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We Are D5 Monthly Newsletter

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

Stay safe,


The People of District 5


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Anita Street Market is a family-owned local business that started in 1984 and has been passed down through generations. Their tortillas are hand-made and they serve a full menu that includes chilaquiles, burros, and tacos. Tucson Weekly named their tortillas "the best tortillas in Tucson" in 2020 and 2021.

Check them out at 849 N Anita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705

Youth Spotlight: Alexia Leyani Velasquez

Alexia Leyani Velasquez is a junior at STAR Academic High School and a leader on campus. She is the student body Vice President and a member of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee. This year she is taking a dual-enrollment course and plans to attend Pima Community College or Arizona State University after she graduates. Principal Ricky Torres says that Alexia is "an outstanding example for others to follow."

Congratulations Alexia!


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

Women's Spotlight: Alva Torres


Alva Torres is a lifelong Tucsonan and a Tucson High and University of Arizona graduate, as well as one of the first Mexican-American women to have a weekly column in a major newspaper. Many of her pieces are collected in the book Notitas. Alva helped spearhead the creation of the Society for the Preservation of La Plaza de la Mesilla, which saved the plaza from demolition, and she also was involved in the successful campaigns to oppose the Butterfield Route through downtown and to place El Tiradito on the National Register of Historic Places. Thank you for your passion for our community, Alva! You're an inspiration.

Policy Updates




Running and Winning

Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson and the American Association of University Women for inviting me to the 18th Annual Running and Winning workshop at Empire High School. This is such a great opportunity to speak with young women and the future leaders of our community. ¡Sí, se puede!

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Public Housing Hearing

Part of our office's Strategic Plan includes advocating for housing everyone can afford. On September 12th, I represented D5 and Pima County at the Arizona Legislature's Housing Supply Study Committee as they discussed HB2674. It's important that this committee understands our community's housing priorities. 

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Sunnyside Foundation Gives Day Burrito Run

 District 5 participated in the Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation Gives Day 5/10k Burrito Run at Mission Manor Park! The office hosted a resource table and staff even ran in the 5k as well. What a great event! Congratulations, Sunnyside Foundation, for raising $7,343.82 during the 5k to help reach your goal of $100,000 to continue doing great work for the south side community!

Encanto Movie Screening at the Peace Garden

The District 5 office partnered with Valencia Library and the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association to host an Encanto Family Movie Night at the Children's Peace Garden! It was a perfect way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you to everyone who made the event a success. It was a lot of fun and many families attended! We got to dress up, provide the community with resources, and hand out popcorn in the lovely garden. ¡Que se repita!

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Business Spotlight: Anita Street Market

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