DISTRICT 5 DIGEST: JULY 2021
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 with any questions or concerns. This newsletter will highlight District 5's activities for July 2021.
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The People of District 5
Youth Spotlight: Omar Sotelo
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona Omar Sotelo graduated eighth in the class from Tucson High in 2021. He was awarded a $68K faculty scholarship to attend Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is interested in studying Environmental Policy and Law. He has a strong interest in science and desire to work with our community. The summer prior to the pandemic, he volunteered as a junior counselor for the University of Arizona Camp Fusion. His 2021 Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) group project, “Investigating the Effects of US Border Wall Construction on Quitobaquito Springs” won his team two cash awards, “Innovative Thought in Engineering or Science” and “Future Leaders in Sustainability and Social Justice.” He was chosen as a delegate to the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference in Florida as a representative of Tucson Unified School District in 2019. At Tucson High, he was a member of clubs such as National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He is an avid runner participating in Cross Country, and Track and Field. He is looking forward to what lays ahead. Congrats Omar!
If you know a young person in our community who you think should be highlighted, please visit www.adelitasgrijalva.com/youth-spotlight and nominate a youth!
Business Spotlight: Kukai
Kukai is a restaurant in the MSA Annex on Avenida del Convento that made its debut in 2019.
As its Instagram account states, it serves "rice bowls, hand rolls and introducing the Onigiri."
According to Tucson Foodie, Onigiri "consists of rice formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and wrapped in seaweed.
Onigiri is popular in Japan as a convenience food but hasn't caught on in Tucson quite yet."
Our Community Strategic Planning Meetings
The District 5 Office has been working together for the past couple of months to create a Mission and Vision for District 5, along with a Strategic Plan to highlight our policy priorities for the District. But we did not want to do this alone!
We set out to cultivate a community sourced strategic plan that was guided by community leaders and experts. In June we held our first two meetings with our Strategic Planning Committee and we will continue to work together on this in the coming months.
A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in these first steps and we look forward to sharing the results with you all in the near future. WE ARE DISTRICT 5.
COVID 19 Updates
There are various ways to receive your COVID vaccine. For the most up to date information on how to schedule your COVID 19 vaccine, please visit pima.gov/covid19vaccine.
Pueblo High School Vaccination Site, May 21.
For the most up to date information on COVID 19, vaccinations, and testing, please visit the Pima County Health Department's website.
County Temperature Checks and Signage
As per a memorandum from County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry, mandatory county-wide temperature screening will end on July 5th, 2021.
Signage will change to specify that "unvaccinated" employees and visitors must wear a mask.
Pima County is offering various incentives to get the vaccine, such as Arizona Lottery tickets.
Vaccine eligibility in Pima County is open to everyone 12 years and older! Only Pfizer has been approved for minors aged 12 to 17. Check the Pima County Health Department website to see which sites offer the Pfizer vaccine. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Most vaccination sites don’t require advance appointments.
County sites that closed June 30th - El Pueblo Library, Tucson Medical Center, and Tucson Mall.
COVID 19 Testing
Testing has gone down, however, CDC guidelines and the Health Department has stated that testing and vaccines go hand in hand in ensuring we continue to keep track of the spread of COVID 19 in our community.
COVID-19 Emergency Resolution Repealed
Many regulations have been lifted. For example, the Governor lifted the mask mandate in schools, which means masks are optional but can no longer be enforced.
While the news about the virus has improved, and we are making great strides with vaccination efforts such as the county’s 420 mobile popup sites, repealing the emergency resolution sends the message that the virus is over, and that is simply not true.
There are many in our community who cannot get vaccinated, such as those who are younger than twelve.
Furthermore, we are also still dealing with the Delta variant, which is more contagious, and we have had breakthrough infections.
Supervisor Grijalva voted against repealing the resolution, but the motion passed 3-2
Drowning Impact Awareness Month Proclamation
From year to date (July 6th), Pima County had 68 water-related incidents, and 19 of those results in deaths. Three of these incidents occurred over the Fourth of July weekend, with one fatality.
When school begins, there is usually a spike in drowning numbers, so please stay safe!
Knott Development Proposal at Kino Sports Complex
This proposal was accepted. It includes the construction of a stadium and an Iceplex.
Supervisor Grijalva did ask for slides to be provided with visuals so that the community can see what the proposed development looks like.
Return to In-Person Board of Supervisors Meeting
The Board of Supervisors will potentially resume in-person meetings beginning August 16, pending construction.
This item passed 3-2, with Supervisor Grijalva voting against it.
It seems that there might be a separate area for those who are unvaccinated, with social distancing protocol in place, but people will be on their honor system to disclose their vaccination status and masks will not be required inside the board room
Extra Board of Supervisor Meeting in August
This item passed 3-2. Supervisor Grijalva believes that the Board of Supervisors should have 2 meetings per month at the minimum
For #PrideMonth, District 5 highlighted a few of the many community leaders in Pima County who have made positive impacts with and for the LGBTQIA+ community!
Andres Cano is a state representative and former District Fiver. He is also the AZ's youngest LGBTQ lawmaker. Cano represents the 3rd legislative district in the Arizona House of Representatives. Raised by a single mom, Andrés saw a path for advancement in Arizona’s public schools and is a first-generation college graduate. In 2012, he became the youngest policy advisor in Pima County's history, overseeing the Supervisor’s constituent outreach and neighborhood relations.
Lydia Otero is a historian and author, born and raised in Tucson with deep family roots on both sides of the AZ-Sonora border. They founded and directed the public history program at the U of A, "Nuestras Tierrras, Nuestras Culturas, Nuestras Historias." They also are serving as the Historian for the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commmission and have published two books - "La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City" and "In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown and Queer."
A section to celebrate important women in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona State, United States.
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Practicing Immigration Attorney since 1986
Pima County Public Defender since 2004
Head of Pima County Justice for All