Oct. 23 PCFYI: Renaming a library, accessing The Loop, and voting safe

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Newsletter 2

Oct. 23, 2020 - Vol. 5, No. 16

Richard Elías

Board OKs renaming Mission Library for Supervisor Elías

Pima County’s Mission Library will from now on be known as Richard Elías-Mission Library, after the late Board of Supervisors Chairman.

The Board of Supervisors at its Oct. 20 meeting voted to rename the library in honor of Elías, who died unexpectedly on March 28. The Board also approved $6 million in future capital improvements to the library, located at 3770 S. Mission Road.


Ballots to be counted

Election season is here!

Have you requested your ballot-by-mail yet? Hurry up! Today is the deadline to request your ballot.

If you've already received your ballot, it's not too early to return it. Just drop it in the mail by Oct. 27 to make sure it gets received in time or bring it to any early voting location. If you really want to drag it out, bring your completed ballot to any polling place on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Find out how to request your ballot, get tips on properly filling it out, find early voting sites, view helpful videos, and much more at the Vote Safe website.


Diego Rivera

REACH Program providing increased access to The Loop

Paved, vehicle-free paths wind along rivers, past desert vegetation, with majestic mountains looming in the distance.

The Chuck Huckelberry Loop provides all that and more to cyclists, pedestrians, parents pushing strollers and countless others. It’s a great community asset, but not if you can’t get to it.


El Rio Preserve

El Rio Preserve offers rare sanctuary for birds, native species

An old gravel pit that many rare winged and crawling creatures call home will enjoy additional protection, thanks to a partnership with the Pima County Regional Flood Control District and the Town of Marana.

The District recently completed a bank protection project at the El Rio Preserve that will protect the open space preserve, which has become a sanctuary for many rare and native species and a host of migratory birds.


Filling bags

Small bags make big difference in lives of those with criminal justice issues

Face masks. Hand sanitizer. Tiny bottles of shampoo. Little sticks of deodorant. Body wipes. A first-aid kit. Socks. Sunscreen. Toothbrushes. A blanket.

About 18 items in all – plus printed information on coronavirus safety and how to access community resources – fill up 300 new Release Bags put together by Pima County’s Criminal Justice Reform Unit (CJRU).


Riding skateboard

Vote for your favorite Clean Air photo

Pima County's Department of Environmental Quality asked the community to send photos of how they're keeping our air clean. Now they're asking you to vote on the results.

Please vote (only once) among these top eight selections by Oct. 31. The lucky winner gets a $50 gift certificate to support a downtown Tucson business.


Cochie Canyon

Open space donations conserve important property, aid economic growth

Pima County continues to add areas set aside for conservation while still protecting the tax base and providing opportunities for economic growth, evidenced by the Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 20 approval of two land donations totaling 113 acres of natural open space.

“This is a real win-win,” said Jenny Neeley, program manager with the Office of Sustainability and Conservation. “The developer is able to move ahead with its development and some really valuable wildlife habitat will be protected for many, many years to come.”


author page

Library hosting annual LGBTQ+ author talk

Join friends from the Pima County Library for a virtual author talk Oct. 24, 1-2 p.m., with Robin Talley.

She is a queer author who, before writing full time, did digital communications work for LGBTQ rights, women's rights, educational equity, and other progressive causes. Talley is now the New York Times-bestselling author of seven novels for young adult readers, including The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre, Music From Another World, and Pulp.