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We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter

June 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 district5@pima.gov with any questions or concerns. (Para español, haga click en el botón de arriba a la derecha y seleccione el idioma español.)

Stay safe,

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The People of District 5

Youth Spotlight: Mariachi Summer Camp

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Congratulations to all the 25 participants in the Sunnyside Summer Mariachi Camp! Students practiced music for two weeks and performed at a recital on June 16. A big thank you to the program directors Daniel Dong, Edaena Poroj, Andrea Pina, and Christopher Figueroa. To watch the recital, click here.

There were 221 students in the 5-week long Davis Mariachi Summer camp, with performances at the end of every week to showcase what they learned.  Thank you to Mariachi Camp Director Jaime Valenzuela and all the teachers and volunteers (one of whom is my daughter) who were there to give the gift of music to students! ¡Felicidades!

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If you know a young person in our community who you think should be highlighted, please email district5@pima.gov and nominate a youth!

Women's Spotlight: Marisol Flores-Aguirre

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  •  Earned MBA from the Karl Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona

  • Worked for over ten years with family-owned company REA Media Group

  • In 2018, Flores-Aguirre was named Executive Director of the YWCA's Microbusiness Advancement Center (MAC)

  • Served as Legislative Director for then Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero

  • CEO of Bitch Media from 2021-2022

  • Spearheaded the El Rio Neighborhood Center arts restoration project

  • Received the Partnership Award from the Francis McClelland Institute in 2017

  • Received a 40 under 40 leadership award both in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

Information from: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/welcome-marisol 

 

Business Spotlight: Taco Giro

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Taco Giro is a local Mexican restaurant with several locations, two of which are in D5! Their menu includes tacos, burros, and seafood. Above, the District 5 office having lunch at Taco Giro after a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Check them out at 610 N Grande Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745 and/or

2750 W Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746

Period Poverty Awareness Week Update

Supervisor Grijalva and Leslie Pike, Manager of Programs and Volunteerism at the Diaper Bank
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A BIG THANK YOU to everyone to donated and participated in our second annual #PeriodPovertyAwarenessWeek Donation Drive! Thanks to all of the community’s support, we collected over 14,000 donations to be distributed by Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona and the YWCA Southern Arizona. This donation drive will impact over 1,000 residents in Pima County who are in need of period supplies.  Special thanks to our partners at the Pima County Public Library and Pima County Health Department as well for your support! #endperiodpovertypima

COVID-19 Updates

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Pima County is in moderate CDC Community Level transmission due to an elevated number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19. The CDC recommends that if you are at high risk for severe illness, talk with your doctor about whether you should wear a mask and take other precautions.

Information on testing, treatment, and vaccines available at www.pima.gov/livingwithcovid.

What to know:

  • Pima County is seeing elevated COVID cases and positivity. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines were approved (by the FDA and the CDC) for 6 months and older. Both Pfizer and Moderna were approved and are available at County clinics.

  • The County has set up a Test to Treat program at the East Clinic (6920 E. Broadway Blvd.) where you can get tested and receive treatment for COVID on-site. For more information, click here.

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.

Policy Updates

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The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade goes against all principles of democracy. To read my full statement, visit this link

June

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March For Our Lives

"This is what happens when the youth activists take over, we show up!"- Mallika Sunder, former Pima County Teen Court Attorney, in her speech at March For Our Lives. I joined the community in gathering together to support our youth and to advocate for gun control reform. Let's recommit to keeping our children and our loved ones safe by putting an end to gun violence!

Photo: Supervisor Grijalva and Malika Sunder

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Fiesta de Justicia Para Todos

     Thank you to the Pima County Justice For All - Justicia Para Todos campaign for inviting the community to celebrate the amazing work you are doing to fight for the right to legal representation for all in Pima County. Supervisor Grijalva and D5 staff were honored to attend and table at the Fiesta! We distributed over 100 COVID 19 test kits at the event and shared community resources. If you have yet to sign their petition or want to learn more, visit www.pimacountyjusticeforall.org!

Photo: Elvira Suarez Din, D5 Staff

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Pima County Dept. of Transportation

The Pima County Department of Transportation (DOT) gave us a tour of their facilities! Being able to see the equipment, signs, facilities, and meet incredible staff in this department who serve our County daily to ensure our community operates smoothly was so exciting! Thank you for taking the time to show us around and explain how much work and detail go into roadwork, signage, and maintenance, as well as the talent and commitment that you put into it! 

Photo: Supervisor Grijalva with Pete Robles and John Campbell in the DOT Sign Shop

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Happy Pride Month!
We are proud to stand with our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and community in the continued fight for justice and human rights. Love is love. #PrideMonth

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Juneteenth is our country's second independence day, a day we celebrate the anniversary of the day when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free. This day came to be known as #Juneteenth. On this day and always, we honor Black culture and history and recognize that the struggle to achieve freedom and justice for all continues.