, leaving an average of $5.54 for a lost tooth.
Other U.S. Tooth Fairy Facts: • The Tooth Fairy visits 78% of the nation’s homes with children ages 6-12. • Around half of parents welcome the Tooth Fairy into their homes to give their child something to be excited about (53%) and to celebrate something fun (48%). • Almost half of children (49%) are receiving at least $5 for each tooth they lose. • The value of a first tooth is $5.87 on average—over a dollar more than what a typical tooth receives.
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• Over one in four parents (28%) say the Tooth Fairy was one of their child’s favorite surprises during the pandemic. The Tooth Fairy isn’t celebrated in the same way everywhere, however. Here is a look at some of the ways lost teeth are celebrated in other countries, which makes for a great conversation about different cultures with kids: • In Argentina and Sweden, boys and girls leave the baby teeth they lose in a glass of water by their bedside. While they sleep at night, Magical Mouse visits to get a sip of water and trade the tooth for a few coins. • Many children in Europe celebrate much like American kids by leaving a tooth under their pillow for overnight collection. However, you won’t find the Tooth Fairy there – her brownie and elf friends have taken up the task. • Filipino children may be some of the only children in the world who look forward to a visit from a rat! In the Philippines, Tooth Rat asks that kids leave baby teeth on windowsills so he can pick them up and move on quickly to the next house. • In Colombia and South Africa, another little mouse performs duties similar to the Tooth Fairy. Children may leave their baby teeth under their pillows or deposit them in slippers. • Baby teeth make lovely gifts in Chile and Costa Rica, where mothers craft charms out of the pearly white beauties and give them back to the children. It may sound a little odd, but people have been making and wearing enamel jewelry for centuries! We all know that the Tooth Fairy is one of the most powerful tools parents and caregivers can use to teach children about oral health. Families may want to use Tooth Fairy Day to reinforce these lessons as well as open lines of communication about responsible saving – perhaps the money from each lost tooth could be saved and tallied up once all baby teeth have fallen out and used for something special – and how different cultures have special traditions as well.
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Keeping North Scottsdale safe from devastating fires By Sondra Barr
ire danger remains a pressing issue as development continues to encroach upon the North Scottsdale desert. In response, Scottsdale Fire Department (SFD) has ramped up efforts to educate residents and businesses about fire prevention and preparedness.
North Scottsdale communities are built in places that take advantage of the area’s natural beauty. These picturesque spots where homes are built near or nestled within the desert landscape are prone to wildland fires and are part of the wildland-urban interface. Fires are particularly dangerous in these areas due to ample fuel. DEFENSIBLE SPACE & FIREWISE CERTIFICATION Educating homeowners about defensible space is key in SFD’s fire prevention efforts. Defensible space is the buffer created between a building and fuel (e.g., grass, trees, shrubs, or any woodland area that surround it).
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According to SFD Community Risk Reduction Captain Steve Hunter, defensible space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire, while helping to protect a home from catching fire - either from embers, direct flame contact, or radiant heat. It also provides navigable ground, should firefighters need to access the area.
“Once that’s completed and they’ve completed their fuel reduction and maintenance, then they can be deemed a nationally recognized Firewise Community,” he says.
A certified Firewise Assessor, Hunter works with homeowner’s associations and individual property owners to educate and assist them toward becoming a recognized Firewise USA® site.
It doesn’t cost anything to get the certification. However, a homeowner and/or HOA is responsible for the cost of fuel reduction.
He not only helps HOAs determine what they’re responsible for from a real estate perspective, Hunter also plans their mitigation and fuel reduction efforts and writes up a custom plan specifically for each community that’s submitted to the National Fire Protection Association through the Department of Forestry Fire Management.
“The number one benefit is public safety, that you have a defensible space for the protection from wildfire,” Hunter adds.
“Our main goal down the road as we build these Firewise communities is to become a Fire-Adapted Community - one of the only ones in the Southwest. We’re on our way to do that,” he says. NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION SFD Deputy Chief of Prevention Services Kerry Swick agrees that fuel reduction is essential, as is pin-
pointing the source of ignition. His job encompasses managing inspections, inspectors, fire investigations, assisting community risk captains, and devising methods to prevent fires. People cause most fires and what Swick has found is that new home construction is a significant contributing factor to brush fires in North Scottsdale. “They’re grinding metal, cutting metal, welding - all things that produce sparks and that can light up the grasses around them. They’re way out in the desert and can catch the whole mountain on fire,” he says. To address the issue, the fire department produces an informational flier in English and Spanish that’s included in all building plans. Fire inspectors also utilize a custom iPad inspection program that tracks construction sites. Inspection results show up as green (pass) or red (fail) tags on a digital map of Scottsdale. “The program shows year comparisons. It identifies the tags the inspection program did, and then
the map also shows you where the actual fires have been,” explains Swick. Contractors found negligent in maintaining safe building environments are responsible for damages via fines and/or criminal citations for the cost of providing fire protection services and for property loss. A FIRE-ADAPTED COMMUNITY Becoming a fire-adapted community means also preparing meticulously for when the inevitable happens. That’s where City of Scottsdale Emergency Manager Troy Lutrick and SFD Community Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator David Ramirez come in. “Troy and I put on yearly training for our city leadership. We put on training for all of our partners. We go through exercises so that when we have an incident, people are familiar with the process and protocol for how to deal with an emerging fire,” says Ramirez. “Scottsdale is doing a lot of proactive work doing fire
mitigation and working closely with its partners - the utility partners, the U.S. Forest Service, the Department of State Lands,” says Ramirez. “There are not a lot of municipal programs that are doing what we’re doing.” To further bolster fire prevention efforts, SFD recently received a $350,000 Healthy Forest Initiative Grant to increase fire mitigation work around the city and to ramp up educating the community about fire danger. “North Scottsdale is in a prime area where brush fires can take hold. We need to be in partnership with the residents there to ensure we’re protecting their investments as best we can, as well as protecting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which is the diamond of Scottsdale,” says SFD Public Information Officer Lori Schmidt. “We have to take these steps together to make that happen.” To learn how you can do your part, visit scottsdaleaz. gov/fire/wild-fire-prevention.
Ready Set Go! How to Prepare for an Evacuation Not all emergencies require evacuation, but when they do, it is important that you are prepared and move quickly. Do not hesitate.
The terms “Voluntary” and “Mandatory” are used to describe evacuation orders. These terms are used to alert you to the significance of the danger. All evacuation instructions provided by officials should be followed immediately for your safety. The following highlights some of the actions you should take in these situations. READY: • Plan several of your own evacuation routes. Do not expect emergency personnel to design evacuation routes. However, if an evacuation is called, be sure to pay attention if there are specific directions about where to go if an evacuation center has been established.
• Assemble an emergency supply kit that includes water, medications and cash. Remember what your pets may need! • Appoint an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact so you can communicate with family members who have relocated. • Have a portable AM/FM radio or weather scanner so you can stay updated. • If you have equine that would need to be evacuated, WestWorld may be an appropriate center for you. WestWorld cannot house non-equine pets of any kind. The city would work with The Arizona Human Society for non-equine pets. Go to ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “Ready Set Go” for the instructions from WestWorld so you are prepared in the event of an emergency. SET: • Alert family and neighbors. • Dress in appropriate clothing (boots and cotton clothing).
• Have goggles and a dry bandana or particle mask handy. • Drink plenty of water. • Shut off the A/C. Leave lights on. • Shut off gas at meter. Turn off pilot lights. • Turn off propane tanks. • Do not leave sprinklers or water running. It can reduce critical water supply. • Have a charged cell phone and extra chargers.
GO! • Leave early. You don't have to wait until authorities to tell you to leave. Time is of the essence and authorities may not be able to knock on every door. • Grab your emergency supply kit. • Pay attention to instructions. There may be evacuation centers set up for you to go. • If you are evacuating horses to WestWorld, be sure to bring the signed waiver, available on the “Ready Set Go” webpage.
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Lennar Announces Innovative Next Gen Homes Coming to North Scottsdale
ennar, Arizona’s largest homebuilder, is bringing its popular Next Gen home to Scottsdale.
Next Gen homes are basically a home within a home, giving residents the balance of family privacy and togetherness under one roof. Featuring two homes under one roof, this design allows residents to share their home with loved ones, whether it be aging parents or long-term guests. With the coronavirus pandemic and more people looking for alternatives for elderly parents or work from home options, this multigenerational concept has taken off. Next Gen units can serve as fully functioning home offices, a state of the art gym, a home for aging relatives, or even a classroom that keeps kids engaged and learning. These Next Gen homes are now open in Scottsdale’s Paseo at Pinnacle Peak community, in a prime location near the intersection of Pinnacle Peak and Miller Roads.
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“As Scottsdale continues to grow and develop world class amenities, it’s a perfect fit for our Next Gen home concept,” says Alan Jones, Division President for Lennar Homes. Lennar’s Next Gen home is 2,649 square feet and offers amenities such as Wi-Fi connectivity, green building and smart home features, and Energy Star appliances. Home prices start from the upper $800,000’s. Lennar sold more Next Gen homes last year during the pandemic than in any other year since Lennar pioneered the Next Gen concept in Phoenix in 2012. Nearly 500 Next Gen homes were sold in 2020 alone in the Phoenix market, accounting for more than 25% of all Lennar sales.
happening in the world today,” adds Jones. “Lennar will continue to identify consumer needs based on the lifestyle our clients are living today and design homes that meet those needs. These innovative floor plans better reflect the way families are expected to live, work, play and learn in the 2020’s. This is definitely our home of the future.”
“With the realities of home schooling, working from home, and having parents and grandparents living in the family residence now, this project was accelerated due to what’s
For more information on Lennar’s new home community at Paseo at Pinnacle Peak, visit lennar.com/New-Homes/ Arizona/Phoenix/Scottsdale/Paseo-at-Pinnacle-Peak.
Scottsdale North Mid-Year Real Estate Market Update and Forecast By Scott Gaertner, Associate Broker
ome values in Scottsdale North, most of the Valley, and much of the nation, completed a historic first half of the year. Home values went up even faster than in 2005 when you didn’t even need a job to get a loan to buy a house! On the back page of this newspaper, we have tabulated the sales results for the leading communities in the heart of Scottsdale North’s main zip code, 85266. We hope you will find it interesting. THE MARKET IS SHIFTING! In last month’s article, “How Can You Be Successful In a Changing Real Estate Market?,” I discussed how the market is beginning to shift to a more even balance, with sellers having less of an edge. That market shift has become more pronounced and you are going to start hearing and seeing about this a lot wherever you get your news. Much of it is just to get your attention or scare you. Some of it will be flat-out wrong. I recently corrected one report from a local news station that erroneously quoted that inventory is up 92% since February. That was true in only one tiny segment of the market! With that, I decided that we should discuss it in depth. IS THE MARKET CRASHING? No! This is not a market crash. The buyer-to-seller balance is easing, but prices are forecasted to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. They will just rise at a slower pace than the first half of the year. We are hearing about this now because a close look at the mid-year statistics reveal that most of the gains were focused on the first quarter. Now that we are in the third quarter, upward pressure on pricing has eased significantly. It is newsworthy, but probably not as newsworthy as they would have you believe. As we mentioned before, this market has been controlled much more by the supply (or, more accurately, the lack thereof) rather than demand. But now, supply is finally starting to increase in a way that indicates the extreme sellers’ market is rapidly moderating to just a plain old sellers’ market. (This is less true in Scottsdale North than the rest of the Valley.) Last month I cited the Cromford Market Index (CMI) to evidence this change. The CMI provides a short term forecast for the market balance. Values below 100 indicate a buyer’s market, above 100 indicates a seller’s market, and 100 is a balanced market.
Last month there was hype due to the graph showing a sharp decline in the buyer’s favor. But context is key, and I’d like to provide you with that context by sharing the long term CMI values. The chart in the left column shows the CMI index from the year 2000 until today.
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The previous chart shows that although the seller’s advantage is easing, we are still far above the pre-pandemic record in 2005—312 was the highest index from when number tracking began! And you may recall that wasn’t even real money; anyone who could prove they could breathe could get a loan. SCOTTSDALE NORTH STATISTICS
Do you have a local business you want us to support? We also created the chart above to give you an update and a little more perspective of this year compared to the last two. So if you have owned a home in Scottsdale North the last two years - feel good! WHERE IS THE MARKET HEADED? Speaking of the market change, Tina Tamboer, Senior Housing Analyst with Cromford Reports, says, “We are seeing a shift from an extreme sellers’ market … it’s still a sellers’ market, but buyers should have a little more hope.” She feels that the Valley’s strong population growth will preserve the sellers’ market for some time to come, and predicts that home prices will go back to a normal 5% to 6% annual increase. So if you are looking to buy a home in Scottsdale North, you should feel good, too! Well, that’s the real scoop, and if you took the time to read this, you know more than 90% of the rest of the world. If you took the time to read this because you are thinking of buying or selling, we can help! Check out the Scott Gaertner Group statistics on the back page and give us a call at 480634-5000. We have a proven track record of selling the most homes in Scottsdale North for the most money.
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Estate Planning: Who Needs It? By Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks, PLLC
any people think estate planning does not apply to them because they “don’t have an estate to plan.” But the dictionary says an estate is “all of the things that a person owns.” We all have an estate. For many of us, it includes our home, our IRA, our bank account, vehicles, and maybe even stock or brokerage accounts. For a young couple with minor children, the biggest asset to plan for may be a life insurance policy. ESTATE PLANNING IS MORE THAN DISTRIBUTING WHAT YOU OWN AT YOUR DEATH A good portion of estate planning is planning for the distribution of property at death. But you also need a plan in case you become incapacitated. Who will manage your assets and your financial affairs if you can’t? Who will make decisions about your healthcare? With proper planning, you decide that ahead of time, and assure that the right person can quickly take charge and see that you and your finances are taken care of while you are out of commission. The Durable General Power of Attorney for finances is a key document in any plan. In truth, every adult 18 or over should execute one and appoint an agent who could handle any financial
or legal matters during incapacity. You may be thinking, “Even my 18-yearold child?” Yes, because now that child of yours is an adult and you don’t automatically get to handle legal matters for them any longer. For instance, even if you paid their tuition at college, they are the ones who will have to request a refund of the tuition if needed. If they are incapacitated for a time and not able to return to school, you won’t get that money back right away – unless you’re the agent under a durable power of attorney. This applies to you, of course. Part of your plan must be to execute a power of attorney to appoint someone to handle a lawsuit, deal with an IRS audit, or sign tax returns, talk to mortgage or insurance companies, and more. It applies to your elderly parent, too. Mom may be living with you and have minimal assets, but if you try to call Social Security or Medicare for her, they won’t discuss matters with you unless you have a power of attorney. LEARN MORE ABOUT ESTATE PLANNING I offer a complimentary initial consultation to discuss your situation and what I recommend for you. You can request an appointment by calling us at 602-375-6752 or scheduling at my website, libbybanks.com/scheduleestate-planning-meeting.
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ituated along Central Avenue and Portland Street in Phoenix, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel is an intimate boutique 104-room hotel that welcomes those seeking art, culture, activities, nightlife, and an eclectic food and beverage scene all rolled into one. There’s almost always something to see, do or experience at the FOUND:RE, and this month is no exception. As much an art gallery as it is a hotel, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel been dedicated to supporting the local arts community since its inception and many local artists’ works are represented throughout the property. Recently, the hotel expanded to include its own freestanding art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary. The gallery and the hotel often host art exhibitions in conjunction with one another, encouraging art enthusiasts to check out the impressive artistic talent within the Phoenix area in a wide range of mediums. Currently, “XSCAPE: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Mindscapes,” with support provided by Artlink Inc., is on display, presenting the work of 64 Arizona artists and showcasing their talents through a variety of landscape motifs, both realistic and imagined. Presented as part of FOUND:RE Contemporary’s regular schedule of rotating exhibitions organized by Audrey Galat, arts and culture
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MOVIE REVIEWS Black Widow
to Florence Pugh’s performance. Florence is a standout who brings an energy and personality that differs her from Natasha and, in this case, clearly outshines her. I cannot say the same for the characters of Red Guardian and Melina, though the actors are certainly trying, it is just not enough. It’s a film that feels like it’s trying to be a more classic thriller film but is unfortunately held back by the expectations and similarities of prior MCU films.
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Gunpowder Milkshake A hitwoman must reunite with her estranged mother after a job goes horribly wrong. Gunpowder Milkshake really wants to be a stylish, Tarantinoesque action film with quirky characters and old school homages. Unfortunately, underneath all that style lies little substance. A brilliant cast is wasted on paper thin characters, a generic story, and action that’s been done to death before. There’s only so many times you can do neon-soaked long takes before the novelty wears off. There’s also no actual exploration of the passing of generational scars and violence that it introduces. What a disappointment.
AUGUST RELEASES August 6: The Suicide Squad Annette A prequel set after the events of Civil War, where Natasha Romanoff faces her origins and past demons to shape a better future for her loved ones. There’s really not much to say if you’re familiar with the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe) at this point. Though some interesting ideas are present (namely the Red Room’s parallels with human trafficking) and Cate Shortland shows some great action directing skills, Black Widow is a very underwhelming film. It is mostly brought down by its mediocre script, which continues Marvel’s commitment to bathos while not really going into the themes it presents. Add Scarlett Johannson’s clearly disinterested performance, like she’s ready to be done with this series, and you bring her time as the Black Widow to a two-plus hour death. On the upside, Yelena Belova is actually quite likable, but I attribute that mostly
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The return of Dominic Toretto and his crew as his long lost brother resurfaces with an old enemy. F9 has a sincerity missing from some of the more recent Fast films. It knows it’s over the top, but like the best entries in the series, it commits to it, playing it with an authenticity that the actors go with. John Cena is perfect for this series, as his energy makes his character interesting and surprisingly nuanced. Justin Lin reminds everyone how he’s still one of the best big budget filmmakers working today, giving a coherent and exciting vibe to the action. The remaining cast is still a lot of fun, especially Michelle Rodriguez.
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When: Every Friday until August 20, 10-11 a.m. Where: Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale What: Just a few more weeks remain in the Summer Fridays series. Take Friday mornings for some fun time with the family. Summer Fridays feature a DJ, snow cones by Tropical Sno, and some fun water toys at the splash pad. The first 100 kids each week will receive free Scottsdale Quarter sunglasses and themed toys to take home with them. Learn more at ScottsdaleQuarter.com.
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When: August 7, 3-9 p.m. Where: 6033 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek What: Cave Creek celebrates the end of summer with its CreekWest SummerFest event on Saturday, August 7. From 3-8 p.m. guests are invited to explore the western town for family friendly activities all benefitting Desert Foothills Land Trust. At Big Earl’s, attendees can enjoy shaved ice, a bounce house, drive in movies, and a full bar with drink specials. At Local Johnny’s, children can enjoy a water slide bounce house, live music, two full bars, drink specials, free samples, and more! For Frozen and Marvel lovers, Bryan’s Barbeque will host a character lunch and live music. Learn more at frontiertownaz.com.
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When: August 13, 6-9 p.m. Where: The District Stage, Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N Tatum Blvd., Phoenix What: Phoenix soulful singer, and songwriter Kenzie, has a passion to follow her dream of music, with hopes of leaving impressions to encourage and to inspire. Follow her musical journey that will leave you to dream bigger than ever before. Jam out with her at The District Stage! More info at shopdesertridge.com.
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When: August 20, 6-9 p.m. Where: The District Stage, Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N Tatum Blvd., Phoenix What: Wide Awake is a local alternative rock cover band that specializes in the music of U2. Blending musicianship and special effects, they recreate the ambient music of U2 in front of live audiences in an authentic and exciting experience. Wide Awake is known for bringing energy and passion to every show, much like their Irish counterparts. They are a must-see for any U2 fan or music enthusiast. More info at shopdesertridge.com.
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When: August 20 at 7 p.m. Where: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix What: Marc Anthony is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record executive, television producer and philanthropist. The two-time Grammy Award and six-time Latin Grammy Award winner has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. See his first live concert in (seemingly) forever! Find more info on visitphoenix.com.
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2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Home Away From Traffic Noise, Under $800,000 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Under $1,400,000 2 Bedroom, or 2 Bedroom plus Casita, 2.5 Bath 2 Bedroom+, Pool, Southern Exposure *Scottsdale North ppf avg $340.54 SGG ppf Avg $380.71. The difference is $40.17 ppf X 3,423 sq ft = $137,501.91 Disclaimer: All information provided by the Arizona Regional MLS is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Data is from 1/1/2021 – 6/30/2021