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DISTRICT 5 DIGEST: FEBRUARY

Welcome to District 5 Digest! Our mission of this newsletter is to demystify the role of local government in our community and keep you up to date with County politics. As a life long resident of District 5 and now as Pima County Supervisor, it has always been vital to our shared community to know what's going on in our community and how everyone can get involved. Please share widely with your community and as always, please reach out to our team at district5@pima.gov with any questions or concerns. 

 

Stay safe,

Adelita

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Policy Updates in February

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Board Meetings Update Highlights​​

  • Eviction Moratorium in Pima County 

  • 10 million dollars approved for early childhood education in Pima County 

  • Racial & Ethnic Health Inequities and Income Inequality as a Public Health Crisis Follow up

  • Joint multijurisdictional meeting with the City of Tucson in regards to COVID response

  • Reaffirming opposition to Rosemont Mine 

  • Removing dehumanizing language in County code

Eviction Moratorium in Pima County 

  •  There is a federal eviction moratorium extended until March 31st 2021. 

  • The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reconsider a motion to make it more difficult for landlords and management companies to use "breaches" of lease terms to evict tenants  in spit of the moratorium. 

Early Childhood Education

  • The Board of Supervisors voted to allocate $10 million of the upcoming fiscal year budget to fund early childhood education opportunities for low-income families. The scholarship program will specifically target families whose income is under 200% of the federal poverty level and details are currently being worked through. More details forthcoming. 

  • A special thank you to Mayor Romero and the Tucson City Council for approving $1 million dollars to help Pima County fund this effort. 

Racial & Ethnic Health Inequities and Income Inequality as a Public Health Crisis Follow up

  • On December 1 2020, District 5 Supervisor Betty Villegas led Pima County in declaring racial and health inequities and income inequality as a public health crisis. 

  • Supervisor Grijalva followed up on the February 16th meeting requesting regular updates and documentation on this item

Joint Meeting with Pima County Board of Supervisors and the Tucson City Council 

  • This was a historic meeting and the first in decades to meet between the two jurisdictions.

  • This meeting discussed COVID 19 efforts between the City and County and seeing how they can work together to end this pandemic.

  • Vaccine supply is a major priority for both jurisdictions and working with the Federal government and the state to ensure our community has enough supply to keep up with vaccine demand

  • Tucson Mayor and Council voted to create an amicus brief to support Pima County in their lawsuit regarding the county-wide curfew that was imposed to limit the spread in the County.

  • Reopening more indoor functions and businesses will not be considered until rate of infection per 100,000 drops to about 100. The trend in COVID 19 cases is dropping so the community is hopeful. 

Reaffirming opposition to Rosemont Mine 

  • On February 2nd, the Board of Supervisors voted to send an amicus brief re-affirming the Board's opposition to the Rosemont Copper Mine

Removing dehumanizing language in County code

  • On February 2nd, the Board of Supervisors voted to direct staff to remove the term "illegal alien" from County code to undocumented immigrant.

If you would like to share a public comment to the board and read at the Supervisors Meeting, please email cob_mail@pima.gov and ask they read it aloud to the Board.

February 

Black History Month

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history”-- Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Pima County Public Library has a great resource about The History of the Black Community in Tucson and we encourage everyone to learn more about Black History Month.

Photos & Media from February

On February 3rd, our office with Supervisor Heinz sent a joint letter to 
Governor Ducey regarding the state’s locations for COVID-19 vaccination sites in Pima County. 

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Secure Housing & Eviction Prevention 

Resources from the Conversation: 

Conversation with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero

COVID 19 Updates

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

The People of District 5

Youth Spotlight: Jordan 

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If you know a young person in our community who you think should be highlighted, please email their information to us at district5@pima.gov!

Business Spotlight: Los Jarritos Mexican Food

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At Los Jarritos Mexican Food we have a solid reputation due to our specialized knowledge in the elaboration of Mexican food. Since 1980 we have considered ourselves experts in the subject of preparing our original recipes. We are always accompanied by the most efficient, professional and timely staff to provide you with the satisfaction you deserve.
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March Updates

Get to Know Your County Government

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Statutes? No, not the ones we see at local parks. Statutes are the laws in place that guide the decision making of local governments. Last month we gave you five facts about the Arizona Revised Statutes. Here are five more facts, specifically about Title 11. 

  • Each Title is broken down into chapters and articles 

  • Chapter 1, Article 1, 11-112 Outlines the County Seat for Pima County and the legal description 

  • Chapter 2 Focuses on the Board of Supervisors 

  • Chapter 2 consists of 14 Articles 

  • Chapter 2, Article 2 outlines general provisions for the Board of Supervisors 

Women's History Spotlight
A section to celebrate important women in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona State, United States.

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Cele Peterson 

  • 1909-2010 

  • Tucson’s Fashion Icon for 75 years 

  • One of the Founders of the Children’s Museum 

  • Hosted Radio Show “Star of the Day” 

  • Provided the Building for Casa de los Niños