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We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter

August 2022

The mission of this newsletter is to demystify the role of local government and keep you up to date with Pima County politics. As a life long resident of District 5 and now as Pima County Supervisor, it is my goal to keep you updated on all our office is doing.  Please feel free to share widely and reach out to our team at with any questions or concerns. (Para español, haga click en el botón de arriba a la derecha y seleccione el idioma español.)

Stay safe,


The People of District 5

Photos courtesy of Maria Jaramillo. Click on the right arrow to see more photos.

Alejandro's Tortilla Factory is a family-owned business established in 1980. They started out making the tortillas by hand. Now they distribute tortillas all around Tucson, Phoenix, and Southern Arizona. Aside from tortillas, they have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at their Cocina de Lorena. Their menu includes everything from breakfast burritos to menudo to nopalitos. In 2019, Tucson Weekly listed them as having the best tortillas in Tucson.


Check them out at 5330 S 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85706

Youth Spotlight: Mya Rosas-Palomino

Mya Rosas-Palomino is a senior at Pueblo High School. She is ranked 11th in her class with a 3.978 GPA and is Captain of the Varsity Cheer Team. Pueblo Principal Frank Rosthenhausler said "it is common to see Mya helping students academically, socially, and emotionally." She is bilingual and works part time at Native Grill and Wings. Mya plans to study business management in college and is considering joining the United States Air Force.

Congratulations on all your achievements! 

Photos courtesy of Monica Palomino. Click on the right arrow to see more photos.

If you know a young person in our community who you think should be highlighted, please email and nominate a youth!

Women's Spotlight: Patricia Preciado Martin

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Patricia Preciado Martin is an Arizona native who has lived in Tucson for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in education and joined the Peace Corps. After returning to Tucson she worked on an oral history project about the Mexican American community here. She collected some of the oral histories in the book "Songs My Mother Sang to Me," among other publications. Martin is also the author of several fiction story collections, including "El Milagro and Other Stories" and "Amor Eterno: Eleven Lessons in Love." The Arizona Library Association named her Author of the Year in 1997, and she received the Southwest Book Award in 2003. 

Policy Updates

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for PEEPs at PCC

On August 9th I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new PEEPs (Pima Early Education Program Scholarships) classroom at Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus. We also got a tour of the wonderful new classroom. Congratulations to the PCC Desert Vista Campus, Pima County and the PEEPs program, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and Child Parent Centers AZ for all of the hard work to make this a beautiful space for growth and learning!

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First Junior League of Tucson Meeting of the Year 

Thank you to the Junior League of Tucson, Inc. and Jenny Rothschild for inviting me to speak at your first meeting of the year! It was great to meet all of the wonderful women of the Junior League and talk more on an issue that’s very important to me: menstrual equity. There are so many great community organizations and leaders in the work to end period poverty in Pima County and I’m thankful to have made a small dent in the work and efforts of those leaders!

For more information and resources, visit: Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, Pima County Health Department, YWCA Southern Arizona, & Alliance For Period Supplies.

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El Rio Abrams Health Center Clinic Opening

 Honored to join in and speak at the Community Recognition Ceremony with El Rio Health and the celebration of their Abrams Health Center clinic in partnership with UMC Banner and Pima County. Thank you to Dr. Nancy Johnson for your service to our community through El Rio. I am a proud El Rio patient and am regularly impressed with the quality of care.

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Health Department Updates


Pima County remains in the green this week in the CDC Community Level, with lab-reported cases of COVID down. Staying up to date on your vaccines (that includes getting all your eligible boosters) is the best way to fend off serious illness from COVID. Information on testing, treatment, and vaccines available at

Other Health Updates:

  • There are 27 probable and confirmed cases of Monkeypox in Pima County as of August 24th.

  • Vaccine supply is limited. To determine your eligibility for the vaccine, fill out this form.

  • The health department is focusing on distributing the vaccine to health care workers, those who have been exposed to Monkeypox, and those who have multiple intimate partners.

Stay safe out there!

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, vaccinations, boosters, and testing, please visit the Pima County Health Department's website.

In Memoriam: Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay


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Supervisor Grijalva with Constable Deborah Martinez and another veteran.

Our community is still in shock from the devastating news of the death of Constable Deborah Martinez-Garibay and three others on August 25th 2022. This is such a tragedy. Deborah was killed simply doing her job serving the residents of Pima County. She was a wife, mom, friend, Veteran and activist for Veterans in our community. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Business Spotlight: Alejandro's Tortilla Factory

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