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Pima County District 5 Newsletter - Office of Supervisor Betty Villegas

Jul 15, 2020 | Read More News
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Late Chairman Richard Elias's  Alter

Mourning the Late Chairman Richard Elías

There is an alter set up at The Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum as a way for the public to mourn the late Chairman Richard Elias while maintaining social distancing. The altar is available for anyone to add notes, prayers or offerings.

There are limited hours from Thursday through Saturday from 4:30pm through 8:30pm. Anyone can come by and enter without being charged through august 29th.

The alter will remain in place until the anniversary of his passing, which will be on March 28th, 2021.
The Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum Information

196 N. Court Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701

(520) 622-0594.

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Board Approves Brief Against Proposed Rosemont Mine

Acting on a request of Supervisor Villegas, the Board directed the County Attorney’s Office to file an appeals court brief in opposition to the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains. 

HudBay, a Canadian company, wants to dig a huge open-pit copper mine in the mountains 35 miles southeast of Tucson. U.S. District Court Judge John Soto last year held that the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the mine construction was flawed and invalid.

HudBay and the Forest Service appealed Soto’s ruling to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Plaintiffs in the case are Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Arizona Mining Reform Coalition.

At issue is HudBay's intent to dump waste rock and mine tailings on unpatented mine claims on Coronado National Forest land. Soto ruled that federal law allows mining companies to disturb only patented mine claims – those for which assays show there is a valuable ore deposit.

The mine would disturb sites sacred to indigenous Arizona tribes, threaten to withdraw or taint 20 percent of the region's water supply, and destroy valuable habitat for rare wildlife species.


COVID-19 Information

Face Mask Mandate

The Pima County Board of Supervisors June 19 enacted a countywide public health protection resolution requiring the wearing of face coverings when in public if 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained. The rule is effective immediately and applies to everyone over the age of 5.

Read the Resolution here for more specific information about the face mask mandate.

Free Masks

Pima County will be mailing out material encouraging members of the community in low Census count areas to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census. We will also be mailing out 4,000 cloth masks along with this material as the low counted areas are also areas of COVID-19 Hotspots. We are excited to get the important material out into the community, and encourage everyone to stay safe, social distance, wear a mask, and answer your 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire!

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COVID-19 Restrictions and Enforcement

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has passed an array of safeguards to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. One measure requires people to wear face coverings in public areas when a 6-foot distance between others cannot be maintained. A proclamation of May 21 requires a number of safety measures for restaurants, hotels, pools, resorts, and other attractions. Click Hereto submit a mask complaint or another rule violation. The Health Department responds to complaints and begins action with educating an offending business about the rules and why they are important. The names of repeat offenders will be sent to the Board of Supervisors with recommendations for appropriate civil or criminal penalties.

COVID-19-Testing

Pima County begins offering free COVID-19 tests to the public on Monday, July 13, n the Kino Event Center at 2805 E. Ajo Way. Testing will be at 10-minute intervals from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except Sundays. Appointments for tests are required and can be made at 800-369-3584, or at pima.gov/covid19testing and click on the Schedule My Test link.  

Please click here for additional available testing sites.

Social Inequities Report

The District Five report “The Pandemic Shines a Light on Social Inequities” was completed in mid-June and was based on data available through May 23. 

We have been tracking the state Department of Health Services- and Pima County-generated COVID-19 data since then. The numbers of cases and deaths in the census tracts found to be high in the report have reached new heights and continue to outpace the numbers from other Pima County and District Five census tracts. 

The good news is that strenuous Pima County efforts to get COVID-19’s early ravages of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities under control have had a significant positive impact. 

However, a broad and inclusive program has not been created, let alone implemented, to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on identified census tracts. These are primarily on the southside, in Districts Five and Two, but there are clusters scattered across the county. They are where people live who are of modest means, tend to work on risky jobs, lack health insurance, reside in large family units, and suffer in large numbers from pre-existing underlying conditions.

District Five Supervisor Betty Villegas and her staff   

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District 5 Hotspot Map: COVID-19 Reported cases March 3 Through July 11 by Census Tract

 

COVID-19 hot spot cases map

Mental Health

The Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program is meant to assist individuals who are struggling from the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This service is free of charge and completely confidential.

Community Engagement

Supervisor Villegas and Chairman Ramón Valadez, later this month will convene community leaders to discuss needed outreach and resources regarding COVID-19 for our underserved populations. A majority of these populations live in District Five or Supervisor Valadez's District Two. As the pandemic is raging and certain lower-income areas are hardest hit, we need to engage the community to ensure its needs are met.

Board of Health

The week of July 6 the Board of Health passed several motions regarding COVID-19.  One was to increase testing in hard-hit areas at mobile and pop-up testing sites. Included in this motion was to adopt better messaging and outreach regarding COVID-19 to hard-hit areas. Community engagement and peer-to-peer education are critical tools to ensure this happens.


Census Bilingual Town Hall event Picture

There is still time to respond to the 2020 Census!

Important funding for the communities that we live in depend on our response to the 2020 Census! WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE! Answer the United States 2020 Census questionnaire today!

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.
Respond to the United States 2020 Census!
Important funding for the communities that we live in depend on our response to the 2020 Census! WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE! Answer the United States 2020 Census questionnaire today!


Public Service Announcement from Isabel Garcia/ Anuncio de servicio público de Isabel García

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.
Respond to the United States 2020 Census!

 

Census Counts and Mi Familia Vota

On July 16th, Census Counts and Mi Familia Vota will be hosting a Bilingual Telephone Town Hall to answer questions about the 2020 Census. Please share this event with your friends and family so that they can get more information about how the Census benefits the community.

The City of Tucson’s Mayor, Regina Romero, Pima County Supervisor Betty Villegas, SUSD Superintendent Steve Holmes, TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva, Arizona State Representative Andres Cano, and Census Bureau Official Maria Vianey Cardenas will be providing details on how the Census affects specific resources and programs.


Pima County Public Libraries

Pima County Public Libraries are offering limited services due to the ongoing pandemic. Libraries are open Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Please note, libraries will be closed on July 3rd for independence day.

  • There is no in person browsing. You may use the online library catalog, the Library app, or by phone (520)791-4010 to put books on hold for pick up.
  • Please visit their website for more details about current library services and changes.

Black Owned Businesses

District 5 would like to highlight an important community created resource. For list of Black owned businesses, please click Here.


Contact the District 5 Office of Supervisor Betty Villegas

 

Phone: (520)724-8126
Fax: (520)884-1152
Email: district5@pima.gov