Scottsdale Progress - 11.15.2020

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Mayor-elect Ortega has deep Scottsdale roots BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Progress Managing Editor

NEWS ................................ 6 Downtown dispensary heading into city review.

ARTS............................... 23 Hidden in the HIlls show plays it safe.

FOOD............................. 24 The Mick re-interprets French brasseries.

NEIGHBORS ..........................................16 BUSINESS ...............................................19 OPINION ................................................20 SPORTS ...................................................22 ARTS ........................................................ 23 FOOD ....................................................... 24 CLASSIFIEDS ........................................25

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or David Ortega, the second time was the charm. The presumptive winner of Scottsdale’s mayoral election appeared to have pulled off a narrow 5,900-vote victory over Lisa Borowsky when Maricopa County finished tallying votes last week. Ortega’s latest run for mayor came 16 years after he first ran for the position in 2004 following one term on City Council. Ortega lost that race to incumbent Mary Manross, who then lost in 2008 to current Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. Now, with Lane termed out after 12 years in office, Ortega is in line to become the city’s 11th mayor. Though Ortega was not born in Scottsdale, he has put down deep roots in the community since moving here over 40

Presumptive Mayor-elect David Ortega with his wife Rosemary at their Scottsdale home of 38 years. (Pablo Robles/Progress Staff Photographer)

years ago. Ortega started out his life in Scottsdale working for iconic architect Bennie Gonzales in the late 1970s before opening his

own firm in the 1980s and entering local politics decades later.

models more “sustainable” over the course of the spring semester, Assistant Superintendent Kim Guerin told the Governing Board Nov. 4. “We’re looking at the models we have, what we can take and build off of and improve to get us through into January,’ Guerin said.

“So, by seeking some conceptual approval from our stakeholders and principals, we were able to poke holes in some of our ideas, vet them out, find the strengths, find the challenges and bring those ideas forward.”

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SUSD changing learning models next semester BY WAYNE SCHUTSKY Progress Managing Editor

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cottsdale Unified School District modified its learning models for both in-person and online students in the second semester. The changes were made to make the

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