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Newsletter 2

Feb. 28, 2020 - Vol. 5, No. 4


Board of Supervisors chairman encourages census participation

Participating in the census impacts everything from housing and transportation funding to political representation. That’s why “it’s very important that you’re not invisible,” says Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías in this video message on the U.S. Census.

Every household in Pima County will be asked to fill out the Census 2020 questionnaire beginning March 13. You can complete the questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.


Mom and baby

Housing First pilot project provides stability to clients, including new moms

Chelsea Tose sits enjoying a few spare minutes to herself in her midtown Tucson apartment. Her easy, friendly manner comes naturally. Her comfortable perch comes through a lot of effort. Formerly homeless, on probation and in recovery, Tose is one of four new mothers enrolled in Pima County's Housing First pilot project, which provides her a free place to live while she gets back on her feet.

The project, a collaboration between the County's Criminal Justice Reform Unit and Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS), launched in May 2019, with the former committing $1.5 million annually to the effort and the latter overseeing day-to-day operations and medical and mental health services. The City of Tucson provides housing vouchers.


Michele Figueroa and dog

PACC employee gets up-close look at the lives of shelter pets

You think you have trouble sleeping sometimes? Michele Figueroa, director of internal operations at Pima Animal Care Center, had insomnia on steroids earlier this month.

It’s because Figueroa spent five nights in one of the kennels at PACC during the week of Valentine’s Day. She wasn’t alone. She had a roommate named Tessa, a sweet pup who had been at the shelter off and on since October. Pima County FYI did a little post-mortem with Figueroa, who said she learned a lot from the experience, mostly that pets belong in a home and not the shelter.


Danny Sharp

Oro Valley police chief steps down from PCWIN Board

After 14 years on the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network Board, outgoing Oro Valley Chief of Police Danny Sharp will move on.

Sharp, who last year announced plans to retire from law enforcement after more than 40 of service, attended his final meeting of the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN) Board of Directors Feb. 13.


Pepe Ronstadt

The Way We Were: Ronstadts’ local contributions go well beyond the music

Last year’s acclaimed documentary about Linda Ronstadt brought renewed attention to one of Tucson’s most storied families. While the Ronstadts’ considerable contributions to the Old Pueblo’s business and cultural life is well-known, their contributions to Pima County’s political development are not as frequently discussed, observes our County historian in his monthly column.


Cacti by Sentinel Peak

Did you spot the difference?

We've got the answers to this issue’s Spot the Difference challenge. This one is between photos featuring two saguaros on a hillside near Sentinel Peak.

Be sure to like or follow our Pima County Facebook and Instagram pages and be on the lookout for a new set of pictures to inspect.

Most photos will feature three differences with varying levels of difficulty. The next set of photos will be posted to Facebook and Instagram March 11 and announced in our March 13 issue of PCFYI. Happy hunting!


Dusenberry River Library

Dusenberry-River Library to close temporarily for interior refresh

The Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road, will close temporarily beginning March 1 while improvements are made to the Library’s interior. It's expect to reopen in early- to mid-June, but a final date has not been confirmed. When it does, look for updates to the teen and children's areas, additional seating and more.



Pima County FAQs

Do you or a loved one need help paying a utility bill? Or have you been trying to adopt the perfect pet? Because it’s not every day that you need those kinds of questions answered, we’ve created this new section to highlight some of the most frequently asked questions received by our Pima County operator.

Do you have a question on a government office? E-mail us and we’ll include it in a future set of FAQs.


Kids at library computer

In Case You Missed It

Media outlets have been busy covering the various programs and initiatives of Pima County departments, from a new task force that will target animal hoarding cases to probationers who are celebrating new lives in their journeys toward success to how compassion is making a difference at the Pima County Library.

Check them out, in case you missed it.


Next issue: Friday, March 13