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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 November 2021. Our office wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!


Stay safe,


November Photos 

The People of District 5

Youth Spotlight: Cholla's Latinx in Action Club

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These wonderful students are part of Cholla's Latinx in Action club. They works to help Cholla's community, both in and out of school, through service. They have held Hispanic Heritage Celebrations and Thanksgiving dinners for YOTO students, cleaned S 12th Ave with Ward 1, and hosted a kids' booth at Tucson Meet Yourself. They are currently doing a donation drive for Casa Alitas.


*Photo courtesy of Joy Noreiga

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

Desert Girls

Boards, Boxes & More

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Arlett Perez and Catalina Carlos have known each other since 2009 and have worked together in various capacities over the years. This past March, Catalina was visiting family out of town. As they decided on what snacks to purchase for their family game night, she got inspired and said, "I'm going to make a cheese board." She was so pleased with the result that she posted a picture of her first charcuterie board on social media. As soon as Arlett saw it on her feed, she immediately called Catalina with an idea: Desert Girls Boards, Boxes, & More.

This new venture gives them an opportunity to provide excellent service to others while pursuing their passions. With love for food, family, and friends, charcuterie allows these ladies a creative space to bring people together.

During this holiday season, remember to support local businesses!

Casa Alitas Donation Drive

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Thank you to our wonderful community partners and to everyone who donated to Casa Alitas!

Your generosity is helping to support community members in need. In total, the donation drive collected 1,642 items! This includes 933 total pairs of socks, 577 pairs of underwear, and 29 bras. If community members would like to donate to Casa Alitas in the future, they are encouraged to donate online or bring donations to Catholic Community Services, 140 W. Speedway, Blvd., Suite 130, Tucson, AZ  85705
People interested in volunteering should contact Casa Alitas at or 520-330-6988.

COVID-19 Updates

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

El Día de los Muertos at District 5!

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The Board of Supervisors office remembered those who we have lost and honored their memories with an altar for Day of the Dead. Their legacy is forever present.

Policy Updates

November 2nd BOS Meeting

Vaccine mandate for employees of Pima County who work with vulnerable populations - clarifying classifications

  • This item passed 4-1, with Supervisor Grijalva voting in favor.

  • Out of the more than 6000+ employees who work for Pima County, 1,912 would be required to get vaccinated. 

  • This includes, but is not limited to, employees who work in libraries and with incarcerated populations.

  • Roughly 84 percent of our employees are vaccinated.

Appointment of Melissa Manriquez to Clerk of the Board

  • This item passed unanimously. 

  • Congratulations Melissa!

  • Best wishes in retirement to Julie Castañeda after 21 years of service in Pima County! You will be missed! 

Grant acceptance from AZ Dept. of Public Safety for Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission

  • This item passed 3-2, with Supervisor Grijalva voting against it.

  • This item would help pay for eight law enforcement officers, and would require a match from the Pima County General Fund.

  • Immigration enforcement is a federal function, not a Pima County function.

November 16th BOS Meeting

D5 Item: Membership of the Pima County Fair Commission

  • This item was moved to January 4th. 

  • Currently, this is the only County commission where the commissioners decide their own replacements, and the Board of Supervisors has no say in this.

  • Supervisor Grijalva believes that every Supervisor should be able to appoint a representative to the commission. 

D5 Item: Raising the Minimum Wage

  • No action was taken on this item. Some of the other Supervisors believe that a voter initiative would be better.

  • The City of Tucson voters raised the minimum wage in the City in stages to $15 on January 1, 2025. 

  • Supervisor Grijalva believes that we should take a regional approach to raising the minimum wage, and that the minimum wage should not be different whether you work in the City or in unincorporated Pima County.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services COVID-19 ELC Funding for K-12 School Reopening

  • The Board accepted the grant. 

  • From the agenda: This funding will enable the County to undertake a range of initiatives that address the need for culturally relevant and accessible prevention, education and mitigation of COVID-19 in school communities, as well as contact tracing and behavioral support for students who test positive.

November 24th BOS Meeting​​

City of Tucson’s Adoption of Differential Water Rates

  • The Board voted 3-2 to sue the City of Tucson for differential water rates.

  • Supervisor Grijalva voted against taking legal action. She believes that while the differential water rates are being applied in an unequitable manner that the City is within its legal rights to adopt them as seven cities in Arizona already have differential water rates for customers outside city limits. 

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

  • One of the first Pima County Teen Court volunteers

  • Received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Arizona

  • Served as chairperson of the Judicial Intervention Committee of the Southern AZ Task Force on Domestic Violence

  • Served as vice-chair of the Arizona State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women 

  • Co-founder of the summer youth program "Courts Are Us" 

  • First Latina to serve as a municipal court judge in Tucson, AZ

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D5 is grateful for our community!

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