DISTRICT 5 DIGEST: MARCH 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.
Policy Updates in March
Program for Eviction Defense in Pima County Approved
This would allow up to 2 million dollars to provide legal services for people facing evictions in court to have legal representation to have an attorney represent them before the judge
In addition, Pima County will create a system to track the name of the tenant and landlord so Pima County could follow up to offer support and ensure that there is a reduction of cases going to eviction court
Establishing Better Communication with Tribal Nations
The Board voted unanimously on March 2nd to establish regular meetings with the Pasqua Yaqui and Tohono O'odham Councils to ensure a clear line of communication regarding issues pertaining to both jurisdictions
Vaccinations for Pima County Employees
The Board decided to not require COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees, but to provide incentives encouraging them to get vaccinated
Pima County Board approved transportation expenditures to bring asylum seekers to Casa Alitas
Federal agencies currently are not transporting asylum seekers more than 30 miles from the apprehension point. The Board voted to have the County transport them on to the Casas Alitas shelter in Tucson and other safe places for them to stay temporarily while arranging longer-term accommodations
People are being dropped off in the middle of Ajo and Yuma and those communities do not currently have the capacity to help
Improved communication with the Border Patrol are needed
This is not a crisis but the Board’s goal is to keep families together
Many asylum seekers are family units so the goal is to remain as humane as possible
Photos & Media from March
March Plática with Adelita:
Vaccinating Disadvantaged Communities
Remembering Richard Elías
In a private ceremony on March 27th, Emily and Luz Elías unveiled a plaque commemorating Richard’s lifelong legacy and public service. The plaque is now permanently installed on the County Administration Building at 130 W. Congress in Tucson, Arizona.
We miss you Richard! Resist. Much love. Always.
COVID 19 Updates
There are various ways to receive your COVID vaccine, please refer to the above graphic regarding where you can sign up. For the most up to date information on how to schedule your COVID 19 vaccine, please visit pima.gov/covid19vaccine.
COVID 19 Testing
The Board approved contracts to continue COVID testing in Pima County
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
FEMA site coming to Pima County!
With FEMA assistance, Pima County is projecting more than 500,000 Pima County residents fully vaccinated by the end of April
Pima County was ranked 3rd in the nation for reaching undeserved communities with vaccines. Special thanks to the Pop-up sites for their efforts. Supervisor Grijalva has volunteered at five pop-up vaccine clinics and has been very impressed with outreach!
Masks still required in Pima County
Although Governor Ducey has lifted the statewide mask mandate, Pima County will continue to enforce the mask mandate until herd immunity is reached
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: Cecilia Valenzuela
Cecilia Valenzuela is a senior this year at Pueblo High School. She was four when she started playing in mariachi and is now the leader of Mariachi Aztlán. This year she is the president of the Class of 2021 in Student Council, was a starter for her volleyball team, and is the Vice President for her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She does her best to encourage her classmates to keep pushing and to do the most with what they can of the past year. She has been accepted to Brown University! She pushes to do her best through what many consider a “lost year”. Congratulations Cecilia!
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: Elvia's Tailor Shop
This month we are highlighting Elvia's Tailor Shop.
They are located at 1018 N. Grande Ave. in Tucson, Arizona and their phone number is (520) 585-1391. They sell beautiful masks that are very comfortable along with providing custom dresses, suits and any alteration needs!
Get to Know Your County Government
Most people don’t deal much with their county government unless they’re getting a birth certificate, paying taxes, or interacting with the Sheriff’s office. The County Board of Supervisors, however, is a critical entity in county government. They are the policy making body of a county and have powers as a county and powers of the board that they are responsible for. Throughout our digest issues we will share some tidbits about the Arizona Revised Statutes that are the guidelines for county governments in Arizona.
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.
Maria Luisa Legarra Urquides
Helped establish Oury Park
Served on many Presidential Committees
University of Arizona Alumni
Urquides Elementary School named after Her
Known as Mother of Bilingual Education