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Pima County District 5 Newsletter - Issue 5

Nov 20, 2020 | Read More News
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Pima County District 5 Supervisor Betty Villegas  

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Welcome to the October Newsletter for the office of Pima County Supervisor, Betty Villegas. Below you will find important updates and resources. Please fell free to distribute the link to this page as you find helpful to the communities that you live in and serve.

Race as a Public Health Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is intertwined with another negative national phenomenon – racial inequality. As a society, we tend to focus on the individuals’ racist acts or statements, while not recognizing the political and social systems that institutionalize racism in our daily routines. Local government plays an important role in dismantling these structures of racism. 
The pandemic brings to light many decades of racial disparities and discriminatory policies in this country. It especially highlights the inequities present in health care and health status. COVID-19, both infection-wise and economically, disproportionately impacts communities of color. According to a National Public Radio poll done with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 60% of Black households, 72% of Latino households and 55% of Native American Households reported facing serious financial problems since the pandemic began. That compares to 36% of Whites. These financial problems include inability to pay rent, food, and utilities, and a draining whatever savings a person or family might have enjoyed. The disproportionate impact on COVID-19 case rates, deaths and hospitalizations are highlighted in the following table from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For more helpful information on this subject, see Dr. Camara Jones’ 20-minute video Allegories on Race, which helps increase understanding of the impact of racism and discrimination on public health. 
Racism as a public health crisis

Free COVID-19 Testing 

There are various free COVID-19 testing options within Pima County. Please note that some of these sites require an appointment. Pop-up testing sites do not require an appointment. 

Contact Tracing 

Contact tracing is a very important aspect of bringing disease epidemics under control. If a tracer contacts you, please answer the call!
Tracers will try to reach you between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will leave a telephone message. When a Pima County Health Department Contact Tracer calls, the caller ID might read "Pima Health Dept.", begin with 833-771-???? or 520-724-????, or be blank. You also will receive a text message. 
Contact Tracers will ask you:

With whom have you had close contacts in recent days, as well as their contact information
A list of places where you have been in recent days
If or when you were sick or were tested!

Your information is confidential and is treated as the private medical record it is. Your information is not shared with any other agencies, including immigration officials. The Pima County Health Department never asks for a social security number or insurance information. Additionally, it will not give your name to anyone on your contact list.
For more information on contact tracing in Pima County please check out this website.

Manage Anxiety and Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Stay Safe and Healthy During the Holidays!                                                       

We're all feeling fatigued by the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to remain vigilant in order to get through this together. Here are some recommendations for Thanksgiving 2020 that will allow us to stay safe and healthy during the holiday season. See more recommendations for having a safe Thanksgiving on the   and the University of Arizona websites.

Mask up and stop COVID-19

turkey giveaway

Turkey Giveaway

Arizona Bilingual is hosting a Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Event on Saturday 11/21/2020 from 9am-12pm at The Rodeo Grounds.  

The event will be giving away free turkeys and will have several agencies and committees sharing resources, information and goodies! 
Masks required, valid ID, and drive-thru only.

For more information, contact Arizona Bilingual at or call (520)305-4110. 
store it, don't pour it

Grease Collection & Recycling Event

Avoid pouring grease, fats, and cooking oils in the sink. Instead, store it in a container and bring it to Pima County Wastewater Reclamation's 16th annual grease collection and recycling event. 

When: Saturday, January 9th from 9 AM to 1 PM
Where: 5 different locations

East: O'Rielly Chevrolet at 6160 E Broadway Blvd

Midtown: City Council Ward 3 Office at 1510 E Grant Rd

Northwest: Pima Community College Northwest Campus at 7600 N. Shannon Rd. 

West: Pima Community College West Campus at 2202 W. Anklam Rd. 

South: Kino Sports Complex at 2500 E. Ajo Way

For more information, call (520)724-6500 or visit www.pima/gov/grease


Service changes will occur for multiple Sun Tran, Sun Express, and Sun Shuttle routes, effective Sunday, Nov. 8. Passengers can find specific schedule and route information online or with Sun Tran’s updated Route Schedule booklets, available on vehicles and at transit centers. Updates to transit service occur throughout the year as an ongoing effort to meet the needs of the community and to keep the system as convenient, accessible, and efficient as possible. Transit fares are free through the end of 2020. For more information, call the Sun Tran Customer Service Center at (520) 792-9222, or follow the links below. 
Sun Tran news release (PDF) 
Sun Tran routes and times

No Early Voting Site on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation 

After the 2016 election, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez decided to stop setting up an early voting site on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation because of what she termed low usage.
The closest early voting site to the Pascua Yaqui Nation for the 2018 and 2020 elections was the Mission Library, eight miles away and at least a two-hour round-trip for reservation residents using Sun Tran buses.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe formally pleaded for restoration of the early voting site on the reservation, but Rodriguez refused, in 2018 and again in 2020.
Supervisor Villegas took up the tribe’s cause, but to no avail as Rodriguez held her ground. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs offered to pay the costs of the early voting site, but Rodriguez still refused to reinstate it. 
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe filed a lawsuit seeking a court order that Rodriguez place an early voting and ballot collection site on the reservation, but a federal judge rejected the request.
This result put Pascua Yaqui Tribal members who did not have transportation at risk by having to ride on fleet vehicles of public buses during a national pandemic where social distancing is highly recommended by the Center of Disease Control. 

Rental, Utility, and Mortgage Assistance

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Tucson Food Share 

A community-run mutual aid project sharing groceries with all of our neighbors—no paperwork required. 

101 E Ventura St

Mondays 5pm–7pm
Thursdays 5pm–7pm
Saturdays 9am–11am

TFS is an entirely volunteer-run operation. No one makes money and anyone can contribute. You can support by volunteering or donating food, supplies, or money. 

Home delivery is available for those who can’t come in person. Those who cannot come in person may request a home delivery.

If you want to contact Tucson Food Share:
520-222-9242 (English)
520-253-3130 (Española)

All Power To The People!

For more information, please visit

Free Pet Food Distribution

Sunday: Drive-thru at PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Wednesday: Primavera Foundation, 811 S. 6th Ave., 9-11 a.m.
Friday: Flowing Wells Assembly of God Church, 3198 N. Flowing Wels Road, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

All of the distributed food is donated, so these times may change if we see major changes to the volume of food we receive. 

If you, your friends, family, or neighbors need support for their pets (or if they just want to check and see if the food distribution times are still current), they can go to the PACC pet support website.

Contact the District 5 Office of Supervisor Betty Villegas

If you have any questions or would like to see additional content added here in the future, please do not hesitate to contact our office:
Office: (520) 724-8126 
Fax: (520) 884-1152

You can also contact District 5 staff directly:
Keith Bagwell
Marjava Ramirez
Nahrin Jabro
Amanda Monroy